John Egan

John is editor of The SpareFoot Blog. He first moved to Austin in 1999, when downtown Austin wasn't nearly as lively as it is today. John's loves include pizza, University of Kansas basketball and puns.

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SpareFoot Band Drums Up Enthusiastic Support at Battle of the Tech Bands

By John Egan   October 28, 2014

SpareFoot Band

With only half a dozen practice sessions under their belts, the seven members of the SpareFoot Band recently took the stage at The Mohawk, a music venue in Austin, TX. The bandmates had just 15 minutes to wow the crowd during the Austin Technology Council’s Battle of the Tech Bands. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot’s Account Management Team Zeroes In On Facility Profitability

By John Egan   October 23, 2014

Cara Scott Amanda Ferguson

At SpareFoot, Amanda Ferguson’s and Cara Scott’s everyday mission is simple: Help our self-storage facility clients make more money. In other words, they’re our in-house consultants for facility profitability.

“There’s a lot of ways we do this—from focusing on performance-related metrics to ensuring our clients understand all of the products and partnerships we offer,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson and Scott make up SpareFoot’s Account Management Team, which aims to optimize listings for many of the facilities on SpareFoot’s self-storage network. Our facility clients might see Ferguson and Scott at various self-storage trade shows around the U.S., such as the upcoming Texas Self Storage Association conference in Fort Worth. → Keep Reading

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Facts and Figures About Pumpkins, America’s Favorite Halloween Fruit [Infographic]

By John Egan   October 20, 2014

pumpkins

Pumpkins are deceiving. The orange gourds look so rough and tough, but they’re actually rather delicate.

The rind is a pumpkin’s only means of protection, agriculture experts say. Once the rind is bruised or pierced, organisms will invade and quickly eat away at the pumpkin. That’s frightening. → Keep Reading

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Inside the High-Flying World of Hot Air Balloons [Infographic]

By John Egan   October 7, 2014

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Soaring in the sky, hot air balloons inspire awe and exude beauty. That awe and beauty comes at a price, though. The owner and operator of a balloon easily can pump thousands upon thousands of dollars into this hobby.

“Hot air balloons are not inexpensive toys; they are vehicles that require maintenance, storage, and comprehensive insurance policies,” according to WiseGeek.com. → Keep Reading

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8 Best Big-City Oktoberfests in the U.S. [Infographic]

By John Egan   October 1, 2014

Cincinnati Oktoberfest

You can toast to this: If you’re ready to strap on your lederhosen or dirndls and hoist a pint of beer to celebrate Oktoberfest, you don’t have to hop a flight to the world’s Oktoberfest capital: Munich, Germany. Every year, communities across the U.S. put on Oktoberfest celebrations that just might put a smile on the often stern face of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Gears Up for Austin Startup Week

By John Egan   September 24, 2014

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Some of the people at SpareFoot won’t have much spare time during the upcoming Austin Startup Week. → Keep Reading

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Want a Better Blog? Follow These 4 SEO Tips for Startups

By John Egan   September 9, 2014

Search Engine Optimization

Last year, digital marketing expert Kevin Ekmark surveyed his peers to get their take on the digital marketing landscape. One highlight from Ekmark’s survey: SEO is not dead. In fact, he said, the quality of your entire Internet presence—blog posts, website design, social media and so on—matters more than ever. After all, Google is constantly watching.

“Don’t skip over the basics of optimizing your site,” Ekmark wrote. → Keep Reading

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Funny Business: Joan Rivers Maintained Well-Organized Stockpile of Her Jokes

By John Egan   September 5, 2014

Joan Rivers joke collection

As tributes continue to pour in for Joan Rivers, some are remembering the late comedian’s penchant for methodically filing away the thousands of jokes she’d delivered during a career that spanned more than 50 years. Rivers might very well have been the world’s funniest—and most steadfast—organizer and collector.

Rivers, known for her biting, no-holds-barred humor, died Sept. 4 at age 81. One of the legacies she’s leaving behind is her library-style treasure trove of jokes—a collection that helped Rivers stay on track in the whirlwind business of making people laugh. → Keep Reading

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How Improv Can Improve Your Workplace

By John Egan   September 2, 2014

Amy Poehler

When you think of the word “improv,” your mind might flash back to hilarious performances by funny folks like Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (pictured above). But while improv can tickle your funny bone, it also can improve the more serious business of getting work done.

Three SpareFoot employees—Jake Millward, Tevis Paxton and Nathan Sowell—have tapped into the power of improv. When they’re not at SpareFoot, you might find one or all three of these guys trying to elicit laughs from audiences at improv comedy shows in Austin, TX. In a nutshell, improv performers take the stage without a safety net; their unscripted dialogue is concocted on the fly. Improv is short for improvisation.

Off-stage, improv can boost communication, productivity and other facets of a workplace, SpareFoot’s improv pros say. → Keep Reading

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Murder Mystery: Hallmark Movie Features Self-Storage Owner as Key Character

By John Egan   August 29, 2014

Lori Loughlin

The owner of a self-storage facility plays a central—and deadly—role in a Hallmark made-for-TV movie coming out in October.

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