Tips On Using Pinterest Boards For Self Storage

Pinterest Self Storage

There are many social networks worth pursuing to generate traffic to self storage websites.  So why is Pinterest so excellent for your business and for building your brand?  Pinterest has bee responsible for generating more referral traffic for businesses than other higher profile social networks such as Google+, YouTube, and LinkedIn combined.

Still not convinced?  Here are some more statistics:

  • Pinterest buyers spend more money, more often, and on more items than any of the other top 5 social media sites.
  • With 27 million users, the number of daily Pinterest users has increased by 145% since January 2012.
  • Pinterest generates over 4x as much revenue per click (attributable to first touch) as Twitter and 27% more revenue per click than Facebook.
  • 47% of U.S. online consumers have made a purchase based on recommendations from Pinterest.
  • 21% have purchased an item after seeing it on Pinterest.

Pinterest isn’t just a sales engine; it is also fantastic for things like organization of home, posting pictures of local landmarks, redesigning homes, enhancing traffic to your website and making your home visually fun. These are things that can be implemented whether or not it is your home or your business.  Lock It Up Self Storage and Storitz.com have both used Pinterest as a tool to engage new audiences that may otherwise not be interested in self storage. Let’s take a look at how Pinterest boards for self storage can work for you.

Using Pinterest is simple. The fact is Pinterest is an online organizational board with 5 million users and counting. When you use your other social media sites to promote it you’re going to get better results. You want to keep it simple it’s the main appeal and the simplicity of the site that captures users attention. Make it a point to launch a daily theme with your pin board. If you follow the more popular Pinterest users you’re going to see some major results.

While women are still the majority making a Pinterest users, there are a number of businesses using the site as well. You can enhance traffic to your site through promoting it on your pin board and on your other social media networks as well. Don’t be afraid to ask others to pin your information on their board, and you can do the favor in return for them. This is how amazing partnerships started. You can make connections on Pinterest that she may never be able to make anywhere else.

You want to make your page visually fun, but make sure that everything you use is yours and yours alone. If you use someone else’s photograph then it takes credibility away from your company, and that’s the last thing that you want to. It’s almost like using the same brand are one so similar to another company that you can’t create your own identity. That has led many a business is to ruin. You can take charming pictures of your own products, employees at work or place of business and pin them gaining a much better response than if you were to utilize someone else’s.

Pin boards for self storage are plentiful. All it takes a quick Google search to see for yourself. There is absolutely nothing you can’t find nowadays on Pinterest. You actually have to log on and create your own account to truly gain appreciation of everything that the site can do for you.

You can find things for your home, things for your business and many things you never even would’ve dreamt possible. Amazing connections are made here, most everything is very affordable and you’re going to love using Pinterest for all of your needs, including Pinterest words for self storage.

Cat Lane is operations manager for Lock It Up Self Storage, which specializes in San Jose self storage and offers seven Bay Area locations. The company features video tours of all its facilities on its website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Steps to Make Moving Easy

 

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It’s never easy to move.  Whether you’re living in a house or an apartment, the chances are that your place is specific to you.  You have kept everything from the last ten years like all of the internet bills that are in the second drawer of your computer desk.  The old basketball shoes that you never wear, but might use one day if you decide to play a game?  They are lodged behind you suitcase and your tennis rackets in the back of your closet.  People get comfortable in their own space which is why moving out is such a daunting task: how do you pack up your whole life into boxes?  It’s hard, but it must be done.  You’re moving for a reason and change is always exciting.  Follow these five steps to make moving easier.

1) Plan everything out before you do a single thing.  This is the most important step.  You need to know exactly what’s in store for you so when an unexpected problem arises you will be equipped to handle it rather than having it ruin your move.

2) Prepare.  There is no time to procrastinate.  If you tell yourself you can do it all the day of the big move, you won’t get close to finishing everything.  There are so many little things that need to be packed away and so many things that need to be done that it’s wise to start as soon as you can.  Do a little every day and when the big day comes you’ll be more prepared.

3) Set and maintain a budget.  Any stressful situation in life can be made more stressful when the price continues to get higher and higher.  Lots of unexpected things can come out of nowhere and take all the money from your pocket.  If you have a budget, you will be less inclined to continue buying things that you might need, but aren’t necessary.

3) Set your plan into action.  Maybe you have a few months between the time you move out of the place you live in and the time your new home will be ready.  When this is the case you must get a self-storage unit.  You’ll have the storage-unit already rented thanks to the good preparation you did.  The moving truck will be rented as well.  Now it’s the moment to get to work.  Make all the plans reality and get into your new life.

5) Get some help.  That’s what friends and family are for.  Ask them to help you pack, move if you’re doing it all, or unpack in your new home.  Moving is not something you want to do alone.

