ICR Insight Series

We believe in having a strong voice on topics that matter to industry leaders, the investment community, and the business and financial media. Our team shares its insights based on in-depth analysis, an understanding of the issues, and how they apply to companies in all stages of their lifecycle.


 

Hillicon Valley: What the Internet Bill of Rights Means for the Tech Industry

Bo Park Partner & Head of Technology PR ICR, Inc. When it comes to reconciling free markets, technological innovation and personal digital privacy, it’s clear that Wall Street, Silicon Valley and Capitol Hill have a…

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The Allure of 1.4 Billion Customers

“Go West, young man, go West, and grow up with the country.” So urged Horace Greeley in 1865. Today, many business leaders are telling their underlings, “Go East, young men and women, go East, and grow up with China.”

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Using Common Sense in Change Management

In our business, clients seek our advice on how to handle these unfortunate events. In recent years it has adopted its own jargon: change management.

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Navigating ESG Ratings Agencies

BY DAN MCDERMOTT As ESG matters have grown in importance to investors, so has the influence of ESG ratings agencies. Issuers often struggle to navigate which ESG issues to disclose, the best practices for disclosure,…

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Emerging Biotech Company Looking to Raise Money? Start by Raising Your Visibility

In the biotech arena, raising capital to fund R&D is mission critical. Thus implementing a strategy to raise your profile is more critical than ever.

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ICR’s Phil Denning featured in 13D Monitor’s October issue

Phil Denning, Partner, ICR, and co-head of ICR’s special situations group, sat down with 13D Monitor and is featured in their October issue.

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Developing an Annual IR Plan

Planning and executing a productive, efficient and effective IR outreach program is one of the primary responsibilities of the Investor Relations team at any corporation.

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The Impact of Total Shareholder Return on Proxy Contest Outcomes

Some companies may release a deep exhale following a proxy season without engagement from an activist shareholder.

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Best Practices in Raising the Profile and Protecting Professional Services Brands

From global law and management consulting firms to accounting and engineering firms, the competitive need to aggressively promote brand, talent and POV on key…

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Integrity in PR: Some Sage Advice from Comedian Steve Martin

My favorite comedian, Steve Martin, had a routine on his 1981 album, “The Steve Martin Brothers,” that included this gag:

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Analyzing Share Repurchase Programs

Recently I was asked to weigh in as a client decided whether to initiate a share repurchase program. The client was contemplating a way to reduce future share price volatility following a…

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STACK, SCROLL & SWIPE: How mobile is changing the online experience

We recently came across a fascinating statistic: For the first time, people are spending more time on their smartphones than on their desktops and or laptops. More, even, than on their televisions.

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The Business Case for Embracing ESG & Communicating the Results

In 1970, economist Milton Friedman famously claimed that there’s “only one social responsibility of business

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Director-To-Shareholder Communication: Managing the New Normal in IR

The past few years have seen shareholders become increasingly vocal in their desire to communicate directly with a company’s board of directors.

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MiFID II Update: Impact on U.S. Listed Companies is Underway, It is Critical to Become Proactive

MiFID II mandates the unbundling of trading commissions from investment research payments, requiring investment firms to value and pay for research and corporate access separately.

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Amazon’s Healthcare Entrance and the Unfolding Digital Health Revolution

In the past several years, the healthcare landscape has altered dramatically as consolidation has continued across the healthcare verticals, but the scale of the entities involved now is truly gargantuan

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Social Media and its emerging role on Wall Street

By Tom Ryan Co-Founder & CEO of ICR Having spent more than a decade on Wall Street as a sell-side analyst, and the last 20 years as the CEO of a strategic communications firm that…

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2018 – Year of Shorts?

As shareholder activism has become an accepted and mainstream investment strategy, publicly agitating for change at public companies and calling out management for underperformance no longer has the same stigma it once carried.  Over the…

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The True Value of Investor Perception Studies

The concept of an investor perception study is familiar to most IROs, C-suite executives and boards.

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Rules for the Road (Show) Near Quarter End

Getting out on the road – be it through a non-deal roadshow (NDR) or investor conference – is critical to the success of an effective IR program.  Meeting current and prospective investors face-to-face and sharing…

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So You’ve Just Completed Your Cross-Border IPO

Congratulations. You’ve just completed your cross-border IPO. After many months, or maybe years, of hard work, your shares are trading on Nasdaq or the New York Stock Exchange.

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New Study Shows the Benefit of Ex-Analysts in the IR Role

Who better to help management teams communicate to analysts and investors than former analysts?

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Hosting A Successful Investor Day

As companies look to generate interest form the investment community over time, they need to consider a broad range of activities.

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Equifax Exposes Personal Information… and the Urgent Need for Crisis Preparedness!

