There are a hundred different ways to personalize custom lanyards. Most people think it is just a matter of printing unique logos and designs on the lanyard. It actually goes beyond that.
For one thing, custom lanyards come in all sorts of material. The most common type is the one that hangs around the neck, so for this type, manufacturers often use soft or smooth textured textiles to make the products because they will come in contact with the user’s neck. It will not do to have a fancy and interesting looking lanyard when it itches or the material tends to be abrasive after using it for a long period of time.
Satin is a good choice for this. This is smooth and works well with silkscreen. Those made from satin will be comfortable and easy to use.
High quality polyester is a good choice for custom lanyards. They tend to be superior in feel and appearance, but not expensive.
Optiweave is an interesting choice as some people say that it is softer than polyester. Then you have other types like paracord, braided leather, nylon, silk and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
All these are different and have their own advantages over the others. However, choosing the best kind for your custom lanyards all depends on your personal preferences and requirements. Budget is also an important factor to consider. The type of event is another crucial factor because you would not want to use cheap looking materials if you intend to use the lanyards in a high profile and sophisticated event.
Other than material, you should also look into the types of attachments that go at the end of the lanyard. These vary as well, depending on what object the lanyards are meant to hold.
One example of a clip is a nickel-plated swivel hook, usually in black. There are also detachable attachments to allow more than one object on the clip. Then you have badge reels and badge clips. Your company might not care much about the type of textile used for as long as it shows quality, but your facility or department might require a specific type of attachment depending on how your personnel use their lanyards.
For example, let’s look at the badge reel attachment. Some prefer this over the typical hook for certain reasons. Let us say you are a tall guy but you tend to stoop down to access the doorknob or to reach the access control of your facility because your badge or key card is hanging from around your neck on the lanyard. Instead of taking off the lanyard, which will cause you to lose precious minutes that accumulate in significant amounts over the long run, you can just pull on your key or your access card without having to stoop down or remove the thing from around your neck.
When you’re done using it, the badge reel allows the key/card to snap back as the elastic cord rolls right back up into the reel.
This is also important if your work involves you with a computer that you need to access with your ID. You do not need to remove your ID and risk forgetting it at your desk after you use it on your computer. You can just pull it out whenever you need it. However, it stays on your person at all times so that you maintain control and you eliminate the risk of forgetting it somewhere.
Hooks and clips do the job well, but clearly, a badge reel offers so much more convenience and succeeds in making the lanyard even more useful than it was. This is a clear example of how custom lanyards can undergo all sorts of customization to fit your needs.