There was a time, not too long ago, when having a funeral home website meant that your firm was progressive, approachable and tech-savvy. Unfortunately, having a web page is not what it used to be. Nowadays, families are not so easily impressed by the fact that your funeral home is available online. It’s something they have come to expect; what one might call the bare minimum. As a result, we thought it would be a good idea to share some helpful tips for improving your website and making the absolute most of your online presence. Follow these five steps to help your firm rank better on Google, bring more families to your site and ultimately offer them a better experience once they are there.
Book of Memories online memorials are a simple, personal and permanent way for families to celebrate the life of their deceased loved one. By offering an interactive environment for friends and relatives to leave condolences, send gestures of sympathy and share meaningful memories, these pages have reshaped the way we remember and have provided a new starting point to the healing process. Over the last few years, we have received such great feedback about this feature, however, and now we’re bringing even more to the popular feature of the FrontRunner website. With families spending so much time on the web, we felt it was important to improve the Book of Memories for 2017. Let’s go over some of the added features and talk about why your funeral home will be excited about what’s next!
Given that we are celebrating St. Patricks Day today, I figured it would be a good time to share my story of how learning about Irish funeral traditions forever changed my views on death, dying and loss. You never really know what you will get out of a conversation, however, this particular occasion I will never forget.
While attending university, long before ever working for a funeral home technology company, my eyes were opened to the truly beautiful idea of celebrating a life. It all happened while studying in the library one winter evening. I was approached by a friend of mine for what started out as an exchange of pleasantries and ended with a profound change of perspective.
This Saturday is National Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day, an important occasion for us here at FrontRunner Professional. While it is pretty awesome that an entire day is dedicated to celebrating the lovely men, women and families that sacrifice their lives to help others, we like to show our appreciation all year-round. So, we have decided to put together a short video thanking funeral directors for all that they do and showing our appreciation.
Funeral home technology is a term that takes on multiple different meanings. For some, modernizing the funeral home is a welcome step towards a better death care industry. For others, such advancements represent the intimidating unknown of the digital age. Regardless of what side of the fence you sit on, let’s agree on one thing before continuing with this post: funeral home technology isn’t going anywhere. In 2016 we saw more innovations in the funeral industry than ever before. There was an increased focus on mobile offerings, video became an important funeral home marketing tool and overall, funeral directors seemed to take a much greater interest in technology, software and marketing options. In no uncertain terms, the funeral home technology industry is booming and we have reached a point of no return.
Put simply, 2016 was our best year ever. We welcomed hundreds of new businesses to the FrontRunner family, saw our team grow and continued to bring about change in the funeral industry. We turned out some of 2016’s best funeral home website designs, gave many firms one-point of data entry and saw over one million interactions with the Book Of Memories from families all over North America. Time seemed to fly by and we can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us and our wonderful clients. That being said, let’s take this time to look back at the people, places and events that made this past year so special.
Funeral home websites took a gigantic step forward in 2016. As a result of mounting consumer demand for more refined online experiences, many funeral industry professionals had no choice but to update their digital brand this past year. For us at FrontRunner, it has been a pleasure to work with the firms that get excited about their funeral home website and digital marketing strategy.
We all know it, funeral home marketing is tricky. Everyday at FrontRunner we hear from industry professionals that want to improve their marketing efforts and increase engagement with families. Some firms struggle with using social media and others are simply unsure how to market their services without being in “sales” mode. While it may seem important to spread the word about funeral home offerings, families do not always want to hear, talk or even think about death. Regardless, they will eventually need your services. So how do you connect with them in the meantime?
Since 2012 the National Funeral Director’s Association has conducted an annual survey to help funeral professionals better understand consumers. This year’s results, published in the September issue of The Director magazine, provide valuable insight into death care trends. In an industry so closely tied to community relationships, it has never been more important to know what drives the market. So, what do consumers really want? Let’s talk about the numbers and how to use them to your advantage.
This year, for the first time, cremation became more popular than burial in the United States. According to a report released by the National Funeral Director’s Association, the cremation rates have skyrocketed over the last decade. In 2005, only 32.2% of Americans opted to have their remains cremated compared to 61.4% opting to be buried in the traditional manner.
Fast forward 10 years and the numbers look completely different. Today, over 70% of people opt to be cremated compared to just 23.2% who choose to be buried. As a result of the drastic shift in the death care industry, many firms are scrambling to catch up with the growing trend. But, why all of a sudden has the practice become so popular? Well, there are many contributing factors.