Mighty Badges – White Metal Plates

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Just added: white metal plates to the Mighty Badge reusable name tag product line.You can now select up to three different colors for the Mighty Badge product: white, silver or gold.

The new white color plate also helps to mitigate the inability to reproduce the color white on the dye-sublimation process for a printed logo. While we still can’t print the white on your logo, with a white metal plate, any portion of your logo that contains white will not be printed and will appear in the color of the white back plate.

The white metal back plate is available on all ten Mighty Badge sizes. For additional information, please visit the Mighty Badge product page for a complete listing of prices, product specifications and additional information.

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A message from CCSF’s Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program

A message received from one of our donations!

“Greetings, the CCSF DMI Program is an esteemed Radiology Program in Northern California.Recently, the cuts to our California State budget have left our educational program with a 17% decrease in operational funding. As a result, we are being forced to cancel or combine classes and function without necessary equipment.In an effort to assist, two of our educators have agreed to take on additional responsibilities without any financial compensation.

Due to the financial crises, the students on CCSF DMI Program had to make due with lack of supplies that will help them be successful radiological technologist.

One of these supplies are lanyards to help them get into their clinical hospitals.These lanyards will provide them the necessary materials that will allow them to succeed in the DMI Program.

We are extremely grateful that Name Tag has stepped up to the plate and donated these much needed Lanyards! Thank you!”

Get lanyards for yourself here!

https://www.nametag.com/lanyards/

 

Healthy Notions is a non-profit 501(c)3, volunteer driven organization charged with the mission of enhancing and developing the lives and total well-being of at-risk children (ages 6 to 12) in our communities and abroad through educational, health (physical/emotional) and inspirational projects and initiatives.We are empowered by corporations like Name Tag, Inc., U-Haul, Fed-Ex, The Kroger Co, Office Depot and many other corporations and individuals with a passion for the development of whole, healthy children. Our sponsors and partners collaborate with Healthy Notions to provide the resources necessary to create community environments and initiatives that support healthy choices.  Through valuable grants, co-branding, and in-kind contributions, partners invest in creating a world that produces healthy children that will become healthy adults.We are proud to be a participating organization with the Disney “Give a Day. Get a Disney Day.” family volunteerism program.  As a result of the fantastic exposure we’re receiving through the Disney program, we have hundreds of volunteers that have already committed to assist and support volunteer projects and events that will benefit local children in living homeless shelters, foster care and orphanages throughout Metro Atlanta and abroad.

Upcoming Event:

“Show Love with Your Soles” Campaign-Every year Healthy Notions collects shoes for orphaned kids in Haiti and Dominican Republic through our annual “Show Love With Your Soles” shoe drive campaign. Last year, the organization was able to donate over 800 pairs of new and gently used shoes for children in need. This year, our goal is to collect over 10,000 pair of shoes to benefit the orphaned Haitian children. Due to the recent earthquake and devastation…the children need our help now more then ever before.

On Saturday, February 20th…Healthy Notions will host the “Shoe Love with Your Soles” community-wide shoe drive finale.  From 9am to 5pm…volunteers, families and groups will come together to drop off collected shoes, raise funds to assist with shipping and distribution of the shoes in Haiti, enjoy food, fun and giveaways. Event Location: Kroger Supermarket/ 3000 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta GA 30022

When will the Shoe Drive Take Place? The 2nd annual Healthy Notions “Show Love With Your Solesâ€ shoe drive campaign is taking place NOW through February 20th .
What is the Goal?-To Collect 10,000+ pair of shoes. The campaign is comprised of a series of supporting volunteer collection efforts to gather shoe donations.
Who does the shoe drive benefit? We will give desperately needed shoes to Haitian children in Port-au-Prince and throughout the country.
Why shoes?

