Writers & 5 Tips on Name Tags

Writers often use a name tag to stand out from the crowd.

First off, why do writers need a custom name tag? They’ll get a name tag when they go to the convention, the kind you peel off and stick on your shirt. And writers don’t make much money as it is. So why buy a personalized name tag?

The answer is the first and most important reason why writers should wear custom name tags at conferences and conventions.

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1. It adds to your brand.

Every author is his or her brand. Your goal is to stand out from the millions of traditional, indie and aspiring writers out there. And, a name tag can contribute to your brand in multiple ways. The font and color can match the genre you write, or it can reflect your writing voice. Even if you decide to stick with a black and white name tag that says your name in a simple font, it still contributes to your brand.

2. It spares readers embarrassment.

No one likes to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed, and while readers may remember your books, they won’t always remember your name. Readers read (duh!) a lot of books by different authors. And, readers don’t often look at your photo on the back leaf of your hardcover novel to memorize your face. So wear a name tag to help readers remember who you are and spot you at conventions.

3. It makes you more approachable.

When people don’t know or forget your name, they are less likely to approach you. By wearing a name tag, you make it easier for people to talk to you. You’ll seem more friendly and open to conversing with strangers when you have your name pinned or clipped to your chest. Approachability is key to networking, and networking is why you go to conventions, right? So make yourself more approachable with a name tag.

4. It looks professional and makes an excellent first impression.

writers often use name tags and badge holders to help establish their brand

In business settings, a name tag is much like a suit and tie (or a pencil skirt); you look professional when you wear it. It gives the impression that you take your job as a writer seriously. By wearing a professional name tag, you stand out from other writers. And, you make a better first impression when meeting agents and editors.

5. It helps editors and agents remember you.

Editors and literary agents meet writers all the time. Not only do they meet authors at conventions, but they also receive hundreds of queries and submissions every week. Embed your name in their memory with a custom name tag that represents who you are as a writer. If you write horror, and you have a black or red name tag with a scary font, an agent is more likely to distinguish you from all the other horror writers they’ve met. And, a cool custom name tag tells editors and agents that you’re a fun person to work with, and that gives them an incentive to look at your manuscript.

Stand out from the crowd!

create a unique brand for writers with custom name tagsA professional, custom name tag can help set you apart from other writers and make you more memorable. Custom name tags can include your own logo or a stock logo. Other helpful marketing tools include a name plate or, if you don’t like wearing name tags, a badge holder with a paper insert and a lanyard. Whatever personal identification items you want, they can help you market yourself as a writer wherever you go.

(Content courtesy of our new writer CreelaBelle Howard)

Corporate Gifts Worth a Wow

It’s easy to give perfect corporate gifts that everyone will enjoy.

corporate gifts help to sustain relationships and deepen the personal connection between businesses and clientsShowing appreciation with corporate gifts for your customers, clients and employees doesn’t have to be complicated. And, most importantly, it doesn’t have to be a gift that is mundane. We all have several promotional mugs, t-shirts and other items that we receive as thank you gifts. So, what makes you stand out from your competitors?

Deciding on a product to give can be a difficult choice. And at this time of year, it’s important to start thinking about those corporate gifts. Not only is gift giving one of the best ways to improve office morale and grow and maintain your business, but it has become expected as a way to acknowledge a working relationship.

Corporate gifting is an opportunity to connect with your clients, strengthen employee ties, and share your holiday cheer. Recruiting, retention and business development are three other great reasons to give a gift. But don’t just give a gift because you think someone expects it. Give because you want to maintain these relationships.

What are you giving this year?

While fruit baskets and other homemade treats are enjoyable, why not make it something unique to the receiver? Go with something personalized this year. From custom shaped name tags to executive desk wedges, find and create something that will truly make your employees and clients feel like you care.

Does your vice president have a favorite quote? Make them a unique acrylic desk block that they are sure to display proudly. What about your customer service department? Do they need new name tags? Choose from our large selection of custom shapes and material colors so that they know you notice them. Whatever the department or work environment, personalized gifts are sure to make the difference.

name plates and personal identification are great ideas for corporate giftsWhether it’s a new name tag for you, a desk wedge for your associates or other personal identification products for your clients, custom-made gifts are always appreciated. And, we’re sure to have the right gifts for your needs!

