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« Reply #25 on: November 21, 2017, 13:24 »
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I know how some of you hate this kind of topics, but this one appears to be out of an ordinary one (at least for me), and I'm on a verge of freaking out: my sales at Fotolia/Adobe Stock have almost stopped in November, with a projected drop in sales vs October by -20% (or considerably more if the trend remains) and could be my worst ever month in 2.5 years (port of close to 2K images). As you can see, in my case fluctuations month to month with FT/AS are common, but November is something special (remember, we're in 17 November, with less than 10 working days left in this month).

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Does anybody have a similar situation?


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« Reply #26 on: November 23, 2017, 12:09 »
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After a good October, November has been poor to say the least. The stability their search engine once had seems to have gone. SS went through a period when there search was radically changing every couple of weeks. Their's seems to have stabilised to a degree while FT AS has taken the same characteristics as the old (bad) SS search. Makes me wonder if that has something to do with Scott being over there now. Either way, it's no where near as good as it once was.

« Reply #27 on: November 24, 2017, 03:12 »
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After a good October, November has been poor to say the least. The stability their search engine once had seems to have gone. SS went through a period when there search was radically changing every couple of weeks. Their's seems to have stabilised to a degree while FT AS has taken the same characteristics as the old (bad) SS search. Makes me wonder if that has something to do with Scott being over there now. Either way, it's no where near as good as it once was.
Agree I thought things were back to "normal" but plummeting down the rankings again...might still be an OK month but I now experience periods of total inactivity on there which I never really came across before.

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« Reply #28 on: November 24, 2017, 04:10 »
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After a good October, November has been poor to say the least. The stability their search engine once had seems to have gone. SS went through a period when there search was radically changing every couple of weeks. Their's seems to have stabilised to a degree while FT AS has taken the same characteristics as the old (bad) SS search. Makes me wonder if that has something to do with Scott being over there now. Either way, it's no where near as good as it once was.

Yeah well why do you think they hired Scott??  hohoho!  in any event the search at the moment is really bad. It surprises me when Adobe is such a fantastic programming/software corp. If theres anything that should be spot on its the search. Also many suppliers feel they are getting blocked for hours on end. My future there is bleak its gone from my second best agency to number 5.
I havent got the time anymore supplying agencies that cant produce an output according to my input. I'll give Ft and Dt until new year?

« Reply #29 on: November 24, 2017, 06:47 »
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Just looked at % of US sales to the rest of the world. I'm routinely over 90% US sales, often 95-98% even though I supply work that is not specific to the US (I'm based in the UK). It's like my port is not visible anywhere else other than the US. It certainly explains why my sales plummet when the US has a holiday. The last couple of days have been terrible yet SS is good. They seem to have a good balance of visibility across all countries.

It just seems that they've badly broken the search at the moment. My weekly position dropped massively to 700 this week, lowest it's been for years!

Good news is that good sales came in from Archangel.... 4 sales = 1.5x FT monthly earnings! I'm thinking of just focusing on them and other RM agencies now and send quick and simple stuff to micro.

« Reply #30 on: November 25, 2017, 03:59 »
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same here 90% us sales (-30% tax) - before AS it was 10% us sales - and I m on eu fotolia - strange?!!! - and sales a down...

« Reply #31 on: November 25, 2017, 04:32 »
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same here 90% us sales (-30% tax) - before AS it was 10% us sales - and I m on eu fotolia - strange?!!! - and sales a down...

What does "eu fotolia" have to do with anything?

The reason US sales have increased is because of Adobe. A US company with a huge US market.

« Reply #32 on: November 25, 2017, 04:58 »
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Even after AS took over, US sales were still 30-50%. What is odd now is the complete lack of ANY non us sales. It feels like the search, which is likely to have some form of geo feature (as is often used), maybe out of balance.

There was a point when it was the other way round, minimal US sales and it had similar results. Long spells without sales until the priority country/ continent woke back up for work. What we are seeing is a tweak to the search that has created an imbalance of geo exposure.