A simple pair of shoes serves to protect children’s feet from cuts, bruises, and life-threatening diseases and illnesses which can be contracted through the feet. In many cases, children run barefoot because they have no shoes.  When they cut themselves or scratch themselves while running around playing, and then step into contaminated water, parasites and other things get into their body. In fact, many die that way.
Without shoes children in Haiti can’t attend school. Only 15% of children in rural Haiti attend school. The gift of a pair of shoes will allow a child to get an education.
Can donors make financial contributions? Yes. A Financial donations to assist with shipping and distribution costs can be made online at www.firstgiving.com/showlovehaiti

Please check out our website: www.healthynotionskids.com for more upcoming events throughout 2010

For more information contact us: Healthy Notions Inc. P.O. Box 767934, Roswell GA 30076

CEO, C0-Founder: Barenda Whitaker bwhitaker@healthynotionskids.com
Vice President,Co-Founder:Kim Whitaker kwhitaker@healthynotionskids.com

Keys to a Successful Spring Event

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Getting ready for a Spring event?Make sure you and your staff get your feet in all the right doors by utilizing our Keys to a Successful Spring Event.

Key #1: Communication
Did you do your research on your target audience?

Having 500 people attend your event is great – but it matters a lot less if your speakers talk about selling backpacking equipment to computer nerds.Present the right information to the right people, and you’ll yield much greater results.
Did you get the best speakers possible for your event?

A lot of times you can get really great speakers just by showing you have a decent attendance rate – the better the speakers, the better the event.
Don’t hand out brochures at the event itself.

The only long-term marketing materials you should expect people to hold on to after the event are your hand-outs.These items are things like lanyards, mugs, water bottles, anything permanent and reusable that people can get some use out of that displays your company logo & information so you stay in mind.

Key #2: Identification

Is a name badge available for every person who walks through the door?

This is crucial.People need to be easily identified – you, your staff, guests, speakers, everyone – it can help you build and maintain your brand, among other things.

Take it a step further for VIP’s.

Consider name badge ribbons for your speakers, board members and important guests to help them stand out and feel appreciated.This helps in the long run, as the more effective speakers will want to come back and help your cause and their own simultaneously.
Give as many options as your budget allows.

Magnetic fasteners are great – just be aware that some people have pacemakers.Have another option available for them (pin, clip, etc).
Key #3: Staying Organized

Don’t try to wing it.

Do your guests know the event schedule? Have one prepared and available well before the event date.
Numbers matter.

Get an accurate head count, and pass this info to your caterer, as well as your purchasing agents.Too much or too little of anything can get you into a whole heap of trouble.
Assign seating.

At least organized by guest category.You’ll want all your speakers sitting up front, probably in chronological order, and so forth.
Spell it out.

Are your staff and volunteers trained and prepared to do their assigned tasks?Having job descriptions for anyone involved really helps move things along without taking up your time for constant reminders and explanations.
Key #4: Remember who’s got you covered.
From (hopefully) helpful tips to all your promotional and identification product needs, Name Tag, Inc. has got you covered.Feel free to drop by our review page and tell us what you think!

– Michael Green

Badge Holders

Why Badge Holders?

Badge Holders are a great, cost-effective way to build community in any program or organization; particularly those with many and/or rotating members or volunteers.

Free online word processing templates make it easy to set up and print your own customized design for displaying your names & information for a highly personalized, highly visible badge.

Many attachment (magnetic fastners, lanyards, clips, etc.) options give you the flexibility to wear Badge Holders appropriately for any event.

Horizontal
Typically used for ID badge holders or simple identification badges in larger events.


Sizes:
2.25×3.5″, 3×4″

Vertical
Often used for displaying or holding event agendas and/or ID badges.


Sizes:
3.75×2.375″, 4×3″, 3.5 x 2.25″, 4×2.75″, 6.25×4.25″

Fasteners

Your choice of fasteners can be attached to your badge holders to keep them secured.Options include magnetic, pin, pin/clip combo, double clutch, lanyards and more.
Inserts

Plain white and colored perforated insert sheets and printing templates available for horizontal badge holders.

Additional Resources
Badge holders are most commonly paired with lanyards and imprinted ribbons to display more information, easily.Check out our product pages for Lanyards and Ribbons to get the low-down on each of these complimentary products.

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Name Tag Best Practices

By Scott Ginsberg

Because a person’s name is the single context of human memory most apt to be forgotten; because self-disclosure is the single most effective way to build rapport and connect with people you just met; and because initiating the conversation is half the battle – your nametag is your best friend.

However, improper creation and wearing of nametags can work against you (and your business) if you’re not careful.

Scott Ginsberg has been internationally recognized by CNN, CBS, The Associated Press, The Washington Post and Paul Harvey as “the world’s foremost field expert on nametags.” Below are Scott’s responses to several nametag related inquiries pulled from his Building Front Porches Ezine.

