This year on Valentine’s Day, many celebrated their love for significant others, friends and family. Through the gifting of flowers, cards, candy, and letters, we let those who are important to us know just how much they have impacted our lives and that they are in our daily thoughts. One rather unique opportunity to recognize children, grandchildren or siblings who have made an impact on one’s life is through “love Lines” and personal advertisements in school yearbooks. These ads are a great way for parents, families and friends to commemorate individual achievements, important milestones and to send well wishes as students continue on their journey. The opportunity to be featured in a timeless document is priceless and gives a personal touch to their yearbook that they will revisit again and again throughout their life.
Through their parent site, link.entourageyearbooks.com, Entourage Yearbooks has deployed its EDOnline software to allow parents and family members to design their own personal ad for their student. Web Team Manager Nicole Lipnitz says, “The ad designer recently got upgraded to run off of our new HTML5 software and photo uploader, making the process easier for parents to create meaningful ads for their students in minutes.” Templates are available to use and backgrounds, font color, clip art, and text can all be customized to create a unique and individualized ad for a loved one. There is also the capability to upload PDF files if a different design software is being used.
“The Link website has been an important tool for ad design for parents and those not otherwise involved in the designing of the yearbook, however, there are also significant benefits to the yearbook advisor and yearbook staff. The Link ad designer is an important way for schools to fund raise for their yearbook program. By including ads, increased revenue is brought in allowing for the ability to enhance cover design, increase page count, add inside printing on endsheets, etc. Depending on what the yearbook class envisions, including ad sales allows for their advanced design ideas to become a reality.”
Link was launched in 2014 and is a resource that has allowed the school community to contribute to the yearbook. In addition to ad sales and the ad designer, the website features the ability to purchase yearbooks online. Following the purchase made, a confirmation email is sent to the parent and the confirmation number and name is recorded on the yearbook website so that the administrator can quickly and easily access number of books sold as well as those who have purchased them. With this important feature, distribution at the end of the year becomes much more efficient. Parents can also upload photos to the yearbook project via the Link website or the Entourage Link app. Nicole comments, “Many of our memories nowadays are captured on smartphones. The Entourage Link app for iphone and android has allowed for the uploading of photos directly from one’s device. Never before has it been easier to contribute to the yearbook project.” Yearbook Staffs are grateful for this feature as well, since they will have access to more photos to design their pages.
Go to link.entourageyearbooks.com to view the features of the link website or you can click here to download and explore the Entourage app.