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1,114,000 Investors Hit AGORACOM In 2009. Online Investor Relations Is Here To Stay!

Posted by AGORACOM at 2:40 PM on Friday, January 15th, 2010

As you know, we like to report AGORACOM traffic results on a regular basis, especially our annual results.  In the world of online investor relations, nothing speaks more about your ability to meet a client’s needs than the amount of traffic and overall engagement you are able to deliver.  This is especially true in the small-cap space, which is full of investor relations pretenders that throw around all the right jargon but offer little to no substance.

To this end, I am very happy to announce our traffic results for the full year 2009.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, this snapshot from our Google analytics is worth several million


AGORACOM - Traffic 2009


(Figures for January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2009. All figures reported by Google Analytics)

  • Unique Visitors 1,114,905
  • Visits 7,777,197
  • Page Views 72,582,304
  • Pages Per Visit 9.33
  • Avg Time On Site 8:05
  • Number Of Countries/Territories 212
  • Top 10 (Canada, USA, Germany, Netherlands, UK, Belgium, Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway)

The numbers look even better when you consider

  • We built our model on quality vs quantity. As such, this is pure discussion. No spam, flaming and bickering traffic.
  • We are only focusing on small-cap and mid-cap stocks …for now.

What is even more encouraging are the Q4 numbers which, if extrapolated out, point to rapidly accelerating traffic of close to 10M visits, 100M page views and 1.4M unique visitors.

AGORACOM - Traffic Q4 2009

Suffice it to say, we are once again ecstatic with the results. This is especially true given the state of the markets in H1 2009. We attribute much of this success to practicing what we preach. Specifically, when times are tough and your competitors are running for cover, crank up the marketing. AGORACOM did just that with the continuation of TV ads on Bloomberg, CNBC and BNN that we had begun in 2008.

In addition, 2009 was the year in which we continued upgrading site features – but we really increased time, energy and resources on extending our content far beyond AGORACOM.  Specifically, we are now extremely active in terms of:

Where are we going in 2010?  Mobile, Mobile, Mobile baby.  Look for good stuff to start coming out in the next 30 days or so.


I want to thank all of our great clients and members that believed in our model and breathed unbelievable life into this paradigm shifting platform. Without them, this would be one hell of an application with no users. A special thanks goes out to all HUB Leaders that abandoned their former communities at Stockhouse, Raging Bull, Yahoo Finance and others in hopes of a better experience. I’m glad our promises to you have been fulfilled.  We know we’re not perfect – but together we’ve created a financial community that come as close to perfect as possible.  Thank-You!


When we created our community by combining UGC, Wiki and reputation based tools, we set out to destroy the stock discussion forum status quo that we have all come to hate over the past 10 years thanks to unrelenting spam, profanity, stock bashing, stock hyping and the unacceptable. Many thought it could not be done because we could neither change habits nor unseat the incumbents. We not only knew we could, we knew investors wanted us to. All they needed was a solution that focused on quality over quantity.  By refusing to sacrifice quality for quantity, we will continue to attract great investing minds that have a lot to offer. Quality begets quality. As a result, we now have a massive community that both generates its own content and moderates itself to replace the status quo.


This is Wiki meets IGC (investor generated content), meets reputation based systems at their finest. There are bigger communities to be sure – but can you find another vertical in which the need for a drastically more efficient model is needed more? As I’ve stated since October 2007, Trillions of dollars are at stake. People’s futures are at stake. The implications of inefficient or imperfect information are severe. We now know it to be true.

Electronic shareholder forums are vital to the lives of so many people. With the advent of top-notch financial bloggers such as Kedrosky and Ritholtz and Grandich, as well as, the StockTwits financial micro-blog and online investor conferences, we are witnessing another paradigm shift in the way investors communicate and make decisions – and we plan to keep pushing that change for the foreseeable future. Stay tuned for more.


Intertainment’s Revenues for Q2 ended Dec. 31, 2009 in excess of $1.45M CDN

Posted by AGORACOM at 12:01 PM on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Revenues for the second quarter ended December 31, 2009,

in excess of $1.45 Million CDN

This announcement follows the successful launch of Intertainment’s wholly owned division, Itibiti Systems Inc.’s highly anticipated program with providing desktop social networking and communications through the itiBiti developed and powered Communicator. The Communicator is the first commercial launch of the itiBiti program, with subsequent clients already in closed beta and near term public launch.

Q2 Business Highlights

  • Intertainment increases revenues in Q2 by over 400% as compared to Q1.
  • Mr. Brad Parry joins Intertainment as Chief Marketing Officer.
  • Magnum, Intertainment’s traditional media division, integrates its acquisition into its product and program offerings.
  • itiBiti opens offices in New York and Los Angeles.
  • itiBiti commercializes with the launch of the Communicator (
  • itiBiti signs 3 other major clients for launch programs – launch January / February 2010.

