Understanding the True Risks of Utilizing Social Media for Financial Disclosure

October 8, 2013

By Serena Ehrlich, Director of Social & Evolving Media

Last week, Twitter announced to the world it was filing its S-1 via its own social media platform.   While a few vendors in the IR + social media space praise the recent decision by the SEC to allow public companies to disclose material news via social channels, most realize this method is far from a best practice.

What is disclosure via social networks? 

In April 2013, the SEC announced that public companies could utilize social media networks as material disclosure distribution outlets, if they first let investors know which networks they were going to use.  This announcement came with a wide range of support and backlash. Those in favor believe this decision is forward-thinking and a solid fit for the way people communicate today.  Many others believe that this decision will lead to uneven access to content and the sharing of misinformation, ultimately creating a more volatile stock price.

Why are social networks bad platforms for disclosure? 

Before we start, let me reiterate, I am obsessed with social media.  I love Twitter.  I love Facebook.  I’m a wizard at G+, and yet I strongly believe social networks are terrible platforms for disclosure as they simply do not provide immediate, broad access to the news.  Below are several of the road blocks facing this practice that should be considered by every public company before considering this step.

  • Does the news fit the platform?:  Each social network has its own personality and fulfills different end user needs and desires, most of which are not aligned with most companies’ investor profiles.  Facebook, for example, is an excellent recommendation engine.  Pinterest is an aspirational website and Twitter is a continually updating information sharing tool.  None of these sites are being utilized by the average user as legitimate investment forums.  It is important to note that while platforms like StockTwits do bring the discussion of stocks onto Twitter, it is not reflective of Twitter’s overall market use.
  • Lack of visibility of Tweets and social updates:  As noted in this infographic, many company updates are simply not seen by page friends and fans. In fact, 84% of Facebook newsfeed stories are never seen and 71% of tweets are ignored.  This lack of visibility directly affects the success of social network disclosure posts.
  • Manipulated news visibility:  Every social network has the technology and ability to change the visibility of tweets and posts.  Twitter, Facebook, and other networks are monetized by advertising.  Paid tweets, sponsored posts and trends and more increase visibility of “popular” news and take valuable visibility away from non-paid status updates and posts.
  • Potential platform volatility:  Let’s face it, social networks sometimes go offline. Whether it is for system maintenance, too much volume or a DOS attack, when you choose to disclose over a social network, you put yourself at the mercy of a network only a handful of years old.
  • The old game of telephone:  When news is shared out across social networks, people frequently include their own opinion before resharing.   This leads to the possibility of message alteration (on Twitter, these changes are frequently noted with an MT which stands for modified tweet), which could directly impact perception of both the company and the news issued.  Rumors spread quickly on social networks and once misinformation is shared, the company must focus on message correction or risk stock instability.
  • Lack of access to social networks:  In 2011, a study of corporate CIOs shows that 31% of companies did not allow access to social networks during work hours, directly limiting access to real-time breaking news.  As the New York Times noted in 2012, financial institutions continue to struggle with providing traders and analysts with access to these channels.
  • Lack of immediate access to full-text:  The other issue with social networks is that they do not allow for very much text.  This means a company must state the impact of their news in as little as 140 characters and include a link to the full text article.  This 2-step process decreases potential visibility of the full story, and delays access to the news for end users.
  • The impact of delayed access to news:  One of the big discussions this summer in relation to the investment community was the financial impact of Thomson Reuter’s product that provides elite traders access to key information milliseconds before the rest of the financial community.  This service allows traders to buy and sell before the rest of the financial community. Every second counts on Wall Street. CNBC notes that within 10 seconds, hundreds of millions of dollars in trades can be completed.  Social networks are unable to confirm equal visibility of news and tweets, making it very easy for trades to be made before the news has fully been disseminated.
  • The security issue:  While somewhat rare, every social network, every website, faces potential security attacks and risks. Even the AP’s Twitter account was recently hacked, causing  widespread sharing of a false report of a shooting at the White House.  How are consumers supposed to know if your update is legitimate or not?  How quickly can a stock price be halted if false news impacts trading?
  • By the way, who actually uses social networks?:  While many buy-side analysts praise the use of social networks as research tools for reporting (a practice we highly recommend), most social site demographics are not aligned with investor audiences. Pew Internet notes that only 16% of Americans who utilize social networks have a Twitter account while 67% use Facebook.

