Kindle Forum banner

1 - 20 of 28 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
75 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hi everyone,

I've been lurking around here and have learned a lot. I've found the details about the different launch strategies, including promos and sales, to be invaluable. In order to give a little back, I'm going to track my own little promo. I hope some of you find this data useful.

I recently launched my first book, Undersold. I currently have the price set manually at .99 for the launch, and will bump it up to 2.99 at the end of this coming week.

My ideal goal is to push Undersold up enough to get on the hot new releases list, but my genre is really competitive, so I don't know. I'm not super confident, if I'm completely honest, but I'm hopeful. It's not the best lineup, and I couldn't get some of the bigger ones (ENT never responded, BB turned me down).

Here's the promo schedule:

Starting rank: #44,089

Final numbers:

2/22: Fussy Librarian (as of 11:30am, 7sales and 0borrows; as of 10pm, 15sales 2borrows, #14,500rank)
2/23: bargain booksy (9:45am, 1sale 3borrows #18,777; as of 9:45pm, 38sales 4borrows, #22,306rank; peaked at 50 sales, #4,178rank)
2/24: bettybookfreak, booksends, bknight (11pm, 84sales, 9borrows, #1,566rank; hit hot new releases in new adult and romantic suspense; peaked at 91sales with #1,336rank)
2/25: booktastik, peoplereads (18sales, 9borrows)

I'll update with sales numbers and rank changes as the days progress

edit: going to try and run adwords tonight/tomorrow as well, we'll see how that goes.

Update: Adwords has been much better since I focused in on specific keywords and limited my bidding. Not a lot of clicks, but some, and the CPC is under .20cents on average.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,896 Posts
Good luck! Looks like you have a great plan. Only thing I would consider adding is some cheap FB ads. You could run one for $5 and target authors whose style/genre is similar to yours. Have the ad go right to Amazon for the sale.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
75 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
PamelaKelley said:
Good luck! Looks like you have a great plan. Only thing I would consider adding is some cheap FB ads. You could run one for $5 and target authors whose style/genre is similar to yours. Have the ad go right to Amazon for the sale.
Oh nice, thanks for the tip. I'll look into that!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
75 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
First day is over; I feel okay with 15 purchases. I was hoping for more, but 15 is a decent start. I'm going to remain optimistic that tomorrow will be even better!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
75 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
PaulineMRoss said:
That's a very good start - well done! Today should be better - BargainBooksy did well for me, so fingers crossed.
Thanks Pauline--so far, not much action (9:45am, 1sale 3borrows) but it's early yet!

My ranking dropped overnight, currently sitting at #18,777. Hoping today can boost me under 10k at least.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,171 Posts
bbhamel said:
Thanks Pauline--so far, not much action (9:45am, 1sale 3borrows) but it's early yet!

My ranking dropped overnight, currently sitting at #18,777. Hoping today can boost me under 10k at least.
BargainBooksy's email doesn't go out till around noon, Eastern time. After that you can expect some action. :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
75 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
PaulineMRoss said:
BargainBooksy's email doesn't go out till around noon, Eastern time. After that you can expect some action. :)
Oh awesome, thanks for that info. I searched but couldn't find it anywhere--now I can stop checking kdp over and over and get some writing done. :)

BTW, I saw you did a promo recently, and your post was super helpful/informative, so thanks for that.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,171 Posts
bbhamel said:
BTW, I saw you did a promo recently, and your post was super helpful/informative, so thanks for that.
You're very welcome. When I was just starting out, the promo threads on here were incredibly helpful to me, so I'm just paying it forward. ;D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
75 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
Turned out to be a decent day today! As of 9:45pm, 38sales, 4borrows. Rank sitting at #22,306, but I suspect that'll change overnight. Hoping tomorrow can keep the ball rolling!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
793 Posts
bbhamel said:
Turned out to be a decent day today! As of 9:45pm, 38sales, 4borrows. Rank sitting at #22,306, but I suspect that'll change overnight. Hoping tomorrow can keep the ball rolling!
38 sales is fantastic. Looking forward to seeing how today goes!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
75 Posts
Discussion Starter #13
Well, yesterday's graph peaked at 50 sales! My rank hasn't updated though, so I'm guessing Amazon is a little slow right now?

I already have 3 sales/3 borrows this morning, so I'm hoping today is another good day!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
793 Posts
bbhamel said:
Well, yesterday's graph peaked at 50 sales! My rank hasn't updated though, so I'm guessing Amazon is a little slow right now?

I already have 3 sales/3 borrows this morning, so I'm hoping today is another good day!
Yeah, all rankings have been frozen for about 12 hours now. I'm hoping it updates soon because I have a new release today!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
75 Posts
Discussion Starter #16
The book is selling again today (12sales, 5borrows), but I've seen a small drop in my ranking since it updated this morning. No clue what's going on with that.

Adwords update: after a bunch of tweaking, I've got the CPC down to a more manageable spot, and I'm definitely getting clicks. Whether or not they're turning into sales, I can't say. So far, with the adjusted targeting and bids, it feels worth running, so I'm going to let it go for now.

Going to try and stay off kdp while I get some writing done...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
75 Posts
Discussion Starter #17
Already at 36 sales, and it's only 2pm. Looks like today will be as good as yesterday, hopefully better.

If only the ranking system weren't so weird right now. I'm worried that's screwing me over a little bit.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,171 Posts
bbhamel said:
Already at 36 sales, and it's only 2pm. Looks like today will be as good as yesterday, hopefully better.
If only the ranking system weren't so weird right now. I'm worried that's screwing me over a little bit.
Wow, those are good numbers. The rankings glitch is affecting everybody, so it should all come out in the wash (hopefully).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
75 Posts
Discussion Starter #19
PaulineMRoss said:
Wow, those are good numbers. The rankings glitch is affecting everybody, so it should all come out in the wash (hopefully).
I hope so too. Today was supposed to be my big day, with tomorrow and the next day sorta tapering off in terms of big promotional stuff (though hoping the numbers stay up there from the first 3 day push), and it's definitely working. 53 sales and counting.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
75 Posts
Discussion Starter #20
The ranking updated again, put me at #3,023. 58 sales today.

The bottom of the Hot New Releases list? #2,854, when it was over 3k earlier. I am so, so close! I'm not sure hitting this list will make much of a difference, but it's become an arbitrary goal.
 
1 - 20 of 28 Posts
Top