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The Silicon Prairie News published a great post today about us!
Read more here about USstoragesearch.com’s storage as a small operation that grew into the largest self storage website.
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USstoragesearch.com provides all members with an opportunity to feature their self storage facility on a quarterly basis through a Featured Listing auction process. USstoragesearch.com members with Featured Listings, on average, see a 91% increase in click-through-rate, 56% increase in customer contacts and a 38% overall increase in self storage unit reservations.
The largest and longest standing self storage directory, USstoragesearch.com, began offering Featured Self Storage Listings to members last year and these Featured Listings continue to further enhance the performance of standard self storage facility listings on the USstoragesearch.com website. The current Featured Listing auction for USstoragesearch.com members, ending Thursday, September 15th at 3 p.m., gives self storage operators with another way to increase their online visibility.
USstoragesearch.com launched the new “Featured Listings” product in June of 2010 in response to member’s requests to gain increased visibility on the largest self storage directory, featuring more than 18,000 storage locations across the US. The Featured Listings give self storage operators the opportunity to be found at the top of storage searches performed on the site for the city and/or zip code their facility is located in.
Nick Bilava, USstoragesearch.com’s Director of Sales & Marketing, explaining how Featured Self Storage Listings work stated that “a unique feature of the Featured Listing product is that it is available to all members on a totally level playing field. Featured Listings are available once each quarter on an auction basis. We felt this manner of offering Featured Listings was most fair to all self storage operators. It is great that the smallest operator in the biggest market has the same opportunity to be the first self storage facility found as the largest operator.
Bilava also shared how “the results for smaller self storage operators have been just as amazing as the results seen by larger operators. We have seen savvy smaller self storage operators actively bidding in the auctions and as a result obtain the Featured Listing in larger markets where obtaining good visibility through any marketing medium can be difficult. In several cases, due to their acquisition of the Featured Listing, their facility’s listing was viewed as much as six times more often and they saw more than four times the customer contacts as they did without a Featured Listing, truly demonstrating the value of the Featured Self Storage Listings on USstoragesearch.com ”.
Mike Jones, Vice President of Operations for USstoragesearch, stated “since the launch of the USstoragesearch.com Featured Listings in 2010 we have continued to optimize the product so our members see the best possible results from the Featured Listings they obtain. The results have been amazing for our clients taking advantage of the Featured Listing product”.
Jones continued, “In addition, all of our members have benefited from 12 straight months of double digit month-over-month increases in both site traffic and on-site conversions. USstoragesearch.com continues to grow in virtually every metric over the last 12 months including membership, site traffic, call center clients, call volume, the USstoragesearch.com Self Storage Network, leads, quotes and most importantly storage unit reservations for our clients”.
USstoragesearch.com is currently running their 4th quarter Featured Listing Auction, which ends on Thursday, September 15th at 3 p.m. CST. USstoragesearch.com members can log-in to their USstoragesearch.com member account and bid for the featured listings for as little as $10 per month and the auction fees are reimbursed from each self storage reservation secured through the Featured Listing.
USstoragesearch.com is a trusted storage partner; serving the storage industry with aggressive and cost-effective online Self Storage Marketing. Established in 2004, USstoragesearch.com is the self storage industry leader with the largest and longest standing storage directory with the largest member base, featuring over 18,000 member facilities. Storage customers using the USstoragesearch.com online reservation network, which includes high-quality partner sites like www.storageunit.com, www.findselfstorage.com, & storage.com, search real-time available storage units by facility location, unit size, property features and specials. Customers have an easy way to find, compare and securely reserve storage by credit card in minutes. These real-time reservations have been proven to convert to paying rentals for member facilities more than 90% of the time.
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More than 50% of all USstoragesearch.com members have joined the network since the launch of the USstoragesearch.com Self Storage Network in March of 2011. The USstoragesearch.com Self Storage Network provides members with an opportunity to be found on hundreds of partner sites directly related to self storage and get self storage reservations secured by a credit card.
USstoragesearch.com initiated the development of the “USstoragesearch.com Self Storage Network” during the 3rd quarter of 2010. The USstoragesearch.com Self Storage Network is an affiliation of storage related websites that allow self storage renters to search, compare and rent self storage online.
USstoragesearch.com was originally built and designed as a lead generation website for the self storage industry. Since its launch in 2004 USstoragesearch.com has grown into the storage industry’s largest and most trusted online storage directory and has proven to be the leader in online marketing for the self storage industry.
With the USstoragesearch.com Self Storage Network, USstoragesearch.com members are given an opportunity to continue to generate leads from USstoragesearch.com while also utilizing marketing outlets on partner sites that generate credit-card secured self storage reservations. In addition, the network of sites allows new self storage facility operators who want to be found on the partner sites to join the USstoragesearch.com Storage Network and pay only for each credit card secured reservation they receive.
Storage.com was launched March 2011 and was the first partner site fully powered by USstoragesearch.com. Not only is Storage.com the ultimate “storage” related domain name providing all members with additional visibility it also allowed new members and current USstoragesearch.com members to become acquainted with the USstoragesearch.com Self Storage Network.
