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CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT – Newbury Comics

CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT – Newbury Comics

Newbury Comics is a unique franchise that began in 1978, specializing in music, movies, and pop culture goods. Based out of Massachusetts they have expanded to 26 locations. Their legacy consists of scouring the globe for interesting and thought provoking merchandise, supporting independent artists and cultural visionaries, exceptional customer service, and making sure that their customers trust and respect the quality of the goods and services provided.

Through social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, they connect with their customers in a distinctive way. They are able to show off new merchandise, advertise new sales, and sent out reminders for upcoming events. One way that really gets their customers together is their scavenger hunt. Newbury Comics releases the hunts via social media and off their customers go in search of ways to fulfill the requests. Hilarity insures from best birthday cakes, to finding people in cosplay costumes, to gathering people with the Newbury Comics logo shirts. The winners of the scavenger hunt win gift cards and even a trophy with the famous Toothface icon on top. One thing’s for sure, their customers have a lot of fun in their friendly and hip environment whether it’s in store, online, or on social media.

If you’re in the Boston area July 31, August 1 & 2, stop by and say hello to Newbury Comics as they team up with Boston Comic Con located at the Seaport World Trade Center. They are also helping host the third annual pre-convention Comic Con Parade & Costume Contest on July 22nd. Prizes for the top three adult contestants and for the top three children contestants will be awarded. The parade and costume contest is free and open to the public but space is limited. During the convention Newbury Comics will be giving out free promotional items so stop by and visit their booth!

We’ve been partnered with Newbury Comics since 2006, and they are nothing but awesome! This time around we made their iconic Toothface logo on white and black 1” buttons. So keep a look out for these cool 1” buttons and keep rocking out with Newbury Comics.

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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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Americans Prefer Products Made in the U.S.A.

In a survey conducted by the Consumer Reports, 78 percent of Americans prefer U.S.- made goods and would pay more for these goods, including cars, tracks and motorcycles, food, and large appliances. The people who responded to the survey cited patriotic reasons for buying American made goods. People want to keep manufacturing jobs at home, help the U.S. economy, keep America strong in the global economy, and buying made in America products made them feel more patriotic. More than 68 percent of all respondents indicated they’d buy American-made clothes and appliances even if those cost 10 percent more than imported versions; more than 25 percent said they’d pay at least an extra 20 percent. Price is one of the main drawbacks to buying U.S.-made products however. More than half of the respondents said they consider American made goods to be costly.

Posted on the website MadeInUSAForever.com, these are the top ten reasons to buy USA made products:

  1. Foreign labor standards allow unsafe conditions in many countries.
  2. Jobs shipped abroad almost never return.
  3. US manufacturing processes are much cleaner for the environment than many other countries.
  4. Many countries have no minimum wage restrictions, or the minimum wage is outrageously low.
  5. The growing lack of USA ability to manufacture many products is strategically unsound.
  6. The huge US trade deficit leads to massive, unsustainable borrowing from other countries.
  7. Foreign product safety standards are low.
  8. Lack of minimum wage, worker safety, or environmental pollution controls in many countries undermines the concept of ‘fair and free trade’.
  9. Factories and money are shifting to countries not friendly to the USA or democracy.
  10. As the US manufacturing ability fades, future generations of US citizens will be unable to find relevant jobs.

Recently announced presidential candidate Donald Trump also prefers American made products. He fears that China is taking all of our jobs in the U.S. China is able to manufacture products for pennies where as our costs are dollars. His theme is ‘Make America Great Again’ and he wants to start by bringing back real jobs into the United States like it used to be.

Here at Everyone Loves Buttons, we pride ourselves on being a company that makes its products here in the U.S. All of our buttons are 100% made in the USA! From the button parts, all the way down to the printing and assembly, we are proud to produce American Made Buttons!

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Customer Spotlight: Advocates fight pay cuts for caretakers of developmentally disabled

How custom buttons can help make a statement or get a your message across!