It can be really stressful when having to move from one place to another.  But if you’re moving there is a reason why you are doing it.  The future awaits but before you get there make sure that your move is a smooth one.  Follow the five steps above and you’ll get it all done with ease.

Lock It Up Self Storage specializes in San Jose mini storage with 7 Bay Area storage locations. Follow them on Twitter @lockitupstorage .

 

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Soup is In, Ice Cream is Out — How To Store Your Boat Over The Winter

From our friends at Lock It Up Storage, San Jose, CA.

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When winter time comes changes have to be made in all aspects of life.  Thicker clothes need to be worn to fight off the cold weather.  Soup is in and ice cream is out.  You also store away the summer stuff that will not be needed during the cold winter months.  One of the main things that must be taken good care of over the winter is your boat.  There are some things that need to be taken into consideration when deciding to store your boat for the winter.

The biggest question you’ll have is where you want to store your boat.  Some people choose to store their boat in their driveways of their houses.  It is the most economical way, but it can cause problems with your neighbors and your association if your neighborhood has one.  Lots of people store their boats in warehouse yards which are priced fairly well too.  But when storing your boat outside you must take more precaution when winterizing it.  You also you have to continue maintenance every couple of weeks.  One of the best options for storing your boat for the winter is to store it in a self-storage unit.  This way your boat will be inside and better protected against the harsh elements.

One of the best things about storing your boat in a storage unit is that you will feel safe.  You can rest easy throughout the winter knowing your boat is safe.  There is nothing worse than when a big storm rolls through town and your boat is being stored outside.  Yes, you took the proper steps to make sure it can handle the winter, but some storms are bigger than others.  Sometimes it will feel like the harsh weather is going to damage your boat even if you winterized it perfectly.  If your boat is inside, you will feel safe knowing that it is protected from any storm that passes through.

Before you put your boat into storage you must winterize it first. This is the most important step of the process.  If you slack off and only do a few things the long term damage of your boat may be impossible to repair.  One of the main things that you need to do is remove the fuel from the gas tank.  This will help avoid the engine getting rusty.  Because winter tends to get humid and dry you must spray the interior of your boat with vinyl protectants.  If you don’t everything will dry out and crack and when the winter is over you’ll boat will look like you bought it at a garage sale.  These are just two steps in a very detailed process that will help protect your boat.

When winter comes around we have to make changes in every aspect of our lives.  When deciding how to store your boat you will have options.  Each one provides their own pros and cons.  One of the best ways to store your boat is putting it in a self-storage unit.  It’s quick and easy.  After you winterize it you can lock it up and feel comfortable until spring.

Lock It Up Storage is the Bay Area’s best storage solution, with San Jose storage units and six other convenient locations.

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5 Tips To Choose and Pack A Storage Unit

This blog comes courtesy of Lock It Up Self Storage in San Jose, CA

There are so many things to buy in this world that after a while the house can become cluttered with too many belongings.  When your garage is overstuffed with so much stuff that you can’t walk around in it, let alone park your car in it, you know it’s time to get a storage unit.  There are some factors to consider when picking your storage unit and when it comes time to pack it.  We have all seen Storage Wars and we don’t want to be one of those units when the door is opened a bike falls out and hits poor Barry on the noggin.    So here are five helpful tips to help choose the right storage unit and pack it.

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Not all storage units are this simple and easy to navigate. But you can make yours work for you.

1) Is the self storage property close to your home?  This might not seem like a big deal at first.  After you pack up the unit there won’t be much need to go back to it so a long drive won’t be too bad.  That’s true, but what if the moment comes when you need something quick?  You won’t want to make that hour drive to get your stuff.  It might be a little more expensive renting from the place nearer to your house, but it’ll pay off when you need your things.

2) Find out about the storage facility’s security.  You need to find out if it’s insured for fires and other natural disasters.  You need to make sure there have a great alarm system and find out how many security guards work at once.  If you are going to store your things it’s important to be sure they are going to be protected.

3) Make sure the storage unit company has a good reputation.  Find out about their customer service center and how they do under pressure.  Look for reviews and find out how the company handles problems.  Nothing runs smooth in this world so when a problem comes you want to make sure your company will have the knowledge to solve it.

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Lock It Up Storage in Pleasanton, CA. A nicely maintained facility is an indicator of safety and security.

4) When packing your storage unit you must make sure you have everything packed into boxes or containers.  If you simply throw all of your stuff in a unit it will be so messy and impossible to find anything later on if you need to.  Pack it all away and mark the boxes so you know what it where your things are.

5) Organize the boxes with all of the heavy stuff on the bottom.  It’s important to make sure that you haven’t put your box of bowling balls on top of your nicest tea set. You want to make sure that none of your stuff breaks over time so organize it correctly and everything will be fine.

