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Q4 Launches Real-Time Investor Behavior Analytics for IR Websites

New Product Provides Real-Time Investor Analytics to Global IR Teams.
LAS VEGAS – Q4 Web Systems (Q4), the leading provider of IR websites, social media and mobile solutions for public companies, today launched Q4 Analytics – a new product designed to provide real-time investor behavior analytics for investor relations websites.
The product provides various infographics and interactive charting options to provide a quick snapshot of investor behavior. It also provides IR teams the ability to understand which financial institutions and companies are accessing their IR website and what content they are reading …

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by [23 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
Don’t just report your results, tell your story (part I)

This is a new post from guest contributor Rob Berick, Managing Director at Falls Communication. This is the first in a series of three posts on enhancing reporting and communication through corporate storytelling.
Storytelling is a lost art in the business world.1
No place is this more apparent than within the realm of investor relations, where finance executives and their legal advisers now manage the narrative for investors at many companies.2 It’s fair to say that as bright as these seasoned professionals may be, trained corporate storytellers they most often are not.
The exposure this …

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by [16 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
Fighting Back: Getting Tough with Shareholder Activists Through Investment Branding (part III)

This is the third and final post from guest contributor Robert G. Berick, Managing Director at Falls Communication in his series on Shareholder activism and Investment Branding. Find his previous posts here: Part 1 & Part 2 
One thing is certain – few companies today are immune to activist attacks.1
From where I sit, it’s now a question of when – not if – you will have to deal with this issue as more and more funds are looking for opportunities to agitate for near-term gains. So… just as companies and their lawyers …

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by [14 Jul 2014 | 4 Comments | ]
Seeking Alpha, pseudonyms and the growing influence of online criticism

For those who haven’t been following, last week was very eventful for crowding sourcing platform, Seeking Alpha. The New York Supreme Court dismissed nano-biopharmaceutical company, NanoViricides (NNVC) petition to compel Seeking Alpha to reveal the identity of an anonymous blogger who wrote an extremely critical post about the company. Below we detail the chain of events that lead to last week’s decision as well as what this means for public companies and their reactions to anonymous criticisms and attacks online.
The Post
On February 11, 2014, a post was published on Seeking …

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by [11 Jul 2014 | One Comment | ]
Without Earnings Call Q&A Questions, Should Public Companies Scrap Future Earnings Calls?

This post comes courtesy of guest contributor Ezra Marbach. This post first appeared on his blog, Finance 2.0 
After analyzing thousands of earnings calls, three university professors concluded that public companies risk stock price declines if few or no questions are posed during earnings call question-and-answer sessions (Q&As):
“We document economically significant indirect costs of providing conference calls—increase in information asymmetry and more negative immediate market reaction—when managers fail to elicit questions during the calls’ question-and-answer (Q&A) session. We establish this result by focusing on earnings calls where managers receive either zero questions or “too few” …

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by [9 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments | ]
Fighting Back: Getting Tough with Shareholder Activists Through Investment Branding (part II)

This is the second post from guest contributor Robert G. Berick, Managing Director at Falls Communication
Last week, we talked about how many companies are playing right into the hands of the activists they seek to avoid by employing a largely defensive stance with their investor communications strategy. Let’s take a closer look at how this is happening…
According to Holly J. Gregory, a partner with Sidley Austin LLP and consistently among the “100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance,” as described by Directorship magazine, “Activists often use a company’s short-term performance problems or …