Name Badge attachment options

07 Apr 2015

We are often asked which attachment options we recommend.  Unfortunately there is not a uniform answer for this and a lot depends on the size/shape of the badge, the environment and the person wearing the badge.

We have three different attachment options. The first one is a magnet. They come in two different sizes and we have chosen to go for a black plastic coated magnet – for both aesthetic and comfort reasons. A magnet is quick and easy to attach, and sits flat and square on the material. The only downside is that staff sometimes lose the backing magnet. If this does happen, we stock replacement magnets at a nominal cost. Please keep in mind that a magnet is not suitable for use by somebody with a pacemaker.

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The second option is a pin. This is a little harder to put on, but is integrated into the actual Name Badge – i.e. it is not possible to lose the pin. This is a big plus if you have some forgetful people in your team.

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Lastly, we have the Pin and Clutch/Stud. This is ideally suited for very small square or round badges and lapel pins, where our smallest magnet or pin just wouldn’t fit. The diameter is just under 10mm. As with a magnet, it is possible to lose the Clutch/Stud when not wearing it, but we similarly keep replacement stock at a nominal cost.

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Types of Name Badges

24 Mar 2015

We currently manufacture two different types of Name Badges – Two Colour Engraved Badges and Full Colour Printed and Domed Badges.  We are often asked what the difference is between the two and which would be the most suitable.

The Full Colour Printed and Domed Badge is our premium badge range (see image above). Your artwork is printed in full colour using a Roland Printer.   Provided any logos/images you provide are in high resolution, the quality of the printing is exceptions.  We are able to print your artwork in full bleed (i.e. edge to edge). Colour matching is also possible if you provide us with the CMYK details for each colour.  We add a resin dome to each name badge, which protects it from scratches and gives the badge a professional finish.

Engraved Badges

Two Colour Engraved Badges are manufactured using our Laser Engraver. We engrave into an engraveable laminate which consists of two colours – a background (often brushed silver or gold) and foreground colour (e.g. Black). It is NOT possible to manufacture an engraved badge with two foreground colours and a background.  We have a very wide range of colours available, but for engraved badges, cannot unfortunately match colours. If this is a requirement you will need to select a badge from the printed range.  The following colour combinations are currently available, but we can also source others on request. The larger section designates the background colour and the small strip on the right the foreground (i.e. colour of text and image).

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No hidden costs – no nasty surprises

12 Mar 2015

We shop online regularly as well and there are a few things that really irk us.

The first is when the prices displayed for the respective products do not include VAT and this is only added in at the checkout stage. This is misleading at best and may even be illegal in some instances.

Similarly, we hate a nasty delivery fee add-on at the checkout stage. If there are delivery charges, these should be displayed clearly throughout the site. Better still, delivery should be included at no cost.

We believe that you should have no nasty surprises at the checkout stage and so all our customised badges and signs include VAT and free courier delivery. On our stock items (no customisation), like magnets and PVC Name Tags etc, prices similarly include VAT, but there may be a small courier delivery fee added – we need to at least cover our costs here :).

For both our Name Badge and Rubber Stamp sites, we have taken this one step further and as a result, believe we have a unique service offering in South Africa:

  1. There are mo minimum quantities – you can order 1 badge or 1000.
  2. We don’t charge for designing your badge with the artwork (logo/image/details) you provide and we also offer free proofs.
  3. For large orders (100+) – we can even provide a free sample if required
  4. We don’t levy a surcharge for urgent jobs – we treat all our jobs as urgent and try to get them out as quickly as possible (usually 2-3 working days).
  5. Pricing for all products on our site is easily accessible and we provide generous discount for volume orders.  We also have a separate reseller pricing structure.

You can therefore rest assured that when shopping on NameBadgeSA.co.za, your experience will at worst be exactly as expected and hopefully, we can delivery a service that even exceeds your expectations.  We look forward to processing your next order.

22 Reasons why your employees should wear Name Badges

09 Mar 2015

(This article is reposted with kind permission by the author Scott Ginsberg | That Guy with the Nametag | Author, Speaker, Coach, Entrepreneur Facebook.com/nametagscott)

A nametag isn’t just a sticker; it’s a statement.

