Frank Strong is the founder and president of Sword and the Script Media, LLC, a veteran-owned business focused on PR, content marketing and social media for the B2B market space. His agency grew out of a humble marketing blog Strong started some eight years ago.
Blogging provided both the opportunity to grow and experiment with emerging marketing techniques while also fostering a powerful online community and network. The trust and credibility he gained in the process naturally evolved into a platform on which to build a business.
Strong has held multiple PR, communications and marketing communications roles in-house with corporations, ranging from startups (Managed Objects; acquired by Novell) to the mid-market (Vocus; NASDAQ: VOCS) to global organizations (LexisNexis; business of law & litgation software, and managed services). He has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs with PR firms, small and large, including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton.
He has primarily served B2B clients or employers in segments including enterprise software, SaaS, telecom, manufacturing, legal tech, cybersecurity and a venture capital firm.
20+ Years of Military Experience and Leadership
Concurrently, Strong has served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years. Strong has served as a rifleman, platoon leader, company commander and in operations at battalion (S3), brigade and division levels. As Chief of Operations (CHOPS) for an Army National Guard infantry division, his last assignment before retiring, he helped the unit earn high praise – from the highest levels of command in the U.S. Army – during a rigorous Warfighter Exercise (WFX). He has twice deployed overseas for year-long tours of duty in Iraq and the Sinai.
Thought Leadership and Accolades
Strong’s work, writing and ideas have been cited in numerous industry and business publications including Forbes, O’Dwyer’s, Content Marketing Institute, PR Daily, Ragan.com, CommPro, IABC Communications World, DuctTape Marketing, Copyblogger, ProBlogger, and PBS MediaShift among many others. He is a contributing writer for Social Media Today and Business2Community.
KPS Digital Marketing named Strong #50 on a list of Top 100 influencers in Content Marketing in 2016, based on a combination of factors including reach, domain authority and engagement impact.
In 2015, social media analysis firm Onalytica named Strong one of the Top 100 Influencers & Brands in PR. That same year, influencer software provider Augere listed Strong as an “influencer of communications” with ideas that merit following.
Previously, media monitoring service CyberAlert has called Strong one of the 30 most influential bloggers in public relations and Inky Bee, a blogger outreach platform said he was one of 60 bloggers who “influenced the PR influencers.”
Education and Extracurricular
Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University. His memberships include the American Marketing Association (AMA) and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
He is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver and holds a USPA “B” skydiving license.
Strong spends as much time as humanly possible being inextricably wrapped around the finger of a precious 6-year-old daughter.
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