PHP Developers at SpareFoot Work on ‘Really Cool Tech That Really Matters’

By John Egan   March 4, 2014


Look around the development team at SpareFoot, and you’ll see a bunch of smart techies who drive our self-storage search engine.

Without our developers, you wouldn’t be reading this blog post right now. Or you wouldn’t be able to shop for a storage unit on SpareFoot. Or, most importantly to SpareFoot, you wouldn’t be able to book a storage unit online—that’s how we make our money.

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Social Media for Startups: 5 Tools You Shouldn’t Ignore

By Guest Contributor   December 23, 2013

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[ By Tanner Mangum, ]

Although Facebook and Twitter are top choices of startups for social media marketing, they’re not the only networks that can help a business grow. Here are the five “Social Media Sleepers” that many startups are ignoring.

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Austin Startups + Entrepreneurs You Should be Following on Twitter

By Matthew Stites   December 11, 2013


The Austin tech scene is a constant buzz of activity, and it’s a daunting task to stay current with all the startup crawls, happy hours, acquisitions and emerging companies. If you’re like me, you’re part of the growing number of Americans who know the value of social media platforms like Twitter as a fast, personalized source for news. It’s the key for every Austinite who considers him or herself in the know.

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7 Twitter Tips for Startups (or Anyone Else)

By John Egan   October 30, 2013


A recent infographic from an outfit called Brickfish detailed just how massive Twitter has become: 230 million active users worldwide, with 100 million of them logging onto the microblogging platform at least once a day.

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How SpareFoot Uses Tech to Deliver Great Customer Service

By Jenny Zhang   October 7, 2013

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It is a universally acknowledged truth that we all dread calling a customer service line. What usually starts as a simple problem or inquiry turns into a monstrous hour-long game of telephone hopscotch that involves you angrily saying, “I need help with _____” over and over again. Meanwhile, you’re feeling like a fool and being bounced around to six different people (and bemoaning six similarly atrocious on-hold jingles). All of this happens before finally reaching the person who can actually help you–or so you desperately hope.

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Blogging for Startups: 4 Tips for Success

By Jenny Zhang   September 5, 2013


Once upon a time, there was an empty space on the Internet waiting to be filled by a scrappy startup blog. Then arose two fearless leaders to take on this challenge–and thus the SpareFoot blog was born June 25, 2009, in Austin, TX.

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How to Make Your Industry Sexy on Social Media

By Matthew Stites   August 5, 2013


Let’s face it. Despite the inherent sex appeal of each and every SpareFooter (see above), self-storage can be a decidedly non-sexy industry. Just look at Darrell on Storage Wars. So how does SpareFoot get our fans and followers as excited as we are about all things storage? As SpareFoot’s Social Media Dude, I’ll answer that question with the four tenets of social media sexiness.

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Austin’s Startup Scene: The Hottest in the USA

By John Egan   July 22, 2013


When it comes to which U.S. startup hub is the hottest of the hottest, guess which city comes out on top? Our very own hometown of Austin, TX.

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9 MozCon 2013 Takeaways as Told Through Bad Stock Photos

By Josh Waldrum   July 16, 2013


SpareFoot SEO specialists Tony Emerson and Josh Waldrum (that’s me) attended MozCon last week. MozCon, an annual event hosted by in Seattle, is one of the leading search marketing conferences in the country. Here are nine key takeaways from the conference–as told through some of the speakers’ quotes superimposed on really bad stock photos. Enjoy!

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Why Is It So Tough to Hire Tech Talent in Austin?

By John Egan   July 2, 2013


If you’re a software developer, you probably can write your own ticket at any number of employers in Austin, TX. Why? Because the demand greatly exceeds the supply.

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