Self-Storage Talk (SST)


  • Self-Storage Staffers Discuss Latest Auction Scam
    Within self-storage, a new venue for scams is the auction, which has gained much more attention in recent months thanks to TV’s "Storage Wars" and "Auction Hunters." A Self-Storage Talk member outlines how auction buyers and are scamming each other. Dozens of members, many ...More
    March 22, 2011 Posted in News, Legal Issues, Management
  • 5 Truths About Self-Storage Talk
    Last week while manning the Self-Storage Talk booth at the Inside Self-Storage World Expo in Las Vegas, I met hundreds of people who either hadn't heard of SST, the industry's largest online community, or had reservations about joining. So, let me use this space to provide ...More
    March 21, 2011 By John Carlisle Posted in Blog
  • Self-Storage Talk Members Meet, Catch Up, Lounge in Las Vegas
    This week's Inside Self-Storage World Expo in Las Vegas gave several members of Self-Storage Talk, the industry's largest online forum, the chance to meet, share ideas and socialize. The real hotspots for conversation were the SST Booth and adjacent Wi-Fi lounge, as well as ...More
    March 17, 2011 By John Carlisle Posted in Blog
  • Who’s Minding the Self-Storage Store When You’re Away?
    As on-site managers we’re always vigilant with our properties, but with the public nature of “checking in,” location-tagged photos, Tweets and more I find myself giving the topic of leaving the site a bit more thought. ...More
    March 8, 2011 Posted in Blog, Management
  • 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 ...More
    March 7, 2011 By John Carlisle Posted in Blog
  • Self-Storage Pricing Dilemma: Post Rental Rates on Website?
    In self-storage sales, where the traditional goal has been to get someone to visit the facility and rent a unit, is it advantageous to list prices online? A spirited discussion on this topic has ensued at Self-Storage Talk, the industry's largest online community. ...More
    March 1, 2011 Posted in News, Management, Marketing
  • 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 ...More
    February 28, 2011 By John Carlisle Posted in Blog, Management
  • 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 ...More
    February 25, 2011 By Teri Lanza Posted in Blog, Management
  • Self-Storage Managers, Owners Discuss Pros, Cons of On-Site Living
    Self-Storage Talk, the largest online forum in the self-storage industry, is hosting a discussion on the pros and cons of on-site managers from manager and owner perspectives. ...More
    February 22, 2011 Posted in News, Management
  • 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 ...More
    February 21, 2011 By Gina Kudo Posted in Blog