The New MSM Buyer’s Guide: Loaded With New Features And Benefits

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The new Mini-Co Buyer’s Guide is online and ready for use. The site includes new features as well as nearly 200 vendors.

The list of vendors includes vendors skilled in the storage industry: accountants, architects, auction providers, collections, consultants, doors, equipment, facility management, marketing, roofing, security, signs, software, solar, and many more categories.

Amy Sharman, circulation and online sales for MiniCo Publishing, which is based in Phoenix, says that the Buyer’s Guide offers 24/7 access to help with anything a self-storage owner/operator may need for their facility. “At one point, you may need new doors, and another point, you may need to upgrade your security system,” says Sharman. “We’ve expanded it this year so that it is a one-stop destination to do all of your research and find supplies, so you have the knowledge you need before the purchasing process.”

How The Site Works
Sharman gives an example of an owner/operator who may need doors.

  1. Find the category for doors
  2. Location – you can search by your specific location
  3. Add any keywords you would like to use in your search

“The pages are very detailed,” says Sharman. “After selecting a vendor, you can find their location, email, product literature, and website link. Time is money, and you can save time going to the Buyer’s Guide, rather than doing a general Google search.”

Profile Pages
Some vendors have profile pages, which is a new option this year. Profile pages include links to their social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as video and photos of their products and services.

“If you see someone you like, if they have a profile page, you can also go to that and get more information,” says Claudia Johnson, executive advertising sales for MiniCo Publishing. “For example, if you’re looking for an architect and they have a profile page, you don’t even have to go to their website, you can see photos and maybe videos they’ve uploaded right on the page.”

Johnson says the best thing about the new Buyer’s Guide is that it is “very pleasing to the eye and simplistic,” making it user friendly.

In addition to vendors, the site also includes some classified advertising. Below is a complete listing of what can be found on the site:

ADD-ON PROFIT CENTERS
Mailbox & Shipping Services
Mobile/Portable Storage Solutions
Moving Equipment & Services
Records-Storage Products & Services
Retail Product
Truck/Equipment Leasing
Unit Amenities (Shelving, Door Curtains, etc.)
Wine-Storage Products & Services
BUILDING COMPONENTS
Aggregate Panel/Cladding
Bollard Covers & Guardrails
Climate-Control Products
Coatings/Waterproofing
Door Numbers
Doors & Door Hardware
Elevators, Lifts & Materials Handling
Fire Protection
Flooring
Green Building Products
Lighting
Metal Buildings
Roofs & Roofing Materials
Solar Panels & Installation
Vehicle Storage/Carports
CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Architectural Services
Contracting Services
Development Consulting
Engineering Services
Feasibility Services
FINANCE
Accounting/Tax Services
Cost Segregation
Financing
Payment Services
INFORMATION RESOURCES
Associations
Charitable Organizations
Data/Research Services & Reports
Online Communities
Publications
INSURANCE
Business Insurance
Health Insurance
Tenant Insurance
Tenant-Protection Programs
LEGAL
Auction & Lien-Sale Services
General Legal Services
MANAGEMENT & OPERATION
Call-Center Services
Collection Services
Maintenance Products & Services
Management Services (Third-Party)
Manager Training & Evaluation
Manager-Placement Services
Mystery-Shopping Services
Operational Consulting
Pest Control
Printing Services
Tenant-ID Services
MARKETING
Marketing Consulting
Online Facility Directory
Online Marketing Services
Print Advertising/Marketing
Signage
Website Design & Optimization
REAL ESTATE
Acquisitions
Appraisals/Valuations
Franchising
Investments, Partnerships & Joint Ventures
Real Estate Sales/Brokerage
SECURITY SYSTEMS & HARDWARE
CCTV & Video Surveillance
Communications Systems & Intercoms
Complete Security Systems
Fencing & Accessories
Gates & Gate Openers
Keypads
Locks & Latches
Security Installation
SOFTWARE
Accounting Software
Facility-Management Software
Portable-Storage Software
Records-Storage Software
Security Software
TECHNOLOGY
Call-Center Technology
Cloud Storage
Electronic Locks
Kiosks
Mobile Apps
Text Messaging Service


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