Which cover is more striking? Nazi Colors?!?!

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Originally Posted by BizBooks View Post

Just got a PM asking me if I realized that I might come across as a CLOSET NAZI?!

did anyone feel the colors were swastika like?!?!!


I'd like to finish up my book cover... Can anyone with 44 Seconds to spare kindly help out a warrior and tell me which cover is better of the FIVE??

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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Deegan
    I like the conceptual idea in cover 2, but it's not as clear or blended aswell as cover 1. Cover 1 looks better in the sense the graphics are clearer and put to better use design wise.
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    • Profile picture of the author onlinetreason
      Originally Posted by Gorilla Writer View Post

      I like the conceptual idea in cover 2, but it's not as clear or blended aswell as cover 1. Cover 1 looks better in the sense the graphics are clearer and put to better use design wise.
      I agree with you on cover one. The graphics are definitely clearer and seem to work with each other. It just makes the whole design more convincing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
    I would purchase #1 before #2.

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  • Profile picture of the author jbode
    #1 is better because including people makes your potential customers trust you more, including a depth effect attracts peoples eyes. Go with #1 people will be naturally more attracted to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Henderson
    Number 1 is the winner. The serif type gives a sense of understatement and authority to the cover.
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  • Profile picture of the author Beau
    I'd scrap the pictures and just use type or make the type bigger.
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    • Profile picture of the author BizBooks
      Thanks Y'all!

      looks like #1 wins hands down...!

      Originally Posted by Beau View Post

      I'd scrap the pictures and just use type or make the type bigger.
      Do You think that a cover with just words would sell well? or are you just saying neither one is up your alley??
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      • Profile picture of the author John Henderson
        Originally Posted by BizBooks View Post

        Do You think that a cover with just words would sell well? or are you just saying neither one is up your alley??
        Cover 1 looks like something I'd find for sale on Amazon. IMHO, you should keep it exactly as it is.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dan Ambrose
          Originally Posted by John Henderson View Post

          Cover 1 looks like something I'd find for sale on Amazon. IMHO, you should keep it exactly as it is.
          For some reason, that kinda put me off a little (I have no idea why). Perhaps it looks like a fictional book to me.

          I think an ebook cover needs to play on people's emotions as much as possible and that means if your in the money making niche, then the cover shoudl have clearer pictures of money, cars, yachts and mansions.

          I know I know.. not very original... but then again they do sell and so long as the sales copy is done well - it WILL sell
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy1750
    Cover 1 without a doubt.

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    • Profile picture of the author Mad Dawg
      gotta agree, number 1 is more powerful
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    • Profile picture of the author Davegfx
      Number 1. It's a proven fact people are attracted to advertising that feature's people's faces. And it's a proven fact that people are even more attracted to advertising that features attractive people's faces.

      Nicely designed covers btw.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kneb Knebaih
    I agree: Book Cover #1


    Not sure if that cover suggests the idea of recession though, but it´s way better than #2.


    Also, it needs a higher resolution.
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  • Profile picture of the author Phnx
    I'm like GW - I like cover #2 better in an artistic sense, BUT if I were a buyer, cover #1 would appeal more.

    Nice designs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Ambrose
    Throw this one in here!

    Neither one for me - the first one doesn't really tell me much about what it is your marketing. It looks nicely done, however there's too much going on and I think it needs to be made a bit more clearer

    If I had to choose one I would go for #1 but with a few changes.
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  • Profile picture of the author BizBooks
    I made em both- I can mix, match and change....

    Is the gold in #2 something i should keep - or does it just not belong?
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  • I'm going against the grain, but the 2nd looks better than the 1st.

    In the first, the facial impression looks sinister and suspect and immediately makes me distrust the information.

    However, the font in the first is clearer than the second.
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  • Profile picture of the author kposs
    I like the overall design of cover #1, but I don't really like the photo either. I think you might have chosen the photo to portray someone looking 'concerned' about the recession. I might take a different approach and show someone who had experienced the outcome of your book - happiness, relief, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author coolWebsites
    #1 definitely looks much better. More colorful/'friendly'. #2 looks 'cold' created by someone new to photoshop.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ralf Skirr
    Like most others I prefer #1.

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  • Profile picture of the author havplenty
    I read the choices above and felt tempted to change my mind (cover being the fav) but I am going to go with my gut and say cover 2.

    It stood out to me more than cover 1, which I think was too busy.

    Cover 2 gets the message across - to me at least.
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  • Profile picture of the author BizBooks
    Thanks!!

    Added two more covers using the feedback from this thread:

    Pick from the four!
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    • Profile picture of the author TedMarlett
      I like # 1 but I would like # 3 more if it had the picture from # 1.

      I do like the layout and the wording. I would buy from # 1 more than likely as it now stands.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    I think style 3 would be the most effective way to use the recession to increase profits
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy Carruthers
    Personally I like either 1 or 3.

    However, do you plan on using this graphic on your sales page? If so then no matter what the 20 or so replies you will receive from this thread may tell you you must test them yourself and see which gives you the higher conversion.