Advocates fight pay cuts for caretakers of developmentally disabled

Governor cut $9M from pay increases for direct-care workers last year

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Video Link Transcript:  THIS IS 11 NEWS AT 5 P.M.. NEW AT 5:30 — ADVOCATES FOR THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED ARE CALLING ON LEGISLATORS TO RESTORE $12 MILLION IN FUNDING CUTS BY GOVERNOR HOGAN THIS YEAR. IN FACT, SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE SHOWED UP IN ANNAPOLIS TODAY WEARING BUTTON SAYING KEEP YOUR PROMISE. DAVID COLLINS JOINS US NOW LIVE FROM ANNAPOLIS WITH TONIGHT’S SESSION 2015 UPDATE. THE CROWD CARRIED IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS AND A POWERFUL MESSAGE. IT WAS PART RALLY, STARTED SESSION AND A HUGE DOSE OF MUCH-NEEDED ENCOURAGEMENT. SEVERAL HUNDRED DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED PEOPLE, THEIR ADVOCATES, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS ASCENDED UPON THE STATE HOUSE. THEY WANT LAWMAKERS TO KEEP THE PROMISE TO ADDRESS THE GROWING WAITING LIST FOR SERVICES AND TO RESTORE CUTS IN WAGES TO THOSE WHO TAKE CARE OF THEM. THE CUTS TO THE DIRECT SUPPORT STAFF REALLY DO REPRESENT A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO LIFE A MARYLANDERS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES. GOVERNOR HOGAN CUT $9 MILLION FROM THE PAY INCREASE GIVEN TO DIRECT CARE WORKERS. IT CAME LAST YEAR. THE RACE WAS DESIGNED TO REDUCE SERVE OVER — TURNOVER. SLASHING THE RACE MEANS WALMART AND FAST FOOD JOBS PAY BETTER. THE DIRECT SUPPORT STAFF WE HIRE HALF OF THE SKILL, THEY HAVE TO BE CERTAIN BY — CERTIFIED OFTENTIMES. AND WHEN THOSE JOB BECOME MINIMUM WAGE, IT MEANS WE ARE COMPETING WITH OR LESS STRESSFUL JOBS. ADVOCATES OF PRESSING LAWMAKERS FOR ANOTHER $3 MILLION TO HELP RELIEVE A WAITING LIST FOR SERVICES TO MORE THAN 8000 PEOPLE ARE ON IT. WHEN A 25 OF THEM ARE CONSIDERED IN CRITICAL NEED. STEPHANIE PETERSON 32-YEAR-OLD SON IS A CRITICAL CASE IN POINT. SHE SAYS IT HAS BECOME DIFFICULT FOR HER TO WORK ON DO ANYTHING ELSE BUT TAKE CARE OF HIM. YOU KNOW HE’S GOT MORE VOLATILE. HE’S GOT MORE AGGRESSIVE. ADVICE COME AS A YOU KNOW THE WAITING WITH NO END IN SIGHT, THERE’S NO MONEY TO HELP PEOPLE LIKE MY SON. LAST OR, THE COMMUNITY HAD A POWERFUL ALLY WITH LEVERAGE. FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR SENATOR MATT MILTON HELD AT THE MINIMUM-WAGE BILL UNTIL FUNDING ISSUES WITH DIRECT CARE WORKERS WAS SETTLED. WOULD GIVE US HOPE IS THAT THE BUDGET COMMITTEES ARE REALLY THE ONES WHO HAVE TO MAKE BUDGET DECISIONS AND WE HAVE SOME GREAT CHAMPIONS ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEES. SO WE’RE LOOKING FOR THEM TO RESTORE THE FUNDING AND KEEP THE PROMISE TO MARYLANDERS WITH DISABILITIES.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —Advocates for the developmentally disabled called on state lawmakers Thursday to restore $12 million in funding cuts made by Gov. Larry Hogan this year.

Several hundred developmentally disabled people, their advocates, family and friends descended upon the State House Thursday, asking lawmakers to keep their promise to address a growing waiting list for services and to restore cuts in wages to caretakers.

“The cuts to the direct support staff really do represent a clear and present danger to lives of Marylanders with intellectual disabilities,” said Mat Rice, public policy director of People on the Go.

The governor cut $9 million from the pay increase given to direct-care workers last year. The raise was designed to reduce turnover. Slashing the raise means that Walmart and fast-food jobs pay better.

“The direct support staff we hire have to be skilled, they have to be trained, they have to be certified oftentimes, and when those jobs become minimum wage, it means we are competing with far less stressful jobs,” said Laura Howell of the Maryland Association of Community Services.

