By Dominic Jones on March 14, 2011
WHEN hospital operator HCA Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HCA) raised $3.79 billion last week in the largest private-equity backed IPO ever in the US, it chose to host its investor relations information on a website run by Thomson Reuters.
By Dominic Jones on February 15, 2011
A MAJOR battle is shaping up in the United States between giant Thomson Reuters (NYSE:TRI), NASDAQ OMX (NASDAQ:NDAQ) and the big PR wire services as they compete for control of companies’ financial disclosures.
By Dominic Jones on January 25, 2011
A STUDY has found a gap between what financial analysts rate as most important and what companies listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE) actually provide on their investor relations websites.
By Dominic Jones on January 13, 2011
DESPITE major advances in web technologies over the past few years, most investor relations websites are little different from what they were a decade ago.
By Dominic Jones on November 24, 2010
AT THE IR Society’s prestigious IR Best Practice Awards in London last night, German chemical company BASF SE (ETR:BAS, PINK:BASFY) walked away the big winner with four awards – 3.5 of which were for its online IR communications.
By Dominic Jones on September 22, 2010
EVEN though their companies might be using social media for marketing or public relations, more than 90% of 200 investor relations websites reviewed by IR Web Report in the past month failed to direct investors to these channels.
By Dominic Jones on March 26, 2009
I TOOK part in a webinar yesterday called “Let’s Get Digital” that was sponsored by the National Investor Relations Institute’s Virtual Chapter. It was the first presentation I’ve done in a while and a good opportunity for me to put some perspective around the many new developments that are happening on the web. My fellow [...]
By Dominic Jones on February 3, 2008
THE biggest audience for any investor relations website is also the one that companies ignore most often. This audience segment is made up of people who know little or nothing about your company and probably aren’t going to learn much more unless you make it extremely easy for them to do so. They are, of [...]
By Dominic Jones on November 2, 2007
THOMSON FINANCIAL, the 800-pound gorilla of corporate investor relations services, recently rolled out new features for its hosted investor relations website product that it promises will “transform” IR websites and improve their “user experience.” In this review, I assess each of the new features and provide my research-based, unbiased opinion on whether they are good, [...]
By Dominic Jones on February 9, 2007
THOSE who say that being the best is the only thing that matters are wrong. Effort also counts. Often after reviewing a company’s IR website we’ll come away frustrated that the site missed the mark in certain key respects. We’ll harrumph and wince, but in the end we’ll conclude with something like, “Well, at least they’re trying, which is [...]
By Dominic Jones on December 20, 2006
A FORMER employee of a large IR website vendor has written a damning insider’s account of how such firms bully their clients into buying off-the-shelf packages that fail to deliver value to companies and their investors. Lily Napier, who spent six years as a senior IR consultant for Hemscott, the UK equivalent of Thomson Financial [...]
By Dominic Jones on November 21, 2006
REAL IR, the investor relations magazine focused on Europe, has an interesting cover story this month that shines a spotlight on investors’ ever increasing expectations for IR websites. In the article, Niall Paul, 34, who overseas $64 billion in equities for Morley Fund Management in London, says that just over half of the IR websites [...]
By Dominic Jones on November 9, 2006
PEOPLE often ask us what features or content they should add to make their investor relations websites better. Sometimes it’s the first question they ask. Now I wish we had a quick answer for them, but we don’t. Effective websites for investors really don’t start with features and content. They start with understanding investors’ needs [...]