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The Month of April Provides Many Reasons to Celebrate With Lapel Pins

Written on March 23, 2010 at 4:52 pm, by

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The old adage, “April showers bring May flowers,” is often true but there is nothing gloomy about Spring. In addition to nationally known holidays like Easter, Earth Day, and Arbor Day, the upcoming month provides businesses, church groups, schools, and volunteer organizations plenty of reasons to celebrate.

Custom lapel pins are fashionable any time of year and April is no exception. Here are a few little known holidays to celebrate in addition to those already listed on your calendar:

• April 7th is World Health Day. A custom lapel pin can be designed for a doctor’s office to encourage health screenings.

• April 10th is Encourage a Young Writer Day. A custom lapel pin can be designed for libraries or schools as a way of commemorating youth writers.

• April 15th is Leonardo Da Vinci Day. A custom lapel pin can be designed for artists, inventors, and fellow Renaissance Men and Women.

• April 18th is Pet Owner’s Day. A custom lapel pin can be designed for pet stores and veterinarian clinics to give out to shoppers and clients.

• April 18th to 24th is National Volunteer Week. A custom lapel pin can be designed for nursing homes, hospitals, and non-profit organizations as a way of paying tribute to their volunteers.

• April 28th is Administrative Professional’s Day. A custom lapel pin can be designed as a way of thanking secretaries and administrative professionals for their service.

Using a company logo, motto, or photograph, All About Pins can create custom designed lapel pins for any individual, group, organization, or business. April is a great time for us to discuss your needs with you. Give us a call toll-free at 1-866-604-9462 or email us at info@allaboutpins.com. We will be more than happy to provide you with a no obligation quote based on the information that you give to us.

Evaluating the Role That Lapel Pins Play in Non-Profit and Volunteer Organizations

Written on March 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm, by

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Custom lapel pins play a major role in paying tribute to those individuals and groups who work with and volunteer for non-profit organizations. In addition to honoring accomplishments by noting a person’s efforts, the small tokens of appreciation can be used as incentives to recruit, promote, and build loyalty amongst employees and assistants.

From a psychological standpoint, showing appreciation for people’s hard work goes a long way. Happy employees and volunteers are more productive, better motivators, and willing to go the extra mile to please those around them. Ceremonies and banquets commemorating these exemplary individuals is a great time to hand out awards like custom lapel pins.

Featuring your logo, photograph, or organization’s colors, custom lapel pins create the type of environment that welcomes change. Non-profit organizations rely heavily on their staff and group of volunteers to help them achieve specific goals. In addition to educating, promoting, and supporting the community by providing a variety of services, non-profits get involved on a global level by building websites, running blogs, and using social media networking as a way to announce their intentions and gain valuable feedback from the public.

All About Pins designs custom lapel pins as well as award and service pins in a variety of styles, shapes, colors, finishes, and sizes. Using our free quote service, you can reach us by phone toll-free at 1-866-604-9462 or email info@allaboutpins.com. We will be happy to discuss the options that are available to you so that your non-profit organization can achieve all that it sets out to do.

Non-profit organizations play an important part in raising awareness and funds for different causes. You can help honor those involved with an effort by creating a custom lapel pin for them today. Our talented design team can use your logo, mascot, or motto to create the type of custom lapel pin that reaches out to the public and touches the hearts of all of your employees and volunteers.

Five Ways to Use Custom Lapel Pins in Your Next Trade Show Event

Written on March 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm, by

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A trade show is a virtual hub of activity. With thousands of potential customers within an arm’s length from your booth, it is a place to promote new and existing products, increase your brand’s visibility by handing out custom lapel pins, generate leads, drive sales, and get an insider’s view of what the competition is up to.

Trade shows provide businesses opportunities to network within their industries. They also allow individuals to keep up with the latest trends and to strengthen the relationships that they have already established with past contacts. A place known for giveaways and incentives, trade shows are a great place to showcase your newly designed custom lapel pin. By having plenty of lapel pins on hand during an event, businesses and organizations encourage direct contact between company representatives and customers. The versatile promotional product is small but an effective and powerful statement.

Custom lapel pins speak volumes about a business. Unlike disposable giveaway items, they are durable and long lasting. By simply securing a custom lapel pin to your shirt, jacket, or tie, you are inviting others to speak to you about the products or services that your company offers.

Here are five ways that you can use custom lapel pins to break the ice at your next trade show event:

1. Attach a lapel pin to a dual raffle ticket. Ask the individuals who stop by your booth to fill out their contact information on one ticket and to keep the other ticket with the pin on it as a gift. This is a great way to reach out to the public and build a database of potential customers.

2. Create a full color brochure highlighting information about your company. Staple a small bag containing your custom lapel pin on the inside of the publication.

3. Sponsor a prize wheel. Give out your custom lapel pins to everyone who participates. This is in addition to discounts, gift cards, and product samples.

