Entries by PondelWilkinson

IR Movie Titles

The Oscars are upon us, and while the awards have absolutely nothing to do with investor relations, it is uncanny how many movie titles could actually apply to a film about investor relations. Following is a list of old and new movie titles that hit the mark.       Dances with Wolves Trading Places […]

Demise of the Sell-Side?

For years now, it has felt as if sell-side analysts were leaving their firms in droves…some moving to the buy-side, others to corporate positions as CFOs or investor relations officers, and still others to destinations unknown. A recent Financial Times (FT) article corroborated this “feeling,” reporting that the number of investment bank research analysts has […]

The Write Stuff

I recently taught a writing course at NIRI’s Fundamentals Conference, which is mostly geared toward IROs who are relatively new to the business, as well as more experienced folks who’d like to brush up on the basics. My presentation focused on the fundamentals of writing earnings news releases, conference call scripts and shareholder letters. The […]

Best and Worst

Some CEOs are great and offer stellar business advice. Some CEOs are not so great and fall victim to errors of judgment.  Today’s blog looks at some of the best and worst (of 2016), courtesy of Forbes (via MSN) and Business Insider. Best: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to […]

Is LinkedIn the New Facebook?

LinkedIn these days seems to be less about posting “business” content and more around publishing selfies, memes and math puzzles. Ironically, these Facebook-like posts generally get more traction. But all engagement is not always good engagement, just like all publicity is not always good publicity. Interestingly enough, the Pew Research Center found that more workers […]

PondelWilkinson Takes Home Three Awards

                PondelWilkinson received three awards last week at the Public Relations Society of America, Los Angeles Chapter’s PRISM awards.  The awards recognize outstanding programs and materials created by public relations professionals. The firm won three awards for the following categories:  Media Relations; Editorials and Op-Ed Columns; and Annual Reports. Pictured above […]

Trump’s Effect on IR

There has been a heap of stories written about President-elect Donald J. Trump’s effect on trade relations and health care, but nary a peep about how his presidency is going to affect our world, meaning investor relations. Granted, it would be unusual for media to report on how our country’s new chief executive officer will […]

Will the Real News Story Please Stand Up?

There has been a lot written today about Google’s new policy that prohibits fake news sites to use its ad software to promote stories. Facebook soon followed suit and said it would not “integrate or display ads in apps or sites containing content that is illegal, misleading or deceptive, which includes fake news.” Fake news […]

Keeping Clients Happy

We’re in a competitive business. Not only do corporate communications and investor relations professionals have to overcome the challenges associated with building awareness for our clients, whether it’s on Main Street or Wall Street, but it’s also about keeping clients happy. It’s never about drinking the proverbial Kool Aid. That’s just bad, and advisors should […]