So, you need to have a custom lapel pin made, but have never done it before.
Just short of having a word of mouth referral, you will need to seek out a company and make a choice as to which of the many pin companies out there will best meet your needs. The following is a short list of things to do to choose the best promotional product company for your custom lapel pin.
1. Do an online search for companies that create lapel pins. A distinction needs to be made between those that only sell stock pins and those that design and manufacture custom lapel pins.
2. The top 10 searches on a google search will typically give you the top companies in this search. Look through each site. A good site will give you images of previous lapel pins made, a sample of each style they offer as well as ordering information and general pricing lists.
3. Ideally a website will have testimonials from previous customers, but if they don’t you can also look on consumer sites. But if there is nothing available online, you can either ask the company to provide it for you. If this doesn’t produce results, simply go with a company that does have them available. Reputable companies will typically have a blog attached to their site with customer spotlights, detailing the project and the customers reaction to the end result.
4. Ask for and compare delivery fees, designer consultation fees and production fees. Sometimes there will be hidden fees that are described on the website or in the initial conversations. When you ask for a quote for the total project look at the invoice. Some companies will charge packing fees, delivery fees, graphic design fees. Its best to know exactly what you will have to pay up front to avoid going over budget later.
5. Listen to your gut. When you had questions, how did they handle them? Did you feel you were heard, that your needs were met and that their customer service reps truly liked what they did?
About the Author Paul Stark
Paul Stark is the owner of The Monterey Company, a firm that specializes in producing employee recognition pins, custom lapel pins and other custom metal products. Visit http://www.MontereyCompany.com for more information about lapel pins, service lapel pins and service pins.
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