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lisafx

« on: December 22, 2010, 16:21 »
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I just logged in to Shutterstock and got a popup offering me to join a new program called "Bridge to Bigstock".  If you join, then your SS portfolio is automatically uploaded to Bigstock. 

In my case, nearly all the same images have been accepted at both sites.  It does sound good to only have to upload to SS now and be able to skip the extra step of uploading to BS. 

There doesn't seem to be anything about changing the way payouts are done, so for now I guess we continue to request payouts at BigStock as before? 


« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2010, 16:38 »
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theres no such an option for me :(

lisafx

« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2010, 16:47 »
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Try logging in and out to both sites a few times.  It seems to be popping up intermittently...

« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2010, 16:57 »
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I've logged in and out a couple of times but I'm not seeing it.

« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2010, 17:00 »
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Interesting. I logged in and out at SS, but did not get a popup either, but no matter. I am already at both places. In fact I have more images at BigStock than at SS. But a nice option for anyone not already at BigStock.

RacePhoto

« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2010, 17:05 »
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theres no such an option for me :(

Obviously it's only for some "special people"  LOL (and I'm not one of them either)

I suppose I should do the bridge since I stopped uploading to BS a long time ago. I wonder what they will do about dupes? And here's the burn again, like with IS and StockXpert. I uploaded some files at a smaller size to the second cousin sites, so they have both versions up for sale. Not that I'm complaining about having dupes on sale or more exposure, just that, it is possible to have some crossed images because they don't read as identical to the Bots.

Then I ask, will I ever make payout at BS with this boost? Had I known I would have uploaded more to SS because believe it or not, sometimes BS rejected images that SS took!

Now I'll be looking for that option as a Christmas Gift from SS. :D

Hmm, just a thought. I do have pop-up blockers and flash blockers turned on.

Lisa if you get it, can you copy the link? That should help?
« Last Edit: December 22, 2010, 17:06 by RacePhoto »

« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2010, 17:08 »
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no popping here :P

« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2010, 17:23 »
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is the web site stuck?  I don't seen my total downloads figure updating on the contributors page, but I see the images that were downloaded on the detail-by-day page.  Maybe that accounts for not seeing the BigStock option.

« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2010, 17:49 »
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Wow! I hope this means what I think. I can have my entire SS port available on BS? Over 900 on SS and just 400 odd on BS. I've been banging on about this on my blog ever since the buyout! That said, I'm not getting the pop up either yet. That would be a very nice Christmas present if it happens like that. We'll see...Regards, David (now back to SS to try and get that pop up).

Carl

  • Carl Stewart, CS Productions
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2010, 17:57 »
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I wonder if it will work in reverse - have your images at BS placed on SS?  I have 300+ images on BS, and will soon submit my intial ten for the seventh time to SS.  (SS rejected images that were approved on BS, FT, Alamy, CanStockPhoto, DT, and others.)

« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2010, 18:16 »
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I wonder if they'll reconcile their standards at the two sites.  BigStock has or at least had a strict policy of not accepting any nudity or anything they considered too racy.  Does this mean they'll revise the policy, or will they just move over images that don't have the SS nudity flag checked?

lisafx

« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2010, 18:19 »
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Oooops.  Looks like it is in BETA and not ready to be rolled out yet. 

It does sound like a really great program and I am eager to try it out, but apparently it's not being released at the moment. 

Sorry for the confusion  :-[

« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2010, 18:29 »
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Oooops.  Looks like it is in BETA and not ready to be rolled out yet. 

It does sound like a really great program and I am eager to try it out, but apparently it's not being released at the moment. 

Sorry for the confusion  :-[

Thanks for the update Lisa. Will just wait in hope then........Regards, David,

lisafx

« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2010, 18:49 »
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Well, even if it isn't happening for Christmas, it will still be great for you, David, and others who don't have their whole ports on BigStock.  Hope it is implemented soon!  :)

« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2010, 19:07 »
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I have a much better acceptance rate with BigStock than with SS lately, so I wouldn't be interested in just submitting to SS unless they let BigStock have some of the rejects.

« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2010, 19:23 »
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So BS will become just a affiliate of SS, another distribution channel? It seems like they can save some money by having just one image database, one inspection queue, etc.

« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2010, 20:04 »
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I am often surprised by the differences in acceptance at SS and BigStock though.

It does seem to make sense to just review the images once if they can - it would save them a lot of cost if they could cut out 1/2 the inspectors and digital storage. I wonder how they will deal with duplicates as they go forward with this, especially for stuff that is resized or cropped differently.

It would be nice if BigStock started getting a reasonable number of sales too, but if it just takes away the SS OD sales, that wouldn't be so good.

rubyroo

« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2010, 03:25 »
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Me too.

It seems to me that BigStock are the only agency that gives the 'cropping' rejection reason.  They prefer to sell images with the entire object visible, and allow the designer to make their own artistic crops.  My feeling is that I can't be so bad at making those creative judgements, as all the other agencies accept my in-camera crops, including SS, and they do sell.

So... I wonder how BigStock feel about this idea.  It sounds as though this will override their usual acceptance criteria.

« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2011, 04:45 »
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The program just went live
http://www.bigstockphoto.com/blog/theupload/2011/01/the-bridge-to-bigstock/

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Were excited to tell you about a new program were offering to a select group of contributors at Bigstocks sister site, Shutterstock. Were calling it the Bridge to Bigstock. Heres what were doing and why we think its a win for everyone.

