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VirtualInvestorConferences.com Celebrates 75th Event Encouraging Direct Dialog Between CEOs and Shareholders

Evergreen and live, online conference series premiered in 2010: 2017 event dates announced

New York, NY, November 23, 2016/PRNewswire/ — PR Newswire, Vintage and BetterInvesting today released the 2017 calendar for VirtualInvestorConferences.com, the evergreen online investor conference series that directly connects individual investors, institutional investors, advisors and analysts with CEOs and senior executives at public companies.

Next month’s event, December 1st, is the 75th in the history of the online roadshow portal & virtual trade show.

At each event, VirtualInvestorConferences.com hosts up to 10 public companies in an engaging online environment. The conference series promotes a consistent, generally monthly, schedule as capital market are too dynamic to limit an equity’s real-time shareholder non-deal roadshow communications opportunities to only an annual or quarterly basis.

Fortune 500 companies and emerging growth companies alike have identified VirtualInvestorConferences.com as a key tool within their investor relations mosaic. Aflac, Inc. and three-dimensional bioprinting technology company, Organovo, are both frequent presenters.

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“Individual investors are a meaningful part of our shareholder mix and we are committed to consistent and transparent communications with them.”

“Since their 2010 inaugural event, Aflac has regularly presented directly to Main Street at VirtualInvestorConferences.com. We find their virtual conference platform to be both convenient and cost-effective and we’re pleased to congratulate them on their milestone 75th event.”

~ Daniel Bellware, Investor Relations Manager, Aflac

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“VirtualInvestorConferences.com presentations are a fantastic way to reach a broad and diverse retail investor audience. It’s the leading technology platform and great format.” 

~ Steve Kunszabo, VP, Investor Relations
& Corporate Communications, Organovo

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One of the strengths of VirtualInvestorConferences.com is that its published annual calendar of events allows companies to strategically plan in advance as well as have the flexibility to join a monthly event at the last minute in concert with breaking new material developments at their company.

2017 schedule – to reserve a date, please click here: http://www.virtualinvestorconferences.com/contact-us.html

  • January – No event
  • February 2, 2017
  • March 15, 2017: OTCQX Banks:
  • March 22 & 23, 2017: Deutsche Bank DR Event
  • April 6, 2017
  • May 11, 2017: OTCQX International
  • June 1, 2017
  • June TBD, 2017: Deutsche Bank DR Event
  • July 13, 2017
  • August 3, 2017
  • September 7, 2017
  • October 5, 2017
  • November 2, 2017
  • November TBD, 2017: Deutsche Bank DR Event
  • December 7, 2017

“When we first introduced the online roadshow series, it was, and still is, unique in the industry,” said VirtualInvestorConferences.com co-creator John Viglotti, VP, Investor Relations Products and Services at PR Newswire. “Certainly, PR Newswire has an intrinsic understanding of news flow and news cycles, and giving public companies an easy online path to reach current and prospective investors with updated material news, other than waiting for the quarterly earnings call is, has proven itself for 75 events now,” Viglotti finished.

“Almost 80% of institutional investors watch online slide presentations. It’s the most compelling media format for a non-earnings event,” reports Bradley H. Smith, VirtualInvestorConferences.com co-creator and PR Newswire’s & Vintage’s Director of Marketing. “In October alone, the portal has had over 2,000 individual presentations viewed. We’re thrilled that starting our 7th year with such strong momentum,” said Smith.

For more information: http://www.virtualinvestorconferences.com

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About VirtualInvestorConferences.com

VirtualnvestorConferences.com, created by BetterInvesting (NAIC) and PRNewswire, has been the only monthly virtual investor conference series that provides an interactive forum for presenting companies to meet directly with investors using a graphically-enhanced online platform. Designed to replicate the look and feel of location-based investor conferences, Virtual Investor Conferences combines PR Newswire’s leading-edge online conferencing and investor communications capabilities with BetterInvesting’s extensive retail investor audience network.

