Part 2: Ten steps to crisis management  

This is the second article in a two-part series, written by our Communications Director, Cherie Hartley.

In part one, we covered the definition of a crisis and shared the example of a company which turned a looming crisis into an opportunity. Here in part two, we get into the nuts and bolts of how to effectively plan for a corporate crisis and how to prepare your team on how to respond effectively, before the need arises.


    Part 1: Responding effectively in a time of crisis  

This is the first article in a two-part series, authored by our Communications Director, Cherie Hartley. In part one, Cherie describes the definition of a crisis; key considerations in crisis comms and highlights one company that pivoted its strategic offering during the COVID-19 outbreak to turn a major potential revenue downturn into an opportunity.

    How to make isolation less isolating  

IR Department's Lauren Byrne, Junior Account Executive, discusses the struggles of isolation in a time of crisis and how to deal with it. Focusing on physical and mental health as well as maintaining a healthy work/life balance, she gives her tips on how to stay healthy while being isolated and away from regular routine. 

    How to go viral  

There are so many things on the internet these days. Everyone is pushing their own agenda, opinion, etsy store or dog video, so in a sea of endless content, how do you make your message standout from the crowd?

    Celebrating the winners in the inaugural ANZLF Trans-Tasman Innovation and Growth Awards  

The IR Department team travelled to Auckland this week as a sponsor of the inaugural ANZLF Trans-Tasman Innovation and Growth Awards.

    Making the best of every investor presentation – part two  

In the second part of this series, our Managing Director, Jane Lowe shares more of her key tips to help you make the best of your investor presentation and achieving all-important cut though with your investor audience.

    IR Department’s Jane Lowe honoured at Bioshares Red Hat Awards  

The annual Bioshares Biotech Summit – a leading life sciences investment conference – was held in Queenstown, New Zealand on Friday, July 26 to Saturday, July 27.

    Making the best of every investor presentation – part one  

Investor meetings are a crucial part of the communications strategy for every ASX-listed company, whether it is to update existing investors on your corporate progress, meet new investors that you can potentially add to your register or a deal roadshow for a capital raise.

    Proudly partnering with ANZLF to foster innovation  

IR Department is proud to announce our partnership with the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum (ANZLF) Trans-Tasman Innovation & Growth Awards.

    Media campaign with Professor Matt Dun to mark World Brain Tumour Day  

This month, the IR Department team worked on a media campaign for our client, Kazia Therapeutics, to mark World Brain Tumour Day.

    Meet the woman who changed the course of television history: Kay Koplovitz  

In the latest in our series on female leaders, IR Department Account Director Gabriella Hold sat down with leading US entrepreneur, Kay Koplovitz. Kay is the first woman ever to head a television network as the founder and former CEO of USA Networks. Kay also created the business model for cable networks by introducing the concept of two revenue streams: licensing and advertising. Since 2000, she has been the Chairman of Springboard Enterprises: a non-profit organisation that fosters venture capital investments in women-led high growth companies. In this interview, Kay spoke about her experiences as a cable network pioneer and her advice for female and male entrepreneurs. 

    World Ovarian Cancer Day  

This World Ovarian Cancer Day, we are calling for greater awareness of one of the deadliest women’s cancers worldwide.

    International Women's Day - Sam Cobb  

The team at IR Department decided to stretch out its spotlight on inspiring female leaders past the month of March.  Leading into the Easter long weekend, we wanted to share an inspiring read – an interview with our client, Sam Cobb, who is founding CEO of AdAlta Ltd and alumni of the SBE Australia program.

    The woman I admire the most professionally… Jane Goodall  

“The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

    Inspirational women - Kate Hill  

To mark International Women’s Day, IR Department Account Director Gabriella Hold sat down with Kate Hill, who is a Non-Executive Director across a number of listed company boards, and Company Secretary for our client, Kazia Therapeutics Ltd (ASX: KZA, NASDAQ: KZIA.)

    IRDs top Christmas picks - Part 4: Ilona Marchetta  

Read - Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, by Dr Joe Dispenza

    IRD's top Christmas picks - Part 3: Lauren Byrne  

Fave Christmas tradition: 

This little tradition comes from my father’s side of the family which is… MINCE PIES!! My dad used to bake these with his mother in the winter months in England and they would keep their bellies warm before/during/after Christmas dinner or any other time they could sneak one out of the oven. Now during the silly season my two siblings, my father and I have a mince pie bake off every year which means we are never short of mince pies however always short on space for any other food. Of course, this tradition is never complete without t

    IRD's top Christmas picks - Part 2: Cherie Hartley  

Best holiday movie: Love Actually

Without a doubt one of the best Christmas classics of all time and guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit. It’s a favourite tradition of mine to watch this every year, and somehow it always manages to bring a tear and a smile simultaneously! Christmas cheer and cheesiness all mixed into one.

    IRD's top Christmas picks - Part 1: Jane Lowe.  

Our present to you

We have had an outstanding year at IR Department.  We’ve worked with fantastic clients, we’ve had loads of new opportunities and have witnessed some great successes – from IPOs to rising share prices, to successful capital raises and media/comms outcomes.  It’s been pretty good all-round.

    Should small and microcap companies be using social media?  

When used appropriately, social media can be an important communication channel for every business, and small caps are no exception.

We find that only a handful of our clients are still resistant to using social media; most conversations are centred around which platforms they should be on and how they could be better using them.

