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How to Get Back Into Writing: 8 Tips

There’s a saying among writers that writing is indeed an art: the art of getting your butt in the chair, staying there without checking Facebook, and writing.

Even before laptops and iPhones, this was true. Short story master Flannery O’Conner famously said, “I don’t know if the muse is going to show up on any given day, but by golly, I’m going to be at my desk every day from 8 to 12 every morning in case she does.”

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The E-Commerce Marketing Strategy You Didn’t Know You Needed

Introduction

If you’re new to e-commerce, you might feel overwhelmed by the idea of building a successful e-commerce marketing strategy. Maybe you’re at the beginning of your journey, where you’re still deciding whether to set up your own site or create an Etsy or Amazon page.

Or maybe you started your business a few months ago with high hopes, but nothing’s happening. The water is quiet and no one’s biting. What can you do to keep your brand from flopping?

It all starts with having a strong e-commerce marketing plan. Without marketing, your business goes nowhere.

This guide will take you on an overview of steps you can take to solidify your e-commerce marketing strategy and make your brand thrive.

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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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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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Using PickFu for Amazon FBA: Interview with Tamara Tee

Meet the interviewer

After spending years working jobs she hated, Tamara Tee became a Fulfilled By Amazon (Amazon FBA) seller. She wants other people to experience the freedom of working for themselves. To that end, she runs a YouTube channel that teaches her audience everything they need to know about Amazon FBA selling.

Tamara got a lot of positive feedback about PickFu from those who watched her first PickFu-related video (below) and tried it for themselves afterward.

So she decided she had to get an interview to round out her audience’s PickFu experience. In this interview, Tamara gets the inside scoop on PickFu from co-founder John Li, then walks viewers step-by-step through creating and analyzing two of her own polls.

Read the highlights in this article, or watch the entire interview here:

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Which One Won? Deciding the best book title ideas for a book about decision-making

Even authors who write about how to make decisions more effectively need assistance when making a decision about their book title ideas. One such author took the question to PickFu to find out which of two titles appealed the most to readers.

Option A reads, “The Decision Making Blueprint: A Simple Guide to Better Choices in Life and Work.” This title is concise and directly tells the reader what they’re getting.

Option B reads, “The Decision Making Blueprint: A Simple Guide to Effective Thinking, Smart Choices, and Better Results.” This longer title lays out in detail what readers will learn once they read the book.

Can you guess which one won?

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Which One Won? How to write a medical book title

It’s important to know how to write a medical book title that calls attention to itself. Titles are the first thing potential readers notice when they browse books. With nonfiction books especially, titles play a crucial role in marketing: unlike with fictional novels, readers want to know exactly what they’re getting.

One medical author created a PickFu poll to test potential titles for a nonfiction book about handling Alzheimer’s. The book aims to appeal to caregivers.

Option A is Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias: Coping and Caring. A BETTER Approach For The Caregiver. Option B is Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. A Better Approach to Coping and Caring.

Can you guess which one won?

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What is Amazon Listing Optimization?

If a customer is searching for a product on Amazon — cookware, for example — they’re likely to select a pot or pan featured on the first page of their search results. They’ll never see the thousands of other products because the first page of results met their needs before they even had to click to the second page.

According to Amazon’s data, 70% of users only view the products on the first page. As an Amazon seller, you want your product to rank on that page so that people will actually see it.

Amazon listing optimization is a course of deliberate actions meant to help your product listing rank on the first page for relevant search terms. These actions may include tracking keywords, optimizing content such as photos, title, and description, and improving your seller reputation. Because selling on Amazon is a tremendously competitive online marketplace, ranking for relevant terms can often be difficult.

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