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  • How Do The Most Successful IR And PR People Use Seeking Alpha? [View instapost]
    I've been using Seeking Alpha real-time alerts for a few weeks now. A great way to stay up to date with what's being written about in Seeking Alpha. http://bit.ly/MJ1ZFr Highly recommend for all IROs (I've mentioned it in a number of my recent speaking gigs).
    Jul 26 04:55 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why don't IR people use Seeking Alpha? [View instapost]
    David, as you know, you and I have had the opportunity to speak about including company content on Seeking Alpha and I’ve been able to have a number of chats with other Seeking Alpha staff about the pilot project you were going to put in place for companies and IROs.

    I was surprised when I heard a while back that the decision had been made to cancel the pilot program as we had a few clients ready to start (each receives considerable coverage on Seeking Alpha) and as I understood there were around 10 companies in total ready to start?

    In order for companies to use a new service there has to be early adopters willing to test the waters. This applies to all markets but for IROs it is even more so. The pilot program would have given these early adopters this ability and once these companies started using it, those of us that are pro investor social media would blog, tweet and talk about how companies were using it. This would cause other companies to take a deeper look and adoption would build.

    I understand your position that companies are free to use StockTalk and Instablogs, however this relegates them as 2nd class citizens. They should be treated as contributors and identified as such (I believe the the pilot program did this). Your editors can obviously choose what gets syndicated (if anything) but on the site I think companies should be treated as equals.

    Your opening paragraph indicates a concern that if IROs were contributors they would only use the site to pump their stock. I don't think this is the case because companies are governed by their own policies (in terms of promotion) and regulation. Also, the backlash from the community on Seeking Alpha will self-regulate if companies aren't providing value. For an example of what companies could post check out IR blogs like:

    www.microvision.com/di...
    blogs.cisco.com/tag/ea...
    en.community.dell.com/...
    www.gereports.com/tag/.../

    I think the the opportunity for Seeking Alpha is to become a professional and transparent community for investors AND companies to engage. If companies are treated as 2nd class citizens, I just don’t think they are going to participate.

    Perhaps your expectations were too high for the pilot. In my opinion you need to start with how ever many companies will participate and build from there. If you’re waiting for companies and IROs to come to you on mass it’s never going to happen.

    Cheers,
    Apr 16 08:59 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Should Political Violence Interfere With Investment In The Philippines? I Don't Think So. [View instapost]
    Interesting post, it is always concerning to hear of political unrest in an area of current or potential investment. In terms of TVI’s current operations in the Philippines has there been any problems in that region over the last few years?
    Dec 16 09:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Report Reveals 175% Increase in Adoption of Twitter for Investor Relations during Q3 [View instapost]
    Thanks Tom, I agree that the numbers are only going to increase. I think that those that use it as a broadcast channel as well as engagement will see the most benefit.

    It was interesting to see that allow the % engaging through Twitter remained at 48% this was a larger group due to the increased sample size. 58 of the 121 companies are engaging, so we're moving in the right direction!
    Nov 19 10:43 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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