About friendliness. About identity. About culture. About human nature.

Now, as The World’s Expert on Nametags, I’m not suggesting you should wear a nametag everyday. However, in my experiences over the past 3,000 days, I’ve discovered a series of simple truths that answer the question, “What’s in a nametag?”

THEREFORE: My challenge you to is twofold: (1) consider the following list of the twenty-two elements a nametag symbolizes, and (2) reflect on how well each of those elements are practiced your own daily life. 

Ultimately, if reading this list inspires you to wear nametags more often, cool. If not, that’s cool too. The goal is for you to use these elements, lessons and questions as mirrors for your own personal growth.

1. A nametag is a permission slip. It’s OK to talk to strangers. If you say hello to a random person, he’s not going to snap. He’s not going to kill you. Don’t be afraid. This person might actually be nice. And cool. And interesting. Hell, you might even learn a thing or two. How are you giving strangers permission to talk to you?

2. A nametag is a conversation advancer and engagement tool. The hardest part about conversations is getting the ball rolling. That’s why names are so great. They are THEE basic building block of conversation. The sooner you know people’s names, the sooner you feel comfortable around them. How could you expedite the conversation by self-disclosing first with people?

3. A nametag is an invitation for friendliness. It’s like walking around saying, “Here. Take it. I’m giving you an opening. I’m making this really, really easy. All you have to do is say hello.” How could you make it really, really easy for people to start a conversation with you?

4. A nametag is a simple act of self-confidence and comfort. It’s also like walking around saying, “Alright world. Here’s who I am. This is ME. I’m proud of my name and my existence. I gladly wear it over my heart. Perhaps this will inspire the people I encounter to do the same.” How comfortable are you with your personal Truth? How often does your state of being inspire others to be comfortable with theirs?

5. A nametag is a disarming gesture. Sigmund Freud discovered that a person’s name is the single context of human memory most forgotten. So, wearing a nametag means one less name people have to worry about remembering. Thank GOD. How are you relieving psychological pressures? How are you lowering the probability that someone will lose face in a social encounter with you?

6. A nametag is an immediate tool of accountability. If you’re wearing a nametag, you are statistically less likely to lie or cheat, steal, litter or start fights with people. See, when everybody knows your name, you kind of have to be nice. If you’re not, people will know that “Dave” is a jerk. How are you painting yourself into a good corner? 

7. A nametag is an alarm clock. If I’m in a rush and someone says, “Hey Scott!” or “Dude, you’re still wearing your nametag…” I have no choice but to stop (or at least S-L-O-W down) to acknowledge that person. Their greeting – in jest or not – has acknowledged my existence, and the proper, HUMAN thing to do is to reciprocate.How do you find your center of gravity at the moment? What will keep you mindful today?

8. A nametag is a bell of awareness. When standing in line or waiting for something, I often find myself daydreaming. Or brainstorming. Or thinking. Or writing something in my jotter. Or playing on my iPhone. Either way, when the cashier or person behind me says something like, “Scott, you’re next in line!” it’s a gentle nudge away from La-La Land and back into the present moment. How are you getting out of your mind and into the now?

9. A nametag is a cue for fun. It makes people smile. It makes people laugh. It invites jokes and playfulness. Even in the most serious and formal and professional situations, the hand-written, casual, relaxing – yet curious – nature of an adhesive nametag is impossible to ignore. How much fun are you having at work? Do you give others permission to be playful around you? And when you, how does that positively affect productivity?

10. A nametag is personalizes and humanizes someone. Instead of being a nameless statistic or just another face in the crowd, now I have an identity. A name. I’m a person. Which, in a fast-paced, overpopulated society, is almost an accomplishment. How are you shining (and helping other people shine) in a sea of sameness?

11. A nametag eliminates labeling. Instead of people looking at me and making a judgment about my identity, gently broadcasting to them that I’m simply, “Scott” gives them nowhere to go. I’ve labeled myself before they got a chance to do so. I beat them to the punch, and all they can do is agree and say, “Well, I guess this guy’s name is Scott.” How are you silently disarming strangers?