About Vintage

Vintage, a PR Newswire division, is a top-three provider of full-service regulatory compliance and shareholder communications services, delivered across our three practice areas: Capital Markets, Corporate Services and Institutional & Fund Services. Founded in 2002 and acquired by PR Newswire in 2007, Vintage has evolved to become the industry’s intelligent value choice. We deliver a flexible balance of people, facilities and technology to ensure that regulatory compliance and shareholder communications processes are efficient, transparent and painless. Services include IPO registrations, transactions, virtual data rooms, EDGAR & XBRL filing, typesetting, financial printing and investor relations websites.

 

About PR Newswire

PR Newswire, a Cision company, is the premier global provider of multimedia platforms and distribution that marketers, corporate communicators, sustainability officers, public affairs and investor relations officers leverage to engage key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry over 60 years ago, PR Newswire today provides end-to- end solutions to produce, optimize and target content — and then distribute and measure results. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire powers the stories of organizations around the world. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.

Cision is a leading global media intelligence company, serving the complete workflow of today’s communication professionals.

 

Media Contact:
Bradley H. Smith
Director of Marketing, IR and Compliance Services
PR Newswire & Vintage
+1 201.942.7157

bradley.smith@prnewswire.com

Reminiscing the genesis of VirtualInvestorConferences.com

Next month, on December 1st, we’re hosting our 75th event at VirtualInvestorConferences.com. Without exaggeration, this is a celebration of hundreds of companies and tens of thousands of investors.

Launched in 2010, VirtualInvestorConferences.com is the brainchild of me (Bradley H. Smith) and John Viglotti, VP, Investor Relations Products and Services at PR Newswire.

John and I reminisced.

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BHS: So, our 75th. Should we buy each other gold watches or something?

JV: Uhhh… I have already baked you cupcakes.

BHS: Thanks, but I think sushi is more appropriate, considering VirtualInvestorConferences.com’s (VIC) genesis. It’s on video – do you remember that fateful meeting?

JV: You’re referring to our premiere on the Martha Stewart show. Can you embed a clip? That was a funny thing to have happen.It’s a real timestamp.

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Where the conference blossomed, too.

BHS: It was and I’ll try. (HERE) More to the point for the blog, do you remember WHY we founded VIC?

JV: We recognized that the current investor presentation sphere was almost exclusively physical conferences and moreover, the dates were set by the hosts, regardless of an individual company’s news.

BHS: That’s why we went monthly with ours. We got a lot of push-back at first. Holding a conference every thirty days is execution challenge. Many moving parts.

JV: No one had ever executed such a portal before. What do you call it?

BHS: Evergreen. We never close. Since I am transcribing this for my blog, take a moment to describe the events. Talk slowly so I can type.

JV: As you said, VIC consists of many parts to make the whole. First and foremost, the company is presenting a PPT presentation, in real-time. 80% of the time, it’s the CEO speaking directly to the audience. The experience for the CEO is much like an earnings call… speaking in a phone and advancing slides as they speak.

The virtual lobby where investors can meet and chat.

The virtual lobby where investors can meet and chat.

BHS: We had many present from hotel rooms.

JV: With the easy of presenting at VIC, we’ve had many presenters take a short break to introduce their story to our investors while at a physical conference or from the road. We just need a phone and a trustworthy web connection. One difference from an earnings call, however, is only the CEO is on the phone. All the investors are online watching and listening in a portal. If anyone has a question, they type it in.

BHS: Some companies get many questions. I’ve blogged on that.

JV: True. One frequent presenting biotech company gets over 75, but that is not the norm. I’d say 10-20 questions is average, anecdotally. Let’s mention that only the presenters see the questions during the formal presentation.

BHS: How much time does a company get to speak?

JV: 30 minutes, generally broken down to 20 for the slides and 10 for the Q&A.

BHS: Talk about the virtual trade booths.

JV: Beside the live PPT presentation in the “auditorium,” every company gets a virtual trade booth. It’s a clever little “landing page” that everyone watching the PPT presentation is automatically pushed into after the CEO is done speaking.

The virtual trade booth will play a corporate video, offer fact sheet and whitepaper PDFs, links to the IR website and, importantly, has a live chat function. The live chat has been very useful for companies and investors to continue talking in real-time. It’s an incredible demonstration of transparency.

BHS: At first, several CEOs were leery of it.

JV: Right, but we proved otherwise. Out of the hundreds of chats, I can only recall once that we had to block an inappropriate audience member. That was a few years ago.

