How to Use Name Tags at Your Christmas Party

Liven your office Christmas party using name tags!

The holidays are here again, and that means it is time to plan your office Christmas party. Each year you look for ways to make your Christmas party different or better than last year’s. That means changing the food, gifts, decorations or activities. Name tags are versatile products that can enhance a company’s celebrations in many ways.

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Here are three ways name tags can add variety to your corporate Christmas party and bring more holiday cheer to you and your colleagues.

Dining

Placement name tags add class to your dining room table. Each employee’s name is laser engraved into a metal or plastic name tag, in an elegant font of your choice.

Serving wine or cocktails at your event? Wine tags help distinguish one person’s glass from another. Party attendees attach a tag with their name engraved on it to the bottom of their wine or cocktail glasses so they can easily find them again. Name tags also serve as labels for a banquet table or potluck so attendees know which food is what.

Games

Exchanging white elephant gifts at your Christmas party? Name tags make it easy to draw a person’s name to see who gets to choose a gift first. And unlike with paper strips, you won’t have to rewrite their names again next year.

If you want to have a different activity this year, there are several games you and your coworkers can play with blank name tags. Have each person draw a picture of something that represents them. Then, have everyone guess which picture belongs to whom. Or, write a question on each blank tag and give it to each person to pin on their shirt. Everyone then has to answer the question pinned on the person they’re talking to while they socialize. Be careful which markers you use as some markers may be permanent.

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Name tags make classy gifts, and having every employee wear a name tag that includes your business logo creates company unity and solidifies branding. You may choose the color, font and fastener for your name tags. And, you decide whether to have an employee’s name engraved or leave the name tag blank.

Already bought your employees Christmas presents for this year? A beautiful gift tag will make them feel extra special. Tape a name tag to a wrapped present or attach it to a gift bag. Ribbons make great gift tags as well.

However you choose to celebrate the holidays, name tags can enhance your office Christmas party experience.

Personal Branding vs Corporate Branding

First things first… What is BRANDING?

Definition: BRAND – a particular product or a characteristic that serves to identify a particular product, a trade name or trademark, and/or a particular kind or variety.

what is corporate branding and what is personal branding using name tags lanyards signs name badgesLet’s break it down a bit farther to make it a little easier. The act of branding is the process involved in creating a unique name or image for a product, person or idea. This is done mostly through advertising and other similar means. It is also the action of building a convincing individual or unique presence in a consumer market that attracts and retains loyal customers.

Now that we’ve established what branding is, let’s discuss the different aspects of what it is.

Personal branding is the process of an individual marketing, or advertising, themselves or their personal career as a unique image, or brand. It is in effect the ongoing practice of building up an image or uniqueness about themselves to others around them. A personal brand often involves the use of someone’s name on various marketing products.

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Examples of personal branding:
Scott Ginsberg, Tony Robbins, Michael Jordan, Rachael Ray, Oprah

In the name tag world, a personal brand comes when you wear a name tag with your name (first and/or last) to identify yourself as an individual and to stand out in a crowd. By wearing personal identification products, e.g. name tag, name badge, etc., one makes themselves more visible to others and opens a door to better experiences at large events. Most often one can see this type of brand at large corporate meetings or conventions where the individual needs to be distinguished from others.

Corporate branding is the process of promoting the logo and/or brand name of a company or corporation for marketing and advertising purposes. Typically the range of a corporate brand is very broad and is often used as a way to express the company’s ideals and goals.

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Examples of corporate branding:
Apple; M&M (Mars, Incorporated); The Hershey Company;
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.; NIKE, Inc.

Corporate branding utilizes the same items as personal branding, such as lanyards and name tags, but they are used differently. Many companies choose to add their logo, or brand, to the name tags so that their employees are easily identifiable to the consumer. These items are then turned into a way of advertising their company rather than the individual. Many times this type of branding is seen at conferences where many companies that manufacture or sell the same ideas or items might mingle. Lanyards, name tags and often signs are used to distinguish each business attending the conference.

Whether personal or corporate, a brand is important to anyone who is seeking to be differentiated from those around them. Corporations typically have a logo designed while individuals must promote their names as a logo.