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  • #16
    Also includes our own domain name (i.e. www._____ministorage.com or whatever)

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    • #17
      Originally posted by letsgosonics View Post
      If you have the means, or know a family member, why not host your own website? We pay $9.99/mo, that includes email. We update, redesign, whatever for FREE. It uses an online program, or you can download a program onto your computer. You don't need a lot of skill, just some time to get it all right.

      The one downside is it may hurt your google ranking a little, but so far we have stayed near the top. Getting Google reviews does help (good or bad). My wife updates it with ease and not any html or other website building experience.

      $9.99/mo is a lot better than $1500/mo.
      There's definitely a middle ground between $10/mo and $1,500/mo. The major downside of hosting your own website and updating/designing it yourself is that you won't be able to show current unit prices or availability on there without logging in every. single. day. to update your counts and prices. Renters really like being able to see price and availability up front. Even if you're not allowing tenants to move-in online, you can still allow them to make a reservation or set up an appointment to check out an available unit. When your website is created and managed by self storage industry/SEO experts, you can set it up to connect to your software effortlessly so that everything syncs automatically and prices and availability are always up to date.

      If you don't have unit prices and availability on your website, you're going to lose a lot of renters to competitors who do.
      Jana Haecherl
      Marketing Communications Specialist at Storable
      Email me: [email protected]
      Call me: (913) 954-4110

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      • #18
        Originally posted by janahaecherl View Post

        There's definitely a middle ground between $10/mo and $1,500/mo. The major downside of hosting your own website and updating/designing it yourself is that you won't be able to show current unit prices or availability on there without logging in every. single. day. to update your counts and prices. Renters really like being able to see price and availability up front. Even if you're not allowing tenants to move-in online, you can still allow them to make a reservation or set up an appointment to check out an available unit. When your website is created and managed by self storage industry/SEO experts, you can set it up to connect to your software effortlessly so that everything syncs automatically and prices and availability are always up to date.

        If you don't have unit prices and availability on your website, you're going to lose a lot of renters to competitors who do.
        We do post our prices, easily. We don't do the whole sliding scale price adjustments every day. We are upfront with our prices and don't change them often.

        As for unit availability, it is easily changed with a couple clicks of a button. Takes less than 30 seconds. We allow online reservations, and when a size is rented up, it is changed from "RENT" to "WAITING LIST".

        Yes it is a bit of a manual process, but 30 seconds of updating a couple times a week is worth the savings to me. We don't have storage software to connect/sync to. Over 400 unit facility runs perfect without.

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        • #19
          Also, though your post may not have meant to come off a certain way, it is a turn off to your company from my point of view. I would refrain from telling a facility owner like myself how I am going to lose a lot of renters to competitors. Unless you have owned and operated your own facility before that it

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          • #20
            Originally posted by letsgosonics View Post

            We do post our prices, easily. We don't do the whole sliding scale price adjustments every day. We are upfront with our prices and don't change them often.

            As for unit availability, it is easily changed with a couple clicks of a button. Takes less than 30 seconds. We allow online reservations, and when a size is rented up, it is changed from "RENT" to "WAITING LIST".

            Yes it is a bit of a manual process, but 30 seconds of updating a couple times a week is worth the savings to me. We don't have storage software to connect/sync to. Over 400 unit facility runs perfect without.
            That's awesome, I'm glad you've found something that works for you. And you definitely can't beat $10 a month!
            Jana Haecherl
            Marketing Communications Specialist at Storable
            Email me: [email protected]
            Call me: (913) 954-4110

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            • #21
              I would highly suggest Store Local, we use to use storEDGE and no complaints, it worked and did it's job better than our prior site, but with Store Local, as soon as it went live, we saw a HUGE jump in online reservations, online rentals and searches that went to our site from Google / Yahoo / Bing / Others.
              Thanks!

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              • #22
                Ryan are you still having good results with Store Local?

