4 Tips for Getting Attendees to Fall in Love With Your Event

With Valentine’s Day nearly here, it’s that time of year when many people contemplate love in its various forms. Just like you can fall in love with a person, you can also become passionate about a particular book, hobby, place, or even a brand. One pathway to becoming infatuated with a particular product or service is to first get enraptured by an engaging event.

If you’re looking to enhance your relationship with current customers and form new connections with potential clients through company events, you’ll want to carefully craft an experience that will have attendees saying “I love this!” by the end of the day. Fortunately, there are plenty of innovative event planning strategies at your disposal. Here are just a few ways to wow attendees and get them to fall head over heels for your next event.

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1. Know who your audience is and what they want. 

The first step to hosting an unforgettable event is getting to know your target audience, according to the Event Manager Blog entry “5 Steps to Make Your Event More Interactive.”

Surveys, questionnaires, and monitoring social media can help you gauge your potential attendees’ wants and needs. What topics are they most interested in hearing about, and what type of venue would work best for them? If you can answer these questions before you start the planning process, you’ll be much more likely to hit the mark when it comes to creating an engaging experience.    

2. Make it interactive. 

Instead of asking your attendees to passively consume information and listen to presentations, give them the opportunity to participate in various activities. For example, some events feature a photo booth with props so that guests can have fun and produce entertaining snapshots, according to the Huffington Post blog entry “9 Ways to Make Your Event Interactive.”

Other potential interactive activities include trivia contests and a dry erase board or digital graffiti wall for guests who want to express themselves. Providing everyone with opportunities to get in on the action rather than just observing will make your event more memorable.     

3. Get them to look up from their smartphones. 

These days, many of us can’t go more than a few minutes without checking our phones for emails, texts, and social media updates. Luckily, new technology gives event planners some ways to compete with the compulsion to ignore your surroundings in favor of staring at your smartphone.

This year, “heads up” tech such as large-scale games that use smartphones as controllers and apps that turn audience members’ phones into microphones will become prevalent at events, according to the Planning Pod blog entry “8 Biggest Event Trends for 2017.” Event planners will increasingly turn to these new technologies as a way to keep attendees engaged in an age of screen addiction.

4. Offer them unique souvenirs. 

One way to ensure your guests don’t forget your event or your company is to give them a useful and eye-catching keepsake. Custom woven lanyards that feature the name of your event and your organization’s logo, for example, not only serve as a practical way for attendees to keep track of their credentials and personal belongings during the event but are also a great souvenir.

With thorough and thoughtful planning, you can successfully captivate attendees at your next event. If you’d like to order custom woven lanyards for the occasion, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We can provide you with unique, visually appealing lanyards. Contact us today by calling (847) 424-1900 or emailing orders@wovenlanyards.com.

Posted on February 3, 2017 .

What You Need to Know About Winter Sports and Safety

When the weather turns cold and snowy, it can be tempting to give up on the idea of going out and exercising. However, there are still plenty of ways to stay active during the winter months. Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, and other winter sports are all great ways to keep moving during the colder days of the year.

Still, just like other athletic activities, winter sports can be risky. For example, during each season, skiers and snowboarders experience an average of 49 catastrophic injuries (including paralysis, broken neck/back, and/or life-threatening severe head injuries), according to the National Ski Areas Association. Participating in outdoor sports in the winter carries the risk of getting hurt in a number of ways, ranging from concussions to broken bones to frostbite.

Luckily, however, you can take steps to protect yourself and others from potential injuries and health hazards. Here are a few recommendations to help you stay safe if you take part in winter sports.

1. Keep track of the weather and stay warm. 

Before you hit the slopes, it’s important to check the forecast, according to Stanford Medicine. You don’t want to get caught in the middle of a snowstorm. It’s also crucial to know the signs of cold injury/”frostnip” (which presents as white, numb skin) so that you can avoid getting frostbite. Dress in layers to keep warm.

2. Remember to take water breaks.

Whether you’re exercising during the heat of summer or on the coldest days of winter, you need to stay adequately hydrated. One key way to prevent winter sports injuries is remembering to drink water before, during, and after any athletic activities, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

3. Wear protective gear. 

In addition to dressing in layers to keep you warm and dry, you should also wear appropriate gear for whichever sport you’re participating in. This includes a helmet for activities like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snow tubing, ice skating, and snowmobiling, according to Children’s Hospital Colorado. You might also need protective goggles.

4. Bring a friend. 

A winter sport shouldn’t be a solitary activity, the AAOS warns. If you want to stay as safe as possible, make sure someone else is there to watch out for you and to help if something goes wrong.

5. Check your equipment. 

Before you head out, make sure that all of your equipment is working properly and in good condition, the AAOS advises. You might also want to choose winter sports accessories and equipment with built-in safety features. For example, winter athletes might use woven lanyards to keep track of personal items like ski/snowboard passes and keys. Breakaway lanyard attachments are available to prevent potentially hazardous snags and tangles.

Overall, following these recommendations will help you stay safe when you participate in athletic activities this winter. If you’d like to order custom woven lanyards for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports, our team can provide high-quality products with safety features. To learn more, contact us by calling (847) 424-1900 or emailing orders@wovenlanyards.com.

Posted on January 3, 2017 .

5 Tips for Organizing a Toy Drive

With the holiday season underway, many of us are looking forward to exchanging gifts with our loved ones. It’s an especially exciting time for children as they put together wish lists and dream about receiving new toys. However, not all kids have family members who can afford to make their wishes come true. For those who want to embrace the holiday spirit by making other people’s lives better, organizing a toy drive is an excellent way to help those children and their families.

A holiday toy drive can make a big difference in the lives of low-income kids, but orchestrating a successful one requires some thoughtful planning and promotion. If you’re thinking of spearheading a toy donation campaign, here are a few recommendations to help you meet your goals and ensure as many children as possible have a happy holiday. 

1. Choose a charity to work with to collect toys. 

Do some research to find charitable organizations in your community that help low-income children and their families. They can offer guidance as you organize your toy drive and distribute the donations once you’re done collecting them. 

2. Decide on the dates/times for donations. 

The nonprofit MEND recommends holding your toy drive for a minimum for five days/one business week to give everyone time to turn in their donations. You might also want to publicize certain times of day when people who want to contribute toys can access your designated drop-off point. 

