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Self-Storage: Opportunity Behind the Rollup Doors

Self-Storage: Opportunity Behind the Rollup Doors

4 Reasons Why Insurance Agents Should Give Self-Storage Risks a Closer Look Self-storage is a superstar in the commercial real estate market. Over the past half-century, the industry has proven itself to be resilient to the vagaries of consumer trends, economic recession, and even global pandemic. As the industry continues to grow, so do the opportunities for agents and brokers. Take a peek behind the rollup doors to learn more. 1. Strong Industry Metrics The...

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3 Tips for Preventing Water Damage in Self-Storage

3 Tips for Preventing Water Damage in Self-Storage

Protect Your Stored Valuables from Water Damage Water damage is no joke. Flooding and water damage is not a concern only for people in coastal regions. No matter where you are, water can find its way into a self-storage unit. Here are three ways to help protect stored valuables from potential moisture and water damage. Insurance Self-storage...

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Storage Unit Fire Hazards and Fire Prevention

Storage Unit Fire Hazards and Fire Prevention

Are Your Clients Aware of Fire Risks? Fires can be a very serious risk for self-storage units. While your clients may be responsible storage tenants, the tenant in the next unit may not be. Self-storage facilities do not provide insurance for your clients' items stored in the rented unit. They need to provide their own insurance coverage to...

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Insurance Agency Management: 3 Ways to Improve Employee Productivity

Insurance Agency Management: 3 Ways to Improve Employee Productivity

Agency Management: 3 Ways to Improve Employee Productivity As a busy agency owner, it’s critical that your employees have the ability to work independently and productively, allowing you to focus on sales. The following are four ways you can increase agency productivity without having to hire additional staff. Establish a basic training program...

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4 Ways to Keep Books Safe While in Storage

4 Ways to Keep Books Safe While in Storage

4 Ways to Safeguard Books Kept in Self-Storage Units Whether someone is in the middle of a move or has outgrown capacity at a current location, there are many reasons for people to put books in storage. And, although books aren’t as fragile as breakables, they are vulnerable to humidity, insects, mold, and other hazards. If you have clients who...

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5 Self-Storage Tips to Utilize During the Hot Summer Months

5 Self-Storage Tips to Utilize During the Hot Summer Months

5 Warm Weather Tips for Self-Storage Every year, approximately 40 million people in the U.S. relocate, with more than 50 percent moving during the summer months. Those contemplating a big move while the days are longer and the kids are out of school may have a need to put some of their personal property in storage. Here are five "good-to-know"...

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4 Ways to Improve Your Password Strength

4 Ways to Improve Your Password Strength

4 Ways to Improve Your Password Strength Your agency’s information is only as safe as the security measures you practice. A key element of information security is practicing password habits to insure no one except authorized employees will have access to secure information. Here's how to improve your password strength. Passphrase Password check...

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Email Like It’s 2018: Part 1

Email Like It’s 2018: Part 1

Email Like It’s 2018: Part 1 It’s not 1990 anymore. Of all the tech that has come and gone in the past 20+ years, email is still here. Emails are being used every day in every industry and in many ways. You are probably already using email to communicate to your clients and leads; however, are you doing it right? This is part one of two posts...

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A New Way to Post Content: The Facebook 2018 Update

A New Way to Post Content: The Facebook 2018 Update

A New Way to Post Content: The Facebook 2018 Update Facebook has recently been making a lot of headlines. Controversy over the personal information they collect and how it’s used has sparked Facebook to change many of the ways they run ads. A lot of brands and advertisers are worried about how this will affect their content. The answer is to keep...

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A Written Narrative Can Help Clients Manage Their Insurance Costs

A Written Narrative Can Help Clients Manage Their Insurance Costs

May 2018 A Written Narrative Can Help Clients Manage Their Insurance Costs When it comes to writing commercial insurance for self-storage businesses, there are many risk characteristics that underwriters evaluate to calculate the premium. Some of these, such as geographic location, are beyond the property owner's control. However, there are...