Sometimes you run out of space in your house.  Don’t worry when it happens.  Just make sure to get yourself a self storage unit.  Follow the tips above when choosing one and packing it.  Don’t take any tips lightly.  The best way to avoid long term problems is by figuring them out at the beginning.  Get a place close to your home with great security and customer service.  Box up all of your stuff and pack it in with the heaviest stuff on the bottom.  Your stuff will be safe and you can feel safe.

Lock It Up Self Storage specializes in San Jose self storage with 7 Bay Area storage locations. Follow them on Twitter @lockitupstorage .

 

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5 Storage Blogs Reviewed

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There are more than a few thousand storage blogs out there. And most of them aren’t something you want to subscribe to. Look, you’re either self-described as “very neat,” or already diagnosed OCD; you’re the head of a household and family and want to grasp something that gives you the illusion of “organization”; or, you work in the storage business and you just geek-out on containers and boxes and you hope that spreading as much blog detritus into the #twitterverse and facebook will increase your keyword search rankings. Well, I don’t know if any of those are true, or apply to you, but hear ye, hear ye, below is a review of 5 storage blogs that have been bangin’ around for at least a year, which in the word of the “interweb” is akin to receiving one of those lifetime achievement Academy Awards. Keep postin’, at least you know that WE at Storitz will still be lookin’.

1. Orgjunkie.com – Ummm, clever name, but ironically not the most visually organized blog you’ve ever seen. There are lots of categories, like “bathroom”, “dining room”, “closets”, that really let you get into nitty-gritty of the things you want to organize, and in some cases store. Weary Mr. Mom and just dropped off the kids at school but don’t want to spend $6 bucks at Starbucks to get your fix? Pull-down the “Bathroom” menu on orgjunkie.com and spend the next two hours organizing the WC.

2. All the Sorted Details – by Elizabeth Larkin, and found at elizabethlarkin.tumblr.com, this is managed by a writer/journalist who has a keen eye for postings from other organizing and lifestyle blogs, and includes some wit and witticisms to give all you fellow OCD/neat-freaks a wink and a nod. You’ll never think your time is wasted following this blog.

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- All the Sorted Details / elizabethlarkin.tumblr.com - clear, easy to read, pleasant to look at

3. Things Organized Neatly - Another tumblr blog, this is probably the most impressive visual assemblage of related items you’ll find on the Web. Every day the people at T.O.N. seem to find some category of objects to be organized and assembled in a balanced, Mondrian-like way. Easy on the eyes. Probably like porn for hoarders.

4. OCD Experience - by Justin Klosky - This is probably the most useful blog in terms of helpful real-world tips for organizing your life, whether your life is in a dorm-room, a suitcase, a large French Chateau or a small urban apartment, Justin seems to cover it all in a simple, concise and easy-to-read manner.

 

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5. We have to plug our own blog here, of course, and include our tumblr: storitz.tumblr.com. Our blog will review various things you ought to be organizing and thinking about.And then our tumblr offers the latest deals and places to get the deals on Storitz. We aspire to take organizing more seriously in the future, but until then we’ll probably continue posting about football phones, chips n’ dips dishes and animals in costumes.

 

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Hurricane Preparedness Tips – To Do List

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Hurricane To Do List

1. Build an emergency kit with food, warm clothes, flashlights, and cash.
2. Check with local agencies to see if your property / home is in danger. If it is near a levee or dam, it may be more likely to be in danger.
3. Secure your property – If you can’t board up windows or install shutters, move valuable items to closets and secure rooms. Taping windows does not secure windows.
4. If you have time, trim trees and large shrubs of any loose or long hanging branches.
5. If you’re in a high-rise, go to the 10th floor or lower. The higher you are above ground, the higher force of the winds that may pose a risk of shattered glass and danger.
6. Tell those you love where you will be and come up with a contingency plan of where and when to meet in the event of losing communication.
7. Hold on Tight.

Good luck from your friends at Storitz. Click.Store.Done.

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Top Five Items Found in NFL Replacement Referees’ Storage Units

5. Clown nose, wig and shoes — for the Saturday Job.
4. Miscellaneous file boxes – from previous job as referee for NCAA Division III.
3. [Enter said NFL team] fan gear, again, wig, facepaint and foam hat.
2. Sports Illustrated football phone (free gift with 2 year subscription in 1997).
1. 2012 NFL Rulebook — perfectly preserved in its plastic-sealed package.

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Sports Equipment Storage: Spurs vs. Jazz. NBA Playoffs and a Self Storage Comparo-Faceoff!

Sports Equipment Storage Alert - Youth basketball leagues, pony baseball, little league, and club soccer teams across the country are packing up their items until summer or fall seasons. You gonna put yours in that upstairs closet or make room for it in your garage? If you’re at a loss for where to keep it, maybe getting a fresh, clean and AFFORDABLE self storage unit is just right for you.

