Q&A: Perfect Your Networking Strategy With Custom Ribbons

Two badge ribbons attached to a name badge to improve the wearer's networking strategy.

Like many of our customers, you may have wondered how custom ribbons can improve your networking strategy. After all, what do ribbons have to do with such an essential part of your career? The answer: everything. Ribbons bring awareness to your brand like nothing else thanks to their bold colors and high-quality printing. Using them to catch people’s attention gives you valuable opportunities to make a great first impression. Custom ribbons are also incredibly versatile, which means you can use them to accomplish almost any networking goal. Whether you are looking for a better job or the ideal candidate for a position, custom ribbons will make it happen.

From getting clients to landing your dream job, custom ribbons improve your networking strategy.

To show you how to perfect your networking strategy, we have answered four frequently asked questions about our custom ribbons.

Question: What should I include on ribbon rolls for my business?

Answer: That depends on whether your goal is to increase brand recognition or strengthen business relationships.

If you want to increase your brand recognition, customize ribbon rolls with your company name, logo or both. This will expand your brand’s visibility as you use these ribbons to wrap best selling products and giveaways.

A corporate ribbon tied around a candy bar as part of a company's networking strategy.

To strengthen business relationships, add a personal message to your ribbon rolls to congratulate the recipient or wish them well. Then, use these ribbons to wrap corporate gifts for potential clients and business partners. Adding this personal touch to your gifts will show each associate that you value your relationship with them. As you nurture your relationships with personalized ribbons, you will grow your business by gaining new clients and forming new partnerships.

Question: How can custom ribbons be used as handouts?

Answer: Turn Custom Top Ribbons into eye-catching handouts by adding information about your company, products and services.

To recruit talented employees, personalize Custom Top Ribbons with full-color text and graphics that highlight the benefits of working for your company. Pass these ribbons out at job fairs or mail them as part of recruitment packets to attract your ideal candidates. Everyone will be so impressed with your ribbon handouts that they will hold onto them long after receiving them. The longer they have them, the more likely they will apply for the jobs you need to fill.

You can also use Custom Top Ribbons to create promotional handouts for conferences, trade shows and direct mail marketing. Add text and graphics that educate people on the value of your brand. Or, turn your ribbon handouts into coupons. However you choose to attract new clients, you can be sure the full-color printing on these custom ribbons will grab people’s attention and grow your clientele.

Question: Why should I wear a badge ribbon with my name tag?

Answer: Badge ribbons allow you to share more information about yourself and set you apart from other professionals.

At job fairs (virtual or otherwise), use badge ribbons to convince employers to hire you. First, customize badge ribbons with short descriptions of the skills and experiences that make you the perfect candidate. Then, attach the ribbons to your name tag so they are easily visible. Not only will wearing badge ribbons make you memorable, but it will also show recruiters that you qualify for the job before they even see your resume.

Pro Tip: To get the most professional look, use a 3.5 inch horizontal badge ribbon on a 3.5 inch name tag. Or, place two vertical 1.625 inch ribbons on a 3.5 inch name tag.

Question: What can I use blank ribbons for?

Answer: Use Blank Ribbons to spark conversations at networking events and get insights for your business.

Add text to blank ribbons as part of a networking strategy.

Add questions to your Blank Ribbons using a marker. Then, attach the ribbons to your clothing or name tag so they are easily visible. As you wear these ribbons at networking events (virtual or live), you will gain valuable insight into how to improve your business. You will also form new business relationships that may lead to future opportunities for you and your company.

While you can use custom imprinted badge ribbons the same way, keep in mind that the questions you want to ask your peers may change over time. Therefore, it is much easier and more affordable to order blank ribbons and add text when you need it.

Perfect Your Networking Strategy

Let us help you improve your networking strategy by asking your own questions in one of three ways.

1. Join us on July 22, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. (Mountain time) for our first ever Live Video Q&A Event.

2. Comment directly on this blog post, and one of our experts will respond within one business day (Monday through Friday).