3. Determine the scope of your toy drive. 

A toy drive can vary considerably depending on the time and effort you can afford to devote to it, according to the Kind to Kids Foundation. Do you just want to get your friends and family members on board, or do you want to get as many people in your community as possible to participate? If you have a limited amount of time and not many resources, you might want to limit your scope and goals to people you know personally, whereas you might want to aim for a bigger drive if you have lots of time and resources at your disposal.

4. Promote and publicize it. 

The more people hear about your toy drive, the more donations you’ll get. To raise awareness, it helps to reach out to a number of outlets, including local news sources (print and broadcast). You can also use social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to get the word out. Finally, designing and printing fliers to distribute/display on bulletin boards in areas like coffee shops can also get the attention of potential participants.

5. Order customized lanyards for organizers and participants. 

Custom woven lanyards can enhance your charitable efforts in a number of ways. If you have volunteers manning the drop-off point for donations, you can have them wear customized lanyards with a design that reflects the season and your mission to improve the lives of children in need. This can create a sense of unity and foster team spirit among those helping to organize the toy drive. Additionally, you could hand out customized lanyards to people who donate toys as a way to thank them and give them a unique keepsake that reminds them of how great it feels to give back.

Ultimately, with these recommendations in mind, you can brighten the holiday season for kids in need and spread the spirit of giving throughout your community. If you’d like to order custom lanyards for your toy drive, our team can provide you with unique, high-quality products. Don’t hesitate to contact us by calling (847) 424-1900 or emailing orders@wovenlanyards.com.

Posted on December 1, 2016 .

How Your Business Can Give Back During the Holidays

For many people, the holidays are about getting together with loved ones and celebrating. However, this is also a great time of year to give back and make others’ lives better. That holds especially true for businesses that might want to show their appreciation for the local communities that support them.

From giving employees time off to volunteer to holding a fundraiser for a local charity, there are plenty of opportunities for organizations that want to support their communities during the holidays. If your business is looking for a way to give back this year, here are some ways to help those in need.

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1. Hold a food and/or clothing drive. 

This is a relatively simple way to provide resources that can make a big difference for people in need during the colder months, according to the Tory Burch Foundation. Set up a donation bin/box in a communal area at your office and ask employees to donate clothing (especially coats) and canned food.

2. Start a collection jar. 

If you want to make giving back as simple and quick as possible, you can pick a local charity and set up a collection jar where people can make donations, the Inc. article “10 Ways to Give Back to Your Community” suggests.

3. Give a portion of your sales to charity. 

Another relatively easy way to give back to the community is to donate either a dollar amount or percentage of your sales to charity, according to the Entrepreneur article “Three Ways to Give Back to Your Community at Holiday Time.” You can choose a cause connected to your business (e.g., a pet store donating to an animal shelter) or poll your customers on your website or through social media platforms to decide on a charity. 

4. Offer paid time off for volunteering. 

It’s common these days for companies to give workers the opportunity to take time off so that they can volunteer for the charity or cause of their choice, according to Inc. Making this gesture encourages employees to give back to the community and gives them the freedom to decide how exactly they want to do so.

5. Host a fundraiser with other local organizations. 

Create a sense of community connection by teaming up with other businesses in the area to hold a fundraising event for a local charity, Entrepreneur advises. Not only is hosting an event a great way to help those in needs but it also gives your business the chance to meet and connect with community members.

Additionally, ordering custom woven lanyards can help promote any fundraiser/holiday charity event and make it more memorable for everyone involved. Unique lanyards with an eye-catching design can reinforce your event’s theme and serve as souvenirs for your guests. If you’re interested in ordering custom lanyards for a holiday fundraiser, contact the Woven Lanyards team by calling (847) 424-1900 or emailing orders@wovenlanyards.com.

Posted on November 1, 2016 .

How to Host a Successful Fall Fundraiser

For nonprofits looking to organize fundraising events, fall is a season full of opportunities. Options for a themed event range from pumpkin carving to harvest celebrations to apple picking. With thorough planning and preparation, a fall fundraiser can be a fun way to bring people together and foster support for your organization.

However, hosting a successful fundraising event takes some work. If you want to ensure your fundraiser goes smoothly and effectively promotes your cause, consider the following six tips.     

1. Form an organizing committee. 

The fundraiser planning process is easier when it’s a group effort, so your first step should be assembling a committee of experts from your organization to tackle the various tasks you’ll need to carry out. It also helps to divide up the work and assign certain responsibilities to each person in line with their strengths and skills.

2. Determine your budget. 

Possibly the most important factor you need to figure out when you start planning your fall fundraiser is your budget, according to article “5 Things You Need to Throw a Fabulous Fundraiser” from The Muse. It’s crucial to figure out how much you have to spend before you finalize anything else. If you start thinking about other details like the venue or the food before you establish a budget, you might have to start from scratch when you realize you can’t afford to move forward with some or all of your plans.  

3. Decide on the kind of event. 

You have plenty of options when it comes to fall-themed fundraisers, according to the blog post “21 Creative Fall Fundraising Ideas” from Classy. Brainstorm some ideas with your target audience in mind. Maybe they would enjoy getting their hands dirty at a pumpkin carving contest, or maybe they value fitness and would love a Thanksgiving-themed race. 

4. Look for sponsors. 

Getting local businesses on board as sponsors can really help your organization. Reach out to companies and present it as a business opportunity, since they’ll get some advertising out of the event, according to the article “Nonprofit Fundraising, Part 1: How to Plan Your first Successful Event” from Constant Contact. For instance, you might want to contact local restaurants and see if they’d be willing to donate gift cards or food for the fundraiser.

5. Spread the word. 

Meeting your fundraising goals will get easier with more attendees, so you’ll want to make sure people know about your event. You can reach out to local media outlets (e.g., newspapers and TV stations) to spread the news, but it also helps to use social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to raise awareness.

6. Order custom woven lanyards for staff members and attendees. 

Custom woven lanyards with your organization’s name, logo, and colors can improve your fundraiser in multiple ways. If your staff members wear customized lanyards, it will help identify them as part of your team, in addition to promoting your organization. Unique lanyards can also serve as great souvenirs and reminders of your organization for attendees.

