Brand vs. Logo (and why magnets are cool)

Brand = a type of product manufactured by a particular company under a particular name.

A company’s brand is what they are, what they want to be, and what they aim to become. It can be a promise of quality, trust or service. A brand is what makes a company or organization truly unique.

Logo = a symbol or other design adopted by an organization to identify its products, uniform, vehicles, etc.

Your logo represents you, your company, your brand and your overall commitment to your clients and customers. And creating consistency by adding your logo to everything you personalize (from name tags to corporate gifts) lets people know you’re proud of what you stand for.

Multiple personalized name tags all with deluxe magnets for fasteners.

Adding a logo to any name tag is an excellent way to maximize branding for your company. Choose from either metal or plastic and customize it to match your work environment and brand. Logos are engraved or printed depending on the style and material you choose. P.S. Don’t forget the magnets!

For many professions, appearance is a crucial factor in this quality. Maintaining your commitment to quality is easy with a uniform and the proper name tag. So whether you choose a daily business attire like a suit and tie or a matching polo shirt for each of your employees, don’t forget that name tag.

From branding to color matching, name tags, like uniforms, help to symbolize your quality. Creating a positive influence with your brand means guaranteeing that all of your business’s services and products are consistent. Employees and customers know when that consistency is not present. Choose name tags that reflect your brand’s commitment to quality. Once accomplishing this, showing that you commit to quality is easy.

5 Design Principles for Logo Usage

Logo Size – A logo’s final size makes a difference. The more detail a logo has, the more difficult it becomes to see at smaller sizes, so a logo that looks great on a name plate may not work as well on a name tag.

Color – Carefully think about the color of your logo and the color of the name tag. If your logo has bright colors, it will not make as much of a statement on an engraved two-color tag, but it will look stunning as a UV color printed on plastic or metal or even as a full color plastic tag.

Contrast – No matter where you have your logo, you want to make sure it is highly visible. So, consider the contrast between colors as you choose materials and printing/engraving style. For example, as shown below, pastels on silver can wash out, and on the name plate and tag above, the blues in the logo blend with the chosen material.

Logo Orientation – The shape and orientation of your logo make a difference in where to place it on your product. The horizontal logo on this example works well when placed at the top of the name tag. However, when placed on the right side, it shrinks to a size that isn’t visible. A good rule is that a horizontal logo is best on the top or bottom of your tag design, while a vertical logo is best on the right or left.

Product – Artwork requirements for logos vary by product. For example, a single color vector file is required for some products, while a high-quality bitmap or multicolor vector file is required for full color products. Individual order pages will let you know which requirements are required for each product.

Which Name Tag Fastener is Right for You?

You’ve chosen which name tag you want, designed your logo to advertise your brand and made a list of the names you need printed on them. There’s still one crucial part of the name tag equation left: choosing a fastener. It isn’t a decision to take lightly, as different occasions and environments call for specific fasteners. Work attire, uniforms and environment need to be taken into consideration. The fastener you choose will directly impact the appearance and wearability of the name tag, so choose carefully!

Fasteners

A full color name tag with someone's first and last name as well as a deluxe magnetic fastener.

Even the fastener on a name tag helps reflect your company’s standards. Each fastener choice we carry only aids in the presentation of your chosen name tags by keeping them fixed firmly to uniforms and other employee attire. Our Deluxe Magnetic Fasteners hold through thick material and multiple layers of clothing, making them our most popular choice. Everything we offer not only is permanently attached to each name tag, but it will help your high-quality image stand out from your competition.

Why are magnets trendy?

Deluxe magnets shown on the back of a personalized name tag.

Our most popular fastener choice is the deluxe magnetic fastener.

This fastener consists of two parts: a metal plate with indentations, which holds the magnet in place and adheres to the back of most name tags, and a plastic bar that has two strong magnets, which holds in place through multiple layers of clothing.

There are many types of fasteners to go with your name tag. These include deluxe magnets, pins, swivel bulldog clips, pocket clips and more. Deluxe magnets have become more popular for name tags because they do not puncture clothing with pins. Name tags can also be worn around the neck using a lanyard or neck wallet.

Providing high-quality name tags at networking events is a minor detail that makes a big difference. They are worth the extra money. When we host networking events for hospitality industry professionals, we invest in high-quality name tags that stick to clothing using a magnet instead of those with a pin. We’ve learned that people don’t always want to put a pin through their clothes and that using high-quality magnetic name tags elevates the perceived quality of the event.

The final thing to cover is the fastener choice. Most name tags come with multiple options, but be careful with these. Don’t order a lanyard to go with an adhesive name badge! It just wouldn’t work. Be smart about the choice. While magnetic fasteners are popular, pins or clips might be more appropriate for your situation. Always think of how and where you are wearing the name tag before making the final selection on a fastener.

Brand Refresh (Tips and Tricks)

One of the easiest ways to feel better about yourself is a new haircut. Or buying a new outfit, shoes included. You start to feel differently about things by giving yourself a new look. You may recognize that this quick makeover has increased your positive outlook on life. And now that you have that mindset, you can accomplish extraordinary things.

Your business is no different. Sometimes marketing ideas fade, and sales dry out. Maybe it is as simple as your company logo being out of date. Enter the brand refresh. From redesigning a logo to giving your leadership a new structure, a refresh will often help get a business out of a rut. In order to have a successful brand refresh, your business must rethink its approach to product, story, culture and customer.

A successful brand revival does not happen in a single moment. There are no shortcuts. There is only a continuum of strategic, creative, and operational decisions that, if executed consistently, put a brand on the path to cultural relevance, consumer love, and business success.

Brand Refresh (Tips and Tricks) - Influencing Identity by Coller Industries Incorporated

Refreshing Your Business with New Identification

Adding a logo onto any name tag or name plate is an excellent way to maximize branding for your company. And, finding the perfect identification just got easier! Choose from either metal or plastic and customize it to match your work environment and brand. Logos can be engraved or printed depending on the style you choose.

A refresh can keep or update recognized visual elements. Or a new look, tone and presentation of the overall style will bring fresh recognition. A brand refresh maintains a visual connection to how the brand identity was seen before. But the “new suit” makeover is up-to-date, vibrant and designed for today’s audiences.

Brand Refresh with Name Tags

Show your professionalism and start fresh with a new name tag that suits you and your business.

A new name tag on a working professional that helps with a brand refresh.

We know that wearing name tags helps build a corporate identity. These professional tools also help customers interact better with their employees. Imagine what would happen if not only your employees wore name tags, but so did your customers! There would never be any question about who people were or what they needed.

Professional tools, such as name tags are essential in marketing and communication. They provide not only personal identity but corporate branding as well. Employees who wear name tags offer a sense of customer service and responsibility for that business. Name tags are often the hardest working element to a person’s uniform in meetings, conventions or any event.

Brand Refresh with Name Plates

Spruce up your office with new name plates for all of your employees!

A colored logo printed on a new name plate during a brand refresh for an office building.

While a name plate is common to see in a workplace, they are often needed for various reasons. Name plates serve multiple functions in different places, from employee identification to the labeling of doors and stairways. For example, a name plate typically displays someone’s name and title when found in an office building. And these plates either sit on a desk or hang on a wall just outside an office.

Adding a logo to a nameplate is an inexpensive way to maximize branding for both employee and company benefits. And they are such a great way to create consistent branding throughout any office or building.

Is your business due for a brand refresh?

Time and your customers are constantly moving and if you don’t move with them, you fall behind. Branding and design from just a few years ago is already starting to look outdated. Go further back still and it can look almost laughably crude. If your company fails to adjust and refresh, it can undermine customer trust and marketplace credibility. People expect businesses and brands to keep pace with changing times, so refreshing your brand makes you look sharp, in charge of your image and hence more professional. In short, it ensures that customers take you seriously.

It’s important that your customers feel like your brand reflects them, and if your brand feels like it’s behind the times, that bond can weaken. Just as your customers grow and improve, so should your business and a brand refresh means that your messaging will reflect this. Branding that helps retain existing customers and attract new ones will ultimately benefit the company financially.

Although change for change’s sake is seldom a good reason for a brand refresh, it could be just what your business needs. Just make sure that the underlying reasons justify the refresh. Keep in mind your reasoning and strategies while working toward your new brand identity.

Question & Answer: How to Use Identification

We often receive the same questions from multiple customers. Sometimes, these questions are easy to answer, but sometimes they require a bit more clarification. Have you ever had a question about name tags or other identification products? We are taking some time to answer some frequently asked questions that our customer service team repeatedly gets. And we will expand on each question so that you, too, will understand our processes. 

Find any answer to any question about name tags, personalized ribbons and more.

Question: Which name tag size should I order?

Answer: The size of your name tags depends on how much information you want on them.

For a simple 1 or 2 line tag with only text (name and professional title), we typically recommend a 1 x 3 inch tag. However, if you are working with visually impaired people, you may want something much larger, so the text size can be increased.

