On September 8th, 2019 at the UT Botanical Gardens, the second annual Art Auction took place. Local artists donate their time and talent to create a unique garden installation. At the end of the summer, the auction takes place beneath the stunning pavilion where all proceeds go towards benefiting the beautiful UT Botanical Gardens.
Over $5900 were raised for the gardens!
To read more about the auction and see all of the butterflies that were available this year, click here.
Before you read, see my most recent test in July of 2021 on Patreon.
The short answer is not really (it isn't a YES! but is still worth considering depending on your goals).
Bargain Ebook Promotion
I decided to test their promotion with my most successful book, "Save the Ocean." This book is established, has been an Amazon Best-Seller, and I figured it would have the best shot at a cost-efficient advertisement. I didn't run a free promo but instead decided to promote my book at it's "bargain" price - which is $2.99 or under.
Since my ebook sells well daily - I wanted to see if this promotion would reach new readers and expand my audience and grab people I wasn't able to reach before.
With AMS I only spend about 10-20% of profits on advertising, so with the same results, a $10 promotion should result similarly. I assumed some purchasers wouldn't buy the ebook, opting for other versions, so the number of books sold will vary based on your profit margin for your books. However, I wasn't sure if the profit margin would be as good as AMS, so at the least I was hoping to break even.
The promotion went out (I saw my book in the email and on the website - both of which had working links to my book) and then the day after I went to check the results.
So what this means to be is that despite the large email list they boast there aren’t real people or people that actually care on the other end, which makes the advertisement useless. If they have a list of over 200,000 people this seems highly unlikely that not even one was interested. I would not recommend this service. Yet, I had heard other authors happy with the free ebook promotion so I decided to give it a go despite by better judgement.