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8 Low Cost Marketing Ideas for the Coming New Year

by Kim Kilpatrick 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]

Parades and the Self Storage Industry

by Holly Robinson 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]

Smartbox Storage Opens a New Facility in Australia

by Winnie Hsiu May 9, 2012 9:47 AM
Smartbox storage recently opened a new 2,000 square-meter secure storage facility in Braeside, Australia, which is a suburb of Melbourne. Smartbox, a locally owned company which also has a facility in Sydney, expanded their services to Braeside because of the growing demand for their mobile storage units. [More]

Innovative Storage Company Provides Service to College Students

by Kim Kilpatrick April 27, 2012 7:05 PM
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” That saying means that when people experience difficult situations they are inspired with clever or resourceful solutions. That’s the story of three college students in Pennsylvania – Joseph Leary, Peter Handy, and Daniel Abrahamsen. [More]

An Innovative Way to Increase Revenue for Your Self Storage Business

by Winnie Hsiu February 17, 2012 3:23 PM
Several months ago, I ordered something online. It was delivered while I was at work. A second delivery attempt was made - again, while I was at work. A notice left on my front door indicated that I had to now pick up the package at the main delivery office. The main office was 30 miles away. Much to my dismay, the main office would be closed by the time I could get there after work. It was a struggle to find a time when I could finally get my package. [More]

Storing Wedding Dresses, Pianos and Paintings

by Holly Robinson January 16, 2012 7:39 PM
There may be times when you need to rent a storage unit for various reasons (job relocation, house downsizing, etc.). Some possessions need special attention and care when put into storage – especially wedding dresses, pianos, and paintings. [More]

Hide-Away Storage in Florida Launched a Mobile Website

by Holly Robinson December 23, 2011 10:27 AM
Technology is increasingly part of everyday life. In the past ten years, computers have become smaller and more powerful; companies conduct business over the Internet; and people expect their cell phones to have access to the Internet, to take pictures, to give weather conditions, and to make financial transactions.

We have become a mobile society that expects access and connection through smart phones. Because of this expectation, companies are developing applications that extend a smart phone’s capabilities. Some self storage business owners recognize people’s expectations for connectivity on their phone and are stepping up to meet those expectations. [More]

Attend a Webinar to Increase Your Expertise

by Kim Kilpatrick September 9, 2011 9:49 AM
Denis Waitley once said, "Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience. "

Viewing life as a continuous learning experience is especially valuable to a business person. There are always news things to learn about business. With that in mind, there are two webinars available to owners and managers of storage units that will provide them with important knowledge and information. [More]

Organize and Declutter Your Garage

by Kim Kilpatrick August 16, 2011 12:42 PM
In recent years, home owners have had a time difficult selling their homes. The recession, high interest rates, and unemployment have affected the home selling market. However, a recent study found that homes that were properly cleaned, free of clutter, and well presented were on the market 80% less time than homes that were not. [More]

Chicago Self Storage Company Now Offers Records Storage and Management Services

by John Stevens August 3, 2011 11:25 AM
Records-storage management services are now being offered by LifeStorage Centers, LLC, including HIPPA compliant “vault” storage rooms, document & data destruction, barcode tracking for boxes & files, rush pick-up/delivery services, file indexing services and an advanced web search tool for accessing stored files. [More]
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