Case Study: How eSurance Rewards Employees with Pins

While the idea of giving out recognition pins has been around for a while, some modern companies are starting to use the old concept in an exciting new way.

eSurance, an online insurance company, has instituted a new employee incentive program for its elite division of insurance claims investigators called the Special Investigators Unit (SIU). This program offers employees unique lapel pins for completing difficult challenges in the workplace. The pins feature a die-struck design with an antique silver finish on the back, with a full-color print of the eSurance mascot on the front.

What makes this program unique is the way it’s managed. The company uses lapel pins to reward employees for meeting specific benchmarks. For employees working under this program, striving to earn these pins is a little bit like trying to unlock trophies and achievements in a videogame. It helps managers add a little excitement to the ordinary workday.

Rewarding employees with lapel pins is a great way to take an ordinary quota system and turn it into a stimulating competition. By offering a wide range of pins for various accomplishments, employers can keep better track of their employees’ job performance and create a fun incentive for meeting workplace goals.

For employees, these pins serve as a source of pride and offer a tangible record of their various professional accomplishments. A lot of companies have instituted additional incentive programs by establishing currency based on recognition pins and coins. By earning a certain number of die-struck coins or pins, employees can be afforded special privileges or trade them in for various rewards.

Lapel pins are an excellent motivator for a wide range of employee accomplishments. They can be used to reward employees for meeting or exceeding sales quotas or completing difficult tasks or projects. They can also recognize employees for their years of service to an organization.

With the range of applications being limited only by employers’ imaginations, it’s a sure bet that we’ll be seeing other companies following in eSurance’s example by leveraging the power of lapel pins to increase employee engagement and performance.

 

 

Choosing the Right Company to Purchase Pins

When you’re looking to order custom lapel pins for any reason, there are a few considerations you should make in deciding from which company to order. Just a quick Internet search can help illustrate the problem—there are hundreds of companies out there to choose from. Fortunately, there are a few simple tips to help you sort out the good from the bad, and identify which company you want to handle your lapel pins order.

The first and most important consideration is quality. Pins can be made from a variety of materials, and some are better than others. Some companies may try to sell you pins that are made from painted iron, while others will offer you a variety of painted and plated copper.

Copper is by far the more durable option. It’s easy to plate with nearly any metal finish you could want, including gold, bronze or silver. Copper lapel pins can even be “antiqued” to provide a vintage look.

Companies that offer a variety of pin types are often the best at handling and producing your design. A good variety to look for is die-struck lapel pins, soft and hard enamel pins and precious metal pins. Most companies that offer more than a few types of pins will have a broader range of experience, better equipment and overall be more capable of producing your order exactly as you want it.

Another important consideration is distribution. Many pin manufacturers have operations located overseas. Make sure that the shipping time for your order is acceptable and reasonably priced. You don’t want to get overcharged for something that will arrive too late to be useful to you or your organization.

Also, look into what ordering amounts are available. It may turn out that you want a smaller volume order than the minimum for that company. If you’re interested in purchasing wholesale, check out the company’s policies regarding these types of orders. Often, you will require a business license to order wholesale, but schools and charities may be exempt, so it can be useful to check.

By doing a little bit of research, it’s definitely possible to find the exact lapel pins manufacturer to suit your needs. Hopefully, these tips can help get you started on your search.

Should you have any more questions, or just want to speak with someone about your project you can email us at info@pinsource.com

 

Celebrating Life Events with a Lapel Pin

How many times have you been browsing through your old photos and caught yourself wondering, “Now when was that taken?” Such as this gem I found of my wife.

Unfortunately, celebrations tend to be momentary—once they’re over and done with, the memories fade, and before long it’s like they never even happened. The common take-home items from birthdays, retirement parties and anniversaries are usually food, candles or other perishable items. These things are either eaten, expire or get used up, leaving you with nothing to remember the event in the years to come. That is, unless your honeymoon is slightly intereupted by Tsunami evacutations. We will always remember that!

 

Custom lapel pins are a great way to keep a true memento of your life’s most important events, including birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and a wide range of other significant milestones. Having lapel pins made for these life events can give you something to hold onto long after the fun is over.

Lapel pins can capture the spirit of your special events. You can have your pins printed with custom imagery significant to the event. You can have custom lapel pins stamped with the date of the event. Custom lapel pins can be made with colors to match any given theme for your events, or may even contain phrases or inside jokes pertinent to the affair.

The best thing about lapel pins is that they can become a sort of living record of annual events. You can adjust the design of your birthday or anniversary pins from year to year to highlight specific changes that have occurred in your life. You can have semiprecious stones inserted to mark each year that passes following an important event, like the day you were married. Each year can be a different stone. Like your marriage, the pins will increase in value with each year.

