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

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 12, 2017 8:00:00 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

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

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 28, 2016 1:00:00 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.


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: Brady Clothing-Friendly™ Strap Clip

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 31, 2016 12:05:00 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: Strap Clip with the Brady Clothing-Friendly Clip
Product Category: Strap Clips
SKU: 2105-2093

You never think it's going to happen to you.

You're sitting at a sales meeting, a convention or some other kind of all-day work event, wearing a name badge and sitting next to your colleague from the Topeka office.

You've been there for hours, dutifully wearing your name badge, when you break for the day. You remove your name tag, and suddenly there's a large crimp (or worse) on your nicest convention clothes. Like a wrinkle's ugly cousin, this evil crimp is now just sitting there in the middle of your shirt.

You've become a victim of Clip Bite.

Don't worry! You're not alone. People around the country fall victim to this phenomenon every year, as button-down shirts, dresses and sweaters are cast into the trash after suffering fatal cases of Clip Bite.

Many frequent trade show or convention attendees feel resigned to their fates, settling for a less-than-perfect shirt that they know will be sacrificed to the evil Clip Bite. 

But there's a better way: the Brady Clothing-Friendly Clip!

How does the Brady Clothing-Friendly Clip save you from Clip Bite?

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Topics: card accessories, product spotlight, clothing-friendly clip, strap clips, patented products

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