Advocates are pressing lawmakers for another $3 million to help relieve a waiting list for services. More than 8,000 people are on the list, 125 of whom are considered in critical need.

Stephanie Peterson, whose 32-year-old son is one of those critical cases, said it has become difficult for her to work or do anything else but take care of him.

“He’s gotten more volatile. He’s gotten more aggressive. He bites, so the waiting with no end in sight, there’s no money to help people like my son,” Peterson said.

Last year, the community had a powerful ally with leverage. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mac Middleton held up the minimum wage increase bill until funding issues with direct-care workers were settled.

“What gives us hope is that the budget committees are really the ones who have to make budget decisions, and we have some great champions on the budget committees. So we are looking to them to restore the funding and keep the promise to Marylanders with disabilities,” Powell said.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford addressed the crowd on Thursday but did not say whether the administration would reconsider funding cuts.

 

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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A Women Owned Business

Women Owned Business

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest third party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. It is a non-profit organization that provides a world-class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. The WBENC mission is to ‘fuel economic growth globally through access to opportunities, by identifying, certifying, and facilitating development of women-owned businesses’. Their CORE platforms are Certification, Opportunities, Resources, and Engagement.

A WBENC certification standard is the most relied upon certification of women-owned businesses. With a certification a women-owed business is recognized by the public, private, non-profit, and government entities. It is the cornerstone of WBENC’s value proposition.

When it comes to opportunities, WBENC is committed to connecting both corporate and government members and women’s business enterprises in the most effective ways. They are focused on accelerating opportunities and creating a superior resource pool for all constituents. They deliver world-class programming that enhances business development and growth by maximizing relevant knowledge programs and capitalizing on the wealth of industry expertise in the community.

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council also provide resource through the network to address the challenges women face in building and growing a business, providing support throughout the full lifecycle of their business. They also provide the Women Business Enterprises access needed education, support, and tools.

Finally engagement is a key constituent for success in the WBENC network. By being involved in a Women Business Enterprise the WBENC strengthens existing relationships and fosters new ones. There is recognition that promotes the success and awareness of leading practices required to create success for women entrepreneurs.

There are certain criteria that need to be met for certification such as: the applicant company must be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents; and management and daily operation is controlled by one or more of the women owners.

Everyone Loves Buttons® is proud to be certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. We have been certified since 2008 with the WBENC. So what does this means for you, the customer? This means that we hold our selves with the highest regards when handling customer service and our customers. We are the only certified Women Owned Business in the custom button business. Follow us on Twitter (@CustomButtons97) and Spread the Word #BuyWomenOwned.

Everyone Loves Buttons® is proud to be a WBENC member producing top quality Pinback Custom Buttons right here in the USA for over 18+ years.

 

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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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The Big Game and Buttons

The Big Game and Buttons are in Phoenix, AZ

Come Sunday, February 1st, all eyes will be on the Big Game in Phoenix, Arizona. This year the Seattle Seahawks face off against the New England Patriots. The week before the big game is about gearing up for the game, parties, and of course the fans.

The Big Game began in 1967 when the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL) came together for a World Championship game. In 1970 the NFL and AFL combined into one league, the NFL, with two conferences: AFC (American Football Conference) and NFC (National Football Conference). The winner of each receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy, which was given its name in honor of the Green Bay Packers coach who led his team to victory in each of the first two Super Bowls.

Pin back buttons have been used as advertisements since the first presidential inauguration in 1789 when George Washington’s supporters wore buttons imprinted with a slogan. Over the years, the buttons evolved to the standard celluloid buttons we see today. These buttons can be used for political, advertisements, and for personal use.

Many companies advertise using buttons, other companies use them for concession stands or customer service and there is no exception with the upcoming big game. Companies such as Papa Johns and Aramark used our service for just those things. Papa John’s is at Super Bowl Central with a football-centric fan interactive experience that includes sampling a variety of their popular pizza combinations. Papa John’s is in the House and they are advertising their name using a new type of button called a Zipper Pull® which you can Clip N’ Zip to any zipper.  Aramark is a professional service for food, facilities management, and uniforms. This Super Bowl, they are using customer service buttons in order to serve the public in a better, more efficient manner. Hosted in Glendale, Arizona there are tons of things to experience while out here for the big game. There is Super Bowl Central is a free, football-themed outdoor fan and visitor experience, which will be the hub of the fan, sponsor, media, and NFL activities. Live entertainment, the Grand Canyon experience and fan attractions make up this amazing fan experience.

