• CCTV: Separating Fact and Fiction
    When I visit with clients about CCTV (closed-circuit television) systems, I become aware of just how influential the movie and television industry is. There are things that are real and things that are not, but sometimes it gets hard to tell which is which. What we see in ...More
    June 1, 2007 Chester Gilliam Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Table of Contents - June 2007
    Security-System Components Read this primer to learn essentials for young self-storage developments. By John Fogg Security Goes Wireless Learn the steps for successfully converting from a hardwired system to wireless. By Randy Johnston High-Speed Security Use new trends in ...More
    June 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Media Watchdog
    As the self-storage industry permeates our communities, it receives increasing attention from mainstream media outlets—and not always favorably. As industry professionals, we should be aware of how self-storage is presented to the public. Media Watchdog is devoted to ...More
    June 1, 2007 Posted in Articles, Development
  • Managing for Dollars
    The right rental office software can go a long way toward increasing site profitability. Don’t use price as the determining factor when evaluating new software. Before you buy, run the demo, call the vendor for a tour and explanation of benefits, and ask lots of questions. ...More
    June 1, 2007 Linnea Appleby Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Thoughts From the Road
    When I talk to owners across the country about security, the discussion usually turns to video cameras, gate operators and software. We all need to expand our thinking to include all operational aspects of our facilities. Customer records, for example, should be integral to ...More
    June 1, 2007 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Security Goes Wireless
    To quote the great Bob Dylan, “Your old road is rapidly agin’. Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend a hand for the times they are a-changin’.” I’m sure Dylan didn’t have hardwired door-alarm systems in mind when he penned these classic lyrics 1964; but ...More
    June 1, 2007 Randy Johnston Posted in Articles
  • Marketing Limelight
    Customers turn to a Yellow Pages directory when they need a specific product or service. While Yellow Pages are the No. 1 medium to attract new storage customers, other advertising methods can also produce results. What works the best? Persistence Pays Off With any print ...More
    June 1, 2007 Sue Weinman Posted in Articles
  • Real Estate
    If you have a sales, grand opening, groundbreaking or other transaction you would like listed here, e-mail detailed information and a high-resolution digital photo, if available, to storagenews@vpico.com. Bobby Loeffler, a senior sales associate and director of the Marcus ...More
    June 1, 2007 Posted in Articles, Real Estate
  • Avoiding Security Pitfalls
    Consider this common scenario: You’re close to opening your new self-storage site. Applications are coming from potential managers and you think you have someone in mind. Your contractor is a little behind schedule, but the buildings are up and the paving goes down today. ...More
    June 1, 2007 Rod Davis Posted in Articles
  • Manager's Memo
    When talking to prospective customers and attempting to sell them storage space—along with a sense of security, cleanliness, convenience and value—usually the biggest obstacle to overcome is convincing them their belongings will be safe. This is not just a perception, it’s ...More
    June 1, 2007 Mel Holsinger Posted in Articles