12. A nametag reduces psychological distance. The minute you know someone’s name, you immediately feel closer and more connected to that person. Simply stated, names reduce the distance between people. How are you reducing the distance between you and the people around you? What are you doing to reduce the conflict level around you?

13. A nametag is a reminder to be open. A reminder that it’s important and necessary and powerful to be open and transparent with everyone. A reminder that radical honesty actually works. Especially in our hyperspeed, A.D.D. and (increasingly) socially isolated culture, openness isn’t just valuable, it’s demanded. How transparent are you? How transparent do your customers perceive you to be? And how much money are you losing by not being totally open?

14. A nametag is honest. In a world of mistrust, dishonesty and non-stop bullshite, it’s refreshing to see even the tiniest symbol of truthfulness. What’s fascinating to me is when people look at me with a furrowed brow and a finger on their chin and ask, “Is that your REAL name?”

Now, I know they’re just joking around with me. But in the back of my mind I’m asking two questions: (1) “Why would I lie about my own NAME? It’s the most basic element of my personal truth!” and (2) “Has our society demonstrated SUCH a consistent pattern of dishonestly that a stranger would be skeptical about another stranger’s willingness to share his real name?” How honest are you? How honest do your customers perceive you to be? And how are you branding your honesty, every day?

15. A nametag stretches you. By way of self-disclosure, by way of forgoing anonymity, wearing a nametag LITERALLY causes you to “stick yourself out there.” Sure, it might be uncomfortable. But that’s the best way to learn. Comfort zones are overrated. You have no business there anyway.

In the words of Henry James, “To risk is to risk being shattered. But without the shattering, there is no glory.”What are you shattering? How did you step out of your comfort zone yesterday? And what three lessons did you learn from that?

16. A nametag is a white flag. Human beings avoid conflict, and nametags are natural eliminators of conflict. Think about it: Ever avoided someone because you couldn’t remember their name? Remember: Psychological Distance. Disarming people. Building comfort. It works. Does conflict dissolve in your presence? How are you increasing the probability of an encounter with the people around you?

17. A nametag is a time machine. The farther you go back in time, the friendlier people become. Spooky, but it makes sense: Decades ago, the world was smaller, slower, simpler and safer. So, of course people were friendlier. Ironically, at this point in our world’s history, friendliness is so rare it’s become remarkable. All the more reason to amp up your “hello count.” How many people did you go out of your way to ignore last week? What are you doing to reverse the trend of unfriendliness and interpersonal fear in your daily actions?

18. A nametag is a mini-sacrifice. Sure, you feel dumb when wearing a nametag. It’s uncomfortable. But think about how many people whose lives you just made easier. Like the guy who’s been working down the hall from you for six years but didn’t know how to spell your name until now. Like the shy person across the room who didn’t have the courage to walk up and say hello until now. Like the new yoga teacher who had thirty new students, yet only 29 new names to memorize. Whew! How are you practicing mini-sacrifices each day to make other people’s lives (even a LITTLE) easier? What comfort are you willing to forego?

19. A nametag is a signal of bigger ears. One of the more fascinating outcomes of wearing a nametag every day is: People just start talking to me. It’s the strangest thing. Complete strangers will open up about topics they wouldn’t normally discuss with someone they just met ten seconds ago.

So now, after nine years, I’ve finally figured out what the deal is. Apparently, listening is so rare these days that people will jump at any opportunity, any opening, to actually have someone open their ears to them. Wow. Are you all ears or all mouth? Are you monopolizing the talking or the listening? And when was the last time someone complimented you on your listening skills?

20. A nametag INSINUATES instead of IMPOSING. A nametag is non-threatening. It doesn’t force anybody to do anything. People can choose to say hi or ignore it. No hard feelings. Either way, it’s still an act of friendliness. The nametag is there if you want it. It’s the difference between interruption and interaction. The difference between music and noise. Are you interrupting people or interacting with them? Are you trying to get people to join you, or taking the first step to join THEM?