1 ) What are some tips for wearing nametags at trade shows?

Before you even pack your show, make sure your employees, salespeople and booth representatives each have THEIR OWN pre-made company nametags. You can get these done at any local engraving store for less than $7 a piece, probably cheaper en masse. The reason to do this is because a) trade show nametags don’t always maximize your “nametag real estate,” and b) trade show nametags rarely include your logo – which helps for brand recognition.

Now, perhaps it seems redundant to wear two nametags, right? Well, think about the Superbowl: How many commercials does Budweiser run each year? Exactly. Always more than one. So even with nametags, it’s all about the Three R’s of Networking: Repetition, Repetition, Repetition!

Next, when you get to the show, wear your own custom nametag in a visible location so that everyone who walks in and out of your booth sees is. Potential buyers need to make the instant connection between YOU and the BOOTH. Also, when you get busy, it can get hard for prospects to locate the right person. The last thing you want is uncertainty about who the actual booth employee is! So use your nametag to identify and differentiate yourself among the masses.

2 ) How do you handle poorly designed nametags that are already provided for you at events?

Tough issue. About 80% of the nametags I’ve ever seen at events are designed without consideration of font size, color, etc. I always suggest that people create and bring THEIR OWN custom made nametag to all events in the situation that the given nametag is ineffective. You can wear both if security and identification is an issue. But most chairs or hosts of meetings won’t be offended, as long as you initially take the nametag given to you as an extension of courtesy – even if you don’t wear it.

Of course, none of this would be a problem if the meeting planners would just make them right the first time!

3 ) On which side of your chest should you wear a nametag?

There isn’t a single book on networking, meeting planning or interpersonal communication that doesn’t say nametags should go on the right. “They” say you should wear your nametag on the right hand side so it is visible in the direct line with your handshake. For the most part, I agree. And so do most people. This is one of the few nametag protocols most people are familiar with.

On the other hand, the horizontal placement of your nametag should be dependent on the capacity in which you are wearing it. For example, if you work in a hotel, in retail, at a trade show or any other mobile environment where there are aisles, rows and hallways, consider the possibility of wearing your nametag on the left side of your chest so it is most visible to oncoming traffic. (If you live in a country where you walk on the right side of the path.)

Now, this is a debatable issue. But the bottom line about horizontal placement is this: it doesn’t matter which side of your chest the nametag lays, as long as it’s above your breastbone and readable from 10 feel away. Case in point:

4) Is it redundant to have your first name twice on your nametag?

Yes and no. “Doubling” the first name is very common for conventions, meetings or large groups. Usually, the first name is reprinted above the entire name in a larger font – possibly all caps – to be more visible. (In fact, most computer programs have this as a default setting on their templates.) Doubling is helpful for people who go by abbreviated, middle or different names. After all, all you really need to get their attention is their first name! On the other hand, if your name is Don, and people call you Don, it would be an ineffective use of your nametag space to write it twice. So, just write Don…but make it bigger. As big as you can!

5 ) Are some nametags better quality than others?

Absolutely. Especially when it comes casual settings and parties, handwrite nametags are usually an inelastic, last minute purchase. Most people just buy the first box they see at their local supply store. But I must warn you that there are plenty of nametags out there that are HORRIBLE. Some have faded colors, while others have paper quality consistent with that of tissue.

In fact, many companies advertise “weak adhesive to prevent clothing damage” on their packaging to protect your fabulous wardrobe. But keep in mind, this second-rate adhesive will wear off in minutes and cause your nametag to “curl” and become unreadable. So decide what’s more important: sticky stuff on your clothes or being unapproachable.

6 ) Are gold nametags a no-no?

Gold nametags are few and far between because a) it’s very difficult to read ANY text printed on them, b) they’re usually too expensive to purchase en masse, and c) street thugs might hold you up at gunpoint and rob you. People in education – mainly collegiate – wear gold nametags because it’s been their tradition for a long time. And it certainly looks very elegant. But other than that, gold is not a recommended color.

7 ) Are first and last names necessary for employee nametags?

Anonymity and personal safety are two issues that must be taken into account when issuing nametags to employees. Most handbooks or employee manuals briefly mention their nametag policies, however many organizations fail to address this issue. Some people may not feel comfortable wearing both their first and last names on the job. I’ve heard accounts of nosey customers who tried to contact, even stalk, employees outside of work because they could obtain their personal information.

