With the huge success of our first ever grant program, Picaboo Yearbooks announced this week it will continue the CASH GRANT PROGRAM to elementary, middle and high schools. Originally slated to close out at the end of April, the program was adjusted slightly to give local dealers like me an opportunity to streamline the process and get schools in coastal North and South Carolina accepted faster into the program.
Picaboo Yearbooks understands that for too long, traditional yearbook companies have strapped schools costing thousands of dollars and hundreds of man hours to slave over a product that is a time honored tradition. Parents and students alike look forward to this time capsule of memories that arrives each spring. However, with schools facing too many other funding issues, allowing the yearbook to lose money is no longer an option.
When was the last time YOUR yearbook company offered your school CASH? Maybe it’s time to change your yearbook company…???
With a simple formula (how many pages was your yearbook this year and how many copies did you sell), I can within one business day help you apply for the grant AND GET THE APPROVAL AMOUNT of our CASH GRANT! If you see our free, easy to use software, our sample yearbooks that are actually BETTER than what you are flipping through now and see the bottom line of CASH back, we have a sneaky suspicion you’ll see the light and join Picaboo Yearbooks in the 21st Century! Once you sign our agreement, Picaboo Yearbooks will send your school a check in the amount of the CASH GRANT this fall! Before you even place an order with us, your school can use the money to pay for new computers, a teacher breakfast, improvements in classrooms or whatever didn’t get funded from last year’s budget!
We offer NO MINIMUMS, which means that you don’t need to tell us how many books you (MIGHT, HOPE, PRAY) will sell next year. If you sold 368 this year, we’ll base the GRANT CASH on that number. But next year if 427 students buy yearbooks, then place an order for 427 yearbooks and we’ll make them for you. No leftovers, no doorstops, no storage needed!
NO DEADLINES…no missed football games, no all-nighters where students are grumpy and parents are aggravated. You as the adviser set the tempo. Once you have all the sections exactly where you want them, lock the sections and order the books.
THREE WEEK (MAX) TURNAROUND TIME…so never, in the history of yearbooks has Prom FROM THIS YEAR been in the yearbook. That’s because traditional yearbook companies need everything turned in by February so they can fire up the wood burning stove to create steam that runs the printing presses. (Ok, I exaggerate, but it’s not far from the truth.) Picaboo Yearbooks print using state-of-the-art digital printing. So even if you order 1000 yearbooks, we can get them printed, bound and ready to ship in about ten business days. We allow about a week for shipping then next thing you know, your signing the packing slip accepting your fabulous yearbooks. School this year gets out about the first week of June. So if your Prom or spring sports banquet, or baseball playoffs happen before about May 13, they could ALL be in the yearbook (uhh, THIS YEAR)!
Each yearbook, soft cover or hard cover (oh yea, we offer soft cover as a less expensive alternative so more students can afford a book) comes with FOUR FREE PERSONALIZED PAGES. How many students have been bummed when they pay $75 for a yearbook and their dorky school picture and one other picture of them in a crowd at a football game are the only two pieces of proof they even went to school that year? Well, with Picaboo Yearbooks, each student can design four pages free and then if that’s not enough room to hold all the memories, he or she can add more pages for just $.99 a page. Each student can even customize the back cover…CRAZY!
One last thing…E-YEARBOOKS. They are ALL the rage because unlike a lot of us, these kids would cherish a computer file full of memories over a five pound book to cart around for life. Our E-Yearbooks are FREE. Seriously, FREE. Not kidding, FREE. What’s better than free? So glad you asked…your school can use it as a FUNDRAISER. If the CASH GRANT doesn’t cover that project, we do a 50/50 split on any money charged for the E-Yearbook.
I don’t know about you, but I always understood things better if the teacher gave an example (or seven examples). Here’s one:
200 page yearbook (all color, every page). Hard cover will cost $58.59. Soft cover will cost $48.09. Free shipping if over 50 books (in any combo) are ordered. If the school sets the E-Yearbook cost at $20 and sells 200, then Picaboo Yearbooks cuts the school a check for $2000. IN ADDITION TO the CASH GRANT.
Here’s another example for elementary schools that have smaller books: 60 page all color yearbook–Hard cover will cost $27.79, PTA sells for $35 each. Soft Cover will cost $17.29, PTA sells for $25. If you sell about 250, that’s about $1850 in profit. Price the E-Yearbooks for $10, sell $100 and that’s another $500. Plus a cash grant in the fall. That’s a lot of wrapping paper and cookie dough!
So, to recap: No storage needed for unsold books, no fines for missed deadlines, Prom and Spring sports can be in the yearbook, students can add their own pictures so no one is disappointed, schools get CASH in the fall from the GRANT and CASH in the spring from the E-Yearbook…Yep, that about sums it up.
Look, I know it’s hard to change. I know this is how we’ve been doing it since well, since black and white TV was THE COOLEST THING EVER. It’s time to hit the warp speed button and join the digital age of yearbooks. The kids deserve to add their own pictures for free, the staff deserves sleep, the Prom Queen shouldn’t have to wait a year to see her image immortalized in print and you deserve a break.
Shoot me an email, give me a call. I’ll buy you coffee or I’d be honored to buy your entire yearbook staff a pizza lunch and let’s just see what happens!
910.381.8690 or 843.580.3850