By Richard Ketchen on August 4, 2011
WHAT gets measured, matters. Measuring the effectiveness of stakeholder, investor and other corporate communication activities, however, has always been somewhat ambiguous. Until now.
By Dominic Jones on May 12, 2011
WEB traffic statistics compiled by Google show that investors are spending less than 5 minutes viewing annual meeting materials hosted by large vendors – and younger investors are almost entirely ignoring the documents.
By Dominic Jones on May 5, 2011
AMID the hype that often surrounds the use of social media in investor relations comes a new survey that provides a valuable dose of reality on the adoption of new media by European investment professionals.
By Dominic Jones on April 27, 2011
TWO senior members of Occidental Petroleum’s (NYSE:OXY) board yesterday held a private conference call with a group of shareholders ostensibly to discuss the company’s corporate governance practices, but uninvited investors might well be wondering what was discussed on the call given the subsequent performance of the stock.
By Dominic Jones on March 21, 2011
WHILE many companies are using social media to push out investor relations information, global conferencing firm PGi (NYSE: PGI) is among a rare few that is also using social media in two-way conversations with investors.
By Dominic Jones on March 1, 2011
A FORTUNE Global 500 company has suspended its activity on Twitter saying that the only people who engaged the firm were social media consultants and people trying to inflate their follower numbers.
By Ezra Marbach on January 6, 2011
A COUPLE of weeks ago, investor relations pro Patrick Kiss wondered why IR has been slow to adopt social media and what can be done to “move things forward”.
By Guest Contributor on December 22, 2010
Patrick Kiss, Head of Investor & Public Relations at Deutsche EuroShop AG, sees a lack of progress in the use of social media for investor relations. He wonders if the time has come for IROs to take the next step and move beyond monitoring to active engagement — or potentially even withdraw to the sidelines.
By Dominic Jones on August 8, 2010
THE Telegraph, one of the UK’s largest newspapers, invited its readers to put questions to Unilever (NYSE:UN) Chief Financial Officer Jean-Marc Huet on the day the global consumer products company announced its half-year results last week.
By Dominic Jones on October 15, 2009
ANALYSTS and investors have long complained that management at some companies manipulate the flow of information to the market and play favorites by carefully screening which questions they take on their earnings calls. Now Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) has taken the lead to bring transparency to the earnings call question queue by inviting analysts — [...]
By Dominic Jones on August 28, 2009
If you follow investors and analysts on Twitter you might learn something. Here’s the news release he’s referring to. I read it and didn’t see a lot of corporate-speak (OK, a little), but it frustrated me more that the financials are in PDF only. That makes them impossible to import into a spreadsheet without manually [...]
By Dominic Jones on April 8, 2009
A GROWING number of companies are using the web to give their shareholders opportunities to pose questions to directors and executives at their annual meetings. Since many shareholders are unable to attend meetings in person, the move by companies to use the web could help to reengage apathetic retail stockholders in the annual meeting process. [...]
By Dominic Jones on March 5, 2009
SEVERAL months ago, Microvision (NASDAQ:MVIS) IR specialist Tiffany Bradford set out to research how small-cap companies were using blogs for investor relations. She was referred to me by Shel Holtz, ABC, one of the leading advisors on the use of technology in public relations and corporate communications. I didn’t have a lot of concrete examples [...]