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Social Media is the Wave of the Future

by John Stevens June 7, 2011 5:16 PM
Who would have thought back in the 1980s when the internet was beginning to really take form that it would one day change the way that people communicate, shop, conduct business, interact with each other, watch television, and so much more. One estimate derived back in 2009 had one quarter of the world’s population wired for the internet. Chances are that number has grown even larger over the last two years. [More]

Website Optimization and Online Marketing Focus of Upcoming Self Storage Webinars

by John Stevens June 7, 2011 8:06 AM
Two webinars are gearing up that focus on the Internet and are part of the Mini-Storage Messenger Self Storage Webinar Series which offers informative monthly webinars free of charge to self storage professionals. One will provide tools for creating an effective online presence for a self-storage facility and the other will address online marketing issues such as consumers’ reliance on smartphones and the explosion and growing relevance of social media. [More]

Self Storage Industry Possibly Getting Targeted by State Governments

by John Stevens June 6, 2011 2:29 PM
One of the bad things about living through bad economic times is that it is not just businesses and consumers that are feeling the pinch. Governments are feeling the pinch as well. When you consider that they operate pretty much due to the taxes they collect, if people are not making much money and are spending even less than tax collections and essentially government operating budgets feel the crunch as well. [More]

As Spring Tornadoes Tear Apart Businesses, Self Storage Should Be Prepared

by John Stevens June 6, 2011 7:37 AM
As an F-5 tornado began to form near Joplin, Mo., around dinner time on Sunday, May, 22, the tornado sirens went off only 20 minutes before the tornado hit. The three-quarter-mile-wide tornado left 141 dead, cut a six-mile swath crushing nearly a third of the southwest Missouri city, and pounded 2,000 buildings, self storage facilities among them. Within a matter of seconds, your self storage facility could be without power, phones, cell service and the Internet. And the threat of catastrophic damage to the building is extreme. Tornadoes have battered the country this spring, killing more than 500 people, mostly in the south. Twisters have even struck in Michigan, Massachusetts and North Carolina. Experts warn businesses to be prepared for when nature strikes. [More]

Self Storage Industry Spreading Goodwill

by Winnie Hsiu June 3, 2011 4:31 PM
Tune in to the news these days and you will likely here a story about how the economy, which we have been told was slowly recovering, is in fact about to make another turn for the worse. This is not news to the thousands of people who have found themselves out of work and no longer able to provide for themselves and their families in a sufficient manner anymore. [More]

Jim Morrison Photos Now Among Celebrity Paraphernalia Found in Self Storage Units

by John Stevens June 3, 2011 11:26 AM
Quite often in the news, famous people are linked to self storage. There was the recent uncovering of Marilyn Monroe’s shoes, a letter written by Abraham Lincoln, and a rare Superman comic book stolen from actor Nicolas Cage. The latest celebrity item to surface is a treasure trove of lost Jim Morrison photographs snapped in 1968 and unearthed in a storage unit. [More]

Access and Atmosphere at Roosevelt Boulevard

by Tony Gonzalez June 2, 2011 7:17 PM
Located right along Philadelphia's Route 1, Extra Space Storage's Roosevelt Boulevard facility is one of the most accessible storage facilities in all of Pennsylvania. [More]

Employees at Self Storage Company Become Muddy Buddies for Charity

by Kim Kilpatrick June 2, 2011 1:51 PM
When we were all kids there was one thing we all loved to do that our parents probably didn’t like so much. Whenever it would rain and mud puddles would pop up all over the place we liked to go run in, through, and all around them till we became a giggling, muddy mess. Okay, maybe we all didn’t love to do it, but there are plenty of us that did. [More]

Self Storage Lien Law Legislation Moves Along in Ten States With Latest Victory in Illinois

by John Stevens June 2, 2011 8:44 AM
The Self Storage Association’s (SSA) aggressive efforts to update archaic lien laws throughout the country is slowly paying off. The latest victory is Senate Bill 1394 (SB 1394) that will modernize the Illinois Self Service Storage Facility Act. It has passed both houses and currently awaits the signature of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. [More]

California Self Storage Companies Creating a Double Whammy of Good

by Winnie Hsiu June 1, 2011 7:24 PM
There are many worthy causes that could use a helping hand to accomplish their given task. While there are many places that do try to give back to society by helping out with these causes, they can only be expected to do so much. That is why when a company, or group of companies, comes up with a way to help two causes with one stoke, their efforts deserve to be recognized. [More]
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