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Author Topic: Rejected as video contributor on Alamy  (Read 25834 times)

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« on: December 11, 2014, 11:55 »
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I applied as a video contributor on Alamy and added a link to a selection of over 300 videos from my portfolio.

After a few weeks I received an email saying: "we are not looking to take on video content of this nature at this time".

The strange thing is ... I made a separate webpage for this application and sent the link only to Alamy. And after I got the email I checked to see what videos they viewed ... and only 2-3 videos had views (that could have been made by me) ...so I believe they haven't even looked at my portfolio...

So is anybody here an Alamy video contributor and can tell me what nature of video content they are looking for? Or how did you managed to get accepted?

Thanks



« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2014, 17:28 »
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Count yourself lucky I'd say to have dodged a time wasting exercise. I doubt they can compete in the footage market.

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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2014, 21:55 »
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they should better focus ONLY on their core business which is Editorial photography !

instead now they have videos, news, creative, forum, apps, blogs, facebook .. ? it's a red flag to me when a business starts spreading too much, smells of desperation.

after all what's their core product all about ? a huge non-edited collection which is not keyworded in-house and therefore prone to any sort of spam, sorry that's not going to fly against agencies like Getty or other editorial specialists !


« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2014, 23:33 »
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they should better focus ONLY on their core business which is Editorial photography !

instead now they have videos, news, creative, forum, apps, blogs, facebook .. ? it's a red flag to me when a business starts spreading too much, smells of desperation.

after all what's their core product all about ? a huge non-edited collection which is not keyworded in-house and therefore prone to any sort of spam, sorry that's not going to fly against agencies like Getty or other editorial specialists !

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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2014, 21:18 »
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I think every agency has its own loyal customers.
And looking at Alamy's video library I found that there are a lot of categories that are not covered...

But it seams that they are not interested in ... expanding.

Thanks for your thoughts !

« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2014, 02:51 »
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I've had a couple thousand videos on Alamy since they started with video several years ago. I think I've sold 2 in all that time. Not selling and not worth your time anyway.

« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2014, 09:29 »
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I've had a couple thousand videos on Alamy since they started with video several years ago. I think I've sold 2 in all that time. Not selling and not worth your time anyway.

This is good intel. Thanks for sharing.

« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2014, 10:46 »
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Shame they don't take video seriously.  No idea why they bothered offering it when they obviously aren't fully committed.  I like alamy but they should either of not bothered with video or gone for it properly.  What they have now isn't good for contributors or buyers.

« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2014, 11:21 »
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I had a couple of sales with them and they were very high priced compared to standard outlets but nothing for a while. As for being rejected? I can't help you there.

Can you provide us with the link?
« Last Edit: December 20, 2014, 11:32 by Zeus »

« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2014, 10:10 »
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I also got rejected. "Many thanks for your interest youve got some great work however we are not looking to take on editorial content at this point". I was hoping Alamy would be the best place to sell my editorial videos, but they are not interested at all in editorial.

« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2014, 13:21 »
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Shame they don't take video seriously.  No idea why they bothered offering it when they obviously aren't fully committed.  I like alamy but they should either of not bothered with video or gone for it properly.  What they have now isn't good for contributors or buyers.
I think in fact they are taking it seriously, but, are searching for a way to make inroads into an already well established market: without having to rely on the usual trope of unsustainable price reductions. I think I would rather make few if any sales than to have to quit yet another (I just closed my iS account) for lowering prices too far.

« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2014, 06:44 »
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I think if they were taking it seriously, they would be doing exactly what they are with images.  Their USP with images is that they let people sell anything that meets their technical requirements.  Pond5 seem to be doing that with video and it works very well.  I see no reason why alamy should have one strategy for selling images and a completely different one for selling video.  Their CEO didn't seem very enthusiastic about video in one of their question and answers videos.  That's when I decided not to apply again.

« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2015, 13:38 »
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Hey,

Thank you for your replies.

I will focus on the top earning sites for now.

Happy New Year!

Thanks!


 

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