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ASD on the Road and in the News

ASD on the Road and in the News

Oct 01, 2013

ASD on the Road

The ASD team had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones at the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, Inc. convention. We enjoyed our time in Atlantic City - thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth! During the show, we raffled off an iPad Mini and our exclusive LEGO CEMETERY SET. If you missed us in New Jersey, be sure to stop by our booth at the NFDA convention in Austin and enter for your chance to win.

Lego lovers will have another chance to win ASD’s Lego Cemetery Set at the NFDA Convention

ASD Vice President, Marty Czachor, Project Manager, Lauren Kress, and Technical Analyst, Kristine Soderland, picking our raffle winners during the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association convention. Congratulations to Claudia Saraceno from Saraceno Funeral Home who won our iPad Mini and Paul Padgett at Padgett Funeral Home who won the Lego Cemetery Set!

The 2013 NFDA Convention: Preview

Don't forget to stop by our booth at the NFDA Convention to learn about ASD's latest features and promotions. If you aren't familiar with the powerful tools we've recently added to our mobile app and website, you can see a LIVE demo right at our booth. Find out what new tools our technical team is currently working on and pick up some practical communication tips to help you manage your ASD account. We also have some great prizes and an exciting new FREE gift for you this year! Looking forward to seeing everyone in Austin!

ASD’s Innovation Appreciation Celebration!

On Monday, October 21st, ASD will host a cocktail party in conjunction with the 2013 NFDA International Convention & Expo. ASD clients are cordially invited to attend this event, titled Innovation Appreciation Celebration, to thank you for your support. Relax and enjoy a night of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and networking in the Governor’s ballroom of the Hilton Austin (host hotel for the convention). While you’re there, be sure to try out our signature cocktail: “The ASD BLUE MORTINI!” To learn more about our cocktail party, click here:

Hot Technologies 2014: It's #mobilesociallocal

During the New Jersey Funeral Directors Convention, James Spellos, CMP, spoke to directors about the latest technological advancements in the funeral industry. James discussed how mobile technology and social media can help funeral homes keep pace with the latest developments. The presentation included several examples of apps, including ASD Mobile, that help funeral directors to streamline tasks and improve efficiencies. If you weren’t at the New Jersey convention, you’ll have another opportunity to hear James’s tips during his workshop at the NFDA Convention on Sunday, October 20th at 2:15p. Click here for more details.

ASD on the News

Exciting news! Tonight, Fox29 News will run their special news feature on ASD’s Exercise Workstations. If you’re in our local area, be sure to set your DVR tonight for the 10p news to see Fox29 News Anchor, Joyce Evans, interview family-member owners, Marty Czachor and Kathy Kelley, and ASD Call Specialists about how these stations improve our employees’ overall mental and physical health while providing an energy boost to the office. We will be sure to share the news report with you once it airs! To learn more about our exercise workstations, click here.

ASD's "Sensitive Save" of the Week

At ASD, our Call Specialists recognize how important pre-need calls are to your business. For many of our clients, reconnecting with callers who want to discuss prearrangements is a crucial component of the business. This week our Call Specialist, Crystal, answered a call from a gentleman who stated he had a question about cemetery plots and estate planning. When Crystal told the caller she could contact the director, he stated that his call was not that important and he could call somewhere else. Before the caller could hang up, Crystal assured him that the director on call was always available to discuss pre-arrangements and would want to answer his questions. The gentleman then relayed his contact information so Crystal could dispatch the director. She is this week’s Sensitive Save of the Week winner for putting the caller's mind at ease and for recognizing the potential value of a preened call for the funeral home.

Click here to see all of our Sensitive Save winners for the month of September.

Thank You OGR Members!

On Thursday, September 26th, ASD Vice President and Family-Member Owner, Kevin Czachor, gave a webinar presentation to OGR members on how telecommunications can be used to grow and manage their funeral home. The webinar provided tips and advice on how funeral homes can increase their efficiencies using the proper application of readily available cellular and Internet technology. Kevin would like to thank the OGR and all of the participants for their interest in the subject and engagement during the webinar. He hopes to present more on this subject in the near future.


About The Author

Jess Farren (Fowler)

Jess Farren (Fowler) is a Public Relations Specialist and Staff Writer who has been a part of the ASD team since 2003. Jess manages ASD's company blog and has been published in several funeral trade magazines. She has written articles on a variety of subjects including communication, business planning, technology, marketing and funeral trends. You can contact Jess directly at

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