Contributing Editors



What Does OMGStorage.com and Michelle Obama Have in Common?

by Winnie Hsiu October 10, 2013 11:46 PM
What do a self storage aggregator and the First Lady of the United States have in common? Heck—what in the world could they have in common? A website—unless it’s politically oriented or a gossip site—is not something you would think the president’s wife would have any relationship to, but they do. While it may be indirect it is for a good cause and one that OMGStorage should be proud of. [More]

Olivenhain Self Storage Supports Urban Surf 4 Kids

by Winnie Hsiu October 10, 2013 9:12 PM
Sometimes charity organizations get overwhelmed with possessions – just like individuals and families. And, just like individuals and families, they need extra space to store them. And, just like individuals and families, they turn to self storage facilities to help relieve the need for storage.

Urban Surf 4 Kids has been collecting donations from corporations and private individuals in anticipation of opening a thrift store. These donations were overwhelming their office space located on Utah Street in San Diego. [More]

Where Did Self Storage Come From?

by Kim Kilpatrick October 9, 2013 11:41 PM
Every day we use products that we don’t think twice about. We are so accustomed to just having them that the idea or notion of living without them does not enter our minds, but once upon a time there were no computers or mobile phones. Cars were considered science fiction. Heck—people used to think the world was flat! [More]

Artistic Endeavor Sponsored by Manhattan Mini Storage

by Holly Robinson October 9, 2013 9:10 PM
Edgy. Fresh. Hip. Avant guard. These adjectives describe Manhattan Mini Storage. They are well known for their ads; some poked fun at New Yorkers, some at politicians, some at life. Regardless of the topic, they were the talk of the town.

Manhattan Mini Storage is also known for their unique customers. Remember the ‘crazy piano guy?’ The guy who stored several dismantled grand pianos at Manhattan Mini Storage and then on fair weather days wheeled out a dismantled grand piano, put it back together and then played it? Not exactly a typical customer. [More]

How Many Followers Does Your Self Storage Facility Have?

by Kim Kilpatrick October 9, 2013 12:05 AM
Social media is here to stay. It’s not only here to stay, but is growing by leaps and bounds every day. It wasn’t that long ago that it was just MySpace, and even less time since Facebook and Twitter took over. Now there is StumbleUpon, Tunblr, Pinterest, Blogger, Delicious, Digg, LiveJournal, Bebo—the list could go on and on. [More]

History is Made in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez October 8, 2013 9:58 PM
One of the largest portfolio sales in recent self storage industry history was just finalized. Morningstar Properties sold 43 of their facilities for $315 million to Public Storage. The sale included over 2.9 million square feet in properties in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Georgia. This sale is the largest portfolio sale in recent industry history and has the highest valuation for storage outside of New York City. That’s quite an accomplishment. [More]

The Right Software Can Really Benefit Your Self Storage Facility

by John Stevens October 8, 2013 1:00 AM
There are things that can make our lives a lot easier if we use them. Instead of using a traditional push lawnmower for your grass you can use a self-propelling one (or a riding mower). Rather type a report on a typewriter we can use word processing programs on computers. The same concept can apply to the business world, self storage and otherwise. [More]

Self Storage Businesses Reflect Economic Trends

by Tony Gonzalez October 7, 2013 9:02 PM
You don’t need a crystal ball to tell what is in store in the future. All you have to do is look at the self storage industry because it accurately reflects current economic trends. Look at Central Self Storage in Meridian, Idaho.

Currently, there’s a big demand for large storage units in Meridian. Susan Franden, manager of Central Self Storage, believes there are four reasons why there is an increase of demand for storage in Meridian. [More]

Self Storage Industry Learning How it’s the Little Things That Make a Difference

by Winnie Hsiu October 4, 2013 11:20 PM
When you were in grade school did you ever make one of those paper mache volcanoes for your science project; the one where you add vinegar and baking soda to create an ‘eruption?’ Did you end up taking second place to the kid who used red dye to make his ‘lava’ look more realistic even though your projects were otherwise identical? [More]

Aclaimed Movers & Storage Puts Videos on Their Web Site

by Holly Robinson October 4, 2013 3:32 PM
One hundred hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Every minute! More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month. Over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube. That’s 50% more than last year and equals an hour for every single person on earth. And, according to Nielsen, YouTube reaches more people ages 18-34 than any cable network. Videos on YouTube are big. Really big. [More]
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