Did we mention that we love social networks?!  So what should you be doing if you want to socialize your news, increasing overall awareness and engagement with your organization?  Business Wire continues to recommend a mix of tools including:

  • Use broad distribution via a commercial newswire to guarantee your full-text press release is simultaneously put in front of reporters, analysts and interested online parties.
  • Include multimedia to enhance your news – analysts love multimedia, especially video from senior team members.  Not only does multimedia increase viewership and news sharing, it has been proven to both drive deeper company-to-consumer relationships and also humanizes the brand.
  • Blog about it:  One of the best uses for corporate blogs is the ability to provide additional context for corporate news.  These are perfect vehicles to showcase the “why” of your story. And blogs that answer expected media and analyst questions help reporters provide better news coverage, ensuring further approved message permeation, decreasing message confusion and stock volatility.
  • Sharing news socially is a great idea!  Once your news has been posted to your website, share it out across your social channels.  Include Tweet this links inside your release copy to make it easy for your readers to share your highlights.
  • Live tweet:  One of the best ways to use social networks to share out news is to live tweet major events or news.  Draft tweets based on key elements of your press release and tweet them out with links back to your news. Include created multimedia to drive even higher engagement and sharing.
  • Utilize video chats: Create a video version of your blog and share each video’s embed links with key reporters and analysts. Today’s news outlets crave video content, as it both engages readers and increases the time the reader spends on their website. Analysts like the opportunity to see as well as hear from senior management. And of course, just like the blog, this content continues to drive message permeation.
  • Monitor the Conversation:  This is the number one way analysts today use social media.  They use it to see what people are saying about you, your product, your reputation and company.  The best way for organizations to utilize social media for disclosure is to listen.  What are people saying about your company, what misconceptions need to be clarified, what message points are resonating and which ones are not? Through listening you can not only find where conversations are occurring about your brand, but major themes, providing you with a roadmap for future discussion points.

There is a real, legitimate place for social media tools and platforms in the news distribution process, just not for material disclosure.

What do you think? Do social media platforms meet the requirement for consistent broad disclosure? We would love to hear your thoughts below!

Have questions about the role social media plays in the news distribution process? Let us know!


Join Tara Atwood and Other IROs at The IR Experience on Oct. 1st

September 12, 2013
guest post by Tara Atwood, Manager, Investor Relations at Time Warner Cable
Tara Atwood, Manager, Investor Relations for Time Warner Cable

Tara Atwood, Manager, Investor Relations for Time Warner Cable

As a fellow IRO, I thought I’d share a few reasons why you should consider attending a very interesting and exclusive new event for investor relations officers.

On Tuesday, October 1st an intimate group of IROs will gather at Blue Water Grill in NYC for what is being called The IR Experience. I just signed on to participate and I want to make sure it’s on your radar as well. In particular, what resonated with me was:

  1. The content. The agenda intrigued me because it included important topics such as career advancement, how to keep tabs on your stock, how to deal with a crisis/activist investor situation, and IR services. The latter is often a subject that is often pushed to the side, but one that takes up so much of an IROs time. Given I’ve spent countless hours evaluating numerous vendors I wanted to help to share some of that knowledge with others, which I will do during a session called “The IR Services Conundrum”.
  2. The format. The emphasis of the day is really focused on sharing our experience as an IRO with each other, and I was pleased to hear that every session is not going to be presented in a panel format. There will also be ample networking opportunities which is appealing to me.
  3. Time invested = time saved. Given the career we’ve chosen, not a day goes by that we have a great deal of time to spare, but I decided to get involved because I felt that taking a day out of my schedule to share my experience and learn more about the latest issues would save me time in the long run. For those coming in from out-of-town, NYC allows you the opportunity to hold strategic meetings with potential investors while you’re in town.
  4. The food. For those who aren’t familiar with Blue Water Grill, it’s a venue that is will allow us to enjoy ourselves while learning, networking and sharing our experiences with each other. The food is notches above what we’re typically used to getting when attending a conference and the menu can be viewed here. There will also be a live jazz band playing during the networking reception to round out the day.

I hope you decide to join me, Adam Townsend from CBS, Hank Diamond from Take-Two Interactive Software, Phil Talamo from UBS, J.T. Farley from ITG, and your other peers on October 1st.

They’re offering a full-registration for only $100 until September 25th if you enter code SAVE100. You can learn more at: www.irexperience.com/register.


