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.

 

 

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

 

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!!