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« Reply #50 on: March 08, 2013, 10:43 »
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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.

The only way it works is if enough great artist pull their work off the other sites and put all their efforts behind stocksy.  The thought that images can exist on all the other sites and make this place special is contrary to proven market forces.


« Reply #51 on: March 08, 2013, 10:53 »
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Uh, sorry to take us so far down the off topic road!

Hahaha me too.

Poncke

« Reply #52 on: March 08, 2013, 11:17 »
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So who got accepted into Ikea?

« Reply #53 on: March 08, 2013, 11:45 »
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I love IKEA. I can spend hours in there, just looking at all the brilliant ideas they've come up with.  Why wouldn't people go to Stocksy for the same reason?
It isn't all rubbish, either. I have several pieces of furniture purchased over 10 years ago when we lived in Sydney, then brought back to New Zealand, still in daily use, still looking good. We don't have IKEA in New Zealand, unfortunately, but I have tried to furnish my house in similar style. Whenever I go to Sydney, I shop at IKEA for bits and bring them back in my suitcase with me, and I know many others do the same.
We just can't get that "look" anywhere else. So, it's not just looking and picking up ideas, it's buying too. Why wouldn't people buy at Stocksy? I think they will.

« Reply #54 on: March 08, 2013, 12:37 »
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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.
I seem to remember USP being mentioned quite a lot on Dragons Den.  Can't get much more practical business people than them.  So I have to disagree that its a largely meaningless term.  And haven't all the sites that don't have a USP and have failed proved that it might be important to have one?  SS had one when they started, selling microstock subs.  Perhaps a USP wasn't necessary when microstock was young but now there are so many established sites, I don't see much chance for sites that are just going to offer the same to buyers as every other site.

« Reply #55 on: March 08, 2013, 13:00 »
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Sounds like you're talking about image exclusivity.
It is.

SNP

  • Canadian Photographer
« Reply #56 on: March 09, 2013, 13:17 »
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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.
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the mile of death, so true. except in Canada it's the kilometre of death....it's a freakin labyrinth getting out of IKEA

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #57 on: March 09, 2013, 13:19 »
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Isn't there one 'escape route'? There's usually one in UK IKEAs, but only one.

rubyroo

« Reply #58 on: March 09, 2013, 13:22 »
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Deleted.  (Got carried away with the off-topic discussion...)
« Last Edit: March 09, 2013, 16:29 by rubyroo »

Poncke

« Reply #59 on: March 09, 2013, 14:17 »
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This thread is not what I expected it to be.  :-X

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #60 on: March 09, 2013, 14:22 »
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I guess no one who could say anything more substantial is able to.

mlwinphoto

« Reply #61 on: March 09, 2013, 14:27 »
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I guess no one who could say anything more substantial is able to.

It'll all become clear on the 25th.


gillian

  • *Gillian*

« Reply #63 on: March 09, 2013, 17:35 »
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phew, no flower/cats in my port, glad I submitted all my fruit on white bg then....  ;D

« Reply #64 on: March 11, 2013, 03:14 »
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From what I have been told, Stocksy require image exclusivity, hence all their content will only be available on Stocksy.

« Reply #65 on: March 25, 2013, 13:10 »
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It's alive.

« Reply #66 on: March 25, 2013, 13:13 »
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Darn pulled up stocksy.com and was re-directed to instagram  ;D

« Reply #67 on: March 25, 2013, 13:17 »
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Go Brucie!

For those of you who haven't clicked on the main page yet, get ready to scrooooool.

rubyroo

« Reply #68 on: March 25, 2013, 13:24 »
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Hahaaaa  I think I'll have a look when you've all finished, as right now it's taking about three months to load...  ;)

« Reply #69 on: March 25, 2013, 13:25 »
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That's still faster than iStock :)

« Reply #70 on: March 25, 2013, 13:26 »
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I'm on VDSL (50 Mb/s) and the stocksy site is slow like a snail. It takes ages to load a single page...
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

rubyroo

« Reply #71 on: March 25, 2013, 13:26 »
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That's still faster than iStock :)

ROFL

« Reply #72 on: March 25, 2013, 13:28 »
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Darn pulled up stocksy.com and was re-directed to instagram  ;D

I guess that retro, semi cross processed, faded, 1970's look is in... Again??

« Reply #73 on: March 25, 2013, 13:36 »
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And no vectors...  :(

« Reply #74 on: March 25, 2013, 13:44 »
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Darn pulled up stocksy.com and was re-directed to instagram  ;D

I guess that retro, semi cross processed, faded, 1970's look is in... Again??
Not again... Still!

You see, if you cross-process your images you become a true artist and hence your images are worth more.


 

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