An actual public chat. Organovo's CEO is very dedicated to transparency.

An actual public chat. Organovo’s CEO is very dedicated to transparency.

BHS: What type of investors attend VIC?

JV: When we launched the monthly conference series our focus was exclusively on attracting a critical mass of individual investors.  Our partnership with Better Investing, who has been educating individual investor since 1951, was key in building a member base of passionate and long term investors.

Over the past several years we’ve broaden our outreach and members to include several thousand institutional investors and wealth management professionals. The attendance for a recent conference was 68% individuals and 25% institutional investors and advisors and 7% media/other.

BHS: October was a great month. Over 2,000 presentation views.

JV: All of 2016 has been strong, in large part to the third-party hosts we worked with, Deutsche Bank’s DR group, OTC Markets and Rose & Company. They’re all committed to connecting their issuers with investors.

BHS: Deutsche Bank brings in international companies. No travel needed.

JV: We have hosted CEOs from 20 different countries including Finland, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Portugal, Brazil, France, Australia and Chile. One conference was 100% Chinese issuers. Deutsche Bank’s DR has a two-day event later in November.

BHS: Oh, Aflac is presenting again next week. They missed the 75th celebration by a month.

JV: They presented at our inaugural conference in 2010 and have been a regular presenter ever since. They value the ease and opportunity to reach current and prospective individual investors equally with institutional investors.

BHS: They deserve a VirtualInvestorConferences.com cupcake!

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Companies can schedule their 2017 now. Click here.

2017 Schedule:

  • January – No event
  • February 2, 2017
  • March 15, 2017: OTCQX Banks:
  • March 22 & 23, 2017: Deutsche Bank DR Event
  • April 6, 2017
  • May 11, 2017: OTCQX International
  • June 1, 2017
  • July 13, 2017
  • August 3, 2017
  • September 7, 2017
  • October 5, 2017
  • November 2, 2017
  • December 7, 2017

