Making Ribbon Flair Work for You

We all have them. Lanyards and lanyards of name badges and badge holders we have received over the years. We get them as we attend conference after conference. Whether these conferences were for our jobs or entertainment, we still all have at least a couple of these event name tags hanging around somewhere.

You only wear them while you are at the conference, so why do you still have them? Is it the lanyard that makes the name tag so special? What about the name tag itself? Do we cling to everything that has our name emblazoned on it? Or, is it simply because we want to remember what we did while at that particular conference or convention? Or maybe, it’s because of all the RIBBON FLAIR!

stacking badge ribbons on a badge holder with a lanyard to show some ribbon flair at a convention

From cosplay to ancestry conventions, ribbon flair is everywhere.

Badge ribbons are a tradition that started at sci-fi conventions. World Con (where the world’s supposed first cosplayer was present), may have started this trend. To quickly identify the role of other staff members, World Con employees put ribbons on their badges that denoted positions such as “Dealers,” “Artists” and “Guest of Honor.” World Con attendees took notice and made their own, silly badge ribbons to share with fellow fans. Today, you can find ribbons being passed out at many Sci-fi conventions and Anime cons as well.

So what are they? Badge ribbons are little colorful, often shiny ribbons with a phrase printed on them and an adhesive strip to attach it to your badge or to another ribbon. The standard size is four inches by one inch and five-eighths. They can be custom ordered on many websites, and a pack of fifty can range from twenty-five to forty dollars. Depending on which site you use, the ribbons can be made in any color, with any phrase and any simple image.

Lots of badge ribbons used as convention ribbon flair

Much like the above author, we find that these little ribbons can cause excitement around any event booth. Everyone must have one to add to their name badge. And, with the nearly endless printing possibilities, these badge ribbons are the perfect marketing and networking tool to have at any event.

The Marketing and Networking Hack

Step 1: Design your custom ribbons with fun titles or witty sayings. Or, choose from our available stock titles.

Step 2: Pass your new badge ribbons out during any event to attendees and everyone who walks past your booth.

Step 3: Sit back and watch as more and more people show up to your booth, excited to learn about your brand and business.

Yes, it really is that easy! These little ribbons can do all of the talking for you and your business. No matter the event, badge ribbons are a must-have. From stock titles to going a bit crazy with full-color printing and fun messages, your ribbon flair is sure to stand out among the crowd.

Stack your ribbon flair till your heart’s content!

stacked badge ribbons for added ribbon flair to a badge holder

The best thing about these fun ribbons? You can stack them onto a name tag, a badge holder and even another ribbon! With the adhesive strip that runs along the top of every ribbon, these marketing tools just got even easier to use. Now, you really can sport all the ribbon flair you want. Even if you are a presenter at an event, you can still add additional ribbons to the bottom of your credentials.

And, even if you don’t have a name tag to stick them on, the tape allows you to attach these fun ribbons to a notebook, backpacks and so much more. You can literally spend hours collecting every ribbon. So, join in on the fun of ribbon flair by creating your badge ribbons today!

Extra Hint: Order Blank Ribbons

blank badge ribbons to use as DIY ribbon flair at a convention

Let attendees come up with their ribbon flair with blank badge ribbons and a permanent marker or pen. They can add notes, titles and fun quips to show off their unique flair!

Small Business Holiday Ribbons

Shop Small Business Saturday

You might not realize it, but every time you take a yoga class at your neighborhood spot or buy a gift from the local artist down the street, you’re shopping small and making a difference. In fact, for every dollar spent at a small business in the U.S., approximately 67 cents stays in the local community. So when you Shop Small on Small Business Saturday—and all year long—it can help add up to a big impact.

Since its inception in 2010, the Shop Small Movement has grown rapidly. Many small, community retailers and other businesses participate in the sales involved on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to promote buying locally. And, with more than half of every dollar spent staying in the community where you are making your purchase, the small business owner is becoming more and more significant.

So, how does a small business owner keep up to date with that tradition? Here are three of our products that will aid any small (or large) business during their holiday endeavors.

Custom Ribbon Rolls

a small business can use custom ribbon rolls for product packaging

From using hashtags on social media promotions to advertising in your store or office, every small business owner understands the importance of getting their company name out there. Custom ribbon rolls are here to help you with that. From everyday product packaging to specialty holiday gift wrapping, adding logos and text to any of our custom rolls are sure to bring a bit more life to your brand.

