Welcome to Octobers Newsletter especially to our New Members and New Subscribers.
We have just experienced our busiest summer to date, both from the celebrant training perspective and from our members activity. A big thank you to you all and may it long continue.
Course & Membership Fees
As many of you will be aware - due to the economic environment we chose to freeze our fees for the duration of 2014. All course fees will be increasing significantly from January 2015, that said we will maintain our position as the most competitive celebrant training provider. Our Membership Fees are to be frozen at their current level until at least 2018.
- So, if you are considering embarking upon a Celebrant Training Course you will need to book before 31 December 2014 to secure 2014 prices and you must commence your training before 31 March 2015.
- Family or Funeral Celebrant Members who wish to embark on further training will receive discounts of 15-20% on the fees listed on our main site, regardless of when they book.
We would like to apologise for the delay in opening your celebrant store . Fingers crossed the shop will open by the end of this month and we will let you know as soon as it has. Many of you have already had a sneak peek and given feedback on many of the products on offer and we are encouraged about the number of pre-orders we have received (particularly for our handmade bespoke presentation folders & Our Celebrant Starter Kits). Watch this space for the announcement.
|New Classroom at the Terrace|
We have finally completed the filming for our instructional videos, which will be made available to All Members via Member Resources. These videos are intended to provide celebrants a platform on which to develop their own "Ceremony Elements" which will inevitably lead to increased appeal and profitability. These videos are currently being edited and we expect them to be available to view, download and use by the New Year.
Celebrant Websites & Social Media
Slowly but surely, more and more of you are "engaging" your public through your blogs, social media and Profile Pages. Please make sure that you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest & G+ as well as subscribing to our blog - look to your right >>>> If you follow us, we will follow you back and if we like what you are doing we will share, like, re-tweet and G+. Have a look here for hints and tips for Social Media engagement.
The above does take some time and effort, but if you do what your Tutors and Mentors suggest you will reap the benefits.
|Just do it!|
For those of you who chose to have a Profile Page, your prominence on Google is there for all to see. We recently carried out 8 celebrant keyword searches on Google & Bing for every Profile Page we host and 93% of the results showed each celebrant to be on Page one of each search - most above the fold and in the top 5. In some areas of the UK, our members occupied up to 7 of the top 10 search results. Remember, if you do not currently have a Profile Page - get one - its FREE - and you are entitled to it through your membership.
Do you require Social Media Training? - its FREE - to Full Members - just contact your Tutor / Mentor.
As our members will know, if you were trained by us you are entitled to have your own domain name and website built & optimised for FREE - you will then have to pay a small annual fee in year 2 for hosting your domain and the domain name itself.
|Work Smarter - Take control!|
We are currently considering becoming a website host, just for our members. The package we hope to provide will cost a little more (£45 PA) but we know the benefits will far outweigh the additional costs as we will become a one-stop-shop for all matters relating to celebrancy within the UK and we can truly customise your experience just like we encourage you all to customise your clients experience.
Remember, everything we do is driven by and for our Members - Yes, you are all Independent Celebrants - but not alone.
Finally, many of you will know Phil Hammond - one of our co-founders and Tutor / Mentor extraordinaire. Phil has decided to take a lengthy indeterminate break on health grounds with immediate effect. Similarly, the veritable Philip Reeves - the Lancashire Celebrant - is similarly minded. I hope you will join us in wishing them both a speedy recovery & return.
Well that's is for this month folks. Drop us a line below if you have any pressing inquiries. Stay Busy, Stay Safe, Be Well.
CEO - UKSC(FM)
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