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Social Media is the key to Successful Marketing

by Tony Gonzalez June 30, 2011 4:46 PM
When things like MySpace and Facebook first began to pop up they were a cool way to reconnect with friends from childhood, high school, and college like people had never seen before. Who hasn’t had fun reaching out to an old friend through one of those mediums? As time went on they became even more popular places to play different games as well. Social media and fun and games quickly became one and the same. [More]

Commerce and Diversity on Chicago's 60th Street

by Tony Gonzalez June 30, 2011 2:23 PM
Nestled close to the banks of the Chicago River, the 60th Street Extra Space Storage facility offers an incredible variety of storage solutions. [More]

China and India Outpacing U.S. in Consumerism

by John Stevens June 30, 2011 8:46 AM
Consumerism is what drives the self storage industry. The more people acquire, the more room they need for their stuff. And as people downsize, the availability of space in a typical household shrinks. But a love of shopping might be slowing down in America today as compared with consumer-giants China and India, according to a new survey. [More]

Getting Noticed Means Success in Self Storage

by Tony Gonzalez June 29, 2011 5:17 PM
There is one thing that every person with a job always tells every person trying to find one—you have to figure out some way to make your resume stick out from the 500 other ones that the hiring manager will be getting. At best, you may only have 50 other resumes to contend with, but how much time do you think the hiring manager spends on each one? That’s why your resume has to stand out. [More]

Washington Wine Storage Facility Offers New Service to Help Customers Move Their Collections

by John Stevens June 29, 2011 7:13 AM
The signs of summer are upon us: swimming, lemonade, fireworks, barbecue and of course sun, lots of it. And along with that sun, comes rising temperatures that could affect your wine collection. Knowing when it’s the right time to move a wine collection into a safe, secure, climate-controlled self storage unit can be daunting for some. But the proper storage of wine is essential to the longevity of any collection. Finding the time to pack, organize and move the wine collection to a proper storage facility can be difficult as well. [More]

The Right Prize is the Key to Making Promotions Work for Your Self Storage Company

by Holly Robinson June 28, 2011 4:14 PM
There is one way that every marketer will try when it comes to drawing in more customers to a business and that is the contest. It is a fact of life; everyone likes free stuff. However, when it comes to making a promotion truly work for you, the prize needs to be more than just free. It needs to be something people really want, or even better, really need. [More]

Extra Space Storage Continues to Thrive As Management Raises Expectations

by John Stevens June 28, 2011 3:30 PM
On the heels of the recent news that self storage REITs outshined other property types with an impressive 18.4 percent return, is a new report showing Extra Space Storage (NYSE: EXR) with significant same-store revenue increases thanks to strong improvement in the occupancy rate. [More]

Is the Self Storage Industry Crying Wolf (or Bed Bug)?

by John Stevens June 27, 2011 1:58 PM
Everyone has heard and has probably said the old saying,” Good night; sleep tight; don’t let the bed bugs bite!” Anyone wonder when Mom and Dad told you that when you were little if bed bugs were actually real? Has anyone ever jumped up and asked how to stop those pesky bed bugs from biting (just in case they start to do so)? [More]

Inside Self-Storage Hosts Legal Learning Webinar Series

by John Stevens June 27, 2011 6:44 AM
Legalities surround businesses at every step. For the self storage industry, especially with the advent of the popularity of realty TV series like "Storage Wars" and the changing legal landscape in many states, the ins and outs of lien sales are directly in the spotlight. That is one of the reasons Inside Self-Storage is putting on a three-part Legal Learning Series for 2011. [More]

Solar Energy Provides Savings for Self Storage

by Holly Robinson June 24, 2011 5:53 PM
Generally when people talk about letting the sun shine in, they are just referring to opening the curtains of your home or office and letting a little natural light brighten up the immediate area. For some self storage facilities in New Jersey, letting the sun shine in is about to take on a whole different meaning altogether. [More]
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