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Organize Your Daily Content to Enhance Relevancy

Organize Your Daily Content to Enhance Relevancy

Organize Your Daily Content to Enhance Relevancy The content you write and when it’s posted has a significant impact on how your audience sees your agency. Your website is the main source of content. Your emails and social media accounts provide different avenues that lead to your site. You want the information you share to be relevant and to...

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Is Your Website Mobile-Friendly?

Is Your Website Mobile-Friendly?

Is Your Website Mobile-Friendly? It is essential to be mobile-friendly. These days practically everyone has a smartphone or some sort of device that connects to the internet. You need to get your content out to where your clients are: the internet. Is your website mobile-friendly? Mobile-Friendly Mobile version of website Responsive and adaptive...

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The Internet of Things: Privacy Concerns for the Self-Storage Industry

The Internet of Things: Privacy Concerns for the Self-Storage Industry

The Internet of Things: Privacy Concerns for the Self-Storage Industry The internet is everywhere these days, not just on your computer or on your phone. Everyday household objects are becoming internet equipped. These are the “Internet of Things.” It can be as simple as a coffee pot that turns on when you program it to, or the smart TV in your...

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RFID Technology for Your Insurance Agency

RFID Technology for Your Insurance Agency

Is RFID Technology a Good Fit for Your Insurance Agency? RFID (radio-frequency identification) is a technology that tags objects with an electromagnetic field. This means they do not require an internal power source. Objects attached with an RFID tag can be tracked, scanned, monitored, and hold key information. You may have heard of this...

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Using Drones for Business Operations

Using Drones for Business Operations

Using Drones for Business Operations Not that long ago, drones were a sci-fi fantasy: amazing and cutting-edge technology that only the military or the ultra-wealthy could afford. Now that drones have become more affordable, they are being utilized in intriguing ways by a number of industries. Claims adjusting Product delivery Automated tasks...

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Making Yourself Accessible to Your Leads

Making Yourself Accessible to Your Leads

Making Yourself Accessible to Your Leads A lead is someone who has heard about you or your agency in some way. It could be from an email, word of mouth, a business card, or even a website click. Now it’s time for you and your lead to communicate with each other. Before you do in-depth research about your lead’s wants and needs, take a step back...

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Why Your Agency Should be Using Video: Part 1

Why Your Agency Should be Using Video: Part 1

Why Your Agency Should be Using Video: Part 1 Video can and should be used in multiple areas of your insurance business. People get tired of always seeing text; videos are captivating, different, and more favorable for search engine optimization. In this post, I will be sharing tips on how you can use videos online to help engage your clients....

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Unleash the Power of the Hashtag

Unleash the Power of the Hashtag

Unleash the Power of the Hashtag Your hashtag can make or break your posts. We all know how important each element is to the success of a social media post. The visuals and the text get the most attention, but none of that matters if the post isn’t going to be seen. Other than Google searches, how does the average person search for relatable and...

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Preparing for a Billion-Dollar Hail Storm

Preparing for a Billion-Dollar Hail Storm

Billion-dollar hail events are on the rise. Data from the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) reflect five such events in 2017 alone. Occurring over several days in March, May, and June, these hail events caused severe damage in 19 states with estimated losses totaling over $11 billion. The most costly single hail event of the...

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Using Email to Boost Your SEO

Using Email to Boost Your SEO

It may come as a surprise, but email can help boost your SEO and website ranking. If your email list is full of clients or potential clients who have found you through other sources outside of your website, then their email addresses may be a great way to build site discovery. Specifically, you may yield a lot of first-time visits to your website...

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What Insurance Agents Need to Know About the Twitter Feed

What Insurance Agents Need to Know About the Twitter Feed

Twitter as a network is different than Facebook in the fact that the updates are mostly happening in real time. While Twitter does have features to help user views for tweets that occurred in the past, users will still see many tweets in real time. The overall Twitter algorithm is continually changing – sometimes daily or weekly. While it may...

