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Spotlight on fmgraphics

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fmgraphics - One of the designes that makes Prova such a great place

fmgraphics - One of the designes that makes Prova such a great place

Prova recently learned a little more about one of our great designers, Fred Michael.  Fred's a 31 year old designer living in Montreal Canada.  He's been designing for the past 10 years.  Fred started his journey with Macromedia products, & has continued using them despite Adobe's buyout of the company.

I know most of the actual designers use Illustrator and Photoshop...but I am more a Fireworks guy.  I love it with a passion. I've always thought Photoshop was not user friendly enough!  But Vectors are definitely what you need in the Graphic Design World.

Fred loves Prova because it's like a constant challenge that pushes him to create better designs.  He's pitched several great designs to clients already, & we're glad he's a part of what makes Prova great: the designers.
Fmgraphics stands for Fred Michel Graphics.  You can find his company on the web at, or view his portfolio at


DIYSEO Launches SEO Automation for Your Small Business

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DIYSEOAfter about a year in development, goes live, bringing advanced SEO techniques into the hands of small business owners.

Small business owners in need of optimizing search engine rankings, without the budget of a large corporation, can benefit from the launch of  DIYSEO has released a product that’s primarily targeted towards SMB’s with a budget of $49 and two available hours per month.  The site operates as a workbook for small business owners.  Registration starts by asking a few questions about the users’ business, competitors, and more.  Answers to these questions are used by DIYSEO’s system to recommend keywords and other optimization techniques.


New Big Red Commercial

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If you've been paying attention to commercials lately, you might remember Verizon's latest commercial & how it seemed oddly familiar.


If you can't put your finger on it, it's a parody of an old "Big Red Chewing Gum" commercial.  Verizon does a great job giving their commercial the same feeling & jingle replacing lines like, "So kiss a little longer, stay close a little longer," with "So browse the web much better, update facebook pages better."  In the 80s-90s this was the theme of every Big Red Gum commercial.


Of course it brings up the question, does it differentiate Verizon from the other cell phone companies touting "Best 3G coverage?"  AT&T's lackluster response to previous challenges to "Best 3G Coverage" was to hire an actor to list [and throw postcards to] several large cities AT&T has at least 1 tower in.  -Not convincing.

Sprint's response is to boast about being the Nation's only 4G network.  Without any 4G phones, this isn't too helpful now.  However, once 4g phones begin to show up, Sprint may cash in on their advanced branding.

After watching Verizon's Big Red commercial, can you tell me what they say makes them better?


#4 on our list of Top 9 Marketing Methods for Small Business Owners

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Top 9 Marketing Methods for Small Business Owners #3

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Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a great way to get advertising on the web for not a lot of money. That’s because with affiliate advertising you can pay per action completed. So for instance, you sign up with an affiliate network and provide internet ads and materials for affiliate marketers to use to market your website. They go out and drive people to your site. You can structure the deal so that you will only pay those people when a person they send to your site completes some sort of action whether it’s completing a form or purchasing a product. Some of the bigger affiliate networks include Commission Junction at and Hydra Network at