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At one time, people had to dig up their phonebooks to locate the contact information for a self storage facility. Now they have websites like StorageUnit.com that tell them that—and so much more. People are always on the move and they don’t have time to wait until they get home to look up a website on the internet. Sometimes they need to look it up on the go. For a site that is not mobile-friendly, that could mean missing out on a lot of potential visitors. StorageUnit.com understands that the use of mobile devices is trending upward...

This week, StorageAhead announced that they have hired Dirk Wakeham as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of their Board of Directors. They are pleased to welcome him and look forward to his expertise in focusing on the needs of customers, implementing strategic innovation, and for his vision for the future. Wakeham has extensive experience in the real estate industry. He served as president of RealPage, a leading provider of SaaS solutions for the rental housing industry.   (SaaS is a property management software licensing and...

It is entirely possible for one person or one self storage facility to make a difference for a good cause, but it is also possible to make an even bigger impact with the right partner. With a strong partnership, the scope of a charitable endeavor can be magnified, making it possible to do so much more. The people at Storage.com understand this concept, which is why they have decided to partner up with the Boomer Esiason Foundation in the fight against cystic fibrosis. Boomer Esiason is a former NFL quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals...

When Kevin Chan started his self storage business in Hong Kong in 2002, most of his customers were expatriates who had temporarily moved there and expected to stay for just a short time. They needed a place to store their bulky or rarely used items. Over the years, things changed. Now, about 60 percent of Chan’s customers are middle class people from Hong Kong. Their storage needs are similar to those around the world — a place to store extra clothes, ski gear, collections, extra furniture, toys, and even wine. Colliers International,...

With the popularity that self storage lien auctions have achieved, it would be easy to conclude that facility managers must like them. After all, more and more people are attending the auctions, and there is always a chance of being featured on one of the reality shows, right? That could not be further from reality. Most managers would much rather collect the rent that is owed without going to auction. Thanks to a new software program, that task may soon be a lot easier. Storage Network Advantage, a group that allows for small business...

Amazing Spaces Storage Centers kicked off their annual Make a Difference campaign to raise money for the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Galveston, Texas. They are encouraging their storage facility owners, customers, and the local communities to be generous in their giving. Amazing Spaces will accept donations through October 31, 2014. To encourage everyone to make a difference, Amazing Spaces matches each donation, dollar for dollar, up to $1,000 for each of their store locations. “We are really trying very hard to raise more money...

As with any industry, self storage companies appreciate the value of public recognition. For one, it means the company and its employees are doing a good job. It also means that there’s a good chance they are receiving some kind of award—which means there’s probably going to be publicity. To self storage owners and managers, that means free advertising! S.D. Storage is enjoying a little bit of publicity and free advertising after readers of The Union Tribune named them among the Best of San Diego in the paper’s annual poll. “We...

Business leaders and government officials in Mamaroneck, N.Y., joined Murphy Brothers Contracting for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mamaroneck Self Storage facility. Murphy Brothers Contracting owners, brothers Chris and Sean Murphy, are the team behind the new facility. The state-of-the-art storage facility will span 40,000 square feet and will cost $3 million. The brothers anticipate that it will be completed and fully functioning by Labor Day weekend 2015. The duo has been planning this facility for five years. They have worked...

When it comes to doing business in the self storage industry, word of mouth is very important, and there’s no better way to encourage it than to get involved in the community. Stor-Age in South Africa understands this and works hard to remain visible in the community by getting involved in various sporting events. For example, the Stor-Age facility in Hennopspark sponsored a local racing event. But it wasn’t just any race day event—the drivers were not old enough to legally operate a vehicle. Luckily, they were driving box carts...

Back in 2010, when Ben Cohen and Jeremy Rosen decided to open up a self storage business in Australia, they likely thought the same thing that all small business owners think. Boy, I hope we don’t lose our shirts on this deal. Four years later, the pair not only still have their shirts, but now probably have shirts in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane where they have branches of their mobile self storage company Taxibox. The Brisbane location is the newest in the company, having only recently launched operations. Co-Founder Jeremy Rosen...