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Ask Santa For This Gift

by Holly Robinson December 6, 2013 7:24 PM
If you can’t figure out what to ask Santa for Christma, let me give you a suggestion. Get something that will help you in your business and your personal life. That ‘something’ is an iPad. [More]

Contests a Great Way for Self Storage Industry to Engage People

by Tony Gonzalez April 9, 2013 6:06 PM
The toughest part about any business—self storage or otherwise—is not getting ready to open. It’s engaging people and getting them to walk through the door. Companies will spend thousands and some millions of dollars in elaborate advertising campaigns, but many in the self storage industry like to try a simpler route. They just hold a contest. [More]

You Have to Make Things Happen to Succeed in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens February 11, 2013 8:05 PM
In the movie Jerry Maguire when Jerry and Bob Sugar were scrambling to see who would get Jerry’s clients Sugar told one of them that it’s not sho-friends, it is show business. He did not see the importance in personal relationships at all. Business was about making money, and sometimes you had to be ruthless. [More]

Southern Self Storage Gives Away an iPad

by Tony Gonzalez December 14, 2012 9:15 PM
Southern Self Storage, in Florida, recently announced the winner of their iPad Giveaway Sweepstakes. Kim Johnson is the grand prize winner of a brand new Apple iPad. Grady Stephens is the second prize winner and will receive two months free storage. [More]

New Mobile Device Application from SmartStop(R) Self Storage

by Holly Robinson January 24, 2012 2:04 PM
Every day, more and more companies create applications for smart phones. With these applications, you can read magazines, check your e-mail, post a comment to Facebook, track your weight loss, make reservations at hotels, and rent movies. Almost every industry has a supporting application and the self storage industry isn't any different. [More]

Is There an App for That?

by Tony Gonzalez May 24, 2011 2:31 PM
When it all comes down to it, people want to be able to do what they do or buy what they buy in the easiest and most efficient manner possible. With the dawn of the electronic age well underway it is becoming more and more common to find businesses, self storage and others, making as much use as they possibly can to make their company more attractive than the next. [More]

Ebooks Driving Hardcovers into Collector Status Faster Than Previously Predicted

by Winnie Hsiu July 19, 2010 10:18 PM
It turns out that people really do love to read. Not only do people love to read, but they want to read what they want to read when they want to read it -- and that means that digital book, or ebooks, which can be downloaded instantly from the Internet, are taking off even faster than anyone could have predicted as recently as six months ago. Now Amazon.com has announced that Kindle books are selling much faster than ordinary hardcover bound books. (Kindle books are books that can be read by the Amazon Kindle ebook reader, the Amazon Kindle 2, Apple’s iPhone or iPad, Blackberry and Android devices, and PC and Macintosh computers.) The statistics do not include free ebooks offered by Amazon, of which there are more than a million.

Between the ebooks offered by Amazon and other booksellers, and the ebooks available through Google Books, the world of book publishing is about to go through a dramatic change. If you are currently choosing between getting rid of hardcover books that are in good condition, or putting them in a self storage unit, this may be the time to consider preserving those bound books -- a few years from now, they may indeed have become collectors’ items. Paperback books are still outselling ebooks, for the moment -- but the day is coming when paperbacks may be collectors’ items too. [More]

Will an iPad Make Your Small Business More Productive?

by John Stevens May 28, 2010 1:18 AM
The iPad is Apple’s latest gadget, intended to revolutionize the future of mobile computing. Released in the United States on April 3, the iPad allows users to browse the Internet, answer email, display an extensive photo collection, watch videos, listen to music, read e-books, use global positioning software to get directions, take notes, keep track of a calendar and contacts, and use iWork productivity applications such as Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. It retails for $599. And now other manufacturers are coming up with iPad knock-offs that do many of the same things that an iPad will do. But -- is the iPad (or some other iPad-inspired computer tablet) really a revolutionary development in computing, and does your small business need one?

The answer is yes only if the iPad allows you to accomplish more in less time: the essence of productivity. The iPad offers certain advantages and disadvantages to small business owners, depending on your particular business and your particular needs. Self storage owners who own just one facility are not likely to need an iPad. But operators who travel back and forth between several facilities, and small businesspeople who travel frequently and who use self storage units to hold inventory and archives, may find an iPad to be a useful tool that enables them to be more productive while traveling. [More]
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