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:
Email: hello@eventnook.com
Phone: +65 6681-6571
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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.

EventNook Launches Self-Serve Check-in Kiosk App

To accommodate event organizers who are planning to host big events with minimal staff, EventNook has just launched a self-service Kiosk app that supports event organizers to try a more hands-off approach and allow attendees to check-in on their own.

The EventNook Kiosk Check-in Manager is a comprehensive tool that is designed to support medium to large-scale events and allows event organizers to conveniently manage onsite event registration and make sure everything runs smoothly on the event day. The app is now available for download on the app store.

Through the app, event organizers are greeted by a simple user interface where they can manage the event and guest check-ins through a real-time dashboard.

The kiosk app allows users to check-in efficiently through a QR code, which they receive upon the completion of their registration online. On the actual event day, they can simply scan their QR code to check-in for the event. For guests who have trouble finding the confirmation email, the Kiosk app also allows event organizers to check in their guests manually by searching for their name or ticket ID.

Here are some key features of EventNook’s Kiosk App:

1. Kiosk (Self Check-in) Feature

To save event organizers time and energy of having to redirect guests, the Kiosk Feature now displays a message to prompt guests on to the next course of action upon checking in.

The message displayed on the screen can be customized by the event organizer to anything they want to convey to their guests. Be it a warm WELCOME message directing them to the conference room, or a sheepish SORRY message for customers who have brought an invalid QR code.

2. Onsite Registration for Walk-in Guests

Through the Kiosk app, guests are now able to register and check-in for the event on the spot! This means that event organizers no longer have to turn away guests who have not registered for the event beforehand.

3. Easy Search

No QR code? No problem. The Kiosk app allows attendees to check-in manually for the event. This latest release also features an ENLARGED search text box to accommodate the less keen-sighted customers.

For more information about Kiosk check-in app and eventnook services, check out http://overview.eventnook.com/p/event-kiosk-checkin

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.

Contact us:
Email: hello@eventnook.com
Phone: +65 6681-6571
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eventnook
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eventnook/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Eventnook/

QR Code Registration & Badge Printing – CloudAsia

EventNook brought an easy registration and time efficient QR Code Check-In for 3,000 visitors and delegates who attended one of the premier Cloud Computing events, CloudAsia. Co-organized by InfoComm Development Authority of Singapore, the event gathered the best of breed in Technology, both from private and public decisions makers, government representatives of dynamic and fast growing economies and major players such as Microsoft and Amazon Web Services to acknowledge and update about excitement innovative sector, Cloud Technology.

CloudAsia was held from 3 – 5 May 2016 at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. Throughout 3 days, EventNook’s online registration, QR Code Check-In with seamless badge printing and on-site support, made the job of event organisers very easy and efficient which eliminated long queuing and waiting among visitors. The following video was captured during the actual date of the event and clearly demonstrates the power of innovative technology from EventNook.

Features Used:

Online Registration & Ticketing – Registering 3,000 visitors online and onsite with our mobile-friendly platform and giving the CloudAsia’s organisers real-time access to the data, made possible to make necessary decisions in time and created the best, easy and efficient experience for them. 

QR Code Check-In – If you have large events such as CloudAsia, the manual process of check-in 1,000’s of attendees can be very difficult and painful. With our QR Code Check-in technology, attendees themselves scan it and no worries for organisers. 

Badge Printing  –  As an organiser, you don’t have to worry 3 months in advance about printing the badges , because our integrated iOS App with the printer will print the badges for you at the real time. 

 

About EventNook:

Event Management Software company, EventNook is an online event registration & ticketing platform where organisers can set up and customise their very own event page. Through it, organisers 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 organisers 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 one of the best places on the web to look for venues in South East Asia.

Contact us:
Email: hello@eventnook.com
Phone: +65 6681-6571
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eventnook
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eventnook/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Eventnook/

 

 

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.

Photo Credits: demotix.com

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)

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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/).

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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!

 for Free events!

 

iPad QR Code check-in and registration solution: SMU Ho Rih Hwa Leadership in Asia Public Lecture Series

Event Brief

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Prime Minister of Singapore delivers his lecture on topics like identity, productivity and forging ahead

EventNook helmed the event registration management and guest check-in process for the prestigious SMU Ho Rih Hwa Leadership in Asia Public Lecture Series on 30 June 2015 at the Suntec City Convention Centre which saw around 3500 guests in attendance. The event brought together distinguished global leaders, business leaders and students. This year, the lecture was given by Prime Minister of Singapore Mr Lee Hsien Loong. Previous speakers include former Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

students, sg50, smu, singapore, ho rih hwa

Scope of Services

EventNook provides innovative event management solutions with our online and mobile-based event technology to manage guest pre-registration and onsite event check-in. Our system allows for real-time attendance tracking as well as the synchronisation of attendance information between devices.

 

Services include:

  • Event Registration Management
  • EventNook Onsite Guest Check-in System with QR code ticketing
  • iPad Rental
  • Wifi Setup
  • Onsite technical support
  • Pre-event training for usher
    EventNook's QR code onsite check in

    QR code check-in: Scanning the QR code on the invitation

     

Guest Check-in

Challenges

  • All guests had to be checked-in within 2 hours
  • The system had to be very simple and user-friendly so that ushers can learn how to use it right before the event
  • Security at the event was tight. System had to be robust so that security of guests and VIPs will not be compromised
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Ushers looking professional with iPad QR code check-in system

Benefits

  • Fast, Easy and Efficient
  • Great experience for guests (avoid long queue of finding name manually)
  • Prevent duplicate check-in
  • Can view the real time status of guests checkin with user-friendly dashboard reporting
  • Ushers looked professional and smart with our all-in-one seamless iPad solution, leaving a better first impression on guests
... To this. The crowd is cleared within seconds

But crowd is cleared within seconds

Eventnook congratulates the organising team from SMU on the resounding success of the event. It surely has left a mark on the SG50 dialogue.

If you are planning an upcoming event, try out our mobile checkin app here today!

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EventNook is a Singapore-based event registration, ticketing and check-in company. We empower event organisers in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar to plan better events by providing comprehensive end-to-end event registration and check-in management solutions that integrate online registration and onsite check-ins.