Ultimately, a fall-themed fundraiser can be a fun way to champion your cause and bring people together to enjoy the season. If you’d like to order custom woven lanyards for a fall fundraiser, our team at Woven Lanyards can help. Call us today at (847) 424-1900 or email orders@wovenlanyards.com.

Posted on October 3, 2016 .

5 Tips for Organizing a Voter Registration Event

Election Day is approaching. Are you ready to cast your vote? A considerable number of potential voters in the U.S. miss their chance to take part in elections because they aren’t registered. Roughly 65 percent of the voting age population in the U.S. was registered to vote in 2012, according to the Census Bureau.  

There’s definitely room for improvement there, and advocates for civic engagement work to increase that percentage each year on National Voter Registration Day (which falls on September 27 this year). Participating organizations will work to raise awareness of voter registration opportunities and reduce the number of people who don’t end up voting because they either miss the deadline or don’t know how to register.

If you’re interested in taking part in National Voter Registration Day efforts, hosting an event is a great way to contribute. The following five tips can help you organize a successful voter registration drive.

1. Decide on the details first. 

Before you move forward with your event planning, you’ll need to decide on the date, time, and location of your voter registration drive, according to the nonprofit Rock the Vote. Consider your target audience and where they gather at different times of the day. You might want to catch them while they’re waiting in line to get into a popular bar, or you could set up a table at a sporting event or festival. 

2. Assemble a team of volunteers to help you. 

Let your coworkers and friends know about your event and see if they want to help out. More volunteers will mean more registered voters at the end of the day, Rock the Vote states. You can also post your event on social media sites like Facebook to recruit people to pitch in.        

3. Research voter registration laws. 

Before your event, it’s crucial to research federal, state, and local voter registration laws, according to the League of Women Voters. You should also make sure all of your volunteers are familiar with the laws as well. If you need guidance, reach out to your local elections office. The Fair Elections Legal Network also offers information about registration and voting in each state.

4. Promote, promote, promote. 

Your event will be more successful if you publicize it beforehand. Post about it on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks to get the word out, Rock the Vote suggests. It also helps to reach out to local media outlets (e.g., newspapers and radio stations) to see if they’ll cover your registration drive. 

5. Order customized woven lanyards. 

Custom lanyards paired with event passes can help create a sense of unity among your volunteers and energize your team members to work toward their registration goals. Additionally, customized woven lanyards can serve as a reminder of your accomplishments after the drive is over. You could also offer lanyards as a giveaway to people who register to vote.

Ultimately, with the right amount of planning and effort, you can make a difference by getting more U.S. citizens engaged in the democratic process. If you’d like to order lanyards for a voter registration drive, our team at Woven Lanyards can provide you with full color 100% customizable lanyards with a unique and memorable design. To learn more, contact us today at (847) 424-1900 or orders@wovenlanyards.com.

Posted on September 1, 2016 .

5 Essentials for Young Baseball Players

With the end of summer approaching fast, many kids are concentrating on enjoying their remaining vacation days as much as possible before school starts again. However, for some young athletes, August isn’t just their last month or so of freedom from the classroom. It’s their chance to stand out as champions at the Little League World Series.

The 2016 Little League World Series tournaments started with the Big League Baseball World Series on July 26 in Easley, South Carolina, and will end with the Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game on August 28 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Baseball can serve as an entertaining and fulfilling pastime for kids, whether they’re competing in the Little League World Series or taking part in a neighborhood pick-up game. It teaches teamwork and helps them get the exercise they need to grow up healthy.

For the parents of kids who participate in baseball, particularly as part of an organized team, ensuring young players have the right equipment is a vital part of keeping the game safe and enjoyable for everyone. Consider the following five accessories that can make baseball even better for kids.  

1. The right gloves. 

The gear players use to protect their hands when catching the ball has become customized to suit various positions, according to the eBay article “Four Baseball Accessories Worth Buying.” In addition to the catcher’s mitt, for example, there’s the infielder’s glove, which has webbing to prevent the player from picking up infield dirt along with grounders. There are also specialized gloves for pitchers, first basemen and outfielders. Using the right glove can make all the difference when it comes to catching the ball or fumbling it.  

2. Baseballs for youth players. 

The USA Baseball Medical/Safety Advisory Committee has recommended that Tee-Ball and Minor League divisions use reduced-impact balls to lower the risk of injury among young players, according to the Little League. The reduced-impact balls still look and handle like traditional baseballs, but they make the game safer for young players.                                        

3. Water bottles. 

It’s important to stay hydrated during a baseball game, according to the sports-related networking site iSport. Players should bring refillable water bottles with them and be sure to drink water during every inning to avoid dehydration, even if they’re standing still in one spot on the field.  

4. Sunglasses. 

It’s a good idea to have sunglasses on hand during a baseball game, according to iSport. It’s difficult to play the game well and keep track of the ball with the sun blinding you, so it’s definitely worthwhile to have a pair ready just in case you need them.   

5. Lanyards. 

Custom lanyards can prove useful for many athletes, including baseball players. Customized woven lanyards with the team’s logo and colors can reinforce a sense of unity, and they can also help players keep track of accessories like their water bottles.

In the end, with the right equipment on hand, playing baseball can be a great experience for young athletes. If you’d like to order custom lanyards for a youth baseball team, Woven Lanyards can help you create lanyards with a one-of-a-kind design. To learn more, contact us today at (847) (847) 424-1900 or orders@wovenlanyards.com

Posted on August 1, 2016 .

5 Tips for Organizing a Bike Race

Mid-summer is the ideal time for taking a bike ride, whether it’s a leisurely excursion or an organized race. July is a big month for competitive bicyclists in particular because of the Tour de France, which is set to take place from July 2-24 this year. During the high-profile race, 22 teams of cyclists will cover a total of 3,519 kilometers (or nearly 2,187 miles).

However, for those who can’t make it to France, there are plenty of other bike races to participate in. You can even organize your own, although it will require careful planning and organization. If you’d like to host your own bike race in your community, here are five recommendations to keep in mind to ensure the event is a success.

1. Create a plan and set goals. 

The first step to planning a successful event involves laying out a plan, include a list of all the tasks you’ll need to accomplish, according to the League of American Bicyclists. It helps to set goals, such as how many people you’d like to participate. Additionally, you’ll need to figure out the cost of holding your bike race and set a budget.

