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What 'Climate Controlled' Storage Actually Means: 5 Tips for Owners

May 31, 2016 | Jana Basler

We talk about climate control all the time in the self storage industry. But do you know the difference between climate controlled and temperature controlled storage? It may be more important to the success of your business than you think. Get the lowdown on important climate controlled storage facts.


Interview: Self Storage Industry Technology Trends

March 23, 2016 | Amy Daniels

Two weeks ago I hopped onto a phone call with Nancy Deol, the marketing manager at Advanced Kiosks. We had a lot to talk about: the growth of self storage, the rise of mobile users, and the convenience of interactive kiosks and Rental Centers.


Happy Holidays from the Team at storEDGE!

December 23, 2015 | Amy Daniels

We had a busy year at storEDGE in 2015. If you read our blog or follow us on social media, hopefully you had plenty of fun as you learned new facts about marketing, watched our products continue to improve, and wondered what we would write about next.


Top 7 Facts to Know About Storage Construction

November 13, 2015 | Amy Daniels

Are you thinking about building a new storage facility? There are several factors that could affect how you move forward with your facility construction. Check them out, and be sure to download our five bonus facts!


October Client Spotlight: Eagle Self Storage

October 31, 2015 | Erich Noack

Long time client Eagle Self Storage is finding new ways to assist their customers with advanced technology. Find out how a better website and updated features are helping their business to grow!


5 of the Most Unique Cultures in Self Storage

September 11, 2015 | Amy Daniels

Unique culture is about more than cool gimmicks and questioning the conventional; the right employees, the right business models, and the right kind of innovation can make all the difference in the quality of products a company produces and the level of service they deliver.


Solar Power Provides a Boost to Cross Road Storage in Dartmouth, Massachusetts

September 08, 2015 | Erich Noack

Solar energy is well known for being clean, efficient, and abundant. Spurred on by tax incentives and the ability to sell stored, unused energy back to the local grid, Cross Road Storage is more readily looking toward solar energy as a viable alternative to traditional power sources.


September Client Spotlight: Absolute Storage Management

September 01, 2015 | Erich Noack

ASM manages more than 85 self storage facilities across the United States. In order to maintain and boost the local identities of their properties, ASM has worked with storEDGE to redesign their website.


August Client Spotlight: 10 Federal Storage

August 27, 2015 | Amy Daniels

10 Federal Storage, a storage operator in central North Carolina, is a company we consider to be one of the earliest adopters of the unmanned model of self storage. I got on the phone with Brad to learn more about his story and to understand the thought process behind his team’s decisions.


Vote for storEDGE in the 2015 ISS Best of Business Awards

June 16, 2015 | Amy Daniels

The Inside Self-Storage Best of Business polls are now open, and the team at storEDGE couldn’t be more excited to receive nominations in four categories. We wouldn’t be where we are without you!


3 Buzzwords that Help You Win Customers

May 13, 2015 | Amy Daniels

With new technological developments comes new jargon and a slew of experts eager to throw it your way. It can be difficult to muddle through all your options and determine which pieces of technology will actually enhance the facility you run – much less how they can.


10 Ways to Stay Busy during the Slow Periods at Your Storage Facility

April 10, 2014 | Andrea Hewitt

If you ever find yourself with downtime as a self storage manager, here are 10 ways for you to occupy your time. You could better yourself by reading a business management book or checking Facebook.


Should You Do a Rent Exchange at Your Storage Facility?

April 03, 2014 | Andrea Hewitt

Bartering was the first form of currency humans ever used. Although new, innovative ways to pay for goods and services have been introduced, bartering is still a staple of American business practices.


Is Bitcoin Right for the Self Storage Industry?

March 20, 2014 | Andrea Hewitt

Maybe you heard about bitcoins when they made their debut in 2009. Many companies in the United States and beyond already accept bitcoins as payment for goods and services. But how do you know if you should, too?


Should You Challenge Your Rival Storage Facility to a Charity Competition?

March 13, 2014 | Andrea Hewitt

Two facilities in Washington just ended a food drive competition. The bet? Whichever manager collects the least amount of food has to add two more bags of food to the collection and wash the other’s car.


How to Design the Perfect Business Card

January 09, 2014 | Andrea Hewitt

Business cards are a great way to get new renters to your business and fill up those empty storage units. They allow you to really capitalize on word-of-mouth marketing and cost-effective advertising by putting the card in people’s hands.


5 Things to Know Before You Become a Self Storage Owner

January 02, 2014 | Andrea Hewitt

Launching into any market can be hard but becoming an owner can be a very scary venture. If you’re new to owning a self storage facility and need some expert tips, you’re in the right place! Zac Zeune, owner of Kram It Self Storage, has been an owner for three years.


Attract More Businesses to Your Storage Facility

December 10, 2013 | Sara Heins

Many companies are unaware of the perks of renting self storage – it's a great alternative to relocating offices (especially if they're already in the perfect location) in order to find more space for documents, inventory, surplus supplies and equipment. So what can you provide to become more appealing to this clientele?


How to Organize a Toy Drive at Your Self Storage Facility

December 06, 2013 | Andrea Hewitt

With the holidays right around the corner, many self storage facilities are holding toy drives for youngsters in need. Toy drives can be a great way to give back to your community, but also a great PR opportunity for your business.


How to Deal with Negative Customer Reviews

September 19, 2013 | Tyler Fallon

We know that having 5-star reviews across the board can look “spammy” to many consumers, but excessively negative reviews, both founded and unfounded, can have a negative effect on business. Having direct control over your reviews gives you a lot of power choosing what to include and exclude on your website, but there are still external rankings found both on sites like Google+ as well as tied to your Maps listing that are easily found by potential customers.


Storage Facilities: Take Advantage of the Back to School Season

September 11, 2013 | Sara Heins

To most of America, September means boot season, football games and pumpkin spice Frappucinos, but fall offers other types of perks to storage facility owners and operators: the fact that college students move back on campus.


Converting Existing Buildings for Self Storage

August 20, 2013 | Tyler Fallon

With the demand for urban storage facilities on the rise, converting an existing structure for self storage may be a great way to save time and money while providing storage options to a dense population.


What StorageAhead Learned at the ISS World Expo

April 10, 2013 | Sara Heins

StorageAhead employees left Kansas and ventured off to Vegas for the ISS trade show. Here's what we learned.


What You'll Learn at the 2013 ISS World Expo in Las Vegas

March 27, 2013 | Sara Heins

Pumped for the ISS Expo in Las Vegas, but not sure what events to attend? Check out the list that the StorageAhead team is most excited about - we've handpicked the Expo's best web marketing presentations to help you boost your online presence.


Selling Self-Storage: My Perspective After Seven Months

March 27, 2013 | Austin Jones

What's it like to work as a sales guy for StorageAhead? Our very own team member, Austin Jones, shares what selling websites and self storage subscriptions is like, and why he wants to help you, the facility owner, succeed.


Build a Strong Social Skills Foundation

March 27, 2013 | Peter Soto

In my last post, I talked about how having a genuine interest in people leads to quality relationships between account managers and the clients they serve. This time I’m going to give you a few resources partly to show you why this happens and partly to show how you can develop these social skills. This is by no means an exhaustive guide. The question is too big and our attention spans are too small.


The Growth of Self Storage: Market for Improved Visibility

March 27, 2013 | Kendra Bozarth

In the last two decades, the self storage industry has evolved rapidly, and the United States makes up almost 90% of the global market with more than 50,000 locations nationwide. The most substantial growth occurred in the early 2000s when the total quantity of properties doubled in size from one billion square feet in 2000 to over two billion in 2005.