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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.  

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by Kelli 25. March 2014 09:49
Kelli Are you looking for great ID badge or visitor solutions at an extremely affordable price?! Visit IDville.com and spend $200 to get 15% off your order – excluding systems, software and warranties. Save now through March 31. 'Like' our Facebook page for your coupon code to take advantage of this awesome discount at checkout!

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School Security Put to the Test

by Kelli 3. March 2014 10:49
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Many schools have recently implemented policies requiring that visitors stop at the main office to sign in and receive a visitor pass. This helps faculty around the school be cognizant of who is allowed in the building. A local news team in Michigan sent undercover staff members into six schools to test effectiveness of school security measures. 

This recent school security test revealed some frightening results regarding ease of access to the school and our children. The schools tested included two elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools. 

The undercover testers entered each of the six schools simultaneously. They were coached to walk in the front door, past the main office without stopping to sign in or get a visitor pass

While some schools did a better job of noticing and approaching the “undercover intruder” other testers were allowed to wander for an unsettling amount of time, one even turning himself in to the office administrators after strolling through almost the entire school. 

Three testers walked past an empty security guard table and three testers walked through the school halls undetected for four minutes or more. 

In one specific instance, the undercover tester was allowed to walk school halls for a full 15 minutes and wasn’t stopped until a teacher noticed him strolling in the halls in between class periods. 

The results weren’t all negative with these school security tests. When the testers attempted to enter through a back or side door each and every one was locked, forcing them to enter through the front door and walk past the main office. 

At three of the six schools tested, the intruder was approached by a staff member in two minutes or less, with one tester confronted by a secretary within 30 seconds of entry. Another tester was stopped only 50 feet inside the door by a physical education teacher who respectfully but firmly insisted the tester go to the main office to register as a visitor. 

For the school district’s superintendent, while the results in many cases were disappointing, he believes this was a learning experience and an opportunity to highlight areas of improvement in school security. This will also emphasize to local parents the importance of approving a bond, of which a portion of the funds would be used to implement new security measures as well as improve existing school security policies.  

While this particular instance is focused on one school district, the implications affect schools nationwide. One security oversight or five minutes away from your workspace may have potentially tragic and disastrous repercussions.  

At IDville we’re very passionate about keeping students safe from the potential dangers of having an open campus and allowing intruders to gain access to school hallways and classrooms and, ultimately, our children. We offer a full line of visitor management solutions to do ensure students are kept safe.

With our affordable and affective Visitor Express: School Edition® system, schools can check in visitors and issue a visitor badge in 30 seconds or less, while making sure students are kept as safe as possible in the process. We also have visitor login books and bundles for your visitors to sign in at the office available for schools who use this policy for their visitor management. With so many visitor management options, there’s sure to be something for your school!

Fashion ID Badge Accessories Special Discount

by Kelli 10. February 2014 10:08
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If you’re looking for a more fashionable option for ID badge wear, look no further! IDville is offering 10% off all fashion ID badge accessories in February. With options ranging from rhinestone and beaded lanyards to themed retractable badge reels, there’s a stylish option for everyone! 

Just visit and ‘Like’ our Facebook page to get your coupon code and take advantage of this awesome discount! Happy Shopping!

Office Signage – A Simple Way to Take Professionalism to the Next Level

by Kelli 15. January 2014 09:58
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Think of how you felt the first time you walked into a new office building. You probably didn’t know where anything was and you may have even got lost on your way to someone’s office or a meeting or two. Clearly marking offices and meeting spaces with nameplates and office signage is not only convenient for new hires and guests, it also adds a feeling of professionalism to the building and to the company as a whole.  

New employees, visitors, vendors and anyone else entering your building for the first time will likely make a snap judgment about the company as a whole based on what they observe. The professional image of your company will be improved by installing nameplates outside of each office, cubicle and meeting room. 

Giving new hires a personalized nameplate will certainly increase their sense of belonging. They’ll immediately feel like part of the team if they have their very own nameplate just like everyone else. They’ll feel much more welcome and it will show them you’re prepared and excited to have them on board. Not to mention the tension that will be reduced by being able to find their way around the building with ease if offices and meeting spaces are identified. 

IDville has a full line of office signage to bring your company’s professional image to the next level. Whether you’re looking for custom-engraved desktop nameplateswall- and door-mount signagecubicle nameplates or personal name tags for your team, IDville has just what you’re looking for. 

