Business Wire Boston Tackles All Things Social

January 22, 2014

By Serena Ehrlich, director of social + evolving media

Earlier this week, Business Wire Boston hosted a VIP discussion regarding the changes facing the communication industry in 2014.  This conversation included a discussion on Google, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest changes for 2014, as well as the impact of smartphones on human behavior and how all of these changes affect today’s communication programs.

Business Wire Boston: All Things Social 2014

Business Wire Boston: All Things Social 2014

The event was a huge success. Click here to view our storify summary of the event and see our slide deck below.  Keep this link handy for all the pertinent tactics that should be integrated into your 2014 communication strategy your 2014 communication strategy.

If you want to learn how to maximize your press release ROIplease read our recent post in CommPro.Biz, “Understanding the Role of the Press Release and the Modern Marketing Mix.” Be sure to follow @businesswire to stay on top of the social media trends.

Are you based in Newport Beach?  We will be repeating this program on January 23rdRSVP here to attend this free event.

Business Wire Boston First Summer Mingle a Success!

July 22, 2010

This week Business Wire Boston hosted a summer mingle for members and friends at the Lobby Bar & Kitchen in downtown Boston.  The July 20th event drew a lively crowd of public relations, investor relations and marketing professionals from the New England area.

Take a look at some photos from the event:

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Local Business Wire offices host dozens of events each year on PR, IR, SEO & media topics.  Check out the Business Wire Events page to find upcoming events in your area.

Follow Business Wire events on Twitter! Hash tag #bwevents

Boston-Area Investor Relations Professionals and Business Media Explain “Transparency” in an Increasingly Online Environment

June 16, 2009


Business Wire Boston hosted a breakfast event June 11, where investor relations and media relations professionals from across New England gathered to discuss best practices in corporate disclosure and how to manage the flow of information in the digital age.

The panel discussion, “Communications Strategies for the New Age of Corporate Transparency and Accountability,” focused on the meaning of disclosure as dictated by the SEC, the appearance of transparency versus actual accountability and the importance of simultaneously disclosing important financial news.

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Matt Kelly, Editor of Compliance Week, moderated the panel, which also included:

Among the key points made by the panel:

  • Ms. Gates explained that statements made online on websites and through mediums such as Twitter are still just as liable as press releases when it comes to classifying official company information, and those posts are therefore still regulated by the SEC. She stressed that IR professionals need to treat digital mediums like blogs and tweets with gravity.
  • Mr. Takazawa echoed Ms. Gates’ conservative view of disclosure explaining that many companies mistake detail for transparency and that to put too much information out there for investors will only dilute the message.
  • When embracing a social media policy, Mr. Takazawa again said it is important not to have too much “noise” and let communications get out of control. By limiting those with the authority to post information or speak to the press to a highly vetted few, communications can stay on message and not distract investors.
  • Mr. Pressman stressed the importance of simultaneous disclosure and the use of a primary newswire when disseminating financial news explaining that there are 5,000 companies he follows and he does not have time to go to thousands of websites each day looking for company news.
  • Mr. Quaratiello elaborated on the importance of disclosure and not “burying the facts,” noting that when the Boston Herald receives annual reports that have pages and pages of text, his team assumes the company has something to hide and reporters skip right to the notes section.
  • Mr. Pressman stressed the limitations of reporting on stories first posted via sites such as Twitter because of the lack of reputation and authority. Mr. Quarantiello, who described his publication as more of a tabloid at times, said his team tends to pick up more stories online these days. He said that a CEO on Twitter might be a scary thought for an IR professional, but from his standpoint, “we’ll eat it up.”

Local Business Wire offices host several events each year on PR, IR and media topics.  Check out the Business Wire Events page to find upcoming events in your area.

Follow Business Wire events on Twitter! Hash tag #bwevents

Business Wire Partners with The Boston Globe for an All-Access Discussion

June 2, 2009


Business Wire Boston hosted an exclusive luncheon event at The Boston Globe‘s headquarters May 21. The sold-out event featured speakers from a range of Globe departments including digital media, advertising and business reporting, drawing in more than 100 media relations professionals from across New England.

The event, “The Boston Globe and the Changing Media Landscape: An Inside Look at the Move from Print to Digital,” offered an overview of how The Globe, owned by The New York Times Company, is adapting to new business models in communication and incorporating new media techniques in reporting and advertising.

»A full recording of the discussion is available.

The panelists (all with The Boston Globe, left to right):

  • Shirley Leung, Assistant Managing Editor of Business News
  • Sam Martin, Chief Advertising Officer
  • Susan Hunt Stevens, Senior Vice President for Digital
  • David Beard, Editor of

Jack Jackson, President of PRSA in Boston and principal of On-Message PR, moderated the discussion.

Topics discussed included valuing media coverage in the print edition of The Globe versus (the paper’s companion site), new revenue streams for the organization and how the paper went from zero to 35,000 Twitter followers in less than four months.

A video recording of the event, “The Boston Globe and the Changing Media Landscape,” can be found here:

For more information on local Business Wire events in your area and what’s coming up on our award-winning webinar series, be sure to check out upcoming Business Wire events.


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