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« Reply #25 on: March 07, 2013, 21:38 »
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I waited about two weeks before I replied to the email with a link to my portfolio because I wanted to put a sample of my variety of work in one spot.  So I got some of my favorite images and put them up in my Zenfolio page then sent that link along with links to my istock and SS ports.  Sent the reply on March 2nd.. haven't heard anything yet.


« Reply #26 on: March 08, 2013, 01:52 »
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As apparently this is not really turning out as a source of who actually got in (so far) - maybe someone can post if they heard of anyone getting in?

There is a good number of microstockgroup members who are accepted but I think most people are keeping a tight lip.  Some people don't want it announced they are a member (lots of exclusives there) and the general limited published info on the site also keeps people tight lipped (for now).  Wait until March 25 and there will probably be a few more people who announce they are in.

« Reply #27 on: March 08, 2013, 03:55 »
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Maybe it's a new sect.

stocked

« Reply #28 on: March 08, 2013, 06:53 »
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in :)

no not a sect but hopefully a role-model for many specialized agencies owned by photographers in the future. It's a stylish niche photo agency (think Vetta/Flickr-collection) but if this model succeeds than there is enough space for many other co-op agencies with different specializations (theme or style-wise) in the future.


ShadySue

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« Reply #29 on: March 08, 2013, 07:06 »
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Maybe it's a new sect.
iStock was a bit like a sect back in the happy days.

« Reply #30 on: March 08, 2013, 07:27 »
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in :)

no not a sect but hopefully a role-model for many specialized agencies owned by photographers in the future. It's a stylish niche photo agency (think Vetta/Flickr-collection) but if this model succeeds than there is enough space for many other co-op agencies with different specializations (theme or style-wise) in the future.

Hmmm. 'Many other co-op agencies' just sounds somewhat inefficient and expensive to me, in particular the separate development, marketing and administration of each. I think the majority of potential customers probably prefer 'one-stop-shopping', especially the big corporate accounts. I can't see many image buyers having the time or inclination to have multiple accounts and/or undertake multiple searches to fulfill their needs at several 'boutique agencies'. Istockpro never got anywhere whilst it was a separate site but Vetta did well when it was introduced as an additional collection to Istock. Vetta succeeded because it was able to take advantage of the huge existing traffic and accounts.

I'd assume it must be selling mainly RM licenses? I can't see how existing IS exclusives can maintain their incomes otherwise, in the time it would take to get Stocksy off the ground, and I can't see many of them ditching their crowns and going fully independent either.

« Reply #31 on: March 08, 2013, 07:35 »
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Trends come and go. Eventually they will let traditional microstockers in, or go under.

ShadySue

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« Reply #32 on: March 08, 2013, 07:37 »
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I'd assume it must be selling mainly RM licenses? I can't see how existing IS exclusives can maintain their incomes otherwise, in the time it would take to get Stocksy off the ground, and I can't see many of them ditching their crowns and going fully independent either.


RF, apparently:
http://www.microstockgroup.com/stocksy/stocksy-are-you-curious-response/msg300901/#msg300901

ShadySue

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« Reply #33 on: March 08, 2013, 07:40 »
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Trends come and go. Eventually they will let traditional microstockers in, or go under.
Depends on their aims. Maybe they're not trying to compete with traditional microstock.
If they get the right contributors, selling exclusively could be a very strong USP.

« Reply #34 on: March 08, 2013, 07:55 »
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Trends come and go. Eventually they will let traditional microstockers in, or go under.
Depends on their aims. Maybe they're not trying to compete with traditional microstock.
If they get the right contributors, selling exclusively could be a very strong USP.

It's buyers that you need. Even these tiny microstock agencies have no problem in attracting contributors (is there one out there that doesn't have the portfolios of Yuri, MB, etc for example?) but struggle far more to gain buyers.

ShadySue

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« Reply #35 on: March 08, 2013, 08:22 »
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Trends come and go. Eventually they will let traditional microstockers in, or go under.
Depends on their aims. Maybe they're not trying to compete with traditional microstock.
If they get the right contributors, selling exclusively could be a very strong USP.

It's buyers that you need. Even these tiny microstock agencies have no problem in attracting contributors (is there one out there that doesn't have the portfolios of Yuri, MB, etc for example?) but struggle far more to gain buyers.

