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Frank Strong
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Father. PR pro. Soldier. Scuba diver. Skydiver.
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PR | Content Marketing | Social Media. Comms director with the LexisNexis Business and Litigation Software Solutions (BLSS) division located on NC State's Centennial Campus, Raleigh, NC. 
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PADI Master SCUBA Diver, "A" Licensed Skydiver, Famous people I've met (Forrest Gump style) include: Colin Powell, Sandra Day O'Conner, Richard Dreyfuss, Polly Draper, David Petraeus, and John Kerry.
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  • Marymount University
    MBA, 2005
  • American University
    MA, Communications, 2001
  • Worcester State College
    BA, Communications, 1998
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You can squeeze the purse strings, or you can pay an agency what it is worth -- and add a little leadership to get the results you want. 
 
There’s a human factor that binds any leadership or management positon, and whether you’ve got a big #PR team or small one, if you have an agency, you are by default a leader.
How you treat your PR agency can make a big difference in the results; here's how to get more from your PR agency
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"The update didn’t go after any particular class of sites or any particular sites. It was an update to the overall ranking algorithm itself."
Earlier this month, many webmasters noticed significant Google ranking changes. Google has finally confirmed those ranking changes with us.
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Sorry, two in a row tonight, but this one is counter-intuitive:  Media outlet hires marketing person to build brand journalism group. 

Maybe that's not so counter-intuitive.  What say you?
Politico hired a Fortune 500 marketing exec to help build and run a department called Politico Focus to create content for brands -- a first for the site.
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Any #tech #geeks know how to get rid of these #Yahoo #Mail groupings?  They suddenly appeared yesterday and I've spent hours with the settings and searching online for a real answer to removing them (lot of nonsensical Q&A forums in search). 
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Easy, Frank. Switch to GMail.
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If there’s an underlying theme to the points made above it’s that people at a ‪#‎PR‬ firm that matter above all.
If there's one over arching principle to hiring a PR firm, it centers on people. Here are 8 tips for revealing the "who" behind your PR team.
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"But when SEO is the prime driver of content strategy, the result tends to be soulless.We make content for people. When we succeed, the search spiders always figure it out."
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Strange. Seems our Google+ profiles are no longer linked from Google.com.  Anyone else experiencing this?
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“No, Google Plus is not dead. In fact, it’s got more signs of life than it’s had in some time.”  

I'm glad to hear the former but as a user, I'm just not seeing the latter.  Still, Google is on the record.  It's about time. 

h/t +Steve Farnsworth 
"In fact, it’s got more signs of life than it’s had in some time," says Google's vice president of photos, streams and sharing.
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Buzzfeed reporter joins #PR firm.  Do you think there's more or less of this now?
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I think there is more of this now that newsrooms continue to shrink, but not sure it always makes sense. If they're doing media relations, sure, but does a reporter necessarily understand all the other nuances of what PR does/is? 
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I don't think this is controversial at all.  How about you?
America, the Beautiful...except this ugly thing in PR and advertising.
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Got a lot more work to do, but burble hops are so fun to practice. Brings a lot of different #skydiving skills into play all at once.  With +Skydive Spaceland Atlanta 
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Pure awesome. #SEO #searchmarketing 
Before I became an inbound marketer, I once made $50,000 a month spamming Google. I worked a maximum of 10 hours a week. And I am telling you from the bottom of my heart: never
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The Future Of Communication: Integration Of Paid, Earned, Owned
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Join us at this Friday's Hangout where we talk about how owned and paid media are easing into the PR lexicon. More importantly come see what

GTCR Takes Vocus Private - Mon., Apr. 7, 2014
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GTCR LLC, the Chicago-based private equity firm that made a run at Cision, is taking Vocus private in a cash transaction pegged at $447M.

5 Tips For Working With A PR Firm To Build Links
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We’ve talked recently about the overlap of SEO and Public Relations, and as companies continue to shift away from old link building tactics

Web Ink Now: Google Plus now going all AOL on us
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Fifteen years ago I started using my full name - David Meerman Scott – as my byline in the books and magazine articles I was publishing. And

5 reasons PR pros should pursue an MBA
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It's more than just a flashy appendage or a plus on a CV. An MBA provides context for your work in the short and long terms.

Publicis Acquires Qorvis - Fri., Jan. 10, 2014
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Publicis Groupe is acquiring Washington-based Qorvis Communications, which ranks as the No. 11 independent PR firm with fees of $30M.

59 Benefits Of Content Marketing From 50 Expert Marketers
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The benefits of content marketing are surprisingly broad...and convincing. We've gathered the best of the best from the best. Read on.

About those Content Marketing Predictions... | Sword and the Script
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Here's a look at a few of CMI's 50 Content Marketing predictions.

Nine of the best examples of content marketing from 2013
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While there has been a slight backlash around content marketing, I think mainly due to the hype, brands in general have upped their game thi

The Muddy Waters of Native Ads
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“ Unlike flashy banner ads placed off to the side of a Web page, where few of us ever look, native ads derive their power from being given e

White House glitches go beyond Obamacare - FT.com
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Six months ago, Max Baucus, the veteran Democratic senator, said that “Obamacare” – the Affordable Care Act – was a looming “train wreck”. S

Why Company Lawyers are Sending More Work to Smaller Law Firms - Law Blo...
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Why are top in-house lawyers at major companies sending more legal work to smaller, hungrier firms?

