Connecting Directors Launches the First Funeral Industry-Specific Social Networking Site

July 20, 2010
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Ryan Thogmartin, founder of Connecting Directors (www.connectingdirectors.com) is excited to be bringing full-blown social networking to the funeral industry, with the launch of CDSocial (www.cdsocial.com). ?We?ve literally made history here; ours is the first industry-specific social networking site on the Internet,? and Ryan added, ?it?s just one more example of my personal commitment to keep Connecting Directors on the leading edge of funeral service. There?s nothing like it out there, I guarantee it.?

Members can create informative profile pages, and easily upload photos or videos. ?It really works just like Facebook,? shared Ryan, ?you?ll be able to ?friend? others, and truly stay ?connected? with your peers and leaders in the industry. Honestly, it?s what I?ve been working toward since the very beginning.?

?Web sites evolve,? declared Ryan, ?and we?re no exception. ?The more I thought about it, the more I realized there needed to be some separation between the social media side of things, and the industry news side. With CDSocial, our companion site, Connecting Directors is living up to my original vision: an interactive space where funeral service professionals can stay both informed and connected.?

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But, Ryan was clear that it?s more than that. ?Our social networking site reflects my desire to educate members on using social media in promoting their businesses. Now they can come somewhere familiar to get used to this relatively-new platform. Members can learn how to do all the things they want to do in the wider world with Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and they can learn as they go ? without pressure.?

It?s pretty obvious to many funeral home owners that social media offers a new way to promote their businesses. In a very recent MLive.com (www.mlive.com) article, Saginaw area funeral homes use Facebook, Twitter to connect with community, journalist Lindsay Knake wrote of the social media success of Wakeman Funeral Home. Rodney Wakeman said that he ?wants to be where people are looking, and that?s on the computer,? shared Knake.

?He knows that social media is having a big impact for his firm,? shared Ryan. And this is something every funeral home or cremation provider can do. I want Connecting Directors to be a place for funeral home owners and operators to learn the power of social media ? first hand.?

If you?re one of those skeptics about the potential of social media, Ryan posted a copy of the MLive.com article on Connecting Directors (www.connectingdirectors.com) for your review. ?I want members to learn by example ? I know I can talk for hours, but when they read of another firm?s social media success, most funeral directors are persuaded to try it.

?Log-in to your account to read the full article,? requested Ryan. ?If you?re not a member, join. It?s free, and takes just a couple of minutes,? assured Ryan. ?Then, come join CDSocial. You?ll get access to all our social networking features; to connect with others who are using social media, as well as those interested in learning how to harness the worldwide social media giants to promote their businesses.?

?I want you to know, if you?re interested in Social Media Coaching, we?ve put together a great program just for funeral service professionals,? shared Ryan. ?You can learn more about it, and sign up for one-on-one coaching, on the CDSocial site.?

Ryan wants everybody to be a part of the social media revolution in funeral service. ?If you?re on Facebook, become a fan of the Connecting Directors page. If you?re looking to really get connected with others in funeral service, be sure to come join us at CDSocial. Just like Connecting Directors, it?s free. And it?s the place to be. Let?s get this social media ball rolling!?

Ryan Thogmartin

CEO at DISRUPT Media and ConnectingDirector.com
Ryan Thogmartin is the Owner and CEO of DISRUPT Media. DISRUPT Media is a full service social media agency specializing in social media strategy, management and reporting for funeral companies. DISRUPT Media is the creator of the FUNERAL Social Design Process which is the only full service social media strategy program crafted specifically for the funeral profession.

Go to http://funeralsocial.com to find out more about the services we offer. Our clients who are apart of our FUNERAL Social Design Process are seeing an increase in post reach and engagement of over 300%.

Ryan is also the founder of ConnectingDirectors.com. ConnectingDirectors.com is the leading online daily publication for funeral professionals with a reader base of over 45,000 of the most elite and forward-thinking professionals in the profession. With ConnectingDirectors.com Ryan has created a global community through an online platform allowing funeral professionals to Stay Current. Stay Informed and Stay Elite.
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