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« on: May 14, 2010, 06:22 »
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Like to think I can raise the subject here without getting a slap on the wrist and being told to wait til the end of the month   ;)

Know I am way down for DLs at IS for this time last year by almost 50% against the trend of my other Agencies and with being non Exclusive Royalties are not much better  :(  feels like the lack of exposure is biting or perhaps the only customers hanging around there are the ones looking for Exclusive Files? 

Hopefully just a blip and you Guys are seeing better results


« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2010, 06:35 »
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It's a really, really bad month everywhere as far as I'm concerned __ it's not just limited to IS.

On my stat's IS, SS and FT are all projected to be 30% down from the peak of May and DT is on course to be 50% down. I have no idea why there appears to have been such a rapid decline in demand.

I monitor the best match on a few of my niche subjects and I don't see any evidence that independents have been disadvantaged recently or since the introduction of the Exc+ collection.

« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2010, 06:40 »
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I don't think Exclusives are faring any better - at least, not in downloads - I'm not anyway.  Seems a very poor month so far.

« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2010, 06:43 »
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I'm having a terrible month everywhere. SS down 30%. However whatever might or might not have changed with IS best match has favoured me at last. Sales have doubled. But traditionally I did much worse there than others with high rejections and only about 350 images there and 1600 everywhere else.

« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2010, 07:01 »
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Same here for all sites with the exception of SS which seems to be on par.  They say April showers bring May flowers but the garden seems empty.

« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2010, 07:07 »
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Compared with last year (royalties charts), I am about the same. March was a better month for me this year than last. But I am seeing a difference in sales reporting and my payout. For the most part, I used to be able to request a payout every week...now I can only do so every other week. Because on Monday morning, I am still $5.00-$10.00 short, but on Monday afternoon I am well past payout minimum, but now can't request a check until the following Mon. AM. Perhaps just the old ebb and flow. Perhaps some other tweaking going on to help out IS cash flow?

I agree with Gostwyck...I have a few images that I check in the best match and their positions have not changed, so it doesn't appear to me that anything radical has changed. I am not seeing a decline at SS, and I am seeing increases at DT and BigStock, but that is to be expected, as I had stopped uploading for a few months in anticipation of going exclusive.

« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2010, 08:28 »
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iStock in 2010:

March  - 100% BME   0.91 RPI
April      -  74%           0.62 RPI
May      -   82%           0.69 RPI

iStock a year ago:

March-April 2009  ~20%   ~0.25 RPI

My earnings were dominated by iStock during last 1.5 year (40-50%), so a graph in my recent blog post shows mostly tendency in iStock performance: Microstock Earnings First 30 Months

lisafx

« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2010, 08:51 »
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I don't work out my stats till the end of the month, so all I have is guesstimates and impressions. 

My overall sales are down from this time last year across the board.  But for most individual sites, sales seem about the same as last month, which was not a good month.   

Only exception is Istock where sales appear to be 30% or so down from normal.  I don't see a noticeable drop in my best match positions relative to exclusive files, and reading the IS threads, seems everyone is complaining of dropping DL numbers, regardless of exclusive status. 

Istock admins swear the total DL numbers keep going up and I believe them, but it is possible the RATE of sales growth has slowed and is no longer keeping pace with the rate of library growth. 

I know Istock has loyal buyers, but I also think with every price rise and "new collection" (largely rebranding of existing images at higher price points) some more buyers are drifting away.  Maybe to TS to buy wholly owned content, for example.

« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2010, 09:02 »
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Istock admins swear the total DL numbers keep going up and I believe them, but it is possible the RATE of sales growth has slowed and is no longer keeping pace with the rate of library growth. 

I know Istock has loyal buyers, but I also think with every price rise and "new collection" (largely rebranding of existing images at higher price points) some more buyers are drifting away.  Maybe to TS to buy wholly owned content, for example.

I'd accept what the Admins say but I don't recall them saying that so far this month. Of course with the way that they've increased prices (for exclusive images) their revenue will undoubtedly be healthy so there are different ways in which they could declare growth.

lisafx

« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2010, 09:22 »
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I'd accept what the Admins say but I don't recall them saying that so far this month.

