Inside Self-Storage

NOV 2018

Inside Self-Storage (ISS) is an information source for industry owners, managers, developers and investors covering news, trends, facility operation, finance, real estate, construction, development, marketing, technology, insurance and legality.

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NOT YET A MEMBER OF SELF-STORAGE TALK? It's time to join! Registration is free and easy at Simply click on the "Login or Sign Up" link at the top right corner of Share, network and learn from fellow colleagues by joining today! Sel f-S torage Talk ( ), the industry's largest online community, is where industry professionals share experiences and advice, and discuss important issues relating to day-to-day management, marketing, technology, construction, development, finance and much more. Join today for free! Snarky on Snapchat Moderator MusicCity Gal shared this Snapchat she received from a property manager, who was upset by the presumptuousness of one tenant. Read what others are saying about the situation in the thread "I Had One Mad Manager This Morning" in the "Tales From the Trenches" forum. Pre-Opening Buzz Many operators start their marketing campaigns weeks or even months before opening a new facility. In the thread "Getting Your Name Out There" in the Marketing forum, members are sharing strategies for building excitement about a property before opening day. Here's a sample of ideas: • Host a community day and invite local businesses to give away stuff. Grill hot dogs and offer free water. • Conduct door-to-door marketing to every business in the area, handing out special-offer cards. • Do some co-marketing with related business such as realtors, moving companies, apartments and any place that rents trucks. • Start with a strong Web-marketing campaign and build up your presence on Google. • Put up grand-opening signs near major traffcways. • Contact the local mayor and media and let them know you're holding a grand opening. • Make a business page on social media. Strangest Items Left Behind Three stuffed caribou. Singing fish plaques. Human poop. You never know what might be left behind when a tenant vacates a unit. In this entertaining thread of the same name in the "General Storage Chat" forum, read about the bizarre (and sometimes disturbing) items members have discovered and add your own weird finds. Some members have posted photos! Have an interesting picture or story to share? Post it in the "Day-to-Day" or "Tales From the Trenches" forums. In the poll "Property Living," we asked members if they live on site. Here's what they reported: Yes 59% No 41% 8 ISS I November 2018

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