What are the best websites, blogs, Twitter accounts and LinkedIn groups for retail property managers?
Whether you’re new to retail property management or a veteran looking to stay current, you should always make an effort to keep up with the latest trends, key players, and news across the industry.
There’s a firehose of information available out there – you could make a job out of simply trying to keep up. To help manage the load, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite retail and commercial property management online resources – people to follow, publications to read, and professional groups to join.
This post, the first of three, will explore our favorite industry news providers. This list is by no means definitive - we’d also love to hear yours! Leave your favorites in the comments. Be sure to follow the Sound Advice blog so you won't miss parts 2 and 3 of this series where we'll share our top influencers on Twitter and professional groups to join on LinkedIn.
Commercial Property Executive
This is one to follow to keep you apprised of the latest CRE deals, people movements, and research. The Top 50 or so U.S. metros each have their own regional site.
Building Design + Construction
These folks have their pulse on the international design-build trends; we particularly love the attention to photography, modern renderings, and its futurist vibe. Take a look and you’ll no doubt come away with new ideas. Be sure to sign up for the BD+C Daily 5, a daily newsletter, and grab their white papers and case studies to stay one step ahead for your clients.
Shopping Center Business
Regular updates on the shopping center industry. You’ll get a good sense of new financings, sales, dispositions and more. They also tap industry veterans to share news on the SCBlog. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter at http://shoppingcenterbusiness.com/newsletter.
ICSC Exchange and Shopping Centers Today
What’s happening in the world of shopping centers? The International Council of Shopping Centers has it covered through their sister publications, ICSC Exchange and SCT (Shopping Centers Today) Magazine. You’ll learn the latest marketing strategies from retailers, region-specific news, and gain valuable insights to take your business higher. If you work in the industry, joining the association is a must.
National Real Estate Investor
It is what it says: the leading authority on trends in the commercial real estate market for corporate executives and senior-level managers. Access trends, key statistics, and get a good glimpse into the demand for the future.
Keep up to date on deals in the grocery-anchored industry across the Southeast.
A resource for REITs (don’t know REITs? This is a good place to start!). For those of us working in commercial real estate, it’s a good place to learn about both investing in stabilized properties, the top and burgeoning markets, and the key national players paving the way.
This isn’t your typical commercial real estate industry news site – they approach CRE with a fresh perspective and sense of humor. They also “produce hundreds of commercial real estate conferences where we network, talk shop, and listen to the bigwigs in our space.” If you’re in one of the larger metros, there’s even a regional BisNow made just for you.
Widely recognized as the premier online destination for original and timely commercial real estate content. Get relevant real-estate news and insights and a 360-degree view of the industry.
Regular updates on the construction industry, covering commercial, industrial, and residential developments. They’ve got a great daily email covering commercial, infrastructure, design, green, regulation, multifamily construction, and more. Who knows, you might even pick up a lead or two!
Signs of the Times
De facto required reading for the signage industry. Signs of the Times is the leading source comprehensive sign-industry news, technical information, in-depth analysis and perspectives, technology updates, reports, new product reviews, design techniques, and much more. Signs of the Times also puts on international awards program each year.
About the author – David Goodwin is the president of Ad Vice Studios, a Richmond, Va-based marketing services and sign design company. David has built his career and his business collaborating with property managers, developers and architects to transform commercial properties into attractive destinations with unique brands and customer experiences.
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David Goodwin is the president of Ad Vice Studios, a Richmond, Va-based marketing services company. David has built his career and his business collaborating with property managers, developers and architects to transform commercial properties into attractive destinations with unique brands and customer experiences.