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Ain't that a perty' clean unit? Rent it at Storitz.com

Storage units can be rented month-to-month, so you don’t need to commit to a long-term contract.  You can even move-out mid-month and have your pro-rated balance refunded to you. Be sure to ask for an interior/indoor unit that is impervious to the elements and nasty little bugs and pests to keep the soccer balls, pop-up goals, hockey sticks, basketballs and bats clean, dry and ready for next season – or next week, as the case may be.

Salt Lake City, UT Self Storage - Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz and Raja Bell, who outlasted the T-Blazers to make it to the playoffs will be digging deep to make it to the next round. If they need to store their equipment in the offseason, there is a plethora of Salt Lake-based Extra Space Self Storage properties nearby, but there are also some locally owned units, too.

So, if you’re looking for storage, just know that units start at $24/month, just $1 less than where they start in San Antonio. Alert – the smallest unit in ZIP 84109 is a 10×20 drive-up for $196, which means all those families are clearly storing their stuff (if you know what we mean) and organizing for the summer.

 

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San Antonio, TX Self Storage – Tony Parker, Tim Ducan and the Spurs will be able to store their extra items (trophies?) at any number of Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, American Mini Storage and other self-storage companies listed on Storitz.com. Starting at $25/month for a 5×5, and including the first month free, it won’t cost much for the Spurs or their fans to get started organizing their lives.

 

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The Real Top 5 Tips for Choosing and Packing a Self-Storage Unit.

Okay, only the anal-retentive, OCD, borderline personality people actually buy the Sharpie markers, copious amounts of packing tape, and fresh boxes. The truth is that most of us who use storage are using it in pinch. We’re moving out before the First of the Month, we’re moving it from the driveway where our wife left it, or we’re trying to coordinate closing escrow on the new house, printing boarding passes for tomorrow’s flight to Austin, make sure the kids are enrolled for school when the new semester starts at their swell (sure) new district, and oh, yeah, put the extra things into a storage unit. So, for all of us who are in a rush, who don’t want to bother with the Martha Stewart details, here are the Top 5 tips for Choosing and Packing a Self-Storage Unit.

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1. Do you have an Innie or an Outie? Do I want the ease of loading the unit like a garage (“Drive-Up” in Self-storage speak) from the trunk of my car/truck, or do I want the extra doors and walls of protection from elements and creepy-crawlies that an “Interior” or indoor-located unit provides? I love rhetorical questions.
2. More Cushion for More Pushin’ – Whether it’s a New York City Self Storage unit, or a somewhere less urban, Put the big heavy items on the bottom first. Yes, you’re going to stack things. To the ceiling. Maybe you’ll have some blankets or sheets you can put on the tabletop surfaces or other things you don’t want scratched by the boxes and furniture and chair legs that will undoubtedly, inevitably, withoutadoubtably get stacked on top.
3. No food or chemicals.  Again, Riverside, CA Self Storage people, Food’s odor will permeate all your belongings, and it will attract the bugs, rats and homeless people who are within a ½ mile radius. Chemicals, especially oils, like motor oil, and certain paints, will leak. Yes, they’ll leak out of a metal can or plastic bottle, and through that Walgreen’s plastic bag you thought would be a seal. Not only are they a fire hazard (according to your storage owner), but also more importantly, they’re gonna leak on the floor and seep into other stuff that you care about. So exclude the liquids.
4. Pay in advance – You know how Lil Wayne says “triple A – get your advance in advance”? Well, if you really want to save $$, get the low “move-in special”, and then when that required month or two is over, pay for 6 or 12 months in advance. You usually get a 10% discount for buying in advance, and you guarantee that your rent won’t go up.

 

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5. You want a live-in or you want your own place? Kind of like when you chose the last place you lived when you were (are) single, you could have saved money and had a live-in roommate. That brings company from time to time, albeit not always wanted, and it helps keep the overhead low. Or, you wanted your own place, that was your style, your way, and you could keep all your nice stuff clean, unfettered, untouched (“Control Freak…”).

It’s sort of like that when choosing a storage facility. You could get an old-style one with a live-in manager who has an apartment above the office and is always keeping watch on the place. But maybe keeping too close of an eye. And maybe has that little collection of garden trolls by the front gate. And maybe won’t care about the weird old dude building his own car out of the unit next to yours. Or, you could get the super new, fancy, alarmed, video-surveillance-equipped, keypad-controlled, finger-traced and blueprinted facility that doesn’t have a live-in manager, and feels really modern, but probably costs more money. Now you know. Oh, and once in a while, once in a very great while, there is a new facility WITH a live-in manager. Now, is that the best of both worlds, or is it the worst? It’s your choice.

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