You're right.  I meant they say that in general, but not this month.  AFAIK they are pretty set against anyone discussing sales numbers until the end-of-month thread.

Which in itself is interesting.... Used to be that sales threads were allowed to run as long as people wanted to keep talking about them.  Now there is a strict end-of-the-month policy.   

« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2010, 10:54 »
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Interestingly enough for me my other Sites which I submit to, being SS Dreamstime and Fotolia seem to be holding there own with this time last year in fact Fotolia is slightly up.

Just seems to be IS which has fallen from grace for me, know many of my Exclusive pals are seeing reduced numbers also but of course they are cushioned by the price increases.

Here's to the latter part of month  ;)

 

« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2010, 11:19 »
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My 2010 sales at Istock are going up comparing to last year. Fotolia is doing way better than last year, but still behind Istock. Dreamstime used to be the second, and is far behind Fotolia now.

lagereek

« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2010, 11:26 »
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Istock is on par, cant see any drops because of best match changes. Fotolia is just getting better and better and Im wondering what their formula is?

« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2010, 12:20 »
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The first week of this month was pretty bad across the board except SS (about normal), IS was way down for the first week but has picked up the pace for the second week for the most part, DT less so. BigStock pathetic... It seems that SS has switched a bit more to newer content? I could be wrong though.

hopefully things pick up.

--=Tom

« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2010, 17:14 »
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Hahaaha!

Quite opposite in my case...

First week in this month was good for me, but this is like a weekend, sloooow!
« Last Edit: May 14, 2010, 17:23 by borg »

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« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2010, 17:47 »
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april was my worst month in the last 6, but may's looking to be 2 or 3rd BME.  overall, sales this year are +50% higher than last year

IS is my 6 or 7th in terms of revenue so an up or down month there doesnt affect me much

s

ap

« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2010, 17:49 »
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The first week of this month was pretty bad across the board except SS (about normal), IS was way down for the first week but has picked up the pace for the second week for the most part,

+1

i think the best match shift at is has hit everyone. did anyone benefit from it, other than joingate?
otherwise, on track for a good month, with % increase on last month. (wasn't here last year, this month)

PaulieWalnuts

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« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2010, 22:02 »
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The first week of this month was pretty bad across the board except SS (about normal), IS was way down for the first week but has picked up the pace for the second week for the most part,
+1 i think the best match shift at is has hit everyone. did anyone benefit from it, other than joingate?
otherwise, on track for a good month, with % increase on last month. (wasn't here last year, this month)

I'm exclusive and track a few files. Everything is normal for me so I didn't notice any best match shift.

« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2010, 23:23 »
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Decent early start to the year on IS then April completely tanked and May seems to be even worse. DT on the other hand had a slow start to the year but this month is on fire  (and most are not subs) ... I can never figure these trends out TBH. But I guess we can all start thinking about the summer slow down soon anyway.

« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2010, 00:13 »
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istock, 123 and BigStock are down for me so far this month
the others are up

« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2010, 11:01 »
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Last month was BME for me at IS.  In fact it was almost 50% above my previous BME.  Sales where at or above average everywhere else too.

This month IS is down almost 50% from my running average.  Everything else is on track to match or beat the same above average sales as last month.

« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2010, 12:59 »
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Hi All,

 My Micros starting dropping last month for the first time but at the same time my Macro work started to grow again. Even my Macro RF is growing and I haven't added anything to it in a year. Not sure what has made the change but the diversification helps to balance everything out.

Best,
Jonathan

« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2010, 14:29 »
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3 days without sale on IS, usually I have 7-10 a day...

Something happening... ;)

« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2010, 17:44 »
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this month is above average for me.

« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2010, 22:45 »
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Ouch!  I shouldn't have checked my account today.   Last two days with 0 sales  :'(   

Hope the next two weeks get better.

PhotoDuneMicrostock Insider

 

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