Manhattan Mini Storage

Manhattan Mini Storage is a Manhattan-based self storage company in New York City, United States. Founded in 1978, the company serves New York neighborhoods from 17 storage locations. The company prides itself on its creative marketing efforts and charitable giving. Manhattan Mini Storage was acquired by StorageMart in December 2021.[1]

The Manhattan Mini Storage location at 220 South Street in Two Bridges, Manhattan.

OperationsEdit

Manhattan Mini Storage is the largest personal storage company in New York, and one of the largest in the United States. The firm has 17 storage locations throughout the city, open most every day of the year and some of which are open 24 hours per day. Manhattan Mini Storage has approximately 250,000 clients. Facilities include high-tech security system, free concierge and onsite managers.

Facilities include high-tech security systems, raised loading bays that are dock-high, heated and fully climate controlled units at most locations, and onsite managers. The firm conducts blind auctions of the belongings of customers who fail to pay their storage bills.

MarketingEdit

Manhattan Mini Storage prides itself on "identifying what matters to New Yorkers,"[2] and markets itself as "an extension of your home where you can keep the things you want to keep but can't quite accommodate in your tight Manhattan apartment."[3] The company creates all its own advertisements, then advertises on billboards and phone booths across Manhattan.[4] Some of the taglines used include, "Your closet's scarier than Bush's agenda," "Your closet is so narrow it makes Cheney look liberal," as well as "We have more wiggle room than Herman Cain's morals."

Manhattan Mini Storage's 2011 Ad campaign, led by Archie Gottesman,[5] included topical and New York City-centric billboards such as "Michele Bachmann says God told her to run for President. How come God never talks to smart people anymore?" "Remember if you leave the city, you'll have to live in America," "Why leave a city that has six professional sports teams, and also the Mets?" and "If you don't like gay marriage, don't get gay married" (released prior to the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in New York State).[6] The company's gay marriage ad was also accompanied by a promotion aimed at gay newlyweds after the Marriage Equality act was passed in July 2011.[7] Adweek's Tim Nudd writes about the 2011 campaign in a March post: "Remember, if you leave the city, you'll have to live in America" — one of most quintessential New York headlines you'll ever see."[8] The company has also had other pro-LGBT advertisement campaigns, including an "If you don't like gay marriage, don't get gay married" campaign in 2013.[9]

Some advertisements have been controversial. In 2007, a billboard, with a picture of chihuahua wearing pearls and the words "Your closet's so shallow it makes Paris [Hilton] look deep", attracted a cease and desist letter from Hilton's lawyer.[10] In 2014, representatives of start-up storage company MakeSpace, which advertises "cloud storage," criticized Manhattan Mini Storage for having an advertisement that read "Don't trust the cloud."[11] A Huffington Post writer commented that some of the advertisements in Manhattan Mini Storage's 2015 campaign, which featured "a transgender woman, or male drag queen, [posing] by a vanity with furs and wigs surrounding," could be potentially taken out of context.[12]

Community outreachEdit

Manhattan Mini Storage has sponsored community groups such as: PrideNYC, Friends of Hudson River, Medieval Festival, Project Back to School,[13] Friends of Carl Shurz Park, NYLaughs,[14] Furnish a Future, Aids Walk, NY Class, I Care, Score!, NY Dream Center, Animal Haven,[15] NY Classical Theater, and The Diabetes Research Institute.

Manhattan Mini Storage Sister CompaniesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "StorageMart Acquires Manhattan Mini Storage for $3B". The Real Deal New York. 2021-11-12. Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  2. ^ "Connecting With Local Self-Storage Customers the New York Way". InsideSelfStorage.com. Archived from the original on 2011-10-25. Retrieved 2011-10-12.
  3. ^ "Storage NYC - Small Space Solutions". freshnyc.com.
  4. ^ "The Top Five Questions People Ask Us About Manhattan Mini Storage". Manhattan Mini Storage. 2014-03-26. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  5. ^ Spiro, Amy (2020-01-14). "The woman behind Manhattan's boldest billboards is now boosting Judaism". Jewish Insider. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  6. ^ "Here Are The Viral Subway Ads That Slam Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, And The Mets". Business Insider. Retrieved 2011-10-12.
  7. ^ "Time Out New York's Gay Marriage Guide in New York City". Retrieved 2011-10-12.
  8. ^ "Manhattan Mini Storage Insults Half of NYC". Adweek. Retrieved 2011-10-12.
  9. ^ "If you don't like gay marriage, don't get gay married. - Campaign". Manhattan Mini Storage - Campaign. 2013-09-18. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  10. ^ Duncan Macleod (2007-04-27). "Manhattan Mini Storage Provokes Outrage". The Inspiration Room. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  11. ^ Dickey, Megan Rose (2014-06-16). "A Startup Called MakeSpace Thinks Manhattan Mini Storage Is Attacking It With Its Billboards". Business Insider. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  12. ^ Topp, Brandon (2015-07-17). "Let's Have a Conversation About Manhattan Mini Storage and Gender Identity". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  13. ^ "Help NYC's Homeless Children Start the Year Off Right, with Project: Back to School," [1]
  14. ^ "NYLaughs Sponsors". Archived from the original on 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2001-10-12.
  15. ^ Mobile Adoption Van, AnimalHavenShelter.org Archived 2011-09-25 at the Wayback Machine

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