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« Reply #25 on: May 01, 2008, 11:18 »
I guess i'm a glutton for punishment! LOL I signed up.

Am i the first to post a referral link? Gosh, i don't see any others...

Sent a note to john with some comments about the site as well... always good to have participation from ownership here! Thanks!


« Reply #26 on: May 01, 2008, 11:26 »
Dam you beat me to it!



« Reply #27 on: May 01, 2008, 12:55 »
*...You beat me to it as well.

Jusstttttt Kiddddiiinnnnngggg

And Mitch, like I said, I will be involved as much as you need me.  Hence my number and email right out in the open ;-)


« Reply #28 on: May 01, 2008, 14:46 »
i'm not kidding.  i'm not signing up.  I have better things to do than waste my time signing up to random sites

« Reply #30 on: May 01, 2008, 18:32 »
Just what we need. Another beta micro site w/macro prices. You newbies out there, take a look on the right side of your screen. See the Big 6 section? If you're not there you are nowhere. If you even think about new sites before they have any track record you've got way too much time on your hands. Just my opinion.

Please excuse me while I wash Lucky Oliver blood from my hands. Someday I will take my own advice.

« Reply #31 on: May 01, 2008, 22:30 »
Hi John

will you be making payment to contributors by moneybookers possible


« Reply #33 on: May 02, 2008, 20:16 »
I'm in, without LO I need another way to fill time.

« Reply #34 on: May 02, 2008, 21:28 »

So what makes you think this is going to work.  There are so many small sites that have little or no sales.  What is going to separate your site from the rest?  How are going to market the site to clients?


« Reply #35 on: May 05, 2008, 14:10 »
That is a great and fair question Cshack.  I've left my job trading stocks about 4 months back and invested a good chunk of my money so I've put a lot of faith into believing I can build something different and unique that will make me stand out from the other sites.  I also work day and night and weekends to make sure I am there if people have questions and don't hide myself, as the CEO, behind a PO box or some 800 number.  I'm there for everyone and anyone and you can ask people who have emailed the site how fast the responses are and how we want to treat people.
On the marketing front and I don't want to give away too much on a public forum but anyone is free to email me any questions or thoughts they might have....
I have a large percentage of my overall budget dedicated to marketing efforts and getting buying traffic.  Structurally - we have broken down our customer categories by segment: ad agency, publisher (mag, news, web, book), printing, corporation (marketing), new media (wireless, tech, gaming), and TV/Broadcast and have built up a huge database of buyers as well as brought in people to help us build new relationships with the buying community..
In addition we just launched our Affiliate program and reward people for sending us buyers (10% of sales for 2 years) and sellers (5% of sales for 2 years), we have joined an affiliate network to drive traffic, built out a massive plan for using Google Adwords, been tinkering with our pages to optimize them better for Google (work in progress ;-)), gotten organic traffic with our blog at and other blog articles written about us which you can find online under a simple Google search using Cutcaster, press releases and lastly designing books we will send out to clients and emails with our contributors work.. This is a slice of some of the things we are doing and are acutely aware of how important it is to have sales on the site.  If anyone wants to chat further about it or have suggestions I am all ears.

« Last Edit: May 05, 2008, 14:13 by johngriffin »

« Reply #36 on: May 06, 2008, 04:09 »
Didn't LO place all it's bets on Google and other passive marketing?

« Reply #38 on: May 06, 2008, 11:16 »
FTP.... please!!

« Reply #39 on: May 06, 2008, 11:28 »
It seems that all the sites that do well advertise in design magazines.  The sites that don't have extremely low sales or have closed.


« Reply #40 on: May 08, 2008, 13:55 »
John, where are you with ftp? A site without ftp or some other means to quickly and easily upload multiple images is not going to work.

I tried the standard form to upload. It took 2 minutes to upload one image.

I was then going to try the multiple uploads and/or the iptc upload option, but halfway through, I got a useful error message that said, 'Something Went Wrong' followed by a screen that said the upload was succesful. I don't know which of these two mutually exclusive statements is true as I don't know how or where to look to see if my image made it onto the site.

Let us know when you are ready for prime time.  Meanwhile, you might want to stop sending out email inviting people to upload there. First impressions and all.