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« Reply #33 on: November 25, 2017, 05:05 »
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For the first time I just checked my percentage of sales in the US.
And yes, 100% of sales this month come from the US.
A big zero from Europe, while I am based in the UK and in the past I always found that Fotolia used to be very friendly to European content.
Go fugure

« Reply #34 on: November 25, 2017, 05:52 »
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For the first time I just checked my percentage of sales in the US.
And yes, 100% of sales this month come from the US.
A big zero from Europe, while I am based in the UK and in the past I always found that Fotolia used to be very friendly to European content.
Go fugure
Similar for me and used to get mostly non-us sales...something seems wrong here.

« Reply #35 on: November 25, 2017, 08:28 »
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For those experiencing the same pattern, report it to FT via the message system. Ive already done this with a copy of last months percentages. It could be something they are not aware of so its worth reporting it so they know to investigate it!


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« Reply #36 on: November 25, 2017, 08:39 »
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THere is the strong possibility that it is simply the statistic in FT about US sales that is not working anymore.
Same goes with views in FT: it is all over the place

« Reply #37 on: November 25, 2017, 11:49 »
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Same experience here. I wrote this about a month ago in some other topic.

Well, I think they totally neglected EU buyers. I used to get a lot of credit sales XL, L, M, now, very rarely. EL sales were more frequent year ago also. Also, most of my 0.99 sales are coming from US, and those sales are my mostly main income + subs. So, I think US sales increased, but EU sales dropped significally.

« Reply #38 on: November 25, 2017, 12:25 »
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The sales reporting is fine. Im heading toward my BME at FT/AS. Check your weekly rankings to see if where you are compared to previous weeks. If you didnt have any Thanksgiving content, sales will mostly go down for you a bit during the last half of November.

« Reply #39 on: November 25, 2017, 20:53 »
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I just went to check my stats and for November so far, my non-US sales are 24%

For Oct 2017 it was 20% non-US. I'm based in the US.

In the thread about this last month I had noted my recent average over the last (almost) year was 29% non-US. As I noted in that thread, that is down a lot from earlier days.

« Reply #40 on: November 26, 2017, 02:43 »
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The sales reporting is fine. Im heading toward my BME at FT/AS. Check your weekly rankings to see if where you are compared to previous weeks. If you didnt have any Thanksgiving content, sales will mostly go down for you a bit during the last half of November.
A BIT mine have tanked I expected a bit of a downturn but anyway these things happen....but FT is much more or a roller coaster for me the last few months.....still likely to make a decent month as the first half was smokin' but disconcerting when you are plummeting down the rankings!

« Reply #41 on: November 26, 2017, 06:55 »
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Fotolia and Storyblocks are dead in november! >:(

« Reply #42 on: November 26, 2017, 10:03 »
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The sales reporting is fine. Im heading toward my BME at FT/AS. Check your weekly rankings to see if where you are compared to previous weeks. If you didnt have any Thanksgiving content, sales will mostly go down for you a bit during the last half of November.
What has Thanksgiving to do with this? It is a US and Canadian celebration, how can that affect EU buyers and contributors. There is a big world out there.

I have no Thanksgiving images and my sales are just a bit down from last month but we still have a few days.
Also, I have 68.66% US sales (in commission). For a better comparison, we should have access to the number of downloads too for those US sales not just the credits (without counting them one by one).
« Last Edit: November 26, 2017, 10:10 by Dodie »

« Reply #43 on: November 27, 2017, 02:42 »
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What has Thanksgiving to do with this? It is a US and Canadian celebration, how can that affect EU buyers and contributors. There is a big world out there.

I have no Thanksgiving images and my sales are just a bit down from last month but we still have a few days.
Also, I have 68.66% US sales (in commission). For a better comparison, we should have access to the number of downloads too for those US sales not just the credits (without counting them one by one).

Like you said, the US market makes up nearly 70% of your sales. On some days, the US market makes up over 90% of my sales. If the biggest market is on holiday, it would only make sense if the sales are down from the previous month.

niktol

« Reply #44 on: November 27, 2017, 09:46 »
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The sales reporting is fine. Im heading toward my BME at FT/AS. Check your weekly rankings to see if where you are compared to previous weeks. If you didnt have any Thanksgiving content, sales will mostly go down for you a bit during the last half of November.
What has Thanksgiving to do with this? It is a US and Canadian celebration, how can that affect EU buyers and contributors. There is a big world out there.



Not a Canadian, the Canadian was in October. About half of my sales is in the US, so while the US holidays do not affect the sales as much as Saturdays, but I can definitely feel the difference.

