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How Custom Lanyards Helped Put a Healthcare Facility's Strategic Plan Front & Center

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The administrators at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences had a dilemma: they needed to roll out a new strategic plan to their staff, but wanted to do so in a fun, creative way.

Who knew that custom lanyards would be the answer?

Based in Whitby, Ontario Shores provides a variety of inpatient and outpatient mental health services to patients ranging from adolescents to seniors.

Part of Ontario Shores' mission is to provide kind, compassionate service to each of its patients.

That desire was a key part of the facility's drive to implement a new Strategic Plan, which would lay out a number of Strategic Directions to follow over the next five years.

Ontario Shores wanted to create unique, branded items that could be issued to staff members to help spread the new Strategic Directions.

The goal was to allow staff members to promote and embrace these new Strategic Directions in a fun way.

Ontario Shores had an idea, but wasn't sure how to make it reality.

Luckily, the facility was working with an ID manufacturer that has a wealth of experience creating custom solutions.

Taking the mission with you, from idea to implementation

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Topics: custom lanyards, custom products, case study

3 Reasons to Add Custom Event Wristbands to Your Next Gathering

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 27, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Managing large social events is a tricky undertaking. 

A variety of different things goes into running an event like a concert, nightclub opening or charity auction. You need to consider who's managing the door, how many bartenders you'll have on staff, who's running the VIP area and more.

Chances are, wristbands aren't exactly at the top of your pre-event "to-do" list.

However, adding custom event wristbands to your next gathering is a great way to increase security and make things easier on your staff.

Most people have been to an event where wristbands were issued by the event staff, and most people probably didn't give the wristbands a second thought.

But chances are that as an event manager or staff member, you've run into issues here and there that could've been eased or even prevented entirely by issuing wristbands.

It's all in the wrist

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Topics: custom products, wristbands, security wristbands, event wristbands

Product Spotlight: Secure Closure Wristbands

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 22, 2017 2:00:00 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: Secure Closure Dye-Sublimated Wristbands
Product Category: Wristwear
SKU: Custom Product

Wristbands are a popular way to denote certain privileges at sporting events, concerts, nightclubs and conventions.

They can be used for a variety of reasons, from indicating that the wearer is of legal drinking age to granting access to certain "VIP" areas.

Many organizations are still issuing the same paper-like wristbands that have been used for years.

We've all seen them: they're frequently used to indicate that a bag has been searched by arena security or that a person at an 18+ concert is over the age of 21.

These wristbands work on a basic level, as they do a good job of identifying the wearer at a glance. However, these wristbands have what you could consider a fatal flaw: they're transferable.

While it's true that they're designed to be non-transferable, it's easy to peel apart the wristband without damaging it, if you're careful. This creates a serious security lapse, potentially allowing access to alcohol for underage youth or allowing an outsider into privileged areas.

On a visual level, our secure closure wristbands work a lot like the ones described above: they're printed with some kind of design to indicate the status of the wearer at a glance, making things easier on bartenders and security guards.

However, secure closure wristbands feature an added security benefit: once placed on the wearer's wrist, the only way it's coming off is with some kind of blade.

Same visual verification, but more security

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Topics: custom products, product spotlight

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

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

3 Keys to Choosing a Successful Promotional Giveaway Item

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 14, 2016 11:30:00 AM

There you are, set up at your trade show or promotional event. You've got your nice sign, your table, your team in their matching company shirts.

Everything is laid out nice and neat on the table in front of you: brochures, business cards, samples and, of course, the giveaway item meant to draw in potential customers.

After all, everyone loves free stuff, right?

There's only one problem: no one is coming over to take your freebie.

Is it something you said? Something you did?

No, in all likelihood, it's something you didn't do: you didn't make your promotional giveaway unique or interesting enough to grab the viewer's attention on that crowded trade show floor.

As you sit at your table or booth watching potential customers drift by, only to stop at your competition's table ("hey, look! It lights up!"), you know you need to do something different next time: you need to come up with a better promotional giveaway so that you can draw customers to your booth and let your excellent sales team take it from there.

But how?

There are thousands of different promotional giveaway items out there to choose from. But for a promotional giveaway to be great, it needs to meet three specific criteria.

If you're giving it away, make sure they want to keep it

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Topics: trade show giveaways, custom products, promotional products

Custom Lanyards 101: What Are Continuous and Positional Printing?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 7, 2016 1:00:00 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 terms. We hope these posts will help you better understand the world of custom lanyards.

When it comes to custom lanyards, "print type" can refer to more than one thing.

  • It can be the method used to print your custom design on the lanyard (e.g. dye sublimation, silk screen, etc.).
  • It can be the layout and alignment of the custom design itself.

In this case, positional printing refers the the latter: the actual alignment of the custom imagery itself.

When most people look at a custom-printed lanyard, they notice a few things right away: the custom graphic, the logo, the text, maybe the end fitting.

What most people don't notice is the way the custom design itself is printed. 

"I didn't even know you could print it more than one way," you think. 

Exactly!

But much like you can choose a variety of alignments when typing up a document, there is a difference between lanyard print alignments, and choosing one style over another will have a big impact on the overall look of your custom lanyard.

Don't get caught out of position

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Topics: custom lanyards, lanyards, custom products

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

3 Tips on Buying Lanyards for Schools

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 26, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Let's talk lanyards!

These card accessories are a great way to carry and display an employee badge, ID card, badge holder, keys or some other kind of credential at job sites of all kinds, from office buildings to hotels.

It's not hard to see why lanyards are popular: they're easy to use, they're customizable for a unique branding opportunity and they're an affordable accessory.

While most people are familiar with what a lanyard is and have an idea of what they're looking for, choosing the right lanyard can be tricky. It's hard to know exactly what you need.

You know the basics (you want to carry a card, of course), but things like material, end fitting and finishing option are going to vary depending on specific needs.

However, there's one particular industry where lanyards are frequently used that has unique challenges to consider when making a purchase: schools!

Yes, schools frequently use lanyards to wear ID badges, carry sets of keys or even as promotional items in a gift shop.

If you're interested in buying lanyards for schools, there are a few things we think you should consider prior to making a purchase.

Buying lanyards for schools? Do your homework first!

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Topics: custom lanyards, lanyards, custom products, school ID tips

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

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