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« on: November 15, 2017, 10:08 »
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Just curious. I have a small port and my sales are a big ZERO on storyblocks. I am with them since this summer


« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2017, 10:17 »
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Been waiting several weeks on some test files.  Still just sitting there in the queue.

« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2017, 10:25 »
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one previous month, nothing in november

SpaceStockFootage

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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2017, 10:49 »
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11 sales last month, only 2 sales this month. Overall average of 6 sales per month with a port of 130 videos.

« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2017, 15:29 »
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Just curious. I have a small port and my sales are a big ZERO on storyblocks. I am with them since this summer
Are you talking about video or photos?
Video, yse I do sell some.
Not a lot, but sometimes at very high prices.
Photos sales missing in action, nothing, nada, niente, niet, nudu nuddu, rien, zero. Have I made my point?

« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2017, 03:52 »
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Just curious. I have a small port and my sales are a big ZERO on storyblocks. I am with them since this summer
Are you talking about video or photos?
Video, yse I do sell some.
Not a lot, but sometimes at very high prices.
Photos sales missing in action, nothing, nada, niente, niet, nudu nuddu, rien, zero. Have I made my point?

Yes you made your point and yes I was talking about photos. well I guess maybe they are trying to convince the videoblocks clients to also buy photos from them and it seems its not working  :)

« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2017, 03:57 »
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Been waiting several weeks on some test files.  Still just sitting there in the queue.

me too, its been a month since some files are in queue, like they frozen everything. well I have a very small port of 150 but still...

« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2017, 03:59 »
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11 sales last month, only 2 sales this month. Overall average of 6 sales per month with a port of 130 videos.

So do you see any improvement after the rebranding of videoblocks ?

SpaceStockFootage

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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2017, 04:09 »
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Well last month was my best month ever, but this month looks like it will end up below average, so a bit too soon to say.

« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2017, 10:42 »
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2 sales in October (Photos)

fritz

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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2017, 16:34 »
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12 video sales in October! This month 1 sale so far, port size 3k

« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2018, 11:59 »
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So, whats the story now?

Their photo marketplace went live in September. I had one sale in October, 3 in November and nothing since... (1200 images online)

Anybody having regular photo sales?

« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2018, 16:24 »
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zero sales since i started the thread :) maybe others have decent sales

« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2018, 16:51 »
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I have the feeling that their rebranding has been a disaster.
They had made quite a name for video sales, but then they made the incredibly strange decision to change their name to enter a market totally dead (microstock photo), and I have the feeling that they hurt their video sales very badly.
Of course they made nothing on the photo market

steheap

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« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2018, 17:52 »
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5 photo sales in December for me

Steve

« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2018, 13:49 »
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First video sales this week,since storyblocks started, my tax form has expired, 30% less,


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« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2018, 14:01 »
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I have the feeling that their rebranding has been a disaster.
They had made quite a name for video sales, but then they made the incredibly strange decision to change their name to enter a market totally dead (microstock photo), and I have the feeling that they hurt their video sales very badly.
Of course they made nothing on the photo market

Same here. I did get video sales but less frequently. No images sales, so I too get the feeling their rebranding hurt video sales.


SpaceStockFootage

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« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2018, 23:50 »
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11 sales in October
4 sales in November
1 sale in December
4 Sales in January... so far.

Hopefully it's on the way back up!
« Last Edit: January 24, 2018, 04:55 by SpaceStockFootage »

« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2018, 05:59 »
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At the beginning, with a few hundred videos I was selling one or two occasionally. But video sales dried up despite the very low competition on the subject I mostly have a shoot.

Meanwhile I've uploaded my entire photo portfolio (thousands) and I only sell one or two photos every other month.

Even the corpse of Stockxpert which has a fraction of the photos and all of them old, perform almost as well as Storyblocks with video and photos combined. Not good.


« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2018, 08:12 »
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5 photo sales in December for me

Steve

Same here. Have had 5 in Jan too and it's only the 13th.  Their pattern of sales is like this though.  I now expect a slow down for three months, then another spike.

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2018, 10:26 »
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Same here. Have had 5 in Jan too and it's only the 13th.  Their pattern of sales is like this though.  I now expect a slow down for three months, then another spike.

Perhaps they have a cap on contributor earnings so when you sell a few, you are downgraded in the search for a period. I'm sure I've read that somewhere.... (-:

« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2018, 13:26 »
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Hmmm... New Third Party Sales scheme promoted today via email. No idea who these 3rd parties might be... Not holding my breath.

