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Teri Lanza

Teri Lanza
Editorial Director


Inside Self-Storage World Expo Sneak Peek: The Benefits of Membership

What provides three tiers of options, a wealth of business-related benefits and a tremendous cost savings to self-storage operators? Attendees to next week's Inside Self-Storage World Expo in Las Vegas are about to find out; but you'll get a sneak peek if you read on.
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Self-Storage Talk Members: Maximize Your Expo Experience

Final preparations have begun for next week's Inside Self-Storage World Expo at the Paris Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, and like you, I'm rife with anticipation for a little bit of desert warmth and the bright lights of The Strip. But before we all pack our bags for good times and good learning in Sin City, let me remind you of a few ways you can use Self-Storage Talk, the industry's largest online community, before, during and after the expo.
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Self-Storage Talk and Your Competitors: Is the Forum an Advantage or Liability?

Obviously, the self-storage industry is especially competitive these days, and competition is location-driven. Because tenants want to store near where they live or do business, your facility and the ones nearby are competing for the same tenants. Therefore, given the challenges of local competition, here are three things to think about when deciding whether to jump in on the forum.
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Self-Storage Encounters of the Excrement Kind

Being a self-storage manager is brave and sometimes foul work. Facility operators share horrifying tales of excrement encounters, from tenants who have suffered "accidents," to discarded baby diapers, to premeditated “gifts” left in buckets and paper bags. Some days you have to ask yourself: Do I really need this *bleep*? ...
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Self-Storage Talk Moderators: What They Do, Why They Do It, How They're Chosen

Lately, the moderators for Self-Storage Talk, the largest online forum in the industry, have realized many people are unclear about what moderators do and why we do it. Because this misconception leads some to think we are some super-powered and all-knowing, let me take this opportunity to set the record straight.
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When, How Much to Raise Rent? Self-Storage Talk Provides Answers, Ideas

Managers and operators don't mind lending their insight and opinions about raising rent, and they're doing it right now on a discussion thread and poll on Self-Storage Talk.
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Cost Savin’ and Money Makin’ in Self-Storage

In some cases, saving money can be as powerful as making it. Consider the case of your self-storage facility, where monthly revenue from rentals and the sale of retail product may not be quite what it was a few years ago. By implementing some cost-saving strategies, you can still add to your bottom line and ensure your operation stays in the black.
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