• Savvy Software Shopping
    As a self-storage manager—whether for a privately held company or one publicly traded with thousands of shareholders—your job remains the same: effective operation of the business. Your facility’s management software is one of the tools that make the job possible. If you ...More
    May 1, 2005 John Rodrigues Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Promotional Tie-Ins
    Local promotional tie-ins are a cost-effective marketing technique. They carry a high return on marketing dollars, meaning very little money invested results in a lot more money coming in. First, let’s define our term: a promotional tie-in involves linking your storage ...More
    May 1, 2005 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • Battling Employee Dishonesty
    Most self-storage owners would like to think their staff is loyal, trustworthy, honest and dedicated to their business. Unfortunately, temptation, greed, and social and financial pressure can drive some employees to treachery. Even the most efficient storage facility can ...More
    May 1, 2005 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • Using Technical Support
    You’ve finally made the decision to buy management software. At first glance, it seems all you need is a good product. But while software quality is of utmost importance, there’s something else to consider: technical support. For most buyers, software support is an ...More
    May 1, 2005 Veronica Hsia Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Online Marketing and Facility Value
    Like many members of the Baby Boomer generation, I find computers to be a mixed blessing. They are certainly expedient, but they lack the flexibility and forgiving ways of old methods of doing things. They require you to execute tasks the right way and in the appropriate ...More
    May 1, 2005 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Rich Client or Thin Client?
    Over the past few years, technology has vastly improved the way self-storage operators do business. First, there was a mass migration from DOS to Windows-based property-management programs, and then web-based software entered the scene. New offerings brought electronic ...More
    May 1, 2005 Markus Hecker Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Consolidated Software Solutions
    In the past, multifacility self-storage operators had to deal with the frustration of running separate, unrelated copies of their management software at each of their sites. There were no options for operating multiple facilities from a consolidated database. But industry ...More
    May 1, 2005 Steven Hyman Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Software & Technology Vendor Showcase
    Inside Self-Storage is pleased to express its gratitude to the software and technology vendors that support this annual edition through the purchase of advertising. Look for ads from all of the following suppliers in the body of this issue. AndraTech Software Corp. P.O. Box ...More
    May 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Gambling on the Spouse Tactic
    How often have you had a prospective renter say to you, “I have to check with my spouse before making a commitment”? How many times have you yourself said this to a salesperson? Isn’t it the greatest stall tactic ever invented? Maybe you and your spouse share the ...More
    May 1, 2005 Tron Jordheim Posted in Articles
  • The Web Advantage
    There’s no doubt the Internet has changed the way we do business. While the impact of the web has been greater for some industries than others, it’s finally affecting the self-storage industry and shaping our business landscape. One of the main reasons the web has such an ...More
    May 1, 2005 Srini Vasan Posted in Articles, Technology