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 what some other “check-In” software & nametag 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.
|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 was designed to 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 $15. That’s 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 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. Read our FAQs.
Using Name Badger as a Check-in Program for Preschoolers
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, and 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.
Regular Price: $39 for one.
$30 each for two to four copies.
$25 each for 5+ copies.
System Requirements: Windows XP/Vista/7/8. Minimum: 1.0 ghz, 512 mb ram, 8 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.
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. We made it in Access, but back then the dotmatrix printers and computers were too slow.
Over the years in various churches we tried various nametag ideas…
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.
Only problem was, my name card kept falling out, …or going home in my pocket. (And the ladies don’t like how the clip pulls on their fabrics.)
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. It was a cry for help, and I knew the time was right for Name Badger.
Label printers are now fast and cheap, –and USED laptops are dime-a-dozen. 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.
(Rev) Neil MacQueen