I posted a link to the Memorial Tribute demo that I use when I approach Funeral Homes in my area to solicit their business in the PSG sample shows and feedback section. I have gotten great comments and advice that I will use. One poster recommended that I post here because I have obtained 3 Funeral Homes using this demo.
It wasn't easy as I may have made it seem. I started trying in 03/08 and had many doors shut in my face. That is when I found out that a lady named *@!$%<& had beat me to it by some years. I didn't even know the service was being offered - I hadn't had the need to attend a funeral in years.
One guy told me he liked mine better than hers but he had to remain loyal to her, another man that uses her told me maybe I should go and work with her, then he actually showed me one she did. It is nothing like mine so I said I would pass. (Mine is better than hers) - really all she does is have pictures moving in and out and then it just ends, the song just cuts off-no fading.
Although I started pursuing in 08, I didn't get my first FH until 04/09. My feelings were so hurt and I felt so rejected, I focused on doing them for just family and friends, then my brother that I loved so dearly died, all of a sudden in 03/09-he lived in another state. So I decided I really want to give to hurting families what had been given to me-memories of my brother that I can watch on TV using my DVD player.
I sent out flyers to all the FH in my area-(before, I was only approacing my race of people) no particular reason, just hadn't thought to step out in any other direction)- I had seen her work and I knew her price. I undercut her by 25.00 and I also offer 2 customized tissue packs for the family along with the dvd, from about 14 flyers, I received 2 responses and got both jobs. I still expect to receive more responses, I have 3 FH and I kinda want to stay right there for a minute to see how I handle it, then move on from there.
This is my passion, My gift from God. I have also created presentations for the media dept. at my church a wedding and anniversary one.
I am sorry, I may have not used the correct teminology, I am african american and I was only approachng african american Funeral Homes. I am not trying to make a big deal about race, I am just stating that when I stepped out of the box, more doors opened up to me. Like I said there was no particular reason that I hadn't approached before except that it never occured to me.
Wes, the link is http://www.youtube.com/user/kojaysnana
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Thanks for sharing this.
I do enjoy it and like I said I've been there before. From the first FH that hired me, I get last minute calls all the time. I have stayed up late into the night to complete one and make sure it is the best it can be, and in my mind, I'm thinking about what the family will think and how will they feel when they view this tribute.
There was this one man that attended my church, his father passed and the FH that the faimily used didn't offer the service. The media dept. told him about me and when he came to my home to pick it up, I let him view and he cried right there in my den. I thought to myself I have to share this with others. I can't stop trying. (I tried to get that funeral home to meet with me with no success)
If you are interested, go for it-it you have a talent or gift-then share it.
Thanks for your encouragement
Regarding the web site development, do it yourself and It will save you lots of money. In fact if you need a quick web site, not to fancy I can help you. I'd be glad to help you get started with the web site for free. You will need to Registar your domain, acquire a hosting plan, build the site then upload your files. There are inexpensive web providers and hosting plans to be found. let me know if i can help.
Have a good one
Thank you and also thank you for your offer to help. My husband has a gospel quartet group and he is the first one that mentioned it, I thought then maybe I should too. I will get back with you when we are ready to try.
Thank you so much
I would love to see your demo video, but the YouTube link says you have no active videos. Can you post it again?
Thanks and keep up the great work - sounds like you have found your gift!
I would love to discuss more details with you - what region we are both in, what we each charge, challenges. If you are intersted, just PM me.
How are you i am new here on this forum. I clicked on your u-tube link the slideshow was removed. Can you please post it again I would really like to see it. I did a tribute for my mom who recently pass and got good review, even from the director at the funeral home.
After thinking about it, I also concluded the most steady business would come from memorial videos.
We have 2 small funeral homes near me, and they are it for the county. They do not offer this service.
I am planing to go talk to them and drop of a DVD of samples.
Another option would be advertising in the paper, in the Obituary section (If allowed)
And this may sound strange, but I have often thought of the slideshow someone would create for me.
What about working with the elderly and those in hospice to create their show before they are gone?
They could choose what photos were used, and give you text to use to go along with the photos, and even a message to those who view it.
Here is a video I did for the Wedding reception of my niece. (Last few effects turned out awesome)
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Good luck in your future endeavours!!!! God Bless!!
Excellent, excellent, excellent.
You (and others) who provide such a service are doing a very wonderful thing. Though memories of a departed loved one never fades, having such a photographic representation of that loved one would do much to greatly enhance each experience of recall.
May God continue to bless you.
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