Contributing Editors



Self Storage Reality Shows Inspiring More Storage Wars

by Kim Kilpatrick January 10, 2012 8:30 PM
Auctions have been a fact of life at self storage facilities for some time. Thanks to the poor economy, the occupancy rates for the self storage industry on the whole are fairly good. However, at the same time, there are plenty of people that are having trouble paying their bills. [More]

Another Self Storage Company Getting in on a Good Green Thing

by John Stevens January 10, 2012 6:52 PM
The word ‘green’ has become a major buzz word around the self storage industry over the last few years. Companies are doing whatever they can to reduce their carbon footprint on the planet by installing solar panels, using fluorescent light bulbs, and a variety of other things. Some are starting to take the idea of going green a step further. [More]

What is in Store for the Self Storage Industry this Year?

by Holly Robinson January 9, 2012 10:30 PM
Ask on the street if anyone wished they had a crystal ball, or the DeLorean from Back to the Future, and it would be surprising if there was a single person that said no. If you asked anyone that has ever gone into business, self storage or otherwise, if they could find out what pitfalls might be ahead of them and there is not a one that would not give an enthusiastic yes. [More]

Sequels can Work in the Self Storage Industry as well as Hollywood

by Kim Kilpatrick January 9, 2012 2:24 PM
Typically, whenever a movie spawns a sequel they are not as good as the original; it is just too hard for a concept to be as interesting and fresh the second time around as it was the first. It’s like the second slice of pizza relative to the first. You are still happy to eat it, but it doesn’t bring you as much joy as the first. [More]

Self Storage Company Helps Charity Soar to New Heights

by Winnie Hsiu January 6, 2012 6:36 PM
Charities likely appreciate the extra attention that they have been getting for the last couple months, but are likely not looking forward to the next couple months when many people don’t feel the need to give since they just did during the holidays. For one self storage company in Atlanta, giving to charity is part of business as usual. [More]

Is The Website for Your Self Storage Business Effective?

by Tony Gonzalez January 6, 2012 1:19 PM
The Internet has become the 'go to' place for information of all kinds. Using the Internet is faster and provides more information than hunting through ads in a newspaper or the yellow pages in a phonebook when looking for a storage unit to rent.

As the owner of a self storage business, the goal of your webpage should be to convert site visitors into customers. You need to give them as much information as possible so they will be convinced to rent a unit from your storage facility. [More]

Self Storage Related Reality Shows Becoming Reality?

by Tony Gonzalez January 5, 2012 6:21 PM
Reality shows often get the rap for not being real or even anything remotely resembling real life. People don’t lose weight like the contestants of the Biggest Loser; you can’t find anything but a love of the camera on the Bachelor/Bachelorette. Even shows like Storage Wars that are focused on something simple like auctions at self storage facilities have come under question. [More]

The 26th Annual SSA Winter Executive Ski Workshop to be Held at Lake Tahoe

by Kim Kilpatrick January 5, 2012 1:50 PM
Lake Tahoe, the Ritz Carlton Hotel, and the Self Storage Association Winter Executive Ski Workshop - a beautiful place, a world-class hotel, and a professional development workshop. What a winning combination.

The Self Storage Association will host their 26th Annual SSA Winter Executive Ski Workshop at Lake Tahoe on January 30 through February 2. An opening night reception will be held January 30. Attendees can pick up their conference registration materials, network with industry friends and enjoy a variety of foods and beverages at the reception. [More]

Giving a Helping Hand a Way of Life in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens January 4, 2012 11:40 AM
During the holidays months it is not uncommon for many people to give to charity. Around thanksgiving and Christmas it is just natural for people to want to give to those that are less fortunate. The only problem is that they are less fortunate all year-round, not just during the holidays. [More]

Extra Space Storage(R) Experiences Growth in the Fourth Quarter of 2011

by Winnie Hsiu January 4, 2012 11:03 AM
As our readers have probably noticed, we report about what is happening around the United States - and even the world - in the self storage industry. We report what is in the news with many other businesses and how they are doing. It is interesting to note the growth and improvements that other facilities are making.

It is with great pride that I report about Extra Space Storage. It is always good to be able to report the news concerning the company. [More]
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