Contributing Editors



How Should You Advertise Your Self Storage Facility?

by John Stevens March 10, 2011 11:18 PM
With an industry that is expanding you would think that it would be easy to attract more than enough customers to keep your self storage facility in business. However, with more and more facilities sprouting up all around the nation it is no longer enough to count on walk in traffic and word of mouth. Success (let alone survival) requires that a facility get involved in some form of advertising. [More]

New Website Combines Search Powers and Offers Pumped Up Service

by John Stevens March 10, 2011 8:02 AM
Storage.com and Ustoragesearch.com has teamed up to form a powerhouse self storage search service. The sites combined forces to provide a new website that offers an opportunity for self storage operators to increase their internet presence and attract new customers. [More]

Self Storage A Growing Industry in the Far East

by Kim Kilpatrick March 9, 2011 5:12 PM
The culture within Asian countries makes them a perfect place for the self storage industry to flourish and thrive. Many of them are known for being among the more populated nations (and definitely among the highest in population per square mile) on the planet which would be reason enough for self storage businesses to succeed. Add in the cultural norm of having multiple generations living under the same roof and you have the perfect environment for the self storage industry to grow and thrive. [More]

ISS World Expo Serves Up Education With a Helping of Vendor Exhibits

by John Stevens March 9, 2011 8:31 AM
The industry’s largest trade show is about to begin in Las Vegas from March 14th through the 16th. The ISS World Expo www.insideselfstorageworldexpo.com not only offers seminars, workshops and peer-to-peer networking as part of its education program, but also provides an opportunity for more than 150 vendors to exhibit their self storage products and services. [More]

Is Your Self Storage Facility a Great Place to Work?

by Holly Robinson March 8, 2011 7:10 PM
Work is not necessarily meant to be a loud of laughs. It does not wait for you to decide to grace it with your presence; it has to get done with or without you regardless of how pleasant or unpleasant the work environment is. That being said, the better your work environment is the more likely your people will want to come to work. [More]

Two States Tackle Proposed Changes to Lien Laws

by John Stevens March 8, 2011 7:09 AM
Both Nevada and Florida are considering changes to their states’ self storage lien laws. The Self Storage Association and the Florida Self Storage Association (FSSA) are gearing up to discuss improvements in lien laws with the House Civil Justice Subcommittee and at a hearing in Tallahassee, Fla., tomorrow. Nevada state lawmakers are reviewing Senate Bill 150, which would amend the state statutes governing self storage and make several changes to existing self storage lien laws. [More]

Philanthropic Endeavors Continue for a California Self Storage Facility

by Kim Kilpatrick March 7, 2011 8:27 PM
There are some businesses that are only concerned with their bottom line; with filling their own pockets and making sure that they make as much profit as possible. There are others that take the privilege of having a successful business as an honor and express their gratitude by giving back to the community that makes their very existence possible. [More]

Tennessee Self Storage Group First To Team Up with Find Self Storage Auctions

by John Stevens March 7, 2011 9:45 AM
Self Storage auctions are booming in popularity, and many people looking to get in on the action search the Web for upcoming auctions. It has made sites like findselfstorageauctions.com a frequently-visited stomping ground on the Internet for self storage auction enthusiasts. And it has attracted the attention of storage associations looking to hook up with the site and streamline their states auction listing process. The Tennessee Self Storage Association (TNSSA) recently became the first state to partner with Find Self Storage Auctions. [More]

How Surveys Can Benefit Your Self Storage Facility

by Winnie Hsiu March 4, 2011 3:28 PM
We have all been approached by those people in the mall trying to get you to answer questions for their survey. Simple question and answer formats have been used as marketing tools for years in the self storage industry as well as many other businesses. When done right they can provide a goldmine of information or possibly give you a virtual haystack in which to find your needle. [More]

SBOA Begins Offering Tenant Insurance With Goal to Increase Policies Sold

by John Stevens March 4, 2011 7:28 AM
It is up to the self storage operator to decide whether to offer minimal tenant insurance for a fee or require the tenant to obtain outside insurance. Owners and operators should carry insurance for themselves as well. It is a matter of purchasing piece of mind in the event of fire, flood, rodent/insect infestation or theft. The latest business to offer a full-range of coverage is Storage Business Owners Alliance LLC (SBOA). [More]
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