Contributing Editors



Developer Wants to Build Mini Storage Faciity in Columbia Falls Montana

by Kim Kilpatrick May 23, 2014 6:35 PM
Sometimes first impressions are very important. For cities and towns, the entrance to their city is important because the city fathers want the city to make a good impression on businesses that are considering locating there and for families who are thinking about moving into the community. So, it’s important that the gateway to the city is appealing and well kept. [More]

UK Self Storage Growing Where it Matters Most

by Kim Kilpatrick May 20, 2014 11:57 PM
Every business—self storage and otherwise--likes to grow and expand. Doing so usually means that something is going right. An increase in demand will often be enough to encourage a company to do so, but there still needs to be one other important element present—a company needs to be profitable enough to warrant expansion. [More]

Marketing Can Be as Easy as a Name in the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick May 19, 2014 11:45 PM
The key to any business—self storage and otherwise--is successful marketing. You can have the best product or service in the world at the cheapest imaginable price, and it would not matter if no one ever came through the door to see it. That is why companies are willing to do anything sometimes or spend thousands (millions) of dollars just to get their name out there. [More]

The Geek Shall Inherent the Earth…and Apparently the New Self Storage Start-Up

by Kim Kilpatrick May 15, 2014 11:38 PM
If you have any computer/tech friends you’ve probably heard the phrase ‘the geek shall inherit the Earth’ or maybe ‘it’s the Age of the Geek baby!’ Basically what they are referencing is the ever increasing presence computers and technology have in society. It seems that the Age of the Geek has even extended in to the self storage industry. [More]

Investment Group Buys Smart Storage in England

by Kim Kilpatrick May 14, 2014 10:07 PM
Smart Storage, in England, announced that Seneca Partners, a private investment group, recently bought them out. Initially, Bridges Ventures owned Smart Storage. Bridges Ventures is a private investment firm. They strive to achieve good financial returns for investors while at the same time making sure the investments are socially and environmentally responsible. [More]

Don’t Be Surprised if More Big Dogs Start to Feast on the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick May 9, 2014 11:39 PM
Have you ever heard the saying (or seen the t-shirt) that if you can’t run with the big dogs you should stay on the porch? Currently the ‘big dogs’ in the self storage industry are so outnumbered that they can’t really tell the pack what to do, but it appears like there very well could be more and bigger dogs on the way! [More]

Nothing Like a Touch of Fame to Put the Spotlight on Self Storage

by Kim Kilpatrick May 5, 2014 11:06 PM
In the entertainment industry the general perception is there is no such thing as bad press (right Lindsey Lohan?). For entertainers that can be true as the added attention increases the overall fame of the individual even if it is negative. When it comes to the business world—self storage and otherwise—the press is good as is a little fame; just not the negative kind. [More]

Less Mess Storage Inc. Acquires 5 Facilities in Central Euorpe

by Kim Kilpatrick May 5, 2014 7:45 PM
Less Mess (formerly DGM Minerals Corp) announced today that the acquisition of five self storage facility in Central Europe is finalized. Formerly under the City Self-Storage brand, the facilities are in the Czech Republic and in Poland. The purchase price was 14,000,000 Euros, which is approximately $ 19,427,795 million United States dollars. [More]

Get Started Using Google+

by Kim Kilpatrick May 2, 2014 4:32 PM
Earlier today I read an interesting statistic. It stated that Google+ is now the second-largest social media site in the world. Over 235 million people actively use it per month. That’s amazing.

I also read that it’s rather hard to describe. That is because what you “see” is heavily influenced by your expectations and experiences. Have you seen the ink blot that could be viewed either as a young woman (dressed in the 1800s styled clothing) or an old hag with a wart on her nose? If you mainly use Facebook as your social media, that is what you will “see” in Google+. [More]

Self Storage Industry is All For Keeping it Easy

by Kim Kilpatrick April 29, 2014 11:24 PM
No one likes to work hard if they don’t have to. If doing A, B, and C can get the job done right over doing A, B, C, D, and E people will go with the former rather than the latter. It’s only logical and holds true in the business world—self storage and otherwise—as well as in social settings and daily life. [More]
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