Steenkin’ Badges, We Don’t Need No

Event badges, like street signs for yard sales, have two essential requirements.Essential badge information needs to be readable at the appropriate distance, meaning in big enough font.

For a yard sale sign, that means someone driving by, possibly one lane over. For an event, that means several feet away — certainly big enough that somebody standing at hand-shake distance can (assuming good enough vision/glasses/contact lenses) can read your name and title/organization without having to lean forward and squint.

Even for those who don’t have aging eyes, tiny fonts force us to get intrusively close, and make it hard to “scan the crowd” rather than having to be hand-shake-close, just to determine whether this is someone you’re looking to talk to.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Pick a decent font size — 36 or bigger. Pick a readable font, for that matter. Make a few test badges and see if you can read them on somebody six feet away.

(This is why, on my business cards, my name is in a large font — it means I always have a readable name badge with me.)

For a yard sale, that’s the date, hours, address, and a directional arrow. For event attendees, essential information means first and last name, title, organization.

So if you’re doing an event where you’re inviting the press (and in general, for that matter, but this is about how to work well with the press), take a minute to check how you’re doing badges. It’s a small thing — but how you do it will make a big difference in how easy/hard it is for the press to find the people they want to talk to, and vice versa… and equally, for sales people to determine who isn’t a prospect.

And here’s some additional advice:

Make it easy to tell whether somebody’s with the press even before their name can be read. Use color — colored ribbons, labeled PRESS (or MEDIA) — or colored strips at the bottom of badge holders if need be.

And you should also have differently colored ones for speakers, judges, staff or other honored guests. Don’t simply include “PRESS,” “ATTENDEE,” et cetera in same-color all-caps at the bottom of the badge. Make it obvious, like bird plumage.

Again, you’re trying to make it easy for people to spot and sort who’s who even before they read the badge.

Provide clips, pins or whatever to make it easy for people — especially women — to wear their badge as close to neck/shoulder height as possible.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

If you’re providing badge readers/scanners, make sure they work — and easily, not after five or six tries.

I’ve been to too many events lately where they didn’t — leading to a lot of grumbling exhibitors, not just because they’d shelled out hundreds of dollars for the device rental, but because this meant they weren’t capturing visitor information reliably.

You should have badges. But they shouldn’t be steenkin’ badges.

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