Listed businesses create a wide range of creative content to communicate their results. James Williamson assesses current trends and highlights across the FTSE 100.
There are some things that UK listed companies are obliged to do when reporting their corporate performance at the half and full year. An RNS is mandatory, and a results presentation for analysts is generally expected. Beyond that, much comes down to the discretion of individual investor relations and communications teams. The types of creative assets produced to publicise results content continually evolves, and the pandemic has ushered in new innovations.
To help shine a light on best-practice and new trends, we assessed what every company in the FTSE 100 index produced to coincide with their results during the first six months of 2022. This covers both the corporate website and LinkedIn, the most popular social platform for IR-related communications.
Results day is a high-profile time for any business; a moment in the spotlight when there will be an additional level of scrutiny that extends beyond the headline numbers being reported. It’s therefore essential that the creative collateral produced is a best-in-class manifestation of the brand for any listed business. Beyond institutional investors, there are a wide variety of stakeholder groups who have an interest in understanding how a business is performing, including employees, customers, and suppliers. Retail investors are another diverse and important audience, with a growing influence and their own particular communication requirements. Not everyone is equipped with the relevant financial training, or the patience, to analyse an earnings release. Creative assets therefore have an important role to play in presenting key numbers and messages in a way which clearly communicates the headline story of the results in an engaging and easily digestible manner.
There’s no one-size-fits all approach to results communications, but it is possible to break things down into five broad areas and we’ve picked some of our favourite examples within each category.