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« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2017, 07:24 »
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In any case, feel free to suggest new helpful features since we're very open and implement a lot of the things users request of us.

Cheers.

Ok, since you're asking for suggestions:

Currently the app is built around sales only, i.e. images without sales do not show up.

Would it be possible to retrieve all accepted images from the agencies (and let us assign them to collections)?
This would allow to better see how new images are selling (imagine some kind of "automatic" collection by upload date), what's the sell through rate (sellers vs. non-sellers) per agency/upload date/collection, calculate RPI per agency/collection...

Other than that:
- possibility to sort images by downloads / revenue inside of collections
- keyword search to ease assigning images to collections
- more statistics features for collections, e.g. flexible timelines showing downloads/revenue, total and per agency

Maybe I'll come up with more...

I have to say I do like it a lot.

Thanks!


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« Reply #26 on: April 19, 2017, 14:16 »
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« Last Edit: April 19, 2017, 15:34 by nazlisart »

nazlisart

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« Reply #27 on: April 19, 2017, 15:33 »
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I downloaded and checked it out. Impressive graphics and well structured BUT... With time I have built and refined a very elaborate EXCEL sheet covering all my needs, I guess the same stands for all professional Microstockers. I keep my statistics manually spending no more than half an hour per week and it is far more accurate. The reason being that I contribute to agencies that are not provided in the app and that I include commissions and other sources of income in my excel. This means that as an income or even a statistics tool this app (or any other for that matter) is inadequate for me.

On the other hand, having a portfolio of 800+ illustrations, it is impossible to keep track of how individual images or series do in their total capacity. I do have a general idea of what works best or worst but I loose it in the middle tiers. Some sites like SS give you some options but the overall picture is lacking.

I see that you have done a pretty good job in this area. Although some features like folders/lightboxes don't work in the version I downloaded I expect there will be improvements and debugging in the future.

I would suggest you emphasize this part of the app with some more options and more graphics (trends, selling curves, etc.). If this is done I would definitely be a customer. Even if no more agencies are added having these statistics will be an invaluable tool for planning and asses that is impossible to custom-make and manually track.

I hope this was helpful
Best of luck
G.


Hey Nazlisart,
thanks for your feedback, much appreciated.

Did you get a chance to use the Collections? We implemented them to be the equivalent of Folders/Lightboxes on agency sites. The only difference is the app does not automatically take them from an agency site, but rather you have to create them on your own and add pictures manually. You only have to do it once though and you can add pictures from different agencies too.

Also, did you try the Match All feature which automatically groups the same image on different agencies? It makes life a lot easier.

In any case, feel free to suggest new helpful features since we're very open and implement a lot of the things users request of us.

Cheers.


Hi again

I tried to use the collections but it doesn't give me any images to put in (I guess this is a bug).

In any case to elaborate a bit more about my previous post. I definitely agree with dirkr above. Here are some features that, I think, would also be very VERY useful concerning sales by image/collection:

- Image/Collection life-cycle projection curve. With some simple statistics you can have an approximate prediction of what a project (image or collection) will make in it's microstock lifetime. This way you know if it did worth your time before it completes it's cycle and assess if you want to work more on it. Read this post for more info about image life-cycle to see in length what I refer to: http://blog.microstockgroup.com/the-tyranny-of-the-microstock-lifecycle/
- Trending - Images/Collections, RPI and Overall Income/Downloads. 3 to 5 values (up - middle - down)
- Automatic retrieval of SS Collections and their statistics
- Option to select & compare Images/collection in some graph with different colors and different options like income, RPI, views etc.
- Pie charts for selected images/collections

Furthermore
- You can also add "blank fields" of manually adjusted inputs  that would be named (like "Commissions", "Day Job", "Trust Fund" etc.) and filled by the user on a weekly/monthly basis and that would be integrated into the overall statistics.
- Pie charts showing what percentage of your income comes from which agency and/or other income sources.
- Conversion of all the different values to a single currency (and not only Dollar or Euro) retrieving data from the Forex Exchange

All this would convert your app into a very powerful income tool and would allow the user to assess where to emphasize their business and adjust accordingly.

I know that what I suggested means a hell of a lot more work but you can compensate by offering your app into a basic/professional/premium subscriptions (or something like that) with different options. You will also have the basis to expand to a much wider audience than mickrostockers. Musicians, print/t-shirt artist, audio/web book writers, YouTubers and other professionals that combine internet (meaning automatically retrieved) income and real world (manually filled) income would love to have a tool like this.

If you do this right and with a little luck in a couple of years of hard work GOOGLE will buy you out to an early retirement!!!!

Then you will remember your good friend "Nazlisart" and you will sent him 3% of your buy-out money for his suggestions... ;)
Have a Good one!
G. 
« Last Edit: April 19, 2017, 16:03 by nazlisart »

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« Reply #28 on: April 20, 2017, 01:35 »
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Ok, since you're asking for suggestions:

Currently the app is built around sales only, i.e. images without sales do not show up.

Would it be possible to retrieve all accepted images from the agencies (and let us assign them to collections)?
This would allow to better see how new images are selling (imagine some kind of "automatic" collection by upload date), what's the sell through rate (sellers vs. non-sellers) per agency/upload date/collection, calculate RPI per agency/collection...

Other than that:
- possibility to sort images by downloads / revenue inside of collections
- keyword search to ease assigning images to collections
- more statistics features for collections, e.g. flexible timelines showing downloads/revenue, total and per agency

Maybe I'll come up with more...

I have to say I do like it a lot.

Thanks!


Yes, it would be possible to retrieve all images, even the ones without sales. We haven't done that already since it generates a lot of traffic on the agency servers and takes a lot of time. Think about it this way, if for regular sales we could get that information from the sales page, excel files or agency APIs for files that haven't sold we need to individually parse every image page in the portfolio. This will also put a strain on their servers if everyone is doing it. That's why we haven't done it so far. We occasionally receive emails from agency warning of traffic spikes and restrictions imposed.

Eventually we want to add a lot more filters to the Collections pop-up. We want to match all the filters currently found in the Downloads/Best Sellers tabs. That means sorting by Earnings/Downloads/RPD/RPI, choosing custom time intervals, filtering by agency, media, etc. So, this will solve your points about 'possibility to sort images..' and 'more statistics..'.

Keyword search is something that's been on our list for a while now and we want it to replace the current title search we currently have. After that we also plan to introduce keyword stats and add some way to display which keywords perform better.

Further additions will be agency performance comparisons where you can directly compare which agency sells better for a given interval and a couple more ideas.

All this will get added probably after we launch in a couple of months.

Hope this helps.
« Last Edit: April 21, 2017, 03:50 by Microstockr »

« Reply #29 on: April 21, 2017, 00:27 »
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I love using the app but I've just noticed some figures are wrong. Tallies for some images from iStock are way out... at first I thought it would be iStock's fault but I've just noticed Bigstock has a wrong balance also. Just one particular image I went back and counted the number of downloads on the site (9), the app says only 2.

Has anyone else noticed wrong figures for downloads?

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« Reply #30 on: April 21, 2017, 05:46 »
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I love using the app but I've just noticed some figures are wrong. Tallies for some images from iStock are way out... at first I thought it would be iStock's fault but I've just noticed Bigstock has a wrong balance also. Just one particular image I went back and counted the number of downloads on the site (9), the app says only 2.

Has anyone else noticed wrong figures for downloads?

We sent you a private message.
Cheers.


 

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