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Kim Kohatsu is the director of marketing for PickFu and the founder of Charles Ave Marketing.

A Software Consultant Gets Her Own Lesson in Useful Software

K.N. (Kay) Kukoyi leads Purposeful Products, a London-based consultancy to help small business entrepreneurs translate their ideas into commercial web and mobile products.

Recently, Kay interviewed PickFu’s co-founder Justin Chen to get his advice for fellow entrepreneurs. She and Justin discussed how PickFu emerged from a personal need for unbiased feedback, how the business grew, and how it continues to change. … Continue reading

Differences between the App Store and Google Play — And How to Optimize for Them

Developing cross-platform mobile apps not only requires unique coding, but also an awareness of differences between the App Store and Google Play, and how to market those apps for each platform. “The two stores, while similar, differ in their outlook, details they show, and requirements they have to list your app,” said Nikolay Triffonov, who leads digital marketing for VIP Spades. “That’s why we always optimize for the specific store.”

We spoke with mobile app developers to get their take on how the two app stores differ and strategies to take advantage of this knowledge. … Continue reading

Announcement: New Possibilities in PickFu Polling

After listening to your comments and requests, we’re excited to launch some new products that we hope you’ll love.

The classic PickFu poll, the PickFu Head-to-Head, is exactly as you remember it: 2 to 8 ideas are presented to respondents in head-to-head matchups, meaning two at a time. For each matchup, respondents vote on their favorite of the two options presented and provide a written comment about why they chose one over the other.

But now, you’ve got two new options for polling: PickFu Solo and PickFu Ranked! … Continue reading

Avoiding Groupthink in Your Work

When you’re building a business, it’s easy to get bogged down in minutiae, jargon, and tunnel vision. You start assuming that everyone understands your product or service as well as you and your team members do. Of course, this is rarely the case. When consciously avoiding groupthink, how can you and your colleagues break out of your own bubble and address an old problem with a new perspective? What methods can you rely on to get feedback and understand your customers’ pain points and desires?

I spoke with several entrepreneurs who offered the following advice. … Continue reading

Choosing Inventory that Sells

Chris Gronkowski runs Everything Decorated, an online shop for personalized gifts. “Choosing inventory to offer is the hard part,” he says. “We are a small family-owned business, so we have to make the right choices with inventory and colors or it really affects our cash flow and also our storage space. We have our own manufacturers for almost all of our products, and lead times are usually 3-4 months, so we have to be on top of our ordering or we will be stuck without product for months at a time.”

This dilemma is a familiar one in the e-commerce space. So what’s a store owner to do?

Read these tips from successful business owners on choosing inventory that sells. … Continue reading

3 Top Tips to Test Product Photos

If you run an e-commerce site, you know that photography is crucial to making sales. Lisa Chu, owner of children’s clothing company Black N Bianco said, “one of the most important aspects to running an e-commerce business is having product photos that convey value and trust in your business. High-quality beautiful product photos can heavily influence your conversion rate.” Test product photos for a simple, fast, and actionable way to help your conversion rate along.

Steve Chou, owner of Bumblebee Linens, knows this lesson first-hand. He tested two product photos using PickFu and saw that his female respondents preferred a new featured photo over the old one by a 3 to 1 margin. When he updated his listing with the new photo, sales of the item jumped 209%. … Continue reading

How PickFu Helped Win Battlefield Earth

A few months ago, Dave Chesson, creator of Kindlepreneur.com, received an email from Galaxy Press. Galaxy Press is the publishing company of famed sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard, and the email asked for Dave’s help in writing a new book description for one of Hubbard’s most famous books, Battlefield Earth.

A step-by-step approach to writing a strong book description

Feeling honored, Dave approached the task methodically. First, he returned to basics and reviewed some trusted books and articles about what makes a good book description. Next, he scoured the web for book reviews, including professional blogs, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes. “The best strategy for writing a description that makes people buy is not only knowing the book, but also finding out what people say was their favorite part of the book, and expanding on that,” he writes. … Continue reading