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3 Lessons Funeral Professionals Can Learn from Marketer Seth Godin

October 25, 2019 by Danielle Burmeister
Funeral Home Marketing, Preneed Marketing

“Marketing is driven by better. Better service, better community, better outcomes,” writes world-renowned marketer, speaker and author Seth Godin in his latest best-selling book, This Is Marketing. “We can do work that matters for people who care.”

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Effective Direct Mail Practices for Your Funeral Home Business

September 26, 2019 by Melissa Heller
Funeral Home Business, Preneed Marketing

For many years, funeral home businesses have used direct mail as one way to establish relationships with potential preneed customers. The value of using direct mail for funeral home marketing has stood the test of time, but the most effective methods are always changing alongside evolving consumer preferences.  

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Optimizing Your Funeral Home Website

July 12, 2019 by Luke Frieberg
Funeral Home Marketing, Funeral Home Business, Preneed Marketing

Smart and savvy funeral providers have started designing selection rooms to maximize their sales potential, staging merchandise strategically to entice consumers to make profitable selections. More and more funeral providers are revamping their facilities to offer spaces designed to make visitors feel comfortable and at ease: reception halls, coffee stations or a place for children to relax and play. As a profession, we are becoming more strategic, customer-centric and responsive to changing consumer preferences. But when it comes to websites, we often drop the ball.

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Common Funeral Home Marketing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

May 13, 2019 by Sarah Loghry
Funeral Home Marketing, Funeral Home Business, Preneed Marketing

Marketing is a constantly moving target. There are a thousand ways to do it and no clear-cut path to success. It’s often a game of trial and error, which can be frustrating for businesses that are trying to reach more customers. Even though there’s no fool proof map to marketing success, there are several ways to hurt your marketing efforts before they even begin. Here are several marketing mistakes to avoid when promoting a funeral home’s services.

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Funeral Home Marketing Trends for 2019

November 29, 2018 by Sarah Loghry
Funeral Home Marketing, Funeral Home Social Media, Preneed Marketing

Next year will be big for marketing, and not just in the digital sphere. The integration of traditional and digital marketing is making a comeback in a big way. Funeral homes are the perfect business to utilize and benefit from the upcoming marketing trends in 2019. From integrated cross-platform marketing to voice search, the up-and-coming changes to marketing are a mix of old and new ideas. Discover how your funeral home can adopt these trends in the new year.

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Become the One Funeral Home Families Consider for Preneed Funeral Planning

May 24, 2018 by Sarah Loghry
Funeral Home Marketing, Funeral Home Business, Preneed Marketing

Funeral service professionals are an important part of every community. They perform an integral service that is often not thought of until it’s needed. It’s vital for today’s funeral homes to make themselves known through different funeral home marketing and advertising strategies, not only to separate them from their local competitors, but also to grow their market share. Here are five ways that funeral homes can become the place for preneed funeral planning.

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5 Things to Know about Families Who Prearrange

January 18, 2018 by Sarah Loghry
Funeral Home Marketing, Preneed Marketing

A new year means new families may consider planning their funerals in advance. Every few years, Homesteaders surveys its policy holders to find out what inspired them to prearrange and the process they took to get there. Take a look at five important learnings from our most recently published survey and how you can use them today in your funeral home.

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How to Ensure Your Preneed Program Aligns with Your Funeral Home Brand

August 24, 2017 by Sarah Loghry
Funeral Home Marketing, Preneed Marketing

Branding is a cornerstone of effective marketing. It distinguishes you from your competitors and helps to keep your firm top-of-mind. Branding is a feeling you get when you walk into a business and an understanding of what a business stands for without having to point it out. Once you have confirmed that your firm’s branding is effective in your community, you can start ensuring all your services – including your preneed program – are seamlessly integrated. Discover four simple things you can do to align your brand with your preneed program.

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Effective Storytelling to Promote Advance Funeral Planning

July 27, 2017 by Sarah Loghry
Funeral Home Marketing, Preneed Marketing

Storytelling is an engaging and emotionally-driven means of communication. It can be used to capture the interest and evoke memories of whoever is listening. Stories can take us to other worlds and times, and they can stick with us for a long time. Using real-life stories to promote advance funeral planning can help you share the benefits of prearranging in way that are meaningful to people in your community.

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5 Ways to Improve Preneed Presentations at Your Funeral Business

November 10, 2016 by Alyssa McNab
Preneed Funeral Planning, Funeral Home Marketing, Preneed Marketing

Funeral service is about sharing stories, and your funeral home has an important story to tell about how advance funeral planning helps make the most difficult days in families’ lives just a little easier. One impactful way to share this story is to host a community presentation at your funeral business.

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