Contributing Editors

New Online Rapid Booking System Offered by Centreforce Technology

by John Stevens July 1, 2011 9:04 AM
In these high-tech times, people looking to rent a self storage unit want instantaneous information and action. A new, online booking system released by RapidStor specifically for the self storage industry offers customers real-time prices for units and gives them the option of an immediate move-in. [More]

Self Storage Community Discusses Power of Blogging

by John Stevens March 30, 2011 8:43 AM
We all realize the power of technology can help a business thrive. Having a website is the first step to creating a strong internet presence. But driving traffic to your site on a continual basis takes determination and dedication. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is essential for coming up high on the list when a customer searches for self storage. One way to do this is to create a blog for your website. [More]

Storage and Moving Websites Team Up to Provide Ease of Service

by John Stevens March 15, 2011 10:25 AM
The need for moving services goes hand in hand with finding a storage unit. It is a common sense pairing that is as essential as packing paper and boxes. Two such providers are joining forces to provide customers with an ease of service when it comes to moving their items into a storage space that is right for them. was recently named the featured moving services provider for, a nationwide, online search and booking engine for self storage. [More]

Self Storage Blog Series Helps Inform Newbie Renters

by John Stevens March 14, 2011 8:36 AM
For new customers looking for self storage, the process can be daunting without some basic questions answered. Alleviating this stress is the impetus behind an informative blog series called “How to Use Self-Storage.” Offered by, the blog series addresses the intricacies of self storage use and answers an array of questions for new customers just tackling the storage rental process. [More]

How Surveys Can Benefit Your Self Storage Facility

by Winnie Hsiu March 4, 2011 3:28 PM
We have all been approached by those people in the mall trying to get you to answer questions for their survey. Simple question and answer formats have been used as marketing tools for years in the self storage industry as well as many other businesses. When done right they can provide a goldmine of information or possibly give you a virtual haystack in which to find your needle. [More]

What to do When Your Self Storage Company Needs New/More Customers

by Holly Robinson February 24, 2011 2:36 PM
There comes a time in every business effort where you will find that you are in dire need of new customers. For the self storage industry that could mean that you recently had a number of customers move out for whatever reason or maybe you were able to add on to your current structure and are now having trouble filling your new units. [More]

Operational Strategies for Self Storage Business Focus of Upcoming Webinar

by John Stevens February 22, 2011 12:38 PM
When it comes to business, the bottom line can’t be ignored. Business owners are understandably consumed with finding ways to save money on expenses and generate more revenue. For self storage operators, a free webinar on Feb. 24 will focus on learning strategies to improve the bottom line. [More]

As Self Storage of Valuable Belongings Increases, So Must Knowledge of Tenant Insurance

by John Stevens February 1, 2011 8:28 AM
With more valuable belongings winding up in self storage nowadays, tenants are increasingly aware and interested in insurance for their belongings. Self storage operators must decide whether to offer minimal insurance for a fee or require the tenant to obtain outside insurance. It is an issue attracting more attention as space in people’s houses decreases and purchasing of goods increases. How tenants should be advised on insurance is often up to the self storage operator. [More]

PhoneSmart Highlights New Pocket-Sized Kiosk Technology for Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens January 28, 2011 9:14 AM
Imagine potential customers being able to go directly to your website or online bill-pay site or even be able to dial up your self storage facility or receive a text message all with one single step using their smartphones. It’s a new innovation that is picking up momentum in the self storage industry, particularly due to PhoneSmart, a marketing company for rental property owners that recently created an entire website showcasing this new technology carrying the message, “You have a self storage kiosk in your pocket.” [More]

TSSA Hits Ten Year Mark for Helping Children At Shriners Hospital in Texas

by John Stevens January 19, 2011 12:33 PM
For many of us in life, we put our children first. For someone else, especially a business, to help us do this is truly impressive. But that’s just what the Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA) has been doing for the past 10 years for the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Galveston, Texas. It has raised a total of $249,600 for the children in this hospital during the past decade. [More]
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