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Strap Clips: An Affordable Display Option

by david 23. November 2010 15:09
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ID cards provide valuable visual identification. They make it easy to know who does and does not belong in your building. Once you create your ID cards, you must provide ways for your employees and staff to display them.

If you have a tight budget for ID accessories, strap clips are an ideal display option for you and your organization. As low as $0.18 each, strap clips can attach an ID card to anything!

Strap clips are commonly used to attach ID cards to shirt pockets, belts and even purses. The strap clip and ID card should be worn so the ID card is easily visible and accessible.

In order to attach an ID card to a strap clip, the card must have a slot punch. Otherwise, you have no way to connect the ID card and strap clip.

You have several strap clip options. You can order strap clips:

- In a color that coordinates with your ID card design
- To hold more than one ID card with extra length.
- With a rubber tip grip so you don’t damage clothing.
- To be worn on a belt.

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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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The Benefits of a Dual Sided ID Card

by todd 16. November 2010 08:56
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Not all ID card printers print on both sides of an ID card. Dual-sided ID card printers have a mechanism that prints on the front side of the card, flips the card over and prints the back. Single-sided ID card printers lack this function.

The primary difference between these two types of printers is the amount of printing space per card. A one sided ID card has very limited space whereas a dual-sided card provides more room for more information.

With dual-sided capabilities, information you don’t want displayed can be added to the back of the card. Some organizations print individual’s personal information, barcode or magnetic stripe on the back.

The back side of an ID card can also be used to display valuable information such as emergency contact information, mission statements or an address where a lost card can be returned.

If your ID cards will be displayed on a lanyard or a badge reel where they can easily be turned around, you may want to duplicate the card design on each side so the proper information is always displayed.

If you’re not certain you will need dual-sided ID cards, choose an ID card printer that is field-upgradable and can be converted from a one-sided to a two-sided printer without major expense, like our ID Maker Printer. Otherwise, you may have to purchase a new printer at a later date.

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Dual sided ID cards have many benefits and increased capabilities. 

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Best of Badge Reels

by david 9. November 2010 12:50
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Badge reels are a fun and convenient way to display your ID card. They are especially useful if your ID card is used to gain access to your building. However, there are lots of many badge reel options available, and you can want to provide the best options to your employees, staff and students.

We’ve provided short descriptions about our favorite badge reels to help you choose the right design for your organization.

Flashing Badge Reels 1. Flashing Badge Reel
Spice up your traditional identification with this exciting ID card attachment. The Flashing Badge Reel has a hard translucent cover, so you can see through to the circuit board. Lights flash red, yellow and green every time you pull the retractable cord.

Great For: Getting kids and teens excited about security and identification and drawing attention to your ID cards.

2. Carabiner Badge Reel
This badge reel is convenient to display. The carabiner easily clips onto a belt loop, buckle or purse for easy accessibility. Plus, the twist free base keeps the ID card displayed forward, so you always have visual identification.

Great For: Work sites where visual identification is a high priority for safety.

Themed Badge Reels 3. Themed Badge Reel
Promote an important value or theme in your organization by equipping every member with a themed badge reel. Available in a variety of themes, you can provide the design that best represents your organization’s priorities, like safety.

Great For: Organizations that want to promote safety. Also great for organization where employees work with children.

4. Carabiner LED Badge Reel
The Carabiner LED Badge Reel has the convenience of the carabiner attachment with an additional safety feature. The badge reel houses an LED light that is handy for using keys or access control in the dark. The LED light turns on with a slide button.

Great For: Employees who come to work or go home in the dark.

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Keep Identification a Priority during Halloween Celebrations

by david 27. October 2010 14:07
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Halloween is on Sunday, and many workplaces will be having Halloween parties this Friday to celebrate. At IDville, our employees can wear costumes and their kids trick-or-treat around the office.

With so many people coming in and out of the building for Halloween festivities, it’s important that identification remain a top priority. This week, put your visitor identification system to work to ensure the safety of both your employees and your visitors.

Here are a few tips that will keep everyone safe and improve your Halloween celebration:

1. Ask guests to RSVP.
If you’re inviting guests to your facility for a Halloween party or trick-or-treating, ask employees to RSVP their guests ahead of time. This way, you can create ID cards for guests with your photo ID card printer.

2. Register visitors at the entrance.
You may not be able to collect RSVPs for everyone, so be prepared to register visitors when they arrive. A visitor system can help you keep track of everyone who is in your building.

