Looking to make a yearbook? You can’t do it alone. Behind every great yearbook is an equally great yearbook team, working tirelessly behind the scenes to get the job done.
When you write an essay or an exam question, you read it afterwards. And again. And again.
Why should your yearbook be any different? Checking publications for errors, or “proofing”, has been a part of the print industry for as long as it’s been around – with good reason.
Pizza. Or yearbook.
Pizza, or yearbook?
You don’t want to force people to make this decision. If they’re having a hard time choosing which one to buy, you’ve done something wrong. A pizza is tasty for a day. A yearbook holds memories for life.
Congratulations! You’ve taken the plunge, and decided to start a yearbook project. You won’t regret it! (If you haven’t yet made up your mind, read this first.)
All that’s left to do now is to announce your shiny, brand-spanking new project to the rest of your year, class, house, or club.
Creating your yearbook is only half the fun.
We’ve come across a lot of yearbook teams that have put in many hours of work to create an amazing yearbook but they haven’t then planned how they’re going to let the whole school know about it. Imagine you’ve spent hours perfecting your one-of-a-kind yearbook, to find that none of your fellow leavers know it exists. How can you get people excited about your yearbook?
Make your Yearbook Committee meetings productive by creating a structured plan of items to cover each time you meet up. This will not only keep everyone on time for other commitments during the day, it’ll also keep your yearbook project moving at the perfect pace.
As the saying goes; curiosity killed the cat. Appeal to your year groups’ curious side by releasing a series of yearbook teasers ahead of the big reveal. You’ll probably be familiar with this type of campaign leading up to releases of new smartphones, cars and blockbuster films. Swear all yearbook committee and staff members to secrecy while the campaign rolls out and watch the anticipation build. Let’s talk about a few ideas used widely in the spheres of marketing.
Congratulations! You’ve got a sterling team of yearbook volunteers ready to get their hands dirty creating a fantastic school yearbook. Now you need to know how to orgainise them and what ‘roles’ you can dish out. Getting responsibilities pinned down early on will save a lot of time and energy later on, so it’s definitely worth setting out a plan of action.
Let’s face it, the yearbook wouldn’t exist without you guys – the organisers of this very rewarding project. Make sure you give yourself a page in your yearbook too! Do you have school staff helping with your leavers’ book? Give them at least a mention too and let’s give thanks where it’s due.