No matter your setting, ribbon rolls can help with your holiday decorating. Create a ribbon wall to cover bare spaces or hang in a doorway to add some festivity to your shop. Oh, and bows! Don’t forget the bows! From large to small, branded ribbons are perfect for adding bows to wreaths, garlands and other promotional displays.

Give your customers an interactive experience at your holiday events with fun party favors wrapped in custom ribbon rolls. Add a festive message or stick with your branding. But, no matter what your decision, these ribbons are sure to be remembered.

Custom Text Vertical Badge Ribbons

a small business can use vertical badge ribbons for holiday sales

There truly is no better way to promote a sale than with custom text ribbons. Get creative with the text you add to these vertical ribbons, and they will become your best friend during any sale or special promotion. Order them with pins to attach them to products or double sided tape to add them to name tags.

Do you have items that are for display only? What about bottles of perfumes or lotions that you want labeled as testers? These ribbons are the perfect addition to those shelves full of products that need distinctions. Add nearly any text you need and go crazy with where you need to place them. With the high-quality satin acetate material, your added tags are sure to be glamorous.

Badge ribbons are the best for adding titles and other needed information to name tags. Recognize your employee of the month with a special ribbon. Or, add a ribbon to the front counter letting customers know it’s an employee’s birthday or another special day. These ribbons don’t have limitations!

Custom Pointed-Top Ribbons

a small business can use custom top ribbons for promoting sales

With full-color printing and the elegant finish on these custom top ribbons, the possibilities are nearly endless. Use these as fancy price tags for larger items in your store. Or, add prices to shelving using these ribbons to make everything have a classy feel.

Design a ribbon to say thank you to all of your customers for their purchase. Then, toss one into their bag as you hand it to them. Customers are sure to remember your business when they see these impressive ribbons once they unload their bags. And, better yet, your customer’s friends and family are pretty much guaranteed to see the ribbons as well, and viola, better advertising!

Do you have a special holiday sale coming up that you need to promote? These custom ribbons are the perfect answer to your needs. With the ability to print in full-color and add bleeds, adding logos and holiday messages just got easier. And, the event cards on the back of the ribbons can be turned into raffle tickets during your sale.

Other Ribbon Uses for a Small Business

What are some other ways you can use these three ribbon types? What about the rest of our ribbons? Let us know, or better yet, show us what you did with your custom ribbons for Small Business Saturday.

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.

Badge Ribbons for Every Event

So, you already have the event planned out? Did you get badge holders or name tags for your staff, but still need a way to make sure attendees know who they can go to for assistance during the event? Try out these handy identification tools today!

custom badge ribbons to wear on name tags and badge holders

Badge Ribbons are so much more than just a piece of satin ribbon used as a designation for an usher or sponsor. Yes, titles are important, but these ribbons are so much more useful. Don’t settle for only using titles; make custom ribbons with nearly any text and graphics. From full-color to imprinted text, badge ribbons are guaranteed to make your life easier, especially when it comes to events.

Here are four ways to use badge ribbons at your next event.

1) Stock and Custom Titles

While a name tag identifies the person, adding a little flair will make them stand out. Custom imprinted ribbons are designed to hang from the back of a name tag or name badge. Simply attach a ribbon to the name tag or badge to add a descriptive title or honor for the attendee.

Choose from an abundance of stock titles or create a new one. Identify sponsors, presenters or speakers with different colored ribbons. These ribbons can also be used to differentiate guests and organizations from staff or volunteers. If there are prominent members or VIPs at the event, set them apart with a ribbon that reflects their importance or position.

2) Advertisements and Promotional Materials

vertical full-color badge ribbons are perfect for any event promotional materials

Ribbons don’t just have to be for a name tag. Make your event the hype of the year with badge ribbons. Get the word out using full-color ribbons with your event name, logo or other graphic. Leave them at grocery stores, libraries and even hand them out in places near your chosen venue. The masses are sure to get excited to come to your event with such a color advertisement.

Not only do badge ribbons help as a valuable networking tool, but they are perfect for promotions. Customize each ribbon with your logo, add any sales items or text informing of the promotion. Then, place them all around your business or store. Make sure to hand them out before the sale or promotion starts to get the word out properly. Then, watch the masses flock to your business!

3) Inspirational Quotes and Sayings

Ribbons can be customized to express any desired effect. So, add uplifting imprinted text to any color of ribbon you want. These can be added to name tags to help those around your event feel more welcome and invited. And, don’t just let your employees or staff wear them. Give them to attendees to wear as well.

