Custom Pages or Senior Ads?

Example of custom pages featuring a young man's senior tribute in his high school yearbook

In a Facebook yearbook adviser group, I ran across the question: I’m confused by Treering users saying they can customize two pages for free. Don’t you start with an entire book of blank pages? Well, yes. And parents get their own two blank pages. And advisers can add in recognition ads. And… why don’t we break things down together?

Your Yearbook Your Way

We have hundreds of blogs on how to design a yearbook from scratch and how to use auto-layout features. Let’s focus on the two areas that are student-centric; we are equally concerned about giving schools the ability to capture their story each year, while also providing students with the tools to tell theirs.

One of these things is not like the others: when we say “custom” we mean custom. Parents may choose to add additional custom pages to their yearbook, and only their yearbook.

Custom Pages: Personalized School Yearbooks

Custom pages are two free pages that are only printed in a student’s unique copy of the yearbook. This is just one way Treering aims to create a more inclusive yearbook for schools

Treering’s personalized pages provide every student—for free—the opportunity to tell their story of the year.

“I created our custom pages to celebrate our activities, accomplishments, and accolades!” 

Tawanna Edwards, 2022 Memory Maker Winner

“We take so many pictures that it’s hard to narrow them down. I usually start by choosing my favorites that give a good overview of our year, then ask my kids what information and pictures they want to include to remember for the future.”

Kirsten Megaro, 2022 Memory Maker Winner
Recognition ads can come in 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and full-page options.

Senior Ads: Parents Celebrating Students

When it comes to school yearbooks, whether it’s 5th grade, or senior year, promoting and graduating students deserve special recognition. That’s why schools have traditionally offered optional, for purchase senior ads in the yearbook. These ads appear in every single copy of the yearbook and they create an excellent way for parents to celebrate their graduating student and do it with the school community.

Revenue from ads can be used to upgrade yearbook equipment and fund celebrations throughout the year.

The Case for Offering Both

You might be asking, “May I offer both?” That’s a big yes, and here’s why: proud parents will always want to share with the entire school how thrilled they are to see their student’s achievements. Traditional graduate ads in school yearbooks handle the job.

Meanwhile, thanks in no small part to all things social, students expect the ability to memorialize their very best moments, memories, and photos from throughout the year. Graduating seniors shouldn’t be the only ones. All students, from all grades deserve a home for their memories.

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