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Badge Reels, Badge Holders, Lanyards or Strap Clips: Which Should You Choose?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 12, 2017 11:00:00 AM

People tend to put a lot of thought into the look and feel of their ID cards, and rightly so: an ID card, like an employee badge or student ID card, is the centerpiece of any identification program, and is an important way to positively identify someone and increase security.

You've created the perfect ID card. The logo looks great, the photo is perfectly placed and the security feature adds a touch of professionalism. You're thrilled with the result.

However, when it comes to ID cards, there's an oft-overlooked but equally important question that requires just as much thought as your ID card's design: how are you going to carry it?

"Uh...I don't know, with one of those card things."

Ah, yes. The "card things." 

Unless you're familiar with the identification products industry, names like strap clips, lanyards, badge reels and badge holders probably aren't at the top of your mind.

These four products are far and away the most common ways to carry and display ID cards at all kinds of settings, from schools and offices to retail outlets and factories.

If your goal is to carry an ID card without shoving it in your pocket, you really can't go wrong with any of the four options mentioned above.

However, each of the four has unique benefits and drawbacks that combine to make the solution better for some situations and worse for others.

The choice is yours, and yours alone

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Topics: ID cards, custom lanyards, lanyards, card accessories, custom badge reels, strap clips, badge reels, badge holders

3 Unique, Fun Custom Products for National Nurses Week

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

Nurses: they're the backbone of every hospital and major medical facility.

Nurses do it all, from assisting with procedures to providing emergency care to patients of all kinds.

Nurses are caring, compassionate and have nerves of steel, able to withstand the kind of pressure that comes from working in the fast-paced, high-stakes healthcare world.

To celebrate the differences made by nurses across the country, the American Nurses Association sets aside a week each year, known as National Nurses Week, to honor its members.

This year, National Nurses Week is from May 6-12, just over a month away.

While no small item could ever truly thank nurses for the impact they make on a daily basis, it's become common for organizations to give their nurses little gifts or giveaway items during National Nurses Week.

Learn more about National Nurses Week.

These items are meant to show appreciation for the nurses, and to show them that all their hard work doesn't go unrecognized.

One way to show your nurses that you appreciate them, both during National Nurses Week and on a daily basis, is by offering custom nurse-themed ID card accessories.

Your nurses don't need another mouse pad

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Topics: custom lanyards, custom badge reels, healthcare, nursing, National Nurses Week

Make It Yours: 2 Reasons to Choose Custom Card Accessories Over Stock Products

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 11, 2016 2:00:00 PM

When shopping for a badge reel, badge holderlanyard or other card accessory, you have a variety of things that you need to consider before making a purchase.

You'll ask yourself questions like:

  • How do I want these accessories to attach to the wearer?
  • What kind of accessory best fits my credentials?
  • Do I need to buy different accessories for different personnel?

These questions will help you zero in on the perfect card-carrying accessory for you.

However, there's another question that you should ask yourself that could have an even bigger impact than anything you choose above:

"Do I want custom card accessories or stock products?"

The "custom vs. stock" argument has been going on for as long as products like custom lanyards and custom badge reels have existed, and there's really no right or wrong answer. 

Stock products will be great for customers looking for something quick, with cost being a primary concern. For other organizations, spending a little more for an eye-catching custom product is worth the wait.

Click here to get an idea of what kind of custom products we can offer your organization >>

While we do think stock products are great, custom card accessories offer a few hidden benefits that stock products can't match, making it worth your while to make the investment in making something your own.

Enhance your brand with a unique card-carrying solution

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Topics: custom lanyards, lanyards, card accessories, custom products, custom badge reels, badge reels, employee ID cards, ID tips

How to Choose the Right ID Badge Accessory: 5 Questions You Need to Ask

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 28, 2016 4:00:00 PM

You have your new ID cards all picked out.

They're perfect. You custom designed them with your organization's logo, included a bar code for use in the office cafeteria and even added a smart chip that lets your employees use them to gain access to the building.

Awesome!

Now, how are you going to carry them?

For organizations starting an ID badge program, a lot of effort goes into choosing and creating the perfect ID credential. It makes sense: after all, the card itself is the center of the badging program.

However, your employees will be using these credentials every day, and will need a way to carry them around. For that reason, choosing the right ID badge accessory is an essential part of running a successful badging program.

When it comes to card-carrying accessories, you have plenty of choices. 

Strap clip? Lanyard? Badge Reel? Badge Holder? Neck chain? 

While each of the above is a great ID badge accessory in its own right, certain accessories are better suited for use in specific situations.