Even if you’re worried about frequent personnel or room changes we have several selections that make changing out office signage stress-free. There are many do-it-yourself signage options which are created using our blank paper stock and can be designed right at your desk, using our free templates, and printed from any printer. 

We can even get your custom nameplate or signage order shipped same day as long as final artwork is approved before 4:00 p.m. EST. After all, you shouldn’t have to wait for great products!

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Stock Up On Printer Supplies & Save!

by Kelli 6. January 2014 13:34
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You have a group of new employees starting today and need to get them all set with their ID badges so they can begin their first day. You sit your first rookie down, take her ID badge photo, get everything set to print and you see the dreaded message that your printer ribbon needs to be replaced. You think to yourself, “Of all days, why today?!” And your new hires will likely be thinking, “What have I gotten myself into? They don’t even have things ready for me to get started on my first day, did they not know I was coming?” 

Not only are your hew hires trying to make a positive first impression, you’ll also want to show them you’re excited (and prepared) to have them on board. Keeping an eye on your printing supplies stock will help you to avoid this embarrassment and maintain a positive first impression with your new employees. 

Running out of printer supplies may also compromise your building’s security. Without being able to reprint ID badges when needed, you’ll have unidentified team members in your building, making it easier for unauthorized visitors to slip in undetected. It also puts your staff in an uncomfortable position – not knowing if the unrecognized person without a badge is a new hire or an intruder. 

You’ll especially need to remain stocked up on printing supplies if your team utilizes their ID badges for time and attendance. Being able to reprint ID badges on-the-spot helps you avoid the hassle of payroll editing and ultimately, payroll mistakes. 

Although IDville offers same-day shipping on orders received before 6pm, ID card printing supplies are not something you want to run out of! We offer supplies you’ll need for your ID card printer from every major manufacturer: EvolisZebraFargoDatacardMagicard and, of course, our own ID Maker® ID card printers. With IDville’s quantity discounts on ID printer supplies, the more you order, the more you save!

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! 

Winter Is Here...

by Kelli 16. December 2013 15:00
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It’s that time of year again where we all try to shuffle to and from the car as quickly as possible to get back inside and out of the cold. If your building uses ID badges as proximity cards for door access, this would be a great time to make sure your team has the ID badge accessories they need to keep their ID badge easily accessible when they get to work. 

IDville has several ID badge accessory options to keep your ID badges close at hand, ranging from blank and custom lanyards to retractable badge reels to ID badge clips. With several affordable options available, finding something for everyone has never been easier! 

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ID Badges...A Great Marketing Tool!

by Kelli 26. November 2013 09:49
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ID badges in the workplace are often primarily seen as informational, a security tool to improve employee and visitor safety. Many companies often overlook the effective company branding that a great ID badge offers.
 
Company branding is a quick and effective way of letting both prospective and current customers know what your company is all about, adding personal value to your company. Branding is essential to showing what your company does and the benefits customers will receive that set you apart from the competition.
 
To effectively utilize your team ID badges as a marketing opportunity, design attractive, full-color badges – prominently display your company name, logo and brand colors so they are easily noticed by customers. Having an appealing, memorable ID badge is a great way to promote your brand to both current and potential customers.
 
Employees displaying badges with the company name and logo will ensure it is continuously seen by customers. The more customers notice your ID badges, the more effective your branding efforts will be, allowing customers to more easily recall your company in the future, and ideally, they’ll continue to do business with you.
 
You can also give your team options to choose how to wear their badge so they are comfortable and the badges don’t distract them from their daily tasks. IDville has several badge-wear options ranging from clip attachments to customizable lanyards to retractable badge reels along with many other possibilities to choose from. Many of IDville’s accessories are customizable so you can add your logo or company name, again increasing customer awareness of your brand.
 
To add a personal touch to your ID badges and maximize the branding opportunity they provide, add your own special message – a mission statement, company motto or inspirational message that conveys brand beliefs, showing customers a little extra tidbit about your company. Creating and presenting a brand identity that consumers can identify with will ultimately build their trust and loyalty to your company.
 
IDville offers both single- and dual-sided ID card printer systems for everything you decide to include on your company badges. Whether the main goal for an ID badge policy is to easily identify team members or keep everyone safe, why not create an eye-catching branding piece at the same time?

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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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