Contributing Editors



There is No Detail Too Small in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens March 12, 2014 11:58 PM
If you ask most large businesses they will probably tell you they wouldn’t mind if there wasn’t so much competition. That way they could relax and not have to try as hard to win your business. Consumers can count themselves lucky that most businesses—self storage and otherwise—do indeed have to work for your business. [More]

Directors Need Not Apply (But Can) For Self Storage YouTube Videos

by John Stevens March 6, 2014 11:08 PM
Social media has become a juggernaut. Whether you’re talking about the millions upon millions of users on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the many other forms to the billions of dollars some of these entities are now worth the influence that some social media outlets have is impressive to say the least. If used right—like how many members of the self storage do—they can be a boon for business as well. [More]

Does Your Self Storage Facility Have a Mobile-Friendly Website?

by John Stevens March 5, 2014 11:07 PM
Many businesses grow and evolve over time by leaps and bounds. Take the automobile industry for example. Henry Ford might have dreamed about cars like we have today, but probably considered them more science fiction than remotely possible. At the same time there are some industries that have not undergone such drastic changes—like the self storage industry. However, how people find self storage facilities has. [More]

When Technology and the Self Storage Industry Meet Good Things Tend to Happen

by John Stevens February 26, 2014 11:52 PM
It is a little old a very much a tired cliché, but more and more each day it is true—computers are our friends. Most of us probably curse our laptops, cell phones, and tablets at least once a day, but can we honestly imagine life without them? Probably not, and as much as modern technology has become engrained in our personal lives the same could be said for most businesses—self storage and otherwise. [More]

There is Nothing Like a Good Storage War to Help Our Furry Friends Out

by John Stevens February 25, 2014 11:23 PM
Storage Wars is a term that the popular television show has coined, but it is not the only meaning of the phrase. No, there are not different factions of the self storage industry combing their forces with plans on industry domination (at least not through the use of automatic weapons and explosives). There are, however, self storage facilities that engage in a form of ‘humane’ war each and every year. [More]

Moving/Self Storage Companies the Next Evolution of the Industry?

by John Stevens February 24, 2014 11:03 PM
Moving sucks. There is no fun to be had in packing, loading up a truck, and then unloading when you get to your destination (wherever it is). When you get there and find out you need more space than you have you have to find a self storage facility. What if you were able to get both a moving company and self storage facility in one swoop? [More]

There are Milestones of All Kinds in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens February 21, 2014 12:44 AM
Milestones are important. They give people something to measure off of. They give people a target or goal to shoot for, and in many cases without one it can be real easy to become complacent and lazy. If you do that in a business—like the self storage industry—you risk doing the one thing that you don’t want to do. [More]

As the Middle Class Expands So Will the Reach of the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens February 17, 2014 11:06 PM
Trying to figure out what indicators to monitor in order to judge whether someone thing is going to rise or fall can be a challenge to figure out. What if there are other significant factors? How can you tell which ones are working off of each other making their value appear greater than it is? Those sorts of problems are troubling for some industries to manage, but not the self storage industry. [More]

Self Storage Can Expand in More Ways Than One

by John Stevens February 12, 2014 11:42 PM
If asked most people would probably say they wish it was as easy to expand their business as it was their waistline. All takes to do that of course is to eat more and exercise less. When it comes to the business world—self storage or otherwise—there is a lot more to it. Are you just looking for physical expansion, services/products, or both? [More]

SmartStop Self Storage(R) Will Sponsor MMA Fighter

by John Stevens February 12, 2014 7:31 PM
SmartStop Self Storage(R) announced they will sponsor fighter Shawn “The Great” Bunch in the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competitions. The sponsorship will last for 3 years and give Bunch financial support while he completes his training. [More]
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