4. Fill a jar with lapel pins and offer one to each person who visits your booth. Encourage the new contact to drop off a business card or join your mailing list while they have the time.

5. Wear a vest or jacket that is full of custom lapel pins. Whenever someone approaches you with a question about your company, take a pin off and hand it to them. This is a great way to increase face-to-face contact with others.

All About Pins offers solutions to your trade show or promotional event needs. Inquire about our custom lapel pin designs by calling 1-866-604-9462 toll-free or visiting us on the web at www.allaboutpins.com.

A Beginner’s Guide to Custom Baseball Trading Pin Swapping At Cooperstown

Written on March 16, 2010 at 8:47 pm, by

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Excitement is in the air as baseball teams from across the country get ready to gather in Cooperstown, New York for the 2010 Little League World Series. In addition to getting the chance to play their hearts out, the young athletes look forward to swapping their custom baseball trading pins with other teams.

Pin trading has become a phenomenon amongst even the youngest players. Cooperstown offers each team the opportunity to meet, speak to, and trade custom lapel pins with one another. Having a quality pin makes all the difference to the athletes who are often judged based on the weight, feel, and appearance of their baseball trading pin.

There are some rules to follow when trading pins at Cooperstown. A tent set up specifically for the Little League Baseball World Series allows players and collectors to swap pins freely. Most people trade one pin for another. Very seldom does a single exchange occur involving multiple pins.

The most unique and colorful pins tend to be the type that are swapped first. Individuals are interested in the tradability of the custom lapel pins that they choose. The perceived value of a pin can be determined by the look, feel, and weight of each baseball trading pin.

Some people spend the whole day waiting for the right baseball trading pin to come their way. They tend to be the type that eat, sleep, and dream about the sport. Hotels around the area accommodate these players and collectors by setting up their own pin trading rooms where some of the best exchanges are made.

All About Pins can help you make the event at Cooperstown a success for all of your players by designing the right kind of baseball trading pin to fit your needs. Give us a call toll-free at 1-866-604-9462 to discuss your options. We can have your pins designed and delivered to you before the big event.

In addition to providing you with complimentary artwork, we are committed to making the ordering process as stress-free as possible for you. That is why we do not require a lot of information from you initially to come up with a design for your custom baseball trading pin. By providing us with a picture or description of your logo and team colors, we can create a full color proof and have it emailed to you the very same day that you inquire about our services. Visit us on the web at All About Pins or call us today at 1-866-604-9462 for a no obligation quote.

The Many Uses of Lapel Pins in Schools and Universities Worldwide

Written on March 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm, by

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Schools and universities worldwide choose lapel pins as a way of recognizing and commemorating exceptional students, faculty, staff members, volunteers, and alumni for their contributions and achievements on campus. In addition to promoting teamwork and fellowship, small tokens of appreciation boost morale, increase productivity, encourage attendance, and generate a sense of pride in those who receive a custom lapel pin as an award.

Clubs and sports teams use ribbon pins to increase awareness and raise funds to help support various causes like Breast Cancer and AIDS Research and to shed light on Human Rights, Homelessness, Domestic Abuse, and Environmental issues.

Stamped with an organization’s logo or message, a custom lapel pin becomes its own powerful message. Those who wear a ribbon pin become crusaders for a cause. Theater groups, members of student government, and distinguished artists are able to identify their role within an institution by making use of these symbols of recognition.

In addition to advertising productions and upcoming events on campus, custom lapel pins identify leaders and Honor Society inductees. Letter jackets remain popular among athletes whose achievements are worn on their chests. This open act of declaration tells others that they are proud of what they do and love displaying the custom lapel pins they have been given throughout the years.

Lapel pins serve as a fond reminder of the commitment that graduates make to receive an education. Not an easy task, their many years of studying have finally paid off. With diploma or degree in hand, they are ready to face a whole new set of challenges as they step into the real world for the very first time. Custom lapel pins remind them of the accomplishments that they have achieved and serve as inspiration for whatever lies ahead in the personal and professional lives.

All About Pins knows how important it is to design a quality lapel pin that conveys the essence of your school’s club, organization, or annual event. That is why our committed design team does its part to ensure you an incredibly satisfying experience from the moment you pick up your phone. You can reach us toll-free by calling 1-866-604-9462 to discuss your custom lapel pin idea. Utilizing your logo or ideal design, our professional sales team and graphic artists will create the perfect custom lapel pin for your event or organization. We look forward to hearing from you today!

Beat the Rush by Getting Your Custom Baseball Trading Pins Order In Early

Written on March 11, 2010 at 6:17 pm, by

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Custom baseball trading pins help set your Little League team apart from the competition. With a variety of colors, sizes, and styles to choose from, our no cost quote feature allows you to view our unique designs without making a full-blown commitment. Getting your ideas in early will help expedite the process which increases the chances of you receiving your team’s baseball trading pins in time for their first game.

