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AGORACOM Launches Wicked iPhone App For Small Cap Stocks and Investors

Posted by AGORACOM at 2:39 PM on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Good afternoon to you all.  I am very proud to announce the launch of the AGORACOM iPhone App – and it is wicked!  First, as you can see from the screen shot above, our development team did a great job of creating an elegant and functional interface.

Second and most importantly, it provides small cap investors with powerful information in the palm of their hands.  No matter where you are, you are never out of touch with the small-cap world thanks to the following amazing features:

  • Headlines - The best small-cap headlines of the day are posted every morning and as they happen throughout the day.  We even break it down by industry, including the best news out of the Chinese small and mid-cap space.
  • Videos - AGORACOM Small Cap Videos have been watched over 300,000 times and are now available right on your iPhone. Why do small-cap investors love our videos?  Every morning we produce AGORACOM Small Cap TV, AGORACOM Small Cap Gold and Resources TV and Chinese Small-Cap TV to provide investors with a daily, fast-paced cutting edge show delivering the best small-cap news of the day.
  • Blogs and Tweets – We share some pretty powerful information via our multiple blogs and twitter accounts, so for those of you that follow us, you aren’t skipping a beat.  For those of you that haven’t caught on to blogs and tweets yet, the information is nicely and conveniently compiled in the palm of your hand.
  • AGORACOM Mobile – Feel the need to read and/or post to your favourite HUBS on AGORACOM.  Click on AGORACOM Mobile and go straight to the log-in page to get you started.  For those of you that aren’t AGORACOM members, you can surf anonymously, or log-in using your Facebook account (more about that in another announcement)

Overall, we’re really happy with the first version of our app and you can expect us to keep adding new features over the coming months and years.

WHY MOBILE? …. WHY AN IPHONE APP? …. WHERE TO?

In case you are asking yourself about the importance of mobile and, specifically, an iPhone app, look for answers no further than our announcement earlier this year that Mobile Devices Drive 16,000 Visits To AGORACOM in August.  The iPhone accounted for 75% of all mobile visits (yeah, that surprised us too)

Also, people now spend as much time on mobiles as reading on newspapers and magazines. We’re extremely confident that mobile is going to dwarf newspapers and magazines going forward for the simple reason that your phone gives you information as it happens, not the day after.

Moreover, look for a Blackberry App (to compliment our existing Blackberry content partnership) and Android app to follow in Q1 2011.  Unfortunately, much to the chagrin of 4 AGORACOM Members, (Cylinder and AlsoFromSudbury) we won’t be developing a Palm App … we calculated it would be cheaper to simply buy each one of them an iPhone :-)

In the meantime, please download our iPhone App and provide us with your feedback, as well as, feature requests for our next upgrade.

Do you want your small-cap company to be featured on the AGORACOM iPhone App? Need to create your mobile / online / social media IR strategy?  Contact me to discuss your needs and how we can solve them.

Regards,
George

Mobile Devices Drive 16,000 Small-Cap Visits To AGORACOM In August

Posted by AGORACOM at 4:38 PM on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Good afternoon to you all.  From the “I love traffic data” department, I’m happy to provide you with mobile data traffic to AGORACOM for the month of August.  Here is a snapshot of the overall data, followed by my comments:

USAGE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • All comparisons above are to January 2010 – and man is mobile skyrocketing
  • Given the fact August is an even slower month than December for investor traffic, I am pleasantly surprised to see that we received 16,000 visits from mobile devices this month.  That is a 45% increase vs. January of 2010.
  • Mobile devices accounted for just over 3% of all visits to AGORACOM in August.
  • 6.12 pages per visit – an increase of 40.15%tells me that investors have moved beyond basic skimming from their mobile devices and are relying on them as much as their PC’s and laptops.  The entire site average for August was 9.68 pages per visit.
  • Likewise, average time on the site jumped 39.5% to 6mins 33secs.  When you consider the site average for August was 8:22, you have even more evidence that mobile investor access is no longer for hit an run purposes

DEVICE HIGHLIGHTS:

This one is a real shocker.  Despite Apple’s popularity, I would not have expected small-cap investor access via iPhones, iPods and iPads  to surpass that of business intensive Blackberry users. This should be doubly true when you consider the fact we have a significant content partnership with Blackberry.  Apple didn’t surpass, it destroyed Blackberry.

Moreover, I fully expected Android usage (phones carrying the operating system created by Google) to be a distant 3rd this early in the game.  Think again.

Here are the numbers:

  • 1st – Apple accounted for 75% of all mobile visits to AGORACOM in August, broken down as follows:
    • iPhone 8,521;
    • iPad 2,293;
    • iPod 1,500
  • 2nd – Android 14.5%
  • 3rd – Blackberry 6.1%

CONCLUSIONS

I can only conclude from the above noted data that

1.  Our iPhone app launch on September 15th is a well timed step in the right direction.

2.  Even though Blackberry users as a group tend to be a significantly larger proportion of business/market people, Apple users appear to be a significantly larger proportion of retail investors that prefer to access online financial communities such as AGORACOM.