3. Contact customer service at 1-801-931-5000, and one of our representatives will be happy to assist you. (Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

By sharing your questions with us, you will learn how to achieve your networking goals with the quality and versatility of custom ribbons.

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Create a Fun Work Culture with Badge Ribbons

Create a fun work culture with a purple badge ribbon that reads, Helps kids talk back.

Culture is the environment that surrounds us all the time. A workplace culture is the shared values, belief systems, attitudes and the set of assumptions that people in a workplace share… A positive workplace culture improves teamwork, raises the morale, increases productivity and efficiency, and enhances retention of the workforce. Job satisfaction, collaboration, and work performance are all enhanced. And, most importantly, a positive workplace environment reduces stress in employees.

When it comes to creating a fun work culture for your company, custom badge ribbons are a perfect solution. They make it easy to do team building activities, recognize outstanding employees and promote your business in unique ways. Their bright colors and imprinted designs also bring a festive feel to your workplace. By using badge ribbons to create a positive environment for your employees, you retain a talented team that wants to help your company succeed.

Here are five ways you can create a fun work culture for your company just by using badge ribbons.

Build Teamwork

A blue, custom badge ribbon used for creating a fun work culture.

When employees feel connected to their co-workers, they enjoy working with them on a regular basis. Help your team members build close relationships by encouraging them to get to know each other. Customize badge ribbons with hobbies, fun facts and personality traits. Then, have each employee wear the ribbons that describe them. You will then have a strong team that knows how to collaborate effectively to meet company goals.

The Right Attitude

Create a positive work environment by reminding employees why they love what they do. When you have them focus on the positive aspects of their jobs, they are more likely to enjoy coming to work every day. Give them badge ribbons that highlight job perks such as meeting new people, solving problems or discovering new solutions. Make sure also to include company benefits such as free lunches or extra paid time off. These ribbons will motivate your employees to take pride in their work and put in their best effort.

Crack a Joke (Seriously)

A green badge ribbons customized with a movie quote, used to create a fun work culture.

Research shows that humor not only makes work fun, but it also increases productivity. So, give your employees something to laugh about by customizing badge ribbons with work appropriate humor. Use clever puns, dad jokes and funny pop culture references. If you and your team have inside jokes, stick them on a badge ribbon too. Wearing funny badge ribbons around the office will reduce stress levels and keep your employees smiling. The more your employees are in a good mood, the more productive they will be.

Something to Do

Help employees have fun at work by giving them a chance to promote your business in a unique way. Personalize badge ribbons to advertise a company event, product or sale. Then, have your employees display these ribbons on their name tags. Wearing promotional ribbons will make your employees feel like they are making a positive impact on your company. As you help your employees feel useful, they will enjoy working for your company.

Recognize Achievements

Even in a fun work environment, employees want to feel appreciated for their hard work. Thank each team member for their contribution by customizing badge ribbons that highlight their achievements. From perfect attendance to closing a big sale, recognizing these accomplishments increases company loyalty. It also encourages team members to congratulate each other on their accomplishments. By creating a work culture where everyone feels valued, your employees will love coming to work. You will also attract new talent as word of your positive company culture spreads.

These are only five ways to use badge ribbons to create a fun work culture, but there are many more. So, get creative and customize badge ribbons with almost any combination of text, colors and graphics. As you put these colorful ribbons to good use, you will have a talented, productive team working to make your company thrive.

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Stay Connected Using Custom Ribbon Rolls

By wrapping your gifts with custom ribbons, you stay connected to the people who matter most.

A gift wrapped using a custom ribbon, used to stay socially connected with other people.

Gift giving is one of the best ways to stay socially connected because you can do it from anywhere. No matter how far you are from the recipient, sending them a beautifully wrapped gift makes you feel closer together.

