IDville Blog | April 2015

IDville: Tulip Time’s Resource for Event Identification

by Maggie 24. April 2015 14:46
Maggie

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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Your Identity: in Just One Word!

by Maggie 13. April 2015 12:04
Maggie

Think of the last time you were at a concert or a ballgame, surrounded by thousands of people laughing and talking and yelling at the same time. Your brain was working overtime to filter the external noise in order to converse with the person next to you. The brain is an amazing tool and uses its power to get this filtering job done.

Out of all the words being filtered through your brain, there is one word that will capture your attention even when mumbled by someone far away. It is your name. Your name is the most recognizable word in the universe for you. If you’re ever in a crowded place and you yell, “MOM,” you will immediately get every mom to stop whatever they’re doing and look at you.

For my name, Maggie, I am often alerted to people nearby who are talking about their dog… Thanks for that, mom and dad! There have been many times when “Maggie went to the bathroom in the middle of the living room again,” or “Maggie jumped on the neighbor and licked her face.” I always have to turn to the people around me and say, “Sorry, I just couldn’t control myself!”

But back to my point- names are important, and they get our attention.

There is a reason why Coca-Cola did the “Share a Coke” campaign this past summer. If you are not familiar with this campaign, Coca-Cola changed all of their can and bottle packaging to say “Share a Coke with ‘insert name.’”  

They sold more than 250 million named bottles and cans in a nation of just under 23 million people. There was an overwhelming demand for personalized cans, and this campaign was a massive success. Lucie Austin, who at the time was director of marketing for Coca-Cola South Pacific, shared some good insight in an interview published by Jay Moye.

She said, “At the end of the day, our name is the most personal thing we have. It’s our fingerprint… our identity… in one word. We gave consumers an opportunity to express themselves through a bottle of Coke, and to share the experience with someone else. The fact that your name is on a Coke bottle, it can’t get more personal than that! The campaign capitalized on the global trend of self-expression and sharing, but in an emotional way.”

So what does all of this have to do with IDville’s product? EVERYTHING! Identity is the name of our game. From workplace safety to community, we’re here to help you!

We have a variety of products that will meet your identification needs:
•    
ID Cards
•    ID Card Printers
•    
Name Plates and Office Signs

In the workplace (among many places), people are more likely to answer when they are addressed by name. It’s important to know the names of the people you are working with; it’s a sign of respect. Do it for the new guy who’s bad with names!

To learn more about simple solutions for your identification needs, contact one of our system specialists at 1.866.438.4553, shop online at http://www.idville.com, or find us at any of these tradeshows.

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