They want my reply. What should I say?

Charles Cowling

Good morning,

I have been admiring your website and would like to enquire about the possibility of having Staysure Prepaid funeral plans listed on your website.

Staysure.co.uk established in 2004, achieved 8th position in the recently published Sunday Times Fastrack 100 list.

Staysure has teamed up with Dignity to offer the Guaranteed Funeral Plan to offer a practical and sensible way to take care of rising funeral costs and arrangements.   Because the Guaranteed Funeral Plan is provided by Dignity, the UK’s foremost provider of funeral plans, you can be sure that you will receive unrivalled service and excellent value for money. More than 750,000 people in the UK have already taken the decision to pre-arrange their funeral, and it is reassuring to know that 415,000 of them have chosen Dignity.

I wondered if you would be interested in joining the affiliate programme and making additional revenue.

The affiliate program is free to join and there is no monthly fee. The scheme offers a high commission of £15 per valid lead and this will be dependent on the number of sales achieved. Obviously the more sales, the higher the commission our partners will earn.

Please view our website for more details http://www.staysure.co.uk/affiliates .

I look forward to your reply.

Claire MacIntyre
Online Marketing Manager
Staysure.co.uk Ltd.

9 thoughts on “They want my reply. What should I say?

  1. Charles Cowling
    james

    It isn’t funeral PLANS that are the problem, it is – as you say, Mr J – unimaginative FD’s, of the “Is it one limo or two” school of funeral planning.For these it’s the one thing they can advertise, but it’s also all about ensuring future market share.

    While it might take a very strong individual to insist on this, as far as I am aware there is no legal committment to the actual content of the funeral as it was planned and paid for …… you can have anything you want as far as the money covers it…… certainly with my provider (Golden Leaves).
    Funeral costs trebling every decade is a truly grim prospect, so I think pre-paying is smart. As is choosing a funeral director who will play, not prescribe.

    And, Roop, Peace Funeral plans rock – I’ll check them out. Thanks.


    Charles Cowling
  2. Charles Cowling
    Jonathan

    But James, you’re not a typical funeral director; rather, you are one of the rare ones who help a family to find a creative way to express the plethora of conflicting feelings that are what a funeral is about – even a pre-planned one – instead of following the same old crumpled map leading to the same old lump of rock in the middle of nowhere, like some I couldn’t mention here.

    A combination of a good funeral plan and you is a very different beast from one of a mediocre and restricting plan with an unimaginative funeral director and a distressed family with the usual funerary illusions. The knowledge they’re not footing the bill may inspire boldness and creativity in families who come to James Showers, but can you honestly say that this is the norm? (Please don’t be modest here!) I’ve seen strong men cry because their grieving rights have been denied by this purloining of their personal ritual, and all in the interests of profit purveyed as caring.

    The principle is a good one, I agree. But you could invest the clients’ money in extending Heaven Itself, Rupert, it would collapse if the experience of the funeral were undermined – even if the intentions were good.


    Charles Cowling
  3. Charles Cowling
    Rupert Callender

    Good point James, never thought of it like that.
    We offer Peace Funeral’s Ethical Funeral Plans. None of the clients money is invested in any planet destroying, war mongering evilness that besmirch so much of the financial world. All the benefits, none of the troubled conscience.


    Charles Cowling
  4. Charles Cowling
    james showers

    While I love the loyalty and the robust nature of the responses so far, I’m still not sure that they help you to form a reply. For reply you must.
    I think funeral plans are a good idea – that is they are a good investment. I have seen families inspired to be bolder and more creative by the knowledge that they are not footing the bill. They need not shrink from giving a really good party afterwards either.
    So funeral plans can allow for more personal, less restricted funerals…….
    As well as making sound financial sense.
    The problem is that Dignity tend to restrict choices – not expand them.

    I think you should respond saying that you would be happy to help as long as the Dignity Guaranteed/Age Concern plan (Dignity own some significant % of A.C. Funeral Plans)could be carried out by another undertaker (at present it is restricted to Dignity branches only)……….. one approved by the redoubtable Good Funeral Guide – and that as soon as one of their branches gets the GFG sign of approval, that branch could carry out the funeral.
    I realise this gives you a problem in redefining your eligeable candidate members.
    But would give good blog.
    Happy bathing.


    Charles Cowling
  5. Charles Cowling
    Liam

    £15!! What an insulting offer! You are worth much more than that Charles. Tell them you won`t take a penny less than £200 as this is the typical commision fee that at least three of the biggest plan sellers offfer to Will writers and alike. Have a great break Charles and try not to find yourself side tracked too much by all that dosh you could rake in.


    Charles Cowling
  6. Charles Cowling
    Jonathan

    Charles, this has got to be a wind-up from one of your mates to take your concentration away from the special kind of hedonistic enjoyment only a holiday can give you. Have another drink, go and watch a film, take in some other scenery besides mortality, and tell HIM to bugger off! (whoever ‘he’ is; he’s certainly not Claire MacIntyre, unless she has skin like that of a crocodile.)


    Charles Cowling
  7. Charles Cowling
    Philip

    I agree with Gloria too. 415.000 all choosing Dignity…… it’s all incredibly reassuring. Have a good wonderful time away.


    Charles Cowling
  8. Charles Cowling
    sentiment

    yea Charles, what Gloria says.. BUGGER OFF!


    Charles Cowling
  9. Charles Cowling
    gloria mundi

    It is very naughty of you Charles to tempt me into obscenity at this early-ish hour, but then “it is reassuring to know that 415,000 of them have chosen Dignity.” I find it difficult to express quite how reassured I am by this statistic.

    Anyway look, bugger off, you’re supposed to be enjoying see breezes and a good pint, mindful walks and a nice break.


    Charles Cowling

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