    Just because a handful of warriors like style 1, that doesn't necessarily mean that style 4 can't have a greater increase on your conversion.

    I am often saying

    "Test and you shall receive"

    In fact I have it stuck on a note next to my computer, because a great deal of time when I have a question about something, the only way I can get the definitive answer is by testing it.


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  • Profile picture of the author Angela V. Edwards
    I like #1 the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author BizBooks
    I Will split test the graphics- of course!

    BUT... because I want the site to have the same feel as the ebook, and don't think (or maybe i'm wrong?) i should design the entire website four different ways to match each ebook.....

    I need to figure out which one to match "mostly" with.

    Thanks Everyone!
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  • Profile picture of the author valerieSONORA
    For me, #2.
    I didn't like #3 with the sad guy cause it's just a depressing picture.
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  • Profile picture of the author JMLebeau
    Numero Uno
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    • Profile picture of the author bombdiggity
      #3 caught my eye first, so I'm going to go with that one. I would place #1 as a close second though.
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  • Profile picture of the author JLP
    My choice is #1
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  • Profile picture of the author BizBooks
    hmm.. thanks for all the feedback.

    I just realized- the reason WHY the graphics seem better in cover one is because i had the photo FIRST- and then created the ecover (red and black) to match the photo.

    the rest of the covers were changing the picture and layout- but the COLORS of the ebook don't have any mental affiliation with the picture.

    does that make sense? i think i just taught myself something very very important about marketing that i didn't know before.
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  • Profile picture of the author writergirlk
    Number 1 by far, as is. It looks more like something you'd see in a bookstore. Very classy. I would buy that one.
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  • Profile picture of the author jeff1960
    I like 3 if it had #1's font I think it is more fitting. The guys depression fits the feel of the recession.
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  • Profile picture of the author ebizman87
    I would choose #3 because..

    1)The look on the face of that man show the hardship that most people will face during recession.

    2)The word "survive" is the most popular words used during recession.There's an association there.Human mind is trained to think of hardship,poverty,bankruptcy,death and business loss during the recession when the word SURVIVE is used.So certainly it will stir fear and a sense of urgency to grab your book

    My 2 cents info that I learned from NLP..
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  • Profile picture of the author BizBooks
    Ravivaarman , thank you

    I'd hit "thanks" but I guess I have thanked to many people today, when i get my thanks button back i'll thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Reed
    As a Web Graphic Artist, I'd go with style 5. Just make sure whichever one you choose is sharp enough to read the cover clearly...

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    • Profile picture of the author jjpmarketing
      Use the #1 sample, but with some modifications.

      Remove the existing seal and replace it with the seal from sample #5, because "Powerful" stands out better.

      Change the sub-heading text color to gold like in sample #5.

      I would move the author name, in white to the bottom, like it is in sample #2.

      I think I would also bold the title in sample #1 as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Henshaw
      #2 for me.

      It's the only one that matches and promotes the content of the book. Well I'm assuming that, since you didn't give us Warriors free access to the content of your book.

      The rest of the covers look good, some even great, but when it comes down to the cold light of day and a potential customer is faced with the decision of whether or not to buy - only #2 would get me to click - you take PayPal I hope!

      Yep, I'm in the minority on this, I know.

      Regards,
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      • Profile picture of the author jjpmarketing
        I hadn't even thought about the image being used. One more modification to make. Use the image from number 3 on sample #1.

        That guy looks like an unemployed banker, stock broker, etc. very telling of the deprecession times we are in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Angela V. Edwards
    Now that you've updated, I like #5 the best. The tagline is WAAYYY better, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Taylor
    Number one, but change the subtitle at the bottom. Start the sentence with action instead of the overused (yet admittedly still effective) "How To".

    "Use The Recession To Change Your Financial Life"

    Also, I would think you would want someone looking confident and maybe even a little smug...like the guy in sample one. If you use a defeated looking guy, you're conveying defeat rather than changing your life for the better. The guy in number three looks beaten by the recession, rather than empowered by it.

    And maybe get rid of the dollar signs in the portrait. Looks like a shoe-horned after-thought for some reason. I think the title and subtitle do enough to get your idea across...that and the at-ease look on the guy's face.
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    • Profile picture of the author jjpmarketing
      Now that you mention that... I have to agree. The defeated, unemployed banker wouldn't be a good image to use.

      I didn't mention anything about the dollar signs before... but they kind of look out of place.

      Overall number 5 is probably the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoGetta
    Ima go with Style 1, although Style 5 is a close second if your name is more visible at the top, its kinda cut off at the minute.

    Style 1 for me though definately,

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  • Profile picture of the author robert100
    TBH, I'm not keen on any of the covers.

    Sorry for being honest, but I wouldn't buy the product that uses any of the covers.

    I can't put my finger on the reason why at the moment, just my first reaction told me that the covers wouldn't inspire me to buy.

    Sorry ...

