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Welcome to the blog for MyBadges.com! We’re happy to have you stop by and check out the latest of what’s happening in our world, on the other side of the eventprof world! We want to share what’s happening in our world, how we can make your life more efficient, and so much more. Make sure you’re also following us on social media and our mailing list as well. Thanks for stopping by!

Levelling Up In 2020

Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest Finally! As much as we *cough the boss cough cough* loved our old website, we knew that it was something that needed to be changed, to make it easier for you to find and place your orders. No one needs to be stressed out trying to...

Touch Aid Tool – ReturnMe

No Touch Aid Tool In addition to our key tags that we've had for years, we now have the No Touch Aid tool, brought into the spotlight thanks to the current COVID pandemic. Small enough to adhere to your keys, and not very heavy - no one needs more weight on their keys...

Swivelling to Employee ID

We've done our own swivel.  Notice that I didn't say the "P" word? Conferences and events, always have been, our business. But, while we are at a standstill, as we navigate the future of in person events, and working with virtual swag bags / delivered swag...

GMID 2020

March 2020 - a month we'll never forget In March 2020, the COVID_19 virus hit our industry, and hit hard, globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic, and large events around the world were put on hold. Our lives, and careers, were...

GO WEST 3.0

Whirlwind 2020 Soo, with some blog technical difficulties, and the chaos of the new site launch (heck yessssss, new site - this is not a drill), I am a bit behind the 8 ball. And then the world threw a wrench into all of our lives, and our lives came to a...

Product Feature: Hand Sanitizer

Staying Healthy is Paramount Which is why we thought that the perfect March product feature would be focusing on sanitizer and first aid kits. Typically, these have been thought of as giveaways at health conferences, but you can use products such as these...

ecoBadge – Sustainability

We get that life is different. Life right now is nothing short of crazy.Right now, is usually the busiest time of the year for this industry. While our lives have been turned upside down and around, we're taking what the world has dealt us, and refining...

Event Sustainability – Eco Friendly Events

NOTE: I just want to preface this blog post, with a note that I get that we are at a standstill and no one is planning any events. This blog post was written right before the COVID_19 shut the country down. There is still useful information that we can...

We were just waiting for a new decade!

Pssssstttttttt. PSSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTTT! We finally did it!  Just a note - we know that times are tough right now, but we wanted to be able to show you what's finally ready. We're in this together, but once we're all ready to bounce back, you'll...

Levelling Up In 2020

Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest Finally! As much as we *cough the boss cough cough* loved our old website, we knew that it was something that needed to be changed…

Touch Aid Tool – ReturnMe

No Touch Aid Tool In addition to our key tags that we’ve had for years, we now have the No Touch Aid tool, brought into the spotlight thanks to the current COVID pandemic.

Swivelling to Employee ID

We’ve done our own swivel. Notice that I didn’t say the “P” word? Conferences and events, always have been, our business. But, while we are at a standstill, as we navigate…

GMID 2020

In March 2020, the COVID_19 virus hit our industry, and hit hard, globally. The World Health Organization declared a pandemic, and large events around the world were put on hold.

GO WEST 3.0

Whirlwind 2020 Soo, with some blog technical difficulties, and the chaos of the new site launch (heck yessssss, new site – this is not a drill), I am a bit behind the 8 ball.

Product Feature: Hand Sanitizer

Staying Healthy is Paramount Which is why our March product feature focuses on sanitizer and first aid kits as giveaways at conferences & events

ecoBadge – Sustainability

We get that life is different. Life right now is nothing short of crazy.Right now, is usually the busiest time of the year for this industry. While our lives have been turned upside down

Product Feature: Safety First!

Lanyards, lanyards, lanyards – these are a prime product that you can use for event branding and/or sponsorship branding. But what happens if you’re working with a client

Unmasking CUCCOA

Full Circle – Back to the Western Region It’s that time of year again! We headed back to the annual CUCCOA conference as proud associate sponsor again for 2019. This year,

Product Feature: Techy Swag

Throw Away Tech vs Trendy Techy Tech There’s a fine line when it comes to giveaways, however an even finer line when it comes to techy giveaways. Are you doing tech just because and does it apply to your conference?