Also, if you are going to sell photographs, the site needs to make that clear. Everthing about the site makes it look as if it is selling video clips only. If I were looking to buy photos and landed on the site, I would assume I had made a mistake and go somewhere else.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2008, 13:59 by dbvirago »


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« Reply #41 on: May 08, 2008, 14:14 »
I'm gonna be shot for saying this, but I like the site. I like the look and feel of it and I like a lot of the content; with one exception that is; do a search using "model" and some blonde comes up on page 2 and 3 with more bags than Terminal 5 Heathrow on a bank holiday weekend. Not good when I look at the amount of space she's taking up and virtually identical images all over the shop.

Obviously reaching critical mass is going to be your biggest challenge but I think if your reviewers don't get it right from get go it's going to be very hard to convince the pros to come on board.

Photoshelter is a prime example of what I'm talking about. Great GUI and very slick interface but shite content. They've basically shot themselves in the foot by rejecting perfectly adequate content and seem to be running the site on one individuals personal preferences and not what I would regard as commercially viable stock.

So that's my tuppence worth John, good luck with it, you look like you've burnt a few dollars and let's hope you make a fortune.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2008, 14:16 by Contakt »

« Reply #43 on: May 08, 2008, 17:24 »
As we can set higher prices with cutcaster, I hope to see more images that are not on the micro sites.  Having the exact same images as all the other sites might be one reason why no new site has made an impact in the past 2 years.

« Reply #44 on: May 08, 2008, 22:53 »
As we can set higher prices with cutcaster, I hope to see more images that are not on the micro sites.  Having the exact same images as all the other sites might be one reason why no new site has made an impact in the past 2 years.

They do offer a higher commission rate with exclusives too, so will be sending them at least a few. Exclusive is selectable per image, like at DT.

For a preview of the new uploader, see this blog post
« Last Edit: May 08, 2008, 23:03 by snurder »

« Reply #45 on: May 10, 2008, 19:33 »
First impressions:

1. No secure login.  No-no for any site. My advise to everybody: do not register until secure login is implemented. If you are already registered - do not log in until it is done, and change your password immediately after.

2. Communication. No way to contact on site. Mail server blocking ip's/domains (e.g. rejects gmail messages) - i.e. no way to contact them if your mail server is not lucky.

3. FTP. Very professional - "Ask us, and we will say if this is possible".

« Reply #46 on: May 11, 2008, 08:03 »

2. Communication. No way to contact on site. Mail server blocking ip's/domains (e.g. rejects gmail messages) - i.e. no way to contact them if your mail server is not lucky.

i was able to contact them - but agree my first emails were rejected as spam - i removed any urls in the email (my signature has them) and then emails went thru.

« Reply #48 on: May 11, 2008, 17:25 »
i think i'm with John.

as for all those comments about comparing his company to another site, it's not only unfair, it's irrelevant.  you cannot compare apples with oranges

anyone with business sense know that there are more reasons to a business failure than what meets the eye.
communication is yet another thing.
how many of your Big 6 actually took the trouble to come on this site to chat with you?
ok, John's new, but that's what they used to say about Bill Gates ...
but Bill was always there with communication ...

now, we don't ask "Bill who???" ;D
so maybe for now John who is where Bill used to be.

Give him a break, Cutcaster is new. isn't this what you wanted in the first place. a company who listens to you and tries to get you better money for your works?

and as far as the comment about "they accept anything".
well, how many times have i read here about you ppl complaining of how certain Big 6 rejected one of your "great shot".

now you're complaining John accepts anything.
well, it's up to you. you can upload garbage and John will put it there.
but unless your garbage sells, you're only wasting time.

i like the idea of us watching what we send to John. i just hate the idea of someone telling me "this is a snapshot."
well, if John hasn't told me what is a snapshot. i think we will go for him
and see how well his project goes.

as for not being in the Big 6.  ;D ;D ;D ;D
that is the most irrelevant comment i have ever read.
where is your head, duh????

John is new. how can he be in the Big 6.
tells me that you've never been in business before, or if you have...
you forgot we all started from scratch.

good luck John. 8)
« Last Edit: May 11, 2008, 17:29 by joma st »

« Reply #49 on: May 11, 2008, 17:38 »
BTW, congrats to John - CC moved to position 15 (by US traffic) in April


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