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Are You Choosing the Right Button Backs?

You’ve finished designing your buttons but did you think about what the back of your will be? Most people choose the traditional pin-back style because that is what most people are familiar with, however there is more than just one way to wear a button.

The traditional pin back button can be pinned or fastened to a shirt (typically) using a safety pin style mechanism. The first design for a pin-back button came out in 1896 when Whitehead & Hoag sent in a patent that allowed buttons to be pinned to ones shirt lapels rather than sewn to the shirt or worn as a pendant. Pin-backs are quite sturdy and stay put where ever you pin them, the only downside is you get those pesky holes where the pin goes through.

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One way to combat holes in your clothing made by the pins is to use a magnet on the back. This small, but powerful magnet is a great backing option for larger and heavier buttons that may even rip clothing if they were to be attached with a pin. Magnets are also a great choice if the buttons are going to be recycled between uses or between people. With multiple designs that are being switched out constantly so there aren’t dozens of holes being poked through your clothing.

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Another way you can prevent the holes by the pins are bulldog clips. The clip is attached to the back of the button and is similar to those on ID badges. These clips can easily be attached to the lapel of your shirt or lanyard.

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The downside to choosing a back that is not the standard pin back is the cost. The magnets and bulldog clips are a little more expensive, however it can save your shirt from becoming holy.

Buttons of All Shapes and Sizes

Buttons like people come in many different shapes and sizes. From round to square, or rectangle to oval, buttons are versatile! Here at Everyone Loves Buttons® we make 11 different round buttons, 3 squares (or 6 if you want to rotate your square and make it a diamond), 2 rectangles (or 4 if you’re counting horizontal and vertical), and 1 oval.

To start with our round sizes we can make: 7/8″, 1″, 1.25″, 1.5″, 1.75″, 2.25″, 2.5″, 3″, 3.5″, 4″, and finally 6″. The squares are: 1.5″ (standard or diamond), 2″ (standard or diamond), and 3″ (standard or diamond). Our rectangles are 2″x3″ (horizontal or vertical), 1.75″x2.75″ (horizontal or vertical).

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Each size has their benefits and selling points, like the 7/8″-1.75″ buttons make great give away tokens for businesses when at trade-shows and events. Our hottest button sizes are the 2.25″ and the 3″ as they are great for advertising a business and big enough the read from afar. The 4″ and 6″ buttons are great for selling hot items and photographs because they have a large face. These are just some of the ways our customers use their buttons!

The back of the buttons can be just as important as the front of the buttons when it comes to their uses. We offer the standard pin back which is a metal pin that runs across the back of the pin and has a hook to catch the pin. We also have magnet backs so you don’t have to pin a button onto your clothing which comes in two types, round (for button sizes 1.5″ round and 1.75″ round) and clothing bar (for button sizes 2.25″, 2.5″, 3″, 3.5″, 4″, 2″ square, 3″ square, 2×3″ rectangle, 1.75×2.75″ rectangle, and last but not least the oval). If you are looking for flat magnet backs, you can check out our flat back buttons which come in sizes: 1″, 1.5″, 2.25″, 3″, 1.5″ square, 2″ square, 3″ square, 2×3″ rectangle, 1.75×2.75″ rectangle, and the oval. We also have bulldog clips which clip to your shirt on all of our buttons except our smaller sizes starting with 7/8″ through 1.5″. There is an option to put a mirror on the back of your 2.25″ buttons which is neat for carrying in purses or pockets. Finally we have Zipper Pulls®, which are one of our newer items and we’re so excited about them!

Zipper Pulls® come in two sizes 1″ and 1.25″ and are a button with a versa back® and clip attached to the back. It allows you to ‘Clip it ‘N Zip It’ as we like to say. Zipper Pulls® can be clipped onto to sweatshirts, purses, backpacks, key chains, lanyard, you name it.

So with all this information on custom button sizes and backs…what are you waiting for?

