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Teri Lanza

Teri Lanza
Editorial Director


Self-Storage Talk Changes Leadership as JCarlisle Moves On, TonyISS Moves In

In true "inverted pyramid" journalism style, I'll get right to the point: I'm moving on from my role as Self-Storage Talk community manager to attend graduate school full-time. It's a hard decision, but it's time for me to dive into something new. The good news is I'm passing the torch to someone whom I'm confident will be a tremendous forum leader.
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Habla Self-Storage? Industry Operators and Vendors Go Bilingual

Over the past several weeks, several self-storage companies—some facility operators and some vendors—have launched Spanish versions of their U.S.-based websites. It's not surprising. Spanish speakers represent significant buying power, and self-storage operators want to tap this burgeoning consumer segment. Here are some things you should know.
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Stanford MBA Student Offers Self-Storage Operators 'Creative Juice'

Ever feel like your self-storage operation could use a jolt of energy and new ideas, but you can't afford to bring on a new employee? If you're a self-storage vendor, do you ever feel like your company needs some new approaches for developing industry solutions? If so, you know how valuable it is when a smart, enterprising student wants to work for you for free. Such a student has emerged on Self-Storage Talk (SST), the industry's largest online community.
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Self-Storage, Slasher Films and Paraskevidekatriaphobia

Did you awake this morning with a sense of foreboding? Have you imagined yourself unlucky today? Paraskevidekatriaphobia is a morbid and irrational fear of Friday the 13th. Superstitions surrounding this day have mixed origins and are a fairly modern construct. But in light of the popular slasher-film series the notion inspired, I thought it an appropriate day to share details about an intriguing new self-storage horror film in the works.
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Self-Storage Pros Chat About Lobbying, State Associations on Industry Forum

In states throughout the union, there has been a concerted effort (often orchestrated by the national Self Storage Assocation) to try to reform and update laws that affect the self-storage industry. The goal is to get lawmakers to enact policy that is cost-effective for facility operators and simply more sensible all around. The effort particularly focuses on lien statutes, additional sales taxes on self-storage and state-run operations. For example, here are a few of the key questions that drive the policy effort.
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Self-Storage Talk Makes an Upgrade, a Few Changes

Everytime Facebook makes changes, the public outcry is always notable: "Oh, I hate the new layout!" "I don't know where any of my settings are now!" Though Self-Storage Talk (SST) is not at all near the scale of Facebook, it is the largest online community in the industry, and last Thursday, it got a much-needed software update, which has also resulted in a few changes as to usability. To avoid a public outcry among our more than 5,2000 members, I'll try to explain a few of the most obvious changes. You might want to open and follow along on the home page as you read.
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New Ideas for Creating a Luxury Self-Storage Experience (at a Premium, of Course)

Consumers absolutely love it with they can fulfill multiple needs through a single business outlet, particularly when some of those products and services come as a pleasant surprise. What could you add to your operation with reasonable effort that would create demand for your specific self-storage facility and make customers excited about storing with you? I'm not talking boxes and tape or climate control here. To "wow" customers, let's explore creative and even unusual possibilities.
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