It’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
There 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.
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?
At 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
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
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.
Put a Face to the Name Continue reading
If you’re coming from Part 3 of the Funeral Home Marketing Mega-Tip Series: How to Master Your Funeral Home Social Media Marketing Plan, welcome back! At this point of the series you likely have a pretty good handle on today’s consumers, how to build a funeral home website to generate results, and how to use both of these pieces to build a well-thought out funeral home social media strategy.
Where do we go from here? We’ve covered some great topics to date, but part 4 of the series is all about building a solid funeral home marketing base. You’re now excited about the possibilities a great funeral home website and social media plan for your funeral business can bring you, but for any of those things to happen, and happen well, you must have a solid funeral home marketing plan. Here’s how:
- Don’t Just Act… Develop a Funeral Home Marketing Plan
This is probably one of the most common areas funeral homes fail at when it comes to marketing their business. They spend so much time running around with so much to do, they just do what they can for marketing and hope what they are doing is working – without any real tracking in place to see if what they are spending their money on is actually doing what they’d hoped.
Here’s a few questions to answer to see where you’re at with your funeral home marketing: Continue reading
It’s time to develop a plan to master your funeral home social media plan. If you are coming from Part 2 of the Funeral Home Marketing Mega-Tip Series: How to Build One Incredible Funeral Home Website, welcome back! We hope you learned some great tips and have a slew of new ways to make your firm’s funeral home website stand out among the rest.
In part 3 of the funeral home marketing series, we’re diving into the world of funeral home social media. So far, we’ve built a great base with your funeral home website and now it’s time to use it (combined with other posting tips which you’ll learn about) to grow your firm’s fans and followers. You want more fans and followers, don’t you?
Here are some funeral home social media tips to get you started:
If you are coming from Part 1 of this series: How to Communicate with & Sell to Your Consumers (Part 1 of 6: Funeral Home Marketing Mega-Tips), welcome back! This time, it’s all about how to reach those important, changing consumers using the channels so many of them want to be reached: online. And your funeral home website is the center point to it all.
If there is one thing we know about today’s consumers as learned in part 1, it’s that they expect businesses to be online and give them choices. Is there any point to having a funeral website if it is buried deep in the search engines? Sure, you’d get some traction from offline marketing efforts like your business card with your website listed, but you probably want to have the absolute best plan to use what your researching families are looking for to get more business, right?
Death care can arguably be one of the toughest services to market to people. At least this is the case for many funeral homes who have done things a certain way for so long. After all, it can be challenging to start a discussion with people on a topic they’re usually actively trying to avoid thinking about. As a funeral professional, you’re great at putting people’s minds at ease and ensuring that all of their needs are taken care of. Once you’re in front of a family and telling them how you can help, that’s where you really shine. The tricky part is getting face to face or just in general contact with a consumer, and this can sometimes seem out of your control. The good news is, it is very much in your control, and in this post we’re going to help you identify who your customers are and how you can use this information to get more business. Let’s make that happen!
As 2015 comes to an end, we look back and reflect on things that have happened over the course of a year – and my what a year it has been! If someone were to ask our strategy team some of the biggest things that came to light this past year in the funeral profession and what funeral homes should be aware of in the online world, they’d probably say that the online world has opened a funeral homes door to more than just those in their community – they’ve been exposed to the web. While that is a great thing for their business and they get more business from this, it is also a scary thing if a funeral home isn’t on it’s A-game, knowing how their firm looks online. It’s time for Funeral Homes to watch their obituaries online and know who, what, when and why companies take their obituaries and treat them like their own. It’s a practice that has surfaced in 2015 and is only going to get worse. Continue reading