When readers pick up a book about the end of the world, do they want the cover to hint at the ending? Or is that too much information, taking away the thrill of discovery? The best way to know: testing book covers.
One author used PickFu to create a book cover test for a post-apocalyptic thriller.
Option A shows a woman and man running away from a burning world, with two people in hazmat suits carrying a stretcher in the background.
Option B does away with the man and woman and brings the two people in hazmat suits to the foreground.
Sam Bass, designer of popular logos such as AT&T, Warner Brothers, and United Airlines, once said, “Logos are a graphic extension of the internal realities of a company.”
That puts a lot of pressure on a company to create the perfect logo.
Many companies use PickFu polls to help them test and see how effectively their logos and identity systems depict their mission to their audience. One company recently created a PickFu poll to test two different logos. It asked the test panel, “Which logo evokes a sense of luxury and appeal?”
Readers tend to have certain expectations of what a book cover should look like for a particular genre, whether it be a couple on a romance novel, blood on a murder mystery book, dragons on fantasy fiction, etc. People look for elemental clues on the cover to determine which type of book it is and whether they want to read it.
But what if a novel spans multiple genres? How can the cover capture the interest of readers of each genre?
One author created a PickFu poll to see how a target audience would react to two different covers for a fantasy fiction novel about time travel that also includes an element of romance.
Advertising expert David Ogilvy stated, “On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”
In other words, if you want your product to sell, then you better have a winning headline.
To find its winning headline, the company LeapIN created a PickFu poll, testing out two different headlines for its landing page. It asked the audience, “Which tagline makes more sense and better relates to what the company is doing?” The audience consisted of men and women, ages 25-54.
Viewers can draw strong conclusions from the tiny app icons in an app store. In that split second that they view the icon, they determine not only what type of app it is, but if they want to download it.