How Name Tags Make A Difference

how to make a difference by wearing a name tag and networking“A name tag can show more than a name. It can be an opportunity to market your business and its purpose.”

While we have no affiliation with Ms. Mansfield, we agree with her perspective on name tags!

Here are some excerpts from her recent article “Your Name Here.”

(It) was a fantastic conference. Everyone who attended, presented and exhibited had to wear a name tag. It was large with heavy-duty plastic and a stable, double-attachment lanyard. It was the crème de la crème of name tags.

Every person had a name tag. It displayed their first name only and the tagline, “Here to Serve” under the name. From a marketing perspective, Botlierskop won the name tag game, hands down.

A name tag is a marketing and communication tool that provides critical information. The information is — or should be — dependent on the purpose of the event and the name tag viewer… We also interacted with other staff, all of whom were wearing name tags with their first name only and “Here to Serve.”

That was everything we needed to know. First name only, since we did not need to know their last names, and “Here to Serve” should tell you everything you need to know about Botlierskop’s commitment to customer service. Everything you needed and anything you could think of — all you had to do was ask.

Our name tags consisted of a peel-and-stick tag with our ISPO country and flag. Not having a name was disappointing, especially because we were there to meet and network with fellow representatives.

Mansfield suggests, and we concur, that when wearing a name tag, it’s all about content.

As such, here are a few pointers to make a difference in your name tag. And to help it stand out from the rest and be the “crème de la crème of name tags.”

  1. Remember the primary purpose of a name tag is to show someone’s name! The real difference this makes is to identify the wearer.
  2. Include only necessary items such as a small company logo or a short title. This information makes someone easier to identify quickly.
  3. Make your tags say something memorable. Ms. Mansfield gave the example of “Here to Serve” for this important aspect.
  4. Remember that your name tags are your branding. Whether it is a personal name tag or one for business, it will stand out in someone’s mind, so make sure you are representing what you want to.
  5. Name badges are meant to be a networking tool. Make sure you create a name tag that keeps the person wearing it approachable.

While these tips are not a complete list, they are a starting point to make a difference and are sure to get you on your way to having the “crème de la crème of name tags!”

How To: Networking in 3 Easy Steps

First things first, what is networking?

Networking is a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest.

networking only works when you use your name tags correctly with logos titles and namesAnd, whether you are wearing a name tag for an event or work every day, chances are you don’t realize the impact which you are making. In social settings, name tags can level the playing field. They are also free advertising for your company. And, they inspire people to be more approachable.

Step One: Always wear your name tag! It’s the key to great networking!

A name tag reminds you to be open and honest. You can’t hide behind it. And, it gets you to network, to put yourself out there, and to make new friends. It gives you the opportunity to brand yourself, your image, and your company, with honesty and trustworthiness.

Your name tag is your best friend for several reasons. A person’s name is the first thing that most people forget upon the first meeting. Without the aid of a name tag, people are less likely to approach if they don’t know or have forgotten your name.

Consider all of the commitment you have access to when wearing a name tag. Networking isn’t easy, but when you are willing to put yourself out there, others around you are apt to feel more at ease and will connect better and more frequently.

Step Two: The most important thing is to get your brand noticed.

networking only works when you use your name tags correctly with logos titles and namesYour name tag reflects who you are and humanizes you to others. Most people have a tendency to judge on first impressions, especially when everyone in the room is a stranger. But, if you have a way to make yourself stand out, your brand will become recognizable. And, it helps to make others more at ease around you.

If name tags are provided at an event, use them. Don’t be a name tag snob. They are there to make greeting others easier. They reduce possible awkward moments and help you remember names gracefully.

Step Three: Talk to other and, as always, wear your name tag!

It will help you be fearless. Wearing a name tag in a room full of strangers is an invite for people to talk to you, and for you to talk to people. You don’t need someone to introduce you, so be fearless and take networking into your hands.

Networking with Name Tags

Lanyards, name tags, reusable badges and even signs are useful tools for any conference or convention.

badge holder ribbon lanyard conference convention name badge name tagAnd the corporate event name tag is one detail that has been overlooked too much. For years people have been dealing with this awkward situation over and over again at event after event. As such, setting the stage is just as important as attending a conference or networking event. However, there are many roadblocks along the way.

Here’s the scenario:

“You’ve just arrived at your weekly, cookie-cutter networking event, and after walking up to the registration table, you proceed to search across a sea of identical plastic name badges with tiny print for the one with your name and company printed on it. You’ll affix this name tag to your shirt at the least awkward angle you can finagle, and proceed into a crowded room of people all arching their necks to scope out the people worth chatting to while trying not stare at someone’s chest for too long. (And most likely many have chosen to position the name) tags to be hidden in the folds of jackets or flipped around entirely making them impossible to read. Good luck with that one.”

We’re here to offer that perfect solution. We offer a product that facilitates networking and promotes making those important connections. Our name tags and reusable badges are perfect for use with our lanyards and other fasteners.

For many people, the idea of wearing a name tag evokes the stale idea of the epic “Hello, my name is…” variety you might find at an awkward mixer or high school reunion. But a name tag is a valuable tool and, when used in fresh and creative ways, it can be an effective tool in helping people to interact with each other.

Still not convinced, here are some creative ways to use any name tag or reusable badge to help eliminate this awkwardness.

Try omitting titles and company names. Use this as an effort to associate people more with what they love to do, or excel at, than what they do for a living. Focus on the individual.

Move beyond the work domain. Try using reusable badges with a catch phrase or other conversation starter to get people to mingle.

Incorporate a theme. It doesn’t matter what the theme is, just as long as it is geared toward getting people flowing through the masses and making those important connections.