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

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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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Employee Awards to Boost Company Morale

Without your employees, where would your company be? Yes, your company is your idea and livelihood. But without your employees, you wouldn’t be able to do what you do. Every business has at least one employee, if not multiple, that continually makes sure the business is doing everything they can to keep customers happy. Now it’s your turn to make your employees happy with employee awards that will also boost your company morale.

When you have good ways of rewarding your employees, it makes keeping them motivated to do their work easier. Sometimes, good things also come in simple packages. Try keeping a stash of custom top ribbons. Or take the time to pick out a gift and wrap it in personalized ribbon rolls. No matter what, ribbons are here to save your day (and make your employees feel extra special).

giving custom rosette ribbons as employee awards helps with company unity

There are so many ribbon products that will help you with your employee awards. Here are some ways to use ribbons to make your employees happy they work for you.

Employee Recognition

Recognition drives productivity and company morale. We all liked getting gold stars when we were in elementary school, so why not continue with that tradition? Use badge ribbons to recognize when an employee completes a new level and can move up to the next step in their employment. Badge ribbons are also great for attaching to employee name tags to help customers see that your employees have been trained to help them. Add status markers (job titles work, too) to ribbons and help your employees have the confidence in themselves that you already see.

What is employee recognition?

Employee recognition is the acknowledgment of a company’s staff for exemplary performance. Essentially, the goal of employee recognition in the workplace is to reinforce particular behaviors, practices or activities that result in better performance and positive business results.

Why is employee recognition that important?

One of the biggest motivators for employees is to be held in high esteem by their peers. The best way of earning this respect is by being acknowledged for being good at what they do.

While most would relate rewards and recognition to monetary bonuses or extravagant awarding events, employee appreciation doesn’t have to be that expensive or glamorous. Employee rewards can be as candid as a pat-on-the-back and a genuine compliment. It can also be as simple as a ‘thank you’ email or a friendly greeting at work.

Company and Employee Unity

Give the gift of unity with corporate branded ribbon rolls. Choose from a variety of colors and ribbon materials that best match your company branding and logo. Ribbon rolls are perfect for just about everything you need a ribbon for. Wrap these around gifts for employees and clients alike. Use them to decorate an employee’s desk on their birthday. Or just as a thank you for a job well done. No matter why you need these ribbons for employee awards, every roll comes with 100 yards of pure goodness.

Teamwork and Employee Awards

People work better together when you show them the way to stronger teamwork. Give your badge ribbons the strength they need to help with teamwork. Add fun titles onto bright colors to make them stand out. Some titles could be: MVP, Most Innovative, Best Creativity or Going the Extra Mile. No matter your choice for titles, your employee awards will be perfect with these badge ribbons.

Recognition leads to better retention and harder workers.

Remember, an employee who feels appreciated and recognized for what they do is more likely to continue employment with your company. Someone who feels happy at their job will also be willing to work harder. So, help your employees see how much you care by putting some thought (and ribbons) in your employee awards.

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.

Traveling Ribbons: The Perfect Branding Tool

We’ve coined a new phrase: traveling ribbons! But what exactly does that mean?

Branded ribbon rolls are perfect to use as traveling ribbons on goody bags an other treats.

From badge ribbons to ribbon rolls and everything in between, adding personalization to ribbons helps your brand recognition. Especially when these ribbons are attached to things (products or services) that make it out of your reach. These “things” can be anything from goody bags at events to items from your storefront adorned with strips from a ribbon roll. Don’t have a storefront? That’s okay. Attach a small ribbon strip to a flier discussing your services and hand them out. So, there you have it: traveling ribbons!

How can traveling ribbons help you get your message into the public’s hands?

That’s easy! After all, the idea behind a traveling ribbon is that it travels to your customer in place of you. Remember that all ribbons aren’t equal because they can’t all do the same things. But, don’t think that one ribbon type is better than another. Grab your nearest personalized ribbon and figure out how it can become a traveling ribbon.

Promoting Your Business

Personalized ribbon is a subtle yet powerful marketing tool. So, how do you make these traveling ribbons work for you? First, choose a ribbon color that matches your brand. Then, have us imprint your website, logo and any other text in a corresponding color. Next step, use them everywhere!

Decorate your store with them. Attach them to products you sell, either in your store or at events. You can even hand out ribbon strips during events your business is attending. Use personalized ribbon rolls to wrap products, gifts and more. And, don’t forget those fliers adorned with your branded ribbons! Customers are sure to appreciate the custom touch, and then your ribbon will help them remember your business.

Hacking Personalization for Your Traveling Ribbons

Traveling ribbons can include a full-color vertical ribbon advertising a summer sale

One of our favorite ways to use a badge ribbon or other flat award ribbon is as a bookmark. That way, when your customers are reading in public, others not only see the book, but they also get curious about the imprinting on the ribbon the reader is holding.

