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
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.
When it comes to funeral home marketing, or any marketing for that matter, the biggest challenge is connecting with audiences spanning multiple generations. Today’s businesses are tasked with marketing on many different platforms and incorporating diverse messages to cover all the bases. On one hand, there are younger consumers who do not know of a world without smartphones. On the other, there are older generations who prefer traditional communication and feel digitization is too impersonal. 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.
Social media has changed the way we communicate, the way we do business and it has completely reshaped interpersonal relationships. We are now able to access more than just information; we are able to understand the human experience of others through profiles, insights, engagement and constant digital conversation. For the last seven years, Social Media Day has been celebrated globally to recognize the significant innovations brought forth by social networks and to mark this year’s occasion we have some tips and tricks for establishing a great social media presence. Continue reading
FrontRunner’s head of marketing Ashley Montroy was recently featured in the National Funeral Director’s Association’s “The Director”, a leading magazine for funeral industry professionals. Her article, entitled “Raise Your Firm Above The Pack”, offers tips for dealing with the many challenges of marketing a business in the 21st century and navigating through the clutter. While modern technology has made it easier than ever to communicate, connect and broadcast information, consumers have been pushed to a point of desensitization. Each day we are bombarded by thousands of marketing messages, advertisements and pieces of multimedia content. The unapologetic volume of it all can be overwhelming and tiresome which leads to a large portion being tuned out. Continue reading
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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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: