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[Nick]Nameplate: Bacon Boy

by Maggie 22. June 2015 14:01
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Do you have any nicknames for your coworkers or employees? Create a custom engraved nameplate to proudly display them. It’s such a simple way to boost company morale! Here’s an example of one proudly displayed at IDville. It never fails to make me grin! 

It is my honor to introduce you to one of our super-system specialists at the ‘ville, Lee, more commonly referred to as “Bacon Boy.”  

You might be wondering-“How is one deemed the ‘Bacon Boy’?”

Well, the story behind the infamous “Bacon Boy” is really a pretty simple one. Here it is, straight from the horse’s mouth:

Bacon Boy: “During my interview process, Jennifer (sales manager) asked the hard-hitting questions and then informed me that two senior members of the team were going to interview me also.

In walked two experienced system specialists, Jason and Alan. They introduced themselves, and then Jason took over. After a few minutes he turned to Alan for his turn of questioning.

Alan said with a stern face ‘I have one important question. You can take as much time as you need to think about this, but think hard about your answer before you reply. What is your opinion on…bacon?’

I couldn’t decide if I was more shocked by the question at hand or that he was able to hold a straight face while asking it. Little did I know that what I was about to say next would create an identity for me that would stick.  

I said, ‘I think bacon is one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind.’ With the tension broken, I proceed to inform them about a revolutionary way to cook bacon called the bacon weave (shown right). A bacon weave is exactly what it sounds like-strips of bacon woven together to create a blanket of bacon.   

From that moment on, I received multiple inquires to the art of the bacon weave and was deemed bacon boy. They even created a custom nameplate for my special nickname that I display proudly at my desk!”

Well there you have it folks-the story behind the one-of–a-kind nameplate and the nickname.

And nobody ever wonders what Lee will bring as his dish to company potlucks anymore…bacon of course!

If you call in today, you might get lucky enough to talk to this super-system specialist!

For more information on custom nameplates, visit us online at www.idville.com or call one of our specialists at 1.866.438.4553. To speak with Bacon Boy, dial extension 176.

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SHRM 2015 Countdown!

by Maggie 15. June 2015 15:22
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Just 2 weeks away. 14 days. 336 hours. 20,160 seconds. Let the SHRM 2015 countdown begin!

I’m excited to announce that our IDville team is attending the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the fifth year in a row! Stop by booth #3227 to enter drawings, receive special offers, and see live demos of our ID Maker Systems.

We’ve got all kinds of fun activities planned for booth #3227.

• Sunday - Share your secret identity with a FREE Tumbler! (while supplies last)
• Monday - Enter the drawing for a chance to win FREE admission for 2 to Michael Jackson One by Cirque Du Soleil and play the dice game for great prizes!
• Tuesday - Drawing for a chance to win a FREE ID Maker® Value System! (valued at $1,499)

And that’s not all! Share your secret identity with us on twitter (@IDville) or Facebook using #IDVSHRM. The most creative entry will win a $100 target gift card!

IDville will have its ID Maker all-in-one photo identification system available for demos at booth #3227. The newest version of ID Maker software provides the tools needed to create bold, secure, and professional ID cards. IDville also offers all of the accessories and supplies that are necessary for employee ID cards such as badge holders, badge reels, and lanyards. Attendees will be able to request free systems information packets to learn more.

IDville has provided photo identification systems and accessories to the HR industry for over 10 years. The company’s proprietary ID Maker software simplifies the process of identifying employees and staff and has been a favorite among human resource managers for years.

I’m very excited to attend SHRM for the first time this year in Vegas. I look forward to meeting the attendees and showing others the benefits of our ID Maker system. Hope to see you there!

 

National Nursing Assistants Week

by Maggie 11. June 2015 16:20
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Today marks the start of National Nursing Assistants (NA) Week, lasting from June 11-18! Nursing Assistants provide 80 to 90 percent of the direct care received by clients in long-term care facilities.  They bring patience, a caring attitude and wisdom to their practices. National Nursing Assistants Week is a great time to recognize the unique contributions of these unsung heroes!

One of our customers, Hannah, chose IDville’s custom lanyards to show appreciation to her Certified Nursing Assistants to celebrate NA week! Hannah is a nursing home HR manager at Grandview Manor Care Center, in Franklin, North Carolina. She ordered custom lanyards for each CNA with their name embroidered on one side and “Grandview Manor Care Center” on the other. What a great way to honor each nurse individually and thank them for their work!  

Being a CNA is no easy job. One of my good friends Elise is a CNA at Providence Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Downers Grove, IL. She has shared some horror stories with me, but has also shared about how her care has impacted her patients. She said, “Being a CNA is a very fulfilling experience. Every single day I get to participate in my patients' journey to heal. I get to establish strong relationships with the residents and it's exciting to see them get back to their normal functioning level through rehab care.”

