Thursday, August 26, 2010

Public Companies Shifting Investor Relations Tactics to be More Social and Transparent

As earnings season comes to a close it’s become increasingly apparent that public companies are focusing more heavily on their investor relations (“IR”) efforts. What explains this phenomenon? With so much volatility in the stock market, fear of another crash, and so-called “experts” proclaiming the death of “buy and hold”, management teams are experiencing a more challenging environment in which to appeal to the much coveted long-term oriented institutional investor. But while public companies’ more aggressive IR efforts are understandable the strategy being employed is somewhat surprising.