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Meet The Team – Jerri Parker

It's been a while since we last had a Meet the Team post! Since our last post, we've hired on a few new employees. Meet Jerri!

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4 Promotional Products for the Upcoming School Year

Now that we’re almost all the way through July, families and faculty are starting to gear up for the upcoming school year. In lieu of this, we at ID Line have put together a list of promotional products perfect for your clients in the education industry!

Blackboard Badges

Blackboard BadgesHow appropriate for the education industry, right?! Whether for the kids or the teachers, blackboard badges are a perfect way to bounce off the most commonly used item in the classroom! Use blackboard badges for the kids during the first few weeks of school to learn each others’ names. Once everyone is acquainted, simply wipe off the name and use them again! Have frequent guest visitors? Instead of a stick on visitor badge, use a blackboard badge! More eye catching and less wasteful, simply wipe off the name and reuse the badge instead of throwing away metric tons of paper (ok maybe not THAT much, but still a lot).

Bookmarks & Rulers

Bookmarks & Rulers-01Maybe not quite as relevant in some grades, what with the increasing use of technology, bookmarks are still needed among grade schoolers who read lots of books! Put a creative design on it to make kids excited to use them. If you’re feeling even more creative,
personalize each ruler to specific teachers in elementary schools. Include their photo, name, contact info, etc. for parents to be able to get ahold of their children’s teacher. Run 50 per teacher school wide and have kids everywhere excited to dive into their next book! Another essential tool in school, a ruler with a creative message and your school’s logo is bound to make more of an impression than a plain wooden ruler.

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These may be for some of the older kids, but parking permits with holographic images are great for those students and faculty who drive to school! Throw the school’s logo on there and number them in order and there you have it! Parking permits and school spirit for everyone.

Re-Stick-Its

Re-Stick-Its-01Who doesn’t love putting stickers on things? Show your spirit for your school’s sports team, support a cause, or just give students a way to be proud of their school! Re-Stick-Its are perfect for all sorts of applications, and being repositionable gives even more reason to put them on stuff! From small heart shaped stickers all the way up to massive calendar stickers, we’ve got ’em all!

Make back to school fun with these awesome, full color, Made in the USA promotional products!

Where is She Now?

Many of you may remember our former Social Media Manager, Amy Brace, and may be wondering what she has been up to lately. Well, here she is!

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People May Hear Your Words, But They Feel Your Attitude

"People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude."
It's a simple quote from John C. Maxwell, but has so much relevance. This can go all the way back to the Golden Rule of selling - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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Meet the Team – Stacy Schilling

Last time in our Meet the Team series we featured Crissy Jamison. This week, we are featuring our fourth and final customer service representative! Meet Stacy Schilling! Stacy is our customer service rep for the Central U.S. and has been with us for over 16 years now. She has a husband named Todd and they currently live near Wausau, WI and they both love the outdoors. Stacy also loves her nephews Kadin,10 years old, as well as Ashton & Hunter who are twins that just turned 2 years old.

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: Minneapolis, MN

Q: Did you go to college? If so, where?
A: North Hennepin Community College

Q: How did you start working at ID Line?
A: Saw an ad in the paper, came in and filled out an application

Q: What’s your favorite part about what you do?
A: Talking to customers

Q: What’s your least favorite part?
A: Making a mistake

Q: Do you have any hobbies?
A: Fishing, Hunting, Snowmobiling, Motorcyling

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
A: Iceland, it’s so beautiful

Q: What’s your favorite color?
A: Greenharley

Q: If you could give distributors any tips/insight/constructive criticism, what would you give them for working with suppliers?
A: Please be as specific as you can about what you are ordering.

You can find Stacy on LinkedIn here
If you have any questions about products or samples, please contact: info@idline.com

Meet the Team – Crissy Jamison

Last time on our Meet The Team series we featured our customer service rep Alicia. This week, we’re featuring Crissy Jamison! Crissy is one of our screen printers here at ID Line. She has a daughter and a son who are 25 and 16 years old. Her daughter has one son who is in the first grade. Crissy’s daughter works at Specialty Manufacturing Company and is now in medical school to be a Certified Medical Assistant, while her son is a junior at Wayzata High School.

