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Two Strong Self Storage Entities Join Hands

by Winnie Hsiu July 10, 2012 6:58 AM
When two entities in parallel industries join together, both entities become stronger. Such is the case of a new partnership between and StorageMart. is an online business. It does not have any physical space that people can rent to store their things. StorageMart is a self storage business that has facilities where people can actually store personal belongings, RVs, boats, and cars. Both have customers that are looking for storage space yet the two businesses do not compete against each other. They support and assist each other instead. [More]

Free Webinar on Mastering Sales Practices

by Kim Kilpatrick February 9, 2012 11:21 AM
Spring is right around the corner. And with the advent of spring, homeowners turn their attention to cleaning out their garage or basement and organizing their homes. Where will they put all of their kids' snow clothes, snowboards, skis, sledding tubes, and the snowmobile? What will they do with the furniture in the family room while they are remodeling it? [More]

Interest in Self Storage Continues With New Book and ‘Crazy Tuesday’ Arriving Soon

by John Stevens April 29, 2011 7:38 AM
So far, 2011 has been a year where self storage has made its mark. It is dominating the real estate investment trusts (REITs) causing the business world to swoon, but it is also on the minds of everyday people. The popularity of reality TV shows like “Storage Wars” and “Auction Hunters” has cast a spotlight on the industry, satisfying our curiosity of what treasures and trash people choose to put in storage. And people are also simply turning to self storage because they are following the American way of acquiring more stuff or they are downsizing and need more storage space. [More]

LinkedIn Poll Shows Location Is Key When Choosing Self-Storage

by Winnie Hsiu February 5, 2010 12:33 PM
In another example of how social networking sites can be used to benefit the self-storage industry, PhoneSmart Director Tron Jordheim decided to use LinkedIn, an online professional social network, to find out why professional people choose a particular self-storage company over another. He generated a poll asking, "If you are using or have used self-storage, why did you choose one facility over another?" More than 500 LinkedIn members (out of LinkedIn's network of more than 13 million) responded. Here are their responses:

Fifty percent chose based on the convenience of the location.
Thirteen percent looked for the lowest price.
Twelve percent chose based on special features and amenities.
Another twelve percent chose the facility that looked the cleanest.
Eleven percent simply chose a facility that was recommended to them by someone else. [More]