In many people’s minds, 2016 will be remembered as the year celebrities dropped like flies. According to Legacy.com, the number of celebrity deaths was comparable to previous years, but three factors made it appear that celebrities were dying in droves: 1) a higher-than-average number of those who died were either A-list or legendary stars; 2) many musicians died who had extremely loyal fan bases; and 3) the average age of celebrities who died this year was about 10 years younger than usual.
Aside from celebrity deaths, growing pains continued to reach every aspect of funeral service. During the last 12 months we saw some outrageous trends, some of which have already used up their 15 minutes of fame. Other news stories highlighted shifts in public preferences that merit our continued attention, even if these changes seem undignified to some traditionalists.
Part I of this blog will examine five topics which drew national, and sometimes international, attention to funeral service in ways that are relevant to serving families in the near future. Next week, Part II will examine five more topics. Read the rest of this entry »
In today’s world of social networking and associated technologies, it’s easy to conduct business from behind the desk or mobile device. As a society, are we forgetting the importance of face-to-face interaction? While funeral service professionals interact with families face-to-face on a daily basis, it is easy during slow periods to stay inside and behind screens. To expand your business and your network of relationships, it is imperative that you take the time to enrich yourself and your businesses by participating in varied networking opportunities outside the funeral home.
In-person relationships and events are where we learn more about the people we do business with, meet potential customers, and expand our business knowledge. We must commit to taking advantage of these opportunities and learn some things that we just couldn’t learn the same way online.
Try these easy tips for making networking personal and learn something new. Read the rest of this entry »
This week’s guest post is by Robin Heppell of Funeral Futurist, a funeral home consulting business. Robin presented at OGR’s Fall Forum on the hazards of the Internet and how online reviews can benefit and harm your firm. This week’s post* delves more extensively into this topic. Read below for Robin’s tips for handling negative online reviews.
How did you feel when you saw your first negative online review? Mad, irritated, concerned?
I have had a couple of clients who found themselves in this position. After talking through it, we put a plan together to make the most out of the situation.
Before we talk about the plan, I want to debunk some bad advice. Some people say not to respond to negative reviews because those reviews will be the first ones people see when they visit your Yelp or Google page. The problem with this strategy is that people are going to find poor reviews anyway, and if left unanswered, the complaint has more power.
I recommend responding to every negative review – but you can’t just blurt something out – you have to make sure that you have a methodical plan.
Here is my 3 step plan for dealing with negative reviews. Read the rest of this entry »
Everywhere you go, whether you’re eating at a café on your lunch break, sitting in the waiting room of your doctor’s office, or just walking down the street, people are on their mobile smartphones. Good or bad, the fact is our modern world is obsessed with mobile devices. We can’t put them down.
So what is it about these devices that keep us hooked? They allow us to access the Web on the go. We no longer have to sit at a computer to research the answers to our questions, shop online, or check our email. Why does this matter for your funeral home? Read the rest of this entry »