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« Reply #22 on: January 23, 2018, 14:39 »
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Averaged about an HD video sale a month last year up until mid-October. Nothing since then.

StockbyNumbers

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« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2018, 14:43 »
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Sorry for the double post, but another thought is that marketplace sales might be falling as they purchase more content from contributors for their subscription platforms...

« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2018, 15:36 »
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Yes, I was thinking that too.

Long-term it makes it very profitable for them for the subscription model - and then I think only people would purchase if they just wanted a 'really' unique shot they couldn't get elsewhere... (I do admit - I have used some of the stock photography from them - and then saw the "additional" clips - until I realized they were paid, and was thinking 'aw crap, why are the 'good' clips only in the paid marketplace'?)

But... if I really needed it for an important presentation/video/etc - I probably would decide to purchase it...

« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2018, 15:40 »
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Have you checked this site out? It describes the 16 best agencies to submit to with clips. Agencies new to me and worth investigating.

https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/best-stock-video-sites-that-will-make-your-clients-happy/

« Reply #26 on: January 23, 2018, 22:01 »
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Have you checked this site out? It describes the 16 best agencies to submit to with clips. Agencies new to me and worth investigating.

https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/best-stock-video-sites-that-will-make-your-clients-happy/

"16 Best Stock Video Sites Thatll Make Your Clients Happy " - It's a list of the best agencies to buy from not to submit to. Good options nonetheless.

Does SS automatically send to RocketStock?


« Reply #27 on: January 24, 2018, 02:00 »
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Seems like they could just be using us to see what sells then licensing that content for the subs side of the site, leaving our portfolios to fester.

Very clever, it means they don't have to take a risk on buying stuff for the site that won't sell. We've already let them know by giving them our content. The comission they have to pay out few times is very cheap for that level of market research.

« Reply #28 on: January 24, 2018, 05:09 »
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Nobody else concerned about them setting up deals with Third Party (photo) Sellers - details unknown?

« Reply #29 on: February 03, 2018, 09:27 »
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I have about 800 footages there for about a year.  Average 0.5 sales a month.  Personally I don't like their site - way too many bugs.

« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2018, 09:57 »
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Any photo sales at all?  I've got 350 images up there, and nary a peep.  Should I keep wasting my time?

« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2018, 13:01 »
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Any photo sales at all?  I've got 350 images up there, and nary a peep.  Should I keep wasting my time?
I sold last video in October 2016 and no photo at all. Dead for me :( 

« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2018, 15:56 »
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Any photo sales at all?  I've got 350 images up there, and nary a peep.  Should I keep wasting my time?

We had a photo sale in February. I uploaded 100-200 images there just to see what would happen, then found this thread and figured I'd never sell anything. But one came in. So now I am uploading more because I won't get many sales with such a small percentage of my portfolio online. I'm not going out my way to upload there, just sending new batches there when I upload to other places. The sale was for $3.99 minus a 15 cent cc transaction fee netting me $3.84. 


Wishing well

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« Reply #33 on: April 16, 2018, 22:07 »
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Wow... 200+ images... I only have like 20+ on SS and already made over $270.
My ambitious goal is to get to 200.  :D  Looks like the most stock web sites are too small to bother.

SpaceStockFootage

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« Reply #34 on: April 17, 2018, 08:36 »
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Wow... 200+ images... I only have like 20+ on SS and already made over $270.
My ambitious goal is to get to 200.  :D  Looks like the most stock web sites are too small to bother.

How many have you got, and how much have you sold, on Storyblocks though?

« Reply #35 on: April 17, 2018, 10:54 »
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I have about 1000 images and videos there since October 2017 and have exactly 2 sales.

« Reply #36 on: April 17, 2018, 11:07 »
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700 photos on there, 1 sale. Good times.


« Reply #37 on: April 19, 2018, 15:57 »
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I have received an email from Storyblock today, I suppose most of you have received it too.
They acknowledge that sales have been really bad and say that they are trying to get things going again.
It is nice, and unusual these day for an agency to admit that sales are bad. I must that they always had a nice communication.
I have the feeling that their re branding from Videoblock to Storyblock has been a total disaster, not surprising.
They had managed to get a decent position on the extremely difficult video market and they lost their name for the sake of running behind a media that is way overcrowded (photo)..
I never liked the membership business model and sadly Pond 5 is going heavily that way too

« Reply #38 on: April 19, 2018, 16:08 »
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I have the feeling that their re branding from Videoblock to Storyblock has been a total disaster, not surprising.
They had managed to get a decent position on the extremely difficult video market and they lost their name for the sake of running behind a media that is way overcrowded (photo)..

