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Turn your fans into photographers with ImageShare

When the bulk of a yearbook is photography, it can be stressful ensuring every event is covered. And that stress can be exacerbated when it turns out photos are blurry or poor quality. Having another photo source can relieve some of that stress. ImageShare can help.

A free Balfour app available on iOS and Android mobile devices, ImageShare allows people outside the staff to share photos right from their mobile device. The app is free and available by searching for BalfourImage Share in your app marketplace. It allows anyone in the school community to share photos right from their mobile device. Contributors also have the option of uploading photos from their computer by going to images.balfour.com.

Yearbook photographers can’t be everywhere, so this is a great way to ensure all school events and activities are covered. It’s also a nice back-up when staff photographers miss a crucial shot, have poor images or not enough photos of an event.

As a bonus, the ImageShare app is an opportunity to get students and parents excited about the yearbook. Students are more likely to buy books if they know the games and events they’re at are being covered. Plus, advertising the app is another way to market the book. The more students are reminded about ImageShare, the more they’re reminded about the yearbook.

To get started, advisers should contact their yearbook representative or account executive to set up an ImageShare account. Then, use this customizable ImageShare flyer to spread the word. Note there’s a place on the flyer to fill in your project number and if you choose, an upload code. Your school community will need this information to create an account.

Once they’ve created an account, they can start submitting pictures. Up to five photos can be uploaded at a time and captions can be added as well. Images should be in JPEG or PNG format and must be 20MB or smaller.

The uploaded images are automatically delivered to your school’s StudioWorks+, myYear or BalfourTools yearbook project. Advisers and yearbook staffs can review all the photos and determine which ones will be used in the book.

If you’ve been stressing about yearbook photos, it’s time to relax. Let ImageShare take some of that photo stress away.

 

 

Meet the new StudioBalfour

As yearbook staffs gear up for a new school year, Balfour has released an update to its customer resource center, StudioBalfour, packing a big punch with new features to help customers meet deadlines, sell more yearbooks and monitor their student body coverage.

Student Manager & Coverage Reporting

Students are more likely to buy a yearbook if they’re featured in the book. Keep tabs on who has purchased a yearbook and how many times they’re featured with the new Student Manager. Upload a list of everyone in your student body, and watch as the Student Manager syncs yearbooks sales with your yearbook index.

eMarketing

Sell It! eMarketing is a personal email campaign creator built right into StudioBalfour that gives your staff advanced marketing capabilities. Powered by the student manager, eMarketing gives yearbook staffs the ability to filter groups and target specific audiences. Send an email campaign to students featured in the yearbook who haven’t yet purchased, or sell more senior ads by promoting ad space to seniors who already purchased a yearbook.

eMarketing can help in more ways than just selling yearbooks, too. Send communications thanking buyers for their purchase and or updating purchasers on yearbook distribution. Want to remind the student body about picture day or another school-wide event? Choose a campaign from our pre-designed templates and customize the message to fit your needs.

One-Stop Shop Dashboard

Customers now have at-a-glance insight into their entire yearbook journey with the addition of the Dashboard. Project progress and deadlines, book sales status, seasonal to-do’s, reminders and handy shortcuts make finding what you need quick and easy.

Improved Menu Navigation

StudioBalfour is packed with great tools to help with the yearbook journey, and now they’re easier to find with an improved menu structure. The color-coded format keeps everything for sales and orders, building a book and educational resources organized.

Improved BAL4.tv Management

Adding sight and sound to the traditional printed yearbook is easier than ever with the improved Bal4.tv user panel. Quickly add and edit QR codes, link videos and more. Balfour’s unique codes give yearbook staffs the ability to embed videos and slideshows into the yearbook, making for a truly unique print-digital experience. Codes are hosted for 30 years and viewable by scanning or typing in each code’s direct URL.

Get to work and get what you need faster with all these updates and more. Login to StudioBalfour today and take a look at all the new features.

 

 

 

 

 

Your perfect yearbook plug-in

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BalfourTools® and Adobe InDesign® go hand in hand. They are two parts of the page construction process because BalfourTools makes Adobe InDesign yearbook friendly. It’s the #1 yearbook plug-in for InDesign. Read More »

Effortlessly obtain more photos for the yearbook

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Having trouble getting photos of Cross Country? Golf? Field trips? Physics projects?
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It’s all things YEARBOOK…and all things TEXAN

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Balfour’s Intensity Workshop is a 3-day immersion training in all things YEARBOOK. Yearbook advisers, editors and staff are welcome to attend the workshop, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 – Monday, Sept. 28 at the Balfour Yearbook Publishing Plant in Dallas, Texas.

Your classroom time features a lineup of award-winning advisers and Balfour experts who are in tune with industry trends and yearbook award standards. These fine folks will help you and your students polish & refine the plans for the 2016 yearbook. Intensity instructors include:

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