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.
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
In this day and digital age, you would be hard-pressed to find a successful business that does not have a functional and attractive website. For funeral homes (or any business for that matter), a website makes it easier to educate your target audience about who you are, what you do and the services you offer.
While carving out your space on the Internet comes with countless advantages, there are also a variety of risks associated with taking your business online and it’s something we see funeral homes go through each and every day. The good news is, these risks can be avoided with a little bit of knowledge. Let’s cover just one of the most common risks that companies turn a blind eye to: domain ownership.
Take a minute and ask yourself, who owns your funeral home domain? The answer may not be as simple as you think. 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.
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Virtually everyone has used Internet Explorer (IE) at some point in their online life. Some cringe at the very mention of it from the nightmares the browser has made them deal with. Others are quite content with the browser and perhaps have never known nothing else. No matter what side of the fence you sit on, you’ve no doubt had an experience with the internet browser. Today those experiences may be cut short as Microsoft has made some large announcements concerning the future of the company’s browser. Continue reading
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