If you are ordering tags with your company or brand logo, you will want to consider where you want the logo on your tag, and if it will fit there. For example, if you have a horizontally long logo, we don’t recommend putting it to the left of the tag because there won’t be as much room for your text. The best option would be to center it above the text and go with a taller tag, such as a 1.5 x 3 inches. If you have a more circular or square logo, they typically look best to the left of the text, and you wouldn’t need as tall of a tag.

Question: Most of your products require a list of names. How do I submit this list?

Answer: We have two options for submitting a name list for your customized order.

The first would be to upload them while you are on the order page. You can type them right into the provided form or upload an existing file. Our system will ask you to review everything to ensure that you entered the correct spelling and punctuation. You do want to make sure you submit the list in the case you would like on the product (upper and lower; e.g., Jane O’Connor).

You can also email your list after you place your order to nametag@nametag.com. Once your order has been placed, you will receive an order number that needs to be referenced in your email’s subject line. This email goes to the customer service representative who is in charge of your order, and they will make sure that it is usable. If there are any issues, they will contact you.

Question: What is the best way to print names for reusable name tags such as Mighty Badges?

Answer: We have multiple ways you can format your printable inserts for your reusable name badges.

The recommended way would be to use the NamePrint Graphics software. This software lets you add text and graphics to inserts using your printer.

The other option we have for your printed inserts is a small collection of predetermined templates. We do not have these for every reusable product, so check the bottom of the product order pages for available templates. 

Question: How can I order more of the same name tags I already have?

Answer: We have an online reorder program to make ordering more name tags easier.

The first thing you need to understand is what is a reorder? A reorder is when you need to order more of the same product you already have in use, but require different names. Lucky for you, our reordering system is easy to use and quick to understand.

All of your design info is kept on file under your customer number. Once you place your first order with Coller Industries, you receive a customer number. This number allows us (and you) to quickly and easily locate your information and previous orders. To place a reorder for your name tags, visit https://www.nametag.com/reorders/ or go to our home page (www.nametag.com) and select the “Reorder” link at the top of the page. Once there, you need to enter your customer number and select the layout you need to order. After making that selection, you only need to submit the new name list (text) for the new order.

Do you have a question that wasn’t answered here?

There are three ways to get your answer!

1. Visit our Facebook page on July 22, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. (Mountain time) for our first ever Live Video Event.

2. Leave a comment here, and someone will get back within one business day (Monday through Friday).

3. Contact customer service at 1-801-931-5000 (our office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

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High-Quality Name Tags for Every Business

From the material to the printing, every aspect of your name tag is reviewed by our team repeatedly to make sure you are getting the best product. And, with our satisfaction guarantee, you will always get high-quality name tags. But what does that mean for you? Here are some easy ways to tell that you are getting the best quality for your company.

We want to help you understand why you need high-quality name tags. Remember, your name tag reflects your brand’s value and trust. Companies are more likely to succeed when they focus and commit to a high-quality image and business model. Author of Out of the Crisis, W. Edwards Deming wrote, “Create constancy of purpose toward improvement of product and service, with the aim to become competitive, to stay in business and to provide jobs.”

How do high-quality name tags help with showing a brand’s commitment to its customers?

For a lot of professions, appearance is a crucial factor in this quality. Maintaining your commitment to quality is easy with a uniform and the proper name tag. Whether you choose a daily business attire like a suit and tie or a matching polo shirt for each of your employees, don’t forget that name tag.

From branding to color matching, name tags, like uniforms, help to symbolize your quality. Creating a positive influence with your brand means guaranteeing that all of your business’s services and products are consistent. Employees and customers know when that consistency is not present. Make sure to choose name tags that reflect your brand’s commitment to quality. Once accomplishing this, showing that you commit to quality is easy.

plastic high-quality name tag with a uv color printed logo
metal high-quality name tags with engraved logos and names
plastic high-quality name tag with full-color printing and a punched slot for use with a lanyard

What makes high-quality name tags a must for your business?

A name tag helps to create a connection between you and your customer by providing identification of employees and other staff. This name tag also lets your customers know you are here to help and that your objective is to service their needs. There are several basic features to high-quality name tags that provide value to both your name tag and your brand’s identity.

Materials

Durability is a must when it comes to name tags. Both our plastic and metal materials are thick and sturdy. No matter your color choice, we guarantee that our name tags, when treated properly, will last a long time. After all, it’s important to keep your branding clear and easily recognizable.

Engraving and Printing

Smooth, neat printing and engraving show off your brand and individual identity best. Our printing/engraving processes benefit your business by providing clear and definable names and logos. From full-color printing (yes, bleeds included) to the engraving of someone’s title, your name tags will always be of the highest possible quality to show off your business.