Intertainment Media Inc. IR Hub

Intertainment Media Inc. Profile

Intertainment Media Inc. Discussion Forum

Intertainment is a client of AGORACOM

Legend International, Lead by Joseph Gutnick chosen as Mark Leibovits top pick of 2010.

Posted by AGORACOM at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010


A New Player in the Fertilizer Industry

Mark Leibovits uses a proprietary technical trading system known as volume reversal analyst; over time his buy and sell signals for the market have led to one of the top rankings among market timers — including being ranked timer of the year in 2006 by Timer Digest.

He also uses this system to highlight trades among individual stocks — such as his top pick for 2010: Legend International Holdings (LGDI).

Company Highlights

  • Legend: Developing its phosphate interests in the Georgina Basin, Queensland, Australia
  • Strategic alliance with Wengfu Group, for the development of its phosphate mine, a beneficiation plant and a phosphoric acid plant in the Mt Isa region, Queensland, Australia. Wengfu is one of the largest phosphate fertilizer producers in China, producing over 2.5 million tones of finished fertilizer products.
  • Planned production of 5 million tonnes of phosphate rock per annum by 2013.
  • Off-take agreement with India’s largest fertilizer enterprise IFFCO, a co-operative with over 50 million farmers associated with it and now a major shareholder.
  • Project fast tracked in Queensland Governments’ expedited mining projects
  • Transport Services Memorandum of Understanding signed with P&O Trans Australia in August, 2009.
  • Initial production of Direct Shipping Ore expected in 2010 from Paradise North
  • Exploration Permits Granted for Paradise South, considered the flagship project and core landholdings for future long term beneficiation project.
  • As of Sept 30,2009 the company had $78M AUD in the treasury
  • Major shareholders include: Renika Pty Ltd. 21.5% Atticus Capital 13.5%, Soros Funds Management 10.4% & IFFCO 15%

Click here to access the Legend International IR Hub

Legend International is a client of AGORACOM

We Are Now In Pump and Dump 2.0 – And It’s Bigger Than Ever

Posted by AGORACOM at 5:46 PM on Thursday, January 7th, 2010

My friend and respected colleague, Timothy Sykes, tweeted this earlier today:

ECOB Sykes

That tweet triggered a post I had seen the day before from Cameron Fous who I’ve been following for some time really and seems to have a lot of success – almost too much success for my comfort – but there is no denying he is generating some great returns.


In fact, I was considering using this as my first ever Fous trade but it was already at $0.74 and I figured the fast money had been made.  Boy was I wrong, as the stock rocketed over $1 on huge volume.  Obviously, this is one massive promotion so I quickly checked Google and Twitter to see what part they are playing in the matter.   First, I punched “ECOB” into Google.  Look at how many promoters are working on the deal!


Then I searched ECOB on Twitter.  Again, the number of newsletter types is simply staggering:

ECOB Twitter

Folks, we are officially in Pump and Dump 2.0.  The difference is that promoters are being far less intrusive.  I’m not seeing promotions role into my fax machine and Inbox.  Rather, they’re using search engines and Tweets (plus other tools I didn’t take the time to look up) – both of which require the investor to act (searching or subscribing) in order to be part of the promotion.

This leads me to believe that investors are actually choosing to become a part of the promotion – which is more like a flash pyramid scheme – and they are OK with it.  Did it work?  Take a look at the chart below.  Will it work for long?  I think Pump and Dump 2.0 has legs and will be with us for a while.  It’s fast money and it works.  Not everyone will win – but gamblers and speculators don’t expect to win every time. They just need the action and some wins along the way.

The best part is that guys like Timothy Sykes are actually feasting off these promotions/pyramids by shorting them once they inevitably burn out.  Tim hates the promoters – and they probably hate him – but the fact of the matter is they’ve created this twisted promo-to-short ecosystem that rely on each other.

Tim, I hope you can weigh in here with some thoughts.  Here’s the chart.  Wild stuff.

ECOB Chart



Armada Data (ARD: TSXV) Reports Record Results From Insurance Division

Posted by AGORACOM at 3:01 PM on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009


Armada Data is a great Web 2.0 success story.  I don’t mean “Twitter like” success with huge traffic, notoriety and no revenue model.  I mean the kind of company that delivers a real service to real customers for real revenues and profits.

How successful?  Their paying a dividend for god’s sake.  How many Web 2.0 companies are generating revenue, let alone paying dividends to shareholders?

Yes, they are an AGORACOM client and I am horribly conflicted – but I understand running a small and emerging Web 2.0 company as well as anybody and these guys make me jealous.

