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4 Ways to Improve a Hospital Visitor Program

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 17, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Visiting a loved one in the hospital can be a stressful experience.

With the exception of going to see a newborn baby, a hospital visit is rarely a happy occasion. Hospital visitors are often pretty stressed out, and it's not hard to see why.

While you don't want to add any unnecessary obstacles to a visitors' path toward seeing their loved ones, it's still important for healthcare facilities to screen all guests, for both staff and patient safety.

However, it's equally important to ensure that your hospital Visitor Management solution doesn't cause anxiety or increase stress for your guests.

To put it simply, you want your Visitor Management solution to work, without putting undue duress on the guests.

Learn how to make things easier on your guests

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Topics: Visitor Management, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, visitor management systems

How to Choose the Perfect Visitor Badges for Your Site

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 15, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Visitor badges are one of the most popular forms of Visitor Management, up there in the Visitor Hall of Fame next to the plain ol' sign-in sheet and the "ALL GUESTS MUST SIGN IN" placard. 

Organizations of all kinds have been using visitor badges for decades, from classic "Hi! My name is..." badges to today's innovative expiring badges

It's not hard to see why visitor badges are so popular: they're easy to use, they're affordable and they get the job done, distinguishing between employees and guests to help increase security.

However, what's not immediately clear to organizations looking to purchase visitor badges for the first time is what kind of visitor badges to choose.

In fact, many organizations have no idea there are dozens of options out there when it comes to visitor badges.

"Options?" they think. "I don't know, just one of those sticky name things, I guess."

It's hard to blame people who aren't familiar with visitor badges for being unaware, as not everyone is as obsessed with visitor badges as we are at IDenticard.

Unfamiliar with our TEMPbadge® expiring visitor badges? Learn more!

But it's important for organizations looking to make a purchase, whether it's for school visitor badges or hospital visitor badges, to be aware of their options in order to make the best choice.

We've come up with a list of four questions you can ask yourself in order to zero in on the perfect visitor badge solution for your site, enabling you to secure your site without any headaches.

What do you need to ask yourself in order to make the right choice?

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Topics: Visitor Management, expiring visitor badges, school visitor management, office visitor management, visitor badges

4 Enhancements That Make TEMPbadge Expiring Badges Better Than Ever

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 8, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Since hitting the Visitor Management market a few decades ago, our TEMPbadge® expiring visitor badges have been a hit with a variety of customers.

These badges have been used for everything from school visitor badges to contractor badges at worksites of all kinds, serving as a versatile, easy-to-use Visitor Management solution.

Customers loved our patented expiring ink technology, which is what made TEMPbadge visitor badges different from anything else on the market.

That technology worked for years, making TEMPbadge into the recognizable brand that it is today.

However, given that it had been decades, we thought we could make it better. That's exactly what we did with our enhanced TEMPbadge products, which launched at the beginning of this month.

These new products take what made TEMPbadge expiring visitor badges great and make those features even better, leading to an improved experience for all of our customers.

Out with the old, in with the new

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Topics: Visitor Management, expiring visitor badges, TEMPbadge, guest experience

3 Reasons Custom Luggage Tag Holders Should Be Your Next Giveaway Item

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 1, 2017 12:30:00 PM

When traveling, most people will keep some kind of checklist to run through before heading off to the airport, bus depot or train station. It's a great way to make sure all of the essentials are in one's bag before leaving home.

Passport? Check. Phone charger? Check. Toothbrush? Ah, knew there was something missing...

With all of the essentials in tow, our excited traveler heads out to begin his or her journey, tossing that carefully packed bag into the cargo hold with dozens of others.

Upon arrival, it's time to collect that bag! That nondescript, black bag...piled in with all the other nondescript, black, gray or dark-colored bags...oh boy.

Too many people place a lot of emphasis on carefully packing their bags but forget about what's going to happen when they arrive at their destination and need to pick them up: which one is mine?

Thus begins The Great Bag Search, where every bag that remotely resembles our excited traveler's is picked up and inspected in vain.

(It always ends up being the very last bag, doesn't it?)

There are a couple of ways to avoid this problem:

  • Be the person (there's always one) with the hot pink or leopard-print luggage
  • Clearly identify luggage with a colorful luggage tag holder

The latter represents a great opportunity for an organization to meet a common need while also promoting their brand by using custom-printed luggage tag holders.

Get your tags on your customers' bags

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Topics: trade show giveaways, custom products, giveaway items,, luggage tag holders, custom luggage tag holders

3 Ideas For Fun, Creative Employee ID Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Let's be honest: ID cards aren't exactly the most exciting things around.

It's OK to admit it. We're not offended. We know that most of the world doesn't share our ID-loving views. Not everyone geeks out over the subtle differences between CR-79 and CR80 cards, or knows the precise dimensions of a government-sized credential.

ID cards aren't meant to be thrilling or entertaining. They're meant to do a simple job, and to do it without much fanfare.

ID cards are kind of meant to be...well, boring.

But they don't have to be!

If you're looking to do something different with your ID badging program at your office, school or factory, there are several things you can try to take your ID badges from bland to grand.

Whether you're a small office with a handful of employees or a larger group just looking to add some levity to the work day, these ideas will make your ID cards stand out from the crowd and put a smile on the face of coworkers at the same time.

Make your cards more than an afterthought

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Topics: ID cards, employee badges, employee ID cards, id card tips, office tips

Product Spotlight: Locking Card Cases

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 26, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Product Spotlight is a feature designed to showcase individual products in our broad offering. We'll highlight key features, discuss how the product is used and more. Interested in seeing a particular product featured here? Let us know!

