I was involved in creating the title little, but the
publisher deferred to its in-house experts and came up with the final version.
Technically the full title of the book is The 7 Essential Steps to Successful eBay
Marketing: Creative Strategies to Boost Profits Now. I like the 2nd
half of the title better than the first. Why? Because it offers a picture or a
feeling about what the reader or buyer is going to get from the book. It’s
tangible and specific – profits, boost, now. But that’s immaterial. The main
title is the real issue.
First, let me tell what you what elements I like about the
main title. I like the 7 Essential Steps
part. That concept works for me, and I’d encourage you to use similar formats
when informing your eBay audiences. Visually, numbers are interesting in titles,
and taking a few steps in order to achieve a goal sounds pretty easy and
organized. People like that. “If I do x, I’ll get y.”
I don’t know if Essential is absolutely necessary, though.
I’m on the fence about that one. I also like the word Marketing in the main title. It sets the book apart from all the
other noise that’s out there and focuses the target audience onto a fairly
Now, what do I not like? I don’t like the word Successful. To me, it’s very vague and
general. If I’m reading a book title, I want to know exactly what’s in it for
me… immediately. Especially with a business book. Otherwise, I’m moving on. I
also need to be attracted by something unusual or interesting. There’s nothing
interesting about “Successful eBay Marketing.” It’s just bland.
So what should a title do? If you’re selling a book or a
lunch box or a cell phone, what do you want your title to do? First you want it
to attract eyeballs. Then you want it to convert the eyeballs brain into a
buyer or a potential prospect at least.
This concept of attraction and conversion is discussed in
much greater detail by Sean
D’Souza in his PsychoTactics newsletter. It’s a good resource with lots of
insider marketing information. And it works.
First you attract, with a unique or unusual title. Then you
convert with the big benefit. My title might have been better with one of the
following treatments, for example:
eBay Seller Smarts: How to Increase Profits and Save Time
Listing with Proven Marketing Techniques (unique main title, two specific
eBay Cha-Ching: Ring the Online Cash Register with Proven
Marketing Tactics (unique title, benefits implicit, clear images)
How does this relate to eBay listings? Well, you have two
opportunities to use titles like these. Once in the keyword title, and again
within the text of your listing. I’ll warn you against using this title
attraction/conversion technique in the keyword title however. If you have room
for it, give it a shot. (Testing will show the truth of the situation.) But
you’re better off using the keyword title for just that – keywords. Those are
gold, and you need to make sure everything is there and accounted for – this is
where you cast a wide net.