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Teri L. Lanza,
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Tony Jones,
Contributing Editor/Store Manager

Amy Campbell,
Editor
01/14/2010

Out With the Old, In With the New

By Amy Campbell
Nick Malagisi, national director of self-storage and a senior advisor for Sperry Van Ness, makes predictions about interest and cap rates in 2010, and the future of self-storage supply and demand.
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01/13/2010

A Form of Social Media You May Be Forgetting: The Forum

By Amy Campbell
Twitter and Facebook exploded to new heights in 2009. What will 2010 bring in the world of social media, as it relates to your business and the storage industry? John Carlisle argues that online forums are getting bigger.
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01/11/2010

Commercial Real Estate: Not as Bad as It Seems

By Amy Campbell
Although the country is still feeling the ripples from the residential mortgage crisis, many are now worried about the commercial real estate sector. But a new study shows—and several experts agree—commercial real estate will pull through, with self-storage faring better than most in the commercial sector.
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01/08/2010

Candid About Green: Concern for the Planet or Marketing Genius?

By Amy Campbell
Over the past several years, I've watched as issues of world ecology have permeated the culture of the self-storage industry. "Going green" is now a popular touch phrase in this business, with more and more developers and operators embracing environmentally sustainable technologies and practices, whether it be the installation of solar panels, building with recycled materials, or using ...
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01/06/2010

The Art of Starting Threads on Self-Storage Talk

By Amy Campbell
Starting good threads on online forums is all about the thread title. A poster could have an incredibly urgent question, a prescient observation or a hilarious anecdote, but if the thread title isn’t good, fewer users will want to read it. Self-Storage Talk Community Manager John Carlisle offers tips on how to start threads to gain users’ attention—and get more responses.
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01/04/2010

Protecting Your Facility Against Theft

By Amy Campbell
A tenant at a self-storage facility in Texas loses $70K worth of guitars after his unit is broken into. Blogger Amy Campbell explores the importance of video cameras and value limits.
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01/01/2010

New Year for Self-Storage? How's the Next Minute for You?

By Amy Campbell
Peoples' general inclination at the turn of the new year is to establish goals for the months ahead, creating to-do lists, assessing past performance, and making resolutions for physical, financial and spiritual improvement. I approve of the passion for personal and business enrichment; it's the ridiculousness of the timed zeal that makes me laugh. Jan. 1 is not a panacea for past failures and ...
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