14 Killer Self Storage Social Media Resources

by Kenny Pratt

The awesome Ginny Sutton and Emily Matthews at the  Texas Self Storage Association recently asked me to share my thoughts about social media marketing at their annual conference in Fort Worth.  For fun I made a video of the “unboxing” of the thank you gift they gave me for donating my time as a speaker.  You can check out the video by clicking here.

It’s a little off topic for this blog, but since I created this handy social media reference, I thought I’d share it with you. You are smart, so you’ll probably get plenty out of it even if you didn’t see my presentation.

Here’s the “Cut and Paste” Copy…

There’s no way to cover everything you might want to know about Social Media in 60 minutes. So, for you awesome people who want to dig deeper, here is a list of resources that will make you smarter about social media than the average self storage operator (or marketer).

Recommended Blogs

www.socialmediaexaminer.com – A guide to the Social Media Jungle.

www.chrisbrogan.com – Chris Brogan is a consultant to big companies, showing them how to sell more stuff using social media. He writes interesting stuff just about every day.
Pro tip, start with his “best of” posts: http://www.chrisbrogan.com/best-of/

http://www.lewishowes.com/category/linkedin/ – Lewis Howes shares his advanced tips on using LinkedIn.

www.remarkablogger.com – Michael Martine shares his ideas for using a blog to help you get found online, build your reputation, and generate leads.

www.marismith.com – Mari eats, sleeps, and dreams about how to use Facebook for marketing. And she’s nice, too.

Kenny’s Bookmark Collection

Here is my collection of blogs and sites I bookmarked while preparing to talk to you about social media marketing. A little jumbled, but there are some good nuggets in there! http://www.delicious.com/kmpratt/TXSSA

Free E-Books and Other Discussions Longer Than a Blog Post

Social Media For Business (Ebook) – John Jantz, the creator of Duct Tape Marketing gives his take on how small businesses can use social media.

How To Start A Business Blog (Ebook)– Michael Martine, the brains behind remarkablogger.com, has put together a great guide to help you think through a blogging strategy for your business.

Self Storage Guide to Twitter (Ebook) – I love twitter and I wrote an e-book specifically about how I’m using it in my self-storage business – by Kenny Pratt.

Books

Social Media 101 – by Chris Brogan
UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging. – by Scott Stratten
Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business – by Steve Garfield

There are tons of others, I just haven’t read them all.

Conferences

Social Media Success Summit is a virtual conference put on by the team at Social Media Examiner. It’s virtual, meaning you participate via webinar and a LinkedIn group a few times a week over the course of a month or so. The most expensive thing on this list (assuming they do it again in 2011), but if you want to jump start your learning about how businesses are using social media it’s a great resource. I thought it was worth every penny.

Here’s the link to the 2010 Conference page to give you an idea of what was covered:
Social Media Success Summit 2010

Outsourcing Content Creation

www.elance.com – The ultimate destination for outsourcing stuff.

Note from Kenny Pratt…

Yes, I own and have read everything I am recommending (I even wrote some of it!). Not every page and idea will be relevant to your business, but hey, you have to start somewhere!

  • http://www.charterhouse-removals.co.uk self storage chester

    Thanks for recommending such a useful list of social media resources.I liked the Michael martine of remarkablogger.His blog is really interesting and consists of easy to follow tips and techniques.

  • http://www.thesecure-store.com/ Storage Letchworth

    Great post thank you. I work for a self storage unit in Letchworth, UK and I am just starting a campaign to introduce various social media channels so I found your links very useful.

  • http://www.unitselfstore.com/ Self Storage Nottingham

    Overlooking social media is a big mistake for any business as a lot of opportunities will be missed. Thanks for the links to these various social media resources. Going through them right now.

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