There’s something appealing about reading a book from an insider’s perspective. It could be a book about being a paparazzo, or a midwife, or a maid. If there’s the magnetic pull of secret, insider information, we want to know it.
But there are ways to make even the most intriguing insider books stand out. One airline pilot wrote a book about tackling jetlag — from a pilot’s perspective — and created a PickFu poll to test two covers and titles.
Option A features a yellow-and-black illustration of a flight information display system. Option B shows two passports and an airplane laid over a map. The subtitle is long but neatly tucked under the prominent title.
Have you ever seen a really neat product on Amazon that you considered buying until you read the product description? Maybe there were missing words, misspellings, jumbled sentences, or glaring grammatical errors. It’s clear the company did not try copy testing before it went live.
What is copy testing?
If you’re a seller of any product, you know that clean, meaningful copy helps your product sell.
Copy testing is the best way to make sure you put your sharpest words before your customers’ eyes. You take your marketing copy (see examples below) and show it to an objective crowd. The test respondents then provide you with detailed feedback so you can know what’s working and what’s not before you put your copy out into the market.
Copy testing is especially effective when you’re selling across borders to ensure that your copy hits the right notes in the native language. Even British English and American English have distinct cultural differences, and you want to how customers in your relevant regions respond to your words.
Deciding what product to sell is just the first challenge that an entrepreneur has to face. Once you’ve got an idea of an item in mind, you also need to choose the coloring, packaging, and design of that product.
Often, it’s easy for businesses to get stuck in their own
minds during this stage of the sales strategy. Entrepreneurs can quickly end up
picking the product design that they like most, rather than adhering to
the preferences of their customers.
But with PickFu, it’s easy to get insight into the kind of items customers actually want to buy. For instance, in this recent PickFu poll, the business owners asked respondents which style of coaster they were most attracted to.
While PickFu is incredibly useful for ebook authors, it’s also a vital testing tool for authors who plan to publish their books in print. One author recently tested four print book cover design options for a book about Canadian facts and trivia. She specifically asked poll respondents which cover they’d pick up in a store.
Option A crowds its cover with chunky illustrations and playful font. Option B has a cleaner look, with the subtitle set in a circle surrounded by Canadian landmarks. Option C is similar to Option B but with a different color scheme and illustration. Option D neatly lays out the Canadian landmarks illustration on the bottom half of the page.
Men and women alike are always looking for ways to optimize their health, whether they want to lose weight, get stronger, or ensure they’re getting proper nutrition. When creating a brand around health, it’s especially important to match your logo and company name.
Original AllStar, a premium supplement brand, ran this PickFu poll to split test two potential logos for the business.
The two logos use the same font for the product name and the same color palette of white, bright blue, and navy blue. The big difference between the two options is the graphic beside the product name.
Are you a risk-taker, or do you usually stay away from, say, the edges of cliffs? Do you consider yourself a bold person, someone who radiates confidence? And finally, do you have to live dangerously in order to be bold?
One author set out to answer these questions when she created a PickFu poll to choose a cover for her book Live a Bold Life: Your 30 Day Mission to a Fearless Future.
Option A’s mustard-yellow cover doesn’t feature any danger-evoking images, but the word bold stands out from the rest of the title. In stark contrast, Option B features an illustration of a person standing at the edge of a cliff.
Choosing a name for your new mobile game is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Like all business names, a good app name should be easy to say, memorable, and reflective of the game you are creating. You want to hint towards what your game is without being too obvious. Most importantly, the name of the game must be appealing enough to convince users to download it. So how to pick the perfect app name? Take a look at what this developer did.
The mobile game company in this PickFu poll wanted to know, based solely on the app name, which option respondents would more likely to download. The developer polled 50 users, all of whom self-identified as mobile gamers.
Option A was Idle Realm, while Option B was Idle Domain. Can you guess which mobile game name was more popular with the gamers in this poll?
On the internet, and especially in a competitive marketplace like Amazon, reviews matter. E-commerce sellers count on positive reviews to build their customer base. Reviews are Amazon gold, but they can be hard to get. That’s where your new best friend comes in: the Amazon feedback tool.
Most business owners are interested in books about marketing. But what if you wrote a book about account-based marketing (ABM) — a strategy in which the standard funnel gets flipped on its head — and wanted it to catch a reader’s attention? You’d need to demonstrate the upside-down nature of ABM through creative book cover design ideas.
One pair of authors tested two different cover designs for their book, ABM is B2B. Why Traditional Marketing is Broken and How to Fix It in a recent PickFu poll.
Option A’s bright yellow cover features a broken heart behind the subtitle. Option B features a soft blue cover with an egg cracked in the middle of it.