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Are activists using digital media to communicate with your shareholders?

As companies develop a strategy for how to use social media for IR, it’s important to understand how others are using this communication channel, including activist investors. Activists are digitally savvy and use these tools in a very persuasive way. For example, in 2013, Carl Icahn tweeted about Apple (see below), and about an hour later, the stock pushed up from $475.76 to a high of $494.66.  

To prepare for an activist situation, it’s important to know how activists communicate with shareholders. Here are three ways activist investors are using digital media:

1. Microsites: Many activists use microsites to house key information specific to the cause or issue they are advocating. The microsite is often designed in a style that is similar to the company’s…

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3 ways IR and social media can work for your company

There’s no doubt that social media is a valuable marketing and communications channel for both B2B and B2C companies. But we often get the question, “Should companies use social media for investor relations?” While the answer is never black-and-white, Dix & Eaton believes there is value in leveraging your company’s existing corporate social media strategy to share your investor-focused content.

Here are three ways to ensure that IR and social media work together for your company:

1. Amplify your IR message by working with corporate communications

Social media and IR work best together when they are part of a broader communications strategy. Because of the seasonality of IR news and content, there is not always the steady flow of content that is needed to support…

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3 ways to get your brand’s “Stories” told

Social media companies are on a continuous path to innovate and evolve so they can retain users and attract advertisers. These platforms are constantly testing and launching new features to provide the best and most engaging user experience – but what happens when they all start to look the same?

The “Stories” war

Last summer, Instagram launched Instagram Stories, a feature that allows users and brands to creatively share photos and videos, which disappear after 24 hours. The addition for Instagram enabled its users to share more off-the-cuff, everyday content compared with the carefully perfected and curated content most users share. Oddly enough, Instagram Stories very closely resembled Snapchat Stories, which Snapchat has been offering for over three…

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Fantasy Social: Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat Stories

Welcome to Week 1 of Fantasy Social, our new blog series where we pit two social media platforms against each other in a weekly fantasy football-style matchup. Our first matchup looks at Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat Stories and how either one might work best for your B2B brand.

(For a refresher on the criteria used in Fantasy Social, check out last week’s post from my fellow analyst Lisa Zone).

  • Fan Base: While both platforms continue to expand their respective fan bases, Instagram has the potential to reach broader audiences. According to Tech Crunch, Instagram has 500 million monthly active users, 100 million of whom use the Stories feature daily. Conversely, Snapchat reports 150 million daily users, including 41 percent who are 18 to 34 years old.
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Social media apps and your IR team

Social media apps like Snapchat, Facebook and LinkedIn keep us connected to friends, family and colleagues far more now than ever before. But what about connecting with financial stakeholders?

I was recently asked to share my thoughts with IR Magazine on the use of these apps in the IR space. While the adoption of apps, such as WeChat, has become more common in Asia the concept has not quite caught on in the U.S.

Here are a few reasons why, as well as things to consider when researching a social media app for your IR team:

  • The culture of your team: The use of apps is very intuitive to millennials, but that may not be the case for other generations. Consider who will be using the app and how to most effectively engage your team.
  • Security of the platform: While…
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