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Ways Self Storage Operators Can Guide Customers Interested in Green Moving

by John Stevens April 1, 2011 11:04 AM
More self storage facilities in recent years have made the move to run environmentally-sensitive businesses by installing solar panels, switching to fluorescent lighting and offering recycling programs to customers. It is good for the environment, easier on the wallet in the long run and good practice when it comes to attracting a customer base that is increasingly more environmentally aware. Moving and self storage go hand-in-hand, so it is only natural that customers are also looking to the moving industry to embrace eco-friendly ways. [More]

Reality Shows Peak Interest in Self Storage Auctions As Number of Defaults Rises

by John Stevens March 21, 2011 7:45 AM
It used to be that professional bidders, thrift store owners and flea market entrepreneurs were the main buyers at self storage auctions. But because of the popularity of A&E’s “Storage Wars” and Spike TV’s “Auction Hunters,” many novice bidders have joined the fray and increased numbers of attendees at storage auctions. Whereas a year ago only a handful of bidders would attend an auction, now those numbers have grown exponentially. [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]

New Website Combines Search Powers and Offers Pumped Up Service

by John Stevens March 10, 2011 8:02 AM
Storage.com and Ustoragesearch.com has teamed up to form a powerhouse self storage search service. The sites combined forces to provide a new website that offers an opportunity for self storage operators to increase their internet presence and attract new customers. [More]

Florida Seminar Focuses on the Ever-Popular Self Storage Auction

by John Stevens March 3, 2011 12:35 PM
It comes as no surprise that the Florida Self Storage Association (FSSA) will host a three-hour seminar on storage unit delinquencies, lien laws and the auction process on March 31. The hugely-popular TV show, “Storage Wars” has thrust the self storage industry into the limelight and attracted auction bidders in droves across the country – many of whom are novices. Self storage operators now face high numbers of auction attendees as well as a need to understand the legal process behind a lien sale and how to run a safe and secure auction. [More]

Website Offers Free Premium Listing and Chance to Win iPad

by John Stevens February 25, 2011 10:17 AM
Bringing together the power of internet technology and customers who want to rent self storage online is the goal of USSelfStorageLocator.com, a self-storage locator and rental search engine. The website is offering a free premium listing for 90 days to any self storage business that activates an account prior to the Inside Self Storage (ISS) World Expo on March 16, 2011. [More]

New Web Marketing Tool Designed Just for Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens February 24, 2011 11:31 AM
When prospective renters first start to look for self storage, ninety percent of them use a web search. Numbers don’t lie and that’s why it’s important to have a comprehensive web presence. Red Nova Labs, the company that created StorageFront and Self Storage Marketing Ahead recently unveiled a new marketing service called WebWorks for Self Storage specifically aimed at improving storage facility websites. [More]

Legislation Introduced to Limit Idaho Land Board Purchases

by John Stevens February 23, 2011 5:34 AM
Continued discontent from some Idaho lawmakers over the state’s purchase of a self storage property for a commercial venture prompted the introduction of a new bill on Tuesday that would set restrictions on what types of buildings the state Land Board can purchase in the future for investment purposes. [More]

Operational Strategies for Self Storage Business Focus of Upcoming Webinar

by John Stevens February 22, 2011 12:38 PM
When it comes to business, the bottom line can’t be ignored. Business owners are understandably consumed with finding ways to save money on expenses and generate more revenue. For self storage operators, a free webinar on Feb. 24 will focus on learning strategies to improve the bottom line. [More]

Experts Offer Advice on Negotiating Self Storage Acquisitions

by John Stevens February 15, 2011 7:27 AM
The strength of the self storage industry has stood tall through the windy storms of the recession. As a result, it has attracted a lot of attention from investors looking for a solid avenue to place their money. But how to negotiate and close the deal on a self storage acquisition is a step-by-step endeavor, experts say. Taking a systematic approach to negotiating is the best way to smooth the path to acquisition. [More]
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