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« Reply #100 on: March 23, 2013, 13:09 »
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Being relatively new to MSG I'm curious, do iStock staff ever come to MSG to explain/clarify certain items of interest? 

Many other MS sites staff come along from time to time to explain things and answer questions.  If someone from iStock would stop in to answer questions, it would go a long way with people. 

Too much to ask?


I'm pretty sure at least one participant in this discussion is an Istock admin, but he/she mostly comes in to try and derail the discussions and create confusion, not answer questions or shed any real light on anything.
Yes I have the same suspicions


« Reply #101 on: March 23, 2013, 13:17 »
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Being relatively new to MSG I'm curious, do iStock staff ever come to MSG to explain/clarify certain items of interest? 

Many other MS sites staff come along from time to time to explain things and answer questions.  If someone from iStock would stop in to answer questions, it would go a long way with people. 

Too much to ask?
Can you imagine how many times that messenger would get shot :)  There seems to be an inverse correlation between how badly a site treats its contributors and the number of post we see here from their admins.  So we see very few posts from any istock or FT admins.

« Reply #102 on: March 23, 2013, 13:38 »
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I think that depends on the person themselves. Obviously if you hate contributors and can only think of them as a pesky nuisance, you wont make it here.

If an admin doesnt have a customer relations background and doesnt understand that every word you right is public relations work as well, they are useless and will do even more damage to the reputation of the company. Nothing worse than employees who are bitter and emotional, it just makes it obvious that the company is not good at choosing the right people for a position. And it makes you wonder how the rest of company has been staffed.

But if you like to work and interact with creative people I think a good liason person on msg would be great for istock. However, that liason admin needs to have the back of istock/getty HQ. If they dont support you, dont give you information or even lie to you, you cant work and just get depressed.

Many issues are rooted in genuine misunderstandings between HQ and the international user base. They would benefit greatly from excellent communication specialists.

To invest in good business relations is always cheaper than dealing with lawyers and loosing customers later on. Winning back business partners is unbelievably expensive.

And since getty is an internet company it would be great if their managers could demonstrate that they have convincing internet and social media skills, that they feel as comfortable in forums, blogs and social networks as Jon Oringer or Bruce and other CEOs or managers who surf the internet with style and grace.

A 21 century business needs 21 century leadership. 
« Last Edit: March 23, 2013, 13:48 by cobalt »

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« Reply #103 on: March 23, 2013, 14:09 »
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But if you like to work and interact with creative people I think a good liason person on msg would be great for istock. However, that liason admin needs to have the back of istock/getty HQ. If they dont support you, dont give you information or even lie to you, you cant work and just get depressed.

Many issues are rooted in genuine misunderstandings between HQ and the international user base. They would benefit greatly from excellent communication specialists.


Great post Jasmin^^!  That's exactly what is needed - staff that not only communicate effectively with contributors, but genuinely care about protecting our interests. 

There are a number of (former) admins I remember over the years, including yourself, Rob, JJRD, and countless others who had those skills.  Unfortunate that so many good people are gone from Istock staff, whether of their own choosing or not.  I don't see any sign from Getty that anything is going to change for the better. 

« Reply #104 on: March 23, 2013, 19:59 »
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"I'm still a bit confused about the pricing.  Vetta has a different price than Exclusive Plus, so what does standard RF pricing mean, especially for non-exclusive files?  Will Vetta files on the regular Getty website be the same price as Vetta files on the Getty 360 site? "

Again, there is no 'standard Getty RF pricing'.  That's just a phrase to make people not pay attention to the pricing.  Which in the end doesn't matter because discounts will bring the cost down to whatever.

« Reply #105 on: March 23, 2013, 21:22 »
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FWIW I've asked iStock to confirm that the legality of what they're doing with Getty 360 has been properly looked at.

I'm most concerned if they push existing, major iStock clients to a site where independent and exclusive suppliers have been compelled without any option (short of ceasing all business with the site) to offer their work at a much lower royalty rate. A royalty rate of less than half in some cases.

It feels as though iStock have been doing everything possible to model themselves as the MacDonalds of photography. I'd very much like to see them working to prove otherwise, but recent moves have hardly been convincing.

« Reply #106 on: March 23, 2013, 22:17 »
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I guess I've always thought Jennifer Borton has done a good job of relaying things both here and at IS, but none of that really changes things at iStock for me.  At the end of the day, they still offer the same royalties and the same deals, so it doesn't really matter if I like the messenger or I don't. I don't really hold a grudge about any of it though. If they come to town and want to have a beer with me, I'd go. We are all in the same field/business, and it is always nice to talk shop.

« Reply #107 on: March 23, 2013, 22:24 »
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I don't have hard feelings towards IS either. I was very happy with my earnings there when I was exclusive, and I thought it wouldn't last forever. I wished it would though :)
Now, I just look at them and shrug my shoulders. It's time to move on.

vlad_the_imp

« Reply #108 on: March 25, 2013, 05:24 »
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Jon Oringer or Bruce and other CEOs or managers who surf the internet with style and grace.

"who surf the internet with style and grace"

I have never heard anything more ridiculous. What a meaningless comment.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2013, 06:23 by vlad_the_imp »

« Reply #109 on: March 25, 2013, 05:51 »
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Im happy to be out of there. I only left a picture of a cockroach.
And it costs me a couple of hundred dollars every month.

But I would rather die than let istock get away with those 85 % for pissing on me.

« Reply #110 on: March 25, 2013, 07:50 »
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« Last Edit: March 25, 2013, 07:53 by ann »

« Reply #111 on: August 23, 2017, 13:56 »
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Hi. i'm trying to get in touch with @harvpino

of this profile: newbielink:http://www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/harvepino [nonactive]

I'm trying to commission a photo in line with one of the photo series you have but showing the entire middle east. Is that possible?

Thanks either way.

M


 

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