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Economic Outlook Retail vacancies still expected to increase by Mike Seemuth of “The Daily Business Review”

While business conditions may have improved for some retailers, few will dare to lease more space this year.

Commercial real estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap this week forecast that vacancy rates at retail buildings will increase this year throughout South Florida, especially in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The firm forecast that countywide retail vacancy rates this year will average 12.9 percent this year in Broward and 12 percent in Palm Beach County, versus 8.9 percent in Miami-Dade County. The comparable vacancy rates last year were 11.4 percent in Broward, 10.5 percent in Palm Beach and 8.1 percent in Miami-Dade.

In a report released Wednesday, Marcus & Millichap also predicted that South Florida landlords will lower their average asking rates for retail space in all three counties this year, compared with last year. The firm expects average asking rates per square foot of retail space to fall by 2.7 percent to $22.59 in Miami-Dade, by 3.1 percent to $17.86 in Broward and by 3.3 percent to $20.21 in Palm Beach.

Marcus & Millichap forecast that new construction will add 1.35 million square feet of new retail space this year, including 750,000 square feet each in both Miami-Dade and Broward.

In Broward, “the start of a recovery in retail property fundamentals will not occur in 2010,” Marcus & Millichap reported. In Miami-Dade, “although retail spending increased in the first quarter, perhaps due in part to Super Bowl-related activity in January, it’s down nearly 6 percent on a year-over-year basis.”

Demand for retail space among operators of grocery stores and pharmacies is steady, but “if you’re talking about specialty retailers in malls, they have a much-reduced view of needed space,” said Rick McAllister, president of the Florida Retail Federation, a Tallahassee-based trade group.

Statewide, retail sales hovered close to 2009 levels in the January-April period but remained well below levels of comparable periods in 2007 and 2008, Florida sales tax data show.

“Most people have figured out they aren’t going to lose their job, and their income hasn’t dropped, so there’s pent-up demand, and I think that’s what we’re seeing,” McAllister said. “Consumer confidence is continuing to gain ground, and consumer confidence leads to spending. … But right now, we’re not seeing the uptick that we’d like to see.”

Online marketing could intensify as more companies make it pay off

More companies are likely to gain from online marketing as they integrate their Internet presence with broader marketing strategies.

“We’re finding if you just go online, it doesn’t work by itself,” said Roberta Backus Turner, chairwoman of South Florida-based advertising agency Backus Turner International. Her clients get better results if they “reinforce it with traditional media. … We find the combination works very well.”

Many companies are trying online marketing because of the low cost.

“People are still leery about the Internet as far as credibility,” said Sherrie Chastain, co-owner of Skunkworks Marketing Solutions, a 2-year-old business based in Palm Beach Gardens. But “traditional marketing is much more expensive than Internet marketing.” Chastain said one of her commercial clients, a seller of impact-resistant glass, formerly spent $13,000 a month on Yellow Pages print ads in South Florida and now gets a bigger response by paying her firm $2,500 a month for ongoing online marketing support.

The main goal of online marketing is to maximize so-called “SEO,” or search engine optimization, the widespread practice of crafting online content so the target audience can find it easily by using Google, Yahoo and other Internet search engines.

But unless the theme of online content is part of a consistent marketing message, the payoff from an Internet presence may be meager.

“That’s the fundamental mistake that everyone is making,” said Murray Izenwasser, owner of an online marketing agency in West Palm Beach called Biztegra. Many companies “are creating a Facebook page, or a Twitter account, or a blog, but they’re never taking a step back and asking, ‘How does this fit in with everything else we’re doing?’ … It’s not about interactive anymore. It’s about integration.”

However, conservation is the watchword at many companies that have decided to spend less on marketing, online or offline, until the economy improves.

“I see a little trepidation in the marketplace,” said Alec J. Rosen, managing partner of AJR Partners, a marketing agency in Coral Gables. “There was an expectation at the end of last year that we had turned a corner, and I think with the recent news in Europe and the markets and all of that, I think people have gotten a little jittery.”