2. Gather a team of volunteers to help and delegate tasks. 

Organizing and hosting a bike race is no small task, so you’ll need a team to ensure you achieve your objectives. See if your coworkers, friends, and/or other community members are interested in making your vision of a bike race into a reality. Once you’ve assembled your group, holding team meetings and delegating specific tasks (e.g., hunting for potential sponsors) can help the planning process run as efficiently as possible, according to the League of American Bicyclists.

3. Find sponsors/partners. 

To cover the cost of hosting the race, you should reach out to local businesses and organizations to see if they have any interest in sponsoring it, the League of Michigan Bicyclists recommends. Sponsors can contribute financial donations or materials such as food or prizes for giveaways. Be sure to give your sponsors the recognition they deserve in your brochures, information packets, and other materials related to the race.     

4. Promote the event. 

Effective event promotion is a must if you want to maximize participation in the race. The first factor you’ll want to consider is who your target audience is and the best way to reach them, according to the League of American Bicyclists. Are they avid Facebook users who would get drawn in by an event page, or would passing out brochures work better?

It also helps to reach out to local media outlets, including newspapers, magazines, blogs, and TV stations, among others. Write a press release and assemble a media kit with a fact sheet, calendar, and key statistics for journalists.   

5. Order custom lanyards and event passes. 

Custom woven lanyards and event badges can serve multiple purposes for cyclists participating in a race. Custom lanyards can help athletes keep track of personal items (e.g., their keys) during the race. Additionally, after the event is over, they also make a great souvenir for the participants as well as a reminder to join the race again next year if it becomes an annual occurrence.

If you’d like to order customized lanyards for a bike race, our team at Woven Lanyards can help. Contact us today at (847) (847) 424-1900 or orders@wovenlanyards.com.

Posted on July 1, 2016 .

10 Summer Sports to Get You Moving

Summer is finally here. With the sun shining and the temperature climbing, it’s the ideal time to spend time outdoors. If you’re not looking to simply lounge around in the hammock or on the patio, there are plenty of sports that you can pick up to stay active and healthy while you enjoy the warm weather. Here are just some of the ways you can have fun and get moving this summer.   

1. Swimming

When it’s hot outside, a trip to the pool is a great way to get some exercise while simultaneously cooling off. You can work out your whole body without getting sweaty. There are also a variety of ways to have fun in the water, whether you want to get into competitive swimming, simply swim laps on your own, or just goof around with friends and family.       

2. Water polo

Aside from swimming in general, water polo is another way to get some exercise in the pool. Basically, there are goals at each end of the pool, and the team that scores the most goals wins the game. It’s a sport that requires speed and strength, in addition to exceptional fitness, according to Swimming.org.         

3. Running

Taking up running is ideal for people looking for a simple way to get active that requires minimal equipment. You can throw on some sneakers and shorts and go jogging right in your neighborhood or find a nearby trail. It’s up to you whether you want to get competitive and train for a race (e.g., a marathon or a 5K) or just run more casually to enjoy the outdoors and stay in shape.

4. Biking

Riding a bike can serve as a fun way to get exercise and appreciate the summer weather and scenery – in addition to being a convenient mode of transportation. You can take leisurely rides on your own, bike to and from work, or participate in bike races.                      

5. Soccer

Joining a soccer team is ideal if you want to take part in some friendly competition and improve your fitness at the same time. Soccer – or football, as it’s called outside of the U.S. – is the most popular ball game in the world in terms of numbers of athletes and spectators, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. At the turn of the 21st century, more than 1.3 billion people across the globe had expressed interest in football.

6. Tough Mudder

If you’re looking for a challenge, you might be interested in participating in a Tough Mudder – a 10-12 mile obstacle course that aims to test both your mental and physical stamina. Although each course/event varies, some typical obstacles include live wires hanging over a field of mud, tunnels filled with mist similar to tear gas, and monkey bars coated in mud and butter over cold water.   

7. Hockey

When you think of hockey, you might envision players skating around an ice rink. However, street and field hockey allow you to take part in the sport in other places, including outdoors during the warmer months. You just need some friends, sticks, and an empty street to get some exercise and entertainment on a summer afternoon.

8. Tennis

Although you can play tennis in all seasons, it’s particularly enjoyable outside, according to the Mic article “25 Sports to Help You Get Active This Summer.” Consider taking it up if you have access to a racket, a court and a friend to play against.     

9. Ultimate Frisbee

 Created in 1968 by a group of high school students in New Jersey, Ultimate Frisbee involves the constant movement of soccer with the airborne passing element of football. If you’d like to go a step beyond regular Frisbee, Ultimate is an effective way to have fun, get/stay in shape and bond with teammates.     

10. Golf

Summer is prime time for a game of golf, one of the world’s most popular pastimes. In 2015, 24.1 million people in the U.S. participated in golf (meaning they played it at least once), according to the National Golf Foundation.

Overall, there are plenty of ways to take in the nice weather and stay active during the summer months. No matter which sport you pick, consider ordering custom lanyards for yourself and/or your team. Customized woven lanyards – which can include your team name and colors, or a pattern that shows your enthusiasm for a particular sport – serve multiple purposes: They can help you keep track of your personal belongings (e.g., your keys), boost team spirit and serve as mementos of all the fun you had when the summer is over.

If you’d like to order custom woven lanyards for yourself or your team, we can help. Contact us today at (847) 424-1900 or orders@wovenlanyards.com.

Posted on June 2, 2016 .

5 Ways to Stand Out at a Trade Show

Trade shows present a great opportunity to network, demonstrate what your company can do and grab the attention of prospective customers. Most executive decision makers (77 percent) report finding at least one new supplier at the last trade show they attended, according to SAGE, a research and business management tool provider in for the promotional products industry.

However, as an exhibitor at a trade show, your company runs the risk of getting lost in the crowd and failing to capture the attention of potential clients. Luckily, though, there are a number of ways to show off your unique offerings and attract attendees who could become customers. If you’re looking for ways to stand out at a trade show, consider the following strategies.

1. Invest in an eye-catching booth. 

When you’re deciding how to spend your trade show budget, it makes sense to prioritize creating a booth that will get the attention of prospective customers, according to HubSpot, an inbound marketing and sales software provider. You’ll want a booth that reflects your brand. Additionally, a booth that you can reuse at multiple trade shows can be a wise marketing investment.    

