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Green is Good in the Self Storage Industry

by Winnie Hsiu September 30, 2013 9:58 PM
Anyone in any business—self storage or otherwise—that does not like the color green is lying. Every business wants to do one thing—make money. Even if you are a non-for-profit you still want to generate revenue to benefit your cause. When it comes to the color green, businesses like it for more than monetary reasons. [More]

Ridgefield Connecticut Considers a New Self Storage Facility

by Kim Kilpatrick September 30, 2013 8:36 PM
A self storage facility, a hotel, a commercial building, and a sewage treatment plant – all rather interesting neighbors.

In 1948, Henri Doll founded the Schlumberger research laboratory in Ridgefield, Connecticut. In 2006, the lab moved to Cambridge and the campus in Ridgefield sat empty. In late 2011, city residents approved the $7 million purchase of the 45-acre property late. (Six million dollars of the purchase price was for the property and one million dollars went to surveying, lawyers, and demolition of the abandoned research complex that was on the property.) [More]

Nothing Like Kick-Starting a Good Self Storage Story

by John Stevens September 27, 2013 10:51 PM
At one time the self storage industry was good for one thing—storing whatever tenants needed to store. In recent years that purpose has expanded. Now the self storage industry has become one of the most reliable investments on the market. It has spawned a number of reality television shows and has even played a major role in a movie—that was aptly named Self Storage. [More]

OMGStorage.com Holds a Box in Box Activity for Girl Scouts

by Holly Robinson September 27, 2013 8:04 PM
When I was growing up, my father was a Scoutmaster for a Boy Scouts of America troop. I memorized the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. These memories came back to me as I learned about the family events that OMGstorage.com and the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, Inc. are sponsoring.

OMGsotrage.com participated in the family event that the Tropical Florida Girls Scouts held on September 7 in Miami Lakes and on September 21 on Scout Key in the Florida Keys. [More]

Self Storage Company Proves That It Takes a Village

by Winnie Hsiu September 26, 2013 9:39 PM
According to an old saying, it takes a village to raise a child. What this is saying that is that it is not just the parent’s responsibility to make sure kids grow up right, but that it is more of a collective effort. If they see bad examples in society they can get the wrong idea, but if people live right that is what kids will learn. [More]

A New Self Storage Facility Opens in Glenrock Wyoming

by Tony Gonzalez September 26, 2013 8:29 PM
Rod Christianson, of Glenrock, Wyoming, recently opened a new storage facility with 65 units on the north side of town. He has named it A Big Storage.

Christianson is putting on the finishing touches to his new facility. He is installing a new gate at the front of the property, is sprucing things up, and is generally cleaning up after all of the construction. [More]

In the Self Storage News

by Winnie Hsiu September 25, 2013 8:59 PM
It’s totally amazing all of the activities in the self storage industry. All of these happenings indicate that the industry is strong, vibrant, and growing. Here are three news items across the United States that are examples of what is going on.

First, a Charolotte-based self storage company bought a storage facility in Virginia-Highland. (Virginia-Highland is a neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia, that was named after the intersection of two streets Virginia Avenue and North Highland Avenue. That is the heart of a busy commercial center of the neighborhood.) The facility was purchased for $6.1 million dollars. [More]

It Pays to Strike While It's Hot in the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick September 25, 2013 8:27 PM
When it comes to the business world—self storage or otherwise—it can be tough to figure out not just when to get in to business but when to get out as well. The decision could mean the difference between needing millions or hundreds of thousands to get started. It could also mean the difference between making millions or just thousands when you get out. [More]

Garage Sales Are Multi-Purpose Events for Self Storage Facilities

by Holly Robinson September 24, 2013 9:13 PM
Have you ever felt like you just have way too much stuff in the garage? Is your house feeling cluttered with a mixture of new and old things everywhere? Do you need some elbow room at home, but you don’t know if you want to keep things (but need a place to do so) or just get rid of them? Sounds like you need to check out your local self storage facility. [More]

The 2013 SSA Fall Conference and Tradeshow Is Now Being Held in Vegas

by Tony Gonzalez September 24, 2013 7:18 PM
The 2013 Fall Conference & Trade Show is going strong in Las Vegas. Today is the second day of the four-day event.

Yesterday, David Meerman Scott, a marketing strategist, taught a social media marketing master class. He taught how to harness the power of online marketing. Using his step-by-step framework, he showed how to use blogs, viral marketing, podcasts, online video, and search engine marketing. He helped attendees learn how to build an online marketing strategy and create an action plan to reach the self storage audiences directly. [More]
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