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Super Bowl 50 and the Playoffs

Football season is almost over, ending with the Super Bowl 50 on February 7th. Hosted this year in San Francisco, CA at Levi’s Stadium, which boasts being the greenest and most technologically advanced professional football stadium. In the week leading up to the Super Bowl 50 there is a series of public events held throughout the region. This includes the NFL Experience and the Super Bowl City Fan Village. These feature activities for all ages that celebrate the game, as well as everything that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer from arts and culture to live entertainment, and food and drink.

THe NFL Experience offers a pro football’s interactive theme park, youth football clinics, merchandise from the NFL Shop, and free autograph sessions from NFL players. There is also the Super Bowl Opening Night fueled by Gatorade. Fans had the opportunity to purchase tickets to see the Super Bowl teams in public before the big game. This allows fans to be apart of a live show covered by media around the world, see past Super Bowl MVPs, watch live television broadcasts being filmed, enjoy exciting entertainment features between team appearances, and the fans will also receive a free gift bag and radio to listen to the interviews being held.

Currently there are 12 teams to begin the playoffs: the Pittsburg Steelers, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Houston Texans, the Denver Broncos, the New England Patriots, the Carolina Panthers, the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks, the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers, and finally the Washington Redskins. Each team had their own struggles throughout the season from hurt players to upsetting losses, however they all had great seasons that led them to their standings now.

As a company from Arizona, we are eager to see how the next few weeks pan out for our favorite team and customer the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals will either face the Green Bay Packers or the Washington Redskins after their matchup on January 10th for the 1st round of playoffs.

As always, we here at Everyone Loves Buttons are here for all your button needs. Buttons make a great party favor for all the viewing parties and can range from 7/8″ to 6″ buttons. Besides round buttons, we also have squares and rectangles. Support your team through the playoffs and hopefully into this year’s Super Bowl 50 with custom buttons. You can also check out previous Super Bowl Buttons below:

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What’s Hot? Summer Buttons!

It’s finally summertime! The kids are out of school, temperatures are rising, and things are very busy here at Everyone Loves Buttons. We are located in Phoenix, AZ and our summers here get more than a little hot. We experience frequent temperatures well above 110 degrees. Some days it feels like you’re going to melt when you step outside. Thank goodness for air conditioning and indoor events during the summer months! From trade shows to festivals, there are ways to stay cool for the summer months, not just in Arizona but also across the U.S.

The buttons we make this time of year generally reflect our clients’ summer activities. We recently made promotional buttons for the upcoming Port Ludlow Festival by the Bay in Seattle, WA as well as First Fridays, which celebrate the arts in Tulsa, OK. There are also a variety of summer competitions, which include dance, rodeos and tractor pulls. We also fulfill orders for summer trade shows, conferences and award shows. It’s fun to see the different buttons for awareness walks. We recently did a button for the upcoming annual AIDS WALK in San Francisco, which is a 6.2-mile walk to support raising money for people in need of HIV/AIDS services.

Buttons are a great retail addition that can help drive summertime restaurant or car sales. New menu items may be advertised or a ‘beat the heat’ sale may be offered. Our summertime July special is on 3.5” or 4” round buttons. Any purchase will include a next quantity pricebreak. This means that if you order 50 buttons you get them for the per piece price of 100 buttons. We hope you will take advantage of our July special.

Whether you are stay-cationing or vacationing this summer, check out all the fun events, sales, and, of course, BUTTONS! Stay safe and have a blast this summer.

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Customer Spotlight SuZn Totes, Bags & Zipper Pulls

Customer Spotlight SuZn Totes and Bags

One of our customers sent some great pictures of how they use our zipper pulls. Their company is SuznBags which specializes in handcrafted, custom tote bags. They have both stock tote designs for sale or even custom bags available.

The bags are made of one or two coordinating fabrics on the outside, consisting of 100% cotton as well as rayon and polyester. This year the owner started using Vinyl on the bottom of the bag since it can be easily wiped clean. The lining is cotton duck cloth.

There are both open and closed tote bags available, perfect for grocery shopping, etc. and some of these even have a top-mounted closure flap. Zippered tote bags can offer extra security.

