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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
10/17/2013

Tricks for Improving Your Self-Storage Facility’s Social Media Standing

By Amy Campbell
Social media has become a major force in both our personal and professional lives. However, navigating these social circles can be daunting. Here are a few high points on ways to make social media work for your self-storage business.
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10/11/2013

Taking a Global Self-Storage Excursion, In Person or Via Printed Page

By Teri Lanza
If you're interested in the global self-storage industry, with an eye bent toward owning, operating or building facilities in mushrooming markets outside the U.S., then this autumn holds a cornucopia of opportunity for you. Learn about the educational and business-centric events taking place around the world in the next several weeks, as well a free new publication that will give you international insight from the comfort of your own desktop or mobile device.
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10/03/2013

Every Self-Storage Business Needs Rules (and Followers) to Succeed

By Amy Campbell
Without rules and regulations, many people and businesses would spiral out of control. Guest blogger Joel Little says the human element to businesses means employees won’t always place the needs of a company above their own. Therefore, it is critical for self-storage owners and managers to create business standards, set good examples and develop team players.
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09/27/2013

Cultivate Potential to Grow Your Self-Storage Business

By Teri Lanza
Trying to reach your business or athletic potential can be an arduous, incremental process, but the experience should be associated with opportunity, not negativity. Potential is a latent seed that requires cultivation and nurturing. If nearly every self-storage operation has potential, how do you go about fulfilling it? ...
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09/20/2013

Dread Reduction: Online Auctions Ease the Self-Storage Lien Burden

By Teri Lanza
For most self-storage operators, going through the lien process on a delinquent unit is a burdensome, unrewarding endeavor. Guest blogger Justin Jones used to circle auction day on his calendar with dread, so he decided to experiment with an online auction. If you’re on the fence about pursuing the online route, you’ll want to read this detailed account and assessment.
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09/19/2013

Crazy, Weird and Wild Self-Storage Stories: Make Sure You’re Prepared for the Unexpected

By Amy Campbell
Over the last few weeks, ISS has reported on some outrageous things. We’ve had our fair share of wacky news items over the years (snakes housed in units!), but it seems like it’s coming in droves lately. What can you learn from these crazy stories? ...
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09/13/2013

Prodding and Planning: Time for Your Self-Storage Operation's Annual Checkup and Budget

By Teri Lanza
Self-storage operators everywhere are entering their 2014 planning and budget season. This process is critical, and it goes hand in hand with the annual business checkup, which allows you to pinpoint areas of problem performance and get your revenue goals back on track. Get your facility ready for its annual prod! Here are some tools to help guide the exam and create a checklist of items to evaluate.
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