Papa is in the House – Papa John Collector Zipper Pulls® at Super Bowl Central

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Company Spotlight – ELB aka Excellent Limitless Buttonmakers

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In our business, the best gift one can receive is a glowing review and our most recent review is just that. This past summer we implemented a customer review component to our business through TrustPilot. We are currently rated 4.9 stars on Google as a direct result of all of the reviews we are received in 2014.

Today’s review epitomizes the essence of who we are and what we strive for each and every day. It praised us for our customer service, fast turnaround time, and the quality of the buttons he received. The review can been read below:

“ELB must mean Excellent Limitless Buttonmakers!!! I cannot speak better for ELB. Maura provided the best customer service, being extremely prompt and professional throughout the whole process from start to finish. Speaking of start to finish, what other company can literally have your order completed and shipped by the next business day in as capable a manner? My organization is raving about the buttons, and I am as well. The colour match is PERFECT. Combine all this with a price-match to ensure you receive the best price, and ELB doesn’t just exceed the competition, it blows it away. Thanks!!!”

We are constantly striving to provide Legendary Customer Service, Excellent Quality Products, Fast Turnaround Times, as well as our Price Match Guarantee. All of the additional reviews from other satisfied customers can be seen on our website. Just click the “Trust Box” at the top of our home page at www.everyonelovesbuttons.com. We here at Everyone Loves Buttons ® are always trying to make sure that are customers are satisfied with our products from our custom buttons to our zipper pulls. We take great pride in making sure only the highest quality products leave our shop by guaranteeing a 100% USA made product.

What sets us apart from other button companies, is to have customer service that is not just the best but LEGENDARY!

History of Pinback Buttons

History of Pinback Buttons

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Political buttons have been used in the United States since the first presidential inauguration in 1789, when George Washington’s supporters wore buttons imprinted with a slogan. These early buttons were sewn to the lapel of a coat or worn as a pendant on a string.[1] The first campaign buttons with photographs were produced to promote the political platform of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.[1]

Benjamin S. Whitehead patented the first innovation to the design in -300 MD by inserting a sheet of transparent film made of celluloid over a photograph mounted on a badge to protect the image from scratches and abrasion.[2] Whitehead had patents for various designs of ornamental badges and medallions previously, patented as early as 1892.[2] Another patent was issued to Whitehead & Hoag on 21 July 1896 for a “Badge Pin or Button” which used a metal pin anchored to the back of the button to fasten the badge.

Other improvements and modifications to the basic design were patented in the following years by other inventors.

Early pin-back buttons from 1898 were printed with a popular cartoon character, The Yellow Kid, and offered as prizes with chewing gum or tobacco products to increase sales.

These buttons were produced with a concave opening on the back side (which provided space to insert advertising), or with a closed back, filled with metal insert and fastener. These are called “open back” and “closed back” buttons.

In 1945, the Kellogg Company, the pioneer in cereal box prizes, inserted prizes in the form of pin-back buttons into each box of Pep Cereal. Pep pins have included U.S. Army squadrons as well as characters from newspaper comics. There were 5 series of comic characters and 18 different buttons in each set, with a total of 90 in the collection.

The History of Pinback Buttons is very interesting.  At Everyone Loves Buttons® we have been making custom buttons for 18 years now from presidential campaigns to advertising or just buttons that say how you feel, that’s the beauty of pinback buttons they really can mean many things.  We got into this business because Everyone really does love buttons and we hope that you will continue to count on us when the time arises that you need to say something on a button and be apart of this great history of of pinback buttons!

 

Two assembled pin-back buttons (top) and disassembled (bottom) with two different wire pins
Two assembled pin-back buttons (top) and disassembled (bottom) with two different wire pins

 

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References

  1. Jump up to:a b “How the Button was Born: Pinback Button Badge History”. Retrieved January 2011.
  2. Jump up^ U.S. Patent 493,003. “Device for Displaying Photographs” by Benjamin S. Whitehead, issued 7 March 1893