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                • #23
                  Keep in mind it's more than just your website that you need to look at. It's your online presence in general. A lot of what it comes down to is your SEO - so a company can give you a great looking website, but if they aren't coding it right (tags, meta-tags, keywords, backlinks, compressed pics, etc.) it's not going to do a lot for your rankings. Google reviews, Claiming your listings, tweeking and playing with things on your site every so often, connecting it to your social media accounts, etc. are all just as important. We went from from of the page to the top in about 2 months or so once I started working on the site AND our online presence in general.

                  That being said we use Wix and do it ourself (well, I do it). It's $23 a month and that includes domain. I just finished translating most of it into Spanish so customers can switch back and forth. It's also pretty intuitive for anyone who has a passing background in design. A few overview course in html for the SEO part will help to - freecodeacademy is a great place for that and you can get the basics in 2-3 days or in maybe 5-6 hours.

                  Most major management software programs can be integrated to your website to allow customers to pay online. @letsgosonics pretty much nailed how to handle online reservations too.

                  We are at the top of the local listings for storage in our area so our SEO is on point too and WIx has some pretty good guideline tools for that. We've tried a few professional companies and I HATED them. They overcharge, limit your options, and take their time. Everything is based on a template and you generally pay extra for the SEO portion.

                  That said, it does take some TLC to get it up and running and took up a good chunk of my time when I first started.

                  https://sitechecker.pro/ is a good SEO checker for your website. Even if (especially if) you use a company, take the time to run it through. The basic tools are free and easy to understand the report. It was super helpful!
                  Last edited by T_Champeau; 31st January 2020, 11:04 AM.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by T_Champeau View Post
                    Keep in mind it's more than just your website that you need to look at. It's your online presence in general. A lot of what it comes down to is your SEO - so a company can give you a great looking website, but if they aren't coding it right (tags, meta-tags, keywords, backlinks, compressed pics, etc.) it's not going to do a lot for your rankings. Google reviews, Claiming your listings, tweeking and playing with things on your site every so often, connecting it to your social media accounts, etc. are all just as important. We went from from of the page to the top in about 2 months or so once I started working on the site AND our online presence in general.

                    That being said we use Wix and do it ourself (well, I do it). It's $23 a month and that includes domain. I just finished translating most of it into Spanish so customers can switch back and forth. It's also pretty intuitive for anyone who has a passing background in design. A few overview course in html for the SEO part will help to - freecodeacademy is a great place for that and you can get the basics in 2-3 days or in maybe 5-6 hours.

                    Most major management software programs can be integrated to your website to allow customers to pay online. @letsgosonics pretty much nailed how to handle online reservations too.

                    We are at the top of the local listings for storage in our area so our SEO is on point too and WIx has some pretty good guideline tools for that. We've tried a few professional companies and I HATED them. They overcharge, limit your options, and take their time. Everything is based on a template and you generally pay extra for the SEO portion.

                    That said, it does take some TLC to get it up and running and took up a good chunk of my time when I first started.

                    https://sitechecker.pro/ is a good SEO checker for your website. Even if (especially if) you use a company, take the time to run it through. The basic tools are free and easy to understand the report. It was super helpful!
                    So we had Automatit do our website years ago. I just did the check on this link sitechecker.pro and we score 54 out of 100. I had alot of issues with our website and things they missed. IE , they didn't input a google analytic code, they basically copied and pasted our old website and after it was built it seems our calls dropped. I am currently looking at making some changes. It's only been two years since it was built.

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                    • #25
                      We worked with G5 and were disappointed in the service and overall value. Sitelinks API is simple and any local web developer who's familiar with building for conversion should be able to put something together that's well done and affordable. These 'Industry-specific' SEO/web management companies will eventually need to lower cost when savvier owners realize there are firms doing much more for less.

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                      • #26
                        Have you taken a look at The Storage Group? (My honest and personal opinion) Their websites are beautiful and rank really well. AND it works into their online rental tool Cllickandstor 3.0 which is one of the only Progressive Web Apps available in self-storage.
                        Kevin Kerr
                        Storage Commander Cloud Software
                        k[email protected]
                        Direct - 951.867.4732

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