Partly because they have no USB, other than price, if even that. If you can buy Yuri etc anywhere, and that's mostly what you want, many customers would buy on price, unless there was some over-riding buyer advantage to a site that charged more (e.g. cleaner search or paying extra to have a photo custom re-touched). If you sometimes want Yuri etc., but mostly you want a different sort of image, you'd probably use one of the larger agencies most often to get the widest choice.

« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2013, 09:05 »
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Trends come and go. Eventually they will let traditional microstockers in, or go under.
Depends on their aims. Maybe they're not trying to compete with traditional microstock.
If they get the right contributors, selling exclusively could be a very strong USP.

It's buyers that you need. Even these tiny microstock agencies have no problem in attracting contributors (is there one out there that doesn't have the portfolios of Yuri, MB, etc for example?) but struggle far more to gain buyers.

Partly because they have no USB, other than price, if even that. If you can buy Yuri etc anywhere, and that's mostly what you want, many customers would buy on price, unless there was some over-riding buyer advantage to a site that charged more (e.g. cleaner search or paying extra to have a photo custom re-touched). If you sometimes want Yuri etc., but mostly you want a different sort of image, you'd probably use one of the larger agencies most often to get the widest choice.

In all those surveys of what buyers value most (including Istock's own recent one) I don't remember 'having a USP' to be one of their priorities. What buyers invariably valued was price, choice and speed/accuracy of search results. That's why SS is so successful __ it delivers what buyers actually want. Of course that's the mass-market view whereas Stocksy appears to be going after a small, select market of buyers that desire artsy stock. Good luck with making a living from that.

In my view 'USP' is a massively over-used and largely meaningless term, waffled about in business management schools, during lectures given by academics ... who have never actually been in business. When people buy stuff they don't usually consider the USP of the manufacturer or the retailer. It's mainly about price, confidence and convenience.

« Reply #37 on: March 08, 2013, 09:11 »
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It's buyers that you need. Even these tiny microstock agencies have no problem in attracting contributors (is there one out there that doesn't have the portfolios of Yuri, MB, etc for example?) but struggle far more to gain buyers.

There will be ;) ...

« Reply #38 on: March 08, 2013, 09:23 »
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It's buyers that you need. Even these tiny microstock agencies have no problem in attracting contributors (is there one out there that doesn't have the portfolios of Yuri, MB, etc for example?) but struggle far more to gain buyers.

There will be ;) ...

I'm sure there will be some initial excitement. But, will it sustain if they offer less choices than traditional sites?

« Reply #39 on: March 08, 2013, 09:24 »
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It's buyers that you need. Even these tiny microstock agencies have no problem in attracting contributors (is there one out there that doesn't have the portfolios of Yuri, MB, etc for example?) but struggle far more to gain buyers.

There will be ;) ...

I'm sure there will be some initial excitement. But, will it sustain if they offer less choices than traditional sites?

Sorry, I was answering the question in the ()s .

I wouldn't necessarily say "less choice", but "different choice".  Images you can't find elsewhere are a strong USP.  You can't get IKEA anywhere but IKEA.

« Reply #40 on: March 08, 2013, 09:32 »
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It's buyers that you need. Even these tiny microstock agencies have no problem in attracting contributors (is there one out there that doesn't have the portfolios of Yuri, MB, etc for example?) but struggle far more to gain buyers.

There will be ;) ...

I'm sure there will be some initial excitement. But, will it sustain if they offer less choices than traditional sites?

Sorry, I was answering the question in the ()s .

I wouldn't necessarily say "less choice", but "different choice".  Images you can't find elsewhere are a strong USP.  You can't get IKEA anywhere but IKEA.

Sounds like you're talking about image exclusivity.

aspp

« Reply #41 on: March 08, 2013, 09:39 »
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You can't get IKEA anywhere but IKEA.

... apart from Amazon, eBay and lots of third parties :)

But really looking forward to Stocksy being great.

« Reply #42 on: March 08, 2013, 09:54 »
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It's buyers that you need. Even these tiny microstock agencies have no problem in attracting contributors (is there one out there that doesn't have the portfolios of Yuri, MB, etc for example?) but struggle far more to gain buyers.

There will be ;) ...