Gambling industry poised for a new phase of expansion

The casino industry in South Florida is a good bet to expand this year despite the hard-luck economy.

Installation of slot machines may increase as a result of a new state law cutting the state tax that pari-mutuel operators pay on slot-machine revenue.

Effective July 1, the law also creates a 20-year compact between the state of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The tribe will pay billions of dollars to the state government for the duration of the agreement while offering so-called Class III casino games, including blackjack and roulette, together with slot machines and poker at five of its casinos in Florida, including three in Broward County.

Under the law, the state tax that operators of pari-mutuel horse tracks, dog tracks and jai-alai frontons pay on slot machine income will drop to 35 percent from 50 percent, starting in July.

The profitability of the 4-month-old Calder Casino in northwest Miami-Dade County “will be considerably enhanced” by the lower state tax on slot machine revenue, said Robert L. Evans, chief executive of Churchill Downs Inc., owner of the casino and the adjacent pari-mutuel horse racing track, Calder Race Course.

Calder is the fifth pari-mutuel in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to introduce slot machines in recent years, “and we are now second largest in the market in terms of net gaming revenues,” Evans said on Churchill Downs’ May 6 conference call with stock analysts. “We have got a better mousetrap there, with the facility that we built, and I think if we just stay patient and do a good job of marketing, we will continue to build the revenue base.”

Florida Gaming Corp. hasn’t yet introduced slot machines at the Miami Jai-Alai Fronton but plans to do so. In a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Florida Gaming said it intends to raise funds by refinancing debt or selling its jai-alai property in Fort Pierce “to initiate efforts to install slot machines” at the Miami fronton.

Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming, the state-licensed operator of Dania Jai-Alai, has postponed plans to redevelop the pari-mutuel fronton, and hasn’t introduced slot machines there.

“But we are taking another look at it,” Keith Smith, president and chief executive officer of Boyd, said on the public company’s quarterly conference call May 4. “Now that the tax rate has been lowered, it certainly takes away one barrier.”

Beware of Social Media and Internet Marketing Consultants in West Palm Beach & Miami Florida

Many Social Media and Internet Marketing Consultants profess to be experts in their field, so why can’t they be readily found on the internet?

If they can’t properly market themselves, how can they successfully market a client?

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Social Media Secrets

Traffic is what a successful marketing campaign is all about.  If you have a website (or a blog, video, or web 2.0 page), the continuous creation of one way backlinks will grow the authority of your business overtime.  In this business consistency WINS the battle.

Out of all the traffic strategies attracting organic search engine traffic (i.e. FREE TRAFFIC) should obviously be of interest to you!  Since it is free and your potential customers tend to trust the authority a search engine assigns to your website – especially if it appears on Google Page 1.

One of the main strategies to get your site “discovered” (indexed) by the Search Engies is to utilize Social Media sites and Social Bookmarking. These strategies will maximize the exposure of your website and offers – to make More Money Online!

To maximize your results, you can not settle for just one Social Media or Social Bookmarking site, you need to use a strategy that includes a good sized selection and combination of Social Media and Social Bookmarking properties.

When you launch a new website, you need to do something to call the attention of the search engines to crawl and index it, and finally give it a place in the search results (rank it!). If you build a website and don’t drive attention to it, you are not going to have any organic traffic at all.  You need to make sure you have the best possible visibility for your website.

So, to keep calling Google’s attention to your website, we want to make sure we are adding backlinks to it on a regular basis month after month after month.  People often ask us “when do you stop promoting a website?”  Our answer is “We only stop promoting a website when we want to stop making money from it!” Remember the word of the day: Consistency!

This consistent effort will show Google that you truly care about what you are promoting. Not only will you maintain your rankings – they will grow over time as a result.  Website aging is one of the factors that affect Google ranks (Google LOVES crusty old domains!)

If you have a niche website and you are not receiving consistent traffic, pay attention to your marketing and promotion efforts. Usually, the main reason for limited success is lack of the right promotion and the lack of consistency.