21. A nametag is an equalizer. When nametags are worn CORRECTLY (which means no last names, logos, titles, acronyms, degrees, positions or designations – just the first name your mama gave you) you successfully level the playing field. Plain and handwritten. Values before vocation. Individuality before industry. Personality before position.

This allows you to lead with your person, NOT your profession. This allows people to know you first as a human, not a statistic. What labels could you delete? How could you make it impossible for people to pigeonhole hole you?

22. A nametag is a chisel. Because nametags are permission slips, because they invite encounters and encourage engagement, and because they personalize and humanize people, nametags are ALSO chisels. Now, I say that because Michelangelo famously remarked, “The sculpture is inside the stone.”

That’s been the coolest outcome after 3,000 days. Wearing a nametag hasn’t created my identity; it’s revealed it. The nametag excavated and amplified who I always was as a person. It enabled me to continue becoming the person I was in the process of becoming. As a chisel, it chipped away. And the sculpture – that was there the whole time – turned out to be pretty damn impressive.

So, here’s the best part: Every time you meet someone new it’s an opportunity to learn more about yourself. Which means: The more people you meet the more you learn about yourself. Cool! What did you learn about yourself today? What natural, lifelong inner sculpture are you chipping away at?

You can read more about Scott here – http://www.hellomynameisblog.com/

Reusable Name Badges

03 Mar 2015

Our clients in various sectors of the service industry are often faced with a bit of a conundrum.  They understand the benefits of having their employees wear Name Badges, but have a high staff turnover rate and thus find it difficult to justify the expense.

These clients include businesses in the food & beverage sector (e.g. restaurants, pubs and fast food outlets), petrol stations and retail outlets.

The good news is that we have developed a unique solution to address this.  We now have our own range of reusable name badges.  These are unlike any of the cheap and nasty versions currently in the market place.  They badge incorporates a nickel plated metal centre, which gives it strength and durability.

We are able to offer a full colour print on the front, which means that you can incorporate all of your brand elements.  The replaceable name badge is then finished with a resin dome, which adds a layer of protection against scratches and gives the badge a professional finish.  Most customers choose to have a magnet at the back, but if you prefer, we can mount with a pin (magnets are not suitable if the person wearing the Name Badge has a pacemaker).

The badge is 75mm x 35mm and we currently offer two options – one with the branding on the top of the badge and the window for the printed name insert below and the other with the branding at the bottom and the printed name insert above.

On the side of the badge is a slot, where you can insert the printed name strip of your current/new employee.  We provide you with perforated A4 sheets and a MS Word template, making it quick and easy to print out the names required.  A plastic insert is provided with each badge and slides on top of the printed name strip to give your new badge a truely professional finish.

We will soon be adding the reusable badge to our online shop, but if you want to order reusable name badges in the interim, please feel free to send us the details (artwork / names / details etc) per email – office@namebadgesa.co.za.  We will then draw up a proof  and provide you with a quote, which is based on the number of badges required.

Contact Us now for more information.

 

Welcome to the world of Namebadges!

02 Mar 2015

NameBadgeSA.co.za is a sister company to RubberStampSA.co.za, a manufacturer and online retailer of Rubber Stamps. RubberStampSA.co.za has been trading online for 10 years and the business now has a loyal customer base of over 10,000 clients throughout South Africa.  Our mission is to enable our clients to order their customised products online, as easily as possible and at a time convenient to them.

Over the years, we have refined the online ordering process, manufacturing process and the delivery/logistics side of the business.  As a result, we believe that we now have an almost seamless process and are usually able to offer a 24-48 hour turnaround time on most of our products.

The Name Badge offering was a natural progression for us.  We now bring you the same easy to use online ordering process for Name Badges, with the same high levels of customer service that our clients have become used to over the last ten years.

As with our Rubber Stamps, we manufacture our own Name Badges and sell directly to you.  This enables us to deliver very competitive prices, excellent quality and very quick turnaround times.

Having said all this, there is always room to improve and we would welcome your feedback on our products, service and pricing.

We look forward to being of service.

If you have a passion for all things digital and would like to learn more about the exciting world of E-commerce, you may consider applying for one of 2 internships that we are offering.  For more information, navigate to the Vacancies page.