Technology & Social Media Archive

Jun 16, 2021
How to deal with rumors on social media
An email arrives from one of your institutional investors. Attached is a screengrab of a social media post that makes harmful claims against your company. The investor wants to check with you whether there is any truth to the allegations. This has happened on multiple occasions to Winnie Lei, senior director of investor relations at Suncity Group Holdings, the Hong Kong-listed integrated resort developer. ‘We have media and social monitoring in place to find out w...
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Jun 11, 2021
Exploring the IR use-cases for blockchain
In 2008 Satoshi Nakamoto – an anonymous individual or group of people writing under a pseudonym – published a white paper about a ‘peer-to-peer electronic cash system’: Bitcoin. Just 13 years later, Bitcoin’s market cap exceeds $1 tn (as of early May 2021) and Coinbase, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, is a public company with a listing valuation of $65 bn. The growth of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, which provides the infrastru...
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Jun 03, 2021
Salted or sweet? AMC to offer popcorn to shareholders
Following massive retail investor and Redditor interest, AMC Entertainment has announced that it will offer its shareholders perks as part of a plan to build a new proactive communications channel. AMC Entertainment now has more than 3 mn retail shareholders, representing more than 80 percent of its overall base, according to a company press release. Yesterday the company announced the launch of Investor Connect, a new communications and engagement initiative that w...
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May 25, 2021
Lemonade and Bumble execs trial retail investor town hall Q&As
Lemonade and Bumble are the latest companies to experiment with new mass technology communication tools to connect with retail investors. On April 27, Shai Wininger, Lemonade’s co-founder, president and chief operations officer, participated in a live Q&A – dubbed a town hall – with retail investors on the commission-free trading app Public.com. Bumble’s founder and CEO, Whitney Wolf...
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May 21, 2021
Three ways companies are innovating with the earnings call
From the switch to virtual to the rise of the retail investor, the last year and a quarter have proved a tumultuous time for the IR industry. Companies have had to think about new ways to engage with investors and make sure their message is accessible to various stakeholders. The effects of this period have filtered through to the earnings call. Over recent quarters, companies have experimented with new channels and tools to give investors fresh insight into their b...
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May 13, 2021
SIFMA, ICI and DTCC eye transition to T+1 settlement
Three finance industry organizations are co-operating to examine shortening the trading settlement cycle from two days to one in order to reduce operational risk and trading costs. The Securities and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), Investment Company Institute (ICI) and Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) will finish a review of the transition by the end of Q3, and the groups are expected to release their findings a few weeks after completion....
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Apr 06, 2021
How Covestro uses its interactive annual report to attract employees
When does the European Union plan to become carbon-neutral? And how many metric tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean each year?  These are a few of the quiz questions included in Covestro’s 2020 digital-only annual report, which aims to use interaction to pull in more viewers from a wider group of stakeholders. The company, which manufactures polymer products for use in ...
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Apr 02, 2021
Comment: When a machine is listening, CEOs talk differently
The annual report provides an opportunity for public companies to communicate their financial health, promote their culture and brand, and engage with a full spectrum of stakeholders. More and more companies are realizing that the target audience for disclosure is no longer just human analysts and investors, but also robots and algorithms that process information and recommend what shares to ...
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Apr 01, 2021
How Overstock used blockchain to distribute its digital dividend
Overstock, the Nasdaq-listed online retailer and technology company, made history last spring by offering a digital dividend, also known as an 'airdrop' in blockchain parlance, to its 40 mn shareholders. One digital share of the OSTKO blockchain-based security token was offered for every 10 shares owned of Overstock. ‘We wanted to give shareholders real value and advance the adoption of blockchain in capital markets,’ says Alexis Callahan, Overstock’...
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