Also understand that when we talk about promotion, we are talking at the page level. You must promote your websites page by page and keyword by keyword.  And, you must build a Web 2.0 campaign around every long tail keyword relevant to your niche…And that is just the beginning of what it really takes to make real and consistent money online!

Most people understand the importance of one way links to their websites and Web 2.0 properties to get them to RANK. But, what many of them miss, or find out the hard way, is that one way links are not enough. One of the most important strategies to use is to promote the promoters (the social media sites). This type of strategy must be spread out over time, and you will see these pages rank!

To bookmark a website is an ongoing project.  You only stop promoting when you don’t want any more traffic (and when you stop wanting to make money!).  The way we look at it is: if you don’t care enough to continue promoting your websites on a regular basis, why would you expect Google to keep paying attention to you?

This type of an internet marketing strategy requires a lot of work and time. These days to have a real business, you need to leverage your time. There is a limit to how much a business can grow with the effort of a “single man army”.

We take the pain and work out of a Social Media campaign by creating and implementing a search and response type campaign instead of just posting social comments which can consume your time and give little or no results plus automating your Social Bookmarking campaign to leverage your time so you can concentrate your efforts on your business.

So if you are ready for a successful internet marketing campaign contact Skunkworks Marketing Solutions now and position your business as a leader in the industry.

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Website Design & Development

Skunkworks Marketing Solutions offers both informational and E-Commerce sites.  We can help you promote your business online with a great looking custom designed website. We will work with you to create a design that is suitable for you and your needs. We can do so by using modern, easily accessible, standard base design methods; or by customizing a pre-packaged template just for your business; or by creating a unique design from scratch.

Whether you are looking to give your old site or logo a touch up or a brand new look, we are here to accommodate you with your needs. We can show you how easy it is to have your own business blog, demonstrate our affordable E-commerce solutions and explain how they can help you sell more with less effort. We can also teach you how to increase your site traffic, and we can host and maintain your site for you at an affordable rate.

When you choose Skunkworks Marketing Solutions, a dedicated experienced staff member will work with you personally through every phase of your Web design project and anytime you may need further assistance. Here at Skunkworks Marketing Solutions, we are committed to developing successful business solutions. We believe a great website should:

*  Increase your business inquires and revenue
*  Allow your client to easily access your product information
*  Improve your professional image
*  Provide a great online user experience
*  Keep your audience informed
*  Work efficiently

Whatever your needs may be, our goal is to provide you with exceptional design services and great customer service!

Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our web design professionals.
We will help define your needs and guide you to the best plan for your situation.

All Web Design packages come with Domain Name and first month Hosting.

Web Sites begin at $2,499

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Article Marketing-Google Page 1 Ranking

If you have a web site, then let’s face it, search engine marketing and building web links are important to you! One important aspect of search engine marketing involves using high quality, interesting, informative content articles. Search engines love content & information articles and many people will read and link to articles that are interesting and informative for topics they are interested in. Content articles are an unbeatable way to generate links, boost your search engine rankings, find new sales prospects and open up a flood of targeted traffic direct to your web site.

Content articles are an essential part of search engine marketing and when done properly they can have a tremendously positive and long term effect to your web site business! Effective article marketing is an investment in your business!

It’s true… Writing an article takes more than a couple of minutes. It comes easily for some people but it can be downright painful for others. Cutting corners and using the same articles that others have submitted to the search engines and directories will not get you anywhere. Many other written articles are void of any real information or useful content. Still others are simply loaded up with keywords and keyword phrases… not to mention the fact that they are boring and uninteresting.

These types of articles are the fastest way to the trash can from a reader point of view and ultimately from a search engine point of view. The end result for these types of content articles is GIGO. That’s right GIGO! Garbage in – Garbage out! You can’t do an inferior job and then expect to get better or superior results. Additionally, you can’t expect to get people to want to read, link-to and circulate an article that is poorly written, full of mistakes, lacking content and largely neglecting to provide any new or useful information to the reader.

 

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What is the Greatest Investor in the World Doing Right Now?