3. Create name badges for visitors.
In addition to creating a record of visitors, a visitor identification system will also create an adhesive name badge that visitors can wear in the building. Since both children and adults will be in costume, it may be difficult to identify individuals by sight. Name badges will make sure you know who is in the building.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Visitor Identification Systems at IDville.com

Even well-known Star Wars characters wear visitor IDs!

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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 recent IDville catalog!).

New Identify Newsletter Shares DIY Identification Tips!

by david 21. October 2010 10:36
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The latest issue of our Identify Newsletter was released today. This month, we share do it yourself (DIY) identification tips that will save you both time and money. Read the full newsletter.

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Another great way to connect with our identification specialists and learn more about identification is through the Knowledge Center. Watch videos, read industry case studies, past issues of the Identify Newsletter and more in this section of our website.

Check out our identification resources and become a DIY identification expert yourself!

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Top 5 ID Maker Software Tips

by david 13. October 2010 11:55
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1. Extra security features.
ID Maker software is packed with great security features to make your IDs more secure.  Add a signature, ghost photo, fingerprint, or even mask your barcode.  To add one of these elements, simply click on Modify > Add an Element right from the Card Creation screen.

2. Design help with templates
Want to get more uses out of your PVC card system besides making employee or student IDs?  Use one of our predesigned templates and over 300+ background and clip art designs in our ID Maker software to make lunch cards, gift cards, member rewards, or pocket-sized informational cards.

3. Lock an element
Did you know you can ‘lock’ the design of your ID layout in ID Maker software? Locking an element will hold its position so it cannot be moved to another position on the card.  To lock an element, click the appropriate element on the card so that a red box appears around it. Then click on the padlock button (under the Formatting tab in the Card Creation window) to 'Lock it'.  To the right of the card layout, a lock icon is visible.  The icon will appear red when an element is selected and locked.

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4. Import images
Can’t find the right image in ID Maker’s clip art library? It’s easy to import your own image. Simply go to the “Card Creation” screen and click on the graphic button under “Design Tools.” Then choose “Import Logo” and select your graphic. Ta da!

5. Create a directory
Want to make a directory with your information in ID Maker?  ID Maker 2.0 Pro and Enterprise editions have been integrated with the Crystal Reports XI engine to produce over 40 standard report templates. To access these reports, click on File > Reports.  You can sort by any field!

Are you interested in creating your own ID Cards? Take the ID Maker software tour!

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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 recent IDville catalog!).

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Use ID Cards to Spice up Your Events

by todd 6. October 2010 09:35
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ID cards can add to the success of an event. Regardless of the occasion, you can make a memorable and professional impression at corporate meetings, training sessions, special events and conferences with a custom PVC ID card.

Personalize it. Tailor the badge to the specific audience. If you are hosting a small event with attendees from multiple organizations, create a unique badge for each by adding their logo to the ID card. The attendees will be pleased to have the branding opportunity, and it will help the attendees visually recognize the represented companies.

Apply a theme. For special events or conferences with a theme, print the artwork and slogan on the badge. When you incorporate a theme on the ID badges, it becomes a souvenir for the attendees. One company shared with us their practice of creating special themed ID badges for their holiday party. Many of the employees still display previous years’ badges at their desks! If you use ID Maker 2.0, utilize the design templates and artwork to create a unique ID card that’s perfect for your event.

Make it fun. To add an interactive element to your event, create photo ID cards on site. This not only provides an opportunity for you to entertain your guests, but it will also impress them with an inside look at your streamlined identification process.

Accessorize it. Don’t forget to consider accessories for your ID cards. Badge reels and lanyards can both be customized with a logo or organization name. If your goal is to reinforce a particular message or offering of your company, create a custom lanyard. The attendees wear them throughout the duration of the event and are constantly reminded of the message by their peers.

For more information on using ID cards at events, see our Event ID Guidelines in the Knowledge Center.

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Custom Lanyard Options

by todd 21. September 2010 09:55
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Custom lanyards are a popular and affordable way to get your employees and students to wear their ID cards, but the creation process can be overwhelming! There are many decisions to make for even a simple lanyard, and it can be difficult to know what features are best for your needs. This post will be a guide for your custom lanyard order and provide valuable insight into lanyard creation.

