Author Archives: Ashley Montroy

About Ashley Montroy

Ashley Montroy, Marketing Director at FrontRunner Professional, has committed herself to helping funeral professionals understand and excel in today’s digital age. With a long-standing history in the funeral business and her father being a licensed funeral director for over 30 years; she grew up learning the family funeral business. Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton University and diploma from Algonquin College. Today, she continues to speak to over 15 state and provincial funeral association groups each year on funeral marketing in the digital age and protecting funeral firms online using experiences and examples from working with thousands of funeral homes in North America through FrontRunner Professional.

Introducing The National Obituary Registry: Putting Funeral Professionals Back In Control

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At FrontRunner, we are more than just a website and technology provider. We work each and every day to help funeral homes around North America build better businesses and become institutions in their community.

When it came to the next thing we’d bring or help bring to funeral service, we knew it had to be a platform to help funeral homes take back control of their obituaries, something we’ve voiced our concern over for years. Unfortunately, the FrontRunner team couldn’t lead this up because of the growth of our company, so we aligned ourselves the right people, and financially supported them with one goal in mind: to protect the future of funeral service.

We are proud to introduce the National Obituary Registry, an organization that empowers funeral homes to benefit from their own obituary traffic, generate more revenue and provides them every necessary touchpoint families want. But we can’t do this alone and require the support of professional associations, newspapers, other technology vendors like us and ALL funeral homes around the continent. Together, we can make change happen.

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Are You Ready For The 2017 ICCFA Convention & Expo?

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As our team finishes the final preparations to head the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) convention next week, I wanted to take a minute to share some of the things that make it a place that I enjoy returning to again and again! Nashville is one of my absolute favorite cities, whether going for work or for fun (or both)! If you’re heading there next week, you’ll want to make time to take in some of these amazing things that Nashville has to offer. Let me give you some things to take in from experience.

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NEW! Feature Alert: Video Condolences
+ The Impact They (& You) Will Have on Your Families

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funeral home video condolences

This week at FrontRunner we are launching a brand new video condolences option for online obituary pages that will help connect families, friends and loved ones in times of greatest need like never before. Though any expression of sympathy and heartfelt message of condolence can have a positive effect on a family who has lost someone they love, seeing a friendly face and hearing their voice can have a much greater impact. Why did we develop this for funeral homes and families? Not everyone can make it to a service. There are a number of reasons why people are unable to attend a funeral, memorial service or viewing. For some, their reason is related to business, location or illness. For others, it may simply be a long distance and/or cost of travel preventing them from being present. Regardless of the reason, this feature helps funeral homes reach another level service to the families and communities they serve. We thought, why not develop a feature that helps funeral homes modernize their business and allow families to be closer to those they love?

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Funeral Home Software: Get More From Your Pulse Business System

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Over the last two decades funeral home software has completely reshaped the death care industry. Funeral directors from all over the continent have adapted to new ways of managing their businesses and now rely on their technology solutions more than ever. At FrontRunner our goal is, and always has been, to help these forward-thinking firms stay ahead of the constantly advancing curve. When the Pulse Business System was developed, we wanted to help funeral professionals spend less time on data-entry, record keeping and administrative tasks, so that they could spend more time helping families. However, we have noticed more and more that funeral home’s are missing out on some of the systems greatest features, day in and day out. This post will outline some of the ways that you can get more out of your FrontRunner Pulse Business System and truly use your funeral home software to the fullest.

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6 Reasons You Need A Funeral Home Blog In 2017 & How To Knock It Out of The Park

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funeral home blogBack in 2015, we wrote a blog post to educate funeral professionals on blogging and explain how a funeral home blog can benefit funeral homes. Still, not enough firms are taking advantage of this free opportunity to grow their business.

The term “funeral home blog” is more than just a buzz word. In fact, starting one should be the next move for your firm. Engaging with today’s consumers requires more nurturing than ever before and that means constantly giving people reasons to choose your business over the competition. While taking on more work and growing your task list may seem like a nightmare, blogging can actually lighten your load. That must sound crazy. But bare with me here as I walk you through the 6 essential ways a funeral home blog can help you dominate your service area. In addition, I will provide some tips that you can use to start today!

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How To Turn This Year’s NFDA Convention Into a Complete Win For Your Funeral Home

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see-you-in-phillyIt’s that time of year! The National Funeral Directors Association Convention & Expo is right around the corner and I could not be more excited. This year’s convention is being held in Philadelphia and you know the FrontRunner gang is going to be there once again! Sure, I look forward to seeing some familiar faces, catching up with our wonderful clients and making some new connections. However, this year is exciting for a different reason: we have reached a critical turning point in this industry and its time to be making smart business decisions and staying up on the trends and in line with consumers. What was previously optional technology, website and marketing solutions are now a mandatory part of conducting business. The way families search for services is changing constantly and the traditional buyer’s cycle has all but gone out the window. So what is your funeral home doing to stay ahead of the curve? The answer is probably not enough but that’s okay. There is nowhere to go but up! Continue reading

7 Reasons Having One Full-Service Provider Can Benefit Your Funeral Business

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full-service technology providerThere is an interesting trend developing in the funeral industry. With a growing number of businesses vying to offer essential services such as website development, memorialization and  marketing services, all while trying to grow their business, it has become quite common to find funeral homes with several different service providers, all running with mixed messaging and heaps of wasted time.

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How to Create Unique Touchpoints with Families Long After the Funeral Service

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We hear it time and time again – funeral directors want to find better ways to connect with families months, days and even years after the service. But how do they do that when time is limited, tasks are never-ending, and consumers are changing faster than you can keep up?

Honoring a Life PackageAt FrontRunner, we’re always keeping our eyes peeled for things that may help funeral homes with this. You didn’t think we were called FrontRunner for no reason did you? We work with thousands of funeral homes across North America so it’s our job to always be watching for new, innovative ways to keep funeral homes ahead of the rest.

For many, introducing our partnership with Honoring a Life – a memorial tree program, was seen as a fit, especially with the tie-in to the Book of Memories tribute program. Others asked us why we, as a technology and marketing company, got into the memorial tree planting business. What a great question! Continue reading

Want to Catch Up with FrontRunner on the Road?
Here’s Where We’ll Be in May

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As we welcome the beautiful spring weather, FrontRunner Professional is also kicking off a very busy month on the road with funeral director’s all over the United States and Canada. As the Marketing Director of FrontRunner Professional, I will be kicking off the busy month at the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service (AAMI) conference in New York City this upcoming weekend (April 30th). There will be 4 CEU’s up for grabs and attendees will learn  the benefits of an integrated marketing strategy. It doesn’t stop there. The FrontRunner team will then host a two-day session at FrontRunner’s own Technology Center in Kingston from May 5-6 and more. We hope to see you  somewhere on the road!

AAMI Annual Bootcamp (April 30, 2016)
New York City, NY

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How to Put Your Funeral Firm Out There with a Local Marketing Plan (Part 5 of 5: Funeral Home Marketing Series)

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Over the past several weeks, our Funeral Home Marketing Series has looked at ways to better understand your customers, build an effective funeral home website, delve into the world of funeral home social media, and develop a well-structured funeral home marketing plan. Essentially, this is the background stuff; all the aspects that your funeral home needs to build and promote your brand. The next step can be daunting for many, but it’s a critical element for any business. You need to put (and keep) yourself out there.

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