To form a deeper social connection between you and the recipient, wrap your gift using Custom Ribbon Rolls. Made of high-quality material, these ribbons let you share a unique message with the other person. Adding this personal touch shows the recipient how much they mean to you. As you use custom ribbons to make them feel special, your relationship with them will become stronger.

Why does social connection matter?

There are so many benefits to strengthening your social connections. Scientific studies have found that connecting with others not only makes you happier, but it also helps you live longer. It reduced stress levels, which in turn improves your immune system and general well-being. If you want to receive these health benefits, then making a greater effort to deepen your relationships is key.

On top of health benefits, social connections also help you reach your professional goals. By building relationships with people at work and in your community, you form a strong network of people who trust your abilities and are willing to support your business.

Now that you know the benefits of social connection, here is how you use custom ribbons to connect with the people in your life.

Connect with Your Co-workers

A gift wrapped in a red ribbon that reads Thank You, sitting on an office desk, used to stay socially connected to a team member.

Use custom ribbons to build a strong relationship with each of your team members. Surprise them with a quality gift, wrapped up in a pretty ribbon that reads, Great job! or Thanks for Your Hard Work. Make sure to also send a wrapped gift to your colleagues who work from home. As you express appreciation for what your co-workers do for the company, you will form a closer connection with them and work better as a team. Your recognition will also motivate them to continue to put in their best effort.

Connect with Your Clients

When it comes to building a relationship with your clients, nothing works better than custom ribbons. Add your company name and logo so your clients will always remember who gave them such a generous gift. Or, personalize ribbon rolls with a short message to thank your clients for their business. As you use custom ribbons to make your clients feel valued, you will gain their trust and increase your brand loyalty.

Connect with Your Friends and Family

Show love for friends and family by adorning your gifts with customized ribbons. Create ribbons to use all year round with endearing messages such as Sending You My Love or With You Always. To be prepared for special occasions, get ribbons for graduations, weddings and other milestones. And, don’t forget to customize holiday ribbons with the colors and graphics of your choice. With your unique design on quality fabric, your loved ones will know how much you care.

Stay Connected Using Custom Ribbons

If you want a closer connection to the people in your life, customize ribbons for all your gift giving needs. They make your gifts personable by sharing your unique design. And they are tons of fun! Choose from different ribbon materials and customize the color, font and more all in one place. With continuous print ribbons for gift wrapping and favor print ribbons for bows, you won’t be disappointed in our product selection.

What other ways can ribbons help you connect with people? Tell us in a comment.

Honoring a Special Olympics Coach

From brand exposure to product promotion, donations benefit our company in many ways. But the joy we get from them does not come from those benefits. It comes from knowing we have helped others in some way. Here at Coller Industries Incorporated, we take our responsibility to the community seriously. So, we are always looking for donation opportunities. Recently, we had the privilege of giving back to our local community here in Salt Lake County, Utah. Give a big cheer to our latest donation recipient: The Panthers Special Olympics Utah Team.

Examples of Coller Industries Incorporated products, including name tags, badge holder, name plate, award plaque, lanyard and rosette ribbon.

A Special Olympics team pays tribute to their coach a month after her passing.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Vertical Graphic Ribbons

A purple ribbon with a vertical orientation, imprinted with gold text and a heart graphic used for special olympics.

Made of quality satin, Vertical Graphic Ribbons are a popular choice for fundraisers, conventions and trade shows. While they are often used to promote products, services or sales, graphic ribbons can serve almost any purpose. And, they let you add a graphic or logo to go with your text. Customize the size, font, imprint and material colors to make these ribbons right for you. With different fastener options available, attach the ribbons to a piece of clothing or wear them with a name tag.

We donated 500 Vertical Graphic Ribbons to help the Panthers pay tribute to their former coach, Agnes Marino. A long time volunteer, she passed away September 17, 2019. Keith Tondro, an Assistant Equipment Manager for Special Olympics, spoke highly of Marino. “She gave many years of service and has been an icon for Special Olympics. These ribbons will be worn by the athletes as they compete in the Fall Sports Classic on October 18 and 19, 2019 in golf, bocce and soccer.”