    What is a quarterly report and why you, as an investor, should read it  

What is a quarterly report? Why do some companies produce a quarterly report and not others? How should investors interpret a quarterly report?

IR Department’s Investor Relations Specialist Glen Zurcher sat down with Tom Piotrowski recently to discuss quarterly reporting – technically referred to as an Appendix 4C / Appendix 5B - as part of the CommSec Executive Series.

    Key themes emerging in digital healthcare right now  

Elementum Advisory Principal Philippa Lewis works predominantly with emerging Australian companies to build an investor-ready business.

In this interview with Health Invest TV, Phillipa talks to IR Department Managing Director Jane Lowe about effective business models, the traps she frequently sees young companies falling into, and the exciting start-ups she's working with right now.

    Watch: 3 quick tips to give a winning media interview every time  
    Innovating sleep apnoea care  

Sleep apnoea is a potentially serious condition but only one in five patients are in care.

Oventus (ASX:OVN) is innovating sleep apnoea care with its patented airway design that creates a 'second nose'. Using CAD software to create a 3D drawing of the patient’s mouth and bite, Oventus uses 3D printing technology to manufacture these custom-made medical-grade mouthguards from titanium. 

    Getting the most from your roadshow  

Half yearly reporting season for ASX listed companies with a 30 June year end has just finished up. For IR Department, the start of March typically signals the time when our smaller ASX listed company clients would want to roadshow.  Some companies, however, will be deliberating over how important roadshows are.

    Why M&A is a major investment theme for 2018  

Around 22,000 people attended the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference 2018 in San Francisco.

Australian broker Paul Kelly has attended the conference for the past five years. Speaking to Health Invest TV in an interview with IR Department's Managing Director, Jane Lowe, Paul gives you a first-hand account of what happens over the week.

    New LinkedIn features you should care about  

LinkedIn plays a pivotal role in our communication strategies because it’s the biggest B2B social marketing platform out there.

Whether or not you should be using LinkedIn is a subject for another day – right now we just want to tell you about two new features that small to mid capped companies should care about.

    How small caps can communicate better with investors: Three tips from an award-winning financial planner  
    3 key things an analyst looks at when researching a small company  

There is a reason ‘small cap’ specialists are engaged to invest in small cap stocks - there are some key areas of focus for small stock investing that are often taken for granted in large cap investing.

IR Department senior consultant John Burgess has almost 20 years’ experience as an analyst across a range of sectors and companies. John explores three key focus areas of analysis that differ between small and large cap stocks. If you're a small company, it pays to bear these in mind when undertaking investor relations. 

    How useful is independent research? Heard of MiFID II?  

In this episode of Swings & Roundabouts, Marc Kennis of TMT Analytics and Stuart Roberts of NDF Research explore the wide-sweeping implications of MiFID II, particularly for company research.

    IR Department and DEC PR support Skyfii (ASX: SKF)  
    AdAlta's Sam Cobb on the company's unique antibody platform  
    Novogen's Dr James Garner explores the company's transformation  
    Innovations, with David Langford  

Today on Swings and Roundabouts, David Langford, Managing Director and Chief Investment Analyst with Long Lake Research speaks with Jane Lowe about contrarian investing and the need for Australian companies to innovate or get left behind. 

    IPOs with Patricia Doyle  
    Market Report - with Matt Felsman  

Today on Swings and Roundabouts, Matt Felsman, Client Advisor with APP Securities speaks with Jane Lowe about reporting season.  

    Introducing Swings and Roundabouts  

IR Department is pleased to announce a new regular digital radio show, Swings and Roundabouts. 

    Putting on your PM hat  

If you're marketing your business to funds, knowing what portfolio managers want to see and hear from you is of great importance.

    Perspectives from the chair: An interview with David Gonski AC FAICDLife  

Interesting piece from Australian Institute of Company Directors today - an interview with David Gonski.  

    What we look for in companies - Glennon Capital  

How do fund managers make decisions about whether or not to buy your company's stock?

    If the CEO Behaves Badly, Then What?  

We've all read about them - scandals and examples of inappropriate conduct where CEOs (or other senior company members) were involved.  The question is, in a situation where the behaviour is inappropriate, but is not illegal, what is the right way to handle it?  And what are the consequences of mismanagement?

    Investing in IPOs  

Tim Eisenhauer, Managing Director of OnMarket BookBuilds recently published this article on LinkedIn which we thought might be of interest to the IR Department audience.

    Lessons Learned from publishing on LinkedIn  

Whether we like it or not, social media has become an area that listed companies need to know about.  The fact is, even if you're not actively participating in social media, if you're a listed company, people are most likely talking about you in the social media space.

    #livewirelive investor forum with industry greats  

In June 2015, we managed to secure an invitation to an exclusive and entertaining investor forum, hosted by Livewire – a room packed with investors gathered to see industry experts engage in lively debate around topical investment themes.

    Nailing your 2015 annual report - tips for IR teams  

Annual reports are usually long documents – how can you avoid your key points from getting lost in the detail?


    Sick care or health care?  

A fascinating look into how our every day devices will be used to innovate in medicine and keep us healthier. 

    Liquid Metal Battery Corporation  

Imagine a future where the whole world has access to electricity 24 / 7?  If we have electricity, we can use it to purify water, to help with food production, power basic fundamentals, and... to learn.