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Teri Lanza

Teri Lanza
Editorial Director


Shopping for Self-Storage Products and Services in a Google Age

It's difficult to imagine a time when locating a product or service involved flipping through the Yellow Pages, calling information or perusing local storefronts. Thanks to search engines, it's now so simple to find the things you want or need that one has to wonder why a business like ours would continue to publish an annual Buyer's Guide; and yet our audience still calls for it. We're now collecting info for our 2013 guide, and we'd like your help in making it as valuable a resource as possible.
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Explore the Wealth, Wit & Wisdom of Self-Storage Talk

Self-Storage Talk recently surpassed 6,000 members and 7,000 threads. If you’re not yet a registered member, what’s holding you back? The online community is an unrivaled knowledge base, and the website serves as a virtual mixer where self-storage managers, owners and vendors converge to network, seek advice, share knowledge and commiserate. It’s true value can’t truly be measured, however, unless you are a contributing member.
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Learning the ‘Matrix’ Way at the Inside Self-Storage World Expo

With a full slate of education sessions, networking events and exhibitors, the knowledge siphoned from the Inside Self-Storage World Expo can be a little like living through “The Matrix.” Guest blogger Robert Madsen offers his show strategy and a unique perspective as an attending operator, presenter and a guy trying to collect votes to be sent into outer space.
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Self-Storage Is a Product, Not a Right

Among the lessons self-storage operators have had to learn in recent years is that customer service is a fundamental sales technique. But there is such a huge emphasis on service these days that we sometimes forget we're running a business. Storage is a product, not a human right, and it comes with a cost. Operators need to control their business, particularly where delinquencies are concerned.
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Dive Into Industry Video with the Self-Storage TV Online Stream

Many self-storage operators and vendors have been using video as a marketing tool on their websites and through vehicles like YouTube to try to win business from their target audiences, but much of the best content gets lost. This week, Inside Self-Storage launched Self-Storage TV to consolidate some of the industry’s top video content. Get a glimpse of SSTV and learn how you can participate.
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Rite of Spring: Finalize Your Plans for the Inside Self-Storage World Expo

When winter turns to spring, the weather warms and sets the stage for seasonal activities like hiking, swimming and the Inside Self-Storage World Expo. The 2013 show features more than 45 education sessions, 80 speakers and new networking events. Also on tap is a just-added opening session on “Obamacare” and in-depth workshops to optimize your expo experience.
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Going for the Pot o' Gold: Self-Storage Success Takes a Lot More Than Luck

St. Patrick's Day is Sunday, so it's a perfect time to honor those self-storage professionals who hail from the Emerald Isle. Though Ireland is a relatively small market with few competitors, its operators have still learned that to find the pot o' gold, they need to employ smart strategies. Read about one operator's success, and enjoy a limerick about storage in Limerick! ...
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