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Giving Recognition - How To Buy The Perfect Award!
A message from the Awards and Recognition Association

    The desire for validation is one of the deepest human needs. Everyone wants to know that he or she is a valued part of some organization, has done a good job, or has achieved a certain degree of success in sports, academics, business or other fields of endeavor. 
     Giving recognition is therefore one of the most powerful means of rewarding effort, saying thanks, building loyalty and encouraging performance. Tangible awards--trophies, plaques, ribbons, medals and other personalized items--have proven to be the most effective way to give recognition, even better than money or gifts.
     Members of the Awards and Recognition Association (ARA) are committed to providing the highest level of professional service. They can help you give the perfect award to all sorts of achievers. These recognition experts are familiar with the latest awards products and technology and can show you exciting, cost-effective new ways to recognize performance. They have lots of ideas for awards that thrill recipients and make them proud to show others. They can recommend a variety of programs to encourage and reward achievement by students, employees, athletes volunteers or members. No matter what your budget or need, they can help you find a stand or custom award that's right for those you want to recognize--and for you.
    Please Be Aware!  In these modern times of internet marketing and instant gratification, many individuals are trying to make a quick, easy buck selling budget trophies on a web site. Most have no experience, track record or physical location. For your own piece of mind Always Be Sure You Are Dealing With A Member of the Awards and Recognition Association (ARA) like The Trophy House of Indianapolis, ARA members for over 25 Years!

THE PERFECT AWARD! The key to successful recognition is selecting the appropriate kind of award. To do so, you first need to be aware of its purpose--of what you want the award to do.
Do you want to show gratitude, recognize membership, mark service to an organization, encourage achievement or reward accomplishment?
Do you want to emphasize the activity, contest or competition for which the award is given or the organization giving the award?
Do you want to create a sense of common belonging or mark someone for distinction?
Do you want to symbolize the achievement, establish a stronger identity for your organization or match the personality of the recipient?

The you have to decide what kind of item would be most appropriate for the reason you're giving it and for the person who's receiving it. In deciding whether to give a plaque, trophy, pin, desk accessory or other item, keep in mind that an appropriate award is:
Representative of what is accomplished
Attractive enough to keep in the recipient's home or office
Consistent with the purpose and image of the organization presenting it
Right for the activity and the level or importance of the achievement
In line with the organization's budget
Well crafted with the highest quality materials affordable

MANY CHOICES! Because of their training and experience, ARA recognition experts can guide you in choosing the right awards for your purpose. There are many ways to recognize people, and the best are not necessarily the most expensive or the first that come to your5 mind. ARA awards professionals can show you a large variety of the latest products and advise you how the many marking methods now available can be used to make distinctive awards that are perfect for your needs.
      ARA awards specialists can help you get the most with the funds you have or determine how much you should budget to meet your objectives. They will also help you schedule your orders to get what you want when you want it without having to pay rush charges. It's always best to allow as much time as possible for an order so your awards dealer can get all the materials and use all the processes needed to create exactly the award you desire.
     To give you some idea of the many choices you have for awards, here are some of the most common recognition items and what they are typically used for. Of course, any of the can be used for a variety of purposes, depending on the type of award preferred.
Trophies and Cups. A traditional favorite for sports awards.
Plaques and Certificates . The choice for many achievement and volunteer recognition awards, now available in many different materials and styles.
Medals, Medallions and Pins. Available for all sorts of sports and activities including a large variety of academic, professional and volunteer purposes.
Ribbons. These marks of excellence come in a wide variety of shapes, from elaborate rosettes to simple flat strips foil stamped with various designs and messages.
Desk Accessories . Personalized with names and logos, these items are popular for corporate recognition, service awards and member recognition.
Custom Awards . Truly unique, these items often incorporate optical crystal, glass, acrylic, stone, marble, stainless steel, slate and other high-end materials to produce artistic awards the recipients will treasure forever.
     These are just some of the possibilities. ARA awards professionals can also show you a variety of advertising specialties, embroidered emblems and letters and personalized gifts or clothing that would be perfect for your recognition needs. And if you don't see something you like don't be afraid to ask for their suggestions. ARA retailers are experts in coming up with "something different" that will make recipients feel extremely special.
     Part of what makes an award memorable and appreciated is the way it is packaged and presented. ARA awards specialists can show you how to plan for presentations that enhance the perceived value of the item received.

MANY MARKING METHODS! ARA recognition experts can offer many different ways of personalizing awards to product the look you want at a price you can afford. You can choose a variety of marking methods ranging from classics like engraving, hot stamping and screen printing to high=tech new processes like laser engraving and sublimation, which produces full-color images on many kinds of items. Depending on the materials involved, you may prefer the look of sandblasting, acid etching, embroidery, photometal process, color filling, pad printing or a combination of methods. ARA awards professionals can tell you what processes will work best on the materials you select to produce the perfect award for your needs.

THE PROFESSIONAL ADVANTAGE ! The advantages of working with an ARA awards professional are clear:
Knowledge of the latest products and techniques
The highest quality of awards and recognition items
Comprehensive, worry-free service
Innovative ideas and custom programs

     ARA professionals are your best source for quality awards. Through ARA they keep informed about the latest recognition products and technology available. They regularly build their skills in ARA seminars and workshops designed to keep them at the cutting edge of the industry. Many have achieved professional certification by meeting the requirements for Certified Recognition Specialist (CRS) and Certified Recognition Master (CRM) designation.

     Contact the ARA awards profesional at in Indianapolis or call ARA headquarters (312.782.5252) for a reference. You can also find us online at

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