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Self Storage Companies Can Increase Customer Traffic to Website Using New Syndication Service

by John Stevens January 5, 2011 7:49 AM
Syndication is the buzz word in cyberspace lately. It can drive potential customers quickly to your website by linking it to thousands of related websites, such as a real estate. Usstoragesearch.com http://www.usstoragesearch.com/, a self storage directory featuring about 12,000 member facilities, recently launched its Self Storage Syndication Program, which continuously broadcasts new information from any participating self storage website to receiving sites, making the storage facility business more attractive and accessible to users. [More]

Self Storage Industry Getting Creative with Special Deals and Giveaways Mostly Online

by John Stevens January 4, 2011 7:59 AM
Promotions are key to attracting new customers to your storage facility. There is a wide range of ideas to catch a customer’s eye and get them to walk through the door. Some self storage companies are getting creative and elaborate with their giveaways, even using social media to attract people to the promotion and reach out to greater numbers. [More]

Real Estate Firm Makes Big Self Storage Acquisition Demonstrating Strength of Market

by John Stevens December 30, 2010 8:36 AM
Overall, during the past few years the self storage market has proven to be recession-resilient and this has led to many acquisitions for investment. There is a bubble of safety around the storage business because of a constant growing demand. Just this week in a major purchase, Virtus, an Austin, Texas, based real estate private equity firm has purchased 20 self storage facilities throughout the southeastern U.S., totaling 1,000,000 sq. ft. of space at a cost of $50 million. [More]

Storage Facilities Going Green By Helping Recycle and Educate or Building in an Eco-Friendly Way and Assessing Environmentally-Friendly Practices

by John Stevens December 28, 2010 9:23 AM
Another storage facility has just joined the eco-friendly club by offering recycling services as other storage businesses are converting to green practices such as solar paneling and assessing their level of sustainability. [More]

Stinky Skunk Slips into Storage Unit and Sprays Toys for Needy Children

by John Stevens December 15, 2010 9:54 AM
A toy drive in Purcell, Okla., could possibly have come to an odiferous end after a skunk got into a donation storage facility, creating putrid puzzles, malodorous model trains, and stinky stuffed animals. [More]

California Developer Refurbishes Dilapidated Building into Wine Storage Facility in an Area of Portland He Thinks Will Blossom

by John Stevens December 14, 2010 12:04 PM
In Portland, Ore., an investor who paid nearly $4 million for property to be used as a storage facility for wine, has raised some eyebrows due to the building’s poor condition. But the developer is confident in the beauty of the building and of success to come.

In Portland, Ore., an investor who paid nearly $4 million for property to be used as a storage facility for wine, has raised some eyebrows due to the building’s poor condition. But the developer is confident in the beauty of the building and of success to come. [More]

California Investigation Makes Self Storage Insurance a Timely Topic

by John Stevens December 6, 2010 8:02 AM
Of up most concern to both storage facility owners and customers is the care of the items placed into storage. For instance, if a customer requested a climate-controlled unit for a collection of instruments and paintings, they expect to get what they paid for so that their items are not damaged. Sometimes, however, the unthinkable happens and fires break out or thefts occur. That is where insurance comes in and it is one of the most important considerations when running a storage business. [More]

Detailed Due Diligence Records Can Help Ease a Sale

by John Stevens December 3, 2010 11:10 AM
Storage facility owners looking to sell their business should know that nowadays what can make or break a deal are well-maintained due diligence records that are thorough and organized. In today’s market, lenders are running a sharp eye through documentation and heavily assessing the financial well being of a business. [More]

Using Social Media and Online Contests to Promote Self Storage Business

by John Stevens November 23, 2010 1:23 PM
When a storage company kicks off its website, it usually has taken a big step toward generating more revenue by using the Internet. It can increase sales even more by linking the website to partner sites and blogs. Storage facility owners and managers are also discovering that participating in social sites like Facebook and Twitter can create a buzz for their business. And now special promotions, some that involve online video contests are popping up. [More]

Storage Industry Working to Raise $1 Million for Cancer Research

by John Stevens November 22, 2010 9:27 AM
The storage business has proven to be a generous industry. Whether it’s collecting clothes for the poor or Toys for Tots, storage facility owners and managers show a caring spirit. Now the California Self Storage Association (CSSA) is teaming up with Kure It to raise money for cancer research. [More]
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