So, how do you go about finding that perfect accessory? We've got you covered!

Several key attributes help determine the right ID badge accessory for you

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Topics: card tips, custom lanyards, lanyards, card accessories, custom badge reels, strap clips, badge reels, badge holders

Product Spotlight: Custom Badge Reels with Variable Text

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 20, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Product Spotlight is a feature that will run multiple times a week, 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: Custom Badge Reels with Variable Text
Product Category: Badge Reels
SKU: Multiple SKUs (view full list here)

Custom retractable badge reels are a popular ID card accessory. They're easy to use, feature custom graphics for brand enhancement and are able to carry multiple cards or keys at a time.

Plus, if we're being honest, they're kind of cool. Who hasn't had a badge reel and spent some time pulling the cord all the way out to watch it flail around? 

No? Just us? OK, moving on...

Custom badge reels are used in a variety of circumstances, like holding employee badges at offices or as giveaway items at marketing or promotional events.

On the surface, custom badge reels are pretty straightforward: take a badge reel, add your logo and POW! Custom badge reel.

However, we found a way to make custom badge reels even more "custom": by allowing the addition of different lines of text on each reel!

With variable text, it's OK to be different

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Topics: custom products, custom badge reels, product spotlight, badge reels, id accessories

4 Questions to Ask When Choosing ID Badge Holders

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 15, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Your office is getting ready to launch its new employee badge program, and you need to buy new ID badge holders.

Where do you begin?

When it comes to choosing this common ID accessory, many people will have only a vague idea of what they need: "some plastic thing to carry the card, and then wear it too."

Accurate, but not very helpful!

In many cases, people are unaware of how many options there are for something as simple as an ID badge holder. Think of all the possibilities: Rigid. Flexible. Color. Clear. Shielded. Multi-card. Arm-band. Credential wallet. Premium vinyl.

The list goes on and on. It's enough to overwhelm, and definitely makes the buying process much more difficult.

However, it's a lot easier to zero in on the perfect badge holder for your needs if you're able to narrow down the list of options by asking yourself a series of questions.

We've got the questions, you've got the answers

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Topics: card accessories, custom badge reels, shielded badge holders, badge holders, ID tips

Retractable Badge Reels: What Are Your Options for End Fittings?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 1, 2016 1:35:00 PM

Retractable badge reels, also known as retractable card holders, are one of the most popular ways to carry and display an ID credential.

It's easy to see why: they can be customized for branding purposes, are easy to attach to the user and keep an ID card within reach for scanning or swiping at all times.

When it comes to choosing a badge reel, there are three main things to consider:

  • Color and shape
  • Attachment type
  • End fitting

Color and shape, of course, require no further explanation.

Attachment type refers to the piece on the back of the badge reel that secures the reel to the wearer. Common attachments include a swivel clip, a swivel clip with teeth and a slide clip.

The last one is arguably the most important, and potentially the most confusing: the end fitting.

On a badge reel, the end fitting refers to the piece at the end of the retractable cord that attaches to the ID card or badge holder.

What kind of end fitting you want on your retractable badge reels will depend largely on what kind of card or badge holder you'll be attaching. 

Fortunately, we offer several different end fittings to suit any need.

What kind of badge reel end fittings do we offer?

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Topics: card accessories, custom badge reels, badge reel end fittings, badge reels

The Three Different Methods Used to Create Custom Retractable Badge Reels

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 6, 2016 1:31:14 PM

IDenticard_Custom_Badge_Reels_Customization_Methods.pngRetractable badge reels, also known as retractable card holders, are a popular card-carrying accessory across a number of industries. They're convenient, easy to use and offer a great opportunity for custom branding.

While there are dozens of different kinds of badge reels, they fundamentally do the same thing: hold and display a card or key while allowing it to be pulled away from the body for scanning, swiping or opening doors. 

This functionality is one of the reasons retractable badge reels are so popular, as they keep a card or key readily available for use without it getting in the way or being inconvenient.

However, the main appeal of these card accessories is the ability to create custom retractable badge reels with a brand's logo, slogan or other relevant imagery. Custom badge reels are perfect for internal use displaying ID cards or badges, for promotional use as a marketing or giveaway item and more.

No matter the use, the result is the same: your brand, right there for every swipe of the card or turn of the key.

When it comes to creating custom retractable card holders, however, customers have a choice to make: which customization method do I choose?

What are the three badge holder customization methods?

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Topics: card accessories, custom products, custom badge reels, custom retractable card holders, badge reels

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