GoWest 2.0

That moment when you realize it’s time to head back to Edmonton and partake in GoWest 2019 for their second annual conference for event planners created by Brent and Arlene in 2018

Product Feature: Dye-Sublimated Lanyards

Dye sublimation is a heat transfer process in which the design is printed on a paper that is then pressed to the fabric via high heat and pressed for certain period of time.

The Importance of Networking

Networking is something people either love or hate – there seems to be no in-between. It is beneficial, and important, to network to keep up to date with others

Product Feature: Tote Bags

Tote bags; aren’t they overdone? No! Tote bags are amazing to have on hand, so long as they’re not cheaply made and fall apart when you use them 🙂

2018: Year in Review

Looking back on 2018, and heading into 2019; say whaaaaat?! OK, I’m pretty certain I blinked and the year was over just like that! Just like that – POOF – gone! How does that happen!?

Product Spotlight: Pens

The amount of love our Javalina pens get from our clients is crazy! Any event we show up at we get “Do you have the pens? Do you??”.

Key to an Amazing Swag Bag!

What is a swag bag? The swag bag is what we’ve all come to expect giving and receiving at conferences and events, full of branded products.

Holiday Season, Whaaaaat?

BAM! Holidays are here – ready or not. *sigh* Already?! Pretty certain it was just summertime … Denial only works for so long.

To Do, or Not To Do?

We all focus so much time on our TO DO list, but what about focusing on a NOT TO DO LIST? With the endless multitasking everyone is partaking in these days, perhaps we have a bit too much on our to do list.

Product Hacks – Not Just For Conferences

Reduce — Reuse — Recycle
We were all taught that in grade school we should reduce, reuse and recycle. Use this practice when it comes to your conference / event ID solutions

Schmoozin’ It Up!

Not only did I go, but I brought Kane with me as I would like for him to be my partner in crime when it comes to sponsorship and events, plus it’s always nice to be able to put faces to names! 

The Schmooze, according to Kane

My name is Kane Kendziora from MyBadges.com and I recently attended the MPI Annual Schmooze event at the Shangri La Hotel, downtown Vancouver.

CUCCOA 2018

The time has once again arrived – the annual CUCCOA conference. Hosted by the Central region in Hamilton, ON! 
We all gathered in the lobby of the Sheraton on Sunday evening

Sponsorship and Branding

We’ve seen a huge progression in the industry when it comes to event sponsorship. There used to be your standard sponsorship ideas and opportunities, but now you’re seeing planners come up with new …

Conference Essentials

It doesn’t matter what you call it, but the items that you and your sponsors can give away during an event/conference/trade show can give your attendees that constant reminder of your event, with a useful product.

Sponsorship Matters – Attracting Sponsors

Sponsorships make the world go round. You rely upon your sponsors (new and returning) to help you pull off each event you put together. According to this article from our friends over at Bizzabo Blog,

Product Spotlight: Next Best Thing In Badge Design

This month, we want to showcase our EventBadges to you, as we are nearing full swing for the fall conference season. The standard has always been to print inserts that go inside of our badge holders with attendee information …

Product Spotlight – No Twist Lanyards

Biggest complaint on what we consider the industry standard single clip lanyard?
The flipping! Oh my gawwwwwd, the flipping! Can’t the badge just stay facing forward, for the love of! 
Our double ended / no-twist lanyards are becoming the ever more popular choice

Industry Terminology Explained

Glossary: Alphabetical list of terms or words found in relation to a specific subject, with explanations. Ever sat and wondered what something meant, or referred to? Yeah - we thought so (and so did we way back when). Below is a list of industry terminology to help...

Social Marketing For Events

I can’t stress this enough – start small and build up from there. You want to focus on quality over quantity – not all posts will work so don’t get frustrated. Tweak the post based on feedback you see from your analytics.

@$#! Happens – Now What?

You’ve planned, and planned, and planned, and everything was falling into place. You check up on an order you’re expecting and you find out that the vendor may not be able to come through and you should find another solution.

What Makes a Name Badge Standout?

Name badge design is something that should grab the attention of others. This badge should show off your event name as well as any sponsors, and obviously the attendee’s information.

Mail Merge Setup – A Simple How To

You open Microsoft Excel … and you find you’ve got loads of information in your spreadsheet. SO. MUCH. INFORMATION. First of all, you have to narrow down the information you need for your badge and set the headings so you can easily use them in your setup.