3.  Android – as expected – will be a force to be reckoned with.  Time to find an Android app developer!

Regards,
George


Small Cap CEO Lesson: Mobile Internet Trading And Research Skyrockets 188%

Posted by AGORACOM at 11:37 AM on Monday, April 13th, 2009

If you are a CEO of a small-cap or mid-cap company and have been considering a mobile strategy, then you absolutely have to see the blow away numbers in a comScore report that came out in March. If you’re not considering a mobile strategy, then you need to see these numbers even more.

For our part, AGORACOM has been planning its mobile strategy for a while now and you can expect to see significant announcements shortly, as well as, some commentary below.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REPORT

  • The number of people using their mobile device to access news and information on the Internet more than doubled from January 2008 to January 2009.
  • Among the audience of 63.2 million people who accessed news and information on their mobile devices in January 2009, 22.4 million (35%) did so daily; more than double the size of the audience last year.

PERTINENT FINANCIAL DATA AND QUOTE

  • The number of daily users trading stock or accessing financial accounts jumped 188% from 1.135 million users to 3.274 million users.

“Over the course of the past year, we have seen use of mobile Internet evolve
from an occasional activity to being a daily part of people’s lives.”This underscores
the growing importance of the mobile medium as consumers become more reliant
on their mobile devices to access time-sensitive and utilitarian information.”

Mark Donovan, senior vice president, mobile, comScore.

HOW DO YOU GET MOBILE?

There are several ways to get mobile from creating an app for iPhone and Blackberry, to partnering with someone like Viigo to get your RSS feeds into the mainstream.  However, this is tough for many small cap and midcap public companies for two reasons.

First, they rarely have the resources or tech knowhow to execute such strategies.

Second, even if you have the resources and knowhow, 99% lack the critical mass to make it successful.  In other words, once your mobile strategy is engaged by a few hundred shareholders and a few board members using it, then what?  How do you scale to reach the millions and millions of investors out there?

THE SOLUTION

In order to make a mobile strategy effective, small cap and mid cap stocks need to come together under one umbrella in order to create an offering that provides plenty of fresh news and information for consumption by investors.  As 1 company, you’re not going to get a mobile investor to keep returning to your mobile site/app.  As 100, 200, 300 companies, an investor is far more likelier to keep returning for morsels of valuable news and information.

Here comes the shameless promotion.  AGORACOM is already one of only  13 financial content providers to every Blackberry device on the planet.  However, we are now looking to replicate our online success into the mobile space.  It’s coming fast and it is coming soon.  Most importantly, it will be multi-faceted and include:

  • Multiple apps
  • Multiple devices

If you want to know more, you know where to find us.  Hope this report and my subsequent comments have been helpful.

Regards,
George

AGORACOM Is 1 of only 13 Finance Content Providers To Every Blackberry Device On The Planet

Posted by AGORACOM at 12:41 PM on Thursday, January 8th, 2009

On my recent family trip to Disney, I couldn’t help but notice the enormous amount of people using their phones in long line-ups to snap photos, shoot small video clips and communicate with their friends via E-Mail, SMS and MMS. In addition, a large number of parents were using their smartphones to surf the web as they waited for their kids to complete rides.

Ironically enough, this drove me to use my Blackberry to post this comment via AGORACOM Twitter.

As a result, I have to conclude that 2009 will be the tipping point for mobile surfing and communications.  I know most early adopters have been doing this for years but I’ve always said we need the masses to participate for any tool or app to really gain big traction.

AGORACOM COMES LOADED ON EVERY BLACKBERRY DEVICE

Consequently, look for AGORACOM to significantly advance its mobile efforts in Q1.  I say “advance” rather than “launch” because we’ve had a pretty good mobile profile for a couple of years now.  Specifically, AGORACOM is the exclusive provider of small-cap content to every Blackberry device on the planet and 1 of only 13 Blackberry financial content partners.

Here is the official list of financial content providers to the Blackberry Finance Channel.  It obviously does not look as good on the web because it’s built for mobile – but you get the picture.  If you want to view it on your mobile browser, it is a long URL, so I’ve created a shortened version that you can easily punch in:  http://tinyurl.com/BlackberryFinance

HERE IS HOW TO GET IT ON YOUR BLACKBERRY, IPHONE OR ANY SMARTPHONE

The same thing goes for the AGORACOM Small-Cap Center on Blackberry.  If you want the true view on your mobile, use the following URL – http://agoracom.com/rim/index.html – and make sure to bookmark it!

Look for substantially bigger mobile news out of AGORACOM later this quarter.

Regards,
George