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  • Profile picture of the author jinmin
    #1 is the best...It captures people's attention !
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeCollins
      #5 - I think the subtitle is better than #1 (though the author's name is cut off at the top".

      I'd definitely skip covers 3 and 4...they have a negative aspect to them. You don't want to spotlight people who are broke and frustrated. You want to show them a success story, show them what they have to gain by buying your product. That's why dating sites don't show lonely, heartbroken people on their home page. They show happy couples with big smiles...implying you will be happy like them if you sign up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Anthony Smith
      Hahaha, i don't think it looks too much like a Hitler youth book.

      I like Style #5.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lance K
      I don't know if anyone already said this, because I didn't read all the replies.

      But...

      I don't like any of them.

      They're too depressing and depict hard times which will fester negative feelings. I'd focus on capturing the joy of someone who is thriving during the recession.

      Nothing flasy like money as toilet paper or bon fire kindling. As that'll lead to resentment.

      Perhaps just a guy with his wife (or vice versa) outside a high end store. And show him subtly pulling a money clip from his pocket. Perhaps the wife looks elated and is hugging her hubby. And also in the shot is a nice formal dress, or pair of designer shoes, or purse, or something in the window.

      Or go with the family scene outside a toy store.

      Something that portrays an average looking guy (or gal) providing for his (or her) family.
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  • Profile picture of the author mudmat
    I prefer style 2.. It looks more eye-catching and creative that the rest.. That is just my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author BizBooks
    WOW!


    Thank for all the great replies!!!! (back to photoshop.....)
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  • Profile picture of the author SuzanneH
    My vote is # 5 -- the guy looks like a go-getter, the title is telling me that not only will I survive, but I'll "thrive" under recession; everything, even the word "powerful" says "let's get down to business and make some money."

    My two cents... :-)

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    STYLE 1 look good for me. The face capture attention
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  • Profile picture of the author BizBooks
    Just got a PM asking me if I realized that I might come across as a CLOSET NAZI?!

    did anyone feel the colors were swastika like?!?!!
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    • Profile picture of the author TedMarlett
      People will have all sorts of comments--all of which you can sift and choose as you see fit.

      I think you did an outstanding job on # 5.

      Keep up the good work
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    I prefer #2. I, personally, find the guy on 1 and 5 to be very unstrustworthy. I have to agree with an earlier poster who said he looked sinister. Between the smarmy expression on his face, the dark shading on his profile and the way his fingers appear to be steepled in front of him, I get a very bad Donald Trump/Doctor Evil vibe. It leads me to think negetively about your possible strategies. It makes me wonder if you are going to teach me to swindle people out of their retirement funds or steal from the blind [exaggeration for emphasis].

    Whereas #2 is obvious. You are squeezing as much as you can out of your money. Got it.
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  • Profile picture of the author JackTheLad
    Not that this really adds anything to the discussion or anything, but I'd have to agree with eric reed and say #5. It just does the job better than the rest.

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    I like cover #1

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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Kenzington
    Covers #1 and 5 look the same.

    I like #1 for the front cover and either
    #2 or 4 "picture" for the back cover.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas
    Originally Posted by BizBooks View Post

    Just got a PM asking me if I realized that I might come across as a CLOSET NAZI?!

    did anyone feel the colors were swastika like?!?!!
    No, you won't and they aren't.

    Whoever said that is a bloody tool!

    Tommy.
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  • Profile picture of the author BizBooks
    now, where did i put that swastika image... photoshop it in there at a 10% opacity...

    THEN let the word out...!


    (just kidding.)


    honestly- i just wanted to make sure i shouldn't feel uncomfortable with black and red as a color scheme.
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    • Profile picture of the author Angela V. Edwards
      I doubt many people think of black and red as "Nazi Colors". And I know you didn't mean any harm, but saying that is kind of a disrespectful thing to say here, as the Warrior Forum also has a red and black color scheme.

      Originally Posted by BizBooks View Post

      now, where did i put that swastika image... photoshop it in there at a 10% opacity...

      THEN let the word out...!


      (just kidding.)


      honestly- i just wanted to make sure i shouldn't feel uncomfortable with black and red as a color scheme.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Style 5. It shows confidence, while the rest (except #1)predict failure.

      As far as the closet Nazi thing... I think that's related to the weird background image, rather than just the color combination.


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  • Profile picture of the author write-stuff
    I would choose #1 over #2, but #5 over #1
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  • Profile picture of the author ikeos
    Cover #5 puts me in the frame of mind that I will learn what insiders know about cashing-in while everyone else stands on the sideline.

    I would go with #5.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben_Curtis
    #5, I like #5, which is like #1, but the yellow text makes the cover less monochromatic.
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    I like #1

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  • Profile picture of the author Valdor Kiebach
    I like style 5
    Also i would say more communist than nazi, but who cares.
    As the saying goes 'you cant judge a book by its cover'
    I personally like the colours
    (maybe i was a nazi / communist in a previous life)
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