January 20, 2014 / Spotlight

Give your signing day a Yearbook Shout!

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

For generations, readers have been picking up their yearbooks for a trip down memory lane, and one of their favorite moments is scanning through the signatures of their friends.

But what if students had the ability to leave more than just a written signature on those yearbook pages? What if they could leave a video message along with their signed message, allowing their friends to remember how they look and act today?

Just this month, Walsworth Yearbooks unveiled the exclusive new mobile app Yearbook Shout. Using Yearbook Shout, students can leave video messages, or “Shouts,” right next to their written signatures in the yearbook. It’s a technology with a chance to revolutionize yearbook signing day.

“Yearbook signing day has always been a long-standing tradition and is part of what makes a yearbook such a precious keepsake,” said Don Walsworth, president of Walsworth Yearbooks. “Yearbook Shout makes that experience even more relevant for today’s students.”

Yearbook-Shout-web-imageSo how does it work?

  • For schools that order, yearbook purchasers will receive a sticker sheet of Yearbook Shout codes unique to their yearbook.
  • They will scan a code using the Yearbook Shout app powered by Walsworth partners stkr.it.
  • Next, they will follow the app’s instructions for recording a video message for a friend.
  • Students include a unique sticker code when they sign each friend’s yearbook.

“The yearbook signing party is such a tangible way to differentiate the yearbook experience from sharing through social media,” said Brian Flamm, yearbook sales representative for Walsworth in Virginia. “The Yearbook Shout app takes this whole concept into the 21st century.”

You can learn more about Yearbook Shout by visiting yearbookshout.com, or walsworthyearbooks.com/shout.

  • Jaycee

    i wish our yearbook could get this… :/

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.