2. Use a multimedia approach. 

If you want to capture and keep the attention of trade show attendees, you’ll want to go beyond brochures and other printed promotional materials, according to Classic Exhibits, an exhibit designer and manufacturer. Consider using audio-visual technology such as a video kit. A video presentation can serve as a visually engaging way to inform attendees about your company and products/services.

3. Show what your product/service can do with a demo. 

Nearly all (92 percent) of trade show attendees show up to find out what’s new in the realm of products and services. Demonstrations are an effective way to satisfy that curiosity and promote your brand. Think about the demo as an abbreviated infomercial and be sure to focus on how your product or service can benefit your audience members, HubSpot recommends.   

4. Have some fun with games or giveaways. 

A booth that offers a game is bound to get more attention than one that only has brochures. If you want to really engage your target audience, you should consider coming up with a unique game that’s specific to their industry and/or interests (e.g., a miniature golf course for golfers), according to HubSpot. You can also ask participants to sign up for the game, which allows you to collect their information and build a list of prospective customers.

5. Order custom lanyards. 

You can get custom lanyards as well as event passes with your company’s name and logo for the staff members attending the trade show and running your company’s booth. This will reinforce your branding efforts. Additionally, you can offer custom woven lanyards to attendees as promotional items to ensure that they keep your company in mind after the show is over.

Overall, exhibiting at trade shows is a great way to grab the attention of potential customers and spread the word about your products and services. With thoughtful preparation, you can stand out from the crowd of exhibitors, generate leads and ultimately grow your business.

If you’d like to order custom lanyards for an upcoming trade show, our team can provide you with high-quality woven lanyards that promote your brand. For more information, contact us at (847) (847) 424-1900 or orders@wovenlanyards.com.

Posted on May 2, 2016 .

How to Organize a Successful Golf Tournament

Since its beginnings in Scotland in the 15th century, the modern game of golf has become a popular pastime worldwide, according to the International Golf Federation. In 2015, the National Golf Foundation found 24.1 million people in the U.S. alone had participated in golf (specifically, they had played it at least once).

A tournament is a great way to bring golf lovers together, whether the purpose is to raise money for a good cause or simply to engage in some friendly competition. Making the event entertaining and enjoyable for everyone in attendance takes some careful planning, however. If you’re looking to organize a golf tournament, taking the following steps can help ensure that the process goes smoothly and the event turns out to be a success.       

1. Set goals. 

The first step to organizing a golf tournament is figuring out what your objective is, according to the Professional Golfers’ Association. For example, your main goal might be to raise funds for a particular charitable foundation. Knowing what you want to accomplish from the beginning will help guide your planning efforts.

2. Assemble a team to help you. 

Hosting a tournament is a lot of work, so you’ll want to gather a group of volunteers and delegate different tasks. The PGA recommends setting up committees to handle transportation, food, prizes, corporate sponsorship, marketing, and other aspects of the event planning process.  

It helps to have a leadership team made up of people with different talents and strengths to ensure the planning process goes smoothly, according to GolfRegistrations, a fundraising software and golf tournament software provider. Be sure that some of your leaders are expert golfers, if possible.

3. Decide on the location. 

Naturally, it’s important to find a great golf course for your tournament. GolfRegistrations recommends finding a course that’s well-liked in your local area to gain credibility in the eyes of potential sponsors and guests. Consider the cost, and make sure you sign a written contract with the golf course staff to finalize all of the details. Keep in mind that most courses like to book events 8-12 months ahead of time, according to the PGA.     

4. Get the word out. 

You’ll need an advertising and marketing strategy to spread awareness and attract golf players to your tournament. Establishing a Web presence as soon as possible is crucial, according to the PGA. Your planning team can also use social media, flyers, email lists, and press releases to make sure your upcoming event gets plenty of attention.

5. Order custom lanyards. 

Custom lanyards with eye-catching colors and your tournament’s name and logo can serve as an integral part of your promotional efforts. Send them out along with invitations to members of the golfing community who might want to participate.

Additionally, during the tournament, custom lanyards can provide a convenient way for golfers to keep track of their tickets, event passes, and other personal items. After the tournament is over, participants can keep the woven lanyards as souvenirs and reminders to come back next year, if you decide to make it an annual event.

In the end, organizing a golf tournament isn’t an easy task. However, with the right team and thorough planning, you can host an enjoyable event for your local golfing community. If you’d like to order custom lanyards for your upcoming golf tournament, our team at Woven Lanyards can create high-quality lanyards that will serve as unique keepsakes for attendees. Contact us today at (847) 424-1900 or orders@wovenlanyards.com.            

Posted on April 1, 2016 .

5 Must-Have March Madness Accessories

Every March, many of us go a little mad. It isn’t just because of spring fever and St. Patrick’s Day. This month marks the beginning of “the Big Dance,” or the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Each year, more than 60 million Americans fill out brackets predicting the trajectory of the tournament, which inspires approximately $1 billion in off-book gambling, according to Smithsonian magazine. Since the ‘70s (when the first bracket pool is thought to have taken place at a Staten Island bar), keeping track of the annual tournament and predicting the winners among the 68 teams involved has become a popular pastime.

If you’re a basketball enthusiast getting ready for this month’s madness, you’re probably rounding up the essential items you’ll need to create the best game day experience. Here are five March Madness accessories that can help you have fun and express your fandom.  

1. A jersey from your favorite team. 

Wearing a basketball jersey that represents the team and/or player you’re rooting for is a great way to proudly show your support. Other fans of your team will be able to spot you and bond with you immediately. If you and your friends watch games together, wearing jerseys can also boost enthusiasm and create a sense of unity – if you’re rooting for the same team, that is. 

2. A whiteboard for bracketing. 

March Madness viewing party hosts can make guessing the outcome of the game a collaborative activity by setting up a whiteboard where everyone can write down who they predict will win, along with their predictions for the point margin, according to the eBay article “6 Tips for Hosting a College Basketball Championship Party.” If you’re hosting, you can hand out prizes to whoever guessed right once the game is over.   

3. A mini-hoop so you can play too. 

If you’re watching the tournament at home, you don’t have to just sit there while the professionals have all the fun. Get a miniature portable hoop and some mini foam basketballs so that you can shoot some hoops of your own (and provide entertainment for anyone who comes over to watch the game with you).         