Product: Locking card holders
Product Category: Badge Holders
SKU: 706-LN, 706-LT1, OP-706 (required accessory)

Quick, what's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear "secure your ID card?"

Chances are it's one of two things:

  • Secure it to your person by using an accessory, like a badge reel or lanyard
  • Secure it to keep it safe from theft or tampering

Everyone is entitled to have an opinion, but for the most part, the one that springs to your mind first has a lot to do with your line of work and what you're using your ID card to do. 

If you're working in a small office where your employee badge is an afterthought or a mere formality, you're more likely to lean toward the first choice.

However, if you're working in a government office, a high-tech firm or in any position that requires security clearance, you're far more likely to gravitate toward the second option.

It's a fact that eludes many people who use "common" ID cards, but for certain segments of the population, an ID card falling into the wrong hands could have catastrophic consequences.

For that reason, there are people who require a "secure" ID card solution that goes beyond just securing the card to the wearer.

Instead, those people need a solution that keeps the card itself secure, safe from prying eyes or mischievous hackers. For people like that, a simple badge holder isn't going to be good enough.

Lock it up...

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Topics: ID cards, government ID cards, product spotlight, government badge holders, id card security

5 Common Trade Show & Convention Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 20, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Trade shows and conventions can be a great way to build your business. 

These large events are usually packed with like-minded people who should, at the very least, be at least a little interested in whatever product or service you're providing (unless you showed up at the wrong expo).

However, these big conferences can be expensive too. Consider all of the things you need: a booth, sample products, travel and hotels for members of your team, dinners, shirts...it all adds up.

While these events are high-reward events because of the quality of the leads you can attract, they're also a high-cost undertaking.

Due to those costs, it's important to refine your trade show and convention practices to make sure you're getting the most bang for your buck.

We've attended hundreds of trade shows over the years, from the United States to Asia and just about everywhere in between. During that time, we've learned a lot about what goes into a great trade show experience.

More importantly, however, we've learned about the common miscues and mistakes that take away from the positive impact of a trade show.

With some careful planning and adherence to the tips below, you can make sure each show you attend results in a great experience for both your team and your soon-to-be customers.

Get the most out of your event experience

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Topics: trade shows, conventions, trade show tips

4 Ways to Help Your Employees Remember Their ID Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

It's happened to all of us.

You're walking up the stairs at work in the morning, ready to start the day. You might still be half asleep, but you've got your coffee, your lunch bag and you're ready to start the day.

You get to the front door and reach for your employee badge...

"Uh oh."

Then come the familiar steps:

  • Check the other pocket? Nope.
  • What about your back pocket? Nada.
  • Is it in your backpack? No dice.
  • Maybe the car? You took the train today.
  • Did I drop it on the stairs? No.
  • Maybe it's in my shoe? Now you're being ridiculous.

It settles in: you forgot your ID badge!

Don't worry. Everyone forgets. Happens to the best of us.

However, when it comes to ID badges at the workplace, forgetting a badge can cause a variety of problems, both for employees and the employer.

From having someone stuck outside until a fellow employee arrives to the employer having to deal with the potential security issues of an unidentified person walking around the facility, the "I forgot" headaches start to add up.

The easiest solution, obviously, is to help employees stop forgetting their badges. Easier said than done, right?

However, there are steps you can take to help employees remember their credentials, from specific card-carrying accessories to some good, ol' fashioned embarrassment.

Functionality, cell phones and embarrassment: what do they have in common?

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, cell phone wallet, employee badges, employee ID cards, office tips

Should You Put a Slot in Your ID Cards?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 6, 2017 2:30:00 PM

It's a seemingly small decision, but it's one that has a big impact on how you'll use, carry and display your ID card:

Slot or not?

You have plenty of decisions to make when it comes to designing and producing ID cards, like what to put on the cards and whether to print on one side or two.

Once that card is done, however, there's another decision you have to make: "How am I going to carry this thing?"

That's where the slot comes in.

Choosing between a slotted or slot-free ID card goes a long way towards determining how you're going to be using your ID credential

However, it's not quite as simple as "I want a slot, so I'm going to include one."

There are certain situations and materials that make a slot a good idea, and others that make slotted ID cards a bit less desirable.

Ask yourself some questions before putting a slot in your cards

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Topics: ID cards, employee ID cards, slot punch

Custom Lanyards 101: What Are the Best Options for End Fittings?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 5, 2017 2:30:00 PM

Custom lanyards are more than a great way to carry and display an ID card, employee badge or set of keys: they're also a highly customizable, brand-enhancing solution! With the release of our all-new custom lanyard tool, we want to shine some light on a few key custom lanyard concepts. We hope these posts will help you better understand the world of custom lanyards.

When buying any custom product, you know you're going to have several big decisions to make.

Creating custom goods is a great way to offer a unique, attention-getting product, but it's always going to be a bit more difficult than just grabbing something off the shelf or clicking "add to cart" online.

When it comes to designing custom lanyards, decisions include:

  • What material do I want to use?
  • What kind of customization will I need?
  • Do I need a safety breakaway?
  • Will I be doing positional printing or continuous?

One of the most important questions, however, isn't listed there and is often forgotten altogether: what kind of end fitting do I want?

Maybe it's because it's all the way down the end of the lanyard, or maybe it's because it's not as glitzy as choosing full-color dye sublimation over one-color silk screen, but the noble end fitting is frequently an afterthought.

Why?! The end fitting is arguably the most important part of your lanyard, as it's responsible for securing your attached credential or keys.

This post will help shed some light on what your options are when it comes to choosing an end fitting, what each end fitting offers and more.

Yes, there's an end fitting called a lobster claw. No, it isn't made of lobster.

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Topics: custom lanyards, lanyards, custom products

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