Nick Bilava, Director of Sales and Marketing at USstoragesearch.com shared that “for the last 15 months we have been working to fully develop, test and optimize the USstoragesearch.com Self Storage Network & for the last 5 months we have been working to keep up with the demand from members to join the network. We were pleasantly surprised at how many members wanted to join immediately. The network has generated more and more rentals for the participating member and, I guess it is no surprise that, as a result more and more members have been jumping on board as quickly as they can”.
Mike Jones, Vice President of Operations for USstoragesearch, said that “USstoragesearch.com will be attending the SSA’s Fall Trade show in Las Vegas September 6th through the 8th. We think the show’s title “Positioning for the Future” is perfect. We will have some exciting announcements at the show about our growing Self Storage Network that we can’t wait to share with our members who are already in the Self Storage Network and all of our members that will be participating soon.”
USstoragesearch will be attending the Self Storage Association’s Annual Fall Conference and Trade Show in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace on September 6, 7, 8 and 9. Representatives will be at booths 632, 634 & 636 to meet with current and new members. Nick Bilava will also be leading a roundtable discussion at the SSA Trade Show on September 7th and 8th at table 19 titled “Generating More Real Estate for Your Facility Online”. This discussion will center around how to expand your visibility online and optimize your existing online marketing efforts.
USstoragesearch.com is a trusted storage partner; serving the storage industry with aggressive and cost-effective online Self Storage Marketing. Established in 2004, USstoragesearch.com is the self storage industry leader with the largest and longest standing storage directory with the largest member base, featuring over 18,000 member facilities. Storage customers using the USstoragesearch.com online reservation network, which includes high-quality partner sites like www.storage.com & www.storageunit.com, search real-time available storage units by facility location, unit size, property features and specials. Customers have an easy way to find, compare and securely reserve storage by credit card in minutes. These real-time reservations have been proven to convert to paying rentals for member facilities more than 90% of the time.
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USstoragesearch.com reserved a record number of self storage units for their Reservation Center members during the first quarter of 2011.
Brian Bremer, Director of the USstoragesearch.com Reservation Center, shared that USstoragesearch.com Reservation Center members “saw considerable improvements in overall call volume and credit-card secured reservations in each of the first three months of 2011. March 2011 not only capped off a record setting quarter and was our biggest March ever but we produced more reservations in March 2011 than we have in any one-month period in the history of the USstoragesearch.com Reservation Center.”
The growth in reservations can be attributed to several factors including adding new Reservation Center clients. Bremer said “we have seen increasing awareness of our Reservation Center and how it works and as a result we have added new reservation center clients every week this year.”
USstoragesearch.com operates a self storage Reservation Center, or call center for the Self Storage industry, which has no base fees for self storage clients. Instead, USstoragesearch.com only charges Reservation Center clients when a reservation is made.
Mike Jones, Vice President of Operations for USstoragesearch.com, shared that this model has proven to provide Reservation Center clients with one of the best returns on advertising dollars in the self storage marketing arena. Jones said “Our reservation center is truly a no-risk proposition for our members. Self storage owners, operators and managers alike know that they will have calls answered for their self storage facility up to 16 hours a day, so no opportunity is missed. It is a great deal for our members as they don’t pay a fee unless we produce a new reservation, secured by a deposit, for our clients. We see move-in rates of more than 95% for our Reservation Center clients because we take a small deposit with the reservation. Since our clients only pay a small fee on a per-reservation basis, and they know that 95% or more of our reservations lead to a move-in, it is pretty easy to demonstrate to our members a superb return on their investment.”
Mike Kucera, President and Founder of USstoragesearch.com, echoed Jones’s sentiments. Kucera shared “I feel the popularity and success of the Reservation Center has soared because every client using the Reservation Center has experienced a real return on their investment. For every $1 a reservation center client spends with us they see anywhere from $13 to more than $21 in new revenues.”
The USstoragesearch.com Reservation Call Center was started in 2007 as a complimentary service to their existing self storage marketing website. The Reservation Center offers a variety of your typical and not-so typical call center services to self storage operators. These services includes taking calls from USstoragesearch.com marketing efforts, taking all calls from all call sources, or taking roll-over or after-hours calls. Bremer said “As we all know, missed calls are missed opportunities for revenue. Our rollover program not only helps grow revenue, but also helps keep current tenants happy to know that someone is there to help tend to their needs.”
The USstoragesearch.com reservation center has also seen steady growth in the number of new jobs it has created in the Omaha, NE area. Jones stated that “the number of individuals employed in the reservation center doubled in size in early 2010 and will double again before the end of May 2011.”
USstoragesearch.com is a trusted storage partner; serving the storage industry with aggressive and cost-effective Online Storage Marketing. Established in 2004, USstoragesearch.com is the self storage industry leader with the longest standing storage directory with the largest member base, featuring over 18,000 member facilities. Storage customers using the USstoragesearch.com online reservation network search real-time available storage units by facility location, unit size, property features and specials. Customers have an easy way to find, compare and securely reserve storage by credit card in minutes. These real-time reservations have been proven to convert to paying rentals for member facilities more than 90% of the time.
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