How successful are they?  Before today’s news, here are the stories I blogged about them.  Keep in mind all of this news has come out in the last 3 weeks.  Most companies would be thrilled to put this news out over an entire year.

The headlines alone should tell you all you need to know – but don’t be lazy and actually dig into these stories:

Nov 5th, 2009 – Reports Record October Results From Division

Oct 30th, 2009 – Posts Record Q1 Results and Plans To Increase Yearly Dividend

Oct 28th, 2009 – Joins AGORACOM 100 With $2.15 Million in Revenue and 3 Consecutive Years of Profitability

All they did today was announce record results from the insurance side of the business.  Yep, that’s right – they have multiple revenue streams.  Armada Data isn’t a Web 2.0 company, their Web 3.0

Congratulations to the entire Armada Data team for a job well done.

September & October 2009 Highlights:

Insurance Services revenues up 46% versus Sept/Oct-2008

  • New ACV Insurance service significantly contributing to revenue growth
  • ACV market 10 times greater than Armada’s existing 43r insurance service
  • ACV targeted roll out to Armada’s 26 existing insurance clients underway
  • New ACV Insurance service now being used by 2 Top-10 companies
  • Insurance division entering busiest time of the year

Click on link below to read entire press release:

November 18, 2009 - Armada Reports Record Results From Insurance Division

Link to Hub / Link to Profile / Link to Forum

AGORACOM Generates 7.9 Million Pages From 131,500 Visitors Over Last 30 Days

Posted by AGORACOM at 7:30 AM on Thursday, November 12th, 2009

After a slower start to the year for obvious reasons, I’m happy to announce that AGORACOM is stronger than ever with some monster traffic numbers over the last 30 days (October 10 – November 10, 2009).  I can talk about it – but it would be much easier to show you our Google Analytics (sorry for the blurriness but my image capture software isn’t up to snuff lately).  In any event, what is clear are the following statistics:

  • 131,549 investors visited AGORACOM
  • They visited just over 775,000 times
  • They read 7.9 million pages

AGORACOM - Traffic 1009

What is especially noteworthy is the fact that this audience is 100% dedicated to small and mid-cap companies.  We don’t talk about general market news and mega cap stocks.  100% small and mid cap, so this represents one sizable set of “niche” investors.  Consequently, this bodes well for our upcoming Online Gold & Commodities Conference which is dedicated to emerging resource companies.  Moreover, it opens the door to conferences for other industries such as tech and China in 2010.

Thanks to everyone for their continued support and participation on AGORACOM.

George Small-Cap Company Feature: Artificial Life Reports $.08 EPS For Quarter, Trading At $1.25

Posted by AGORACOM at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

As many of you know, we are very bullish on the long-term future of Chinese small cap and mid cap companies for two reasons:

1] The obvious reason – China is the fastest growing economy on the planet and nothing is going to slow down its ascent over the next 50 years and beyond. Investing in growth companies there just makes too much sense.

2] Great Results and Valuations – Many Small Cap Chinese Companies are listing in the US (OTCBB, NYSE Alternext and NASDAQ) with great financial results. Unlike many dubious US Small Cap Companies, Chinese Companies don’t seem to believe in losing money or failing to execute in a business plan. As such, 7-digit revenues and profits are very common.

From a valuation point of view, many Chinese companies became a victim of their own success in Q4 2008 and Q1 2009. Why? When the world needed to start liquidating, one of the first places they looked were China where most investors had significant gains to sell into. This resulted in the proverbial baby being thrown out with the bathwater and some great valuations.


Artificial Life Inc. – OTC.BB:ALIF


As a leading, full-service provider of mobile broadband 3G technology, mobile participation TV, mobile gaming, content and business applications, Artificial Life provides 2D and 3D multi- and single-player rich-media applications for 3G, 3.5G and 4G network-enabled mobile phones.

On November 10th, the company announced Strong Growth and Earnings for the third quarter of 2009.

Check out the full details below!

Read Full Press Release

China Stocks TV Segment


  • Revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 were $8,723,481 – a 32% increase Year over Year
  • Net Income was $3.875 million, equating into $.08 EPS.


Strong top-line growth in a space that is going to grow for years and years to come – mobile gaming.  I love the fact the company derives revenue from downloads, subscriptions, licensing and bulk resellers.  Most importantly, you can’t ignore the fact ALIF reported 8 cents/share in earnings for the Q.  Extrapolate that out and the company is on an annual run rate of $ .32 EPS – great valuation considering the company is trading around $1.25.

As always, this is my view in a snapshot. It is intended to give you a running start into your research. Now, you have to do your own due diligence to make sure the valuation is not impaired by other factors including balance sheet items, lawsuits or any other negative events.

If you have any comments, I’d love to see them below.


We’ve provided investors with two great starting points to research great Chinese small cap and mid cap companies.