May, June, and July tend to be our busiest months so taking advantage of our no obligation quote now gives us ample opportunity to create the design that is right for you and your needs. Here’s how you can beat the crowds and hit a homerun with your custom baseball trading pin inquiry:

1. Visit AllAboutPins.com and look through the photos on the site. While you are there, make sure to read the customer testimonials listed at the bottom of the page. Customer satisfaction is our number one goal.

2. Click on the Free Quote button located in the top right hand corner of the homepage. Complete the form, select Sports Trading Pins located on the drop down menu, and choose the quantity, size, and lapel pin type accordingly. Type in the date that you need the pins by. Make sure to order your custom baseball trading pins early to beat the rush. If you rather speak to a representative, call our toll-free hotline at 1-866-604-9462 and submit your request.

3. Attach a picture or drawing of your logo. If one is not available, don’t worry. Simply type in your vision for the design at the bottom of the page. Our talented group of artists can create amazing designs that incorporate your team’s color or logo. Providing free artwork for our customers is just another way we go the extra mile to ensure their satisfaction.

4. Sit back and wait for our reply. A detailed price quote and full color proof will be sent to your inbox and be available for you to view within an hour. This gives you plenty of time to offer comments and suggestions to us on how to improve the design. In addition to being reached by email, our customer service agents are available to answer your questions by phone toll-free.

Having your design on hand ahead of time makes ordering your baseball trading pins that much easier. Even if you haven’t decided on the specifics (size, shape, quantity), planning ahead will reduce the anxiety of receiving your items later than expected. In fact, a customer from California with the Bakersfield Inferno baseball team took advantage of our no cost free quote service and was extremely surprised with how smooth the ordering process became. Their request was:

“We are going to Cooperstown in June. Please design a pin for us. I included our logo but we would like to add a ball and flames if possible give us quote for 1.logo and city 2.logo city and Cooperstown 3.the above with ball and flames 4.Cooperstown towel to attach pins for (12) we are having a team meeting around the 10th of Feb and we will decide on option. ALSO-if you like give us a quote on the styles cloisonné, die struck and photo etched please. Thank you.”

Utilizing their idea and logo, we were able to create the following proof in less than a day’s time:

The customer was pleased with the results of his inquiry and decided to place his order with us early. By doing so, the pins arrived to him in time for the Cooperstown event. By thinking ahead, the Bakersfield Inferno players have their very own custom baseball trading pins ready to swap with other teams and we have another group of satisfied customers.

Employee Recognition and Service Lapel Pins

Written on August 10, 2009 at 6:45 pm, by

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We here at AllAboutPins.com are frequently asked if we provide custom employee recognition lapel pins, also referred to as years of service lapel pins, and we most definitely do. Employee recognition lapel pins are great ways of showing your appreciation for your employee’s service to the organization. When it comes to creating a custom service pin, there are 2 approaches that can be taken. The first is creating different molds for each different year to be recognized. What this means is that the representation of the year, be it a number or the year spelled out, is stamped into the pin allowing it to be made from the polished metal. Here is an example:

The second way to manufacture a recognition pin is to “print” the years of service with the silk screen method. Similar to t-shit printing, the silk-screen recognition lapel pin allows us to make only one mold. Below is an example of the silk screen process. This type of pin is also more economical, in terms of initial setup costs. Silk screen fees are less than half the cost of a new mold.

Contact us today to see how we can help you with your company’s recongition lapel pins!

Custom Lapel Pins – From Scratch

Written on July 31, 2009 at 8:43 pm, by

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Though the lapel pin designing process is relatively simple and straightforward, we here at All About Pins wanted to visually illustrate the basic progression of how custom lapel pins are made. We start your custom lapel pin design with your ideas or images or a combination of both. Your ideas can be given to us verbally over the phone or sent via email if you have sketched or created your design ideas in an image format. We also can take your written ideas and explanations via email, fax or snail mail. Here is an example of a custom trading pin design one of customers sent to us, it was a mix of their sketched ideas and pieces of an already existing design they knew of:

Once we receive the customer’s artwork we send it over to one of our in-house graphic artists so he/she can begin the proofing process. This process entails the incorporation of our manufacturing limitations and requirements. Some of the limitations are “fillable” areas of the lapel pin as there is a minimum area that is required to allow for coloring. Deciding if an area of the design is “fillable” with our enamel coloring and reworking the design, if necessary, is one of the many responsibilities of our artists. A few hours after starting the design the proof would be completed and, in this case, this is the end result:

As you see, the artist has drawn in metal lines surrounding all the colored areas. These lines contain the enamel colors and keeps them from spilling/mixing into each other. The artist has also worked in the color scheme requested along with additional written requests from the customer such as the diamond in the background and the glitter color option.

The customer was happy with the proof and decided to purchase them. 2 weeks later the final product was shipped and here it is!

I hope this blog post helped describe the basic custom lapel pin designing process and shows how we can take almost any idea and run with it. You do not have to be an artist to get a custom lapel pin designed, just contact us to see how we can help you!