Tag: cremations

Business

Welton Hong: “Putting your Marketing Money into the Community”

Editor’s Note:  Today we bring you some information on marketing your funeral business in your own community.  This article is written by funeral industry marketing expert, Welton Hong.  Let’s look at local marketing opportunities that generate community goodwill while also getting your funeral home’s name out there. Here are some ideas to consider:  Sponsor a Local Sports Team Recreational sports leagues and youth travel teams have many expenses, including costs for uniforms, equipment, and maintenance for fields. They often turn […]

Cremation Preneed Regulations

Death care receives criticism on three continents

I’ve operated and managed a thriving funeral home.  If you’ve been there and done it. . . you know it is 24/7/365. . . .not many days go by when you don’t worry about something.  And, I’ve dealt with grieving family members, regulators, and the consumer movement too.  When you operate a community funeral home, there is a lot to do. . . . . and a lot of people who will tell you how to do it better — […]

Afternoon Edition

Hillenbrand announces leadership succession plan

Hillenbrand Industries, parent company of Batesville Casket Company, announced last week that current CEO Joe A. Raver will be retiring at the end of 2021.  The following day, Kimberly K. Ryan will succeed him as CEO of the company. In a press release that you can read here, Hillenbrand Chairperson Joe Loughrey describes Raver, “A steadfast and strategic leader, Joe has guided Hillenbrand since 2013. During his tenure, he played a significant role in transforming the Company from a $600 […]

Business Finance

Independent operators. . . . .know your value

Back in 1990 I spent about three days north of Vancouver, British Columbia, along the Campbell River fishing for salmon with a group of funeral industry people.  One of the days was spent in a small fishing boat with a gentleman about thirty years my senior who had spent almost his entire funeral service career as an acquisition target expert for the large corporate entities.  Suffice it to say, I listened and learned a lot about the mergers and acquisition […]

Finance

Foundation Partners adds Washington state acquisition

Foundation Partners Group (FPG), the privately held death care consolidator with headquarters in Orlando, Florida, announced earlier this week an acquisition to add to their 160 plus facilities. In this press release you can read that FPG acquired the Klontz Funeral Home and Cremation Services company based in Auburn, Washington.  According to the press release, this will give FPG 11 locations in the state of Washington.  Here is a United States map showing Foundation Partners locations. According to the press […]

Business Products

Bringing your public image to reality

If you are operating a business, such as a funeral home or cemetery, and that business has been around for several years, whether you like it or not, that business has a perception to the public.  The good news is that if the business has been around for a length of time, then it is fair to assume that there is a pretty good public image of the business in the consumer’s mind. . . . or the business would […]

Afternoon Edition

Manufacturing shortages/delays. . . social distance funeral home fines

Over the weekend we came across a couple of articles that related to articles that we produced for our readers last week and just thought that we would link related articles for our readers in case they are interested in looking more into the situations. On pandemic manufacturing shortages and/or delays due to processes outside the manufacturer’s control we bring you a couple of articles.  One dealing with the popular Ford F-150  pickup truck.  We learned from this article that […]

Cremation Preneed

The continued growth of Direct Cremation

Some trends become tidal waves.  This article from Great Britain insurer SunLife takes into account what they saw in 2020 as reported in their “Cost of Dying” report.  You can access the company’s synopsis of the Great Britain death care market here. One of the findings, which is more than likely pandemic induced, but also a growing trend for the future, is that the percentage of Direct Cremations is growing rapidly.  According to the report, as we read it, Direct […]

Business

Fearless predictions for the coming year

Today’s is one of those articles that I enjoy writing. . . pure speculation on my part and if I am wrong with my thought process no one really knows until later in the year when this article has been all but forgotten. Funeral Director Daily is taking today to take a speculative look into 2021 and the different realms of death care and what we see happening with each.  From traditional funeral homes, to aspiring national providers of direct […]

Cremation Products

Parting Stone keeps moving forward

It is not everyday that a new category for the consumer to choose from comes along.  A new category has to be so unique that while it may have other ideas to compete with it, it is somewhat all by itself in the product or service it offers to the consumer. What is interesting is that after so many years of watching the death care space provide basic options in the earth burial and cremation consumer categories with very little […]