Lapel pins, button pins and badges are extremely common nowadays. They can be used as jewelry, signs of patriotism (as is the case with flag pins), affiliation with institutions or support for causes, or even as recognition pins. A lot of people like to wear their ‘hearts’ on their ‘sleeves’ by showing off their organizations’ logos. Lapel pins are one of the ways to remind yourself and, more importantly others of your organization or cause.
While there are pins that can be used by a large number of people (such as flag pins), a lot of the pins seen are lapel pins for different companies. These companies use lapel pins to promote their brands—either by simply wearing them or by giving them away as freebies during events.
Corporate executives or big businesses are not the only ones who can use these nifty little statement pieces. Even student organizations, youth groups and other non-corporate organizations can have lapel pins made and used for their own purposes.
Lapel pins ensure brand visibility for companies. This principle can be applied to non-corporate organizations. They are more versatile than caps, shirts, or bags because they can be pinned onto just about anything. These pins can be worn during events or even around the school campus—chances are someone will notice the pin and you can strike up a conversation about the pin and your organization. The next person to see your pin could be a new recruit, a willing participant in your event, or an interested sponsor.
Lapel pins can be used for commemorations, anniversaries, or even campaigns. They can be awarded after marathons for a cause or other fundraisers. They can even be given away or awarded to sponsors as a gesture of gratitude. Even non-profit organizations can afford to reward participants and members with recognition pins. They are inexpensive to make and can even be designed for free by some lapel pin-making websites.
Another use for lapel pins in youth or non-corporate organizations is for recognition. Besides the obvious ‘recognition’ of fellow members or supporters, these pins can be awarded to recognize those who participate actively or who have accomplished something in the organization. Recognition pins can take the place of certificates, notepads, pens or stickers. They look very professional and recipients will appreciate this sort of thank-you note more because they can actually wear it. Your organization might even decide to have various pins made—a set for length of membership in the organization and a set for achievements or accomplishments. This will encourage members to keep working hard for the organization, and show them that you appreciate the work that they do.
Your sports team does not need to play in the major leagues to have its own lapel pins made. These pins will surely boost team morale and can be used to promote the team and gain support from other people in the community.
Even families can get their own lapel pins made. These can be used to celebrate a family reunion, an anniversary, or to show support for a family member especially in times of illness.
In a nutshell, lapel pins serve a lot of purposes for organizations. They make the organization visible when the pins are worn by members, they function as free promotion for the organization by being affordable give-always, they encourage team work and solidarity within the organization, and in the form of recognition pins, they thank those who have contributed their time and effort to the organization. Check out lapel manufacturer websites and see that even your non-corporate organization can get its own lapel pins.