The name says it all – ID lanyards are used for holding ID cards in place. They’re a necessity for people who need to have their ID badges ready at all times, in the office or in school. These colorful straps of nylon or polyester, however, can do more than just carry ID cards. Here are just some of the ways lanyards can be useful:
• A handy keychain
People lose their keys all the time, even if they’re attached to a keychain. This is because the keychain is not attached to the person’s body. Lanyards on the other hand, are worn around the neck and, with the right attachment, can be used to hold more than just flat badges. They can hold keys too, keeping them safe around the owner’s neck.
• Keeping handheld gadgets safe
Digital cameras, MP3 players, and cell phones often have that ridge where loop attachments go. ID lanyards with that type of attachment can easily hold these gadgets and keep them safely hanging around one’s neck instead of inside one’s pocket where they can easily be damaged or stolen.
• USB flash drive holder
Employees, company executives, and students are always on the go and they always need to bring their flash drives everywhere with them to make sure that their presentations, schoolwork, and other important files are always with them. Lanyards are a great way to make sure that they don’t lose their flash drives or leave them at home.
• Fundraising product
Considering the many uses of ID lanyards, foundations, non-profit organizations, and schools can sell customized lanyards as a way to raise funds for their cause or projects. These useful neck straps are cheap to produce, making them an excellent choice to sell as souvenirs at fundraising activities.
• Marketing tool
Getting a brand’s name out is a breeze with lanyards. People wear them everywhere, therefore giving maximum exposure to the company or brand they represent. Aside from the straps themselves, company and brand logos can also be printed on badge reel attachments which put the logo directly in other people’s line of sight. Non-profit organizations and charitable foundations can also use lanyards as a way to get the word out about their cause by giving away or selling lanyards to donors.
• Corporate Giveaways
Companies often send tokens of appreciation to business partners and clients. In order to make an impact, it is better to give away things that are useful (like customized ID lanyards which they can use to hold their keys, ID cards or USB flash drive). Not only is this a cheaper alternative to the commonly used mugs, pens, and other corporate gift items, the logo printed on the straps will definitely generate brand recall every time they wear the lanyards around their necks.
• Group/Department Identification
Companies often give differently colored lanyards to employees assigned to different departments. This way, people can tell what department someone is from just by looking at the color of the strap hanging around his neck without having to check his ID. This is a great security measure, especially in companies that compartmentalize their information. During major events such as conventions and expositions, color-coded lanyards can also be used to identify which group or committee a person belongs to. This makes organizing the event and finding the right people in a crowd much easier.
Instead of dismissing lanyards as things that just hold ID cards, think about the many things one can do with a simple contraption such as the ID lanyard in order to appreciate just how useful they really are.