Elizabeth City, North Carolina – As the general trend of newspaper readership decreases nationwide and with society today becoming ever more mobile, the Twiford Funeral Homes has taken it upon themselves to make sure that the public is informed as quickly as possible about upcoming funeral service times. https://www.twifordfh.com
David H. Twiford, owner, says, “Since people are reading the local newspaper less than they did in the past, and that people who grew up in our communities have now moved away, it has made it difficult to inform the public about funeral times. That is why we have taken the responsibility to do so with the creation of our Obituary Notification System.”
The Twiford Funeral Homes has implemented six new systems to inform as many members of our communities as possible of upcoming funeral service information.
The www.TwifordFH.com website has been created to notify Google and the other search engines immediately once an obituary notice has been added to the website. This will allow people who are searching for the deceased’s name to find the funeral service information quicker. In as little as fifteen minutes for the time the obituary has been added to the website, people can Google the deceased’s name and find the obituary and funeral information.
The Obituary Email Notification Service allows members of the public to enter and confirm their email address and then will receive a daily email with any new obituary notices in the evening and if there are not any new obituaries, they will not receive any notifications.
The next two new Obituary Notification features are for users of Social Media. As soon as the obituary is added to our website, a tweet is sent to the funeral home’s Twitter account (@twifordobits – http://twitter.com/twifordobits) so that followers on Twitter can receive the obituary information. The same is true for Facebook as a link is automatically sent to the funeral home’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TwifordFuneralHome).
Another addition to the Obituary Notification System is the “Share Obituary” features. One of which is an email form which is similar to a “Tell A Friend” website form. This is where one reader of the online obituary can easily email it to a friend who may not be aware of the funeral. For those who connect via Social Media, each obituary has ‘Share’ buttons at the bottom so that the reader can share the information through Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social channels.
The latest enhancement to Twiford Funeral Home’s Obituary Notification service is the addition of QR Codes. QR codes are barcodes that can be scanned using most smartphones. Once the code is scanned it directs the phone to a website URL, displays a message or opens up a contact (business) card that can be saved to the phone. Every online obituary displays its own unique QR code to allow visitors to access and save the obituary page to their phone.
“It is amazing how many people locally use these features. Most people come to our obituaries from a Google search and secondly through Facebook. We have also found that a lot of people who have moved away from our area use one of the subscription services, such Email, Facebook or Twitter to stay connected to their home town”, Twiford stated.
To see all of the features of Twiford Funeral Homes’ Obituary Notification System, visit https://www.twifordfh.com/obituaries
By recognizing that families we are serving need not only our complete focus, they need the support of family and friends and if we can help in the notification, then we have begun to meet their needs.
Since 1933, the Twiford family has continuously owned and operated Twiford Funeral Homes, now being managed by its fourth generation, with locations in Elizabeth City and on the Outer Banks, owns its own crematory and two cemeteries. The Twiford Funeral Homes have been recognized in the funeral profession as leaders for technology and online services.
David H. Twiford
Twiford Funeral Homes
(252) 335-4395 or (252) 473-2449