Networking with Name Tags

It’s the little things that count, right? And that applies to networking as well.

Andrew Rigie wrote “Why Name Tags And Other Little Details At Events Matter” for Forbes at little less than a month ago. And, we love what he said about networking!

The pressure is always high when you’re hosting a business networking event. Whether it’s a cocktail party for clients, an event to foster new business relationships, or a team building activity for your company, creating the right vibe and experience for attendees is a must. It doesn’t matter if you’re hosting a large event or small, it’s the little details that make a big difference.

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Think for a moment. What does good networking look like? How do people act while networking? What are their attitudes? Most people would agree that a good networker is sincere, friendly and outgoing, supportive and a good listener. It isn’t just about staying in touch. It goes beyond that. A good networker is someone you want to trust and be friends with.

Providing high-quality name tags at networking events is a little 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.

Presentation Matters

badge holder cases and custom trays to display your name tags for your next networking eventRemember that people need to find their name tag easily. You don’t want several people milling around a table for too long before they locate their credentials and pass to enter your event. Take into consideration how they will be looking for their name. Are they use to finding their first name or last? And organizing names by a company makes it just the much more manageable.

Use our Badge Holder Cases and Display Trays to make your name tags easily accessible.

Utilize All of Your Tools

While badge holders and name tags are a great item to have on hand for any event, remember that you have other tools available. Try adding badge ribbons to each name tag for a custom look. Design ribbons to correspond with titles or positions at your next event.

While we have over 50 titles available as stock choices, custom ribbons are also available. Choose the color and title that best suits your need. And, if branding is needed, most of our ribbons can have a logo or graphic added.

People sometimes wince at the concept of name tags because they think they make the atmosphere cheesy or they’ve found ‘Hi My Name Is’ stickers stuck to the bottom of their shoes. But guests at our events make positive comments about the magnetic name tags, and they always want to take them home.

Name tags just fit the bill with networking. So, make your next event work even better with custom name tags and name badges.

Reusable Name Tags Are For Everyone!

From adhesive badges to custom designed name tags, reusable name badges are definitely still in style!

We realize that not everyone is in love with the idea of wearing name tags. And this even extends to attendees at a conference or corporate meeting. However, knowing who people are at your next event is not only smart, but it is also convenient. From being able to recognize different people, to understanding what branding is, reusable name tags are an important concept at any event or company.

To understand why name tags are important, here are several situations and the corresponding reasons to use name tags.

Conferences and Events

No matter your industries, rubbing elbows with colleagues is important for everyone. Conferences and other events help you by networking with potential business partners and possible clients. By wearing a name tag, you make yourself more approachable. You also provide a way for those around you to quickly identify you and remember who you are.

reusable name tags and mighty badges are perfect for conferences and eventsReusable name tags are perfect for conferences due to their flexibility. If you are planning a conference, make sure to look at everything we have to offer! From adhesive name badges that are simple to attach, to Speedy Badges that come with a fastener option, each product has its advantages. Being able to quickly attach a name badge is definitely something to consider when purchasing identification for your next conference or event.

Temporary Employees and Visitors

For companies or organizations with high-turnovers or constant visitors greatly benefit from reusable name badges. Leave a lasting impression on your visitors by letting them borrow a fancy name tag made exclusively for them. Not only will they immediately feel welcome, but they will know that your business cares. And that means your brand will stick in their mind and you can guarantee that they will be back.

reusable name tags and mighty badges are perfect for temporary employees and visitorsMany companies find the need to hire more employees during holiday months or for different events. Using reusable name tags helps keep identification costs under control. And, there are many available products to choose from to match whatever your need. From Speedy Badges and Mighty Badges to a simple engraved logo on a metal name tag, we’re sure to have something to match your brand and need.

Schools, Offices and Stores

Having identification is almost a must in these situations. And, when using identification at schools, name tags are often used for security purposes. Not only will reusable name tags identify teachers and assistants, but they also work for students. During the first few school days, teachers often need a little help remembering everyone. Adhesive Name Badges are perfect for this. With their single use, they accomplish so much! Each child can write their name and no one will be forgotten.

reusable name tags and name badges are perfect for any school settingOffices and stores can benefit from these reusable name badges just as much as schools. Products like Mighty Badges are easy to use and quick to assemble. And, if someone moves on from your company, it’s easy to pass on the name tag. Printable inserts are a perfect way to control name badge costs.

