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Happy International Customer Loyalty Month!

by david 14. April 2014 13:13
david April is “International Customer Loyalty Month”! To show appreciation for our loyal customers IDville is offering 20% off orders of $300 or more! This offer expires on April 30, 2014 and excludes systems, software and warranties. Simply enter coupon code 20BLOG14 at checkout to take advantage of this great offer. Happy shopping!

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Keep Your Team Safe

by Kelli 1. April 2014 11:06
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According to recent statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, otherwise known as OSHA, 2 million working Americans become the victims of workplace violence each year. Because of this, workplace security has emerged as a key concern for both businesses and employees in recent years. 

More and more companies across the country, no matter their size, have been shifting more focus and attention to what they can do to reduce the possibility that employees will become victims of workplace violence. One of the most crucial steps businesses can take to ensure their employees are kept safe is to secure the building both inside and out. 

Prevention is a much better alternative to waiting to react until after a violent incident occurs in your building. Restricting door access for building entry and admittance into various areas and rooms is a great way to protect both your team members and your company assets. 

Not only will requiring the use of photo ID badges restrict building access for your employees, it also provides a simple form of visual identification so fellow employees can be easily identified. Requiring all visitors to sign in with a team member as a visitor immediately upon entry into the building is another great way for employees to know who belongs in the building. 

IDville is a great resource for any and all of your company’s identification needs. With solutions for your photo ID badgesvisitor management and simple and stylish ways to display ID badges, you’re sure to find something perfect for you!

These two simplistic preventative measures allow employees to quickly identify who should or shouldn’t be in the building, given that everyone who belongs should be wearing their ID badges or visitor tags. Safeguarding your team from any possible threats of violence is a huge responsibility. And we assure you, the minimal cost of your photo ID system or visitor management tool is well worth the peace of mind.  

Have We Got A Discount For You!

by Kelli 23. December 2013 10:03
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There’s only about a week left to save 20% on any order of $200 or more! Are you running low on ID badge accessoriesprinter supplies or visitor management badges and login books?! Now is the perfect time to stock up on what you need from IDville. You’ll receive 20% off your order of $200 or more, excluding ID Maker® systems, software and warranties. All you have to do to take advantage of these great savings is use coupon code CYBERMON2013 at checkout. This offer expires on December 31, 2013 so make sure to order soon! 

Benefits of Photo ID Badges

by david 10. December 2013 08:35
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Have you been considering the implementation of an ID badge policy at your organization? Below are several benefits of requiring your team to wear ID badges while at work that might help tip the scales toward ID badge use.

 

 

1. Safety & Security

2. Visitor Management

3. Time & Attendance

4. Improved Team Morale 

5. Customer Service

6. Student Services Combination 

7. Company Branding

Safety & Security-One of the most obvious and most important reasons for team members to wear ID badges is safety of the people and security of the assets in your building. Whether in a business, hospital, school or warehouse, safety should be a huge priority. ID badges are an uncomplicated way of identifying and safeguarding students, staff, visitors or customers. ID badges can also be used for external and internal door access to keep your building, assets and paperwork secure and determine who will have access to which areas of your company. Without policies to show who should be in the building and where they should or shouldn’t be, people will be able to just come and go at will. 

Visitor Management-The use of ID badges in schools or businesses by all staff and/or students allows you to know who’s in your building and what the purpose and duration of the visit is. Requiring your students and staff or employees to display an ID badge will ensure that you can distinguish who should or shouldn’t be on property. For added visitor control, IDville’s Visitor Management solutions will benefit any industry. 

Time & Attendance-ID badges can also be a great tool for time clocks. This allows team members to clock hours efficiently while avoiding the hassle of maintaining a time card. Simply adding a barcode to your ID badge design for your time and attendance system will result in less paperwork and filing due to more efficient and streamlined timekeeping processes.

Team Morale-Having all team members wear an ID badge will improve everyone’s sense of inclusion. It will also allow a great opportunity for employees to recognize each other by name when passing by, even if they don’t work together regularly. Customizable ID badge accessories can also help to create a sense of unity among your team, regardless of position or department. Some companies have even begun setting up programs with local businesses where their employees will receive discounts by showing their ID badge – what a great way for your team to really feel important! 