Law Departments Trading Large Firms for 'Large Enough'
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When choosing outside firms to handle legal matters, a new survey indicates corporate law departments are not necessarily knocking on the do

‘Father of guerrilla marketing’ Jay Conrad Levinson has died
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Levinson, who coined the term ‘guerrilla marketing,’ passed away on Thursday. Here’s a look at how his marketing concept evolved over the ye

Google Sets Plan to Sell Users’ Endorsements
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A change in its terms of service would let Google include users' names, photos and comments in ads across the Web.

Off Script: Chris Bagley, Journalist; Goes to Law School | Sword and the...
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A former reporter that's left the profession for law school discusses how journalism has changed, its challenges, and his experiences with P

How to respond when an employee quits publicaly
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This will take you a little more than three minutes. You might be bobbing your head. First, the resignation video: Then…the employers respon

Conversation Agent: How Stories Influence What we Do
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Stories shape who we become and influence what we do. It starts with the story we tell ourselves about who we are, where we come from, and w

Spaceland, which operates two other well-known dropzones in the skydiving community in Florida and Texas, recently opened up shop near Atlanta. This means it brings all of the polish and experience of a premier skydiving shop along with the culture and community many fun jumpers seek. I recently relocated to the Atlanta area and visited Spaceland Atlanta in search of a new "home DZ" and was pleasantly surprised to run into some familiar faces. This includes a rigger who provided my packing class when I was a student earning a skydiving license and few instructors I've seen around at two other DZs teaching AFF students or conducting tandem jumps. The facility is excellent: it's clean, neat and the staff are courteous and professional. There are showers, high speed wifi and indoor carpet for packing with plenty of shade. There’s a big old fan on the ceiling that keeps the hanger cool in the summer. The plane is a twin Otter that looks well maintained and is plenty fast. The landing area is large, open and easy to spot from the sky. It has a swoop pond for those skydivers that like that sort of thing. For fun jumpers, this place is beautiful, peaceful even, with good people – it’s a great place to jump. They organize groups, are very welcoming to new people and if you are open to it, the staff will pull you aside and provide tips for improving. I was going to go solo on my first jump there, and one of the packers put on his gear and did a fun jump just provide some company. There’s a campfire and plenty of comfortable places to pitch a tent if you want to hang out overnight. Bring a sweatshirt and warm blankets because it gets cool at night! For students interested in pursuing a skydiving license, the operation seemed to me to center on students and really looking after them. They run the USPA standard course, but there’s a lot of little extra benefits in the Skydive Spaceland Atlanta program. For example, you’re going to get on a plane, jump and finish your license and then the staff is still there to help you out after you’ve earned a license. They’ve also got perhaps the best mock-ups I’ve seen to rehearse on the ground before you get in the air. The DZ also conducts tandem jumps for those interested in exploring. The staff is safety conscious, has a veteran rigger taking care of equipment and a professional staff with tons of experience. And the location is simply beautiful. Even a day trip will feel like a mini-vacation.
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Public - a week ago
reviewed a week ago
Great park! Excellent play equipment and clean bathrooms. Bring a bike or a big wheel as there is a kids sized track to ride on.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
Homemade ice cream is worth a little ride out. Pretty drive too!
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
I did a tandem jump in 2007 and later in 2011 returned to take the Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) course to earn a basic skydiving license. It's been a great experience and I'd highly recommend Skydive Orange to anyone interested in doing a "bucket list" jump or in getting licensed to skydive. Safety: Safety is a priority. If you are doing a tandem, you'll get a quick overview and then a tandem instructor will take you for the jump. The tandem instructors are amazingly skilled skydivers and will give you a joy ride you cannot forget. In the AFF program, the instructors continuously emphasize safety and drill students on contingencies. People: Skydiving is a community onto itself. It's a great group here and they'll make you feel welcomed. Facilities: Skydive Orange opened up a new hanger in 2011. It's clean, bright and an awesome facility. An enormous step up form their old hanger. Plane: I've seen Skydive Orange use two types of planes: a Skyvan and an Otter. Both are dual-prop aircraft that will get you to altitude quickly. There are seats (benches) to keep you off the floor, which is a plus an beats riding up on the floor of a Cesna. Cost? Skydiving is expensive. If you're doing a tandem jump for fun, it's well worth getting videos and stills. You'll want to remember. For AFF students, I'd recommend purchasing video a couple times because its very useful to see what the instructor is telling you during de-briefing after jumping. It'll help you get better.
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Appeal: ExcellentFacilities: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Tried to order a custom birthday cake 4 weeks ahead of time. Rep was pretty rude on the phone, clearly wasn't interested.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Took my gear there for a rush job for snap decision dive trip. They did good work, but it was definitely expensive for a rush job -- and extra $10 per stage. However, one of the things I liked is when I picked my gear up, they let you jump in the pool to make sure it's all working. I tooled around for about 30 minutes to get my weights right and do some skills refresher. Good shop; I'd use them again. Might even forgive them for being SSI vice PADI.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago