Online marketing has become a gateway for self-storage operators to reach a much broader audience. Through facility websites, self-storage directories and organic searches, facility operators can reach potential tenants far beyond the previously set three-mile market. Self-storage owners and managers are implementing pay-per-click and online Yellow Pages advertising, and embracing social-media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn. They are also exploring search-engine optimization (SEO), search-engine marketing (SEM), local search, and third-party referral sites to reach new customers via the Web.
Harness the Power of YouTube: Can Video Bring in Self-Storage Customers?
With more than 800 million unique visitors each month, YouTube has become one of the best marketing avenues available today. How can self-storage operators promote their facility on this social-media giant? ...More
Does Your Self-Storage Website Still Get Value From Facebook?
Although Facebook remains a viable opportunity for self-storage businesses to promote themselves, guest blogger Brian Barwig says the website’s controversial, pay-to-play “promoted posts” program has frustrated enough businesses to warrant a re-examination of their social ...More
Is Your Self-Storage Facility Competing With Itself Online? Taking a Global View of Your Internet Marketing
When adding any new Web-based service to their marketing plan, self-storage operators should take a global view. The goal should be to share information and open new sources of business, not compete with yourself online. ...More
Handling Self-Storage Customer Complaints in a Facebook World
Today’s self-storage customers are increasingly dependent on social media to help them decide where to rent, and they aren’t shy about posting complaints. Guest blogger and ISS Expo speaker Mark Beck says social-media users are essentially part of a storage business’ ...More
Self-Storage Social Media: Are You Doing It Right?
When it comes to social media, self-storage operators need to come off as "human," not marketing machines. Posting your weekly specials or boasting about your facility's climate control isn't going to gain you customers. Here's how to revamp your social-media agenda. ...More
4 Ways Video Can Help Self-Storage Operators Increase Online Visibility
Guest blogger Cat Lane knows most self-storage operators face time and budget issues when it comes to addressing Internet and social-media marketing. But with consumers’ increasing reliance on the Web and more and more storage business conducted online, she believes the one ...More
SelfStorageFinders.com Launches Online ‘SEO Guide for Self-Storage Operators’
SelfStorageFinders.com, an online facility directory, has launched a guide to help self-storage operators with Internet marketing through search engine optimization (SEO). Built as a section of the company’s website, the “SEO Guide for Self-Storage Operators” is designed to ...More
StorageMart Self Storage Launches ‘Pin to Win’ $500 Sweepstakes
Self-storage operator StorageMart has launched a Pinterest-based sweepstakes to capitalize on a goal many people often have at the beginning of each year: to get organized. The “Pin to Win: Organize It 2013” Sweepstakes will award one winner a grand prize of $500 and a copy ...More
5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Self-Storage Facility’s Pay-Per-Click Effort
When it comes to getting the most from your pay-per-click (PPC) advertising campaign, there's no one magic solution. Self-storage operators who pay for this type of online marketing need to be aware of what’s drawing customers in—and what isn’t. Here are five simple steps ...More
Southern Self Storage Raises $5K During ‘Storage Wars’ Charity Event, Holds iPad Sweepstakes
Southern Self Storage, an operator with several facilities in Florida, raised $5,200 to benefit active military personnel during a charity-auction event patterned after the popular reality television series “Storage Wars.” The company also recently held a sweepstakes for an ...More