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Extra Space Storage Hires Internet Marketing Company

by Kim Kilpatrick October 15, 2013 1:48 PM
Extra Space Storage, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, announced today that they have contracted with B2 Interactive to manage all aspects of B2 Interactive will provide Extra Space Storage with enterprise level resources, including transactional information and operational data to storage owners. [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]

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]

Questions to Ask Prospective Employees

by Kim Kilpatrick October 3, 2013 8:57 PM
The other day, a friend of mine told me of a situation at his work. He told about a person who had recently been hired at his company. The fellow was a nice enough chap. However, he just did not have the skills necessary for the job.

Jim Collins in his book Good to Great explains how companies need to get the right people on the bus – meaning that they need to hire the right people. Then, they need to get the right people in the right seat. By doing this, a company can move from being a mediocre business to a great one. [More]

Ridgefield Connecticut Considers a New Self Storage Facility

by Kim Kilpatrick September 30, 2013 8:36 PM
A self storage facility, a hotel, a commercial building, and a sewage treatment plant – all rather interesting neighbors.

In 1948, Henri Doll founded the Schlumberger research laboratory in Ridgefield, Connecticut. In 2006, the lab moved to Cambridge and the campus in Ridgefield sat empty. In late 2011, city residents approved the $7 million purchase of the 45-acre property late. (Six million dollars of the purchase price was for the property and one million dollars went to surveying, lawyers, and demolition of the abandoned research complex that was on the property.) [More]

It Pays to Strike While It's Hot in the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick September 25, 2013 8:27 PM
When it comes to the business world—self storage or otherwise—it can be tough to figure out not just when to get in to business but when to get out as well. The decision could mean the difference between needing millions or hundreds of thousands to get started. It could also mean the difference between making millions or just thousands when you get out. [More]

SecuCare Self Storage Renters Dig Their Way Out of the Mud

by Kim Kilpatrick September 23, 2013 9:22 PM
The rain has let up – for a while – in Boulder, Colorado. There’s a possibility of a few showers this coming Friday. Hopefully, the showers will be light and not as intense as the recent rains. The less rain and mud the better for SecuCare Self Storage who has been affected by the flooding. [More]

A Flex Mini Storage Owner Develops Innovative Business Solution

by Kim Kilpatrick September 16, 2013 10:11 PM
When self storage facility owners want to expand and add on to their facility, one of the many challenges they face is to secure permits and to pass and comply with zoning laws. And, those zoning laws can be a stickler.

Doug Isaacson and his son, Eric, operate A Flex Mini Storage in Montgomery, Alabama. Earlier this year, they wanted to expand their facility. But, the land that they wanted to use wasn’t zoned for storage units. [More]

Want Some Help Getting Into Self Storage Auctions?

by Kim Kilpatrick September 16, 2013 10:08 PM
When you hear about some of the incredible—and valuable—finds that the people on shows like Storage Wars have had you have to wonder if you can do it too. Why not, right? Well—because it may not be as easy as it looks, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t. You just might need a little help to get started. [More]

MyWay Mobile Storage Sponsors Irish Festival In Pittsburgh

by Kim Kilpatrick September 10, 2013 4:08 PM
Several years ago, I saw Riverdance perform. I was blown away! And, I fell in love with their music and their fascinating dancing. There's just something special about the Irish and their dancing. MyWay Mobile Storage understands this pull for Irish things . [More]
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