« Reply #45 on: November 27, 2017, 11:26 »
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What has Thanksgiving to do with this? It is a US and Canadian celebration, how can that affect EU buyers and contributors. There is a big world out there.

I have no Thanksgiving images and my sales are just a bit down from last month but we still have a few days.
Also, I have 68.66% US sales (in commission). For a better comparison, we should have access to the number of downloads too for those US sales not just the credits (without counting them one by one).
Like you said, the US market makes up nearly 70% of your sales. On some days, the US market makes up over 90% of my sales. If the biggest market is on holiday, it would only make sense if the sales are down from the previous month.
US holiday or not, I was asking where are the sale from the rest of the world? Or why are they missing?
SS is an US company too and I have sales from all over the world but hardly ever from North America.


« Last Edit: November 27, 2017, 11:29 by Dodie »

« Reply #46 on: November 27, 2017, 12:07 »
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What has Thanksgiving to do with this? It is a US and Canadian celebration, how can that affect EU buyers and contributors. There is a big world out there.

I have no Thanksgiving images and my sales are just a bit down from last month but we still have a few days.
Also, I have 68.66% US sales (in commission). For a better comparison, we should have access to the number of downloads too for those US sales not just the credits (without counting them one by one).
Like you said, the US market makes up nearly 70% of your sales. On some days, the US market makes up over 90% of my sales. If the biggest market is on holiday, it would only make sense if the sales are down from the previous month.
US holiday or not, I was asking where are the sale from the rest of the world? Or why are they missing?
SS is an US company too and I have sales from all over the world but hardly ever from North America.

Speculation, but it could be an accounting change rather than a change in the demographics of sales.  For example sales through Adobe products maybe reported as US sales and not where the buyer is from, if Adobe products are considered a partner for accounting purposes.

« Reply #47 on: November 27, 2017, 12:45 »
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What has Thanksgiving to do with this? It is a US and Canadian celebration, how can that affect EU buyers and contributors. There is a big world out there.

I have no Thanksgiving images and my sales are just a bit down from last month but we still have a few days.
Also, I have 68.66% US sales (in commission). For a better comparison, we should have access to the number of downloads too for those US sales not just the credits (without counting them one by one).
Like you said, the US market makes up nearly 70% of your sales. On some days, the US market makes up over 90% of my sales. If the biggest market is on holiday, it would only make sense if the sales are down from the previous month.
US holiday or not, I was asking where are the sale from the rest of the world? Or why are they missing?
SS is an US company too and I have sales from all over the world but hardly ever from North America.

Speculation, but it could be an accounting change rather than a change in the demographics of sales.  For example sales through Adobe products maybe reported as US sales and not where the buyer is from, if Adobe products are considered a partner for accounting purposes.
That could be an explanation. It never crossed my mind but possible.

« Reply #48 on: November 27, 2017, 14:55 »
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What has Thanksgiving to do with this? It is a US and Canadian celebration, how can that affect EU buyers and contributors. There is a big world out there.

I have no Thanksgiving images and my sales are just a bit down from last month but we still have a few days.
Also, I have 68.66% US sales (in commission). For a better comparison, we should have access to the number of downloads too for those US sales not just the credits (without counting them one by one).

Like you said, the US market makes up nearly 70% of your sales. On some days, the US market makes up over 90% of my sales. If the biggest market is on holiday, it would only make sense if the sales are down from the previous month.

A lot "US sales" here, too (whatever that means)
Here is the trend of my US earning percentage for the past few years:

« Reply #49 on: November 27, 2017, 16:25 »
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What has Thanksgiving to do with this? It is a US and Canadian celebration, how can that affect EU buyers and contributors. There is a big world out there.

I have no Thanksgiving images and my sales are just a bit down from last month but we still have a few days.
Also, I have 68.66% US sales (in commission). For a better comparison, we should have access to the number of downloads too for those US sales not just the credits (without counting them one by one).

Like you said, the US market makes up nearly 70% of your sales. On some days, the US market makes up over 90% of my sales. If the biggest market is on holiday, it would only make sense if the sales are down from the previous month.

A lot "US sales" here, too (whatever that means)
Here is the trend of my US earning percentage for the past few years:

You would be pissed if you were paying 30% withholding tax.


 

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