BeedFack is a ballot and survey web engine "designed to take the headache out of conducting large-scale reader's polls and managing associated editorial workflow and output," Avenews says in a release. The product works for simple and complex surveys, including the ubiquitous "Best Of" reader polls so many alt-weeklies undertake. "My staff is embracing it, finding it easy and fast," Salt Lake City Weekly editor Jerre Wroble says. "The best part is that once we've used the system for a Best Of, it remembers all write-ups, winners and locations so each year the process is quicker and easier."

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Alternative newspapers will continue to see modest growth in real-estate advertising over the next few years, but they will need to develop online business models to compete in the space over the long-term, says Borrell Associates Inc. in a report commissioned by AAN which was issued on Friday. The report includes a detailed analysis of current trends in real estate and rentals marketing, as well as recommendations for developing more targeted online products. Borrell's Peter Conti, Jr., will present the findings at this week's AAN convention in Little Rock.

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