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Using Pinterest to Promote Your Self Storage Business

by Holly Robinson 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]

Self Storage News Roundup for June

by John Stevens June 12, 2013 8:19 PM
Extra Space Storage has recently expanded its holdings in Hawaii. They finalized the purchase of two self storage facilities. One is in Honolulu and one is in Central Oahu. These two facilities sold for $ 30 million and were purchased from Jupiter Holdings LLC, which is based in California. This increases Extra Space’s facilities to 7. Those facilities are on Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island. [More]

SpareFoot in Austin, Texas, Wins an Award

by Tony Gonzalez June 11, 2013 9:57 PM
SpareFoot, the world’s largest online marketplace for self storage, was recently named the Best Place to Work in Austin, Texas, for mid-sized companies (businesses with 51 to 250 employees). There were 20 finalists in this category.

SpareFoot CEO Chuck Gordon said he’s “honored and overjoyed” that the company he co-founded has received this award. [More]

New Self Storage Facility Opens in Key West, Florida

by Winnie Hsiu June 10, 2013 5:00 PM
Key West, Florida, is an island that is about 4 miles long and 2 miles wide. The original Spanish term for it was Cayo Hueso which literally means "Bone Island." It is said that the island was littered with the remains of bones from Native American battlefield or burial ground. The owners of a long-vacant warehouse - a 'skeleton' of a former business - repurposed the building into a new self storage business. [More]

Zombies Come to the Self Storage Industry

by Holly Robinson June 7, 2013 2:47 PM
Pop culture is full of zombies. The BBC aired the first of a three-part miniseries last night about zombies. There was the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which was a parody of Pride and Prejudice. Then, there was the recent movie Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies where good ol' Abe leads a team of Secret Service agents to fight and destroy an outbreak of the Confederate Undead while the Civil War rages on. There's even the game Zombies, Run! for smart phones.

Now, the self storage industry has hopped on the band wagon and joined the zombie craze. Door to Door Storage Inc. launched a zombie-themed infographic with the hopes it will provide customer appeal while also giving information about their product and services. [More]

Two Upcoming Free Webinars for Self Storage Owners and Operators

by Tony Gonzalez June 6, 2013 12:53 PM
One of the great benefits of the Internet is the ability for people to hold – and attend -- online webinars. “Attending” an online webinar is much cheaper than going in person to meetings because expenses like airplane tickets, hotels, and per diem for food are not incurred. [More]

Self Storage Units Are 'Very Secure'

by Winnie Hsiu June 5, 2013 7:21 PM
The “Good Morning America” program ran a story that discussed how thieves would break in and steal items from self storage units. The report said that break-ins at self storage facilities were a growing problem in the industry. However, they didn’t cite any crime statistics, didn’t say how they came to that conclusion, and didn’t have any comments from someone within the industry. They warned that storage units were the ‘new target’ for thieves. [More]

Stor-All Upgrades Their Contact Center

by Kim Kilpatrick June 4, 2013 1:51 PM
Remodeling your home is a messy job - especially if you are remodeling your kitchen. Dust is everywhere. You can't find what you need. You stress over which cabinets to get, whether to get granite or silestone counter tops, and if you should get a real oak floor or laminate flooring instead. Tons of decisions to make. [More]

Secure Self Storage Announces Their New Mobile Website

by Holly Robinson June 3, 2013 2:39 PM
Fifteen years ago, businesses were on the cutting edge if they had a website. Now, to be on the cutting edge, businesses need a website with a responsive design. (A responsive design can tell what platform a person is using - tablets, cellphone, computer - and displays the site accordingly.) In just the last year, mobile searches have quadrupled. Secure Self Storage, a leader in the mini storage industry, recently launched a mobile version of their website. Mantra Information, based in New Jersey, built their mobile friendly [More]

Gotham Mini Storage in Manhattan Appeals to NYC Startups

by Winnie Hsiu May 31, 2013 2:29 PM
When you think of storage units, you think of people storing extra furniture, clothing, knick-knacks and do-dads, old comic books, and sports equipment. Gotham Mini Storage goes beyond that and is a very viable option for startup companies in New York City. [More]
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