So thank you, Elise. Thank you, Hannah. And thank you to all other Nursing Assistants that care for others every day. We appreciate you!

For information about Secure ID Card Systems for the Healthcare Industry, read our whitepaper An Apple A Day: Everyday Applications for ID Card Systems in Healthcare

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Student ID cards: Securing the Identity Chain

by Maggie 28. May 2015 12:05
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Security is a made up of a chain of elements. Don’t let the campus card be the weakest link.

 

In a recent article from CR80 News, Andrew Hudson warns his audience about the use of university ID’s in orchestrating identity theft or other fraudulent activities.

Universities and schools- be aware of this!

There have been cases of students who have fraudulently obtained an ID card that is then used to obtain more secure IDs. Should this student then use the newly acquired credentials for identity theft or criminal acts, the paper trail could be traced back directly to the university. 

For example, to obtain documents such as a Social Security card, the applicant must first produce a U.S. driver license, state-issued ID card or U.S. Passport. But if for whatever reason these documents are not available, other documents including the student ID card will be considered.

Even though using a university ID to participate in illegal activity is an extreme case, it is worth paying attention to as identity theft and fraud becomes more advanced. “If not for the sake of the cardholders, then it should be done to avoid the liability that a university could incur if its credentials were used illegally.”

Student ID cards are a key security feature of campus life, but should only be accepted within campus limits. In order to protect individuals and universities, student IDs should not hold legitimacy for obtaining more secure IDs. 

Student ID cards are a strong link on the identity chain, let’s keep them that way!

To learn more about how IDville can keep your student ID link strong on the security chain, contact one of our system specialists at 1.866.438.4553, or shop online at http://www.idville.com.

ID cards in the news: IDNYC

by Maggie 26. May 2015 10:07
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“8 Million New Yorkers. 1 Card For All Of Us!”

Starting in January of 2015, New York has been issuing free municipal identification cards for all New York City residents…and the line is out the door and wrapped around the city.

What is IDNYC?

It's a government-issued photo ID card available to all New York City residents over the age of 14, including undocumented immigrants, who in the past had no identification they could use to access services such as open a bank account, use a city library or use to pay utilities.

“IDNYC benefits every city resident, including the most vulnerable communities—the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID.”

The goals of this new card are to enhance public safety, grant access to services to the public, and provide a series of benefits to cardholders, like free one-year membership to museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens.

Right away, the demand was overwhelming! Lines were wrapped around the building and appointments were booked up to six months to get an ID card

Over 100,000 New Yorkers have already benefited from this, and a projected half a million immigrants will benefit from the card.

Although there have been concerns regarding some potential negatives of this card, there have already been a lot of positive outcomes.

Here are just a few:
• The increased access to cultural institutions is creating an erudite population.
• Identification decreases the number of individuals who are arrested for not being able to verify their identity, which reduces stress on the overwhelmed courts and crowded prisons.
• Identification (while not providing work authorization) legitimizes a person in an employer’s eyes.

Identification is something we often take for granted-until we don’t have it. It is easy to overlook how essential identification is to thrive in a community.

This movement is spreading to other cities, providing new opportunities for those who didn’t have means to identification before. With safety and the well-being of city residents in mind, this new municipal identification program is doing great things to build a strong community and enhance the city experience of all city residents. What a great way to contribute to the beautiful American melting pot!

For answers to IDNYC FAQs visit: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/idnyc/frequently-asked-questions/frequently-asked-questions.page

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National Nurse’s Week: Healthcare Identification

by Maggie 11. May 2015 11:31
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As National Nurse’s Week comes to a close, we want to thank nurses for all the work they do! “Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy, nurses are rarely short on caring.” We could not have said it better than Sharon Hudacek did. So thank a nurse today!

Along with thanking our nurses, we would also like to highlight the importance of healthcare identification. Healthcare facilities see a lot of people walk in and out of their doors. Doctors, nurses, patients, and visitors. Implementing an ID card program will allow for proper identification of staff and visitors that will enhance security. Not only will safety improve, so will overall efficiency of operations.

Healthcare ID badges can serve a number of functions, including identifying doctors and staff, controlling access to facilities and restricted areas, and managing visitors. They are also commonly used to store patient medical records.  This helps speed up the registration process and store accurate records. Say goodbye to mountains of paperwork!

Another idea for healthcare identification is to issue senior ID cards that include a photo of the cardholder, their name, address, blood type, and medical history.  The cards should also include the name and phone number of their physician and an emergency contact.  In an emergency, responders will be better able to assist the patient, especially in situations where the patient is unable to communicate. Emergency responders will be able to look to the card for details about the cardholder’s medical condition, and quickly determine the best course of action.

