Business Wire Launches Investor Relations and Online Newsroom Website Services with Advanced Hosting, Audience Engagement and Measurement

The Business Wire InvestorHQsm investor center and the Business Wire NewsHQsm online newsroom enable professional communicators to easily manage company news and information, while offering a wide range of content and tools to myriad audiences

Friday, June 4, 2010 10:00 am EDT

Dateline:

SAN FRANCISCO & NEW YORK
"By developing feature-rich, advanced investor relations and online newsroom websites internally, we have again listened to our clients, leveraging our advanced technology to build needed services for them"

SAN FRANCISCO & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Business Wire announced today the launch of two new tools for investor relations and public relations professionals. Both the Business Wire InvestorHQ investor center and the Business Wire NewsHQ online newsroom leverage the latest Web technologies, possessing comprehensive self-service content management tools, built-in search engine optimization, social media engagement features and advanced measurement analytics.

Business Wire InvestorHQ and Business Wire NewsHQ include client-branded navigation, automatic, simultaneous posting of Business Wire-issued press releases and multiple SEO and content-sharing features for finding, informing and engaging audiences.

Armed with secure online management tools, clients have anytime, anywhere access for editing and updating materials within their site, as well as creating hidden or “dark site” pages for crisis communications and investor relations issues.

“By developing feature-rich, advanced investor relations and online newsroom websites internally, we have again listened to our clients, leveraging our advanced technology to build needed services for them,” said Cathy Baron Tamraz, chief executive officer of Business Wire. “Business Wire members will see improved communication and a streamlined workflow with the Business Wire InvestorHQ investor center and the Business Wire NewsHQ online newsroom.

“Only Business Wire enables public companies to meet such a wide range of regulatory and stock exchange disclosure requirements while providing best-practice guidance and simultaneous investor outreach via our in-house experts and patented NX network technology. Business Wire is the ideal disclosure partner, offering the leading press release distribution service, simultaneous website posting, webcasting, and EDGAR, SEDAR, European disclosure and XBRL services.

“Importantly, InvestorHQ and NewsHQ were developed by Business Wire’s award-winning technology team. These, and all of our critical services are handled by our in-house experts, ensuring the highest degree of professional service, security, simultaneity and accuracy in the industry,” she added.

Business Wire InvestorHQ and Business Wire NewsHQ include a wide range of features:

Business Wire InvestorHQ is an online investor relations site, featuring a design similar to the client’s consumer site, and provides 24/7 accessibility for investors, analysts, financial media, bloggers and consumers to the organization’s news, regulatory filings and investor information. InvestorHQ provides a web-based content management console that enables clients to manage and modify their search-engine optimized investor relations site at any time, from any location.

Features include: Automatic, simultaneous posting of Business Wire press releases and affiliated multimedia; interactive stock quotes and charts; investment calculators and historical price look-up functionality; dividend and stock split information; EDGAR, SEDAR and other regulatory filings; XBRL data; annual, interim, quarterly, and social responsibility reports; analyst coverage information; a corporate governance module; investor FAQs; event calendars and webcasting; self-publishing capabilities for content such as executive biographies, blog and social media posts; easy-to-find IR contacts; email and SMS alerts; information request forms; site analytics; categorized press releases and RSS feeds; and much more.

Business Wire NewsHQ is an online newsroom, featuring a design similar to the client’s consumer site, and creates 24/7 accessibility for media, bloggers, consumers and other influencers to the organization’s news and information. NewsHQ provides a web-based content management console that enables clients to manage and modify their search-engine optimized online newsroom.

Features include: automatic, simultaneous posting of Business Wire press releases (and affiliated multimedia); self-publishing capabilities for content such as executive biographies, press kits, blog and social media posts; multimedia galleries (logos, photographs, audio and video); easy-to-find PR contacts; email and SMS alerts; media request forms; site analytics; categorized press releases and RSS feeds; and much more. A mobile version will be available in the near future.

The announcement of Business Wire InvestorHQ and Business Wire NewsHQ coincides with Business Wire’s participation at the NIRI Annual Conference, June 6-9 in San Diego, the IABC World Conference, June 6-9 in Toronto, and the IOSCO Annual Conference, June 6-10 in Montreal, where the company will showcase the new services at their booths, in addition to raffling off netbook computers. At the IABC Conference, Ibrey Woodall, Business Wire’s Director of Client Development will be the featured presenter at the skill builder session on “Online newsrooms with social media interaction” on Sunday, June 6.

The first Business Wire NewsHQ and Business Wire InvestorHQ sites are set to launch in August, providing Business Wire members and their audiences with comprehensive, feature-rich communications tools using the vast resources and expertise of Business Wire engineers and programmers.

About Business Wire:

Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is utilized by tens of thousands of member companies and organizations worldwide to functionally enhance and communicate investor relations and public relations content to target audiences. As a recognized disclosure vehicle in the United States, Canada, the UK, France, Germany and other EU markets, Business Wire facilitates the simultaneous flow of market-moving press releases from corporations to financial markets and their audiences, including regulatory authorities, media, investors, financial information systems and consumer news services. Business Wire also handles XBRL tagging, document formatting and regulatory filing into the EDGAR and SEDAR systems.

Communications professionals turn to Business Wire to optimize and issue press releases, photos and multimedia to news organizations, journalists, trade publications, search engines and individuals, with full-text posting to web sites, online services and databases. A range of distribution options enables members to target by geography, industry, news theme and audience demographics.

Founded in 1961, Business Wire has dual headquarters in San Francisco and New York, with 30 bureaus in cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Paris, Frankfurt, London, Brussels, Tokyo, Toronto and Sydney, and reciprocal offices throughout the world. Business Wire's patented NX data platform supports XML, XHTML and XBRL code that enhances news release interactivity, social media sharing and search engine optimization. More information about Business Wire and its services is located on its website at www.BusinessWire.com.

Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=6315210&lang=en

Contact:

Business Wire
Tom Becktold, Senior Vice President, Marketing
310-820-9473, ext. 115
Email: Thomas.Becktold@BusinessWire.com
or
Ibrey Woodall, Director of Client Development
954-474-8833 ext. 248
Email: Ibrey.Woodall@BusinessWire.com

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Business Wire InvestorHQ Product Fact Sheet
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