September 13, 2013 12:43 PM
Social media is where it’s at. It’s where people hang out, socialize, and connect with others. So, social media contests – especially on Facebook – is a simple way to show up where your self storage customers and prospective customers are. It's a way to engage with them -- and a place to hold contests to promote your self storage business.
There have been some clever Facebook contests lately like the selfie photo contest that SpareFoot is hosting from now through October 20. Or the video jingle contest that SmartStop Self Storage did. Or The Great American Road Trip that Door to Door Storage sponsored. [More]
July 1, 2013 7:05 PM
Are you looking to get into the self storage industry? Are you thinking of expanding your portfolio and purchasing another facility or two? Here are 9 tips that you should take into consideration before making that purchase. [More]
June 27, 2013 6:09 PM
This spring, our area has been inundated with magpies. Their noisy squawking is annoying and cleaning their droppings off the patio, patio furniture, and sidewalk is a major pain in the neck. They are building a huge nest in our pine tree that I’m afraid the branch will break. Then, there are the robins. They eat all of our strawberries and raspberries before I can pick them.
Birds can be such a nuisance in residential. They can also be a huge problem for self storage facilities. [More]
June 21, 2013 8:03 PM
You can find many interesting things in abandoned self storage units. Of course you find the usual things – washers, dryers, furniture, knick-knacks, old comic books. Sometimes, things of value are found: antique toys, pocket watches, handmade quilts, antique hand mirrors and brushes, silverware, and china.
Two years ago, a full dress uniform of a grand master of the Independent order of Odd Fellows (with an embroidered sash and an elaborate plumed hat) was found. There was also a large collection of ribbons, badges, and medals from the Grand Army of the Republic, which was a fraternal organization of Union vets of the Civil war. [More]
June 14, 2013 4:48 PM
Everybody who is anybody has heard of social media. Facebook. Twitter. Foursquare. Flickr. Instagram. The new kid on the social media block is Pinterest.
According to Pinterest, it is a tool for collecting and organizing things that you love. Think of it as a bulletin board. You cut out a newspaper article and pin it to your bulletin board. Or a recipe. Or a picture of a new couch that you are thinking about buying. [More]
May 24, 2013 2:53 PM
EZ Storage wants to build a new facility in Royal Oak, Michigan. Only there's one slight problem. The piece of property that they are looking at isn't zone to allow a self storage facility there. So, the owners of EZ Storage went to the city's planning commission and asked for it to be changed to conditional zoning. [More]
May 20, 2013 7:15 PM
The boxes are free. Pickup is free. Instead of having a storage unit that is only half full, customers only pay for that space that is needed. That in a nutshell describes Boxbee – a simple urban storage solution. [More]
April 25, 2013 4:21 PM
In this digital world, you would think that businesses wouldn’t have to keep paper copies of their documents. In fact, many companies work toward creating a paperless office. Sad to say, for many others a paperless office isn’t feasible. Some government regulations require that paper documents be kept for four years. Some regulations require businesses to keep records for up to 10 years. [More]
December 6, 2012 6:34 PM
A new year is just around the corner. This is the time of year when many people set New Year’s Resolutions to improve their lives and make changes for the better. For owners and managers of self storage businesses, this is also a great time to rethink and make improvements of your marketing activities – and a time to commit to trying new and inexpensive market tactics.
Here are 8 low cost ideas that you could try during 2013. [More]
November 14, 2012 1:57 PM
This Thanksgiving marks the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Last year, an estimated 3.5 million people attended the parade and 50 million people watched it on TV. [More]