And, while uplifting is always nice, don’t forget to make your guests smile. Add silly titles or statements to make attendees laugh and get more involved in your event. These sayings can even be directions to a game they can play while at your event. Get creative in your text and graphics with these fun event tools.

4) Keepsakes and Awards

vertical badge ribbon as an award for a school event

Ribbons are the perfect way to say thank you for coming. They also are great for recognizing someone’s help with your event. Or, give them as awards for a game during your event. In any use, they are a growing trend to use wherever and whenever possible.

These event ribbons don’t have to remain at professional functions. Think of all that you can do with them at private and personal events as well. From parties to weddings, every event will benefit from the use of these incredible badge ribbons.

So, use badge ribbons at any event. Conventions, meetings and conferences are a few of the places where you can find badge ribbons. But have you ever thought of using them for fundraisers, fancy parties and other such events? Their uses are truly endless!

Best of Show: Festivals and Fairs

State festivals and county fairs have two things in common: the elusive best of show and award ribbons.

From incredible horse shows, food demonstrations and live music to fried food, butter sculptures and roller coasters, festivals and fairs can be an incredible experience. And, don’t forget the best part: those best of show ribbons! But, before we get into our favorite topic of ribbons, let’s talk about the difference between a festival and a fair.

a festival and a fair both have something in common: best of show award ribbons

FESTIVAL vs. FAIR

Briefly, a festival is a gathering of people to celebrate something, historically religious holidays (feast days), but now also secular ones, e.g., Kwanzaa, or the Burning Man, initially held to celebrate the summer solstice. Mardi Gras is a famous New Orleans festival, a religious one celebrated more quietly in other areas.

A fair is a gathering of vendors or tradespeople for the entertainment, commerce or other purpose. There are job fairs (hardly a festival), book fairs, farm shows (also called fairs) where people show their prized livestock or farm products for the entertainment (and often sales for charity) of both fellow farmers and non-farmers alike, county fairs (mostly just summer entertainment), etc.

So, now that we know the difference between a festival and a fair, we can focus on more important things. Things like how to win your Best of Show ribbon!

While we don’t have specifics, especially when it comes to things other than ribbons themselves, on what the best looking cow is or if you have the best tasting chili, we do have a little bit of advice. No matter your location, from Texas to Minnesota, the best thing you can do to win that coveted prize ribbon is to try your hardest. Work on your craft and put the required time in to make sure you know what you’re doing.

Here at Coller Industries, that’s exactly what we do with our custom ribbons (and every personalized product we sell). We have been working on our craft for nearly 25 years, and are top in our trade. So, while we can’t really award ourselves with Best of Show ribbons (judges consider that cheating), we might just try.

But, don’t take our word for it!

Jeff Halbach, a poultry judge at last year’s Minnesota state fair, said, “The birds that end up on champion row usually are sound in body, correct and bright in color, have been cleaned and prepared for showing by their owners. And, finally, they have that winning personality.”

Emily Griffiths, also a judge (beef cattle) at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair, said, “I have always believed that beef heifer shows are very comparable to a beauty pageant in that it is about combining desirable female traits in a well-presented form with poise and style. You want an amount of body and muscle that is proportional and well suited to the animal’s frame with excellent structure. What separates an ordinary cow in the pasture from a champion at the state fair are those heifers with an extra amount of class, style, and grace. Those characteristics are not just limited to people—cattle can have those, too!”

Okay, on to those elusive Best of Show ribbons!

best of show stock rosette ribbon from Personalized Ribbons

Rosette ribbons are seen everywhere at a fair. From giant pumpkins to those cute baby piglets, they are the classic touch at your local state or county fair. There are plenty of titles and stock ribbons from which to choose or make custom fair ribbons. They can have any award or honor imprinted to meet all of your needs.

From county fairs to holiday festivals, personalized ribbons are sure to bring home the Best of Show! And, no matter your ribbon choice, we have something to meet all of your festival and fair needs. Whether it’s a pie eating contest or a 4-H event, ribbon rolls are sure to amaze with the right customization. Rosette ribbons are available as stock titles (yes, Best of Show included) or customize your own. They are a great way to make sure all winners are recognized for any achievement.

But, enough about us, what about you? Are you planning on taking home Best of Show this year? Will it be your prized pig or your mom’s best blueberry pie?