When you are ordering custom lapel pins, you’re only limited by your imagination. You can have pins made in any color, style or shape to depict exactly what you want. Whether you wish to celebrate with a large group of people, or have something more exclusive in mind, you can tailor the size of your order to get just the right amount of pins for any occasion.

It might not be obvious, but custom lapel pins are one of the best ways to truly remember the events and milestones that help shape our lives.

To order your custom lapel pins email us today at Info@pinsource.com

 

PVC: Truly Unique & 3D Lapel Pins

 

 

 

 

PVC lapel pins bring a splash of color to any occasion. A material that can be used to achieve a variety of colors and complex 3D shapes, PVC is the perfect medium for bringing your unique design ideas to life—from corporate logos and professional needs to caricatures and complex artistic designs.

The process by which PVC pins are made is fairly simple and straightforward, and can accomplish stunning results. A mold is made of your original design, and PVC is layered into the mold to achieve the desired color distribution and relief. Unlike other processes, PVC molding can render a fully three-dimensional image with as much or as little detail as you require.

 

The PVC material used in the creation of custom lapel pins comes in a variety of colors. Using the Pantone Matching System (PMS), we can achieve virtually any color profile you need, giving you an accurate representation of any logo or image you wish to construct. PVC even comes in neon, transparent, sparkly and glow-in-the-dark varieties, making the possibilities for your PVC lapel pins virtually endless.

The versatility offered by the PMS system allows us to effectively recreate designs and logos with a high degree of accuracy. This makes PVC an excellent material for creating promotional pins for corporate events. Using PVC is a great way of making sure your image comes out exactly right, down to color and degree of relief. Corporate logos often serve as a large source of pride for individuals in that company, and PVC is a great way of ensuring the most accurate representation of a logo while achieving exact color matching and image layout.

PVC pins are flexible and durable, allowing them to assume heavy wear and tear before breaking or permanently deforming. The wear resistance of PVC, coupled with its ability to accurately capture the likenesses of cartoonish characters, makes it the ideal material to use when creating pins for children. Custom PVC pins can also make for a great way to celebrate a child’s developmental milestones or scholastic achievements, or they can be made just for the fun of it.

With PVC, there are practically no limitations to what you can put on your custom lapel pins. The only real limit is your imagination.

Give PinSource a call today at 800.678.9288 to make your PVC pin dreams a reality

 

PinSource Celebrates its 27th Anniversary in the Custom Lapel Pin Business

 

The PinSource Story

April will mark the 27th year PinSource has been in the custom lapel pin business. During that time, we’ve designed lapel pins for companies big and small. The pins we design are made to be both collectable and highly recognizable, and we make sure that our customers get the greatest value possible out of our high-quality products

A division of SUI International, Ltd., a company that works to build brands and enhance corporate images worldwide, PinSource is committed to helping our customers put their best “face” forward. In addition to its internal branding divisions, SUI has close operational ties to suppliers of all sorts of branding materials. SUI and PinSource are fully devoted to their clientele’s promotions, and have the global resources to bring the results you need—regardless of the industry or the type of brand your represent.

Our custom lapel pins add resonance to company branding efforts through three important features: they are small and easily worn, they are eye catching and they help forge a strong recognition of branding images. Also, lapel pins add the commonly missing human element to corporate branding efforts. Instead of perceiving a corporation as a faceless entity, lapel pins allow customers to associate brand logos with the individuals wearing them.

PinSource has grown to become an internationally renowned manufacturer of lapel pins, with offices and locations across the globe. We maintain close connections to the manufacturing and distributing ends of our operation, making sure that our customers get their orders filled in exactly the manner and time frame expected.

Our list of clients has included some of the largest brands in the world, as well as some of the smallest businesses. We work to provide the greatest level of satisfaction to all of our customers, no matter the size of the order.

At PinSource, we want to help your branding and promotional efforts, whether you are ordering from us as an individual or as a corporate entity. We create custom lapel pins for all sorts of occasions, including sports pins, recognition pins, years of service pins, promotional pins or any other event or occasion in which you might need to create a pin. At PinSource, your satisfaction matters!

Give us a call today 800.678.9288, or email us at info@pinsource.com to see why we’ve been around for so long!

The Detail and Precision Offered by Die Struck Lapel Pins

 

 

Die struck lapel pins are the perfect way to incorporate a great level of detail and precision into your pin design. The perfection that can be achieved through the die stamping process can convey a great deal of intricacy without the image appearing too cluttered. This is because the three-dimensional quality of the metal allows the eye to distinguish between the finer elements in the image, making it clearer than a two-dimensional representation.

