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October 2016

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MiniCo Insurance Agency Receives Awards

.In recent months, MiniCo Insurance Agency received recognition from two very different sources.

The readers of Inside Self-Storage magazine, a national trade publication for the self-storage industry, selected MiniCo as a Best of Business winner in the category of best commercial insurance for the fifth consecutive year. The magazine’s Best of Business reader survey invites self-storage industry professionals to elect their choice of best businesses in 40 categories.

In addition, MiniCo received an Insurance Standard of Excellence award in the 2016 WebAward competition as selected by the Web Marketing Association. The company’s winning entry was its corporate website,, which was extensively redesigned in December 2015. The Web Marketing Association was founded in 1997 to help set a high standard for Internet marketing and corporate web development.

MiniCo President and CEO Mike Schofield commented, “It is an honor to receive recognition from the readers of Inside Self-Storage for a fifth year in a row. MiniCo’s experienced team works each day to deliver on the promise of the company’s core value of client-focused service. In addition, we are honored to be recognized by the Web Marketing Association in its WebAward competition. MiniCo’s experienced in-house marketing professionals are dedicated to effectively leveraging online platforms, such as our website and social media, to promote our growing list of insurance products.”

Self-Storage Industry Continues Positive Development Trend

At the self-storage industry’s most recent national conference, industry professionals predicted that 2017 will see a continued upswing in new facility development with the addition of over 800 operations across the United States. Metrics such as customer demand and rents also continue to trend positively.

As an independent insurance agent or broker, you have an opportunity to partner with self storage businesses to help ensure they have adequate insurance coverage as they continue to grow. For agencies seeking niche programs for young agents or experienced agents looking for additional programs, MiniCo’s self-storage insurance program offers excellent opportunities to build a book of business and gain specialized knowledge about specific industry segments.

MiniCo Insurance Agency offers many resources for agents including free customized marketing materials. For more information, contact MiniCo’s Customer Care Department at or 800-447-8383.

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MiniCo Welcomes New Team Member

Christine HamakerChristine Hamaker,
AFIS, Senior Underwriter

Chris has 16 years of insurance experience with specialization in commercial agriculture and personal lines. Previously an agribusiness program underwriter in MiniCo’s Denver office, she has now joined the self-storage program team in our Phoenix headquarters. Prior to joining MiniCo, Chris held positions at QBE and National Farmers Union Insurance.


Marketing Tips and Tools from the MiniCo Blog

The MiniCo blog is an excellent resource for agents seeking information about topics such as getting started as a new agent, e-mail marketing, social media, website design, video marketing, customer service and networking.

If you have not yet checked out the MiniCo blog, get started with two of our most popular posts.

Collecting Customer Feedback and Using It to Improve Your Business

Most people don’t know they are doing something wrong until someone tells them. Likewise, many insurance agencies don’t realize they are alienating customers until clients reach out to let them know they’re unhappy. However, you don’t have to wait until you receive an angry phone call or bad comment card from a disgruntled customer. You can be proactive and solicit feedback from your client base and use that information to improve your company, create happier clients, and increase your profit margin.

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Do You Have the Skills to Start an Insurance Agency?

Starting your own insurance agency is a huge undertaking that can seem almost overwhelming at times. It’s easy to get lost in concerns like what office space you should rent, how to apply for startup loans, and who you can hire; however, these actually aren’t the most important details. Before you start on the path to running your own agency, it’s important to make sure that you have what it takes for this career jump.

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