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Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats

Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats

Self-storage facilities can be prime targets for cybercriminals who can use customer information to rob bank accounts via wire transfers, steal customers’ personal identity information, and commit other fraudulent activities. In general, many small businesses are vulnerable to data breaches for three key reasons: · They don’t believe they...

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Flood Hazards

Flood Hazards

In the aftermath of a flood, there are a number of hazards that you may encounter. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identifies the following hazards associated with floods.·  Electrical hazardsTree and debris removalLifting injuriesMoldRodents, snakes, and insectsChemical and...

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Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats

Flood Evacuation Planning

The growing frequency and severity of weather events such as wind, hail, and torrential rain can increase the risk of flooding. Before flood waters approach your self-storage facility, make sure to put an evacuation plan in place to ensure your personal safety and that of your employees and customers. A thorough evacuation plan should include:...

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Flood Hazards

Flood Watch vs. Flood Warning

Which flood alert is more critical – a watch or a warning? It's important to know the differences in the warning system alerts and understand the appropriate action to take for each alert level. Flood Watch Meaning: Flooding is possible. Action: Monitor radio and television stations for more information. Flash Flood Watch Meaning: Flash flooding...

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Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats

Safety After a Wildfire

The hazards associated with wildfires may persist even after the flames have been extinguished. Here are some tips for staying safe after a wildfire. · Monitor information from authorities as to when it is safe to return to an area and whether water is safe to drink. · Avoid hot ash, charred trees, and smoldering debris. · Wet down debris to...

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Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats

Communicating With Tenants About Fire Prevention

September is National Preparedness Month, and creating a communications plan is a top priority when it comes to fire prevention at a self-storage facility. Regular communication to customers can go a long way toward mitigating the risk of fire on the property. Examples of tenant communication include the following: Signage: Post “no smoking”...

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Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats

Creating a Defensible Space Against Wildfires

One of the most important and cost-effective steps you can take to mitigate the risk of wildfire damage at your self-storage operation is to create and maintain a defensible space around the facility. This is a zone in which vegetation, debris, and other combustible fuels have been cleared, minimized, or treated with the goal of slowing the...

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Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats

First Aid for Heat-Related Illness

If you suspect that an employee or tenant is showing the symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, it is important to take action quickly. Time is of the essence in order to minimize the risk of serious injury or death. First aid actions for heat-related illness: Call a supervisor or co-worker for help. If no one is available, call 911.Have...

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Flood Hazards

Happy National Safety Month!

June is National Safety Month, and the National Safety Council (NSC) is marking the occasion by focusing on workplace safety education and awareness. The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is from 2020, and the NSC's analysis of the numbers indicates that workplace injuries are on the rise. In 2020, nonfatal injuries that...

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Flood Hazards

Floods and Electrical Safety

Over the past five years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods, and, on average, more deaths occur due to flooding each year than any other weather-related hazard. Safety precautions during floods should include considerations for electrical safety. Guidance from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) includes the...

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Flood Hazards

Electrical Safety and Hurricanes

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November, and severe storms can strike across the country at any time. The storm preparation checklist for your self-storage facility should include electrical safety considerations. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) offers recommendations for before, during, and after a...

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Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats

Safety After a Tornado

Once a tornado has passed, it is important that you take steps to stay safe while navigating the debris and damage left behind. Here are some tips to keep in mind. Get HelpCover your mouth with a cloth to avoid breathing dust. If you are trapped, try to send a text, bang on a pipe or wall, or use a whistle to summon help. If you are not...

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Flood Hazards

Pre-Wildfire Planning

The Department of Homeland Security's website www.Ready.gov, recommends the following steps to prepare for wildfires. Stay Informed Sign up for your community's warning system.Monitor alerts from the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio.Know your community's evacuation plan. Make a...

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