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The ISS Blog provides a series of insightful, industry-relevant posts to help readers keep abreast of the latest trends in the marketplace as well as premium content and educational offerings. Read the thoughts of the ISS content team and other industry experts on issues related to self-storage challenges, news, operation, development, marketing and much more.


Teri L. Lanza,
Editorial Director

Tony Jones,
Contributing Editor/Store Manager

Amy Campbell,
Editor
03/14/2014

Expo Video on the Go Keeps Self-Storage Professionals in the Know

By Teri Lanza
Whenever I need to make a high-dollar purchase or learn something on the fly, I often seek out video to inform my decision and enhance my knowledge. To me, seeing a product or skill in action can be so much more effective than combing through pages of text. And I'm not alone in feeling that way. Many self-storage professionals are turning to the power of video to study skills, train staff, market their facilities and more. This week there's new industry video on the market that could change your business.
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03/06/2014

A Self-Storage Manager Touts the Protection Benefits of Tenant Insurance

By Guest
This guest blogger was once a naysayer of self-storage tenant insurance, believing it was a waste of time for operators. Then a personal matter changed her mind, leading her to view it as the ultimate protection for owners and their customers.
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02/28/2014

Is Your Self-Storage Manager Prepared to Take the Wheel?

By Tony Jones
While trying to teach my teenager how to drive, I underestimated the complexity of driving for someone who has never been behind the wheel. At the outset, nothing is natural when sitting in the driver’s seat. What eventually becomes second nature with experience is initially foreign and confusing. The controls are intimidating and all the variables of the road can be overwhelming. The same can be true for an inexperienced manager of a self-storage business.
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02/20/2014

A Look Inside London’s Self-Storage Business-Customer Boom

By Guest
While businesses are renting self-storage units at an increased rate throughout the United Kingdom, capitalizing on the trend is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Guest blogger Matt Scott of ABC Selfstore goes inside the numbers of the operator’s three London locations to illustrate why understanding your local-market demographics is the key to operational success.
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02/20/2014

The Self-Storage Manager Interview: Quirky Questions and Other Trends to Consider

By Amy Campbell
So where do you see yourself in five years? If this is one of your go-to interview questions, it may be time to make some changes. Hiring the right people to operate your self-storage facility is imperative to its success. Here are some interview trends that will help you find the best candidates to fill your open manager position.
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02/17/2014

Opening Your Doors to Presidential and Other Commemorative Sales Opportunities

By Teri Lanza
Today is Presidents Day, with varying levels of observance from the American public; but if you're a self-storage operator, chances are your doors are open for business. Have you done what you could to maximize this retail-sales opportunity? If not, read about ways to make use of the upcoming spring holidays and generate more business.
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02/06/2014

Get Active on Social Media: 3 Steps for Self-Storage Operators

By Guest
How can self-storage operators ramp up their social media activity this year? The author offers three tips on better social media engagement, including what to post and how often, and how to gain more followers.
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