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.

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.

Order badge ribbons today!

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!

Making Ribbons as 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 RIBBONS AS FLAIR!

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

From cosplay to ancestry conventions, ribbons as 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 ribbons as 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 ribbons as 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!