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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

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

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

Product Spotlight: Adjustable Lanyards

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 2, 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: Adjustable Lanyards
Product Category: Lanyards
SKU: 2137-20332137-20342137-20352137-20362137-20372137-20382137-2039, 2137-2040, 2137-2041

In life, it's important to be flexible.

No one wants to be known as that stubborn guy, or as the woman who's set in her ways. Being flexible opens us up to new opportunities, new experiences, new people and new places.

Did you know lanyards can be stubborn too?

OK, so technically lanyards don't have actual personality traits (though we find our neon lanyards to be very hyper and energetic). But lanyards are stubborn in that they're usually a "one size fits all" solution.

Most lanyards are a standard cut length of 36". This means that the length of fabric used to create the lanyard measures 3 feet long before it's looped together with a finishing option.

In some ways, a standard length is a good thing: you always know what you're getting.

However, standard lengths can also present challenges. After all, a lanyard with a cut length of 36" is going to look a lot differently on a 6' 6" person than it will on a 5' 1" person.

Our line of adjustable lanyards solve this problem by...well, by being adjustable.

These lanyards offer the same card-carrying functionality as standard lanyards with the added bonus of adjustable sizing, making them a true "one size fits all" solution.

Don't settle for a stubborn lanyard

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Topics: lanyards, product spotlight, school ID tips, healthcare ID tips, adjustable lanyards

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

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: Lanyards with a Cause

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 13, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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: Themed/Support Lanyards
Product Category: Lanyards
SKU: 2138-5250, 2138-5081, 2138-5240, 2138-52812138-5282, AWR-34S

When thinking about lanyards, most people think custom: a nice unique logo, some text and maybe the company's colors, all mixed together and given away as a freebie at a promotional event.

Lanyards like these are usually used to promote a brand or to show support for an organization.

However, there are also standard lanyards that are designed to show support for a particular cause or organization. We call those "lanyards with a cause."

With these lanyards, you get the benefits of attention-getting customization at a standard lanyard price, all while showing support for a good cause.

Wear your favorite cause around your neck

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Topics: lanyards, card accessories, product spotlight, lanyards with a cause

End Fitting, Imprint Method & More: Understanding Key Lanyard Terms

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 23, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Lanyards are one of the most popular ID card accessories. Most people will have some idea of what a lanyard is, though they may know it as something else, like a card necklace, card carrier or even a shoelace (yes, we've heard that one before).

Lanyards are popular for a number of reasons:

  • They're easy to use: just put one around your neck!
  • They're customizable, making them perfect for brand enhancement.
  • They're versatile, offering dozens of end fittings, sizes and colors to meet any need.

Whether you're looking for a plain, affordable lanyard to issue at a convention or want to create a custom-branded solution to use as a giveaway item, you're going to run into a variety of new (and potentially confusing) terms when you're shopping around.

Finishing options? End fitting? Imprint method? 

We eat, sleep and breathe lanyards, so terms like the three listed above are second nature to us.

However, we also understand that not everyone is obsessed with ID like we are, so we wanted to provide a glossary of key terms related to lanyards.

Understanding the terms below is key to making sure you get the perfect lanyard to suit your needs. 

Consider this "Lanyards 101." Class is now in session!

Earn your bachelor's degree in lanyards

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Topics: custom lanyards, lanyards, card accessories

Product Spotlight: Polka Dot Lanyards

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 7, 2016 12:30:00 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: Polka Dot Lanyards
Product Category: Lanyards
SKU: 2138-7283, 2138-7284, 2138-7288, 2138-7289

Think about a standard lanyard. What words come to mind?

Reliable. Dependable. Plain. Simple.

These are all great words, sure. But they don't exactly set the world aflame with excitement

Custom lanyards, obviously, are a much different story.

With detailed graphics, bold text and a variety of colors, custom lanyards are designed to stand out and grab attention.

But custom lanyards come with a custom price, and some organizations simply don't need the branding that comes with a custom solution.

Does that mean you have to settle for plain lanyards?

Nope! 

Our latest lanyard offering brings you the colors and boldness of a custom lanyard at the price of a standard lanyard.

Your life could use more polka dots

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Topics: lanyards, product spotlight, polka dot lanyards

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