4. March Madness apps for tracking the tournament. 

There’s an app out there for essentially everything, and March Madness is no exception. CBS Sports, ESPN, and others have created apps that let you do everything from live streaming games to keeping track of the tournament schedule to researching every team in the running.  

5. Custom lanyards representing your team. 

Along with jerseys and t-shirts, customized lanyards with your team’s colors, name, and/or mascot are a great way to show your support. If you’re attending games in person, a lanyard can also help you keep track of your ticket, keys, and other personal belongings. If you’re hosting a March Madness party at home, you can send out custom lanyards as invitations or hand them out as favors. Your guests can use them to demonstrate their devotion to their favorite teams and players (as well as the sport in general) for years to come.

With some or all of these accessories, you can make this year’s March Madness unforgettably fun. If you’re interested in ordering custom woven lanyards, the Woven Lanyards team can provide you with full color, high-quality lanyards. To learn more, contact us today at (847) (847) 424-1900 or orders@wovenlanyards.com.            

Posted on March 1, 2016 .

5 Tips for Promoting Your Festival

During the cold, snowy, and dark days of winter, you might find yourself fantasizing about the bright, hot days of summer and all of the outdoor activities that come with it: trips to the beach, picnics, and festivals. When the weather is warm, many people flock to festivals that celebrate everything from food to art to music.

If you’re one of the people tasked with organizing one of those summer festivals, now is definitely the time to start thinking about the event, since there are plenty of details to consider. One aspect of the planning process that shouldn’t be overlooked is your promotion strategy: It’s important to get the word out, since no one will show up to enjoy the festival if they don’t know that it’s happening. Here are five recommendations to guide your promotion efforts. 

Define Your Goals

Before you start promoting, you need to know what you want to accomplish, according to the marketing automation software provider Marketo. Get together with the rest of the festival marketing team and come up with your goals and objectives (For example, maybe you want at least a certain number of people to attend). Make sure everyone knows the team’s goals and works toward them.  

Know Your Target Audience

Once you know your goals, it’s time to figure out who you’re trying to reach with your promotion efforts. This is also an important factor to consider when you’re deciding which bands/restaurants/etc. to feature at your festival, according to an article by Kate Holder, who served as a project producer for the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival. Determine what your audience is interested in and what they’re passionate about – in addition to how they prefer to communicate.

Use the Right Channels

You don’t want to waste time and resources promoting your festival through communication channels that your target audience doesn’t use. If possible, do some research or conduct surveys to determine which channels they prefer, according to Marketo. For example, the major social media networks have information available on their users’ demographics.  

Make the Most of Social Media

These days, social media is an essential promotion tool. A well-thought-out social media strategy for event marketing should first involve the promotion of high-quality content, Marketo states. The content you tweet or post should be not only valuable to your audience but also memorable. It also helps to give people incentive to share it: For example, you could make it so Twitter or Facebook users get a chance to win prizes by sharing your photo, tweet, or post with their friends or followers.      

Order Custom Lanyards for Attendees

Custom printed lanyards with your festival’s name, logo, and colors can be a valuable part of your festival promotion efforts. Send them along with invitations or event passes/tickets to the festival. If people who receive the lanyards use them ahead of the festival, they’ll serve as eye-catching “billboards” for your upcoming event.

Customized woven lanyards can also serve a few important purposes during and after your festival. At the event, festival goers can use the lanyards as a convenient way to keep track of personal belongings such as their tickets and/or event badges. Afterward, they can keep the lanyards as keepsakes to remind them of the fun they had at the festival.            

If you’re interested in ordering woven lanyards for an upcoming festival, the Woven Lanyards team can help you design attention-getting custom lanyards. Contact us today by calling (847) 424-1900 or emailing orders@wovenlanyards.com.

Posted on February 2, 2016 .

How to Plan an MLK Day of Service Event

Every year on the third Monday in January, we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Because it’s designated as a national day of service, MLK Day is the only federal holiday that’s a day “on” rather than a day off, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. Giving back to the community – whether it’s by organizing a food drive or planting trees – is a great way to celebrate Dr. King and his commitment to making the world a better place.

If you’d like to serve on MLK Day this month, you can look for volunteer opportunities in your local community, or you can organize your own project. For people who want to spearhead their own projects, it will take a bit of planning to turn the desire to give back into a service event. The following steps can help you successfully organize your day of service. 

Hold a House Meeting to Create Your Team

Hosting a house meeting is a great way to find volunteers for your project, the Corporation for National and Community Service states. Invite friends, family members, and/or colleagues to discuss areas of need in your community and how you can help. At the meeting, you can also decide who should be part of your leadership team for the initiative. Additionally, house meetings can help provide direction and create a sense of community for people who are new to volunteering and aren’t sure how to move forward. 

Decide on a Project that Will Benefit Your Community

After you’ve assembled a team of volunteers at a house meeting, consider what type of project would best meet your community’s most pressing needs. Some options include a food drive, clothing drive, book drive, reading with children, creating a community garden, and connecting veterans to community services.

If you’re looking for guidance and ideas, Serve.gov offers toolkits for various types of community service projects. The kits provide you with steps to follow to successfully serve your community, whether it’s by improving disaster preparedness, making your neighborhood more energy efficient, or volunteering at a homeless shelter.

Set Goals for Your Project

Knowing what you want to accomplish can help give your team a sense of purpose. Maybe you want to collect a certain amount for your food drive or reduce your energy consumption by a specific margin. You might set a benchmark for the number of people you’d like to recruit to join your volunteer team.

Overall, however, knowing why you got involved with the project and what motivates you to serve your community is the most important. Discussing the source of your inspiration with your team members can help everyone get engaged and feel invested in the project.    

Delegate Tasks

Before MLK Day, make a list of everything that your team needs to do to ensure that the project runs smoothly and that you accomplish your goals. Divide up the tasks among the members of your team so everyone has something to focus on. For instance, one person might be in charge of arranging for transportation to and from the project site, while another volunteer orders and distributes any supplies you might need. Other possible aspects of the project to account for include registration, kick-off and closing presentations/speeches, and troubleshooting any problems that arise.        

