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4 Ways Your Funeral Home Can Rock a Laser Engraver (+ a Bonus!)

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As the funeral industry changes and evolves, personalization has become one of the trends that shouldn’t be ignored. Families want unique ways to honor their loved ones, resulting in a funeral that is not much of a funeral at all, but more so a life celebration.So maybe you’ve considered adding some technology to your operation, a piece of equipment that can personalize many products, materials, and experiences. Perhaps you’ve considered adding personalized laser engraving services to your offerings. But maybe, you don’t know where to start. So today, we’re sharing four ways you can utilize a laser engraving machine to help your families in their grieving process.

  1. Market the Heck out of Cremation (with personalization)

    Believe it or not, cremation can actually bring you success! Instead of just offering cremation, specialize in it. Many people who opt for cremation don’t necessarily choose it because it’s cheap. Although price is a major factor, memories of their loved one are more so. Instead of undervaluing cremation, put the value back into by showcasing a broad variety of cremation memorials and educating families on the importance of memorialization and personalization. A personalized laser engraving on an urn or memorial turns the ordinary into an extraordinary life tribute. Delight your families, and add hundreds of dollars of profit to your cremation sales. View SuperNova’s (our parent company) Cremation Solutions Catalog to see what kinds of products are available for your customers who choose cremation.
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  2. Promote Tribute Memorials with Tribute Videos

    If you’re already offering your families Tribute Videos, you’ve created the perfect opportunity to offer Tribute Memorials. While a video capture a lifetime of memories, a tribute memorial laser engraved with family photos and special memories will keep your customers’ memories alive forever and help in the grieving process. Families will have gone through years and years of photographs and will already have favorite photos and memories in mind. Get inspired with Tribute Memorials here.AP16_BLOG_lazerock_photos_Paetsch3

  3. Offer Pet Memorials

    The pet industry is huge! Lucky for you, it lacks pet memorialization options. As a Funeral Director, helping families with the loss of their pet will be 2nd nature. Team up with local vets and pet stores to offer beautiful laser engraved pet memorials. It’s a growing 12 billion dollar market you need to tap into.laser engraved pet memorial products

  4. Personalized Keepsakes

    It’s becoming a popular trend give funeral attendees a little something to take away, a trinket or keepsake to keep your departed loved on in their hearts after the funeral. It’s also a nice gesture of thanks for their support. A laser engraving can add a personal touch, making a keepsake even more special. We’re liking things like mini glass hearts, river rocks, and even a wooden bottle opener. All of these can be laser engraved with an AP Lazer.  laser engraved keepsakes

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Bonus! Diversify with a Laser Machine

Once you are successfully offering personalized laser engraved options for your families dealing with the loss of a loved one, you can then move into the diversification aspect of your laser machine. You’ve spent many years building loyalty and relationships with your community, and now is an ideal time to let that payoff! People love personalized gifts to remember the special events in their life: the birth of a child, christenings, birthdays, retirements and weddings just to name a few. Did you know that the average shopper spends $830 on gifts each year? Imagine if 250 of your customers spent just a quarter of that with you. That’s an extra $50,000 in additional revenue in just one year! (More than enough to pay for your laser machine!) What about all the funeral attendees in and out of your facility on a weekly basis?

As far as diversification goes, that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of profitable markets that are just waiting to be tapped into!

So there you have it, four ways your funeral home can rock a laser engraving machine and even a little bonus.

What other ways do you think you could use a laser engraver in your funeral home? Let us know in the comments below.

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Personalized Pet Memorials Prove to be a Growing Trend

personalized granite pet memorials

Whether you have a beloved Fido or Scruffy of your own, there is do doubt about it – people love their pets. People cherish their pets and consider them members of their family. Instead of kennels, pet owners opt for doggy day cares which provide the best socialization, play time, and even scheduled naps and meals. You can now take your pet to a doggy day spa and even purchase designer clothing for them. All of these trends are parts of why the pet product industry brought in $58.04 billion in 2014 and is well on its way to the predicted more than $60 billion in 2015. But what about personalized pet memorials?

Where the Pet Industry Falls Short

With so many options for pets available, the lack of memorialization options for our furry friends who have left the earth is surprising. Many vet clinics offer cremation services, but for the most part, owners aren’t given many other options for dealing with the loss of a beloved companion.

Offering personalized pet memorial products is a great way to capture part of this booming industry. Pet owners want to memorialize their pets, just as they would memorialize a family member.

Accroding to CANA, The pet memorialization market is one of the fastest growing deathcare markets in the United States and Canada.

Pet Memorial Product Ideas

Pet Urns. Urns start at around $40 and go up from there. We even spotted a hand blown glass cat urn for a whopping $345. Personalizing any urn increases the value significantly.

Personazlized Pet Urn

Granite Pet Memorials. Easily engraved by a laser engraving machine, a memorial is a great way to commemorate a pet just as you would a family member. There are many styles of memorials available, from mini upright monuments, shaped flat markers to plaques perfect for displaying on a mantle inside.

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Pet Cremation Jewelry. From metal dog tags that start at roughly $75 to fancier keepsake charms going for $165, personalized pet cremation jewelery is just one way to keep your pet close to your heart.

