Good afternoon to you all. I am proud to announce that AGORACOM is once again pioneering the online small and mid-cap space by launching online investor conferences. Moreover, we’re launching the initiative with the AGORACOM Online Gold and Commodities Conference on December 3rd and 4th.
WHY ONLINE CONFERENCES?
The Logical Unstoppable Trend
The fact that the web delivers information faster, better, more conveniently and more cost-efficiently than traditional vehicles is clear to all of us. For example, traditional powerhouse media companies (cable and print) that used to generate ridiculous revenues and profits have watched their businesses nearly evaporate over the last 24 months as consumers turn to the web for news, information and entertainment. AGORACOM itself has caused a massive paradigm shift in Investor Relations by creating a 100% pure online investor relations firm. Looking forward, you can bet the farm this shift to the web will continue unabated for any medium that is built on delivering information.
As such, it makes perfect sense to create online conferences that eliminate all hurdles to participation. Now, both retail and institutional investors from anywhere in the world can fully participate by watching presentations and interacting with CEO’s / IRO’s. Geography, time, travel and money are no longer an issue. Public companies, on the other hand, can now present their stories to a global audience vs. a local audience – while saving tens of thousands of dollars in hard costs, time and energy.
Best of all, company presentations now have a shelf life that can be measured in months, not days by being hosted on the web. Search engines will also make sure those presentations continue to reach targeted audiences long after the online conference is complete.
The Irrefutable Data – Retail Investors
Is all this just self-serving lip service? First, consider the fact that AGORACOM attracted 1.31 million visitors, 7.9 million visits and generated 96 million page views last year. Small and mid-cap investors are clearly getting their information online.
Second, an AGORACOM survey of investors revealed the following:
- 59.4% of investors do not find conferences to be valuable and get all of their information from the web.
- 62% of this group stated they get all of their information from the web, as their primary reason
- 24% of this group stated they would not take time away from work or family as their primary reason
- 52% of investors believe there will be fewer (but better) conferences.
In another AGORACOM survey in which over 1,000 investors participated, we found that 78.3% of research into new small-cap investments comes from the web.
The Irrefutable Data – Institutional Investors
An IR Magazine Think Tank of Canada’s 40 leading IRO’s recently met and concluded that Twitter and Blogs are now the primary information source for analysts and institutional investors.
The time has come for an online conference provider to service the needs of the small-cap and mid-cap industry. AGORACOM is proud to pioneer it and we look forward to having all of you participate.