Fasteners

Even the fastener on a name tag helps reflect your company’s standards. Each fastener choice we carry only aids in the presentation of your chosen name tags by keeping them firmly fixed to uniforms and other employee attire. Our Deluxe Magnetic Fasteners hold through thick material and multiple layers of clothing, making them our most popular choice. Everything we offer not only is permanently attached to each name tag, but it will help your high-quality image stand out from your competition.

Extras

metal high-quality name tags with uv printing and silver frame

Choosing extras on both material types (plastic and metal) will increase the value of your name tags and increase your brand’s value. Features like frames, doming, rounded corners and beveled edges provide finishing touches that show off your logo and other branding you have on your name tags. Each extra you add to a name tag improves its quality and thereby improves your company’s value and brand.

Are your current name tags just not holding up to match your branding and company image? You should always make sure they meet your business standards and goals. With us, you can order a product example before placing a large order of name tags. This way, you get to see how much quality you get from our name tags, and you also get to experience our extraordinary customer service before making your purchase.


7 Features of High-Quality Name Tags

(Infographic for Quick Reference)

7 Feature of High-Quality Name Tags

How to Commit to Quality Using Name Tags

From customer service to team building, every business should commit to quality using name tags.

show that you commit to quality with custom name tagsWhat does commit to quality mean?

COMMIT: to carry into action deliberately; pledge or bind (a person or an organization) to a certain course or policy.

QUALITY: the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something.

Why would a company need to commit to quality?

In most cases, businesses who do not have a commitment to quality fail. Yes, a company who doesn’t maintain quality in their service or goods can succeed. However, it is far more likely for a business to succeed when they focus and commit to quality.

Author of Out of the Crisis, W. Edwards Deming wrote, “Create constancy of purpose toward improvement of product and service, with the aim to become competitive, to stay in business and to provide jobs.”

The message to learn from this statement is that no matter the service or product, consistent quality must be your primary business focus. And with that knowledge, you can make sure that your business maintains quality throughout your production and practices.

Deming also wrote, “Cease dependence on inspection to achieve quality. Eliminate the need for massive inspection by building quality into the product in the first place.”

Constancy of purpose means that quality decisions are not situational. End of month quality is the same as the beginning of the month. It means that the long term benefit of the organization is not sacrificed to hit quarterly targets. It means having your eye on the competition, whether it is in your industry or coming from elsewhere, with plans to stay ahead.

When a company commits to quality, they must do so from day one. Once a specific quality standard is set, it must be upheld at all production stages and in all departments. And, communicating this standard of quality to your customers is an absolute must. Make sure that your customers understand that when you commit to quality that it isn’t just for your company, it’s for them!

How do name tags help with committing to quality?

To commit to quality is easier than you might think. For a lot of professions, appearance is a crucial factor in this quality. So, maintaining your commitment to quality is easy with a uniform and the proper name tag. Whether you choose a daily business attire like a suit and tie or a matching polo shirt for each of your employees, don’t forget that name tag.

use name tags to establish brand consistency and commit to qualityWhether your job is in the food service industry or you are a CEO of a major corporation, showing professionalism by wearing a name tag is sure to make your job a bit easier. By attaching this simple item to your uniform or daily attire, you will stand out from all of your competitors. And, they make corporate branding a breeze by identifying employees at any business even easier.

 

From branding to color matching, name tags, like uniforms, help to symbolize your quality. Creating a positive influence with your brand means guaranteeing that all of the services and products of your business are consistent. Employees and customers know when that consistency is not present. So, make sure to choose name tags that reflect your brand’s commitment to quality. And once this is accomplished, showing that you commit to quality is easy.

Company name tags show you care about the quality of your brand. When employees wear name tags, they are more accountable for their actions as customers can comment on them by name. And branded name tags prove to customers that you pay attention to all details. So, when you commit to quality, it helps you gain public trust and grow your business.

Coller Industries commits to quality with every name tag!

For the past five years, Coller Industries has kept its error rate under 1%. In 2018, our overall error rate was 0.386%, which means that only 1 in about 260 orders contained an error. Considering that each product has up to 15 variables, we are proud of this accomplishment. It is thanks to our careful checking process and customer satisfaction guarantee that we can achieve this. And, because of our company procedures, each customer will walk away with a positive consumer experience and the identification products they need.

Investing in the proper tools also shows that you want to commit to quality. From name tags to lanyards and even custom ribbons, help your business branding with logos, colors and so much more!