Quirky Holidays – March Edition

You survived February …and so did we! February is the beginning of the chaos for us so it’s always a bonus to know we’re one month closer to organized chaos! Need to take your mind off the disorganized chaos?

Inaugural GoWest Conference – Day One

Monday February 12th, was the inaugural Go West Canada conference, located in Edmonton, Alberta and the organizers (Arlene Nela, and Brent) from Timewise Event Management most certainly did not disappoint. You only get one first after all and they out did themselves!

Inaugural GoWest Conference – Day Two!

Day Two ...But First, Coffee! Rise and shine #eventprofs! Day two is an equal split in between educational sessions and the experiential hall. But first, coffee because it's 8:00am and coffee is mandatory! Coffee was served in the hall outside the educational room,...

Quirky Holidays – January Edition

December was a very social month for many, and we’re sure you don’t need any reasons for any more parties, but just in case …check out some of our fun holiday highlights for the month of January.

Industry Event, Narnia Edition.

On December 19th, Ashley and Kane attended the industry holiday party, on behalf of MyBadges, put on by MPI BC Chapter, PCMA Canada West, and ILEA Vancouver and they absolutely did not disappoint. But really, with a bunch of talented event professionals, magic is bound to happen. So #FBF totally applies here, right?

2017 Review

We thought we could trust 2017 to be a little …easier, relatively speaking. HA! 2017 has been a whirlwind year and we can’t quite believe that 2018 is right around the corner, however, 2017 has been one of our best years.

The Million Dollar Question …

We all have that moment when we need a quick answer to something, and we’re not available (oh the humanity!) to help you out. We always have the answers posted to all of our frequently asked questions

Small Business Saturday 2017 #smallbusinesssaturday

The time for family, holiday parties, turkey dinners and a day of football – the lead up to the holiday shopping season is once again upon us. Lots will venture out to the sales for Black Friday and some will wait for the deals to come up for Cyber Monday.

PCMA Spark Fall 2017

We had the honor of attending the PCMA Spark Event for the PCMA Canada West Chapter, as an annual sponsor in mid-October. It was a jam-packed, 1/2 day educational and networking event and you can bet it was worth it for all involved.

Quirky Holidays – December Edition

The Unusual Holidays We Should Make Note Of ... And if we can use it as an excuse to host or co-host another holiday type party, why not?! Any reason for a party seems to be the running guideline of our office! December 1 - Eat a red apple day. They do say an apple a...

How To Say No

You know you have endless work to do, important deadlines, and someone asks you to do something – what do you do? Do you pile it on, or do you find a way to say no?

November Holidays

Sure, we have the standard holidays such as Thanksgiving in the US, along with Veterans Day (US) and Remembrance Day (Canada) – lest we forget. But there are also some fun holidays mixed in there you don’t want to miss!

CUCCOA 2017 Annual Conference

We have the honor of sponsoring the national CUCCOA conference annually, and this year it was held in beautiful St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada.

Welcome to The MyBadges Magazine

Welcome to the all new MyBadges Magazine. A brand new informational resource for conference and event professionals, marketing managers and delegates.

Breakaway Lanyards – Safety in the Workplace

At a public event, especially one that may get a little ‘animated’, you have to wonder at the safety implications of neck cords, lanyards and attachments that could cause harm to the people wearing them.

Meet the Content Team

Ashley Feldstein

Ashley has worked at MyBadges since early 2014 and handles both sales and marketing for MyBadges. When she’s not working, she spends her spare time running/hiking, traveling, chasing after her nieces and dog and enjoying a refreshing Aperol Spritz in the summer and a nice full bodied red wine is a winter must have.

Nickname: The Kid

Favorite Place: Beaune, FR / Amsterdam, ND

Favorite Quote: “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable” — Coco Chanel

Sean Sagar

Sean is the big boss. We had to nickname him this because his son is referred to as the little boss, even though he’s a ways away from that corner office. Sean started this company in 1988 as a side hobby with no one except himself running the show.

Favorite Place: Cape Town

Favorite Quote: It’s not good enough that we do our best. Sometimes we have to do what is required” — Winston Churchill

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