Name Badger is the quick, fun, and inexpensive nametag solution that makes BIG LEGIBLE nametags to promote fellowship in worship, events, Sunday School, VBS, and any type of meeting.
Here’s how Name Badger works:
People walk up and click the first letter of their Last Name on the Name Badger screen.
Then they click their name, -and then “print”.
Out pops a single nametag in under 2 seconds! (with their name printed BIG)
The printing is fast because thermal label printers are optimized for speed, don’t use ink, and don’t smudge.
Thermal labels are also really sticky, so they don’t fly off your jacket or kid’s clothing.
EASILY ADD NAMES
To add a name you just click “New User,” type your First and Last Name, then click “print a nametag.” Optionally, you can also add additional contact information. (P.S. We made the interface BIG and SIMPLE.)
or… IMPORT NAMES from your MEMBERSHIP SOFTWARE
It’s easy. Just export a simple text file of member names and addresses from your membership software and import them using Name Badger’s quick and easy import feature. Name Badger comes with instructions to help you do this. Or… you (or the users) can enter their names manually in to the database (and it will be there the next time they use Name Badger).
PRINT AN ATTENDANCE REPORT
Name Badger remembers everyone who’s printed a nametag, and the last ten dates they did so. Print the entire list as an attendance report, or view a person’s screen and see the last ten dates they attended. In effect, when someone prints their nametag, they are registering their attendance!
ADD PERSONALIZED INFO to EACH NAMETAG
Add the church name, web address, or special announcements to all nametags, and/or add specific info to each person’s nametag (great for allergy info, or class info, or “parental pickup only” permission.
REGISTER PARTICIPANTS for an EVENT
A registrar can enter new users ahead of time, so that participants can find their name on the Name Badger screen when they arrive and print their nametag. This will also register their attendance. Or, they can register them AS they arrive and select to print or not print their tag.
Name Badger Costs a FRACTION of other “check-in” programs cost.
Seriously! Some want you to subscribe to their nametag software for $24 a month. Other’s cost $300 or more. One is over $2000! Name Badger costs $39, is a lot easier to use, and can be used by the nametag WEARER at an unattended kiosk if needed.
Read our FAQS at the end of this page.
|In the best of all worlds, “permanent” nametags would be the perfect solution. But in the real world, permanent nametags require a lot of management, and aren’t cheap, quick or easy to make. Worst of all…they tend to walk-off or get lost.
They also present display & storage problems -as not many churches have a big wall to hang them all on in a location where people will NOTICE them! Name Badger is quick to use and can be moved to wherever you need it.
Handwritten nametags are great…. if people have good handwriting (good luck) and those “Hello” nametags don’t fall off the kids (which they always do).
Nametags are an important way for adults, kids, teachers and staff to get to know each other. Nametags promote community. And Name Badger makes it easy and fun.
About Printing with Name Badger
Name Badger installs on your PC, preferably a laptop so you can move Name Badger wherever you need it. Name Badger can run on newer laptops, but we made sure it will also run on older laptops, …the kind members have sitting in their closets. You hook up your computer to a label printer.
Label printers are sold at most office supply stores for between $50 to $70. You’ll need a basic thermal label printer that can handle a standard 2.4″ wide label roll. No ink to dry or run. The roll is a continuous roll of label paper. The printer cuts them to the size you specify. Brother makes several, currently the QL700 or 570 work great.
A roll of 300 sticky labels costs about $13. That’s less than a nickel a label. Old fashioned “hello my name is” tags are about 3 cents a piece, plus an $8 box of sharpie markers that dry out or walk off.
Unlike handwritten nametags, Name Badger nametags are LEGIBLE from 10 feet away so you can “sneek a peek” as people are approaching you.
- Extra Sticky! These type of thermal labels are EXTRA STICKY. “Hello my name is” nametags easily fall off certain fabrics and active kids.
Name Badger works best for small and medium-sized groups.
It’s really about quickly printing LEGIBLE nametags with some registration helpfulness and attendance tracking added in (especially for children’s programs and small groups). It’s perfect for Sunday Schools, youth groups, Meetings, Fellowship Dinners, VBS. Ideally, you’ll use it for groups under 300 because the more names you have, the longer it takes for participants to find their names and print them. Some larger groups work around this by having multiple NameBadger stations.
The Price of ILLEGIBILITY
Illegible handwritten nametags are often a waste of money and opportunity. Name Badger prints the first name LARGE over the last name. (Large enough so you can “sneak a peek” across the room at someone’s nametag before you walk up to them.)
Additional Name Badger Features:
- Add a custom ‘tag line’ at the bottom of every nametag, such as the name of the church, or “don’t forget canned goods next week.” (Functionally speaking, you’ll want to limit your tag lines to 30-40 characters).
- Easily Import list of names from any membership program.
- Add “personal” info to any record so that teachers can note allergies, special conditions, and “pick-up permissions” for security. You can select for this special info to print on the nametag.