Personalized Photo Frames and Other Gifts. Personalize with names and dates, photos and more to create a one of a kind keepsake for your customers. Custom gifts start at around $40 and go up from there.

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This rising trend in pet afterlife care opens up a whole new market for businesses who have the equipment to offer personalized and customized items.

Interesting Pet Statistics

  • Three in five Americans own pets. 70% own dogs, 50% own cats.
  • One-third of pet owners frequently buy their pets holiday gifts. (A great personalization opportunity!)
  • Women are more likely than men to own pets. Women are also the main gift buyers in most households.

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Personalized Pet Products

In addition to the under-saturated market of pet memorialization, the personalized pet product industry is another market segment that is worth mentioning. There are plenty of ways to capitalize on personalized gifts and gear for living pets as well! Pet owners are more willing to spend more money on personalized food bowls, tags, toy boxes, collars, etc. than the generic versions. It’s easy to spend money on your family and sometimes a good pet is better than family.

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Why Offer Personalized Pet Memorials?

The real question is, why not? The pet product industry is lacking memorial options. There is a market there and aren’t many businesses providing for it. If you are looking for a new business idea or to expand your current offerings, the pet memorial business may be for you.

Want to learn more about this exciting opportunity? Give us call at (800) 585-8617, email us, or fill out our contact form.

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Granite Laser Engraver from AP Lazer

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When laser engraving on granite, the surface of the polished stone is removed by the laser beam resulting in high resolution, high detail and most of all, high quality artwork. The best contrast will be achieved when engraving on black granite which produces a black and white gray scale photo engraving. A laser engraving on granite will last as long as the polish on the stone which is typically hundreds of years.

Why AP Lazer is the Best Granite Laser Engraver

AP Lazer was born in the monument industry, therefore granite laser engraverwe have many years of experience laser engraving granite. AP Lazer’s patented design was fine tuned to fit the needs of heavy granite engraving:

  • Open Architecture This patented feature provides users the option to fully remove the z-table (or home base) and roll large bulky granite objects directly beneath the laser beam. To utilize this feature, the removable laser top will need to be in place on the Utility Carriage, which comes standard with most machines. Read more about our accessories here.
  • EZ Leveling System 4 wheels on the each corner of the machine allow you to adjust the four corners independently. The EZ Leveling System eliminates the need to use shims to level materials and increases safety when working with heavier materials such as granite.
  • Size of Work Space is important when choosing a laser system. AP Lazer systems have work spaces ranging from 18″ x 12″ to 48″ x 36″. The larger your work space, the larger engraving you can complete without having to tile artwork.
  • Electrical Requirements for the AP Lazer are a 110v. Unlike other machines, AP Lazer plugs directly into any common electrical outlet.
  • Multi layer Engraving means that you can run one job but utilize multiple speed and power settings. Engrave text at a higher power level and raster images at a lower power setting simultaneously, saving you both time and money.
  • Cost of Laser Machine The average cost of our largest model, the SN4836 is less than $4 per hour in an 8 hour day over the life of the machine. That factors in machine cost, maintenance, space, and electricity. AP Lazer costs quite a bit less than other large format laser systems that are capable of engraving large and heavy pieces of granite. Lease-to-own programs make it possible to get a laser machine in your hands, pass the slight learning curve and start making money with your laser machine before making your first payment!

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War memorials and historic memorials are peppered throughout the U.S. to honor and celebrate a war, victory, or historic event. They are most often made from granite and range in size from small markers to larger than life structures. To engrave a large memorial you must first have a laser machine that has the capabilities to engrave large, heavy objects. With no size or weight restrictions, AP Lazer’s open architecture granite laser engraver can handle even the largest of granite pieces.

Pet Memorial Products are a 12 billion dollar industry that shows no signs of slowing down. Many ‘pet parents’ consider their pets members of their families and will spend upwards of $500 for a permanent tribute of their pet. Popular pet memorial products include mini granite memorials and markers, cremation urns, and granite display plaques.laser engraved pet memorial products

Family memorials, gravestones and tombstones have come a long way in the past hundred years. What were once blocks of granite hand carved with a family name and dates have evolved into what most would consider works of art. Precious family memories and photos can be kept alive forever by laser engraving virtually anything into the surface of the granite.laser engraved granite memorials

Interior Designs include counter tops, tile back splashes and even large granite table tops for business establishments. Whether your customers want a decorative engraving or a company logo, AP Lazer’s granite laser engraver can handle even the largest of requests.Granite engraver for interior designs

Not all laser engraving machines are equal.

If you’re looking to produce the highest quality engravings on granite, an AP Lazer is your solution.
It’s open architecture and multiple configuration options makes it the best granite laser engraver for many industries. Memorialists, stone fabricators, flooring and tile shops, custom home and commercial builders and architects are all utilizing AP Lazer’s open architecture to produce high profit, high satisfaction products. Our granite engraving machines are easy to learn and operate, work similarly to a printer, are plug and play and come with on-site training and 24/7 technical support.

Have questions? A representative will be more than happy to speak with you (we have enough information on engraving granite alone to chat for a few days, at least!) about integrating an AP Lazer machine into your new or existing establishment. You can also contact us online here.