Customer Service-If you’re in the service industry, requiring the display of ID badges allows customers to easily identify employees and put a face with a name, both building a rapport between the customer and employee and increasing employee accountability. Customers will be more apt to be able to address employees by their first name and because their name is prominently displayed, employees will be more likely to “be on their best behavior” while at work. Also, when customers can easily locate an employee when they need assistance this will improve the customer experience – boosting your company reputation. 

Student Services Combination-There has been an increase in schools using student ID badges for more than just student identification. Several schools have added functionality to ID badges for library check-out, meal credit, access to residence halls, equipment check-out, student sporting events and activity admittance, lab access or even for discounts at local businesses. 

Branding-Having an appealing, memorable ID badge is a great way to promote your company brand to both current and potential customers. By designing attractive, full-color ID badges prominently displaying your company name, logo and brand colors, you’re creating a great branding tool and customers will easily recognize your brand in the future. 

Whether you’re looking for a simple photo ID badge to identify people on property or you want a badge with “the works”, a simple decision to implement an ID badge policy will open numerous doors to future possibilities with those ID badges. Advances in technology create increasing uses for ID badges and the possibilities will continue to grow. With the security, convenience and improvements in customer service and team morale, an ID badge system pays for itself many times over.

Tips for Taking a Great ID Badge Photo

by Kelli 4. November 2013 09:51
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If you’re anything like me, you don’t necessarily look forward to having your picture taken, especially for things like the dreaded driver’s license photo. Right up there with that (or possibly worse) is a picture for an ID badge. Think about it – your driver’s license stays in your wallet, tucked away from the eyes of your friends and coworkers. On the other hand, many companies require that team members display their ID badge, for all eyes to see!

There are a few simple things to keep in mind that will make having a photo taken for an ID badge as painless as possible. Given that fellow team members, customers and other company partners will be seeing the photo on your ID badge on a regular basis, you’ll want to make sure to looking your best in that photo.

Below is some advice for you and your ID badge “photographer” that will help you to put your best foot forward in your ID badge photo. 

For the Subject:

    Make sure to wear a flattering top that will look great in the photo. Avoid bright colors, big patterns and anything taupe, bright white or nude – these selections may wash you out or be distracting in a photo, especially when taken under fluorescent lights. I suggest sticking to darker colors (black, navy or dark blues and greens) or softer tones (soft whites, blues, greens, purples, etc.).

    A large part of looking your best for your photo is ensuring that your hair is neatly styled and away from your face. 

    You may want to make sure no one is watching you, but be sure to practice your smile in the mirror. You’ll want your smile to be natural and relaxed – don’t smile too big or too small. If you decide you don’t want to smile at least relax your face to avoid looking tense or angry.

    This seems like a no-brainer, but make sure to look at the camera. You’d be surprised how many ID photos are taken with the subject looking to the side or above the camera.

    Relax yourself – especially your face – when “posing” for your photo.

For the Photographer:

    Look for a place that has good lighting to take your team’s ID badge photos. The photo subject’s face should be seen clearly and any lights you use should be at least 3 feet away from the subject. This way the light isn’t in the picture and doesn’t cast a shadow or cause the subject to squint.

    A plain background, such as the one provided with our ID Maker Systems, is always best for any ID badge photos. A wall that’s painted in a neutral tone or a backdrop in white, beige or light blue will result in the best photos. Your subject should then stand roughly one foot in front of the wall/backdrop to avoid shadows.

    Talking to your subjects before taking the photos will help them relax, resulting in a better ID badge photo.

    Turning on autofocus and auto flash in your camera settings will help you take the best possible photos of each team member with ease.

    Consider investing in a tripod to steady the camera – keeping it still and level while taking ID badge photos.

    Adjust camera height and angle as necessary so that just the subject’s head and shoulders are framed in the photo.

    If you don’t like the photo you take, the team member probably won’t either. Review each photo after it’s taken so you’ll know before printing the ID badge if you should take another.