- Print several different labels in one step. Selecting multiple names allows one family member to print several family members’ nametags in one step.
- Use Namebadger as an Event Registration sign-in tool. Enter participant info ahead of time, then when they arrive, have them click their name to register their attd. Printing the nametag is optional.
- Print an attendance report, or view an individual’s last 10 attendances.
- NameBadger is NOT networkable (meaning multiple stations of NameBadger cannot access the same database). But we DO have several workable suggestions for deploying and managing multiple nametag stations. For example, at larger events, set up multiple NameBadger stations, such as, “A-F,” “G-P,” and “O-Z,” to speed up sign-in and printing.
Using Name Badger as a Check-in Program for Preschoolers
First you can print a tag for the child, then mark the child’s name on the peel-off backing and give it to the parent as a receipt. Not fancy, but also not wasteful. You can also print a second nametag.
Each child’s data entry screen also includes a “notes” area which can include special information that only appears on the ADMIN screen, or can be printed on the nametag. Example: who has permission to pick a child up, allergies, emergency numbers, etc.
Name Badger was Designed and Tested by Christian Educators and Pastors
Thank you 1st Presbyterian, Ft. Worth; Okolona Church of Christ, Louisville; Central UMC, Evansville, IN; Resurrection Lutheran, Ft. Wayne IN; Oak Ridge Church of Christ, Willow Park TX; Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville NJ; and Frontier UMC, Cheyenne WY.
Minimum: 1.1 ghz, 1 mb ram, 16 mb videoram.
Name Badger is not networkable. See our support page for notes about working with and syncing NameBadger files.
You will need to purchase your own label printer and roll of label paper. “2.4” wide is what you’re looking for.
This PDF contains tips, as well as printer specs and setting helps.
Frequently Asked Questions about Name Badger
Does Name Badger work on tablets, iPads, or Macs?
- Sorry, it does not. Name Badger is Windows only.
Can I add or import a graphic that prints on my nametags?
- Name Badger does not let you import graphics. You can add two text lines to it, such as, the name of your church, and a message.
Can I stop the Windows Print Dialog Box from popping up when a user selects the “print” button?
- No, it’s hardwired to work that way to keep kids from pressing a bunch of names and blowing through nametags. The user must press the dialog box “print” button to continue.
Can I network Name Badger to share its database to different stations?
- Name Badger was not designed to be networked, but you can have multiple independent stations. For kids, name them or put up “A-L” and “M-Z” over the stations so users remember where to get their nametag from.
Can I import a list of names from my church membership software?
- Yes you can. Name Badger has a database import function (the common csv format). However, you need to know how to operate your own member software and read our instructions to know which data fields to export from your member software so that they match up to what Name Badger expects. It’s also very easy for users to enter their OWN info into Name Badger, or for someone to type in the info ahead of time.
Why I Created Name Badger…
I actually created an EARLY version of Name Badger for my church back in 1994, –two years before I started Sunday Software. It was a big church and lots of people only knew each other by face, not by name. A church member and I made it in Microsoft Access and tested it for a month. Problem was, back then dot matrix printers and computers were too slow, and touchscreen technology was clumsy, so we ended the experiment.
Like many of you, I’ve tried various things to get people to wear nametags…
⇒ We put out sharpies markers and nametags on the table for “Name tag Sundays” – but many people don’t write legibly, or they write really small. And twice a year wasn’t enough for my brain.
⇒ We tried those printed “permanent” nametags that fit into the plastic sleeves and clip on your shirt. But the cards kept falling out, and people kept taking them home by accident. Also found that women didn’t like clipping things to their nice outfits.
⇒ We tried the rows of ‘ribbons’ in the hallway on which people clipped their ‘permanent’ nametags. Inevitably, they got lost, or youth groups and boy scouts fiddled with them. The biggest problem, however, was that the nametags were located “down the hall” from where people came in, so many people forgot about them.
⇒ In one church we had nametags with lanyards for the kids. And they loved them so much they took them home.
Then in the Spring of 2009, the lady in my church who was in charge of the “permanent” nametags, expressed frustration over creating them, and the fact that few people wore them. People walked right by them without seeing them. I said to her, “maybe you should put out a bowl of breath mints and candies.” That worked! But the nametags still walked off and weren’t returned. She needed a DISPOSABLE SOLUTION. (Some don’t like the word “disposable.” They find it environmentally irrresponsible to have throw-away nametags. Funny they don’t apply that thinking to the car they drove to get to church, worship bulletin, or cup of coffee they are drinking out of.)
The need was the same, but what had changed was the technology. Label printers are now fast and cheap, –and USED laptops are dime-a-dozen (and much faster than the computer we first tried this idea on in 1994). Plus now, I owned a software company!
So we built Name Badger and tested it in 7 churches with great results.
Name Badger is portable, flexible, and really easy to use.
Name Badger was built in “Adobe Flash” and designed for EASY use. It’s not an overblown “membership software,” -it’s nametag software with some attendance features. I hope you love it.
(Rev) Neil MacQueen