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Amy Campbell

Amy Campbell


Don't JUMP on the Environmental Bandwagon ... DRIVE IT!

[A guest blog spot by ISS Associate Editor Elaine Foxwell.] We recently posted this item to the ISS "Hot News Feed": “Divine Development LP, in alliance with the Agape Foundation and Mobile Master Trucks, has developed the first "green" business grant available to the self-storage industry. The grant offers low-cost use of clean-emissions vehicles to members of certain businesses, predominantly ...
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Slamming the Door on New Tenants?

[A guest blog spot by Executive Vice President Megan Eckert.] If you’re like most self-storage operators, attracting new tenants is always on your mind. But what if you already have more than enough new tenant interest and are unknowingly slamming the door on customers when they want to rent a unit? Not literally, of course. What I mean is, in my experience, most operators ...
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Up in Smoke

[A guest blog spot by ISS Managing Editor Drew Whitney.] Many years ago, I accepted my first full-time newspaper reporter position, working for the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza in Incline Village, Nev. It's a beautiful place, snugly set against the mountains on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Having covered the news there during a summertime draught, I am filled with angst knowing that so much land ...
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Fine Piece of Art

It's almost that time of year when we'll start piecing together our media kit and editorial calendar for 2008. It sounds crazy, I know, but that is the pace of things in the publishing world—we're always living around some future date (very un-Zen). On one hand, it's disconcerting to constantly flirt with the future; on the other, it forces us to consider industry trends in a very grand way. What ...
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How would you rent a storage unit?

[A guest blog spot by Executive Vice President Megan Eckert] Here’s a question for all the self-storage owners and managers out there (and please pretend you're not in the industry for a moment): How would you go about renting storage? What method(s) would you use to find the perfect unit? Would you rent over the phone, via the Internet, or would you just walk in? I visited a ...
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Wow, Did You See That!?

[A guest blog spot by ISS Associate Editor Elaine Foxwell.] Currently, I'm writing an article on a new facility that looks like an elegant hotel complete with a graceful adobe archway over the drive, a bell tower and fountains. This is not the first time I have seen facilities that can only be described as stunning. But this one just reminded me how far the industry has come. Yes, I know you know ...
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On Ogling, Googling and Chickens

[A guest blog spot by ISS Managing Editor Drew Whitney.] There was a time when competitors looking to see what “the other guy” was doing would check the ad in the phone book and then give the site a call and pretend, best they could, that they were prospective tenants inquiring about units and pricing. Hanging up, callers likely felt a little like Columbo and a lot like fourth-graders making ...
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