IDville offers full ID Card Systems, which include an ID card printer and software, a USB web cam and a white backdrop along with all of the other necessary supplies so you’ll be up and running ready to take those great ID badge photos in just 15 minutes!

Hopefully these tips and tricks will put you at ease when getting ready for an ID badge photo. For some great ID badge design ideas visit our Sample ID Card Library to get your creative juices flowing. Who knows, you might even end up liking your photo!

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Set Yourself Apart With Great Customer Service

by Kelli 23. October 2013 11:50
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Coming down from the recent high of Customer Service Week, I’ve started to think a lot about the impact great service has on our everyday decisions about where we’ll spend our money. Although I am a bargain hunter, I’m willing to pay a little extra if it means getting better customer service.

This brings to mind a disappointing experience at some jewelry stores a few years back. As my husband and I walked into the first store, not one associate looked up from what they were doing to even say hi or let us know they would be right with us. Being advocates of receiving great service where you spend your money, we promptly left that store and entered a second, only to receive the same treatment – no treatment.

Understandably, we were beginning to get frustrated until we walked into the third store. Although each associate was assisting a customer, one looked up and said hello and yet another let us know that she would be with us in just a few minutes. This was more like it! Once our associate finished up with her current customers she came right over and gave us her undivided attention (with the exception of saying “hello” to other customers) for over an hour! My husband ultimately had the final say and a few months later, I was happy to learn that he had chosen to purchase a beautiful ring from the jeweler “with a personality”.

Every single jewelry purchase since has been from the same company and I can honestly say I don’t think we’ll ever go anywhere else! Each time I visit for a jewelry cleaning or inspection, I’m greeted with the same warm smile and kind greeting. I’ve recommended this jeweler to several friends simply on the grounds of their attentive customer service.

Even a couple of words spoken – or in some cases not spoken – to a potential customer can be the deciding factor in that customer’s decision to spend their money with you. It can also impact word-of-mouth about your company. If word gets out you’re treated like royalty each time you visit or contact a company, people will be begging for you to take their money. Well, maybe not that extreme, but they will be much more content with forking it over for your products if they’re treated well when connecting with your company.

IDville maintains best-in-class customer service and unmatched technical support. We answer every call in 15 seconds or less – a real person, no recording! You won’t find service like that anywhere else in the industry. We offer same-day shipping with frequent communication so you know when your order is packed and shipped. All customers who buy ID Card Systems can call and receive unlimited free support from one of our tech experts – you’ll never be directed to a manufacturer number or online manual. We stand behind our products with a satisfaction guarantee so customers can shop with confidence!

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ID Badges Increase School Security

by david 30. September 2013 14:12
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Given today’s society, which seems to be plagued with horror stories of child abduction and violence in schools, it seems we should do all that we can to ensure that our children are protected. In particular, we should make sure that they are safe in the place away from home where they spend a majority of their time – school.

Although teachers and school officials make an effort to know their students, it’s increasingly difficult – especially in larger schools – for every single staff member to know every single student on campus. Therefore, it’s crucial that school staff have a quick and simple way of identifying who belongs in the building and who doesn’t without the need for detailed questioning.

An increasing number of schools are requiring all staff and students to wear photo ID badges. These requirements are all about safety and security in schools – something that should never be compromised. In making sure that our schools are as safe as possible, the focus will be on education, as it should be.

Creating ID badges can be extremely simple, as soon as you have everything you need to do so. IDville is dedicated to ensuring you have all the tools you’ll need to implement and maintain ID badge requirements at your school. We offer one-box ID card printing systems with which you’ll be up and running, ready to print IDs, within 15 minutes! We offer several options for all school sizes and needs so that you are sure to find a printer that suits your needs as well as your budget. 

We also feature several ID badge clips, lanyards and other accessories so that your staff and students can easily wear and display their ID badges. Designed with simplicity and security in mind, all of our accessories are easy-to-use and will keep your ID badges safe, secure and looking great!