Create a Sense of Unity Among Your Team Members

In addition to discussing what motivates you to serve your community, you can help create a sense of unity among your team members with accessories like customized woven lanyards. Custom lanyards with a design that reflects MLK Day and your project can help emphasize the fact that you’re all working together to honor Dr. King and make your community a better place to live. Additionally, lanyards can serve a practical purpose by helping volunteers keep track of personal belongings such as keys and pens.

Ultimately, there’s no better way to celebrate the life of Dr. King than to give back to your community. If you’re planning an MLK Day of Service project and would like to order custom lanyards for your team of volunteers, contact Woven Lanyards today by calling (847) 424-1900 or emailing orders@wovenlanyards.com.

Posted on January 4, 2016 .

5 Ways Woven Lanyards Benefit Skiers and Snowboarders

Winter officially starts this month, and the idea (and reality) of snow and cold during this time of year spurs some of us to stay inside – wrapped in blankets, sipping cocoa, and observing the chilly landscape from the warm haven of the indoors. For winter athletes, however, snow is a reason to go outside, rather than inspiration to stay in.

Although ice and snowflakes can hinder biking, running, and other athletic activities that work better in warm weather, there are plenty of sports for people who don’t mind being out in the cold – such as skiing and snowboarding. In addition to the ability to withstand low temperatures, those two sports also require a fair amount of equipment, from boots to bindings to helmets. Woven lanyards can also prove useful as part of skiers’ and snowboarders’ arsenals of accessories. Here are five reasons to grab a lanyard before hitting the slopes. 

Keeping Track of Your Ski or Snowboard Pass

Attaching your ski or snowboard pass to a lanyard ensures that you’ll be able to locate it quickly when you need it. Lanyards also provide a way to stay organized and keep track of your other personal items, such as your keys, wallet, water bottle, and other items you don’t want to get lost or damaged while you’re on your way downhill.      

Holding up Against Harsh Weather

Woven lanyards hold up well against the cold and won’t lower your body temperature on contact. You can venture out into the snow knowing that you can rely on the lanyard holding your ski pass and keys, even in extreme winter weather conditions.                

Boosting Morale

For skiing and snowboarding teams, custom sports lanyards can reinforce branding and help keep team members feeling unified and motivated. Team lanyards with your group’s colors, logo, and name promote pride and team spirit.

Showing Your Enthusiasm

Even if you’re a solo skier or snowboarder, you can still design your own lanyard to demonstrate your passion for the sport. Keeping your keys on a custom lanyard that declares “Skier for Life” can also provide a great conversation starter when you’re not on the slopes. 

Staying Safe

Although skiing and snowboarding aren’t as dangerous as other high-energy sports, they still involve some risk of injury, according to the National Ski Areas Association. Taking precautions to keep yourself and others stay safe on the slopes – such as wearing a helmet and making sure you know how to use the lifts properly – is essential. The NSAA website offers information and resources concerning topics such as kids on lifts, tree well and deep snow safety, sun protection on the slopes, and more.

Your skiing or snowboarding safety strategy should also extend to your equipment, including woven lanyards. For winter athletes concerned about safety, breakaway lanyard attachments detach easily, ensuring that you won’t end up in any literal snags or tangles.                

If you’re interested in ordering custom lanyards for skiing or snowboarding, the Woven Lanyards team can help. We offer 100 percent customizable full-color lanyards, and our designers can work with you to create one-of-a-kind keepsakes. For more information, call us today at (847) 424-1900 or email orders@wovenlanyards.com

Posted on December 1, 2015 .

How to Make Your Movember Event Memorable With Custom Lanyards

You might notice a change in the scenery in November. It’s not just that the trees have shed their leaves, but the faces you see on the street seem to sport more mustaches than before. You aren’t imagining it: It’s the month-long “Movember” campaign, which encourages men to shun their razors for the duration of November to raise awareness about and combat men’s health issues.

Movember got its start in 2003 in Australia (“Mo” is Aussie slang for mustache) with 30 “Mo Bros,” and has since expanded to more than 5 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas globally, according to the Movember Foundation – which collects donations to fund projects that fight prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity. To participate, you can either grow a mustache or take the MOVE challenge to be physically active every day of the month, in addition to raising funds to promote men’s health.

Movember isn’t just for individual movers and mustache-growers, either. Businesses of all sizes can participate in the campaign – raising funds for men’s health issues and creating camaraderie at the same time, according to the Movember Foundation.

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One way to get involved in Movember is to host an event. The Movember Foundation Event Guide offers a few suggestions, including a “Shave the Date” gathering at the beginning of the month to kick off the marathon mustache growing session, a MOVE event to promote physical activity (e.g., a ping pong tournament or run), or a mustache themed “Mo party” to raise funds.

If your company plans on hosting an event this month to raise awareness and funds for the Movember Foundation, custom lanyards can enhance your efforts to help men worldwide lead happier and healthier lives. Consider the following ways that customized lanyards can help make your mustache bash a smash.

Get More People on Board

The Movember Foundation encourages participating companies to get clients, customers, and suppliers to join events and fundraising efforts. Sending out eye-catching Movember themed lanyards can help get people’s attention.

Additionally, they can hang the lanyard up somewhere or wear it prior to the event to serve as a reminder. Sending lanyards to your customers and suppliers can also increase awareness and attract more participants: People your invitees know might notice the lanyards and become interested in Movember.         

Give The Mustache-less a Way to Show Support

Unfortunately, not everyone has the ability to grow a luxurious mustache and turn their face into a billboard for the Movember movement all month long. By wearing custom Movember lanyards, however, those without facial hair can still indicate their support for the cause and raise awareness at the event and in other settings.        

Create a Sense of Unity

Coming together to champion a good cause is a great way to foster a sense of togetherness among the employees at your company. Giving everyone custom lanyards to wear will underscore that sense of unity and help everyone feel like a team working toward a common goal.    

Raise Awareness and Get People Talking Year-Round

After the event is over, participants can continue wearing their Movember lanyards or display them in their homes or offices – so the lanyards can continue to spark conversations about men’s health and the cause long after the party is over. Anyone who’s interested can contribute to the campaign at any time: Although the campaign focuses on raising awareness during November, the Movember Foundation accepts donations year-round.  

For Mo Bros and Mo Sistas looking to fundraise with a Movember event, custom lanyards can help promote the cause in a number of ways. If you’re interested in ordering custom lanyards for your event, contact the Woven Lanyards team today by calling (847) 424-1900 or emailing orders@wovenlanyards.com

Posted on November 2, 2015 .

