Which One Won? Testing covers for a book about learning French

What makes someone want to learn a new language? Is it the romantic nature of discovering another culture? A desire to communicate with a broader range of people? Maybe it’s a little bit of both. And when those language learners search for books to help them achieve success, they’ll want their desires reflected on the book’s cover. And the best method for testing covers for a book? PickFu, of course.

Author Frederic Bibard ran a PickFu poll to find out which of two covers would appeal the most to an audience of people who read 1-3 books a month.

Option A features a lot of text that tells readers what they’re getting. The illustrations on the cover depict iconic French symbols.

Option B eliminates all but the title and author text (and a ‘+ Audio’ insert to let people know they get a free audiobook, too). This less-crowded cover also features well-known French sites but presents them in a more whimsical way.

Can you guess which one won?

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Which One Won? Naming an in-game currency

Developing a new mobile game requires many decisions along the way. Some decisions are obvious, like coming up with a mobile app name and designing an icon for your game. Some decisions are much less obvious though, like choosing a name for the in-game currency.

In the mobile app GawkBox, you play mini-games against other creators and create your own community through live chat. The developers behind GawkBox used PickFu to poll 50 mobile gamers to decide on a name for its virtual currency. The team was trying to decide between calling it Goins or G-Bucks

Can you guess which one won?

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Testing E-commerce Listings Against Competitors: PickFu Interview with EcomCrew

Mike Jackness and Dave Bryant are the minds behind EcomCrew, a site that gives entrepreneurs the type of e-commerce advice that produces real-time results. In their EcomCrew Podcast, the two share personal advice and interview businesses that can help their customers grow their brand.

After meeting PickFu co-founder John Li at Sellers Summit, Mike Jackness decided to host John on his podcast.

Read on for interview highlights, or listen to the entire interview here.

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Which One Won? How to test book cover designs like a bestselling author

Even the most seasoned authors need advice on which book covers attract their readers the most. Danielle Girard, author of 13 books — including several bestsellers and award-winners — created a PickFu poll to test book cover designs for her newest e-book series.

She asked 50 readers of e-books this question: “Which cover (and why) do you prefer for ‘Dead Center,’ the first book in the Gritty, Pulse-Pounding, Female Police Suspense Series set in San Francisco?”

Option A emphasizes the title and author names with a large, crackly font set against a moody background. A red, blood-like substance drips down the image of a gray sky and tilted bridge.

test book cover - Option A

Option B’s cover shrinks the font size but adds more text, along with the image of a woman caught in crosshairs and a twinkling nighttime cityscape.

Test book cover - Option B

Can you guess which one won?

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Which One Won? Creating an app icon for college students

When someone is scrolling through the app store, what’s the first thing to catch their eye? The app icon! With this in mind, creating an app icon that’s catchy will help increase your downloads. If you only have a mediocre icon, people will scroll right past your app without taking a closer look. 

A company designing a fun mobile app to connect college students ran this PickFu poll to test out two icon designs. With the attention span of young people being shorter than ever, this company knows it must get their icon design right the first time around.  

Both icons are bright and jump out at you. Option A uses multiple colors, while Option B sticks with just red and white. Each app icon features a different animal as well – the first uses a parrot while the second uses a seal. 

Do you know which app icon won?  

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12 Tips for Beautiful E-commerce Product Images

One of the keys to running a successful e-commerce store is having beautiful product photography. Since customers shopping online cannot see or pick up products in person, they rely on the product images you post to make their decisions. E-commerce product images act as a first impression, so they must look professional, polished, and trustworthy.

Beautiful images convey the value of your products and create trust in your brand. When done well, product photos engage shoppers and convert more of them into paying customers. Whether you’re working with a generous budget or no budget at all for photos, we have 12 tips to help you create beautiful e-commerce product images.

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Which One Won? How to handle close results

As an Amazon seller, there are endless details to decide on when choosing inventory. Finalizing which colors to offer your products in can make or break sales. Color is one of the first things a customer will notice about your product and will either draw them in or turn them away. 

The seller in this PickFu poll was trying to decide which shade of blue to choose for this waterproof speaker. Option A is aqua, a cooler color, and Option B is turquoise, which is a touch warmer. With two similar shades of blue, can you guess which color the respondents preferred? 

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