The immediate aftermath of the latest Company data breach – this one affecting a record 143 million people at consumer credit bureau Equifax – brings to mind the popular definition of insanity…

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PR Nightmares and Social Media: Winning Back Customer Trust

If 2017 has taught us anything so far, it’s that PR disasters can be made a hundred times worse by social media ineptitude.

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The Issue of Guidance

As a trusted advisor, we are often asked about earnings guidance and whether or not a company should provide it. And if they should, how often and what metrics should be provided.

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SPEED EQUALS REVENUE: DESIGNING MOBILE EXPERIENCES FOR B2B MARKETING

For many B2B companies, it’s become something of a self-fulfilling prophecy: “We don’t focus much on mobile,” they say. “It just doesn’t generate business for us.” The numbers do seem to bear…

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Want a Successful IPO in the US? Asian Companies Need to Work Harder

Asia What’s in a name? That which we call a meigui, by any other name would smell as sweet. Me-i guey? What’s a me-i guey? Well,…

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How to manage late SEC filings

Strategic planning and communications around late filings of an annual 10K or quarterly 10Q is critical for a company to manage the negative fallout. Companies must act quickly to reassure investors and other stakeholders when required to file an SEC Form 12b-25 Notification of Late Filing, which gives the company a short extension to file its SEC statements.

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The Ten People Who Determine Your Valuation

There is a tee shirt popular among social psychologists (admittedly a niche market) that reads, “Stereotypes are a Real Time Saver.” These scientists, many of them management professors, appreciate the ironic humor. They know, through their close study of behavior, that we are all cognitive misers with too much to do and too many things to understand.

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‘Hype vs. Reality’ – Managing the Delicate PR Balance for Innovation-Driven Businesses

But there is a fine line running between the reality of promising innovation and overhyped expectations that PR professionals must walk when helping companies

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Key Takeaways from Annual Tulane M&A Conference

Interestingly, and perhaps unique to this conference, the most heavily attended panel is one specific to the dynamics around media coverage of M&A.

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Dual-Listed IPOs: The Keys to Success in Managing a Cross-Border Offering

There is no expected slowdown in the pace of Canadian, or TSX-listed, companies looking to list in the U.S.

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A List for Listings: Considerations When Choosing a Stock Exchange

ICR President Don Duffy discusses which exchange to choose for your IPO in a new interview, via National Investors Relations Institute (NIRI). Read more about the interview.    

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Getting Social with Investor Relations

Only 28 percent of IR practitioners use social media for IR, according to a 2016 social media survey conducted by the National Investor Relations Institute. The same study reported reluctance among analysts, with only 15-18…

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Integrated Communications in the Life Sciences

One of the biggest challenges to achieving communications integration in the agency and corporate setting is culture.

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How to Handle Bad Financial News

To say the markets have been dizzying this year is an understatement. Stock instability, the Brexit vote, and an uncertain political climate in the U.S. have required companies to adjust to…

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Focus on Life Science and Healthcare Sectors

ICR Healthcare, a newly-branded specialty practice that provides communications counsel and support for ICR’s growing roster of clients in the biopharmaceutical, medtech and healthcare services sectors.

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The Value of PR: Lighter on Clip Books, Heavier on Revenue Creation

A significant transfiguration has occurred for PR in recent years as the internet and emerging technologies have reshaped the business landscape. Today, through its newfound ability…

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PR Seeks Social Media: A Match Made in the Digital Era

ICR As public relations professionals, we can’t so much as “swipe right” today without considering the important impact social media makes on every story we tell, every connection we make…

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Washington and Crisis, a Unique Relationship

Crisis communications and Congressional hearings are inevitably intertwined, proving the adage that the most dangerous place to be in Washington is between a politician and a TV camera. The recent…

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Don’t let Unicorns Fool you – The Tech IPO is not an Ancient Myth

Remember the market clamor about a possible tech bubble in 2014? It was a different time with dozens of successful IPOs and newly emerging unicorns – those hot private companies claiming…

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Communicating in the Golden Era of Shareholder Activism

Carl Icahn. Bill Ackman. Nelson Peltz. Daniel Loeb. These are the names that have struck fear into the hearts of every public company CEO in America since the corporate raider days of the 1980s…

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Navigating the Growing Healthy Living Industry

Increasingly more companies are focused on health and wellness. The paths of two divergent sets of consumers – boomers and seniors who are living to older ages and managing new health…

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The art of IPO communications, and why it matters

With the short amount of time between an IPO filing becoming public and the completion of the IPO, the transition from private company to public can feel like a whirlwind. In a matter of weeks…

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The Communications Role in the M&A Rebound

The use of strategic communications unquestionably plays a significant role in helping to ensure the success of a transaction through its different phases. It helps inspire confidence, minimize…

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The mainstreaming of shareholder activism

The prevalence of shareholder activism signals a new frontier for crisis communications. The practice of activism has evolved, its players have grown more sophisticated, and companies and their…

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