Contributing Editors

SpareFoot Raises Money to Expand Product and Workforce

by John Stevens March 16, 2011 7:57 AM
The most popular search on is “college summer storage.” And just as the semester is coming to an end for many college students, SpareFoot, which lists more than 5,000 self storage facilities in its nationwide online directory, has raised an extra $1.5 million to complete its second round of funding. [More]

New Website Combines Search Powers and Offers Pumped Up Service

by John Stevens March 10, 2011 8:02 AM and has teamed up to form a powerhouse self storage search service. The sites combined forces to provide a new website that offers an opportunity for self storage operators to increase their internet presence and attract new customers. [More]

Self Storage A Growing Industry in the Far East

by Kim Kilpatrick March 9, 2011 5:12 PM
The culture within Asian countries makes them a perfect place for the self storage industry to flourish and thrive. Many of them are known for being among the more populated nations (and definitely among the highest in population per square mile) on the planet which would be reason enough for self storage businesses to succeed. Add in the cultural norm of having multiple generations living under the same roof and you have the perfect environment for the self storage industry to grow and thrive. [More]

SBOA Begins Offering Tenant Insurance With Goal to Increase Policies Sold

by John Stevens March 4, 2011 7:28 AM
It is up to the self storage operator to decide whether to offer minimal tenant insurance for a fee or require the tenant to obtain outside insurance. Owners and operators should carry insurance for themselves as well. It is a matter of purchasing piece of mind in the event of fire, flood, rodent/insect infestation or theft. The latest business to offer a full-range of coverage is Storage Business Owners Alliance LLC (SBOA). [More]

Upcoming Webinar Reveals Best Kept Secrets of Online Marketing Companies

by John Stevens March 2, 2011 7:18 AM
A Web page is only the beginning of an online marketing presence. Being part of a self storage search engine like and taking part in a social media outlet such as Facebook are among other aspects that make up an Internet campaign. Some self storage operators choose to hire a marketing company to handle the myriad of dimensions to online marketing. But what if these companies are hiding secrets of the game? [More]

Self Storage Manager Must Be Savvy in Today’s Multifaceted Market

by John Stevens March 1, 2011 6:41 AM
The role of the self storage manager is shifting in today’s fast-paced world where rental rates, promotions, lien sales, social media marketing and of course tenant relations are all major factors in the success of a business. Managers need to be on their toes with day-to-day operations and up-to-date on the latest marketing techniques. [More]

Website Offers Free Premium Listing and Chance to Win iPad

by John Stevens February 25, 2011 10:17 AM
Bringing together the power of internet technology and customers who want to rent self storage online is the goal of, a self-storage locator and rental search engine. The website is offering a free premium listing for 90 days to any self storage business that activates an account prior to the Inside Self Storage (ISS) World Expo on March 16, 2011. [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]

How to Choose the Right Commercial Developer and Design Builder For Your Project

by John Stevens February 18, 2011 7:59 AM
In today’s competitive and sometimes desperate economic climate, it can be difficult to find the right developer and design builder for your self storage construction project. Many are willing to cut deals, but you don’t want them to cut corners. And the bottom line shouldn’t be the only consideration in choosing a company. The repurcussions to just focusing on cost can be serious, including poor service, time delays and hidden costs. [More]

Hawaii’s Un-Conference Promises Unconventional Seminars and Networking

by John Stevens February 16, 2011 7:59 AM
Some of the biggest names in the storage business, including Extra Space Storage, MiniCo, Storitz, and Mini-Storage Messenger, will be converging in Hawaii this summer to take part in PhoneSmart’s “un-conference.” While enjoying the unbelievable sights and sea of Kohala Coast, attendees will be given a unique opportunity to network with some of the top names in the business while attending custom-designed seminars. [More]
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