The athletes wore purple badge ribbons to honor their coach as they competed in different locations in Salt Lake City, Utah. The ribbons included a heart with the name of their team and former coach. With the memory of Marino in their hearts, they played bocce ball at Northwest Middle School, golf at Rose Park Golf Course and soccer at Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex. They did Marino proud by placing third in soccer, even while playing in stormy weather. Tondro said, “The Panthers fought hard and played well.”

Tondro, whose son, Darrell Tondro, is on the Panthers team, describes how Special Olympics benefits people with disabilities.

“Developing skills, building self-esteem and having fun, all while participating in year-round sports training and competition, is the life of a Special Olympics Utah athlete. Whatever their skill level, with eight sports to choose from, plus the Motor Activities Training Program (MATP), Special Olympics Utah has something for every person with an intellectual disability.”

No matter what product we donate, it is always a privilege to support organizations like Special Olympics. And this time, we got to help pay tribute to a woman who, like us, wanted to give back to the community. For us, giving back through donations is a way of saying thank you to those who make our company successful. After all, where would we be without the people in this community, our customers. So, thank you Special Olympics Utah for letting us serve you and your remarkable athletes. Go Panthers!

The Panthers Special Olympics Utah Team honor a former coach by wearing custom badge ribbons during their Fall Sports Classic in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 18 and 19, 2019.

How To Decorate Your Workplace

From lampshades to planters, workplace decor looks better with ribbon.

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to put all those extra gift-wrapping ribbons to good use. Accessorize your workplace by adding ribbons to interior decorations and office supplies. Decorating your office is tons of fun and a great way to bring more excitement to your work space. Employees and visitors will love seeing these strips of color throughout your office. And, giving them something beautiful to look at builds a positive company image.

Here are seven easy ways to decorate your workplace using leftover ribbons.

Door decorated with a ribbon wreath for your workplaceWelcome Visitors with a Ribbon Wreath

Use ribbon strips to create a unique wreath for your office door. Choose colors that match your logo or go well with your work space. Easy and quick to make, this circle of color will bring a smile to colleagues and guests as they enter your office. All it takes is a circular object and any extra ribbons you have.

Ribbon Chandeliers

Even a casual work environment can use a ribbon chandelier. And the best part is you can make it however you want. Whether you just let your ribbons hang down in a straight line or do something fancier, a chandelier will add character to your work space.

Pots and Plants

An easy, quick way to use extra ribbons is tying them around any flower vases you have in your office. Large potted plants also look amazing with ribbon accessories. Once you wrap a ribbon around the planter, consider also putting bows on the plant itself. Make sure your ribbon colors match the plants to create the perfect look for your conference room or office.

Ribbon pens to decorate your workplace.Company Pens

With custom ribbons and a little imagination, turn ordinary pens into something extraordinary. Wrap ribbon around each pen then add glitter or rhinestones to give them extra flair. Give a decorative pen to each employee and save a few for the front desk. Visitors will appreciate your creativity and may even hope they take your front desk pens by accident.

Deck the Walls

Long and flowing ribbons are perfect to make garlands to decorate a hallway or room. And don’t just use ribbons. Get creative with decorative pieces like beads, feathers and seashells. This is your chance to add your personal touch to your workplace.

Use ribbon strips to decorate a lamp shade for your workplaceLampshades

Trim your floor and table lamps with leftover ribbons. Glue pieces of ribbon to a lampshade in a horizontal or vertical stripe pattern. Once you’re done, put the lampshade back on to enjoy your new work of art.

Pillow Cushions

Sew ribbon strips together to decorate your break room or foyer with trendy pillow cushions. This project allows you to take any combination of ribbons you want and make something unique. And, colleagues and guests will appreciate having something comfortable to lean against while sitting.

So, from light fixtures to writing instruments, extra ribbons are a great opportunity to decorate your workplace and use your creativity.