[1 May 2015 | 2 Comments | ]
The True Story Behind The Twitter Earnings Leak

Following Twitter’s earnings leak this week there has been a huge amount of speculation about what happened. Numerous media outlets and blogs speculated (and others) that it was a URL sniffing bot that guessed the filename of the earnings release.

It’s not surprising that they went this route, because this has happened before (4 in 2011). Yes, there have been URL sniffing breaches before. Yes, there are bots out on the web guessing URLs and trying to download documents. However, any reputable IR website vendor protects against this, including NASDAQ.
The truth is that …

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Best Practices, Design, Featured, Investor Communications, Investor Relations, Whitepapers »

by [20 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
New Q4 2015 Whitepaper: Top Five Best Practices for IR Websites

Our latest whitepaper highlights five significant elements of a best-in-class Investor Relations (IR) website:

Ease-of-use
Access to Presentations and Events
Company Information and Strategy
Access to Team Member Information
Access to Financial Data

Each element has been selected due to the value investors place on it and how, as a whole, they enhance the overall experience of your website. We will highlight each element using best practice examples from some of today’s leading public companies.
In the whitepaper, we share statistics from leading investor research firms and web design experts to provide you with a clear understanding …

Corporate Governance, Investor Communications, Investor Relations, M&A, RethinkIR, sell-side, Transparency »

by [19 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
The 5 A’s of M&A Communications

While no two deals are the same, the communications plan that helps support – if not propel – the transaction before, during and after it closes share the following traits:
AWARENESS – Despite everyone’s best efforts to maintain confidentiality, leaks about the proposed deal are all-but-inevitable. Therefore, it is critical that communications elevate its efforts in monitoring social media chatter and marketplace speculations, filtering salesforce intelligence and analyzing stock trading activity to ensure the company is not caught off-guard if/when the deal springs a leak.
ANTICIPATION – M&A activity creates significant uncertainty, …

Design, Featured, Investor Communications, Website of the Week »

by [8 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
Mobile users are an audience your IR website can’t afford to miss

By now, you’ve probably read about the recent update that Google has made to its mobile search algorithm, as explained in this article on BusinessWeek. The change was made to enhance the experience of mobile users, ensuring they are being directed to websites that are optimized for their device. The updates began on Tuesday, April 21st, with evident changes appearing on Wednesday, April 22nd.
According SEO experts HigherVisibility‘s blog post entitled,  “12 Mobile Stats to Get You Amped for 2015,” nearly half of consumers claim that they wouldn’t return to a website …

Featured, Investor Communications, Social Media »

by [6 May 2015 | One Comment | ]
Research Reports the Extent of Social Media Influence on Investment Decisions

We recently stumbled upon a great read written by Adam Shell for USA Today’s American Markets. The article briefly discusses the influence that social media has on investment decisions, noting that the level of interaction on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter is viewed as a “key source of information.”
The article pulls interesting research from Greenwich Associates, which notes that “almost 80% of institutional investors use social media as part of their regular work flow, and approximately 30% say the information consumed via social media has directly influenced an investment decision.” With …

Culture, Featured »

by [5 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
Meet Q4′s Latest Hires – March & April

Our ongoing commitment to invest in top-notch talent is especially important as we continue to expand our product and service offerings. March and April have been particularly busy months, and we’re very excited to introduce you to the below nine additions to the Q4 family! Our new team members stem from different backgrounds and cultures, check them out below.
Meetu Sandhu – Client Services Specialist – joined March 2015
Born in Dubai and raised in the UK (London), Meetu has been a traveller since birth. Meetu’s family immigrated to Canada back in …