Name tags are not all created equal, and we understand that the best! There are endless ways to use reusable name badges. So, no matter you name tag needs, remember to weigh all your options before making your final decision.

How Name Tags Make A Difference

how to make a difference by wearing a name tag and networking“A name tag can show more than a name. It can be an opportunity to market your business and its purpose.”

While we have no affiliation with Ms. Mansfield, we agree with her perspective on name tags!

Here are some excerpts from her recent article “Your Name Here.”

(It) was a fantastic conference. Everyone who attended, presented and exhibited had to wear a name tag. It was large with heavy-duty plastic and a stable, double-attachment lanyard. It was the crème de la crème of name tags.

Every person had a name tag. It displayed their first name only and the tagline, “Here to Serve” under the name. From a marketing perspective, Botlierskop won the name tag game, hands down.

A name tag is a marketing and communication tool that provides critical information. The information is — or should be — dependent on the purpose of the event and the name tag viewer… We also interacted with other staff, all of whom were wearing name tags with their first name only and “Here to Serve.”

That was everything we needed to know. First name only, since we did not need to know their last names, and “Here to Serve” should tell you everything you need to know about Botlierskop’s commitment to customer service. Everything you needed and anything you could think of — all you had to do was ask.

Our name tags consisted of a peel-and-stick tag with our ISPO country and flag. Not having a name was disappointing, especially because we were there to meet and network with fellow representatives.

Mansfield suggests, and we concur, that when wearing a name tag, it’s all about content.

As such, here are a few pointers to make a difference in your name tag. And to help it stand out from the rest and be the “crème de la crème of name tags.”

  1. Remember the primary purpose of a name tag is to show someone’s name! The real difference this makes is to identify the wearer.
  2. Include only necessary items such as a small company logo or a short title. This information makes someone easier to identify quickly.
  3. Make your tags say something memorable. Ms. Mansfield gave the example of “Here to Serve” for this important aspect.
  4. Remember that your name tags are your branding. Whether it is a personal name tag or one for business, it will stand out in someone’s mind, so make sure you are representing what you want to.
  5. Name badges are meant to be a networking tool. Make sure you create a name tag that keeps the person wearing it approachable.

While these tips are not a complete list, they are a starting point to make a difference and are sure to get you on your way to having the “crème de la crème of name tags!”

How To: Networking in 3 Easy Steps

First things first, what is networking?

Networking is a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest.

networking only works when you use your name tags correctly with logos titles and namesAnd, whether you are wearing a name tag for an event or work every day, chances are you don’t realize the impact which you are making. In social settings, name tags can level the playing field. They are also free advertising for your company. And, they inspire people to be more approachable.

Step One: Always wear your name tag! It’s the key to great networking!

A name tag reminds you to be open and honest. You can’t hide behind it. And, it gets you to network, to put yourself out there, and to make new friends. It gives you the opportunity to brand yourself, your image, and your company, with honesty and trustworthiness.

Your name tag is your best friend for several reasons. A person’s name is the first thing that most people forget upon the first meeting. Without the aid of a name tag, people are less likely to approach if they don’t know or have forgotten your name.

Consider all of the commitment you have access to when wearing a name tag. Networking isn’t easy, but when you are willing to put yourself out there, others around you are apt to feel more at ease and will connect better and more frequently.

Step Two: The most important thing is to get your brand noticed.

networking only works when you use your name tags correctly with logos titles and namesYour name tag reflects who you are and humanizes you to others. Most people have a tendency to judge on first impressions, especially when everyone in the room is a stranger. But, if you have a way to make yourself stand out, your brand will become recognizable. And, it helps to make others more at ease around you.

If name tags are provided at an event, use them. Don’t be a name tag snob. They are there to make greeting others easier. They reduce possible awkward moments and help you remember names gracefully.

Step Three: Talk to other and, as always, wear your name tag!

It will help you be fearless. Wearing a name tag in a room full of strangers is an invite for people to talk to you, and for you to talk to people. You don’t need someone to introduce you, so be fearless and take networking into your hands.