As you may know, Shutterstock and Bigstock are two stock image sites owned by Shutterstock. Theyre run as separate brands and marketed to different customersShutterstock to high volume image users and Bigstock to users who only need a few images at a time. In early 2010 we relaunched Bigstock with a new look and a new search engine. The upgrade was a hit with customers and contributors alike. Now were ready to crank Bigstock up another level.

The details:

Beginning this week, we are inviting select Shutterstock contributors to automatically copy all of their approved Shutterstock imagesincluding current and future imagesto Bigstock as well. Were starting with a very small group, but will expand the invitations over the next few weeks as we ramp up the program. Invited Shutterstock contributors will be able to upload once to Shutterstock and sell on both sites.

Were doing this to boost the Bigstock collection, making it larger and more diverse to meet the needs of our growing customer base. We expect this to help grow Bigstock sales and have little if any impact on Shutterstock sales.

The Shutterstock and Bigstock collections will remain separate. We have no plans to mirror their full libraries. Shutterstock and Bigstock have different customers and we want to maintain the collections that best meet the needs of each audience.

Participation in the Bridge to Bigstock is by invitation only. We are inviting Shutterstock contributors with high performing portfolios. They will receive an e-mail giving them the choice to opt in to the program. For contributors who participate, all of their images that are accepted by Shutterstock will now automatically be accepted by and uploaded to Bigstock. The artists will earn payouts at standard Bigstock rates. For participants who already upload to both sites, we will filter for duplicates as we move Shutterstock images to Bigstock. This may take some time as we ramp up the program, but we will keep participants informed by e-mail during the process.

Select Shutterstock contributors will begin receiving e-mails from Shutterstock with details on how to participate in the Bridge to Bigstock. We may gradually invite more high-performing Shutterstock contributors once we finish the integration for the first round of invitees.

Were sorry we cant offer this service to everyone at this time. It requires staff time to sync a Shutterstock portfolio with a Bigstock portfolio, so we are only able to offer this program to selected contributors. We may expand the program after we finish processing the first round of invitees.

If you arent invited, or if you are invited and choose not to participate, there will be no change in how you use Bigstock and Shutterstock. All contributors will still be able to submit to both sites.

Thanks to our contributors for their continued association with Shutterstock and Bigstock. Together, were going to make 2011 an awesome year for both brands and all our artists.
« Last Edit: January 11, 2011, 05:30 by leaf »

« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2011, 04:52 »
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The bridge is by invitation only. A pity Shutterstock / Bigstock remains vague on who's eligible, and what's considered to be a high-performing portfolio.

« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2011, 05:52 »
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It would be good to only have to submit at shutterstock

I know I'll get shot down in flames for this but I would want to be able to upload rejected files to bigstock "as they service different customer bases"

« Reply #21 on: January 11, 2011, 10:09 »
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I think they are just rolling the "bridge" program out in order of seniority or total $ sales or something since they offered it to me a few days ago and I am hardly any sort of elite material (although I am firmly in the .36 camp).  I e-mailed a few questions to them (mainly about different size images) and got an auto reply saying they will get back to me and meanwhile I should check the FAQ (that I already had).  I also wonder about submitting SS rejects to BS.

If nothing else I'd love to have my early SS images ported over to BS. I wonder if there are a number of big SS players that aren't on BS and as this moves forward the BS file # will shoot up w/o any new buyers at least at first - meaning my sales will drop even more there. In the long run it should help sales at BS and possibly make our workload easier too.

ETA they did mention that anything marked as R rated on SS would not be moved over, so I don't think they are planning on changing that at BS
« Last Edit: January 11, 2011, 10:11 by pancaketom »

« Reply #22 on: January 11, 2011, 10:33 »
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Interesting idea. Especially, since it is such a pain to upload to Bigstock and not really worth the effort. I'm sure it will take a while to get to my vector portfolio, since it is a mess of vectors and raster duplicates on SS.

sc

« Reply #23 on: January 11, 2011, 10:57 »
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I think they are just rolling the "bridge" program out in order of seniority or total $ sales or something since they offered it to me a few days ago and I am hardly any sort of elite material (although I am firmly in the .36 camp).  I e-mailed a few questions to them (mainly about different size images) and got an auto reply saying they will get back to me and meanwhile I should check the FAQ (that I already had).  I also wonder about submitting SS rejects to BS.

If nothing else I'd love to have my early SS images ported over to BS. I wonder if there are a number of big SS players that aren't on BS and as this moves forward the BS file # will shoot up w/o any new buyers at least at first - meaning my sales will drop even more there. In the long run it should help sales at BS and possibly make our workload easier too.

ETA they did mention that anything marked as R rated on SS would not be moved over, so I don't think they are planning on changing that at BS

I don't know about that - I have over a bit 3000 images on SS and about 2100 on BS - I'm in the .38 camp and have not been offered the deal.
I hope they do eventually since I don't want to try to figure out at this point which 1000 images aren't on BS. Ya never know maybe it's the 1000 that will actually get me some sales there

« Reply #24 on: January 11, 2011, 15:02 »
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As long as they don't migrate my BigStock images to SS, I'm ok.


 

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