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MoveNetwork.com Adds Self Storage Providers to their Database

by John Stevens August 12, 2013 4:31 PM
Many self storage businesses offer their customers the use of a free truck while moving into their storage unit. This is a great service to provide customers.

Sometimes people need to store belongings until they have completed their move and settled into their new place. Sometime people have things like boats, RVs, or trailers that they cannot take with them at their initial time of moving. Sometimes people move temporarily. They will be gone for a few months or a couple of years and need a place to store their belongings that they don't take with them in the move. [More]

Self Storage Industry Knows How to Make the Most of What it Has

by Winnie Hsiu January 16, 2013 10:14 PM
Remember the scene in Apollo 13 when the engineers are told to figure out how to make something that the guys in the space shuttle desperately needed to live, but with some random stuff that appeared to be useless? And how they figured how to devise a contraption that was vital to getting the astronauts back home? [More]

SpareFoot Grows in Power and Partners Up With INSOMNIAC

by John Stevens May 27, 2011 7:29 AM
SpareFoot.com, an online marketplace of more than 5,000 self storage facilities nationwide, has built up its company’s offerings recently, making it the largest network industry in the country. The company announced yesterday that it has joined INSOMNIAC Self Storage Network (ISSN) as well as incorporated SelfStorageDeals.com and SelfStorageFinders.com, other leading self storage web properties, into its network. [More]

SpareFoot Raises Money to Expand Product and Workforce

by John Stevens March 16, 2011 7:57 AM
The most popular search on Sparefoot.com is “college summer storage.” And just as the semester is coming to an end for many college students, SpareFoot, which lists more than 5,000 self storage facilities in its nationwide online directory, has raised an extra $1.5 million to complete its second round of funding. [More]

Storage and Moving Websites Team Up to Provide Ease of Service

by John Stevens March 15, 2011 10:25 AM
The need for moving services goes hand in hand with finding a storage unit. It is a common sense pairing that is as essential as packing paper and boxes. Two such providers are joining forces to provide customers with an ease of service when it comes to moving their items into a storage space that is right for them. BuildmyMove.com was recently named the featured moving services provider for Storage.com, a nationwide, online search and booking engine for self storage. [More]

Maryland Self Storage Company Leading Way in High Standard LEED Certification

by John Stevens January 21, 2011 8:21 AM
Getting a self storage facility built to the highest eco-friendly rating by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) http://www.usgbc.org/Default.aspx is no easy feat. And it takes a commendable dedication to the preservation of the environment to achieve. But the energy savings down the road are in the range of 20 to 30 percent. A facility can save thousands of dollars each year on its energy bill. A newly constructed ezStorage http://www.ezstorage.com/ facility located in Elkridge, Md., announced today that their facility received a Gold LEED certification. [More]

Online Marketing Webinar Focuses on Using the Power of the Web to Invest Advertising Dollars Wisely

by John Stevens November 10, 2010 12:21 PM
Launching a website is one of the most powerful marketing tools a self storage professional has to market the business and begin leveraging all the online resources the Web has to offer for storage facility owners. [More]

Getting Faster, Fresher Search Results from a Google Search? Caffeine is the Culprit

by Tony Gonzalez June 10, 2010 12:11 PM
Google announced this afternoon that its new web indexing system, Caffeine, has been live for several days now, and should be providing at least 50 percent fresher web search results than its old indexing system. Previously, there was sometimes a fairly long delay between posting a website update and having it appear in search results on Google. For self storage companies and other small businesses, this means that updates to websites or to blog entries should appear in Google search results much more quickly than they did before.

For self storage companies and their prospective tenants, this could be important news. According to Michael Schulman of StorageClicks.com, who presented at the Massachusetts Self Storage Association’s Northeast 2010 Trade Show, there are 823,000 web searches for “self storage” every month. According to an article by Chuck Gordon, the CEO and cofounder of online self storage marketplace SpareFoot.com, in last November’s Inside Self-Storage, some self storage companies say that they get as many as 50 percent of their new tenants online. [More]

Is Physical Storage Safer than Digital?

by Kim Kilpatrick June 1, 2010 9:43 AM
When it comes to information and images, it almost goes without saying, for most people, that digital storage must be safer than relying on a physical copy. After all, digital copies can be backed up almost instantly, with several copies stored in different locations. If you are worried about losing information, having several digital copies of it seems like the safest thing to do.

What if, however, you are not worried about losing information, but are instead worried about keeping private information private?

It’s starting to become clear that hard paper copies, although they are vulnerable to destruction or to getting accidentally lost or thrown away, are more secure when it comes to guarding private information such as physical home addresses, financial information and identification numbers, and medical records. Putting archived hard copies of medical records and other private information in secure physical facilities, such as self storage units, where they can be kept safe behind fences and gates that can only be accessed in front of security cameras and using biometric technology, may be the only way to keep private information safe. [More]

Self Storage Talk Participants Breaking Records

by Kim Kilpatrick May 3, 2010 10:37 AM
Inside Self-Storage announced today that its free online forum, Self-Storage Talk, has passed the 3,000 member mark. The 3,000th member, identified only by his user name, JakeChis, registered for the forum on Friday -- allowing Self-Storage Talk to meet its 3,000 member goal a full two months before its self-imposed deadline of July 4.

Inside Self-Storage had been hoping to meet the 3,000 members goal since mid-March, when it began a community expansion campaign. On March 17, the forum's Community Manager, John Carlisle, announced that Self-Storage Talk had set its goal as 3,000 members by Independence Day. At the time, Self-Storage Talk had around 2,650 registered members. [More]
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