All About the Midwest Investment Conference

August 14, 2013
guest post by James M. Bailey, CFA, Vice President, Manager of Derivatives & Innovation at PNC and Chairperson of the Midwest Investment Conference Committee
James M. Bailey

James M. Bailey

The city of Cleveland will proudly play host to public-company executives, institutional investors and industry analysts from around the region on Nov. 19, 2013, all of whom will be participating in CFA Society Cleveland’s inaugural Midwest Investment Conference (MIC).

MIC presents a unique opportunity for public issuers and qualified institutional investors to engage in an open, no-strings-attached setting and will take place at the newly opened Cleveland Convention Center.

The conference will include presentations from issuers located throughout the Midwest and feature at least two tracks of industrial and materials companies. Those currently registered to attend include:

Investors and analysts will have the opportunity to request one-on-one meetings with management teams, as space and time permit, and sponsors enjoy the benefits of increased visibility among a highly respected audience of decision makers.

Special thanks to those supporting the conference:

Presentation slots and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For general inquiries or more information about attending, presenting or sponsoring, please go to: www.midwestinvestmentconference.org, email us at admin@go2mic.org, or call us at 216-696-8066.


REMINDER: US Stock Exchanges Closed Thursday, July 4

July 2, 2013

If your company is publicly traded in the US, please be aware that the U.S. exchanges (NYSE/NYSE MKT, NASDAQ, OTCBB, OTC Markets) will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

The U.S. exchanges will also be closing at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 3.

Calendar of US Federal Holidays:
http://www.opm.gov/Operating_Status_Schedules/fedhol/2013.asp

NYSE Holiday Calendar:
http://corporate.nyx.com/en/holidays-and-hours/nyse

The following are some numbers that may be of assistance:

Dow Jones: 212.416.2000
Reuters: 646.223.6000
Bloomberg: 212.617.2300

US SEC Branch of EDGAR Filer Support
Telephone: (202) 942-8900

NYSE Client Services Department
Telephone: (212) 656-3000
Fax: (212) 656-7299 (212) 656-2294
Email: pressreleases@nyx.com

NYSE MKT
Telephone: (212) 656-3000 or (212)-656-5804
Email: pressreleases@nyx.com

NASDAQ Stockwatch
Telephone: (800) 537-3929
Fax: (301) 978-8510

Link to NASDAQ.net: NASDAQ.net

OTC Bulletin Board (OTCBB)
Telephone: (203) 375-9609


NIRI Chapter Award Winners Share Secrets to Success

July 1, 2013
by Fred Godlash, Marketing Specialist, Business Wire/Los Angeles

Awards were recently given out to a different type of Hollywood crowd, as the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) announced its annual Individual Leadership Award winners at the international conference in Hollywood, Florida. Among the award recipients were Dennis Walsh, Vice President and Director of Social Media, Sharon Merrill (Boston chapter); Sarah Jager, Regional Manager, Business Wire Dallas (Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter); Emily Riley, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Radian Group (Philadelphia chapter); and Bernadette McCormick, Regional Manager, Business Wire Minneapolis (Twin Cities chapter).  All received accolades for exemplary leadership contributed to their NIRI chapters, but achieved success in different ways. Dennis Walsh

Dennis Walsh is going into his second year as a board member for the Boston chapter; it is one of the largest and oldest chapters of NIRI and presents a host of challenges.  Walsh recognizes that his branch demographics are composed of 80 percent corporate affiliates with 54 percent of the members having 10 or more years of experience.  The chapter leverages this member experience to help get speakers, services, and sponsors while also creating an atmosphere for more seasoned members to give advice to newer members.  When putting together events, speakers need to be chosen carefully to include relevant issue topics for all members. Walsh says, “We put together a panel of speakers of different professions that give different perspectives. This will create a mix for everyone from the seasoned pro to the beginner.”

Some of the big changes made by Walsh include leading an initiative to redesign the chapter website, adding resources like SEO enhancements, social media integration, including communication channels like LinkedIn Groups and Twitter, and recaps of monthly events in a blog-style format. All the changes added interactivity to the chapter. “If someone is looking for an event or to just ask questions we now have open communication. Last year we only had 12 Twitter followers but this year we have 150 and growing. This really shows how IR views have changed toward social media. What once was considered a platform only for teens is now considered an effective communications tool to use as an extension of an organizations outreach program. Today, people choose how they consume information, so organizations can either join in on the conversation online or be left out.”

Boston is not the only city to embrace change.

