Self Storage Industry Blog

Gadget Review: Bluetooth Locks

Jana Haecherl |18 Nov 2016 |6 min read

At storEDGE, we love technology. So we couldn’t resist trying out the latest tech to hit the self storage world: smart bluetooth padlocks. Read our gadget review and compare the top models, brands, and features.

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Facility Maps: What You Need to Know

Jana Haecherl |26 Oct 2016 |6 min read

If you’ve heard the buzz lately about interactive facility maps and want to learn more about digital map features, check out this post! Read on to find out what having a modern, interactive map can do for your business.

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5 Key Lessons for Smooth Tenant Move-ins

Jana Haecherl |15 Sep 2016 |6 min read

Check out these tips to make sure your technology and customer service skills are on point to make the move-in process a great experience for your new tenants.

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Top 10 Unforgettable Self Storage Moments in TV and Film

Jessica McFall |21 Jul 2016

Sooner or later, everyone needs self storage. Our favorite TV and movie characters need it, too! Read about our favorite on-screen storage moments!

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Top 10 DIY Productivity Hacks for Self-Storage Managers

Jana Haecherl |12 Jul 2016

Struggling with distractions? Wish you had more time in the day? Hack your workday with these 10 productivity tips to help you become an efficiency machine.

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Why You Need to Introduce Mobile Technology at Your Facility

Amy Daniels |25 Mar 2016

Revenue from mobile commerce is estimated to grow from $72 billion in 2013 to $245 billion in 2017. Mobile consumers are doing more than searching — they’re ready to buy. Are you making it easy for them?

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Everything You Need to Know About Cloud-Based Software

Amy Daniels |11 Feb 2016

There’s no doubt that you’ve heard the term “cloud-based software” many times over the last few years. But what the heck does this term mean? It may be less complicated than you think.

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3 Things Your Facility's Technology Should Be Doing for Your Customers

Erich Noack |11 Dec 2015

Technology tools are built to make things easier for you and your customers. But are your tools doing everything they could be doing? Check out this post to learn 3 things your facility's technology should be doing for your business.

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7 Unique Discount Ideas [SlideShare]

Amy Daniels |08 Dec 2015

Providing discounts is a great way to bring in customers and even make current tenants happier. I've compiled some ideas for creative discounts you can offer at your facility. Think of them as a starting point for trigging your discount creativity.

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Title Tags and Alt Tags: Why Do They Matter? [SlideShare]

Amy Daniels |04 Dec 2015

As you try to earn your website the best rankings in search, there are certain HTML phrases you may have hard but don't fully understand, such as title tags and alt tags. Understanding these terms can help you provide a better user experience as well as boost your site's visibility on search engine results pages.

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Fed Up With Empty Promises from Tech Support? So Are We

Amy Daniels |30 Oct 2015

Shouldn’t software come with a great team of people to assist you as you learn the product? Not everyone seems to think so. This practice isn’t something that’s seen everywhere in the storage industry, so I decided to dig into the matter and find out how much tech support matters.

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SSL: What It Is and Why You Need It

Erich Noack |27 Oct 2015

The internet is inherently insecure. So how do you protect your customers' personal information? SSL is a secure, and trusted way to ensure that your website is viewed by potential customers and Google as a protected place to purchase services.

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Q&A with Lydia Fuqua, storEDGE Local Search Specialist

Amy Daniels |15 Sep 2015

This week's post makes local search a little less overwhelming while giving you a more personal glimpse of the storEDGE team. I met with Lydia Fuqua, our local search specialist, to learn how she approaches local search, what mistakes storage operators are most commonly making, and what predictions she has for the future of SEO.

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What You Need to Know About Google Local Updates

Amy Daniels |11 Sep 2015

While you may be concerned about how Google's most recent changes to local search affect your business, you may not want to sift through pages of articles about the topic. If so, you’re in luck! This article breaks down everything you need to know about changes to the Local Pack, Google+, reviews, and more.

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What's the Story Behind Google's Mobile Update?

Amy Daniels |14 Aug 2015

This release is almost entirely good news. And if it isn’t good news for you now, you can change that and reap benefits immediately rather than spending months — or years — doing damage control.

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Selling & Marketing to the Self Storage Consumer: How to Get the Biggest Bang for your Buck

Amy Daniels |10 Jun 2014

Selling and marketing are undoubtedly important aspects of running your self storage business. With multiple facilities vying for your target market, it’s becoming increasingly important to differentiate your brand to attract new paying customers.

