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    Richard Jeffords

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    Should I Use Push Rate Pricing? [Online Rentals]

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    StoragePug is a modern marketing company for self storage. We create intelligent marketing websites that allow you to rent units & take payments through your facility's website.

    It is essential to have multiple strategies in place for the appropriate time to begin increasing your rates to maximize success in the self storage industry.

    1. Know Your Local Surroundings

    To begin, you must focus on street rates, or the basic monthly rental rates that your managers will quote to any potential new customers. 

    StoragePug Founders Featured on SouthFound Podcast

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    Meet the StoragePug founders: Matt Huddleston, Tommy Nguyen, and Richard Jeffords. Join us on the podcast hosted by Jonathan Mills Patrick of the SouthFound podcast, the voice for southern startups.

    StoragePug Wins $10k at Innov865's Startup Day 2018

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    As a follow up to our announcement of our participation in Innov865's Startup Day 2018 pitch competition, we are pleased to announce that we took home both prizes!

    StoragePug Launches New Website

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    The StoragePug team is excited to announce our brand new website. To really make our brand stand out, we decided to introduce more cohesion into our brand presence – online and offline.

    If you are involved with the self storage industry, then you know that trade shows are a big deal. Whether it's a state or national association show, it's important to stand out.

    StoragePug is Competing in Innov865's Pitch Competition 2018

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    The Innov865 Alliance is showcasing East Tennessee innovation again this year with Innov865 Week 2018. StoragePug is among the six startups selected to take part in the Pitch Competition segment. The selection was made from a significant number of applicants.

    Determining if Live Chat can Help Your Storage Facility

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    Live chat offers have become a common support tool in e-commerce and online business. You may have started noticing this trend yourself!

    Consumers are becoming accustomed to their questions being answered quickly and conveniently via live chat.

    Customers can perceive live chat as more convenient or accessible than picking up the phone or email.

    How to Choose Self Storage Management Software

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    Whether you are new to the self storage industry or you are a seasoned veteran, we have compiled a useful list of key points to look for when choosing a self storage management software.

    Some owners and managers feel that they can effectively manage everything themselves in an excel document or Quickbooks, but this method has less value than using a management software purpose-built for storage facilities more often than not.

    Time is money and doing everything yourself takes more time.

    Self Storage Security Systems: Examining the Importance and Cost

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    To be a successful self storage operator you must stay ahead of the competitors. When the modern-day tenant thinks of self storage, the baseline of their expectation includes cleanliness and security.

    Think about it, if you store your belongings at a facility purpose-built to harbor your things, you expect that those things will remain in the same condition.

    Benefits of Converting Existing Buildings into Self Storage

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    There is a shopping center near my house that used to have a grocery store in it. They moved to a more prominent location, and the building was left empty for two years.

    Eventually, the building was sold and converted into a modern self storage facility.

    Converting an old building into a storage facility can be faster, easier to go through the zoning process, and the building might already meet zoning codes or grandfathered into more lenient standards.

    Building a Self Storage Facility: How to get Started

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    What Permits Do I Need to Build a Storage Facility?

    Getting a new storage facility built isn’t an easy task. There are a lot of things that you need to consider, and a lot of red tape that you need to navigate.

    One of the things that you’ll face, no matter where you decide to build your facility, is permits.