Tips for presenting your non-deal roadshow to an online audience

Since 2010, I’ve hosted hundreds of CEOs at VirtualInvestorConferences.com, our monthly “digital roadshow platform,” connecting these CEOs and their senior executives directly to a pool of over 40,000 institutional and individual investors.


~~~FYI: Our next conference is a special two-day event, Oct 4 – 5, partnered with the OTC Markets. (check this out here)  ~~~otc-blog



 


Watching all these presentations, I have witnessed, first-hand, the best and the worst online presentations. From that, I have pulled together the key thoughts and strategies to place your company in the best ONLINE light.

That word – ONLINE – is the point of this discussion. Although, per RegFD, the material content that you present to a physical audience is no different than what you will present at a virtual audience, how you present is very different.

  • Your virtual audience will leave the very moment they lose interest – it’s a web-mentality
  • Your virtual audience is surrounded by distraction
  • Your virtual audience have small screens
  • Your virtual audience is immune to your CEO’s “in-room presence”

Here are a few points that may guide your success. To be exact, virtual presentations are live, audio and slide webcasts with “presenter controlled” slide advancement. Online audience members can type and submit questions.

1.) Get a PROFESSIONAL photographer to make a head shot of you / CEO / presenting executives.

All virtual investor conferences (not just ours) request a speaker photo. Don’t use a cropped snapshot. Don’t use an iPhone and “go stand next to that wall.”

Spend the short money. Go to Sears. Go to JC Penny’s. You must do this.

0b5aqqqqq50eBe cognizant that this is the only image of your presenter the audience will have. Ask yourself, “is that the face of trust?” The face people will give their money to?

2.) Unless your speakerphone is very, very expensive (or you do not have opposable thumbs) pick up and use the phone’s handset. 

Objectively, it always assures the sound quality. Subjectively, it allows the presenter to relax and just “talk normal” and your INVESTORS. DO. NOT. HAVE. TO. LISTEN. TO. THAT. ANNOYING. SPEAKERPHONE. SHOUTING. TONE.

3.) The competition is not a peer in your sector; it’s that cute cat video on YouTube.

Get to the point quickly with a concise, 15 minute presentation. At a physical event, companies have the luxury of trapping investors in a room… not so with a virtual event. Also, use plain English.

4.) Simplify your slides’ visuals.

All webcast platforms shrink your slides down – plus we now have the scale of mobile tablets to think about. Nothing smaller than 24pt font size. Detailed photos, like aerials maps, will be illegible. Crop in to the key point you want to make. No snazzy slide transitions.

5.) Speak sloooooooowly. 

Although you are on the phone, try to keep the pace of a live presentation. We all tend to talk fast on the phone.

6.) For retail investors, deliver the most important message first. 

“Yes, we offer dividends.” Asking about dividends is the #1 question asked at VirtualInvestorConferences.com.

7.) You may need to seed the Q&A with a couple of your own questions. Live or online, getting over that first question hump is important. Don’t, however, throw a softball – use a real question from your recent earnings call. The goal is not to “fool anyone,” just to get the dialog going.

AND THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP

8.) Rehearse the presentation on your company’s WebEx type account to non-technical and non-financial people. This will amplify the pros and cons from the points above.

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PS: For VERY detailed insight into the minds of your investors, request our “How do investors consume investor relations content” study. Free here.

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Hey WSJ, it’s 2016. Time to stop calling individual investors ‘Mom-and-Pop.’

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On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal ran an article titled Companies Forgot About Mom­-and-­Pop Investors …Until Now. You can read it here.(if you are subscribed)

Last Thursday’s VirtualInvestorConferences.com event brought 1,500 investors online to listen to CEO’s as well as to an education breakout session on the impact of Brexit for individual investors. During these online roadshow presentations, over 300 questions were asked by investors directly to CEOs.

Does this type of activity fit the Grant Woodesque “Mom-and-Pop” narrative?

No, it does not – nor has it ever since we launched our online non-deal roadshow portal in 2010. 65 conferences ago. Since then, we’ve had 40K plus investors log-in and pose questions to hundreds of companies, ranging from mega-cap to new generation RegA+ registrants.

What we have experienced since 2010:

  • We refer to this audience as individual investors or, if feeling casual, “Main Street” investors juxtaposed to “Wall Street.”
  • We dropped the label “retail Investors” as it implied a “shopping mentality” rather than a strategic persona.
  • We changed the name of the portal from “retailinvstorconferences… to virtualinvestorconfeences to demonstrate the leveling of all investors.
  • Since 2012, our exclusive study of “How Investors Consume Investor Relations Content” has received 40,000 unique answers from individual investors. You can request the 2016 report here.
  • A major stock exchange and a global ADR bank, both recognizing the impact any investor can have on a stock, use our portal to bring their listed clients to the online investing public.

