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Keeping It Fresh on Facebook: Creative Post Ideas for Self-Storage Operators

By Chuck G
One in five online page views in America occurs on Facebook. This means potential self-storage customers may not find your website, but there’s a good chance they’ll see your Facebook business page. Here are some creative posting ideas to keep your Facebook page fresh and engage current and potential renters.
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3 Reasons Why Perimeter Fencing Should Be a Self-Storage Budget Priority

When it comes to setting a self-storage budget, some items can easily get overlooked. Guest blogger Todd Mattson of DCS Industries LLC offers three reasons why storage operators should make perimeter fencing installation or repair a budget priority.
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Self-Storage Businesses Impacted, Rally in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

By Tony Jones
The devastation of Hurricane Harvey is widespread. Here’s an overview of how some self-storage operators have been impacted, how industry-related businesses are offering aid and other assistance, and some resources for those wishing to contribute to ongoing fundraising and relief efforts.
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Your Access-Control Checklist: The Best Products to Secure Your Self-Storage Facility

By Christine DeBord
There are several access-control products available to self-storage operators today, and knowing which to choose can be difficult. This checklist will help you cultivate the perfect security solution for your new site, or assist in the expansion or retrofit of an existing one.
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Combating Computer Viruses and Hackers: Keeping Your Self-Storage Data Safe

By Amy Campbell
When it comes to data breaches, every company is vulnerable, including self-storage businesses. Follow this advice to keep your facility and tenants' sensitive information safe from cyberattacks.
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3 Steps to Identifying Your Self-Storage Facility’s Target Market

By Melissa Stiles
Although there may be a point in everyone’s life when they need self-storage, “everyone” should not be your target market. People in transition are our broad target, but for the best return on your marketing dollars, it’s essential to identify a market specific to your business. These three steps can help ensure your efforts are geared toward the correct audience for the best return on investment.
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How the Revelation of Online Self-Storage Auctions Impacted a One-Time Skeptic

By Lonnie Bickford
Self-storage owner Lonnie Bickford found hosting live auctions to be problematic and inefficient. Though he initially doubted the benefits of online auctions, the success of his first online lien sale was a revelation and eventually led him to found In this guest blog, he recounts his experience and shares insight to how moving auctions online can benefit other owners.
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