Which One Won? What Book Covers Communicate to Readers

The design of a book cover has a huge influence on whether a reader chooses to purchase that book. Therefore, it’s important for authors and publishers to be conscious of a reader’s perception of your cover design.

Take, for example, this PickFu poll of two different book cover designs.

Option A features one person dragging a body through a grove of palm trees, silhouetted against a blue, twilight sky. Option B features a simple silhouette of a cat against a red background. Can you guess which one won?

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Which One Won? Guess which logo best reflects organic skincare

Organic skincare company Akhal ran a test of two potential logos. The logo needed to reflect that Akhal’s range of products come from plants sourced 100% from small farmers. To reflect its high-end market, the audience for the test comprised women with household income between $60K and $100K. While both logos had a similar visual design (the company name and tagline in a circle), the iconography differed. Option A featured an interwoven leaf and flower pattern, while Option B was an abstract heart-shaped leaf. See if you can guess which logo made a more positive impact, then check out the poll here. … Continue reading

Which One Won? The Importance of Word Associations

When it comes to marketing, language is everything. You have to use words that capture the imaginations of your target demographic. To do this, you must understand the associations that a word can carry.

Connotations are the cultural and emotional baggage that words can carry within a specific culture. For example, the words clever and devious are synonymous, but devious has a negative connotation, as it is associated with underhanded motivations. Many people haven’t thought about connotations since their high school English classes, but it’s a crucial idea for anyone using language to sell a product.

This featured poll is like a case study in how connotations affect customers’ perception of a product. Fifty female respondents were asked which of two names they would prefer for a YouTube channel and website featuring reviews of different bags. Option A was the name “Bag Vids” and Option B was “Bag Reports.” Can you guess which one won?

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Which One Won: Which Bottle Opener Did Amazon Prime Members Prefer?

A PickFu pollster tested two potential wall-mounted bottle opener designs, drawing on an audience of 50 Amazon Prime members. The products differed both in price and in design. The first design (Option A), priced at $12.99, was a metal trapezoidal receptacle with an attached black bottle opener. No artwork adorned it save for the embossed brand name. The second design (Option B), priced at $24.99, was a wooden wall mount shaped like a bottle, with an attached silver metal receptacle and a retro-style joke about beer. Can you guess which bottle opener the respondents chose? Check out the poll results here. … Continue reading

How to Split Test Facebook Ads on a Budget

Split testing (also known as A/B testing) is a method that gathers data to help your campaigns perform more effectively. There are many ways to split test, including on your website, on platforms like Google Ads, and on Amazon. In this article, let’s discuss how to split test Facebook Ads, both using Facebook Ad Manager and an alternative (and perhaps cheaper!) method using PickFu.  … Continue reading

Which One Won? Which humidifier was preferred by 80% of women?

Noted futurist Alvin Toffler said, “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things so that all the small things go in the right direction.” In other words, small things end up having a huge impact.

A recent PickFu poll demonstrates this principle well. Respondents were asked to choose between two photos of home humidifiers.

At first glance, the two humidifiers look identical. Both have sleek lines, a glossy, reflective black color, similar shapes, and a simple control panel. Yet respondents overwhelmingly chose one design over the other.
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A Software Consultant Gets Her Own Lesson in Useful Software

K.N. (Kay) Kukoyi leads Purposeful Products, a London-based consultancy to help small business entrepreneurs translate their ideas into commercial web and mobile products.

Recently, Kay interviewed PickFu’s co-founder Justin Chen to get his advice for fellow entrepreneurs. She and Justin discussed how PickFu emerged from a personal need for unbiased feedback, how the business grew, and how it continues to change. … Continue reading