Sarah Jager In Dallas/Ft Worth, Sarah Jager surveyed the local chapter to find out member preferences for meetings. By reaching out she was able to increase meeting attendance. Just like Walsh from the Boston chapter, Jager used members from the Dallas Chapter to help get resources.  Jager says, “We were able to get a highly influential CFO from AT&T to speak on a guest panel.  AT&T even let us use their headquarters to meet. This is a resource every NIRI chapter can leverage.” Social media and networking is also a large part of the success for the Dallas/Ft Worth chapter.

Jager uses LinkedIn groups and other social media platforms but also has members reach out to other members or potential speakers by forming a calling tree. A program that was very successful for her chapter was the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) courses offered by her branch. Members were able to network with peers and also get the CPE credit needed by the state. Emily Riley

Emily Riley keeps members engaged in Philadelphia by finding hot topics that are of interest to the chapter like the use of social media and compliance, proxy battles, and ways IR professionals can be more efficient. Just like the other NIRI members interviewed, Riley utilizes member resources for mentoring junior staff, finding the right people to speak to the group, or simply to share knowledge. Riley says, “Unlike some of the bigger metropolitan areas, Philadelphia only has so many public companies.  We are a tight-knit group that helps each other out by sharing resources. My mentor encouraged me to be part of NIRI and it has helped me in my profession.” The positive sentiment created by Riley helps her chapter to be more involved and efficient.

Bernadette McCormick is a big part of her chapter NIRI Twin Cities. Bernadette McCormickHer attitude is to take on any job needed to help the organization. A 17-year veteran of the NIRI Twin Cities Board of Directors, Bernadette has served in several capacities: as President, VP of Membership, Programs, and VP of Sponsorship. Her contributions to the chapter includes the creation and facilitation of “NIRI Twin Cities Large Cap Senior Circle” which provides a private forum each quarter for IROs from local top large cap companies to peer counsel confidentially.   When asked what her key to success was for the chapter McCormick beams, “I try to put fun back into the chapter. Getting things done in the world of IR professionals is very stressful and to recruit, engage, plan, and make commitments can be drudging work. I put the ‘fun’ in dysfunction. I believe a successful chapter should enjoy the meetings because we are humans first and IR professionals second.”  Her compelling work attitude keeps everyone in the chapter in a good mood, and McCormick likes to keep meetings short and to the point. All the winners have a unique style of contributing to their local chapter, but all of them share a passion to provide convenient local education, networking, and leadership opportunities for the IR community.


Must-Haves and Should-Haves for IR Sites

June 26, 2013

Properly managing an investor relations website can be a tricky task, and IROs often seek out our advice on how to best set their IR sites up. Lucky for them we’ve got Ibrey Woodall, Business Wire’s Vice President for Web Communication Services. Ibrey’s an expert on online newsrooms with nearly three decades of experience, and after a killer session at NIRI 2013, she writes today at CommPRO.biz about the must-haves and should-haves for your IR site.

Does your IR site need a page for proxy statements? How should corporate governance information be handled? What about mobile compatibility? Swing over and check out the list of what you have to have and what you will want to have; then download our new guidance report, “IR Sites: A Guide to Requirements and Practices.” And if you need help setting up your own IR site, or are thinking of making a change, contact your local office and we’ll talk to you about your options.

 


The Challenges and Value of Communicating with Your Board

June 21, 2013
by Janice Essick, Regional Manager, Business Wire/Florida
Janice Essick

Janice Essick

As a first timer at the North America NIRI conference held at one of South Florida’s premier venues, the Westin Diplomat, I was overwhelmed with the level of access to experienced, knowledgeable IR experts that were open to sharing their success stories throughout their career.   As an informational resource to our clients, I thought that this session would be mutually beneficial, as I could learn how IROs also act as an internal source of knowledge to their board and share some valuable insight.

Typically, the practice of corporate IR is generally outward-focused, but this discussion spoke about importance of how internal board communications play a key role in the success of the IRO.   The panel consisted of senior level management in various industries, both from the private sector and government contracted organizations.  They offered a wealth of knowledge and shared some interesting stories, as they answered questions asked by Moderator Natalie Hairston, Vice President of Investor Relations, Chief Governance Officer & Corporate Secretary, ENGlobal Corporation.

Excellent panel of experts:

Jeffrey L. Chastain, Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Noble Drilling Services, Inc.

