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Badge Ribbon Ideas: 7 Smart Strategies to Steal for Your Meeting

By Meaghan Maybee on August 18, 2021

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Meaghan Maybee
Meaghan Maybee

As pc/nametag's in-house Word Wizard, Meaghan creates educational content that brings people together and drives meaningful conversations in the events industry.

Meeting planners, event attendees, office staff — everybody loves badge ribbons! Badge ribbons are all about breaking the ice, starting conversations, adding identifiers, and sharing useful information with other people. Plus, we think they’re a lot of fun to wear!

Want to make your next social gathering more fun, exciting and engaging? Check out our list of badge ribbon ideas to create a more exciting experience, one conversation starter at a time. But first, here’s a quick run-down on badge ribbons.

What is a name badge ribbon?

A badge ribbon is a fully customizable accessory that can be attached to a badge or name tag. Like the traditional badge ribbon, stack-a-ribbon® allows you to attach multiple horizontal ribbons to a single badge or name tag by stacking one on top of another. There is no limit to how many ribbons you can stack!

Ribbons come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, foils, fonts, and titles. With 41 ribbon colors & 16 foil colors, you're bound to find the perfect design combo!

Choose from off-the-shelf options, pre-assembled fun packs, or even customizable full-color options. Peel off the adhesive strip on the front of the badge ribbon to keep them in place all day so you can focus on what matters most: Making connections, sparking conversations, and having fun. 👍

Types of Name Badge Ribbons Include the Following:

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The Stack-a-ribbon®

  • A pc/nametag patented design
  • A top option for meetings and conferences
  • Bright, highly customizable design options
  • A customer favorite for decades!
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The Flag-a-ribbon

  • A small, yet eye-catching ribbon
  • Perfect for displaying department distinctions
  • Print short phrases like "ASK ME" or "STAFF"
  • Make your company logo pop!
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Full-color Imprint Ribbon

  • Digital-direct imprinting with unlimited colors
  • Can feature color fades and full bleeds
  • Great for retail events and promotions
  • Perfect addition to a permanent badge

Did you know?

Biodegradable icon Badge ribbons are made from acetate satin, which is a fancy word for wood pulp material. That means that ribbons are the perfect, guilt-free purchase for eco-friendly planners looking to decrease event waste. In fact, most ribbons completely biodegrade in two years or less when placed in a commercial landfill.

Use Name Tag Ribbons to Make Your Next Conference a Hit

1. Host an ice breaker activity people will rave about.

Attending a meeting or event can be nerve-wracking, especially for introverts and first-time attendees. Use simple activities to your advantage to help folks get to know one another on a more personal level. Badge ribbons are a great way to let them show off their unique personalities, while also easing up those first-day jitters.

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The Tag Team had a blast at Cvent Connect 2021 in Las Vegas! The badge ribbon display was a huge hit.

2. Wear your physical distancing preferences for others to see.

Let’s face it: Expressing your personal space needs to others can be, well, a bit awkward. But have no fear! Social distancing ribbons like the ones found in the “Glad to Be Back!” Fun Pack put a fun spin on expressing your comfort levels to others in a playful, yet impactful way. Find ribbons like “6 feet please,” “Happy to Hug” and “I’ll Shake 🐶” in this ribbon pack.

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pc/nametag's Glad to be Back Fun Ribbon Pack

3. Design custom badge ribbons that relate to your industry or event theme.

Every industry has its own lingo, so why not capture these unique words and expressions on badge ribbons? Capture common or humorous catchphrases on a wearable accessory to help attendees more personally identify with your event. Create your own custom badge ribbon by selecting your size, color, title, and/or artwork.

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pc/nametag's Hipster Badge Ribbon Fun Pack

4. Use badge ribbons to add a layer of event security to your meeting.

Event safety and security will always be of high importance to meeting planners. Badge ribbons are a smart way to reinforce safety at your event and grant special admittance to certain attendees. For instance, have security personnel look for people wearing a “VIP” or “Sponsor” ribbon before they grant access to your event’s VIP lounge.

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Find "VIP" badge ribbons in various colors, or create your own!

5. Incorporate ribbons into your award ceremony or recognition program.

People love every chance they can get to have fun and celebrate their achievements, so why not host an award ceremony or recognition event at your meeting? After highlighting the meaningful ways award recipients have made a difference, award them with a customized gift and a bright badge ribbon that announces their achievement.

award winner badge ribbon by pcnametagFind "Award Winner" Badge Ribbons in various colors, or create your own!

6. Add value to your event sponsorship packages with ribbons.

Event sponsorships are an instrumental part of offsetting costs, expanding event attendance, and promoting an event’s mission and values. Give out “SPONSOR” ribbons to help increase the value of a sponsorship’s brand reach. You can even buy different colors to denote different levels of giving (I.e., silver, gold, platinum, etc.)

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Create a distinction between sponsorship levels with various colored "Sponsor" badge ribbons.

7. Reward volunteers at your non-profit event or fundraiser.

Non-profit meeting planners understand the value of stretching donor dollars as far as possible. Badge ribbons are an affordable way to add customization to your event without going in the red. Spread awareness, recognize volunteers, and thank donors with non-profit themed ribbons that feature your organization’s mantra, mission, or vision.

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Take the Quiz! Which ribbon suits you?

Are you a movie geek, a foodie, or a uniquely-you unicorn? Take our quiz and find out which badge ribbon you should wear at your next big event that truly defines your personality!

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Check out the Badge Ribbon Buzz

You can learn a lot about a person just by looking at their ribbon stack. That’s why we think badge ribbons are one of the most fun and inclusive ways to spark conversations and leave lasting impressions on people at your event. If you’re looking for inspiration, get started by exploring the links below.

Don’t forget your badge ribbon organizer to keep each ribbon sorted and organized! We suggest rotating tabletop ribbon wall and ribbon caddies for smaller meetings, and floor rotating ribbon walls for larger events.

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