Now, when that traveling ribbon has your logo and brand imprinted on it, people will start to recognize who you are. Traveling ribbons are an effective way to drive consumers straight toward your business. But remember to keep your logo and text consistent so that your brand stands out. No matter the size of your business, traveling ribbons are here to help.

These ribbons not only help promote your brand to current customers, but they also get your brand into the hands of potential customers. By simply adding these fun and fancy adornments to treat bags at a grand opening, or tying them to products throughout your store, these ribbons are guaranteed to travel. Once a current customer uses your product, they are sure to either pass on your ribbon or use it for something else.

Even if your ribbon is taken off a treat bag and thrown haphazardly onto a desk, it is sure to attract attention. Oh, everyone will want that treat! But, more importantly, they will want to know where they can get some too. So, now your ribbon becomes that great traveling marketing item you need. So, what are you waiting for? Get your traveling ribbons today!

100 Yards of Ribbon & What to Do with It All

what would you do with 100 yards of ribbon

100 yards of ribbon = 300 feet = 3600 inches

Wow! That’s a lot!

Now, if you’re hosting a significant event like a national conference or a large convention, the answer is easy. However, if you order ribbons for a smaller occasion, such as a department party or small corporate meeting, using all of the 100 yards of ribbon might seem a bit daunting. While the ribbon will last for a very long time, maybe you don’t want to store it.

So, now the question is, how do you use all 100 yards of ribbon?

We offer two different types of ribbon rolls, continuous print and favor printing. And, all of our rolls come with 100 yards of ribbon. Here are some fabulous ideas to use that roll up to the last inch!

Continuous Printing

Repeated text and logos along 100 yards of ribbon roll.

With a logo and text imprinted in a continuous print along the entirety of 100 yards of ribbons, your imagination is the only limitation. While the imprinting process may limit the graphic or logo and text you can use on the ribbon, the continuous printing allows for multiple uses for your ribbons.

Gift Bows, Single-Use Shoelaces and Awareness Ribbons

From corporate gifting to small individual presents, gift bows will make any gift more personal. And, with custom ribbons, this personality increases. Small bows, like a simple gift bow, take typically about 20 inches of ribbon. Large gift bows can take up to 48 inches of ribbon to make. With these calculations, your 100 yards of ribbon will make approximately 75 large bows.

grosgrain ribbons used for shoe laces

Making shoelaces for a corporate event can be fun. The standard lengths vary per shoe (depending on how many eyelets the shoe has). The average length is about 60 inches, meaning that you can lace nearly 30 pairs of shoes. That should be enough to outfit a small office with a fun and unique way of showing off your brand at your next corporate meeting. (Please note that if used more than once, the imprinting will start to rub off.)

Perfect for showing support or collecting donations, awareness ribbons are a great way to use all of that ribbon roll. And, with continuous roll printing, you can control where the printing will occur and be able to use the 100 yards to it’s greatest advantage. For three-inch awareness ribbons, you will need to cut each ribbon to about nine inches. This will make your roll last for about 400 ribbons! Think about all the support you can show with that many ribbons.

Favor Printing

Print your text and logo so they will only show on the ends of a cut strip from the 100 yards of ribbon.

This ribbon type is just as useful as continuous printing. Favor printing provides a large gap between where the text and logo are printed so it can be tied around something, but you can still see the imprinted information.

Favors, Single-End Awareness Ribbons and Party Decorations

If you are giving away door prizes or gifts to every person who attends your event, these ribbons are here to do you a favor (pun intended)! By using ribbons with favor printing, you can easily tie them around goody bags and other quick gifts to provide attendees. Wrap them around a bag full of candy and cut the ribbons so that only the ends show printing. This effect highlights your branding on the ribbon and lets your guests quickly remember where they got the present.

Each favor printed ribbon section will vary depending on what it is being tied. On average, if you use 18 inches per ribbon (this includes two tails with six inches of imprint and the six-inch blank space between them), you will get about 200 strips total. While these measurements will not fit every project, you can use the approximations for nearly every gift you need to provide.

While both ribbon types can be used for party decorations, favor printing allows for a cleaner look to the finished product. When tying a continuous print ribbon around something, your text will show all the way around and go into the knot and bow. Favor printing gives the look of a neat, clean bow with the text only showing at the ends of the cut ribbon. Even if the object you are tying the ribbon around is bigger, you can manipulate the ribbon to display the text exactly where you need it.

organza ribbons tied around a candle holder

For example, if you are tying the ribbons around votive candles, you need approximately 28 inches per candle. When setting up this ribbon length, this should include the minimum of the blank six inches between text, up to six inches of imprinting and a small, two-inch bow. This will yield about 128 candle holders.

So, when you think about it, 100 yards of ribbon is easily used for any event!

Please note that all numbers used above are approximations and based on minimum printing requirements for each ribbon type.