Pioneer Strategies has promoted Zach Drennan, a Scotland County native and graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), to account executive. Drennan joined the company as an account coordinator in June 2019. “It’s hard to believe Zach has already been with us for a year,” said Frank Williams, President of Pioneer Strategies. “Our…

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by Frank L. Williams In November 1993, five short months after I graduated from the N.C. State University Department of Communication, I wrote and distributed my first press release for a paying client. The client was my pledge brother at Theta Chi Fraternity, Montie Roland, who had recently started a safety consulting business. We took…

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SHALLOTTE, N.C. – Pioneer Strategies, a public relations and strategic communication firm based in Leland, recently launched a new website for the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS®. “Designing the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS®’ new website was a complex project with a lot of moving parts,” said Frank Williams, founder and president of Pioneer Strategies.…

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by Frank L. Williams During a crisis, people expect leaders to lead. Whether you are a business owner, association director, elected official or Rotary president, those under your leadership will look to you for direction and hope during a crisis. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, people are craving security and stability during a crisis that…

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by Frank L. Williams How does a would-be computer programmer end up with a career in public relations? That would-be computer programmer is me. When I was a student at North Brunswick High School in Leland, I won several regional computer programming competitions and was one of a few students who was far ahead of…

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by Frank L. Williams A month ago we were starting to hear about Coronavirus, but I doubt if any of us could have imagined the impact the spread of COVID-19 has had on our communities, our nation, our world and, yes, our businesses. While all citizens are now navigating a different world than the one…

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by Frank L. Williams At its heart, public relations is about building and maintaining relationships with key publics. Relationships that stand the test of time are rooted in trust. Trustworthiness and credibility are joined at the hip. Credibility can be defined as the quality of being trusted and believed in or the quality of being convincing or believable. If you lack credibility,…

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by Frank L. Williams Over the years, I’ve run across more than a few people who think public relations is about nothing more than “spin” or “free publicity.” They are wrong. Stereotypes such as those dramatically oversimplify the public relations process. In 2011 and 2012, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) conducted a member-engagement process to…

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by Frank L. Williams In my last post, I touched on the importance of credibility. Credibility can be defined as the quality of being trusted and believed in or the quality of being convincing or believable. This column focuses on how a business’ reputation and credibility are interdependent and how they impact a business’ brand. If you are in business, there are (hopefully) a…

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