1. – tracks 250 of the best small cap and mid cap companies trading on North American exchanges. It provides you with the best of the best in two ways. First, the front page lists the best news of the day coming out of the space. It does so by giving you a text view of the best press releases by industry and via Chinese Stocks TV, a 5-minute broadcast every morning just after the open. Chinse Stocks TV is archived, so you can catch up on shows you missed.

Second, if you want to research each of the 250 companies to find candidates for your portfolio, it has a very intuitive directory that lets you quickly review each company on the master list, or parse it out by industry and exchange if you have a particular sector of interest. Cool stuff.

2. Right here on AGORACOM, you can refer to our China category for other featured Chinese Small-Cap Companies. As always, we will disclose any IR relationship with any public company. Given the sheer number of great Chinese Small-Cap Companies out there, you can expect us NOT to have an IR relationship with most of these companies.


AGORACOM Announces Online Gold And Commodities Conference, December 3-4, 2009

Posted by AGORACOM at 3:30 PM on Friday, November 6th, 2009

Earlier today, we proudly announced the launch of our online conference initiative.  We’re starting off that initiative with a bang via our first ever official online conference – The AGORACOM Online Gold and Commodities Conference.  Given the price of gold, oil and other commodities, our timing could not be better.


The conference will focus on emerging small and mid-cap resource companies who will present by invitation only and are required to have demonstrated excellence through a combination of one or more of the following:

  • Experienced management
  • Proven reserves via 43-101
  • Strong prospective projects via publicly announced drill results
  • Balance sheet strength
  • Imminent or actual production.

We are limiting the total number of presenting companies to 50.  Currently, over 25 companies have committed to the conference, leaving approximately 25 spots available.  Presenting companies will be active in industries that include precious metals, base metals, rare metals, oil & gas and clean energy technologies.


1.   A built in audience.  Last year, AGORACOM attracted over 1.3 million investors, 7.9 million visits and generated just under 100 million page views. (Full Story).

2.  AGORACOM content partners include GlobeInvestor, AOL, Yahoo Finance and every Blackberry device on the planet.  (Full Details).

3.  Conference presentations will be posted and tagged on the biggest finance and social media sites on the web.

4.  Present to a global audience, not a local audience.

5.  Our keynote speaker lineup is a killer.  See below.

6.  The price.  Contact Us. You will love it.

7.  Your investment.  No travel, hotels and other hard expenses.

8.  Your time.  No time away from work or home.

9.  Your online strategy.  You need an online strategy that extends beyond a basic web page. (Top 10 Reasons Online IR Will Surpass Traditional IR)

10.  Fill in the blank.  I am sure you have at least one great reason.


1.   Participate in a high-quality conference in which you get to watch presentations, interact with CEO’s / IRO’s and listen to great keynote speakers from home.

2.  That’s it ….

3.  … and it’s free  (Register here)


A conference is not complete without investors having an opportunity to hear the views of great keynote speakers.  I can tell you that I am simply blown away by the quality of our speakers and so proud they have elected to speak without any form of compensation.  They Our line-up of speakers already includes:

For complete bio’s and links to their work, please visit our keynote speakers page.

That’s all for now folks.  Look for a lot more information over the next 30 days.  Otherwise, save the date and see you there!

Take Me To The Conference Home Page


AGORACOM Launches Online Conferences For Small-Cap And Mid-Cap Industry

Posted by AGORACOM at 2:19 PM on Friday, November 6th, 2009

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. 


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.


Armada Data (ARD: TSXV) Reports Record October Results From Division

Posted by AGORACOM at 10:29 AM on Thursday, November 5th, 2009


Great news from one of our most recent additions to the AGORACOM 100.  The Company’s flagship website experienced the highest traffic, sales, revenue and profits of any October in the division’s history.  This is fresh off the heals of the company’s announcement last week about record Q1 results and an increasing dividend.

As always, assume I am horribly conflicted by the fact Armada is a client – but I love the fact that we have found a Web 2.0 company with real products, clients and revenues.  Web-based companies that can execute by delivering cost-efficiencies to both consumers and business stand an excellent chance of delivering shareholder values for years to come.

There are no guarantees that Armada (or any company) will do that but a combination of both record financial results and record online results is a great start and an even better reason to follow this company closely.

With respect to today’s press release, highlights include:

– new membership sales up 85% versus Oct/08

– Google AdWords and Toronto Star campaigns continue to drive success

– Highest traffic, sales, revenues and profits of any October in division’s history

– Car companies recognizing quality of visitors and increase ad spend

Click on link below to read entire press release:

Nov. 4, 2009 - Armada Reports Record October Results From CarCostCanada Division

Link to Hub / Link to Profile / Link to Forum

Congratulations to Paul and the entire team.