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Randy Beck

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Countdown strategies
Posted: Jan 17, 2014 5:01 PM
 
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I'm thinking about doing a countdown and wondering if anyone had advice.

Can anyone confirm that only one countdown is permitted per enrollment period? I haven't seen it mentioned in the FAQ. Since it allows a max of 7 days, I'm wondering if those could be split up into two shorter countdowns per period.

Anybody know if it's better over a weekend, or during the week?
danoco

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Re: Countdown strategies
Posted: Jan 17, 2014 7:39 PM   in response to: Randy Beck in response to: Randy Beck
 
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The countdown system is very difficult to understand. I've sent several e-mails with very weak to piss poor explanations
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Re: Countdown strategies
Posted: Jan 18, 2014 5:43 AM   in response to: Randy Beck in response to: Randy Beck
 
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Unlike the free promo days, you can only run one Countdown Deal per 90-day enrollment period in KDP Select. So you can only use all 7 days if you use them all at once. I agree, this point is quite unclear; I bet many authors are disappointed when they go to schedule a second promotion in the same period.
Randy Beck

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Re: Countdown strategies
Posted: Jan 19, 2014 11:08 PM   in response to: extradimensions in response to: extradimensions
 
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Thanks! That's about what I figured but I wanted to be sure. I decided to go for six days. I can always drop the price myself for a few days if I need to.

One thing I do regret is having chose a second increment. My price goes down to 0.99 for five days, and then one day at 1.99 before going back to the regular price of $2.99. I regret that because the window now says, "Price goes up to $1.99 in X days." I think it would have been better if it just said "$2.99 in X days."

I have discovered another problem that people should be warned about: Because my regular price was $2.99, that sets the automatically-adjusted U.K. price below the £1.93 required to use Countdown in the U.K. market. People who have their books priced at $2.99 should be made aware of that. I'll have to watch the price of the pound to see if it could rise enough one of these days.

I may eventually adjust my U.K. price to £1.99.

In any case, I am getting enough sales today to pay for the price change.
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