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Determining Likelihood of Confusion with PickFu

Say you’re a coffee business and you want to create an iced, blended coffee drink similar to Starbucks’ beloved Frappuccino® Blended Beverage. Be careful what you name it. You don’t want to create likelihood of confusion.

Coffee Culture Cafe, a Canadian coffee franchise, knows this firsthand. Ten years after Starbucks introduced its now-iconic Frappuccino®, Coffee Culture Cafe launched a blended-ice coffee drink called the Freddoccino.

Freddoccino, Frappuccino®. The names and logos are different — but not that different.

Likelihood of confusion: Starbucks Frappuccino vs. Freddoccino
Source: NLIPW.com

Starbucks noticed, of course. Long story short, they took Coffee Culture Cafe’s parent company to court for trademark infringement, aiming to prove likelihood of confusion.

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How to Conduct E-commerce Website Testing with PickFu

It would be terrible to launch your website only to discover hours (or minutes) later that something is wrong. Maybe there’s a glitch in your pricing or a huge typo in one of your product descriptions. The best way to prevent such a headache? Conduct a thorough round of e-commerce website testing.

E-commerce website testing includes functional testing, security testing, performance testing, database testing, usability testing, and mobile app testing. For more on these types of testing, check out this article.

One of the simplest types of e-commerce website testing that can help ensure your site is attractive, clean, and compelling before the world sees it is A/B testing, also known as split testing.

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How to Pitch an App Idea

Apps have become part of the fabric of our lives. We use them to wake up, read the morning news, seek out breakfast recipe ideas, and connect with friends. When we wait in grocery store lines or doctor’s offices, we play games, read books, or watch our favorite TV shows — all on our favorite apps. They’re so prolific that it seems we should all know how to pitch an app idea…right?

Not quite. They haven’t been around for that long, when you think about it.

We really only started using apps in earnest when the iPhone debuted in 2007.

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Your Guide to eBay Product Sourcing

You’ve decided to plunge into the world of e-commerce, but there’s a problem: you aren’t sure how to get started with eBay product sourcing.

You might already be familiar with Amazon, but instead of sticking to items that can compete with Amazon’s strong gadget, name-brand toy, and book market, you want to sell items that are a little more obscure: sports cards, first-edition books, comics, or used electronics.

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Mockup Testing: What It Is and Why You Need It

One alumni weekend at the private school where my mom used to work, the principal of the school revealed his magnum opus of the year: a mockup of his dream plan for developing the campus into a paradise for teenagers in the middle of Montana. An ice rink for the long winters. A brand-new sparkling cafeteria building. Elegant dormitories. Donations rolled in.

That’s the importance of a mockup. And by implementing mockup testing with an audience of potential buyers and users of your product, you make sure it’s high-quality before you commit to a huge project.

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Your Guide to Magento A/B Testing

If you’re looking for a fully customizable e-commerce platform, Magento 2 is the place for you.

Unlike other e-commerce sites like Shopify — which is an excellent choice for small businesses and those just beginning to venture into the e-commerce world — Magento allows for plenty of flexibility.

You just have to know how to code. As long as you’ve got basic coding knowledge and are willing to learn, you (or your team of web developers) can make your e-commerce website look exactly how you want it to look.

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How to Outline a Nonfiction Book

Not everyone is as lucky as fiction writers, who can get away with being pantsers.

That’s writer-speak for “drafting by the seat of your pants” instead of following an outline — and it’s virtually impossible in nonfiction.

Nonfiction demands the use of facts and flesh-and-blood experiences that can’t be dreamed up on the page. There’s no other way to keep your facts straight and build them into a compelling narrative: you have to know how to outline a nonfiction book.

How to outline a nonfiction book

In this article, I’ll show you exactly how to do that.

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Your Guide to Consumer Market Research

We all think we know what our target market wants, right? Our product is something we would buy, after all. Obviously, everyone else will too.

But isn’t that how it always goes? New writers think their freshly written book is Pulitzer Prize material until a critique group chews it up and spits it out in pieces.

Small brick-and-mortar businesses assume people will flock to their store, only to find out there’s no market for what they’re selling.

If you don’t implement consumer market research before starting your brand, you might just fail.

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Concept Testing: What It Is and Why You Need It

You’ve done your research. For hours, you and your team have brainstormed a product idea and you’re pretty sure it fulfills an existing pain point in your customers. You’re so excited to share your new product with the world that you just want to rush it out and start selling it.

Don’t do it.

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Here’s why: 95% of the time, new product launches crash to the ground or fail to ever take off.

How can you keep yours from becoming one of them? The answer is simple but powerful: by implementing the ever-important step of concept testing.

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