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Outliers and broken windows – SEC vows closer scrutiny of financial reporting and audit fraud

After several years of focusing primarily on litigation and other actions stemming from the financial crisis, the Securities and Exchange Commission has indicated that it will now be looking toward other areas, including financial reporting and audit fraud. Andrew Ceresney, the SEC’s head of enforcement, recently commented to the Wall Street Journal CFO Network that his agency’s watchdogs will be looking more closely for red flags at corporations as well as audit firms that could indicate fraudulent activity or cover-ups.

And SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White has stated that one of the commission’s goals is to see that the enforcement program is everywhere, both in actuality and perception, “pursuing all types of violations of our federal securities laws, big and…

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10-point checklist: live-tweeting for investor relations

Social media is definitely a hot topic in the investor relations community these days. Often, live-tweeting features prominently in these discussions – and there are many companies doing a great job with live-tweeting earnings calls, investor/analyst days, etc. But if you’ve never live-tweeted an event, it can be daunting, especially for investor relations professionals who are short-handed and worried about Reg FD, among other things.

With that in mind, here’s a quick 10-point checklist to guide you when live-tweeting for investor relations:

1) Choose your channel (but also cross-promote)

If you are live-tweeting, you don’t need to also post live updates to Facebook, for example, but you could let Facebook followers know that you are live-tweeting. Post a link…

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Congrats to our colleagues on their promotions

It’s always one of my favorite days when we get to recognize the great work of high-performing colleagues by promoting them. We recently had the chance to celebrate three members of the D&E team, naming David Hertz managing director, Stephanie Harig account executive and Sarah Hihn director of human resources.

David, a former journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning editor at The Akron Beacon Journal, has been a member of D&E’s media relations group since joining the firm almost a decade ago. He puts his 20 years of journalism experience to work counseling clients on media relations, crisis communications and corporate communications strategy.

Stephanie is a member of the firm’s investor relations and sustainability practices, though colleagues pull her into projects…

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What the new Twitter profile means for investor relations

Earlier this week, Heather Smith highlighted five branding opportunities using the Twitter profile page redesign. As important as the redesign is for marketers, investor relations professionals also can leverage it to amplify their companies’ stories and shareholder messaging.

Pinned Tweets

My favorite feature of the new profile page is the pinned tweet – a favored tweet that a company can pin to the top of its profile page to ensure that it is the first tweet a visitor sees. For IROs, the pinned tweet is yet another venue for driving home your corporate strategy with the financial community.

For example:

  • Live tweeting your earnings call? Once the call concludes, review the tweets you pushed out and pin a key quote from your CEO or a tweet with a graphic…
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Six strategies for a successful (and smoother) annual report process

Even in today’s world of instant information, the annual report remains a powerful tool that continues to provide a great opportunity to communicate with key stakeholders. With the 2013 annual report season still fresh in our minds, here are a few strategies to remember when planning for next year’s annual report season:

1) Develop a schedule

The time it takes to put together an annual report ranges greatly depending on the company – from six weeks for some to six months for others. In any case, it is important that everyone on the team understands key dates and deadlines to ensure a smooth process. This includes any major timing implications such as Notice & Access (in which the “Notice Only” option requires an accelerated timeline to complete your filings).…

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