For more information regarding ID card systems in healthcare, read our complete white paper, “Secure ID Card Systems for the Healthcare Industry.”

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Maximize your networking with a simple name badge

by Maggie 6. May 2015 12:34
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At a conference, mixer or other event with a large group of people, a name badge is much more professional then a sticky, and is much easier for others to read. And remember, wearing your logo is a form of branding!

Another benefit is helping other people remember who they met. Hearing and seeing your name and company multiplies the chances others will remember you. So maximize your networking with a simple name badge!

Our ID Maker Software is user-friendly and easy to use.  It gives you the tools you need to design and print ID cards. Follow these guidelines for what information to include on your name badge. Remember to keep it simple for the customer. Only give them the information they need.

  1. Settings where a title on your badge may be a good option:
    • Conferences or tradeshows
    • Your place of work
    *Place your title underneath your name in a smaller font size
  2. A setting where just your first name on your badge may be a good option:
    • Selling to customers in a store environment
  3. A setting where both your first and last name on your badge may be a good option:
    • Meeting people you intend to get to know and see in the future

What about industry credentials or marketing tag lines? I wouldn’t recommend adding anything else. Keep it simple.

Your name tag should serve as your introduction and usually nothing more. For people to remember your name and company, you need to make them stand out. With other information on your badge, your name and company runs the risk of getting lost in the jumble. People glance at a name badge, not read it like a book.

Once you’ve created your ideal name badge, the next step is choosing a form of backing. The backing refers to how the badge will attach to your clothing.
We offer many different options for name badge attachments:

When one of your main goals is networking, I would recommend either a badge holder or a badge clip. More specifically, I would recommend our framed badge holders or our Adhesive Magnetic ID Attachment.

Framed badge holders are useful for networking because they can make your ID badge stand out. Try matching the color of your frame to a color in your logo or the text of your name. You can even use different color frames to identify different groups of people.

Adhesive Magnetic ID Attachments are great tools for networking, because they are hidden, keeping the customer from distraction. A lot of people choose magnets, because they’re quick and easy to put on and don’t leave little holes. However, if you have a pace maker or other type of electronic device within your chest cavity, you should not use a magnet without your doctors permission as a magnet may interfere or stop your medical device from working.

Another tactic to use while networking at large events is creating custom lanyards that will unify your brand. Our full meeting and event line is a great tool for everything meeting and event! An example is IDville’s sponsorship of Tulip Time in Holland, MI. IDville joined Tulip Time as an Event Identification sponsor. Jennifer Reeves, IDville’s sales manager said, “We had an opportunity to help Tulip Time unify their volunteer identification, while branding the organization at the same time. By sponsoring this event, we were able to provide them with an ID Maker printer system, lanyards, and other accessories to help them easily identify the over 3,000 volunteers that help make this annual event a success.” Having unified identification for all volunteers and staff of this event made networking simple and memorable!

   

Identification is key to networking but is often overlooked. Follow these simple tips and watch your network grow exponentially! It’s not about what you know, it’s about who knows you! For more information, contact one of our system specialists at 1.866.438.4553, or shop online at http://www.idville.com.

May 1 Fun! Get Caught Reading Month

by Maggie 1. May 2015 08:55
Maggie

There is so much excitement in the air this morning! First of all it is Friday, and the sun is shining, catalog craziness is wrapping up in the office, spring is finally ready for more of a committed relationship, and the beginning of a new month brings endless opportunity! 

With school winding down, don’t forget to think about your teachers this weekend, because next week is Teacher Appreciation Week!  Write them a note of encouragement, thanking them for all they’ve invested in you or your children. Make a craft for them that shows them how much they are appreciated. Buy them one of our Apple a Day Fashion Beaded Lanyards to make all the other teachers jealous.

May is also Get Caught Reading Month, so once you’re done thinking about your teachers this weekend, bury your nose in a book! Get Caught Reading Month began in 1999 as a way to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read for pleasure. Exposure to language at a young age has been scientifically proven to stimulate brain growth in children, and children who have been regularly read to have a large advantage over their peers by the time they start school.

So reignite that passion for reading, whether it is the classics, chick-lit, the latest thriller, or just your favorite magazine or the sports pages. Go on, crack open a book and GET CAUGHT READING! 

 

IDville: Tulip Time’s Resource for Event Identification

by Maggie 24. April 2015 14:46
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It's about that time again in West Michigan...Tulip Time! This year marks Holland, Michigan's 86th year of hosting the Tulip Time Festival taking place from May 2-9.