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  • Quantity. How many lanyards do you want to buy? This will quickly narrow down the number of choices at the Lanyard Wizard.
  • Budget. How much do you want to spend? The prices are per lanyard, but quantity discounts are available. 
  • Timeline. When do you need the lanyards? Our Quick Ship Lanyards ship to you in just one day, but the Smart Buy Lanyards take 4-6 weeks. Be sure you choose the lanyard that will deliver your custom lanyard order in time.
  • Style. Do you have a lanyard style preference? I personally like the Vivid Color Lanyards because you can match colors and the fabric is very soft. We also have Embroidered Lanyards and Recycled Lanyards if an eco-friendly option is important. 
  • Size. What width lanyard do you need? If the lanyards will be used for a long period of time, I recommend our thicker styles for long lasting comfortable wear. 
  • Breakaway. The breakaway feature on a custom lanyard is for security purposes. This style is typically used in manufacturing environments and elementary schools. You can read more about the breakaway in our Knowledge Center.
  • Attachment. Standard metal attachments are available for all of our custom lanyards, and it includes a split ring, j-hook, and bulldog clip. Consider how you want the ID card displayed before making your selection. If you have a one-sided ID card, I recommend the bulldog clip because it won’t turn your ID card around.
  • Length. Are you buying custom lanyards for children? Then you will want the child-size lanyard length.
  • Design. What do you want your custom lanyard to say? You have many color, font and graphic choices, or you can add your own logo. This is the fun part!

That’s it! You’ve now created your custom lanyards!

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Custom Lanyards and ID Badges Improve ArtPrize Experience

by david 15. September 2010 08:48
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IDville has a long history of charitable and community involvement. Some of our products have even been used by the crew at Extreme Makeover: Home Edition! This month, our identification products are being put to use by a large event in our backyard of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

This year, the world’s largest art prize event is identifying key participants to improve the event experience for thousands of expected visitors. In 2010, ArtPrize will bring together over 1,700 artists and 1,500 volunteers. New this year, the staff at ArtPrize will use ID Maker software to create name badges for all of the participating artists and volunteers. Each group also has their own custom lanyards.

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The ArtPrize staff believes the identification will encourage increased interaction among volunteers, staff, artists and visitors, making the event more memorable for all involved.

As part of their official uniform, ArtPrize volunteers will wear a lanyard with their name prominently displayed in a badge holder. Amelea Pegman, ArtPrize Volunteer Services and Community Development, expects the identification will help to improve the experience for both volunteers and visitors by making volunteers more approachable.

“It will be wonderful and helpful for our volunteers to be identifiable - by name - when they are out working with visitors and representing ArtPrize. IDs will also help to create that special feeling of importance and involvement that we want for our volunteers!”

The badges and custom lanyards will be especially useful identifying volunteers at the many ArtPrize events. “There will be hundreds of people at each of the events that I manage, so having our volunteers, staff, and interns clearly marked with their ID badges and custom lanyards will help our guests identify those individuals who can best enhance and better their event experience,” said Noddea Skidmore, ArtPrize Event Producer.

ArtPrize artists, who exhibit their work in venues throughout downtown Grand Rapids, will also wear clear identification. “The badges and lanyards will be a great way to increase the visibility of artists at the event. Direct interaction between artists and the audience is one of the joys of ArtPrize, and with the artists wearing easily identifiable badges, it'll happen even more this year,” said Kevin Buist, Artist Relations.

While you may not realize it, identification is an important part of successful events outside the office. ID cards serve as a communication tool to identify staff, guests, and participants, and they can improve visibility and approachability of key staff members. 

For more information on using ID cards and identification in your events, visit our Reference Library for our Event ID Guidelines. Read more about our involvement with ArtPrize in the Baudville, Inc. Newsroom.

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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 recent IDville catalog!).

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The Differences between Paper and PVC ID Cards

by todd 2. September 2010 16:00
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Before transitioning to an ID card printer and PVC ID cards, many organizations create ID cards on paper stock. The paper ID card may be the inexpensive option for ID cards, but it’s less secure, less professional and has a shorter life span.

Security. ID cards made out of paper are primarily used for visual identification since they don’t store any data. On the other hand, PVC ID cards can be used for control access and include RFID technology, a magnetic stripe, barcode or holographic overlay. These features allow your ID cards to have multiple functions and make employee information more secure. 

Professionalism. Paper ID cards don’t convey a professional image. Today, anyone can create a paper ID card using a word document program and perforated paper. For a more professional appearance, companies should create PVC ID cards using identification software. The specialty software provides more design capabilities and features. 

Life Span. Paper ID cards are easily torn, wrinkled and stained through normal everyday use. You may need to replace paper ID cards every year, if not more often, depending on how the IDs are used by your employees. For a long lasting solution, create PVC ID cards using an ID card printer. PVC ID cards can last over 5 years and be displayed in badge holders, on lanyards, badge reels or strap clips.

If you’re making the change to PVC ID cards, you can save 15% on your order now by liking IDville on Facebook. Check the page each week for offers to save on your IDville purchases!

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PVC ID cards have increased design, data and security capabilities compared to paper ID cards.

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