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Helpful Tips on Choosing your Award

Choosing recognition awards for your presentation or event can be a daunting task. There are a myriad of variables, often conflicting, that need to be factored into the decision, including the desired image of the event, "brand personality" of the presenting entity, expectations of the award recipient, and budgetary constraints. Organizations need to be careful when balancing these factors - awards that are of a sub-par quality, or don't properly reflect the stature of the presentation, can actually have a detrimental effect on the overall event, and leave a negative impression with the recipient and other constituencies.

Ideally, your awards should communicate "total quality", and accurately reflect, and even enhance, the unique image and personality of your organization, event, or presentation. In an effort to help you make the best possible decision regarding your achievement awards, we will be adding articles over time that highlight certain aspects of the award selection process. These may be articles specific to Bennett Awards, or they may focus on corporate and individual recognition awards in a more general sense. In any case, we hope they are helpful to you!


High-Level Design Guidance

Use Unique Awards to Build and Reinforce Your Brand

Recognition and achievement awards present an excellent opportunity to support an organization’s brand message, and reinforce its positioning. We have worked with many organizations to design and create unique, custom awards and trophies that adhere to, and extend, their branding and positioning. These awards have employed a variety of unique design attributes in order to accomplish this. We are very proud of the unique, custom awards that we worked with customers to create – some are truly “out of the box” and scream originality, yet still stay consistent to the intended brand image. This article highlights some of these unique, brand-building design approaches. Read more... 

 

Choose a Design STYLE for Your Custom Awards or Trophies

One of the more interesting and strategic aspects of creating a new custom award or trophy design is choosing what design style is most appropriate for your needs. The choice of a specific artistic style to apply to your custom awards or trophies is really a matter of personal or organizational preference, although many other factors may lead you towards choosing one direction versus another, including the image of your organization or brand, the purpose of the award, the recognition presentation event, and, perhaps, the award recipients themselves. This article discusses the various design styles at your disposal, and helps you select which might be best for your specific needs. Read more...

 

Choose the Right TYPE of Custom Awards for Your Needs

When embarking on the creation of new custom awards and trophies, there are a number of decisions you need to make - some strategic, and others tactical. One of the key decisions you will need to make early on in your project is what “type” of custom trophy or award you want to create. Your choice of “type” will have significant implications on the cost of your awards, the time required to design and produce them, and their replicability. This article outlines some of your options, and helps you compare and contrast them in an effort to determine the best type of custom award for your needs. Read more...

 

Color Considerations for Your Custom Awards

One of the choices you may be required to make when creating a new custom award design is the color scheme to incorporate into your awards. This choice is most often associated with our custom-cut metal awards, which can be created in an almost endless variety of colors. However, unique and custom colors can also be applied to our other types of recognition awards, either as the main color element, or as an accent. Read more...


Material & Form Factor Alternatives

Custom Sculpture Awards: A Classic Approach to Custom Awards

Custom sculpture awards are probably the most traditional and popular form of custom award that we create.  Sculpture awards, as their name implies, are based on a hand-sculpted model that serves as the “master” model for the production of the awards. This model is used as the form upon which a mold is made, and this mold serves as the “reusable” starting point for the casting of each individual award. Some of the advantages of sculpture awards include their design flexibility, the high degree of handcrafted artistry inherent in their design and production, their ability to support large quantity production, and the variety of material and finish variations they offer. Read more...

 

Choosing a Metal for your Custom Sculpture Awards: Bronze vs. Pewter

A variety of materials can be used to create custom awards, including crystal, glass, wood, steel, pewter, and bronze. The design of a specific custom award often defines the choice of materials that can be used to produce that award. For custom sculpture awards, the most common materials used are bronze and pewter. This article explores the differences between these two metals, and the implications these differences have on the awards that they are best suited for. Read more... 

 

Custom Fabricated Awards: A Variety of Options for Your Custom Award Needs

Fabricated awards are one of the varieties of custom awards that we commonly produce. As opposed to sculpture awards, which are created using traditional casting processes, fabricated awards are constructed (or fabricated) one awards at a time. Each type of custom award is suited for a set of specific requirements, and fabricated awards are no different. Fabricated awards are ideally suited for awards that require extremely precise specifications, incorporate different types of materials, incorporate existing objects that are meaningful or relevant to the commissioning organization, or may need unique paints or coatings applied to their surface. Read more...

 

Fabricated Metal Awards: A Full Range of Custom Choices for Your Needs

Fabricated awards can be produced from many different materials, including metal, wood, crystal, glass, and pre-existing objects that are meaningful to organization commissioning the awards. Most of our fabricated awards, however, are produced using metal. Simpler fabricated metal awards can deliver very affordable price points for organizations and individuals with a strict budget; or, conversely, more complex fabricated metal awards can deliver truly stunning visual results. Fabricated metal awards are extremely flexible in terms of the aspects of the award that can customized for your specific awards, including their shape, size, design style, finishes and colors. Read more...

