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3 Questions to Ask About Your New School ID Badge Program

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 7, 2017 11:00:00 AM

For many educational institutions, the end of the school year is a time to reflect on the year gone by, wrap up any loose ends and make plans for the "off" months ahead.

However, the end of the school year is also budgeting season, making it the perfect time for schools to plan for upcoming expenses, both large and small.

This makes school budgeting season the perfect time to think about investing in a school ID card program, whether it's an overhaul of your existing solution or implementing student or employee ID badges for the first time.

While an investment in an ID program isn't going to completely blow the budget like a new gym floor or repairs to the HVAC system might, creating a new identification badge program will require careful planning and investment.

In order to get the most efficient and effective badging system possible, it's understand what options you have moving forward and how those options mesh with your school's needs.

When it comes to school ID badges, don't just wing it

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Topics: ID cards, education, student id cards, school ID tips, school identification

3 Reasons to Add Access Wristbands to Your School ID Program

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Student ID badges are a pretty common sight at schools across the country, whether they're high schools, middle schools or sprawling universities.

A student ID badge's main goal is to confirm that the student possessing it is, in fact, an authorized student.

The key elements of a good student ID badge include a clear photo of the student, the student's name printed in large text and maybe some school-themed branding, like school colors or a logo.

However, many of today's schools use student ID badges for far more than positive identification.

Today's schools, particularly colleges, need a student ID badge that can grant access to the gym, pay for meals at the cafeteria and get a student on the campus shuttle bus.

Even today's high schools are getting into using "smart" student ID badges, requiring students to use a card to pay for lunch instead of using cash.

With school budgeting season in full swing, you may be looking to update or overhaul your existing student ID badge program.

If so, now is a great time to make the switch from a card-based credential system to a far more modern solution: wristbands!

Add a modern twist to your school ID program

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Topics: wearable technology, tech tips, education, UBand, access wristbands, school ID tips, school identification

3 Ways to Prepare for Next Year's School ID Badge Printing Operation

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The weather is getting warmer and the remnants of winter have slowly melted away.

Spring is here! And with the arrival of spring, the eyes of students, teachers and administrators can't help but wander toward what comes after spring: summer, and with it weeks of freedom.

However, while we think spring is great and we love summer, we can't let you forget what's coming after summer: another school year.

Buzzkill, we know.

But spring is usually school budgeting season, that oh-so-fun time of year where schools need to plan their expenses for the upcoming school year.

This is commonly referred to as school buying season, as it's when schools begin either budgeting for or making purchases with an eye toward the coming school year.

Part of that budgeting process should involve assessing your ID badging needs, as a new school year brings new students, and new students require new badges. 

If you're going to need new card stock, new supplies or a new printer, now is the time to get it in your budget. However, chances are your various ID needs got lost in the craziness of another school year.

With that in mind, we've got three things you can to to take stock of your current ID situation and make sure you make the most of this school buying season.

Check, double check and triple check

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Topics: ID card printers, school visitor management, printer supplies, school ID tips

Learn How One School is Getting Creative With Our Credential Wallets

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 16, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Let's be honest: badge holders can be boring.

It's not their fault! There just aren't many ways to get creative with a badge holder. 

Sure, you can add your logo for a cool, custom-branded solution. Maybe you can choose a shielded holder or an arm band holder to be different.

Other than that, badge holders kind of just go with the flow, doing their job without much fanfare.

There's nothing wrong with that! Badge holders may be a "no-frills" solution, but they're reliable, easy to use and affordable.

Did you know: our badge holders selector tool makes it easy to find the perfect holder for you! >>

However, we recently discovered that a school in the Pacific Northwest is using our badge holders (specifically our credential wallets) in a creative, kid-friendly way that promotes learning, responsibility and a supportive school atmosphere

All of that...from a credential wallet?!

What are Lion Leaders, and how do our badge holders help?

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Topics: badge holders, id accessories, school ID tips, badge holders for schools

Product Spotlight: Adjustable Lanyards

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 2, 2016 9:00:00 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: 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

3 Tips on Buying Lanyards for Schools

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 26, 2016 11:30:00 AM

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

3 Creative Ways to Use Badge Buddies at Your School

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 21, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Badge Buddies role-recognition cards are known as excellent complements to a healthcare ID badging program.

It makes sense: their bright colors and bold text make them a great way to have a worker's title stand out in a crowded healthcare environment.

However, over time, our beloved Badge Buddies have been typecast.

Many people now see Badge Buddies as a "healthcare accessory," something that belongs in a hospital, doctor's office or medical center.

Badge Buddies are capable of so much more!

There are dozens of different industries that would benefit from role recognition. After all, few businesses have absolutely no interest in making things easier on their customers, which is exactly what Badge Buddies do (by clearly identifying personnel).

In fact, there's one particular market where, like in healthcare, a busy environment would benefit from the clear, bold role recognition offered by badge buddies: schools!

The ABCs of Badge Buddies for schools

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Topics: badge buddies, custom badge buddies, badge buddies for schools, school ID tips, school identification

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