One solution to this problem is to print first name only nametags. This protects the anonymity of the employee, maximizes the space and looks friendly. (Besides…the knowledge of your Radio Shack salesman’s last name is not crucial to the service process!) Should a situation arise where a person’s safety may be in jeopardy, it might a good idea to have an extra nametag with alternate spelling, or even a different name.

8 ) How can I avoid nametag-related clothing damage?

Holes, wrinkles, adhesive stains – these things will happen to you. I suggest that when nametags are provided, always read the back of the nametag before applying it. Most badge manufacturers – at least, the good ones – will tell you which types of materials are susceptible to damage. Now, this doesn’t give you the right not to wear your nametag, but it may help you decide how to wear it.

In the past 10 years most nametags have shifted to fastener types like clips, lanyards, magnets, etc. These are excellent solutions, although I’d watch out for those magnetic fasteners: they will destroy silk.

9 ) How can you modify nametags to accommodate your clothes?

Whether it’s adhesive damage, fashion trouble or lack of a good location, some people refuse to wear adhesive nametags solely because of their clothes. But with a little improvisation you can still maintain your approachability.

I was giving a speech last week when a lady at my table thought of an ingenious nametag modification technique. Because the straps on her dress limited the surface area on which she could stick her nametag – and because she didn’t want to stick the adhesive on her collar bone – she tore the nametag in half. It fit perfectly on her strap without damaging the clothes or her skin!

10 ) How do organizations approach nametags?

Some organizations have employees, members, guests and other people coming in and out all the time. In order to avoid alienating some of those people, the organization must first make a decision: either EVERYBODY wears nametags, or NOBODY wears nametags.

Unfortunately, there will always be people who refuse to wear nametags. The only solution is (if you decide to implement nametags for everybody) is to make it expressly written externally (signage) or internally (handbook) so people will adhere to the rule. Nobody should be “too coolâ€ to wear a nametag.

Another concern is the nametag text’s potential to segregate members based on position. I think it can go both ways. For example, I am a member of the National Speakers Association. We recently had our National Convention during which each member was assigned a custom nametag based on years of experience, membership, if a guest, etc. To my surprise, people were actual! ly MORE willing to encourage team building because of these designations. I couldn’t count how many of the veteran speakers who have been in the business longer than I have been alive came up to me and said, “So Scott, this is your first convention, huh? How do you like it so far?”

On the other hand, if “isolation by way of nametagging” is a possible threat, I would suggest having the exact same type of nametag worn by all people, regardless of volunteer/member/paid employee status.

11 ) Should you KISS your nametag?

Yes.

Not literally, of course. By KISS I mean “Keep It Simple Stupid.” Recently an audience member asked me, “Why don’t put your last name, company, position, etc. on your nametag? Don’t you want people to know that information?”

Well, yes and no.

We all want people to know who we are, what we do and how we can help them. But it’s more effective if you tell them as a response to an open ended question such as, “Tell me about the work you do.”

So when you use your nametag as a conversation starter (if you have the chance to create it yourself), design it in a simple way that sets you up with an opportunity to share the value you give.

12 ) Is there really a condition called Nametag Deficiency Syndrome?

You better believe it. Over a half of a million people suffer every year from Emblema Nomenpenia, more commonly known as Nametag Deficiency Syndrome (NDS). This debilitating condition has run rampant through the American business community for many decades – experts say – although only recently has it been classified.

Symptoms: You may experience localized font shrinkage, inflammation of the company logo, noticeable eye irritation due to cluttered texts, absence of upper-chest nametag placement and mild conversational uncertainty and frustration.

Possible Side Effects: Beware of sudden, sever attacks of name-forgetting, possible networking anxiety, unapproachable behavior, missed opportunities to make new friends or business contacts, feelings of annoyance due to the inability to say hello to a new member or employee whose name you can’t read because their nametag is turned backwards.

About The Author
Scott Ginsberg, aka “The Nametag Guy,” is the author of three books and a professional speaker who helps people maximize approachability, become unforgettable and make a name for themselves.

To book Scott for your next association meeting, conference or corporate event, contact Front Porch Productions at 314/256-1800 or email scott@hellomynameisscott.com.

You can also view his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/nametagscott