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Tablets and Mobile Technology in the Self Storage Workplace

Tim Schlee |17 Apr 2014

Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices are in almost every household now, but offices and workplaces have been less swift to adopt them. Can your storage facility benefit from mobile technology?

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The Importance of Usability in Your Self Storage Software

Tim Schlee |10 Apr 2014

Usability may seem like something you don’t need to know a lot about. Either a software is easy to use or it’s not, right? But there’s a lot that goes into usability testing, and a lot of it would be useful for self storage owners to know about.

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Google's Hummingbird and Your Self Storage Business

Amy Daniels |14 Mar 2014

An update to Google's algorithm usually means change for your self storage business. Read about Hummingbird, Penguin, Panda, and how they affect your strategy before you make any decisions.

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going Solar

Tim Schlee |16 Dec 2013

With alternative energies on the rise, business owners must decide if and when – and how – they want to use them. If you’re not sure where to start, StorageAhead has compiled a list of questions to ask yourself to help steer you in the right direction.

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Choosing the Right Email Host for your Business

Tyler Fallon |23 Oct 2013

There is no shortage of options available to provide hosting for your domain’s email. But, with so many choices, it can be difficult choosing which option is best for your business. You'll find a quick overview of four industry-leading providers (that lets you use example@yourcompany.com addresses) to help you find the choice that is best for your business.

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Climbing the Ranks: SEO, Google's Penguin 2.0, and Your Self Storage Business

Amy Daniels |09 Sep 2013

With the next algorithm or update that is sure to come out, you want to own the site that gains keywords and rankings all across the board. To do that, you need to continuously evaluate what you’re doing with SEO – because it’s not going anywhere.

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StorageAhead Releases 3.12 Update for WebWorks & WebReady Clients

Sara Heins |29 Jul 2013

You may notice some pretty drastic differences when you log in to the admin portion of your WebWorks or WebReady site. In our most recent update, 3.12, we’ve completely redesigned the interface and added several more options for checking your site's analytics.

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Title Tags and Alt Tags: Why Do They Matter?

Amy Daniels |24 Jul 2013

As an owner of a self storage website, you've probably heard the terms "title tag" and "alt tag." Why do they matter? Find out here.

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5 Benefits of Call Recording Software

Kendra Bozarth |26 Apr 2013

Phone call recording software is an advanced technological service that can improve operations at your self storage facility. Learn how it will increase customer satisfaction, quality control and more.

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StorageAhead Releases Latest Product Update

Kendra Bozarth |08 Apr 2013

StorageAhead has released the latest WebWorks update, supplying larger self storage brands with a stronger online presence and more marketing power through mobile use, blog capability and customized storage tips.

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Don’t Let Technology Come Between You and the Renter

Kendra Bozarth |28 Mar 2013

Technology is a helpful resource that creates convenience, but an on-site manager is the most valuable asset.

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Google Is Tired of Your Crap, Says Earn Your Own Darn Links

Sara Heins |28 Mar 2013

Confused by the never-ending SEO updates from Google? SEOMoz makes the ever-changing ranking algorithms simple to understand - rather than relying on some magical linkbuilding scheme, write content worth reading to earn your own darn links.

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4 Reasons for Your Storage Facility to Go Solar

Sara Heins |27 Mar 2013

A lot of businesses seem to be "going green" lately – recycling, installing solar panels and using energy efficient materials throughout the construction process. Even some storage facilities are hopping on the bandwagon and adopting more environmentally friendly techniques. Greenbox Self Storage, downtown Denver's first solar-powered facility, will generate more than 75,000 kW of power a year, saving 180,000 pounds of CO2 annually. The building is also applying for LEED Silver certification, a prestigious standing given to businesses built with efficient and recycled materials.

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How Do Customers See Your Pages?

Sara Heins |07 Mar 2013

Are you attracting customers with your Facebook, Twitter and Google+ profiles, or driving them away? Mashable teamed up with EyeTrackShop, a startup that uses webcams to track eye movement and see where people engage most with content, based on where their eyes lingered longest. Although the study only involved 30 participants, the results are intriguing. Since social media profiles are usually formatted the same for businesses as they are for people, there may be some knowledge to gain here.

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