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Take the Pioneer Pulse  

Take the Pioneer Pulse  


Posted By on Jul 26, 2021

Have you taken the Pioneer Pulse? The 36-question survey is open to all members and clients of Pioneer, Powerful Websites, Efficiency Services Group, ARC Media and WordSouth. Results will help Pioneer’s leadership team identify utility needs, create a benchmark for member satisfaction and measure the value of the support offered by the co-op. The survey is open through Aug 2. Each Monday one person who completes the survey will win a $500 credit for any service from Pioneer and our family of service partners. Take the survey: PioneerUtilityResources.com/survey.  

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StoryConnect: The Conference is coming up quickly on Aug. 24-26, and we’ve had several folks ask if it is a good conference for them. Or, more accurately, they’ve asked for info so they can prove to their boss that the travel and registration for StoryConnect is a good investment in staff development. 

While we’re still working on rounding out the agenda, we’ve already confirmed outside speakers from Bush’s Beans and Ole Smoky Moonshine. They will be talking about how they distill their brand story and share it across numerous platforms to reach their audience. I’m excited about these and other sessions, so I thought breaking things down as we have in this post help equip folks to make a better argument for joining us at StoryConnect in the Smokies.

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Inflation and the U.S. Postal Service. Both have been in the news. A lot. 

As your communications partner, we pay particular attention to any trends that could affect your communications and marketing costs. The latest headlines on mailing costs going up, the rising price of paper and other inflationary pressures may sound scary, but be assured we are working on your behalf to mitigate the impact.

Find out how we are responding and get tips to help manage postage costs on our best practices blog. 

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What happens when you mix award-winning content with teams of industry experts and technology innovators? Good chemistry.

Pioneer Utility Resources’ 2021 member meeting highlighted the financial and creative benefits of mixing Pioneer’s staff with fellow “scientists” from ARC Media, Efficiency Services Group, NewsData and WordSouth. During the meeting, Pioneer CEO Michael Shepard announced record patronage returns, director election results and expanded membership to ARC Media clients.

Learn more about your communication co-op’s annual meeting impact on our blog.

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Today is National Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Did you know the average military family loses $180,000 of potential income over the course of a 20-year military career? We believe creating a professional environment in which highly qualified, professional communicators — who also happen to be military spouses — can thrive is the best way to say, “Thank you for your family’s service.”

We’ve proudly employed more than a dozen military spouses representing Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and even the Space Force families. Learn why we’re committed to making a difference.

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What do member-forward magazines, wearable cooperation and an innovative website design have in common? Each of these pioneering ideas is in the spotlight!

The Council of Rural Electric Communicators announced the winners of the Spotlight on Excellence Awards in April. Several Pioneer members and friends won top honors. Congratulations to all of the winners!

We profile three 2020 Spotlight award-winning projects on our blog, including work from Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative, Hawaii, South Alabama Electric Cooperative, Alabama, and the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives, Oklahoma. Read on to hear from these award winners and see examples of their work!

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