Kim Kohatsu

Kim Kohatsu is the chief marketing officer at PickFu and the founder of Charles Ave Marketing. She began her career as a copywriter for several leading ad agencies. While working in advertising, she spearheaded award-winning print, radio, TV, outdoor, and guerrilla campaigns for clients including the California Avocado Commission, AAA, The Orange County Register, The Hilton Family of Hotels, Yamaha, Wienerschnitzel, KFC, and Power Automotive, among others. After several years, Kim shifted her specialty into online marketing, helping tech startups improve their online presence through PPC, SEO, email marketing, reputation management, blogging, and social media. Today, she combines her traditional and new media experience to create and strengthen brands like PickFu. Kim and her team help others use PickFu to write better copy, present products in their best light, and position themselves as market leaders.

4 Ideas to Improve Your Product Imagery

Thanks to Andrew Maffettone of Seller’s Choice for contributing this guest post on improving your product imagery.

When people shop online, your product is only as good as its pictures. Photos are one of the most powerful tools you have to create a compelling narrative which will convert your brand into sales. Product imagery is a key component of a complete brand strategy that can dominate e-commerce sites.

There is no such thing as a good product image. There are only images that contribute to compelling brand stories, and images that don’t. A non-blurry image with a white background may sell screwdrivers, but an out-of-focus shot in a forest might sell mountain bikes. The good image is the image that works. Consumers make decisions by locating products in values, goals, and strategies. Let’s go through four ideas to help you move toward compelling, story-driven images that sell products:

  • Have a diverse portfolio of images to use for different situations.
  • Use the right tools, either through in-house setups or outsourcing.
  • Tell a story with bold images
  • Work from images to brand, not brand to images
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How to Advertise on Amazon with PPC Ads

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Zhané White of Sellozo for contributing this guest post on how to advertise on Amazon.

PPC, or pay-per-click advertising, means exactly what it sounds like: you pay every time a potential customer clicks on your ad. These sponsored ads may show up in search results when people look for a certain item. Below is an example of how sponsored ads look compared to the organic listings:

How to advertise on Amazon with PPC ads

You should continually optimize your PPC ads. If you’re not, chances are they’re not performing as well as they could be. Let’s go over how to advertise on Amazon and improve your campaigns.

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How to Encourage Customers to Write Reviews on Amazon

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Henson Wu from FeedbackWhiz for the following guest post.

Product reviews are an important part of the Amazon marketplace. Almost everyone checks product reviews before making a purchase, and around 84% of people will trust a product review as much as a recommendation from a friend or family member.

Unfortunately, most customers do not leave product reviews. Product reviews are critical to your success, but they can be hard to come by. So what is a seller to do? How do you prompt customers to leave product reviews on Amazon without violating Amazon’s strict terms of service?

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What Savvy Amazon Sellers Know About Currency Conversion that Others Don’t

Editor’s Note: Thanks to PingPong for the following guest post.

If you’ve ever had to exchange money while traveling abroad, you know exchange rates are not all created equally. Exchange $100 at one bank, and you may get back what’s equal to $98. Exchange someplace else, and you may get more like $92.

A few dollars here and there may not be a huge deal while you’re traveling. But for Amazon sellers, when the amounts become larger, those tiny fees become giant holes in your company’s bottom line.

Let’s take a closer at the numbers.

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The Best and Worst Mother’s Day Gifts, According to Moms

Mother’s Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1914, but that doesn’t mean the past 100+ years have taught us to do it right. We surveyed 100 moms to ask them the best and worst gifts they’ve either received, given, or heard about. We also surveyed 100 general audience respondents for their thoughts on the best and worst Mother’s Day gifts. They shared what worked (and didn’t) with the moms in their lives, too.

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When Is the Right Time for Outsourced Operations?

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Connor Gillivan of FreeeUp for the following guest post.

While the earning potential of e-commerce is unquestionably good, running an online store isn’t as easy as it looks. When businesses need help, many entrepreneurs turn to outsourced operations. Help from the gig economy is usually easier and more cost-efficient than full-time staff.

The idea of outsourcing is exciting, especially for a startup just beginning to feel the need for it. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably considered outsourcing too. But when is the right time?

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Five Tips to Improve Your Amazon Seller Reputation

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Becky Trowbridge from eComEngine for the following guest post.

From establishing buyer trust to influencing search results, building and maintaining a strong Amazon seller reputation is key to continued business growth. In a digital marketplace, having the metrics to prove that you are a reliable seller with products that deliver is one of the best ways to convert sales. Let’s look at five ways to improve your Amazon seller reputation.

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How to Grow an Amazon Business into a 6-Figure Income

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Urtasker for the following guest post.

E-commerce is one of the best and most effective ways to earn a return on your investment. And Amazon offers the perfect platform to attract a large number of qualified leads.

How do you funnel the maximum number of visitors to your Amazon product listing? Just some of the few online tools and strategies include

  • social media advertising
  • search engine optimization
  • online forums
  • press releases
  • PPC campaigns
  • influencer marketing
  • business directories

However, when it comes to hitting the magic six-figure revenue number, what steps must an Amazon seller take to make the dream happen? Let’s dive in with some strategies.

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Double-barreled Questions and How to Avoid Them

What are double-barreled questions?

A double-barreled question, also known as a compound question, a double-ended question, or a double-direct question, is a question that touches upon two different issues However, it only allows for a single answer.

Essentially, a double-barreled question makes the mistake of combining what should be two questions into one.

Double-barreled questions are one of the most common but easily avoidable mistakes we see at PickFu. In this article, you’ll learn to recognize and avoid double-barreled questions.

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