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6 People/Users Who Need Void Analysis to Enhance Their Businesses

Posted by Sam Lowder on Jan 29, 2019 2:39:36 PM

Maybe you’ve heard of the importance of running a void analysis when you’re recruiting retailers for your shopping center or trying to identify chain stores that are missing from your community. SiteSeer Professional’s tool, Void Analysis, is very beneficial—and not just for the broker or shopping center developer. Here are six people/users that should be using Void Analysis to grow the smart way: 

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Topics: void analysis, retail trade area analysis, void analysis report, recruiting shopping center tenants

Omnichannel Retail: Where Bricks-and-Mortar Meets E-Retail

Posted by Sam Lowder on Jan 15, 2019 5:17:00 AM

We’ve talked before on this blog about the general impression that brick-and-mortar retail is dying a slow death and why that simply isn’t true.

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Topics: retail apocalypse, online retail, smart retail growth, bricks and mortar retail

Where is Santa Delivering the Most Gifts in 2018?

Posted by Sam Lowder on Dec 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

SiteSeer's Look at the U.S. Cities with the Biggest Increase in Youth Population

If you’re a business that serves families with children, you’ve probably wondered: what areas in the United States are seeing the biggest increase in children? For our latest data study, we decided to take a look.

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Topics: data study, market data, Retail Data Analysis, population study

Capital Planning 101: Building New Stores

Posted by Sam Lowder on Dec 13, 2018 6:27:00 AM

Last month on the blog, we talked about capital planning that focuses on improving the stores and locations already in your portfolio to ensure they each fulfill their potential. If your capital plans include opening new stores as well, you want to ensure you are making decisions that maximize your returns.

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Topics: capital planning, building new locations, smart retail growth

Capital Planning 101: Improving the Stores You Have

Posted by Sam Lowder on Nov 27, 2018 12:51:49 PM

Many businesses trying to grow the smart way recognize that capital planning involves an analysis of both short- and long-term needs and goals before they decide where their dollars are best spent. Regardless of how you plan your budget, your goal, of course, is to boost revenue. The question is: what capital expenditures are most likely to make that happen?

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Topics: capital planning, improving store locations, smart retail growth

Tips to Maximize Your Community’s Recruiting Budget

Posted by Sam Lowder on Nov 9, 2018 5:00:00 AM

Your community’s retail strategy can be proactive or reactive. A reactive strategy means that you evaluate businesses as they show interest in your community, rather than having your economic development team seek them out. Even if your community is in the enviable position of having the attention of the businesses you want to attract, is usually still makes sense to have a proactive strategy to ensure that you shape the type of environment desired by your residents and visitors.

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Topics: retail recruitment, communities

Why Should You Be Using Void Analysis?

Posted by Sam Lowder on Oct 26, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Brokers and developers: if you knew that you could close more deals by making an easy change to your methods, would you make that change tomorrow?

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How Market Research Has Stayed the Same

Posted by Sam Lowder on Oct 12, 2018 5:30:00 AM

In August, we wrote a blog about how market research has changed over time—and there’s no question that it’s quite a lot. But as the saying goes, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Technology and the evolution of the digital era have definitely made their mark on the retail industry—and retail research. But there are many things about retail research that were true 25+ years ago and remain true today. Here are a few of the most notable:

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Topics: market research, Retail Data Analysis, data-driven research

Eight Myths About Market Data

Posted by Sam Lowder on Sep 21, 2018 5:00:00 AM

Growing retail and restaurant chains know that doing high-quality, data-driven research as they expand and open new locations is always worthwhile.

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Topics: market data, data-driven research

Who’s Moving Where in the U.S.? A Migration Study

Posted by Sam Lowder on Sep 7, 2018 5:30:00 AM

When you’re expanding your business, knowing the potential of your market is so important. And for many growing retailers, population growth is an important factor.

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Topics: data study, migration, population