So if you are in the market for something with more of a handmade look, consider looking at the website http://www.suznbags.com/

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It’s Cinco de Mayo May 5th a Festive time to Celebrate!

It’s May 5th Cinco de Mayo

On Cinco de Mayo, most Americans think of margaritas, Mexican food, and mariachi bands, but what is Cinco de Mayo actually about? Surprisingly it is a misconception that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, when in all actuality it is to celebrate the Mexican victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Great Britain, Spain, and France had invaded Mexico in late 1861, but Spain and Great Britain pulled out within six months. France decided to take advantage of the chaos happening north of the Mexican border where the U.S. Civil War was taking place. The battle was a classic David-over-Goliath victory for the small town of Puebla against Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Napoleon’s French forces.

Though Americans in the western states have been celebrating Cinco de Mayo practically since the battle ended, it was largely an unknown celebration in most parts of the U.S. until the 1960s. This is when Mexican-American activists started raising its profile by celebrating it and their pride in the community. Today it happens to be the biggest non-winter drinking day of the year, and it’s in the top five drinking holidays in general. Traditionally, Cinco de Mayo celebrations include parades, mariachi music performances, and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.

So for this Cinco de Mayo, enjoy some authentic Mexican food like mole poblano, and celebrate this holiday full of culture and heritage.

If you plan to enjoy the holiday at a restaurant, keep an eye out for buttons that the servers often wear to celebrate this festive holiday.

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Buttons and Saint Patrick’s Day Go Together

Saint Patrick’s Day and Custom Buttons oh how they Go Together.

 

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, every year, with traditional Irish food and the color green. It is considered the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death in the fifth century. The Irish and Ireland have celebrated on March 17th for over 1000 years.

It is believed that Saint Patrick lived during the fifth century and is known as the patron saint of Ireland. He was born in Roman Britain, where he was kidnapped and sold into slavery where he was brought to Ireland at the age of 16. He then escaped slavery, but returned to Ireland where he was credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish people.

In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day was traditionally a religious occasion. Until the 1970’s, there were laws mandating that the pubs had to be closed on March 17th. In 1995, the government saw the opportunity to use St. Patrick’s Day as a way to drive tourism and showcase the Irish culture. Approximately 1 million people annually take part in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dublin. These celebrations feature parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions, and firework shows.

The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in America began in the mid-19th century when most Irish immigrants in America were apart of the Protestant middle class. Close to a million poor Irish immigrants began to flood into America to escape starvation during the Great Potato Famine during 1845. When celebrating their heritage during St. Patrick’s Day, the media portrayed them in cartoons as drunk, violent monkeys. Despite the hatred from the American Protestant community, the Irish people realized their power in politics because of their rapidly growing numbers. Their voting block became known as the ‘green machine’, which became an important swing vote for political hopefuls. St. Patrick’s Day event were now a must-attend for political candidates. President Harry S. Truman attended a St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1948, which was a proud moment for the many Irish Americans whose ancestors had to fight stereotypes and racial prejudice to find acceptance in the New World.

In the Everyone Loves Buttons shop we have a few clients gearing up for this coming St. Patrick’s Day: Fox’s Restaurant – Oak Lawn, Fox’s Restaurant – Orland Park, and Hennessy’s Tavern – Redondo Beach. Some of the celebrations include a St. Patrick’s Week Special from Fox’s Restaurant & Pub – Oak Lawn with Irish Step Dancers, the Funny Little People, and Face Painters.

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Blog Post – “Silent Salesman”

When a company does a sales promotion there are a few objectives: increasing the volume of sales, depletion of the inventory of an item that has been discontinued, rewarding the current customers, encouraging repurchases, the increase of a customer base, and finally the encouragement of initial sales on a new product. As a society we are bombarded with advertisements whether they are seen outside or on television, or heard on the radio. One of the best sale tactics comes from the seen advertisement, and these are called ‘Silent Salesman’. A silent salesman is a promotional product, sign, packaging, or displays that are designed to catch someone’s eye and sell the product. Promotional products can range from a number of things such as t-shirts, mugs, pens, signs, or even buttons/zipper pulls. By using promotional products, a company can promote existing products, as well as provide information to the customers about occurring discounts and special events. The silent salesman allows the entire company to ‘promote the promotion’ without even saying a word.

