Industry News

One of the toughest things about opening a self storage facility is making sure that it actually turns a profit. To do that you need one thing—customers. That’s what advertising is for, right? As great as advertising is, you can spend a ton of money and still not connect with the people that are actually in need of a self storage unit. Of course, if you are a...

The Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA) recently announced their donation of funds to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Galveston. During their annual conference, they raise money through various activities, such as a regular and silent auction. TSSA also sponsors the “Starfish: Make a Difference Campaign” that encourages individuals to donate to the...

Many of the charitable activities that self storage facilities get involved in help children in some way, from Christmas gift drives to scholarship fundraisers to donated sports equipment and book drives. In South Africa, the company Stor-Age is teaming up with a group of motorcycle riders to help children that are victims of abuse. The group is called Bikers Against...

The Georgia Self Storage Association announced that Ann Ballard will be its new president. She was elected to a one-year term. Currently, Ballard is the president of training, marketing and developmental services at Universal Storage Group. Her company provides third-party management services and training for self storage businesses. Ballard founded Universal Management...

Self storage aggregators are not uncommon anymore and can be a great help to someone looking for a self storage facility in their area. What if you are looking to get in to the self storage industry and not just a self storage unit? Is there some place you can go for help with that? Thanks to the Storage Business Owners Alliance the answer is yes. Earlier this month the SBOA launched a different kind of self storage aggregator site. Rather than help those in need of self storage units find a facility near them it helps investors find self...

Many companies embrace modern methods for advertising. They have a website. They use Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. They flirt with Instagram, Digg, Stumbleupon, and Reddit. However, MakeSpace, the ‘concierge’ self storage startup in New York City, is going retro. It is going back to an old-fashioned marketing method. They are advertising on the subway of New...

A common practice for many self storage companies is to get involved with local charities and events. Zippy Shell, a portable self storage company will be sponsoring the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Marathon in Birmingham, Alabama, for the third consecutive year. So when folks are running along the race course and feel the need for hydration, they can stop in at one of the...

A new self storage business, Bermuda EZ Self Storage, is slated to open February 1. The facility is located on the outskirts of Paget, which is immediately south of Hamilton Harbor on the main island of Bermuda. Phillipa Baisden will be the manager. Baisden indicated that the owners were originally going to build a warehouse to store equipment for the construction...

The self storage industry is still considered a solid investment and one that many are actively pursuing.  If you have the finances and the inclination, it appears that the New York City area is a great place to be. “There is a lot of development and a lot of merger-and-acquisition activity,” said Mathew Powers, the president and executive director of the New...

When you think of a gathering of startup employees, visions of seminars, presentations, and discussion forums come to mind.  People schmooze. They network. However, the Austin Startup Games are not like that at all.  It’s all about things like ping-pong, darts, foosball, and shuffleboard. Startup Games is a non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas. Their...