Cynthia Clayton, Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

David Dragics, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
CACI International

Top 10 valuable tips for communicating with your board shared by the above panelists:

  1. Be brief and share few details as to why the company is performing X% up or down.
  2. Use slide presentations to provide color and commentary for the executive summary.
  3. Send an agenda item request note to board 4 weeks before meeting to have them provide their input on topics.
  4. Be prepared to conduct IR 101 discussions to new board members to define buy/sell sides.
  5. IROs should know how the company is perceived on the street and be able to share these perceptions with the board.
  6. Bring the board up to speed to understand the broader perception of funds flow.  Do not share the minutia.
  7. Share press release announcements with the board.
  8. Explain to the board why investors act a certain way – not necessarily an industry explanation.
  9. If stocks are performing well, be prepared to answer more questions and reasons why by tapping into all resources.
  10. Be careful to invite investors to board meetings.  Find out their agenda first and then make sure management (IRO) is in attendance as well.   Or hold an investor dinner with the top ranking investors and have CEO host the event.

By the end of this discussion, the message was delivered loud and clear:

The IR’s constructive involvement with his or her board is essential in helping its members make decisions regarding strategic direction of the Company that will be supported by investors and strengthen investor confidence, particularly by reducing enterprise risk.


The Push and Pull of Social Media for Investor Relations

June 20, 2013
by Eric M. Bushkin, Senior Account Executive, Business Wire/Florida

There’s a popular old saying: “Save the best for last.” For me, that held true at this year’s NIRI National Conference at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, FL.

As many of our publicly traded partners know, the NIRI National Conference is THE event of the year for IROs to get together, network, learn about what’s new in the world of disclosure and meet companies that provide tools to help make the disclosure world a bit simpler.

It was an honor to be able to be a part of the Business Wire team at this year’s conference and as I looked over this year’s agenda, one particular event stood out in my mind: The last one. And it was all about social media.  The panel consisted of IR practitioners and investment professionals, and provided practical advice on using social media as an additive method of engagement.

The role of social media as a primary disclosure channel wasn’t really in debate – the group felt social media is not appropriate to break material news, but has many uses to help further engage and reach interested constituents.

Dennis Walsh, Vice President & Director, Social Media for Sharon Merrill Associates, did an excellent job on keeping the interactivity lively during the session, titled “Take the Wheel and Drive: Your Company’s Social Media Strategy”

As we learned very early on during this session, not many of us in investor relations are using social media at all as part of our day-to-day communications efforts.  If you’re saying, “I sure do not use social media” you certainly are not alone. In fact, according to a just-released NIRI survey, 72% of us working in investor relations have not even dipped our toes in the social media waters and remain on the side of the pool.

According to the survey, there are several reasons that IROs avoid social media:

  • Lack of investor demand
  •  Management doesn’t see value
  • Inability to control message
  • Lack of understanding on how to best utilize social media

For the minority of us that are engaging in social media, Twitter remains the most-utilized platform.  RJ Jones, investor relations officer at Zillow, provided an innovative and medium-appropriate approach to using social media and the impact it had on earnings questions fielded.  The Zillow team determines in advance which data they want to share via social media, and then creates short info-graphic like images to post during their earnings call.  They don’t live tweet their executive comments, but rather stick to pre-determined messages.  They field questions via their webcast as well as social media.  They pick up additional questions with their follow-up blog post.  A set of practical, manageable and measurable approaches to social media for investor relations amplifies their engagement.

At Business Wire, we’ve long provided a wide range of industry- and topic-specific Twitter channels that auto-tweet client news to financial bloggers, reporters and investors.  We also provide a wide range of channel-specific social media sharing tools on press releases and each piece of multimedia content.  We encourage IROs to understand the keywords, cashtags ($tickersymbol) and platforms that are most used by investors in your stock and industry.  Listening and sentiment tools are a good first start.  (Business Wire’s Social Media Landscape reports can be ordered as one-offs when you issue an earnings report to get a sense of the social impact of your material news.)  In addition, we encourage you to point to your official IR social media channels and step out how you use them – to field questions during calls, to tweet links to press releases and filings, etc.  Remember, consistency is crucial in any communications channel you adopt: Treat news – good or bad – equally in your communications efforts.

What other ways can IROs become more comfortable in getting our message out to the financial community through social channels? It may be a good idea to take a walk down your hall for a visit with your company’s public relations and marketing folks. Those departments have been utilizing social media with regularity for a very long time and certainly can convey some knowledge to help you make an impact and engage your specific audience.

This way, you can collaborate with those members of your communications team to ensure message continuity for all audiences. You’ll also learn ways to both push and pull information:

  • Pull by constantly monitoring a variety of social channels to see what conversations are happening around your company.
  • Push by having a regular program of output into those channels; both your own content and that of your investors and customers, by optimizing your news for search and by making it easy for readers to share your content.