 

Custom Crystal Awards: A Fast & Economical Option for New Custom Awards

Custom awards and trophies are a excellent way to create a recognition solution that captures the unique personality or image of your brand, event, or organization. We can create custom awards in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and materials, including sculpture awards, fabricated awards, custom medallions, custom-engraved crystal awards, etc. One of the quickest and most economical approaches to creating a new custom award design is to base it on laser-engraved crystal, and this article outlines some of the options you have for taking this approach. Read more... 

 

Custom Medallions: A Variety of Options & Design Styles to Meet Your Needs

While most of the custom awards that we create are in the form of sculpture awards, sculptures are not always the best fit for a client's specific recognition requirements. Given their size, shape, and price point, custom medallions may be a more viable alternative. Many people have a very narrow, pre-conceived notion of what a medallion is. However, we can create truly unique, extraordinary custom medallions with a variety of options in terms of shape, engraving, and display vehicle. In addition, these custom medallions can be combined with other award elements to create a stunning integrated recognition awards program. Read more...

 

Custom Plaques: Moving Beyond the Ordinary Recognition Award Plaque

While almost every award supplier offers plaques, Bennett Awards focuses on unique, custom plaques that are differentiated from the vanilla plaques prevalent in the market. We can create distinctive custom plaques by incorporating innovations across a number of different dimensions, including materials, colors, shapes sizes, form-factor, and engraving options. Read more...

 

Consider Add-On Components to Enhance Your Custom Awards Program

Many of the custom awards and trophies we design for our clients are quite intricate and elaborate. These custom awards make a fantastic impression at the recognition event or presentation, which is great. However, these trophies might not be ideal from a cost or size standpoint to distribute to a broad base or recipients or event attendees. One unique and creative way to extend the reach of your custom awards is to create custom add-on components, such as medallions, pins, and keychains, based on the same custom award design, thereby creating an integrated custom award program. Read more... 

 

 

Monumental Sculpture: Extending Your Corporate Awards Program

Monumental sculptures can be a great way to complement and extend your organization’s recognition and branding initiatives.  Large monumental sculptures and smaller individual recognition awards can be designed and produced based on the same iconic image, such as a corporate logo or organizational symbol or icon. These sculptures can form the visual foundation of an impactful, integrated branding and recognition program. Read more... 


Engraving & Plating Guidance 

Plating Options for Pewter Recognition Awards

When choosing a pewter recognition award, customers have a choice of plating options. Generally, our pewter sculpture awards feature one of three unique finishes: a natural brushed pewter finish, a silver-plated finish, or a gold-plated finish. The finish most appropriate for a given achievement award really depends on the personal preference of the customer, as well as the desired image of the recognition event. This article explores some of factors to consider when choosing a plating option for pewter sculpture awards. Read more...

 

Patina Options for Bronze Recognition Awards

One of the more interesting aspects of bronze sculpture awards is the variation that can be achieved by applying different colors of patina to the surface of the awards. All of our bronze custom awards, and most of our bronze stock recognition awards, support the ability to choose a specific patina to color the surface of the award. A single sculpture award design can have a dramatically different look depending on the finish that is applied to it. This page outlines the finish and patina options available to you when selecting a bronze sculpture awards. Read more...

 

Engraving Options for Your Awards and Trophies

When you purchase new recognition awards, or commission a new custom award design, one of the decisions you will need to make is the type of engraving to use for your awards. There are three engraving methods that are commonly used: laser engravings into the award base, sublimated plates attached to the award base, and engraving into the body of the award itself. This article describes these alternatives and offers advice as to which method might be best for your specific award. Read more...


Production Overview 

How Our Sculpture Awards Are Created

We receive many questions about the processes involved in creating our unique recognition awards. Each type of award - bronze, pewter, crystal, etc. - involves a unique process. In this article, we outline the production processes for our bronze and pewter sculpture awards. The steps required to produce these sculpture awards are probably the most time-, labor-, and skill-intensive out of all of our achievement awards. This article focuses on these specific processes. In the future, we will outline the production processes for our other types of awards. Read more...


Corporate Awards in the Workplace 

Using Corporate Awards to Promote Employee Efficiency

Corporate awards can be an excellent way of recognizing and rewarding employees. When used correctly, company awards can also help motivate your employees, and align their efforts with key business objectives and goals. This article explains some of the do's and don'ts associated with implementing a successful corporate awards program. Read more... 

 

The Importance of Employee Recognition Awards in Today's Economy

In today's tough economy, organizations are having a difficult time providing their employees with meaningful recognition, while at the same time balancing their budget. Unique, high-quality sculpture awards can be a great vehicle for achieving this objective. Read more...