Christmas Lights

Use Christmas lights to attract new Self Storage customers

How can your Self Storage facility get some extra ‘cut through’ this festive season?

By participating!

Self Storage sites over the last decade have been built in high profile locations. Main roads, busy arterials, and intersections all help focus travellers on Self Storage facilities.

Unless your site is a victim of ‘site blindness’…

Owners are too close to their own sites to realise when this is happening. ‘Site blindness’ comes from consumers who have no interest in your site until they need Self Storage.

Five years ago, I was upgrading the computer gear for my own Self Storage site. The manager had stepped out for lunch and I said I would cover the lunch time rush! A lady came in and started to talk about renting a space. Great, I told her, that’s what we do here!

As she got talking, she said this:

‘Oh, I never knew this was storage here!’

I was a little taken aback. We had over 100m of frontage, good signage, and even had the unit contents painted on doors. There was no way she couldn’t know our building was a storage facility.

But she didn’t know.

‘I’ve been driving past for four years and I’ve never noticed it…’ she said.

What did this mean for our facility?

Well, did you notice all the red cars on the road on your way to work this morning? Of course you didn’t! There was no reason for them to spike your interest.

Armed with this information, I decided to give our store the chance to stand out during the Christmas season. I allocated a budget for Christmas decorations and focused them on the outside of the buildings.

My only mistake was to try and do it myself… It wasn’t the best display of Christmas lights you’ve ever seen!

Tips for a successful Christmas awareness campaign

  • During construction, allow some extra power points outside to connect light displays
  • Utilise a professional to install your lights – it will look much better!
  • Market your display locally and invite locals to come and see the lights
  • Enter local Christmas light competitions – this will advertise your business for free
  • Donate some Christmas presents to local charities – don’t forget to promote it!
  • Offer to be a present drop off point for local charities
  • Hire a variable message sign with a Christmas message – they work!

Thousands of families drive around looking at Christmas lights. If your Self Storage facility has a good display, expect extra traffic! This extra traffic will more than likely be from locals.

And locals are 95% of your business!

Expose your Self Storage business during the festive season. Make it stand out from the rest with some lights and decorations! SiteLink Software can help you manage the daily processes involved in running a storage facility. Contact our team today to learn more.

This article was originally published on Self Storage Startup as Christmas can expose Self Storage to new renters.

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