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Homesteaders Life Company, a mutual company owned by its policy holders, is a national leader providing products and services to promote and support the funding of advance funeral planning and end-of-life expenses.

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How to Select the Right Funeral Home CRM

November 19, 2021 by Homesteaders Life Company
Featured, Funeral Home Business

Selecting a technology solution is a major step for any business. Introducing a new system requires careful planning and often a steep learning curve, so you want to be sure the option you choose is an ideal long-term fit for your funeralhome. This is especially true for your funeral home's customer relationship management (CRM) system.

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3 Common Missed Opportunities to Increase Preneed Sales

September 30, 2021 by Homesteaders Life Company
Featured, Preneed Marketing, Homesteaders Solutions

You provide exceptional service and support to each family you serve, but do you have what it takes to build the same meaningful connections with everyone in your community, and do you have the time to do so?

Funeral providers that have an active preneed program aim to generate quality leads by casting a wide net in their community. However, this process takes time, and you often need to nurture these individuals over a longer period until they feel ready to prearrange their own funeral. In fact, 29% of respondents to our 2021 policy owner survey reported that it took two years or more from the time they first learned about prearranging until they finalized and made their own arrangements.

Keep reading to discover three common opportunities funeral providers miss when trying to capture more preneed sales.

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Answers to Your Questions About the 2021 NFDA Convention

September 24, 2021 by Homesteaders Life Company
Featured, Industry Events

In just a few weeks, members of the Homesteaders Life Company team will join thousands of funeral professionals for one of the year’s most exciting funeral service events. Homesteaders is proud to be the Black Diamond Sponsor for the NFDA International Convention & Expo, and we look forward to reconnecting with you at this in-person convention.

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Build a Successful Funeral Home Social Media Strategy

September 10, 2021 by Homesteaders Life Company
Featured, Funeral Home Social Media

At Homesteaders, we survey our policy owners every two years and ask how many funeral homes they considered when they made their prearrangements. In our latest survey, 74% of respondents indicated they considered just one funeral home. This response shows why brand-building funeral marketing efforts are so important for a funeral business. If you aren’t the first call a potential preneed client makes, chances are good you will miss out on that business entirely.

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Serving Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Conversation with Lacy Robinson

May 29, 2020 by Homesteaders Life Company
Funeral Home Business

Before the coronavirus pandemic placed restrictions on public gatherings, funeral professionals had a wide array of tools available to create meaningful, personalized funerals and memorials for their client families. While social distancing recommendations have limited the size of many end-of-life gatherings, they do not have to lessen the significance of those events for those who have lost a loved one.

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New Year, New Website

January 04, 2020 by Homesteaders Life Company
Featured

This week, you’ll notice a new look at homesteaderslife.com. Although we’re continuously improving our website, it’s been several years since our last major design update. We’re excited to welcome 2020 by introducing a redesigned website that will allow us to better communicate and connect with the tens of thousands of people who visit it each year.

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In Case You Missed It: 2019 NFDA Convention Recap

November 08, 2019 by Homesteaders Life Company
Industry Events

The 2019 NFDA International Convention and Expo in Chicago was unforgettable experience, and we're grateful for everyone who joined us in Chicago (or followed along with our social media coverage) for an experience full of learning, networking and sharing resources to help grow your funeral business and better serve families.

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What You Need to Know to Successfully Sell a Funeral Home

May 23, 2019 by Homesteaders Life Company
Funeral Home Profitability, Funeral Home Business

The NFDA estimates that 86% of the 19,000 funeral homes in the United States are privately owned by families or individuals. The average funeral home will care for 113 decedents this year while supporting four full-time and three part-time employees, and, in many rural areas, these funeral homes will be the sole provider of funeral services in their community. A number of people depend on these privately-owned businesses, yet many funeral home owners don’t have a plan in place to ensure the funeral home will continue to operate when it’s time to retire. 

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Low-Cost Video Tools for Your Funeral Home Marketing

February 15, 2019 by Homesteaders Life Company
Funeral Home Marketing, Funeral Home Social Media

You’ve probably heard that video is king when it comes to content marketing, and it’s true. Around 87% of businesses reported they were using video as a marketing tool in early 2019. Many business owners cited reduced production costs, shorter production times and easier in-house creation as reasons they decided to jump on board. Deciding to start creating your own videos can be daunting, but with a little planning, you can create an effective marketing video at little to no cost. Here are a few ways to get started.

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How to Avoid Overstepping Boundaries with Long-time Client Families

November 08, 2018 by Homesteaders Life Company
Funeral Home Business

When I was 28, my mom passed away unexpectedly. My five siblings and I gathered at the funeral home in our hometown to make arrangements. At that time, I had never a planned funeral before. None of us knew what to do or what to expect.

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