 

The fact that die struck lapel pins are three dimensional creates some interesting shading options. The finish on these pins may vary with the depth of the stamping, creating a heightened illusion of relief and bringing out the detail of your design even further. Most often, the deeper areas are given an antiqued finish, while the shallower areas take on a high polish. Combined with the three-dimensional quality of the metal, the finish embellishes the difference between the depths of material, which gives finished lapel pins much finer detail.

 

The die stamping process is fairly simple and straightforward. A die is created bearing an inverted relief version of the final image, which is stamped into your choice of metal. The die presses the inverted image into the metal, leaving an imprint of the final image.

 

Die stamping is preferred over other methods of creating custom lapel pins, as many other processes, like cloisonné, require the metal to have a rather high lead content. Not only is it unhealthy to have continuous contact with lead, but it is also a very heavy metal, which can distress clothing when worn. Die struck lapel pins can be made out of a wider range of lead-free metals, making them comfortable and safe for any purpose.

 

Die struck lapel pins make for an excellent way to celebrate special occasions. At PinSource, we can create pins for any type of event, including sports pins, recognition pins, years of service pins or promotional giveaway items. Whatever sort of die struck pin you require, PinSource is where you can turn.

Give us a call today, 1-800-678-9288 or email us at Info@pinsource.com

St. Patrick’s Day: Let’s all holler for the shamrock lapel pin on my collar

Stylish & Green!

St. Patrick’s Day is just a few days away.  It’s one of my favorite holidays for sure: it’s essentially a day for all things green and lots of partying .  Forget Christmas: from green clothing to green beer and even rivers dyed, green it seems like everyone in every city is trying to embody this holiday’s spirit. If you haven’t started planning what you’re doing yet, you better get started, because you’re running out of time!

 

If you ask me, the perfect St. Patrick’s Day ensemble is necessary to ensure your day will be a great success.  A sturdy green plastic hat, leftover green Mardi Gras beads, and a basic green t-shirt are the tried and true classics that can be found in most of our closets for this once yearly celebration,

 

But how about a St. Patrick’s Day lapel pin?  It’s definitely the accessory that will elevate your outfit to the next level. That little lapel pin will be the jewel of your crown, the piece de résistance that no one else is rocking. Your good time gateway will be instantly opened through copious trade offers for your shamrock lapel pin.   After a full day of festivities, it’s sure to become an invaluable bartering piece when you’re out of cash and hankering for one more Guinness.  Having one of these shamrock pins on hand is sure to give pin trading a whole new meaning.

 

Give Pinsource a call today so we can help you help yourself this St. Patty’s Day! We offer a wide range of in stock products  and also offer custom lapel pins, lanyards, magnets and just about anything else you might want to celebrate in style.

 

 

 

How to Take Photos of Pins …also known as What is the Flower Icon On My Camera?

Invariably there comes a time where you need or want to take a photo of your pin, coin, lanyard, patch. Anything that may have a lot of detail but be pretty small in size.
The most common solution is to grab your camera and snap off a few pictures.
But wait…It’s all blurry. What happened?
Maybe you’ll just back up and send that photo.
Or crop it.
Hmm. Not very sharp.
What to do… What to do… Macrophotography! Here’s my “Twitter” explanation: Normal camera function has a focal length of about a foot. Macro enables the camera to focus on extremely (like 1/2″) close subjects.
• PS – that fits as a tweet!
• Double PS – The link regarding focal length WILL put you to sleep. Use with caution!
For this blog I’m using a 2008 Sony (DSC-H3) point and shoot. It has the macro button (the ubiquitous flower symbol) on the back.

Without the macro feature engaged the photo is a blur unless I hold the camera about a foot away. But… if I engage the macro it will focus even with the lens almost touching the pin!

 

Wow! That is SHARP!
And not just pins, it works for everything – here’s a coin photo without the macro…
and with the macro.
You can pick up every detail – even that the coin has soft enamel giving the coin an embossed colored look!
And patches, too; you can even see the detail of the stitching.
Two quick points to note:
1. NO ZOOMING! See that W and T. Make sure you are as wide (that’s the W) as possible on the shot.
2. NO FLASH! See this icon?
Push it till you get this icon!
Just make sure you are in a well lit area, and it helps to have a white background for pins (I used our office stationary but even copy paper will do).
But don’t just use it for pins and patches and coins! Macrophotography is great for nature photos, kids, and muchmuch more! Have fun out there friends!!
*Recognize the pin? Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Champagne. Custom pin, custom packaged in a custom box. Fitting for the Number 1 Champagne in the world!!