Helpful Tips for Booking Funeral Notices
Around 70% of all notices published on funeral-notices.co.uk have been booked directly by the Funeral Director, using our self-serve booking system. If you are one of those Funeral Directors/Arrangers, or you are interested in having a go at booking your own notices, we have put together a list of 5 top tips to help you achieve seamless booking and ensure you are getting the full benefits for your families from their funeral notice.
CMA Funerals Market Order 2021
The CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) is an independent, non-ministerial department of UK Government. They work 'to promote competition for the benefit of consumers, both within and outside the UK.' - Gov.uk.
The CMA is the competition regulator in the UK, responsible for strengthening business competition and ensuring a fairer, more competitive market for consumers.
Funerals Without Restrictions - Memorial Services & Gatherings
Like you, we welcomed the news that the 30 person limit on attendance at funerals in England ended on 17th May, bringing rules in England in line with Northern Ireland and Wales where attendance is limited only by the ability of the venue to safely accommodate people in accordance with the 2m covid-safe rules.
It is believed that all rules on social distancing in England will end on 19th July meaning no restrictions on funerals, wakes and gatherings. In Scotland, up to 200 people will be able to attend a funeral from the 19th. Wales is due to update their plans for the roadmap out of lockdown on Wednesday, with Northern Ireland currently sticking to the size of the venue as the only restriction on attendance.
Community Engagement After The Pandemic
We can't wait for restrictions to end completely and funerals to get back to how they were, for the sake of families and for you as Funeral Directors and Arrangers. From speaking with you we appreciate what a difficult 15 months this has been, some of the stories you've told us have broken our hearts and made us proud to work with you at the same time.
As we write this, it is expected restrictions in England will end on 21st June, with the rest of the UK set to follow.
We know that for funerals this means more choice and options for families plus an end to limited numbers at the service, but what does it mean to the way you engage with families? Are there any online engagement tools worth keeping once restrictions end?
How does having notices on my website help me as a Funeral Director?
Many Funeral Directors are choosing to add funeral notices to their website and if you've yet to make that decision, you're interested and looking for a provider or want to compare our benefits to an existing provider, we thought it would be helpful to explain how having notices on your website is of benefit to you and talk about the service we can provide for you, for free.
So, what are the benefits of having notices on your website?
Our Notices get Noticed by a Record Breaking Audience
Last Thursday we had a record breaking day on funeral-notices.co.uk with over 1.3 million pages viewed in a single day, 1,309,139* pages to be exact. That breaks all previous records since we launched the site in August 2018.
Behind the headline stat we had some great activity on the site too:
How Many People Can Attend a Funeral Now?
On 21st June 2021, the restrictions on numbers attending funeral services, wakes and commemorative events changed again. Although many of us were disappointed all restrictions weren't removed, there was still some good news to come out of last week's announcement relating to the funeral industry.
From 21st June, there will no longer be any laws covering the number of people attending a funeral. The number of people attending will continue to be governed by the number of people a venue, or outdoor event, can safely accommodate complying with social distancing rules still in effect. Every venue or location should have a covid19 risk assessment in place. For wakes and celebratory/commemorative events this means an end to the rule of 30 people in attendance, as long as it is safe to do so. Outdoor events will be covered by the same rules. An event in a private garden, private or public land should also comply with these conditions, and there will still need to be a risk assessment in place and social distancing must be adhered to.
These changes, whilst not as far reaching as hoped, do offer greater opportunities for families to hold a larger funeral for their loved one (if you have a local venue able to safely provide this service). Being able to hold a ceremony after the funeral is a relief to many families, allowing them to celebrate the life of their loved ones in the company of more of their wider family and friends.
How To Increase Your Online Presence For Free
As well as providing the UK's Number One platform for funeral notices, funeral-notices.co.uk is packed full of additional free benefits for Funeral Directors; available to new and existing clients. Funeral-notices can help increase your online presence, which can increase your market share, with very little effort on your part and this blog will tell you how.
Why it pays to become a Preferred Partner of funeral-notices.co.uk
We have put together a fantastic opportunity for you to partner with us to provide notices for your own website and because we value your business, the best thing about becoming a preferred partner is it’s completely FREE.
Online Donations: How to make the most of them for you and your families (Webinar)
We are really excited to bring you our first educational webinar for Funeral Directors and Arrangers. Please take a moment to watch Funeral Notices Manager Sarah Welton, Niki Ward from our donation partners Donatis and Lauren Poole from UK charity RNLI as they discuss online donations; sharing tips, advice and best practice.