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SpareFoot Wins Bronze Stevie Award

by Winnie Hsiu March 6, 2014 10:47 PM
The Stevie Awards recently announced that SpareFoot Storage Finder won the bronze award from the 2014 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. SpareFoot was one of eight finalists in the customer service category. SpareFoot was up against other finalists such as the Wyndham Vacation Ownership and the United States Equestrian Federation. Their competition was stiff so it was a great honor that they received the bronze award. [More]

College Point Self Storage Wins Award

by Winnie Hsiu January 17, 2014 2:31 PM
The Mini Storage Messenger Magazine announced that College Point Storage Self Storage in Lacey, Washington, as the best New Storage facility in 2013. The design, functionality, esthetically appealing structure, and attractive landscaping were factors that were considered for this award. The facility also received high praise from city officials and the director of the city’s building department for its beautiful design. [More]

Being the Best is One Way to Separate From the Pack in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens December 19, 2013 11:58 PM
As a job applicant you have to figure out what can make you stick out and be noticed over the rest. If you don’t it is likely that your resume will get lost in the shuffle since it looks so much like everyone else. That’s expected to a degree since like minded individuals are going to apply for a job, but how do you really stand out when everyone else is so similar? [More]

SpareFoot Awarded Best Small Employer in Austin

by Holly Robinson November 19, 2013 12:25 PM
The SpareFoot culture is becoming to the self storage industry what the Google culture is to the Internet. That culture can be summed up in one word: great! The Top Workplaces program named SpareFoot as the Austin area’s best small employer. [More]

University Self Storage Receives Excellent Customer Service Award

by Tony Gonzalez October 21, 2013 2:57 PM
If a student in school receives a 100% on an assignment, that means that the student got every single question right. If a business gets a 100% on a customer survey, that means that they, too, got everything right according to their female customers’ expectations.

University Self Storage in Sarasota, Florida, received the Women’s Choice Award® given out by WomenCertified ®. The award was based on a customer satisfaction survey recently conducted by WomenCertified using the University Self Storage’s customer database. And ultimately, they got 100% on the survey. [More]

Being the Best Never Hurts in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens August 19, 2013 9:26 PM
There is no better way to advertise than to just be awesome. Yes, a good scandal or two will get you in the news, but for a business—self storage or otherwise—that is not a good thing. No, when you are named the best it is because the people have spoken, and if they have spoken that means they are talking--and that is good for business. [More]

Extra Space Storage Earns an Award

by Kim Kilpatrick August 15, 2013 5:16 PM
A while back, a friend told me about an award that one of his co-workers received at his place of work. Management gave the person a leadership award and extolled him as a great leader. However, the rank and file workers who worked underneath him had a different perspective. None felt that he was a good leader. They all thought the award was ludicrous. To them, it was laughable that the fellow even received the leadership award. [More]

Awards are More than Accolades in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez April 24, 2013 7:27 PM
Everyone likes to be recognized for doing something well; and even more so when they are considered the best at what they do. The feeling of success that comes with the accolades helps make all the hard work worthwhile. When it comes to the self storage industry (and other businesses) accolades are more than just a pat on the back. [More]

News Round Up for the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens March 12, 2013 5:37 PM
There is always something happening in the self storage industry. Today, let’s look at three snippets of news around the nation.

Storage Express recently purchases three facilities in Sidney, Ohio, from Lock-It-Up Storage. This adds 62,000 square feet and 500 storage units to Storage Express’ portfolio. Storage Express will rebrand the facilities, upgrade them with the latest security systems, personalized access control features, add automated 24-hour rental centers, and other amenities that are offered at their other facilities. [More]

Sometimes the Best Marketing is the Self Storage Facility Itself

by Holly Robinson February 11, 2013 9:09 PM
Effective marketing in this day and age is a challenge. It takes a lot to get the attention of consumers these days since they have so many options. Some companies paid as much as $4 million to advertise during the Super Bowl, a time when they knew 100 million people would be paying attention. That’s a tab that many companies would have a hard time footing. [More]
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