Have a Happier Halloween Party With Custom Lanyards

Although October has just begun, many people are already looking forward to the end of the month. For kids and adults alike, Halloween offers an opportunity to dress up and have fun trying out another identity for the night. It’s no surprise that most of us love a holiday that involves both costumes and candy: A National Retail Foundation survey conducted in September 2014 found that more than two-thirds of Americans planned on buying costumes last year, and total spending on costumes, decorations and candy topped $7 billion.

Halloween parties give everyone a chance to enjoy those costumes, decorations and candy in the company of family and friends. If you’re planning on hosting a Halloween get-together this month and are looking for ways to make it your best yet, consider getting custom lanyards to give your guests an October 31 experience they won’t forget. Here are some ways to use lanyards to make sure your Halloween party is a hit.

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Send Lanyards Out With Your Invitations

Attach your invitations or event passes with the date, time and location of your party to lanyards customized to go along with your Halloween theme – your lanyards might sport pumpkins, ghosts, skulls, or another pattern that matches the spirit of the night. Additionally, the lanyards will let your guests hang the invitation up somewhere so it doesn’t get lost. 

Help Everyone Identify the Guy in the Darth Vader Getup

Since your guests’ costumes might involve masks or heavy makeup, it could be difficult for them to recognize each other. Lanyards with custom event badges or name tags attached will help you figure out who the giant chicken or zombie hanging out by the punch bowl is.

Additionally, lanyards and badges will make it easy for your guests who haven’t met each other yet to get to know each other. If you’re looking for custom event badges/passes for your party, visit our sister company, Event Passes, for more information.          

Give Guests a Convenient Way to Keep Track of Their Belongings

For people whose costumes don’t have pockets, lanyards can be a great tool for keeping track of their personal possessions, including any party favors you hand out. This usefulness extends beyond the night of the party: Afterward, your friends and family can use the lanyards to hang onto their keys, pens, flashlights and more. 

Let People Showcase Prizes at Your Party

If you have games or contests, hand out unique badges or medals that the winners can attach to their lanyards. The champion of your best costume competition will have a way to show off his accomplishment for the rest of the night and beyond.  

Provide Attendees With a Unique Keepsake

The candy might not last very long, but the custom lanyards from your party will give your guests a souvenir that will remind them of how much fun they had at your party for years afterward.

Lanyards and event passes can help make any occasion – including a Halloween party – memorable. If you’re interested in getting custom, woven lanyards for your upcoming event, contact the Woven Lanyards team today by calling (847) 424-1900 or emailing orders@wovenlanyards.com.

Posted on October 1, 2015 .

5 Reasons to Use Lanyards in your Wedding

As summer comes to an end, fall is right around the corner. Maybe it’s the changing colors, mild temperatures or holidays coming up that makes fall the most popular season for weddings. So, how can you spice up your autumn wedding and make sure guests have a fun, unique experience? With custom lanyards, your guests will have a personalized trinket to save for years to come. Here are a few ways to incorporate lanyards into your wedding:

Make Your Bridesmaids/Groomsmen feel like VIP

Lanyards are the perfect way to give your bridesmaids or groomsmen a practical souvenir. Are you planning a bar crawl? Use the lanyards as a way for the bouncers and bartenders to recognize your group. You can also include the night’s schedule on badge connected to the lanyards along with drinks specials or food options. Looking for custom event badges? We’ve got you covered! Visit our sister company, Event Passes, for more information and a quote for your purchase.

Use Custom Lanyards as Wedding Invites

Not sure what your wedding invitations should look like? By customizing lanyards to match your theme, you can put your wedding colors, wedding hashtags, the ceremony date, individual names and much more onto the lanyards. You can also use event badges as invites and list all of the information for your big day. The badges can be attached to the lanyards so your guests can store them easily or hang up in their homes so the invites aren’t lost.

 Give Your Guests the Wedding Timeline

With lanyards and custom event badges, you can provide your guests with the ceremony and reception timeline. On the lanyards, you can provide the wedding date, time and venue information. On the event badges, you can include the timeline for your big day, including ceremony time, cocktail hour start and finish, reception time, dinner time, cake cutting and much more.

Emphasize your Theme

Having a candy themed wedding? Or maybe a superhero themed wedding? Incorporate your theme through custom lanyards by putting labels, logos or characters on them. For example, if your wedding theme is based on a city, and your table placements are specific landmarks in that city, why not organize custom lanyards with those lanyards for your guests so they know where to sit before entering the reception area. This way, you’ll avoid the traffic jam that tends to happen as guests look for their seating card outside the reception area.

Help your Guest Get to Know Each Other

With out-of-town relatives, plus ones, your family and your fiancé’s family, keeping track of names can be difficult. By putting your guests’ names on lanyards and event passes, not only will you have an easier time remembering names but they will as well. No awkward re-introductions to someone you’ve already met and no more trying to remember who’s an aunt versus a cousin.

Lanyards and event passes can be versatile and great accessories for any event or occasion. Are you interested in getting custom, woven lanyards for your wedding or upcoming event? Contact our team at Woven Lanyards today by calling (847) 424-1900 or emailing orders@wovenlanyards.com.

 

Posted on September 8, 2015 .

Custom Lanyards: Back to School with Style

The back to school season is coming up and soon teachers, students and staff will be back on campus for another year of learning, friends and fun.  With new and returning students filling the classroom, school campuses across the nation will be bustling with activity. And with that activity, also comes the need for good security practices.

Custom lanyards are a good way to help you keep students, staff and visitors safe by ensuring that they have a convenient way of displaying their identification while on campus. In fact, custom lanyards serve a number of purposes for educational institutions, from enhancing security to promoting school spirit. Here’s how you can use custom printed lanyards on your campus:

Posted on August 3, 2015 .

5 Benefits of Custom Lanyards for Your Little League Sports Team

What’s one of the most useful things that you as a coach can provide your little league team with? Well, alongside insightful and constructive criticism and a supportive environment to learn and grow in, we think that team lanyards top the list.

Custom lanyards can help boost team morale and reinforce your branding. They’re great for keeping coaches and athletes organized. And, at the end of the day, our custom woven lanyards provide something memorable your athletes can take with them and will find useful as they continue their sports career – here’s how.