In defense of the WSJ, their article was great. It spoke about how individual investors can be a critical constituency during a contested proxy battle. It reinforces the point that even though Main Street investors are a small percentage of your holding parties, taking a small effort to build a relationship with them may save management. Individual investors generally vote with management.

Looking for a smart example of corporate dedication towards individual investors? AFLAC has presented each and every quarter since 2010. It’s a steadfast tile in their shareholder communications mosaic.

Use the form on this page to learn more. Be sure to select “virtual investor conferences.”

Investor relations to increase focus on retail investor by 20% in 2016

Each year, those of us in the trenches of shareholder communications look forward to BNY Mellon’s Global Trends in Investor Relations: A Survey Analysis of IR Practices Worldwide. This year, the study slices-and-dices responses from 550 public companies working out of 54 countries… pinpointing up-to-date trends in investor relations. The full 2015 report is available here.

One area they annually benchmark is IR’s appetite for communicating with individual investors. Note: I tend to use the PC term “individual” rather than “retail.” Either term encompasses any stakeholder, long-term or day-trader, that buys and sells equities themselves. (It does not include pump-and-dumpers. There is no PC word for them guys.)

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20% (net 16%) is a meaningful amount of increased desire to identify and court individual investors. This could be a factor why Virtual Investor Conferences (CLICK HERE) has had such a stellar February. We have had 1,044 online non-deal roadshows viewed in our platform so far this month.

Another prominent indicator of the growing importance of individual investors is that both the OTC Markets and Deutsche Bank DR Group regularly use our environment to connect their issuers directly with active investors. Proudly, we’re in our 7th year with these conferences.

One last adjacent factor for virtual events may be the actual decline in the number of physical non-deal roadshows companies are holding. The average number of broker-driven roadshow days has declined from 2013’s 25.1 days down to just 18.6 days in 2015. Although that is one less week of roadshow travel-days for a CEO and senior executives, the number of one-on-one meetings have increased by thirty meetings – unknown amount of actual days. Safe to assume several meetings in one day.

Certainly virtual roadshows are very useful for “pre-qualifying” these one-on-ones. No planes or limos needed.

VirtualInvestorConferences.com announces 2016 dates

From its humble launch in 2010, this conference series has brought tens of thousands of individual and institutional investors directly on front of CEOs and other senior executives within public companies.

(Click here to learn more about availability and pricing. Be sure to select “Virtual Investor Conferences” from the menu.)

2016 Schedule:

  • January – No event
  • February 4, 2016: OTCQX Banks
  • March 3, 2016
  • March 17, 2016: Deutsche Bank DR Event
  • April 7, 2016
  • May 5, 2016
  • June 2, 2016
  • July 7, 2016
  • August 4, 2016
  • September 8, 2016
  • October 6, 2016
  • November 3, 2016
  • December 1, 2016

Is this the right venue for your company?  One way to answer that question is by showing the quality of questions a company receives from the attending audience – all in real time. As you’ll note below, this is a very educated and engaged interaction.

Below is an actual transcript of the questions asked. Only the names have been altered for privacy.

  • Q: Can you explain the drop off of earnings growth; what is your longer term growth rate projection.
  • Q:  Any detail on your exposure to EU debt?
  • Q: Can you please review XYZs’ historical dividend policy and the future plans / changes?
  • Q: As baby boomers age, will that negatively affect financial performance?

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  • Q: With aging population in Japan and more pay outs as they utilize their insurance how will that affect XYZ’s future eps growth. How can you be sure that the company’s investments and current premiums will keep up with future costs?
  • Q: XYZ has historically raised its dividends yearly. Haven’t yet this year. Would continued XYZ share price weakness impact management’s decision to add to the dividends when share repurchases might be more beneficial than a dividends increase?
  • Q: Yesterday my club voted to sell all of our XYZ due to what we believed to be a lot of exposure to European debt by XYZ (30% of assets) and the possibility of that debt to be deeply discounted. Were we right in this assumption?
  • Q: Can you please speak to XYZ’s dividend history – and frequency of dividend changes up or down)
  • Q: Can you speak to current valuation of XYZ – trading at a two year low. Sell side has price targets at 2X current price.
  • Q: Can you talk about interest rate risk in the investment portfolio. For example how would a 1 percent increase in rates affect the portfolio? Also has XYZ bought any company stock in the past quarter? If so how many shares?
  • Q: Are there plans to do business in counties other than US and Japan? Thank you
  • Q: How has the MARKETING CAMPAIGN marketing campaign increase sales?
  • Q: What is the next significant catalyst for XYZ?
  • Q: On a lighter note. “The Holiday marketing campaign” is becoming a familiar presence at Christmas. I am just curious on how much overall retail revenue the marketing campaign brings in annually?
  • Q: What is XYZ’s percentage goal for PIIGs investments?
  • Q: can you explain the drop off of earnings growth in 2012; what is your longer term growth rate projection.