By using a custom button a company can advertise their products or services, and they make great promotional products that can be given away, pinned on employees, or even sold in stores. By giving away a custom button at a booth or a trade show, you can generate interest in your company’s product or service. Having an employee wear a button can also promote customer service and communication between customers and employees. These buttons could come in the form of ‘How may I help you?’ or even ‘Would you like to try our new product?’ The possibilities are endless when it comes to using buttons as your silent salesman.

We as a company send out sample buttons to new businesses to aid in their promotional needs. Let us aid in increasing your volume of sales, rewarding your current customers, increase of a customer base, and encouraging customers to try a new product. We would like to be your silent salesman!

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Customer Spotlight – TERP Parent and Family Affairs

Customer Spotlight – TERP Parent and Family Affairs University of Maryland

Just because your high school graduate is going to college doesn’t mean you need to be out of the loop! This is what TERP Parent and Family Affairs set out to do. They wanted to make sure that the parents of both current students and incoming students were up to date on current information about the campus events, news, guidance, and help provide a support system for the students.

TERP Parent and Family Affairs recognizes that college is a big step in a person’s life and that a support system needs to be in place for the success of the student. By teaming up with the University of Maryland, TERP Parent and Family Affairs enables parents to get involved in the community while supporting their children through their college adventure.

The Office of Parent and Family Affair’s mission “is to provide parents and family members an opportunity to play an active, supporting role in the education of their student; to provide a forum for fellowship and networking with other families; and to further the educational goals of the University of Maryland by improving communication between parents and the University community,” (University of Maryland Office of Parent and Family Affairs, 2014). TERP Parent and Family Affairs strives to inform and educate families about the valuable resources offered, critical issues, and topics that are relevant to the success of their students.

The Office of Parents and Family Affairs publishes articles for parents and families to learn how to help their student succeed. These articles range on subjects from talking to your student about alcohol, parenting, adjustment to college life, nutrition and eating disorders.

Parents UMD students can sign up for free as a member of the Parents Association. Membership includes connections to campus professionals and staff, online resources, eConnection electronic newsletter, news and safety notifications, Terrapin Parent handbook, campus and volunteer opportunities, and a proud parent car magnet!

In addition, TERP Parent and Family Affairs also features a FAQ section on their website for questions about academics, health, housing, and safety and transportation. They have a parent helpline and an email address for any additional questions. Parents can also receive information about the school’s upcoming events by following twitter (@TerpParent), Facebook (www.facebook.com/TerpParent), as well as their website (http://www.terpparent.umd.edu/).

A recent event held by TERP Parent and Family Affairs was the Parents Association Auction in early November which raised over $50,000 Funds for Scholarships as part of the Maryland Parents Association Scholarship Fund.

For ideas about button designs for colleges and schools, you may visit our site’s category http://www.custombuttons.com/custom-buttons/school-and-college-buttons/

 

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Customer Spotlight: VIETNAM WAR COMMEMORATION

Customer Spotlight: VIETNAM WAR COMMEMORATION 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

TTSMSIn Accordance With Public Law 110-181 SEC.598; the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and “in conducting the commemorative program, the Secretary shall coordinate, support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam War.”

The Secretary of Defense shall determine the schedule of major events and priority of efforts for the commemorative program, in order to ensure achievement of the objectives specified in Law.

The commemorative program will include activities and ceremonies to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war (POW), or listed as missing in action (MIA), for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.
  2. To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces.
  3. To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War.
  4. To highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War.
  5. To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.

Everyone Loves Buttons produced custom buttons for the Vietnam War Commemoration so that they can Commemorate the event and program.

 

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