Mr. John Paulson, bet that the housing market would collapse and risky mortgages would tumble in value. The moves put the fund manager from Queens, N.Y., alongside Warren Buffett, George Soros, and Bernard Baruch in Wall Street’s pantheon of traders. And as one rival fund manager later would say, with equal parts envy and respect, “Paulson’s not even a housing or mortgage guy…. Until this trade, he was run-of-the-mill, nothing special.”

Mr. Paulson’s tally for 2007 was nearly $4 billion. It was the largest one-year payout in the history of the financial markets. The next year, he made another $5 billion for his firm by betting against financial companies with exposure to housing.

As Mr. Paulson and others at his office discussed how much was being spent by the United States and other nations to rescue areas of the economy crippled by the financial collapse, he discovered his next targets, certain they were as doomed to collapse as sub prime mortgages once had been: the U.S. dollar and other major currencies.

Mr. Paulson calculated the supply of dollars had expanded by 120% over several months. That surely would lead to a drop in its value, and an eventual surge in inflation. “What’s the only asset that will hold value? It’s got to be gold,” Mr. Paulson argued.

“Three or four years from now, people will ask why they didn’t buy gold earlier,” Mr. Paulson said.

Paulson is starting a new gold hedge fund.  It will open on January 1, 2010 and Paulson will put up to $250 million of his own money into the fund, Zuckerman reported on The Wall Street Journal Online. He purchased billions of dollars of gold investments. Betting against the dollar would be his new trade.

Every quarter, hedge fund managers are required to file a 13F with the SEC detailing their holdings. It reveals that of the $20.5 billion in securities held by Paulson’s hedge fund, $5.8 billion are in gold and gold equities.  30% of Paulson’s $20 billion in securities is in gold.

We are not advising to rush out and buy gold.  But it is time to start putting together a plan for accumulating it when the market gives you an opportunity.  When it does, it won’t last long and you want to be ready.  We sure will be.

What is Wrong with my Advertising, it Always Worked Before?

The Newspaper Association of America (NAA) has posted ad sales figures plunge again. Traditional print advertising revenues were down 29%. Certainly a lot of the classified business is gone forever, lost to the Internet. A lot of national advertisers are just no longer interested in using newspapers.

The new report, “Auto Advertising Outlook 2010: Running on Empty,” brings good news for online advertising in 2010. Meanwhile, the rack publications and yellow pages will continue taking it on the chin.

The US Ad Spending report analyzes the shifts in the media landscape due to changing usage patterns, economics and technology.

The media spending shifts predate the recession, but the current economy reinforces the new advertising models and makes them more permanent.

Digital marketing offers compelling benefits, especially for cash conscious companies. Marketers can more readily measure the results of Internet advertising than with most traditional media. This produces more efficient advertising and higher ROI, which in turn pushes traditional media to compete with lower pricing.

2009 may be a horrible year for advertising overall, but not for local online – and certainly not for some companies seeing double- and even triple-digit growth for local operations. Local online advertising is growing at a 12% clip this year, and we´ve taken a look at 2010 and expect further growth. Visit the best internet marketing agency in West Palm Beach to see double and triple digit growth in 2010 for your business.

Skunkworks Marketing Solutions specializes in turning out-dated, non-producing advertising campaigns into results based campaigns that generate traffic, maximize ROI and focus on the overall lifetime worth of your clients. Contact Skunkworks Marketing Solutions at 561-623-5324 or visit the best internet marketing agency in West Palm Beach for a complimentary competitive market analysis of your market today to make 2010 your best year.

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Reaching TV and Cable media contacts is easy with Skunkworks Marketing Solutions FAX press release distribution list for the TV and Cable industry. With hundreds of media contacts reaching major networks and media coverage centers, this is a very effective way to distribute your press release.

Some of these include: ABC, Bloomberg, CBS, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, plus many more! This list even includes contacts for popular shows such as Oprah, Dateline NBC, the Today Show, and 20/20. These press release fax services are available separately and can be used in addition to Skunkworks Marketing Solutions regular email news release distribution service so that you can generate even more media attention for your press release. In order to get your press release distributed into the hands of the media professionals that matter to your business you need to contact Skunkworks Marketing Solutions Now!

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