Q: Where are you from?
A: Bahia Mississippi

Q: How long have you been working at ID Line?
A: 10 years

Q: How did you start working here?
A: Newspaper ad

Q: What’s your favorite color?
A: Red

Q: Do you have any hobbies?
A: Watching football, basketball, and some baseball. I like to play pool, darts, and tennis. I also love to listen to my music while putting together my puzzles.

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
A: Jamaica. I would like to go to Dunn’s River Falls. Visit beaches (the water there looks clear & pretty). And most of all, Jerk Chicken!

Meet the Team – Alicia Larson

Last time in our Meet the Team series we featured Cheri Brennhofer. This week we have Alicia Larson! Alicia is our customer service rep for the Western U.S. and has been with us for 13 years now. She started as an engraver with her mother Sandy, then moved into customer service. Alicia is our newest customer service rep, having only been in this position for about 8 years!

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: New Hope, Minnesota

Q: Did you go to college? If so, where?
A: Hennepin Community and Hennepin Tech.

Q: How did you start working at ID Line?
A: Actually, my mom was working here and then I joined her in the engraving department .

Q: What’s your favorite part about what you do?
A: Helping distributors find the right product and hearing that it was a big hit with their customers.

Q: What’s your least favorite part?
A: Finding out that something went wrong with an order.

Q: Do you have any hobbies?
A: Golfing, camping, watching movies, trivia, game night, craft beer tasting

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
A: Mexico (or anywhere warm) for the month of February to hold me over until spring returns to Minnesota. Really, it would be Greece, I’ve always wanted to see the Parthenon and have always enjoyed Greek mythology.

Q: What’s your favorite color?
A: Fairway green or sky blue (see first hobby)

Q: If you could give distributors any tips/insight/constructive criticism, what would you give them for working with suppliers?
A: Please try to have a PO # or some other type of reference # when asking for assistance regarding an order via email or over the phone to help speed things along. We may email or speak with you often and know exactly who you are, but until we drink that first pot of coffee we may not always remember your “last badge order” and appreciate any help we can get. Another thing would be when seeking a new item, try to have as much information from your customer as possible, it will help narrow down the numerous choices and find the best fit for them.

You can find Alicia on LinkedIn here.
If you have any questions about products or samples, please contact: info@idline.com

“I HATE BADGES!”…wait, WHAT?

I can’t count how many times over the years I’ve heard this phrase uttered. It dawned on me during the last trade show I attended that the feeling is quite mutual among distributors in our industry. Especially for those who are used to ordering items that have one imprint area or print process.

After a bit of reflection, I get it – when it comes to badges, the options can be somewhat daunting. Not only can you choose your size, shape and material, you can also choose your print process. Would you like a digital imprint, sublimation, UV Inkjet, screen print or a laser logo? Not enough options for you? How about the location of your imprint – would you care for right or left justified, center top or center bottom, left top, right top or centered or a full bleed? Have you specified your font? How about case, UPPER, Mixed, lower? What about your client’s logo, does it require a PMS match, how many colors? Wait, we’re not done yet – how about a fastener; pin, clip, magnet, pocket adaptor, military clutch or tag slot?

So after all of this, why in the world would you bother selling name badges?

Well, for starters you have IDline/Halls & Company on your side. Not only can we help you with those nitty gritty details, we can educate you or shall we say badge-ucate you on all things badges – event badges, credentials, photo ID’s, executive badges, window badges, etc.. You can count on us to walk you through the different types, material, processes and options to meet the needs of each individual client.

We also offer a neat little sales tool called the Badge Release program. Simply inventory your badges and boom; you’ve got your very own login to your online Badge Release program. With this nifty little tool, you can order your prepaid badges, manage your badge programs, search for long lost names, track your releases and pull an Excel file for your badge transactions or even all the names entered throughout the life of the program. What could be better you ask? Not only can you do all this yourself, you can assign end user logins!!! The site is completely blind, no pricing or contact info (except for yours, of course).

Doesn’t everyone love it when the complicated is made simple? That’s what IDline can do for you, we make badges easy!

Sublimated Badges

Sublimation, what does that even mean? Well, let me tell you! The technique of sublimation takes a special printer, with special paper, to be put together on a special heat press. Sublimation works on our hardboard material, and also our aluminum. So, whether you need a metal badge or a hardboard badge, we got you covered.

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