  • Q: Are you able to discuss the expected change in number of policies due to Fukishima (sp). Simply put are you modeling for an increase in policy growth and subsequently long-term losses for your cancer insurance products (in Japan
  • Q: What changed? Benefit/claim ratios dropped. But why? The 10-K cites favorable claim trends and new more profitable products (Child endowment WAYS DAYS) that drove the claim ratio drop. What’s driving the favorable claims trend? Is it shortened in-patient hospitalization stays? Or is it a change in underwriting policy/pricing that XYZ Japan has driven?
  • Q: Your sales agents and brokers are commish only and not salaried correct?
  • Q: I heard that Japan only covers their people with health care til they are 70. Is this true? Do Japanese people buy XYZ to cover this?
  • Q: XYZ’s general account yield will decline next year as the company de-risks the portfolio. What sort of fixed income credits is XYZ looking to invest in going forward
  • Q: (YOUR COMPETITOR) now has a sizable presence in Japan after buying ABC’s DEF unit and plans to aggressively compete in the Japanese market. It appears DEF’s franchise was damaged somewhat due to the problems connected with ABC. This will change under the (YOUR COMPETITOR) umbrella. Do you view (YOUR COMPETITOR)’s entrance in the Japan market a major threat to your Japan business? How do you plan to compete against them?
  • Q: The product mix is changing at XYZ Japan. It seems some of the faster growing products like the child endowment product is less profitable. What are the catalysts to improve your benefit ratio in Japan?
  • Q: The Japan incident does not significantly affect XYZ’s business or financials is that correct?
  • Q: What do you think the next catalyst will be for XYZ (e.g. acquisition new market new product or service etc.)?
  • Q: Does XYZ plan to expand to any other Asian country such as China?
  • Q: What has been the dividend history for XYZ – how many quarters of payments
  • Q: What is your geographic split on revenues? Does XYZ operate in any other countries beyond US and Japan?

 

Forbes investment editor to keynote to individual investors: will use big words

Individual investors are extremely attentive, good listeners. We know this as we measure their engagement at each of our VirtualInvestorConferences.com events. For example, our October 1st event has had 898 hours of investors’ ears and eyes listening to CEOs presenting their vision via an online non-deal roadshow.

This amount of engagement is meaningful far from the Grant Wood “America Gothic” myth regarding “retail investors.” As you see here, individual investors can handle the truth. Organizations like OTC Markets and Deutsche Bank understand this – as does Forbes.

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Next week, November 12th to be exact, Forbes editor and REIT expert, Brad Thomas, are investing (pun intended) their brand and his time to deliver insights and opinions on Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) at VirtualInvestorsConferences.com. REIT investing can be a very complicated activity, with variables of both location, location, location compounded with the individual dynamics of the organizations and brands that the REITs work with ie: brick-&-mortar stores and restaurants. It requires in-depth research by an investor – individual and institutional and assuredly the shareholder value can be strong: REITs must distribute at least 90 percent of their taxable income annually.


Ranked as the #1 analyst on Seeking Alpha in 2014, Brad Thomas has been commercial real estate developer and consultant for over 20 years and he is currently the Editor for Forbes Real Estate Investor, and Chief Analyst, iREIT Investor Forbes. Thomas has been featured in Forbes Magazine, Kiplinger’s, US News & World Report, Money, NPR, Institutional Investor, GlobeStreet, TheStreet, and Fox Business.

Pre-register here to hear Brad Thomas and CEOs from REITs.

Deutsche Bank built a (virtual) bridge for international companies and US investors

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Getting US investors to notice – and invest – in Depositary Receipts is an important challenge: there are both business and tactical (geographical) hurdles. How does an investor in Boston easily hear and ask questions directly to a CEO in Brazil. Or France. Or Germany. Or China. Or The UK. Or Chile. Or Australia. And how can a non US-issuer build a relationship with an investor in Boston and Dayton and Los Angles and New York and Philadelphia and Dallas and Washington without costly and time-consuming travel?

Since 2012, the Deutsche Bank Depositary Receipts Group has taken this geographical hurdle head-on with their Virtual Investor Conference series. Two to three times each year, Deutsche Bank places their DR clients – live – directly in front of US-based institutional and individual investors.

Their next event is November 19. Learn more here. It is their 9th event with VirtualInvestorConferences.com.

In Europe alone, there are approximately 400+ issuers that have securities as depository receipts, F shares or listed-equities traded in the US… equaling $516 billion of non-North American holdings held as US depositary receipts.

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However, the total US assets under management is $13.3 trillion. That’s 13.3 trillion reasons for international companies and domestic US investors to meet one another. Deutsche Bank Depositary Receipts Group makes this easy for mutual benefit.

At its core, the Virtual Investor Conference is a day of non-deal roadshows, presented 100% online. CEOs and other senior executives present their company and vision to a live audience of investors who are in turn asking questions, in real-time. In addition to the presentation, investors “gather” in a company’s virtual trade booth for ongoing chats, video viewing and the downloading of assorted shareholder materials.

