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NIRI Annual 2015 Recap

Having just returned from Chicago after our fourth year exhibiting at the National Investor Relations Institute’s annual conference, I wanted to share a few thoughts regarding the adoption of mobile technology in the investor relations industry:

  • Overall, we had great conversations with IROs from companies of all sizes and industries. There was particular interest in theCONFERENCEapp product that allows companies to have a native app for their analyst days and to be able to aggregate all of their presentations and other company information neatly on the mobile device. The ability to save paper and also make 11th hour changes to presentations was especially interesting to them.
  • IROs recognize that the buy- and sell-side are increasingly becoming dependent on their mobile devices in their work. It’s hard to ignore the fact that nearly everyone has a mobile device with them when they attend analyst days, investor conferences and one-on-one meetings. One IRO we spoke with mentioned that given the ability to take notes on .PDF files contained in their IR app, it wouldn’t surprise him if investors slowly but surely stop using traditional spiral notebooks.
  • Almost everyone we spoke with realizes that the future of technology and communications is mobile. And, it was great to see some of theIRapp customers (Edwards Lifesciences, Phillip Morris and Tyson Foods, among others) who, over the past few years, have pioneered the use of mobile technology in their IR work. However, there still are companies who view mobile as supplemental to current communications methodologies and not necessary. My take on this – times are a-changing.

Looking forward to NIRI 2016 in San Diego!

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