Fully agree. That must have been one of the most idiotic moves ever. Just, why? Oh, why... Why, indeed...  :)

Not only is a name change a terrible idea after being successful - changing it to a terrible name like Storyblocks is even more terrible. I still won't call it Storyblocks. It just sounds silly. In a bad way.

« Reply #39 on: April 19, 2018, 16:45 »
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Just sold a 4k video and I got $191.00  :D :D

« Reply #40 on: April 19, 2018, 16:51 »
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I have received an email from Storyblock today, I suppose most of you have received it too.
They acknowledge that sales have been really bad and say that they are trying to get things going again.
It is nice, and unusual these day for an agency to admit that sales are bad. I must that they always had a nice communication.
I have the feeling that their re branding from Videoblock to Storyblock has been a total disaster, not surprising.
They had managed to get a decent position on the extremely difficult video market and they lost their name for the sake of running behind a media that is way overcrowded (photo)..
I never liked the membership business model and sadly Pond 5 is going heavily that way too

I haven't received any email from them. But nice that they admit they are struggling.  However, what does that mean for their strategy? If the model is the cause we could be in for a new "terms & conditions" agreement.

« Reply #41 on: April 19, 2018, 17:03 »
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Hi Mantis, this is the content from the mail:
"Spring greetings! We wanted to touch base with you to say thanks again for helping us get the Photo Marketplace off the ground.
We also want to acknowledge that we know sales are currently low, but we are making on-site changes to our user experience that will surface and promote Marketplace content -- all to get more sales to you!
To kick-start this effort, we are having a Spring Sale on Marketplace images! You will receive full price for your content -- we will be covering the temporary price difference.
We believe that this Spring Sale, coupled with Marketplace content surfacing and user experience changes, will kick-start sales back to you.".

As usual, nice communication from them, maybe even a bit naive (I use a French word, as I cannot find an English word that fit, someone certainly will suggest a more appropriate one. I am not native speaker)

« Reply #42 on: April 19, 2018, 17:36 »
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Hi Mantis, this is the content from the mail:
"Spring greetings! We wanted to touch base with you to say thanks again for helping us get the Photo Marketplace off the ground.
We also want to acknowledge that we know sales are currently low, but we are making on-site changes to our user experience that will surface and promote Marketplace content -- all to get more sales to you!
To kick-start this effort, we are having a Spring Sale on Marketplace images! You will receive full price for your content -- we will be covering the temporary price difference.
We believe that this Spring Sale, coupled with Marketplace content surfacing and user experience changes, will kick-start sales back to you.".

As usual, nice communication from them, maybe even a bit naive (I use a French word, as I cannot find an English word that fit, someone certainly will suggest a more appropriate one. I am not native speaker)

Thank you, sir. It's possible I got it but I have been traveling a ton for work.  Right now I am on a different time zone so maybe I'l have a martini and call it a night...even though it's the afternoon:)

« Reply #43 on: April 21, 2018, 15:59 »
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Just sold a 4k video and I got $191.00  :D :D

Excellent and by broadcasting this 1000 more videographers will begin uploading like crazy

spacedrone808

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« Reply #44 on: April 22, 2018, 01:58 »
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Over 7000 pix. 2$ "earnings". Useless.

« Reply #45 on: April 22, 2018, 05:37 »
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I have the feeling that their re branding from Videoblock to Storyblock has been a total disaster, not surprising.
They had managed to get a decent position on the extremely difficult video market and they lost their name for the sake of running behind a media that is way overcrowded (photo)..

Fully agree. That must have been one of the most idiotic moves ever. Just, why? Oh, why... Why, indeed...  :)

Not only is a name change a terrible idea after being successful - changing it to a terrible name like Storyblocks is even more terrible. I still won't call it Storyblocks. It just sounds silly. In a bad way.

The other problem was picking a name that was already in use by another company producing video content for education / learning market .... https://www.storyblocks.org

This was always going to cause some confusion and a new business name should never be close to that of another company. I did mention this to them at the time but no response.... probably hoped for the best.


 

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