Virtual Investor Conferences are just one step. Certainly, as we co-presented with the OTC Markets, a regular, systematic flow of news, properly delivered through US-targeted and trusted media, will future nurture confidence and develop traction for an non-US issuer looking for US monies. It is no longer enough to use local, or even pan European, media. In most cases the news is not crossing the pond(s).

Online non-deal roadshows: how OTC Markets is driving investor confidence

OTC Markets have been demonstrating great creativity and dedication towards helping their issuers throughout 2015. The recent refining of their market tiers has raised the “confidence bar” for their OTCQX tier issuers, with strict new standards that delineates the superior OTCQX Best Market companies from other OTC companies that may be financially challenged or are not SEC reporting.

Transparency drives trust

OTC Markets is keenly aware that many of their issuers do not have direct access to investors and analysts at par with a NASDAQ or NYSE issuers. Sadly, this capital markets reality is heavily extorted by stock promoters and their day-trading audience. This is not the long-term investor audiences the OTC Markets want to connect with their top tier. Keep in mind, beyond USA-based companies, the OTCQX Best Market roster includes a large number of blue chips from Europe and Canada that are global household names ie: Heineken.

Shareholder communications build shareholder confidence

Tomorrow, OTC Markets is hosting their second virtual investor conference at VirtualInvestorConferences.com.

Unique for a stock exchange, this hosted event offers OTCQX CEOs the opportunity to speak directly to thousands of investors – in real-time. Now, flip that: this hosted event offers investors the opportunity to listen and ask questions directly to CEOs – in real-time. 

“Virtual investor conferences offer a convenient way for individual and professional investors to hear from and interact with company management without leaving the comfort of their offices, as well as for companies to broaden their exposure to potential investors in a sophisticated online environment,” said Jason Paltrowitz, Executive Vice President – Corporate Services of OTC Markets Group. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with PR Newswire and VirtualInvestorConferences.com and showcase some of the high-quality life sciences companies traded on our OTCQX Best Market.”

Are investors engaging online? I invite you to judge that for yourself by clicking HERE and HERE. Post-live event, as our Shareholder Confidence 365 Study shows, these online presentation become a key piece of content for investors.

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Tomorrow’s event is focused on Life Sciences organizations. OTC Markets’ first event, June, brought regional banks, shareholder and potential investors together. We’re pleased OTC Markets selected to work with us – as a continuation of their own documented corporate mission of “Open, Transparent and Connected.”

ieCrowd invites individual investors to participate in their NASDAQ-listed IPO with BANQ and VirtualInvestorConferences.com

IPOs are generally unavailable to retail investors, especially NYSE and NASDAQ-listed IPOs… as the investment banks scoop up all the shares and opportunities. That changes this Friday with the first VirtualInvestorConferences.com IPO roadshow.

Innovation Economy Corporation, known as “ieCrowdTM“, a life and health innovations commercialization company, and TriPoint Global Equities, LLC (“TriPoint”), a FINRA member and leading boutique full service investment bank, announced that ieCrowd is opening up its IPO to retail investors nationwide using TriPoint’s online investment platform, BANQ® (www.banq.co) and openly presenting to ALL investors at VirtualInvestorConferences.com.

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ieCrowd plans to list on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol MYIE upon successful completion of its IPO.

“This is a historic day for retail investors, as ieCrowd becomes the first company to use BANQ®, our new and innovative online investment banking platform, to fund its initial public offering,” said Mark Elenowitz, CEO of TriPoint. “We created this unique platform in response to a variety of factors including the evolution of modern investors, who now use the digital and online world to research investment opportunities, and the potential for crowd funded public offerings. BANQ® opens investment opportunities to a wider range of investors who now have access to offerings that were previously limited to a select number of investors.”

banqBANQ®, a division of TriPoint, is the first fully digital online investment banking platform to feature small cap IPOs and is now actively enrolling new accounts, and accepting ieCrowd IPO indications, on a nationwide basis. BANQ®‘s platform provides secure, seamless and compliant introductions of investors to growth companies and investment opportunities.

“VirtualInvesorConferences is proud to be the destination of choice for such an important undertaking,” said John Viglotti, VP, Investor Relations Products and Services. “Since 2010, both Main Street and Wall Street have come to our live investor conferences at par with one another – having 100% equal access to our presenting CEOs. It’s rewarding that VirtualInvesorConferences is helping ieCrowd and BANQ® make IPO investing accessible to retail investors.”

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DATE: Friday, June 26, 2015
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