“The Holland Tulip Time Festival invites the world to join the dance as we celebrate our Dutch heritage with a festival showcasing our dynamic community and its spectacular tulips.” The Holland, Michigan area boasts nearly 4.5 million tulips, planted in City parks, at public attractions, and along City streets. The tulips are currently in the process of shooting up just in time for the festival!


The tulips that bloom are only part of the attraction, as there are also
national entertainment acts, events & activities for all ages, Dutch Dance performances, and some of the largest parades in Michigan!

Come see for yourself why Readers Digest has named The Holland Tulip Time Festival the “Best Small Town Festival in America”! 

This year, IDville has the pleasure of being on of Tulip Time’s sponsors, and we’re really excited about the opportunity! Our IDville Sales Manager and Holland native, Jennifer Reeves, has a few words to share about IDville’s Tulip Time sponsorship.  

Jen is a tulip enthusiast and loves beaching it on the weekends at Holland State Park. Her favorite tulip time activity is watching the Klompen dancers perform on 8th Street – “Hundreds of dancers in the middle of the street performing in unison, while wearing (and high kicking) in wooden shoes? It’s a sight to be seen!”

 
 

Can you tell our readers a little bit about IDville’s role in Tulip Time 2015?

Jen: IDville joined Tulip Time as an Event Identification sponsor. We have an opportunity to help Tulip Time unify their volunteer identification, while branding the organization at the same time.
By sponsoring this event, we were able to provide them with an
ID Maker printer system, lanyards, and other accessories to help them easily identify the over 3,000 volunteers that help make this annual event a success.  

 

What inspired you to take on the Tulip Time project that IDville is doing? 

Jen: As a volunteer for Tulip Time, I’ve witnessed first-hand local businesses and organization come together to promote our community while fostering and growing business relationships. Our brand is a national brand, as is Tulip Time, which is one reason why this makes it a perfect fit.

In the past, Tulip Time used a variety of different formats to identify their volunteers, staff and board members. This year, the volunteers will be identified easily with their unified lanyards and badges. With over 400,000 visitors, it’s critical to have volunteers easily identifiable with the appropriate credentials to ensure the safety and security of all who visit. Our meeting and event products were a perfect fit!

Gwen Auwerda, the executive director of Tulip Time said, “Wow! Love all of it, easy to use. The custom lanyards (shown to the right) are very classy! Thanks a million, this raised the bar for us for sure!”

  

What is your favorite Tulip Time memory?

Jen: My first Tulip Time living in Holland, I volunteered to walk along the float my employer has entered into the parade. It wasn’t revealed to me until much later, that I would be expected to wear wooden shoes. Seven pairs of socks, and two miles later, I was smiling from the experience and ready for the next parade!

 

What is your favorite part about living in Holland?

Jen: Hands down, being so close to the beach. In the summer, I call Holland State Park my second home. In addition to the beach, we have one of the best downtown districts where it’s easy to grab a bite, shop or just stroll – even in the winter, thanks to our heat melt system. Finally, I love the people. Great friends, neighbors, business associates. To me, Holland is a place where that small town community feel is alive and well.


Come find us at the event and say hello, we’re excited to meet you and would love to help you meet any identification needs you may have! Visit our web at
http://www.idville.com/home.do or give us a call at 616.698.0889 for more information today.

 

   

Easy Ways to be Eco Friendly: Happy Earth Day!

by Maggie 22. April 2015 12:28
Maggie

 

Happy earth day! More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

In observance of Earth Day, we wanted to highlight our earth-friendly products and give you some ideas of how your organization can be more earth friendly.

  1. Recycled 30 mil PVC Cards: Each pack of 100 recycled PVC cards is created from recycled PVC, biopolymer (corn) or biodegradable plastics that have the same look and feel as standard PVC cards. They come in 100 cards per pack, and have an excellent finish with any ID Maker® printer system.
    “These cards are every bit as good as brand new only much more environmently friendly. Love them!” –ftwashmom from Alexandria, VA
  2. Recycled 3/8" Screen Print Custom Lanyard: This custom lanyard is made from recycled soda bottles. Add one of our stock graphics at no extra charge!
  3. Biodegradable Badge Holder: This badge holder is made from corn-based film. It is Compatible with our recycled name badge stock to design and print your own eco-friendly ID badges.

Wondering how your business can be more eco friendly? Check out these 100 Eco friendly business ideas, tips, green choices and ways to save money or these 24 ways to make your classroom eco friendly!

It can be as small as putting your PC on sleep mode, sharing a document online instead of printing it, or using a reusable bag for lunch!  Do your part to make the earth a better place!

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children” –Native American Proverb

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