P.S. We suggest this every year, not because we make them, but because they do make a great gift even better. So, recognize each employee for a job well done this year with a specially wrapped gift and some branded, personalized ribbon!

Name Tag Definitions: Part 5

These definitions will provide the difference between stock items and custom items. And what you need to know about ordering each kind.

Most of our name tags come with two options. Custom and Stock. Sometimes, trying to figure out what you need can be a struggle.

definitions of name tags name badges and other personal identificationStock Products

First things first, let’s cover what “stock” means. “Stock” refers to an item that is already made or has distinct parts that do not require any added printing or engraving. These items will ship immediately for your use. Stock items are available as Mighty Badges, Speedy Badges and any other reusable products. These “stock” items are ideal for high-turnover companies such as retail stores or call centers. They are also perfect for volunteers. Use each of these products over and over as they have interchangeable pieces.

Pre-Defined Productsdefinitions of name tags name badges and other personal identification

This term may be a bit confusing to some our customers. These “pre-defined” items consist of name tags or name plates that follow a specific, already established design. We call them “Classic Name Tags” and “Classic Name Plates.” And, they are custom in nature. Customize them by selecting the size, the number of lines, a material color and a fastener or holder. We offer several professional name tag and name plate templates to personalize for your needs. These templates do not allow the addition of a logo.

Custom Productsdefinitions of name tags name badges and other personal identification

“Custom” items are made specifically for one customer as per their order. Order all of our name tags and name plates as custom products. This means that you can design your product, whether it be a name tag or name plate, to meet your needs. Design them with names, titles and logos or sometimes full color graphics.

Here at Name Tag, Inc., we pride ourselves on having exact products for which our customers are looking. And, as part of this definitions series, we want to make sure that you understand what you’re getting. Having stock items means that you, as our loyal customers, get what you need and quickly. And by ordering those custom items, it means that you get exactly what you need, no matter what. If we don’t seem to have what you’re looking for, please give us a call, and we’ll find something that works!

Name tags are in the news!

Well, we’ve done it again! Name tags have made the news!

It isn’t very often that personal identification items hit the news. So, when it happens, we here at Coller Industries tend to get excited! Not only is it a chance to share what others are doing with name tags and name badges, but it also helps others to know how important they are.

“Each year, Kami Allers, a Ferry Elementary School third-grade teacher, talks to her students about collecting items for patients who will spend the holidays in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and pediatric units at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for what she calls the Compassion Project.”

This story about Allers, featured in the Grand Haven Tribune, proves that not all personal identification products have to be made of gold. But those involved in this project sure have hearts made of gold!

Usually, when someone thinks about name tags, they think of a small metal or plastic plate that is worn by someone who needs to be identified quickly in a formal setting. This setting varies from retail stores to office buildings to hospitals.

Name Tags are in the news!Choose from our full line of custom or stock name tags.

Name Tag, Inc. has many options to cover most any need for personal identification. We also have reusable name badges and badge holders. Whether you need a logo or simply a name and title, we have all sorts of options to choose from!

“The Ferry Elementary School classrooms are collecting beads, coloring books, crayons, games, books and scrapbooking materials (they make name tags for NICU isolette beds). Students will also make cards to give to children who are in the hospital during Christmas.”

What a great idea for these families, especially during this holiday season. So, let’s all remember that sometimes it isn’t what the name tag is made of but who it comes from. It is the season for giving!

Halloween Decorations

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With Halloween just around the corner, many people are scrambling for ideas for their costumes and decorations. Some costumes, such as those that mimic uniforms work well with a name tag as an accessory. The inclusion of a name tag can be a cost effective method of turning some plain clothing into a costume.

We’ve seen quite a few Halloween name tags come through over the years. Here are a few examples we put together. Something like a “Beware of Monsters” sign could be used year after year for your decorations.

The sky is the limit for the tags and signs you could create. Let us help you make a more memorable Halloween this year.

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