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Author Topic: Cutcaster makes stock photography search faster, more accurate  (Read 8607 times)

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johngriffin

« on: September 07, 2011, 11:32 »
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Today, Cutcaster re-launched with several upgrades that address growing needs in the stock image marketplace for both image buyers and sellers.

We wanted to make changes that would translate to real improvement for all our users. Our image search engine now helps buyers find, filter and download relevant images more quickly, and weve made it easier for our contributors to sell their images and earn good money doing it.

We've now combined an easy-to-use search interface with a highly accurate contextual search engine that disambiguates word meanings. As the user types in keywords, the engine determines their meaning and the intention of the searcher to provide more accurate image results. As the searcher applies additional filtersfor number of people, orientation or dominant color, for example search results are updated immediately, making it easy to focus and expand results as necessary. If a keyword has multiple meanings, a user will be able to select their meaning by clicking on the keyword to choose the right meaning. We do all the rest.

The checkout process has been improved as well with simplified pricing, shown in credits and dollars, and the introduction of PayPal. Our goal was to make downloading images as seamless as possible for people. Users dont even have to register to buy, and now they have even more secure payment options.

For its contributors, Cutcaster has increased its royalty payments to one of the highest rates in the industry. Our rate are going from 50% to 55%. We want to continue offering excellent images from great contributors, and our rates help us attract and choose the best. At a time when other sites are reducing their royalty percentages and payouts, were increasing them.

A greatly simplified user interface facilitates how contributors upload their images and view their image stats. We will have the FTP upload option enabled again after next week but you can upload images now via the upload area in your account. The whole site is optimized for our sellers now. Theres no guesswork, from signing up to providing the right tax forms, to getting paid.

We hope you enjoy all the improvements and we welcome your feedback.


« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2011, 12:21 »
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thank you for the efforts!

« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2011, 14:56 »
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...Cutcaster has increased its royalty payments to one of the highest rates in the industry. Our rate are going from 50% to 55%...
This is good news, and just in time as my sales at CC have been growing. BME last month and reached another payout.

BTW I notice that an image of mine is one of the 3 in the rotation on you home page. Thanks!

« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2011, 15:35 »
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I really hope that you succeed! I'm selling a little more, recently, and I hope the changes will bring some more sale...

« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2011, 16:48 »
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Wow!  That's a breath of fresh air.  When will the flash upload option be available?

CD123

« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2011, 07:43 »
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You guys are starting to set a new standard here and is working in an opposite direction to many (fading?) large agencies with your commission structure. I trust and pray that your efforts will change your site to the trend setter in future. Great work John and team!!!! 

« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2011, 08:17 »
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For its contributors, Cutcaster has increased its royalty payments to one of the highest rates in the industry. Our rate are going from 50% to 55%. We want to continue offering excellent images from great contributors, and our rates help us attract and choose the best. At a time when other sites are reducing their royalty percentages and payouts, were increasing them.

Good job, John.

« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2011, 08:34 »
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Great news and because of that I will make sure that your site is one of the first to get my images in the future.

rubyroo

« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2011, 08:34 »
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Yes.  Great to hear about a royalty INCREASE these days.

Are the prices all fixed now?  I recall at the start that contributors had to check for bids from buyers.  Has that completely gone now?

Paulo M. F. Pires

  • "No Gods No Masters"
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2011, 09:04 »
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Apparently, the only change I see is having to login every time I open the page.

It's good to have higher commissions. if no sales at all? Even with images that sells on higher, middle and lower tier?

I started in the beginning of 2011, manly because reviews said with site update Cutcaster would  be an agency to take into consideration. Now, after a year, plus a makeover, and still all the same: it seems there are no customers.

« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2011, 09:19 »
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This increase means I could now reach payout in just 225 years!

« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2011, 09:20 »
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oh SO SAD I got kicked out a few months ago :(

rubyroo

« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2011, 09:22 »
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Kicked out?  Why was that?

« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2011, 09:26 »
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Kicked out?  Why was that?

told on a topic here they were dead because I had 2 sales in 2 years :P

after saying so, I got a email telling that they no longer want to pursue "business" with me, SO SAD!

rubyroo

« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2011, 09:48 »
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Oh sorry Luis.  I don't think I saw that at the time.

« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2011, 11:52 »
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55% is for exclusives. The non-exclusive rate remains the same (afaik). My sales are not dead (I reached a payout once) they just need resuscitating. Which I'm sure they're working on. The new site design and the way it functions is much better now, and they've gone from 'you choose the prices' to microstock prices, probably because it's a proven formula.

rubyroo

« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2011, 12:45 »
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Thanks for answering my question MP  :)  Very helpful.

« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2011, 14:10 »
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55% is for exclusives. The non-exclusive rate remains the same (afaik). My sales are not dead (I reached a payout once) they just need resuscitating. Which I'm sure they're working on. The new site design and the way it functions is much better now, and they've gone from 'you choose the prices' to microstock prices, probably because it's a proven formula.

If that is true, the wording in John's announcement might have made that clear. Moving royalty rates up instead of down is definitely a step in the right direction, but it's a little misleading to make a blanket statement, as if ALL contributors on CC get that increase.

I had images on CC for a few months, and I saw no sales at all. I gave up, but I certainly wish John and contributors who have images there success.

« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2011, 14:15 »
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@cclapper My thoughts too!

« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2011, 14:38 »
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I make jokes, but I assume (hope) they can take it.  Naturally I wish them nothing but success.   

I'm puzzled that my stuff just doesn't sell there, but maybe they have a different market than the Big 3. 



Paulo M. F. Pires

  • "No Gods No Masters"
« Reply #22 on: September 13, 2011, 16:30 »
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I am happy to see that most users sales are improving.

I would say "very few users"... I work with 12 agencies,  top and middle tier and low earners, and still awaiting first "most sale" at Cutcaster ( menos at least one image per year ).  "Strangely is where I have "most files".  ::)

About new "system", my opinion is that should be us disambiguate keyword during upload. Why? We don't know used criteria by U and we will loose time with keywords that will not work as we expect.

EDIT: And when an option to "edit" aproved files ( change titles, keywords... ) ?
« Last Edit: September 13, 2011, 16:47 by CoisaX »


« Reply #24 on: September 14, 2011, 17:56 »
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best search engine EVER :)


 

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