Issuing a press release over Business Wire not only fulfills your disclosure requirements, but pushes your press release out to mainstream media and financial portals, as well as putting your news out on the web, so folks can search for your company and ultimately pull your information from search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. Releasing your news to these two important — yet distinctively different – audiences is vital, since most of us are no longer at our offices in front of a desk for the majority of our work day. Mobile’s share of total pageviews is growing every day, and most analysts believe mobile devices are set to overtake desktop PCs as a dominant internet access platform. So we must be able to access news and be able to deliver our message any time of the day, regardless of where we are.

Once you become more and more comfortable using social media you will be able to implement this as part of your IR strategy. After all, 66% of companies already have a social media policy currently in place and it’s imperative that the IR team is adhering to it.

Judging by the attendance at the NIRI session, we have a strong desire to learn more about how best to apply social media in meaningful and compliant ways to investor relations. Always feel free to reach out to your local office at Business Wire so we can teach you some tips and best practices as it pertains to your financial news being released to the masses.

Follow Eric on Twitter for more of his insights on PR, IR and other topics.


The Four Reasons Why We Love Attending IR Conferences

June 6, 2013
by Michael Becker, Senior Vice President, Financial Product Strategy
Michael Becker

Michael Becker, SVP Financial Product Strategy

It’s our favorite time of the year at Business Wire: North American IR conference season. For non-IR community folks reading this post, you are assuredly thinking this guy (two thumbs pointed squarely at me) needs a life. And maybe I do, but allow me to briefly share why we love attending the CIRI and NIRI National conferences.

1) Keen Interest: Clients and prospects alike proactively seek us out and ask, “What new solutions has Business Wire launched this year?” It’s a great question and as a product strategist, one I relish greatly. We know and respect how busy IROs are throughout the year, so we appreciate the proactive nature of conference attendees. Additionally, not only do we get to share what’s new with you, we get to hear your thoughts on innovation, market trends, and product enhancements. A true win-win.

2) Intelligent Attendees: I attended my first NIRI National event in 1999 and I remember thinking, “These are some very sharp folks.” Full disclaimer: I was also very excited by the copious amounts of free sushi. (I was much younger . . .) Fourteen annual conferences later and I still feel the same way (about the attendees, not so much the sushi), which leads to my next point.

3) Sophisticated Products for a Sophisticated Community: This year at NIRI we’ll have experts on hand to discuss Business Wire’s cutting-edge InvestorHQ IR sites, social media monitoring, sentiment and visualization, and next-generation video production services. All new product lines that embody Business Wire’s core tenet to satisfy the distribution and measurement needs of a sophisticated user community.

4) The Intersection of Personal and Professional: As a local NIRI chapter board member and past-president, I am uber-fortunate to see local IR community members fairly frequently. However, as we all get older and invariably busier, the national conferences provide adequate time to learn together, smile and laugh with old and new friends alike, catch-up personally and professionally, share novel ideas and create new memories.

If you are attending the NIRI National conference, please do come by to say hello (Booth #403), take The Warren Buffett IR Trivia Challenge, attend our IR site Lunch and Learn on Tuesday and, of course, remember to ask Business Wire, “What’s new?”

Travel safely!

Take the Warren Buffett IR Trivia Challenge at NIRI 2013 and be entered to win an Apple iPad 3!


Say “Cheeese!” at the IR Magazine Europe 2013 Awards

May 24, 2013
by Chen-Lee Tsui, Manager, European Marketing/Business Wire London
BW Photo Booth

Memorialize yourself at the IR Magazine Europe Awards with a picture from our photo booth!

With less than a month to go, the IR Magazine Europe 2013 awards are due to take place on Thursday 20 June. Now in its 23rd year in London, this event celebrates the best Investor Relations achievements across various industry sectors and acknowledges the contributions made by individuals as well as by teams. For both winners and runners-up an IR Magazine Award means that those selected have demonstrated they have created results that deliver real business benefits.

The short list for the awards came out recently and – not for the first time – German companies have performed well. Across the 17 main award categories, the German contingent picks up 19 nominations, more than any other country. UK companies come second, with 13 nominations, followed by those from Spain, with eight. You can find the full list of nominees here.

Business Wire has been supporting this glittery awards bash for more than ten years. This year without fail, we will be present . . . with a branded photo booth! Attendees will have the opportunity to get their pictures taken for free at the photo booth, providing a great “take-away” lasting memory of the event. We hope to see many of you there “strike a pose”. See you in London on the 20th June!


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