I'm sure there will be some initial excitement. But, will it sustain if they offer less choices than traditional sites?

Sorry, I was answering the question in the ()s .

I wouldn't necessarily say "less choice", but "different choice".  Images you can't find elsewhere are a strong USP.  You can't get IKEA anywhere but IKEA.

Yea but Ikea sells cheap crap and I don't shop there for that reason :P

« Reply #43 on: March 08, 2013, 10:01 »
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It's buyers that you need. Even these tiny microstock agencies have no problem in attracting contributors (is there one out there that doesn't have the portfolios of Yuri, MB, etc for example?) but struggle far more to gain buyers.

There will be ;) ...

I'm sure there will be some initial excitement. But, will it sustain if they offer less choices than traditional sites?

Sorry, I was answering the question in the ()s .

I wouldn't necessarily say "less choice", but "different choice".  Images you can't find elsewhere are a strong USP.  You can't get IKEA anywhere but IKEA.

Yea but Ikea sells cheap crap and I don't shop there for that reason :P

you need to go there again, they have very expensive stuff too

« Reply #44 on: March 08, 2013, 10:10 »
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It's buyers that you need. Even these tiny microstock agencies have no problem in attracting contributors (is there one out there that doesn't have the portfolios of Yuri, MB, etc for example?) but struggle far more to gain buyers.

There will be ;) ...

I'm sure there will be some initial excitement. But, will it sustain if they offer less choices than traditional sites?

Sorry, I was answering the question in the ()s .

I wouldn't necessarily say "less choice", but "different choice".  Images you can't find elsewhere are a strong USP.  You can't get IKEA anywhere but IKEA.

Yea but Ikea sells cheap crap and I don't shop there for that reason :P

Same here. I also hate having to walk "the mile of death" in order to exit the place once entered.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #45 on: March 08, 2013, 10:12 »
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It's buyers that you need. Even these tiny microstock agencies have no problem in attracting contributors (is there one out there that doesn't have the portfolios of Yuri, MB, etc for example?) but struggle far more to gain buyers.

There will be ;) ...

I'm sure there will be some initial excitement. But, will it sustain if they offer less choices than traditional sites?

Sorry, I was answering the question in the ()s .

I wouldn't necessarily say "less choice", but "different choice".  Images you can't find elsewhere are a strong USP.  You can't get IKEA anywhere but IKEA.

Yea but Ikea sells cheap crap and I don't shop there for that reason :P

Same here. I also hate having to walk "the mile of death" in order to exit the place once entered.
All of which proves that there are mass markets and other markets.
It's getting the price point and marketing right at the 'other markets' which is the difference between survival and failure.

« Reply #46 on: March 08, 2013, 10:28 »
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It's buyers that you need. Even these tiny microstock agencies have no problem in attracting contributors (is there one out there that doesn't have the portfolios of Yuri, MB, etc for example?) but struggle far more to gain buyers.

There will be ;) ...

I'm sure there will be some initial excitement. But, will it sustain if they offer less choices than traditional sites?

Sorry, I was answering the question in the ()s .

I wouldn't necessarily say "less choice", but "different choice".  Images you can't find elsewhere are a strong USP.  You can't get IKEA anywhere but IKEA.

Yea but Ikea sells cheap crap and I don't shop there for that reason :P

you need to go there again, they have very expensive stuff too

I just remodeled my house and when my wife and I went to Ikea (within the last year) we didn't buy anything because of the quality and stuff just didn't look good, for the most part. Anyway, gostwyk is 10000% right about navigating that place. You need to know triangulation and drop a popcorn trail when you walk in so you can find your way out. ;D.  Sorry for the rant.  Back on topic. :o :D

mlwinphoto

« Reply #47 on: March 08, 2013, 10:32 »
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It's buyers that you need. Even these tiny microstock agencies have no problem in attracting contributors (is there one out there that doesn't have the portfolios of Yuri, MB, etc for example?) but struggle far more to gain buyers.

There will be ;) ...

Leave some for the rest of us.....

« Reply #48 on: March 08, 2013, 10:35 »
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not everything is that bad, do you think its cheap a mattress for 1.1k ?

« Reply #49 on: March 08, 2013, 10:38 »
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Uh, sorry to take us so far down the off topic road!


 

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