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A New Self Storage Facility Opens in Glenrock Wyoming

by Tony Gonzalez September 26, 2013 8:29 PM
Rod Christianson, of Glenrock, Wyoming, recently opened a new storage facility with 65 units on the north side of town. He has named it A Big Storage.

Christianson is putting on the finishing touches to his new facility. He is installing a new gate at the front of the property, is sprucing things up, and is generally cleaning up after all of the construction. [More]

In the Self Storage News

by Winnie Hsiu September 25, 2013 8:59 PM
It’s totally amazing all of the activities in the self storage industry. All of these happenings indicate that the industry is strong, vibrant, and growing. Here are three news items across the United States that are examples of what is going on.

First, a Charolotte-based self storage company bought a storage facility in Virginia-Highland. (Virginia-Highland is a neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia, that was named after the intersection of two streets Virginia Avenue and North Highland Avenue. That is the heart of a busy commercial center of the neighborhood.) The facility was purchased for $6.1 million dollars. [More]

The 2013 SSA Fall Conference and Tradeshow Is Now Being Held in Vegas

by Tony Gonzalez September 24, 2013 7:18 PM
The 2013 Fall Conference & Trade Show is going strong in Las Vegas. Today is the second day of the four-day event.

Yesterday, David Meerman Scott, a marketing strategist, taught a social media marketing master class. He taught how to harness the power of online marketing. Using his step-by-step framework, he showed how to use blogs, viral marketing, podcasts, online video, and search engine marketing. He helped attendees learn how to build an online marketing strategy and create an action plan to reach the self storage audiences directly. [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]

Hawaii Self Storage Holds Garage Sale

by Winnie Hsiu September 20, 2013 11:28 PM
Every day, people face the decision to try meth. Many people think that there are benefits to using it but little risk. However, meth abuse costs the United States $23.4 billion annually.

Meth is the number one drug problem in Hawaii. Between 2005 to2007, meth use among tenth graders in Hawaii increased eighty-seven percent. Meth-related emergency room costs in Hawaii totaled $43 million in 2006. Hawaii ranks #3 nationally for meth-related treatment admissions. [More]

Self Storage in the News

by Tony Gonzalez September 19, 2013 9:57 PM
Red Mountain Storage in Boulder City, Nevada, recently sold for over $5.2 million. Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services was the company that arranged the sale.

Red Mountain Storage has 11,913 square-feet. Built in 2000, it sits on approximately five acres at 1675 Nevada Highway in Boulder City. Another section was added to the self storage facility in 2006. [More]

SpareFoot Identifies the Tidiest Towns in America

by Winnie Hsiu September 18, 2013 10:06 PM
When I was growing up, my parents encouraged us to invite our friends over. So our home was always teeming with kids. One time, one of my brother’s friends asked if we had a maid. (We didn’t.) “But your house is always so clean,” he commented. Our house was clean because my mother taught us how to clean and then she made sure we did our share of work keeping it clean. (I guess you could say that we were the ‘maids.’)

Because families are different from each other, it only goes to say that some are tidier than others. This concept got SpareFoot thinking. They wanted to know which cities in America were the neatest and the most organized. [More]

21st Century Self Storage Has Modern-Day Qualities

by Holly Robinson September 17, 2013 8:58 PM
People have always speculated what life would be like in the future. In 1910, people envisioned flying firemen and policemen (with wings on their back), robot-like barbers, an electric train from Paris to Beijing, and a phonographic machine that read the newspaper out loud to people. Other than ‘hearing’ the newspaper (via radio), none of these ideas came about.

If the pioneers in the self storage industry had ever speculated what the self storage industry would be like in 2013, they probably wouldn’t imagine some of the marvelous qualities and characteristics that the industry has today. Especially the community services that self storage owners participate in. [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]

Hold Creative Facebook Contests to Promote Your Self Storage Business

by Holly Robinson September 13, 2013 12:43 PM
Social media is where it’s at. It’s where people hang out, socialize, and connect with others. So, social media contests – especially on Facebook – is a simple way to show up where your self storage customers and prospective customers are. It's a way to engage with them -- and a place to hold contests to promote your self storage business.

There have been some clever Facebook contests lately like the selfie photo contest that SpareFoot is hosting from now through October 20. Or the video jingle contest that SmartStop Self Storage did. Or The Great American Road Trip that Door to Door Storage sponsored. [More]
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