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

Posted by Ashley Montroy

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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Funeral Home Marketing: 5 Easy Ways To Better Engage With Families Without Spending a Dime

Posted by Brandon Meawasige

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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?

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

Posted by Ashley Montroy

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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6 Steps To Marketing Better Than The Other Guys

Posted by Brandon Meawasige

Marketing better and stand out from the crowdFrontRunner’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

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

Posted by Ashley Montroy

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Photo cred: http://fitsmallbusiness.com

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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How to Build a Well-Structured and Successful Funeral Home Marketing Plan (Part 4 of 5: Funeral Home Marketing Series)

Posted by Ashley Montroy

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:

  1. 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.

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How to Build One Incredible Funeral Home Website
(Part 2 of 5: Funeral Home Marketing Mega-Tips Series)

Posted by Ashley Montroy

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?

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The Who, What, Why & How of Obituary Piracy and What Your Firm Needs to Do About It in 2016!

Posted by Ashley Montroy

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. ProtectWhile 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

How Posting Your Obituaries to Your Website Without Delay Helps Increase Traffic, Service Attendance & Revenue

Posted by Travis Stinson

Funeral Home Monetization-resized-600When a death occurs, a funeral director has to spring into action. There are countless tasks to be done and each one is as important as the next. The slightest detail missed can mean one very upset family. One of these many important tasks is creating an obituary with the family that will honor the life of the deceased, inform friends and family of the death, and notify those interested of the possible upcoming service. An obituary is a powerful message to the public and is not something that should be rushed. However, getting an obituary online quickly can have huge implications on your funeral home’s business. Continue reading

Your Guide to Building a Successful Funeral Home Blog:
Why It’s a Must, What to Post & How to Nail it!

Posted by Travis Stinson

11In a time where it seems like a new digital tool is popping up every month it’s tough to know which ones will have an impact, especially when each can be used for personal or business purposes.  However, one of the tools that has been around for a while and continues to prove its worth, is the blog. It’s likely a familiar term these days, but most funeral homes don’t blog and those that do may not be blogging properly.

Perhaps you’ve been curious about the hype surrounding blogs, dabbled with them a bit yourself, or see the value in blogs but just can’t dedicate the time to them. This guide is designed to help you see how powerful blogging can be if done right, and how to confidently blog with a purpose.

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