Which name badge printer should I use for my event?

Choosing the right type of printer for your event can be challenging as many factors come into determining which qualities will be the most valuable for managing your event.

Before deciding on which printer to utilize for your event, first you want to decide what kind of name badges you want to supply for your event. Do you want paper name badges? Or more durable PVC cards? Do you want to print postcard sized cards? Or smaller ID sized cards?

Look no further, because this article is written just for you!

Plastic (PVC) Cards vs. Paper Cards

  1. Nature of your event: Printing on plastic (PVC) cards produces more durable name badges that attendees can retain as a keepsake even after the event ends. This can be suitable for notable events, such as concerts, seminars, conferences or trade shows, where PVC cards also add to the excitement of the event. For corporate events such as business conferences or shareholder meetings, PVC cards result in a more professional appearance.
  2. Duration of your event: For events that last more than a day, printing on more durable PVC cards will be more beneficial to you as an event organizer and for attendees as well. This reduces the risk of damage that attendees can cause to paper name badges, such as creases or getting it wet. Thus, printing on PVC cards can help you avoid having to reprint cards. This also diminishes the necessity of having to purchase plastic badge holders to protect your name badges. You can simply punch a hole in your PVC cards, attach it to a lanyard, and you’re ready to go!

Larger-sized Name Tags vs. Smaller-sized Name Tags

  1. Visibility: For large events, printing on larger-sized cards can help security details as the card allows for easier identification from a far distance. For event organizers, printing on larger-sized cards also allows for easier identification in case attendees need to be separated into groups, and helps the event management team to recognize when an attendee is in the wrong area and needs to be re-directed to the right place. One more advantage is that you can easily market your event or brand name! The larger your company logo or event details are visible, the better.
  2. Cost-effectiveness: Smaller-sized cards can be the more economical choice for planning low-budget events. They take up less ink for printing and are also more portable. On the other hand, small ID-sized cards can also be more suitable for trendier and upscale events as smaller cards will look more sleek.

Now that you’ve decided on the type of name badge you want to print, let’s move on to selecting the right printer to meet your needs!

Types of Name Badge Printers

Brother QL-720NW Printer 

This professional, high-speed label printer comes with built-in ethernet and wireless networking, perfect for printing cost-effective paper labels! It can print up to 93 labels per minute and in high resolution (300 x 600 dpi). The printer uses direct thermal printing mechanism with easy drop-in tape rolls, which means that no ink or toner is required. However, this also means that the printer can only print in black. The machine is simple to use and automatically recognizes the roll size and adjusts the label template accordingly. It also has an automatic cutter. Not to mention, it’s exceedingly portable!

Recommendations: We recommend this printer for hosting simple events. This is one of our most frequently rented printer as it is extremely portable, easy to set-up, and cost-effective. One method our clients have utilized this printer is by sticking the name badges generated by this printer onto pre-printed badges that feature the event details. This cuts down printing time, money, and reduces the attendees’ wait time immensely!

Max label dimensions: 2.4″ x 3″ | Printer dimensions: 5″ x 9.3″ x 6″

Zebra ZD500 Thermal Transfer Desktop Printer

This printer is ideal for small-label printing of text and graphics. It prints on event badges (it can print two-sided badges too!) which feature precision perforations between each badge, allowing for easy separation for speedy badge assembly. It can also print labels on wristbands. It can print up to 4″ per second in high resolution (300 dpi). The high-resolution printer is also compact, making it easily portable, manageable and maintainable from any location.

Recommendations: We recommend this printer for large-scale conferences and exhibitions since it supports fast-speed label badge printing. Labels generated by this printer can be customized for various sizes (4″x 3″, 4″x 6″, etc.) with folding and perforated as well as pre-designed sponsor logos. The printer’s flexible printing abilities also allows it to print on wristbands, which will be suitable for events such as music festivals, as well as personalized tickets.

Max print width: 4.09″ | Printer dimensions: 7.5″ x 7.6″ x 10″

Epson Color Inkjet Printer

This compact, wireless printer is perfect for printing colored name badges that can fit into A6-sized name badge holders. The printer is able to print in very high resolution (5760 x 1440 dpi) and at a high speed of 27 badges per minute! However, it’s larger dimensions make it less portable than the Brother and Zebra printers. As it is a full color printer, it also requires the understanding of replacing cartridges.

Note: When selecting your inkjet printer, make sure that it can be adjusted to print on A6-sized paper! We use the Epson Expression Home XP 245 for our events.

Recommendations: We recommend this printer for major events, such as conferences and exhibitions. It is compatible with high-quality colored printing on thick paper stock. The comprehensive printing capabilities of this printer result in more impressionable name badges that can add a special feel to events. This would be a great alternative to supplying more professional-looking name badges at a cheaper rate than PVC cards.

Label dimensions 3.4″ x 5.2″ | Printer dimensions: 15.4″ x 11.8″ x 5.7″

Evolis Primacy Card Printer

If you’re looking to print PVC cards, this printer is for you! The Primacy printer is very fast, powerful, efficient, and is adapted to printing in batches as it personalizes cards in record time: it can print 225 multi-color cards per hour and a staggering 1,000 monochrome cards per hour! It can also print double-sided. The large capacity of the feeder and hopper can each hold 100 cards, which reduces the frequency of reloading cards. Finally, the Primacy printer prints your cards in a high photographic resolution (300 x 600 dpi for color printing and 300 x 1200 dpi for monochrome printing).

Recommendations: We recommend this printer for corporate events, or small to medium-capacity special events. Because of the durable nature of PVC cards, you can simply punch a hole through it and attach it to a lanyard! Although PVC cards might be a little bit on the costly side, the VIP event experience that it offers attendees surpasses the extra cost.

Card dimensions: 3.375″ x 2.125″ | Printer dimensions: 9.72″ x 8.07″ x 14.99″

Conclusion

With many different types of printers in the market, finding the right printer to fit the needs of your event can be a challenge. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for consultation when planning for your event! You can also learn more about our event badge printing service here.

Contact us:
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About EventNook:

EventNook is an online event registration & ticketing platform where organizers can set up and customize their very own event page. Through it, organizers can collect attendees’ information and their payment using a real-time dashboard. Features such as Automated Email Confirmation and QR Code Check-In make the job of event organizers much easier and more efficient. Recently, EventNook launched an Event Venues Directory which provides information on more than 5,000 venues in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Hong Kong, making it one of the best places on the web to look for venues in South East Asia.

Maximize Sales Through Ticket Tier Pricing (ex: Early Bird Rate)

Do you know that EventNook’s ticket tier pricing feature allows organizers to set multiple ticket types?  

Wouldn’t you want your guests to purchase their tickets early rather than last-minute? What better way to encourage guests to attend your event than by offering them a special discount for purchasing their tickets early?

Setting “ticket tier pricing” benefits you as an organizer because it encourages potential attendees to immediately act and purchase tickets upon knowing about the event. This reduces the risk that they will forget about the event when they decide to purchase tickets at a later date.

Utilize this feature now to maximize your event management process and encourage more sales!

To learn how to set ticket tier pricing, visit our help page.

If you need any further assistance or clarification on using this feature, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Contact us:
Email: hello@eventnook.com
Phone: +65 6681-6571
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eventnook
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Tips for effective crowd management at oversubscribed events

An oversubscribed event should be a cause for celebration. But failure to manage event crowds can lead to congestion, bottlenecks and long queues, jeopardising the event experience for your attendees and causing unnecessary delays to your event schedule significantly. Here are a few steps to ensure that you keep event crowds in check and have control over the registration process from start to end.

Photo Credits: halfpastdone.com

1. Require online registration

Requiring your event attendees to register will help you keep track of the number of event attendees to expect. However, using the right tools to track is just as important. Facebook event invites, for instance, are not as accurate in indicating actual attendance. At the same time, you don’t want to overcomplicate the registration process.

A simple but reliable solution would be to create an online event registration website for RSVPs, which can be easily shared on all social media platforms and through emails.

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Try a free and convenient way to create event registration webpages here: https://www.eventnook.com/member/login?ReturnUrl=%2fmanage%2fcreate_event

2. Seat your attendees early

Make sure there is more than enough time for registration to take place (if on-site registration is absolutely necessary). Many event attendees would love to arrive early if they can get better seats or just beat the crowd, so opening registration early can help distribute the arrivals in a more manageable way for you.

3. Maximise venue entrances

Make sure you fully maximise all entrances at the venue. This doesn’t just mean finding all possible entries, but also ensuring the movement of your attendees and any potential queues are strategically planned.

Potential queues should not be blocking the main walking paths or cutting into other queues. Have a good idea of where your event attendees will be entering from and make sure there are clear directions from there. This will ensure that people move efficiently to where they should be rather than block up the entrances asking where they should go.

But make sure people don’t have to criss-cross queues to get to the other side of the venue just to join their queue. Know how to align potential queues in a way that is least disruptive.

Avoid snaky queues! Photo Credits: coinarcade.org

You may wish to have queues according to where the ticket-holder is sitting so that congestions inside the venue itself can be avoided.

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4. Coordinate with venue and hospitality staff

It is important to communicate with venue and hospitality staff prior to the event to ensure they remain up to date about all event details.

The tone they set through their service is also extremely important for the image of your event. Be it for an informal or formal event, an event for VIPs or non-VIPs, a young or old audience, the team of ushers, helpers and security should understand how to adapt their service to the people they are serving (and dressing as well)

ushers, smu, eventnook

Briefing the staff about logistical procedures clearly is basic protocol. Here are some things that you should bring up in your briefing:

  • Make sure to alert the team about any expected surges in arrivals
  • Make sure that emergency procedures are communicated properly.
  • Take note of parking arrangements which can lead to traffic congestion as well.
  • Acquaint them with any event tech they are using to check-in and register.

5. Use latest event tech for efficient check-in

There are various event tools out there to help you cope with event needs. For larger events, event tech tools such as EventNook’s iPad QR code check-in app not only helps you quickly check-in and track the arrival of event attendees (down to their names and designations) in real-time, it also provides a flexible ticketing system whereby you can conveniently check-in people who buy tickets on the spot. It is also extremely convenient for your event attendees, who can choose to just show their tickets on their smartphones without having to print it out.

EventNook's QR code onsite check in

The app has proven itself capable of checking in groups of above 3000 within a couple of hours, and is ideal for small and big events (read about it here: http://blog.eventnook.com/post/ipad-qr-code-check-in-and-registration-solution-smu-ho-rih-hwa-leadership-in-asia-public-lecture-series/).

pm lee, smu, eventnook

Using the latest event tech at your event also helps boost the professional look of the event and leaves a good impression on event attendees.

There is also no problem reviewing the check-in and registration process after the event as everything is properly updated in your account.

 

Need help with onsite registration and check-in for your next huge event? 

Whether it’s free or paid, EventNook can help you with online event registrationevent ticketing and onsite event registration and check-in!

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How you can minimise stress on event day

You have the event plan etched in your brain and you have briefed your staff for the umpteenth time. You find yourself pacing the floor, just wondering when something will crop up and ruin your plans.

As event planners, there is always that nagging feeling that something will go awry on event day. That is because things you never anticipated to happen have happened! But the best event planners are those that can sooth those nerves and not allow it to consume their spark and energy on event day.

These are a few ways you can minimise stress on event day so that you can remain focused on executing a great event and enjoy the process more.

Photo Credits: Attendly.com

Photo Credits: Attendly.com

1. Consider a Plan C

Plan B is not enough.

Although there is no need to put too much effort into executing contingency plans, you should still think about all the possible things that could crop up and devise mini plans to deal with them.

For instance, consider what happens if you have an over or undersubscribed event. Know what you need to compromise ahead of time and your priorities so that you can make decisions on the fly when bad occurrences force you to scrap some of your plans.

Photo Credits: thecitycollection.org

Photo Credits: thecitycollection.org

Give yourself buffer time to deal with last minute things that crop up. The key thing is to think of the worst case scenario (that is likely) and a solution to it. If luck stays on your side, then use the buffer time as time to take a breather. Remaining calm can help you prevent careless mistakes and minimise stress.

2. Consistent face-to-face communication

Run through important details with staff and third-party suppliers or partners in person as much as possible. Remember, physical contact > skype > phone calls > whatsapp, texts and emails > social media.

A lot of stress and unexpected problems crop up because of miscommunication or lack of communication. Ensure that you clear any misunderstandings, set expectations and verify assumptions through face-to-face communication. Even if you do use online methods of communication, always follow up with a couple of face-to-face meeting or Skype (if it’s impossible to meet physically).

Image of company of successful partners discussing business plan at meeting

Photo Credits: abhinavpmp.com

3. Keep up with social media

Social media and email response rates are vital evidences for event planners to stay up to date with public sentiments about the event and pre-empt problems.

Keeping updated constantly gives event planners the opportunity to solve the problems and correct negative sentiments in time. Consistently engage your audience up to event day so that you won’t get shocked by a sudden drop in attendance. Moreover, engaging your audience effectively can increase event awareness as well as keep your event in your event-goers’ memory.

4. Event management software

There are plenty of free and paid software providers in the market. Event management software can help event planners focus on the most critical aspects of the event. By outsourcing tedious, repetitive and yet essential processes, event planners are relieved of the stress of overseeing these tasks and can be more flexible and creative in making the event memorable.

Event management software such as EventNook offers a fully integrated online to onsite registration solution, helping you deal with the stress of event ticketing, event registration, onsite event check-in and event tactical promotion. You can easily set-up event micro-sites without having to code while the user-friendly iPad app dashboard helps you monitor event attendance easily.

event management software

5. Have a good night sleep and a full breakfast

Noone wants to work with a stressed out, overtired and hungry event planner. Do yourself and your team a favour by taking care of your well-being. This will help you stay alert so that you are able to think on the spot and remain undaunted in the face of unexpected problems

 

Minimise event stress today with EventNook’s online ticketing and registration solution!

Whether it’s free or paid, EventNook can help you with online event registrationevent ticketing and onsite event registration and check-in!

 and for Free events!

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Seat selection for your events? No worries, EventNook has a solution for you.

EventNook would like to share some small tip with you whilst creating your event with us! In view of improving our customer care service, our admins had been occasionally trying out our own platform and brainstorming on how we can improve to serve you better. We understand that as event organizers, you might face various unpredictable circumstances as well as having
issue searching for the most suitable event registration platform. EventNook focus on making registration and ticketing fast, easy and smooth on general admission as well as free seating type of events.

However, we have a solution for you! If your event requires a seating plan for your guests such as corporate dinner & dance events, social event, filmography or movie events etc., you can simply create one on your own!EventNook is here to save your day!

One of EventNook’s organizers (Boon Lay CC) had cleverly utilized Google Spreadsheet to facilitate their seating plan and it had successfully supported their event! Spriderman event registration page

With the given Google spreadsheet link, they had allowed attendees to email them on their selected seat(s) preference on a first-come-first served basis.

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You can try it on your own too!


Step 1:  Go to Google Documents, click on the CREATE button and select Spreadsheet.

Step 2: With the floor plan of your theatre/stage/seating plan, you can then design your own seating plan!

Step 3: Once you are done, click on the Share button at the top right.
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Step 4: You may now share it with your team members to view and to make any changes to the event’s seating plan!

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Step 5: Share the link generated by Google Spreadsheet on your EventNook’s event registration page and allow attendees to pick their preferred seats.

Step 5Voilà! There you go! This spreadsheet guide provides you with an alternative to other more costly paid-ticketing platform as it effectively complements your EventNook registration page without incurring extra costs. If that isn’t enough for you to consider, you can try setting up both the spreadsheet and your event registration page, it will take you less than 20 minutes for the whole process.

How great is that? Definitely worth a try! For more updates and tips on event registrations, stay tune with us!

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