July 2nd, 2010
Many times customers of Entourage Yearbooks think that the company did such a great job with publishing their yearbook that they want more. When a yearbook publishing company does such a good job that people who originally didn’t care about the books start asking if they can order, it’s a good idea to have extra books on hand.
At the end of the year, schools often find themselves with spare yearbooks. Although it’s always better to have too many than too little, no yearbook committee wants to feel as though their budget was not utilized properly. Spare yearbooks can come in handy when schools least expect it, and they can also be worth a little bit of money.
A few extra yearbooks should always be reserved for the school library. This gives students access to the legacy left behind by previous alumni. Although a class reunion is still quite a few years off, rest assured there will be plenty of attendees who will get a kick out of seeing their old school yearbook, and if it is in good condition, a few sales will surely result. Schools with extra yearbooks may also want to take the opportunity to donate them to students who may not have been able to afford one in the first place.
Placing school yearbooks on eBay may sound impractical, but plenty of people who never had the chance to purchase one are likely to scan sites like eBay for the opportunity to get their hands on one.
And of course, there is always the opportunity to enter the yearbook publishing contest held annually by Entourage Yearbooks. The contest highlights the student artists and yearbook committees who help design their school’s yearbook and gives them the recognition they deserve.
June 23rd, 2010
Top yearbook publishing company, Entourage Yearbooks, offers advice on how to avoid common yearbook printing mistakes.
1. Missed delivery dates: Avoid missing out on the most important book of the year by scheduling delivery dates and planned deadlines at the beginning of the project. Adhering to deadlines will teach students important time management skills and ensure an on-time arrival of yearbooks.
2. Plan for the worst : In the event that the yearbook project may encounter extra fees, schools should allocate a backup fund. Setting aside a small portion of money from fundraisers will help students budget more conservatively as well as ensure that there is extra money should additional fees come into play.
3. Multiple checks in place: Schools should use multiple resources to proofread and spot mistakes in yearbooks. If one person missed it the first time, there’s a good chance that they will miss it again. Ask many people to get involved in order to help thoroughly review all spelling and grammar. We actually had a school submit a book to us with the word ‘school’ misspelled on the front cover!
4. Understanding budgets & costs: Underestimating costs can really hurt a project. It’s better to overshoot prices and understand that these figures can fluctuate based on the specifics of a project. Invest wisely in your yearbook— if you are able to create a memorable and snazzy book it can be a great fundraiser tool since more people will want to buy it or make an investment in it the following year.
5. Picking the right company with comprehensive tools, templates & yearbook software: The digital age is here, and has been for a while. Choosing a company that offers rapid turn-around times, comprehensive customer support and the latest in digital technology can save time, costs and aggravation. Don’t just shop around for prices, shop for support, technology and creativity.
March 10th, 2010
Creating a memorable school yearbook during a recession can be challenging. Funds are limited, donations have been cut back, and prices only seem to be going up. Savvy schools know, however, that creating a school yearbook during a recession can actually be more economical.
During a recession, yearbook companies are more likely to be competitive over their price quotes. So, when times are tough, one of the best things schools can do is shop around for different prices and negotiate. Many yearbook companies are offering highly competitive rates while still supplying the same industry leading quality.
Entourage Yearbooks is one such company who has been offering budget friendly yearbook prices while maintaining the quality and printing standards schools have been accustomed to. According to Judy Jo, a senior account manager at Entourage Yearbooks, the best way to save money during a recession is investigate switching Yearbook companies. “Many schools are hesitant to switch yearbook companies because of tradition,” explains Jo. “Schools sometimes stick with one company for years because that is what they’re used to. However, by shopping around and asking yearbook companies to compete for the yearbook project, schools can save as much as 20% on the cost of their yearbooks.”
Part of the reason Entourage Yearbooks can afford to be so cost competitive is because all of the design, printing and publishing work is done in-house. They have a lean business model which helps keep costs down. These savings are passed directly to the schools. They also use efficient, state-of-the art digital printing technology, which enables them to offer turnaround times in as little as 3 weeks.
“Most of the time parents would really like to purchase a yearbook for their child, or children, but they don’t want to pay $75-$80 for it,” adds Jo. “At Entourage, we can cut that cost by 20-30% simply because of the fact that we do not have to outsource any of our printing work, plus we can provide the same quality, if not better, with our digital printing press.”
Many yearbook companies, like Entourage, offer free, no-obligation price quotes for schools. Jo recommends schools collect at least 3 different price quotes and finally make a switch towards savings.
Schools who would like to obtain a free price quote and sample yearbook from Entourage can do so by visiting http://www.entourageyearbooks.com/RequestInformation.asp
About Entourage Yearbooks
Entourage works with high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, colleges/universities, military groups and churches around the country to fulfill their yearbook publishing needs. They proudly offer the fastest turnaround time in the industry, and affordable prices. In most cases, Entourage Yearbooks are priced 20% below other companies.
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