Happy Easter!

by Kayla 31. March 2013 10:00
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Can you believe it’s already time for Easter? It feels like we were just celebrating Christmas and New Year’s! It’s time to bring your family together and partake in those yearly Easter traditions. From Easter egg hunts to fancy dinners and a lot of candy, Easter is a great time to bring together loved ones. From our IDville family to yours- we hope that you have a fun and happy Easter! 

Be sure to stop by and check out all of our fun spring ID badge accessories on our website. These are a great way to boost morale and add a little swag to the way you wear your ID around the office! 
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Contact one of our Customer Service Representatives a 1.866.438.4553 to sample some of our ID badge accessories.
 

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New White Paper Shares the Importance of ID Card Systems and ID Badges

by dan 27. March 2012 07:00
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We are excited to announce the release of our white paper “ID Card Systems – Why Identify?“ This white paper is perfect if you’re researching the benefits an ID card system can bring to your workplace.

ID card systems outfit students, staff, and visitors with a photo ID badge that can be worn on the premises each day. It also helps to identify visitors who may not have a legitimate reason to be on the premises. You can use your ID card system to restrict access to the building by using proximity cards, also known as contactless cards, and this has been established as a workplace prevention strategy.

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The primary benefits of an ID card system are increased security and efficiency, and an ID card system can offer these benefits with at a lower cost than other forms of security. When you download the white paper, you’ll get clear examples of the benefits in both education and healthcare environments.

For example, schools that require students and staff to display an ID badge create a safe atmosphere. You’ll also find that ID badges are more cost effective and inviting in a school than other forms of security, such as cameras, guards, and metal detectors.  Plus, you can increase efficiency with ID badges by integrating library and lunch systems through a barcode on the badge. All this can be done by designing your own ID badges!

Healthcare organizations can also prevent both physical and intellectual security breaches by implementing an ID card system. With more medical records being stored electronically, it is crucial that you protect patient information by restricting facility access. ID badges can communicate authorization levels and help staff members clearly identify who does and does not belong.

Over time, an ID card system pays for itself, and you’ll quickly see financial, security, and morale returns on the investment. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of an ID card system can get detailed information and data in our “ID Card Systems – Why Identify?” white paper in the Knowledge Center.

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Dan is the IDville General Manager and oversees all product management and marketing for the IDville brand.  Around IDville, Dan is known for the catchphrase, "talk to me," his not-so-secret designer past, and his passion for Michigan State sports.

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Great Event Planning Starts with the ID Badge

by david 21. March 2012 08:35
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When planning a meeting or event, there are lots of important details to track: venue, food, transportation, attendees, and more. With so many details to look after, it can be easy to forget one. Unfortunately, many event planners consider IDs an afterthought, yet event ID badges are an important part of a successful event. Incorporating ID badges into the early stages of event planning can save you both time and money.

Save Money on Custom Lanyards. Popular at events, custom lanyards enhance the attendee experience. When planning an event, consider ordering your custom lanyards early in the planning process. Ordering lanyards early will increase your options since some low cost custom lanyards require a 4-6 week production time.

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Before you place the order for your custom lanyards, take time to think about the appropriate lanyard attachment for your event. Consider the types of activities you have planned for attendees and whether or not a breakaway feature is important.

Save Time with Data Setup. When you design your event ID badge early in the planning process, you’re able to collect attendee data to accommodate the badges. If you know what information you want to display, you can organize the information accordingly. For example, you can create separate columns for first and last name, instead of grouping them together in your spreadsheet. This will save you time when you’re ready to print the event ID badges!

Save Time at Registration. When you have all your ID badges complete ahead of your event, you’ll be able to make the registration process fast and efficient for event attendees. Organize the completed badges so they will be easily accessible when registering attendees. Also be sure to pack ID badges in a travel case that is easy to transport and won’t move your badges out of order.

By incorporating your event ID badges early into the event planning process, you’ll not only save time and money, but you’ll save yourself stress, too!

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David is an IDville Identification Specialist with over seven years product and sales experience.  Around IDville, David is known for his new product ideas, sports knowledge, and experience as a catalog model (you may have seen him in a previous IDville catalog!).

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