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« on: August 05, 2019, 20:19 »
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Sales were steady until a few months ago. It has dropped over 25% in the last few months.

I know they're transitioning all FT buyers over, but there are no more credit sales and subscription prices seem to be higher other major sites. Are they losing customers to SS?

AS has been my most consistent earner, but this decline is worrying. They were doing a lot of things right until recently.


« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2019, 20:33 »
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I'm experiencing the opposite situation. Even tho my portfolio is half editorials.

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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2019, 21:36 »
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Yep, last month was about half of my peak, which was last November.

« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2019, 22:01 »
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I'm experiencing the opposite situation. Even tho my portfolio is half editorials.

As I remembered, FT didn't accept editorials. Your sales are coming directly from the AS side, where they started accepting editorials after they bought FT.

For us older contributors, we're losing the credit sales from FT's side. Maybe AS has been actively trying to convert all those credit buyers into subscribers, but credit buyers probably loved the flexibility of the system instead of being charged every month for something they may not use.

« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2019, 22:08 »
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Yep, last month was about half of my peak, which was last November.
Yep.  We call that "summer."

Happens every year. People take vacations. Companies decide what to for the coming Winter season.  Nothing unusual.

This is not a paycheck that remains the same whether you work or not, or whether the stuff you sell is wanted or not. It has seasonal variations, and the pipeline must be constantly fed to keep the material fresh.

Learn to live with it... or leave the hobby/business (getting harder and harder to really call it a business...)

« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2019, 22:32 »
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I'm experiencing the opposite situation. Even tho my portfolio is half editorials.

As I remembered, FT didn't accept editorials. Your sales are coming directly from the AS side, where they started accepting editorials after they bought FT.

For us older contributors, we're losing the credit sales from FT's side. Maybe AS has been actively trying to convert all those credit buyers into subscribers, but credit buyers probably loved the flexibility of the system instead of being charged every month for something they may not use.
I mean, I don't have editorials there.

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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2019, 01:02 »
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Experiencing the same harsh fall in earnings at AS. More than the usual summer slowdown.

A similar thing happened when they closed DPC... while it had its bad points it did generate a lot of income (for me anyway). As soon as they closed it they tried to convert the buyers to AS subs/credit packs and a lot of them left. I remember there were a lot of complaints at the time from clients. I wouldn't be surprised if they've just tried to migrate clients or shut off another revenue stream with the same results as DPC.

If they've closed off access to FT or other credit sales, then this will probably amplify the effects of the summer slowdown as all that will be left is AS subs. The larger value corporate sales (I'd imagine) will also slowdown a lot over the summer. I used to wake up in the morning with a healthy amount of sales... now, I'm lucky if I have half a dozen. Europe is dead, very little sales action each day between 8am-2pm (UK).

I've heard the, "You'll lose higher value sales but you'll get higher volume" mantra but I don't believe it. Certainly seen no evidence of it. When I look at downloads over time, I see the normal pattern from January through to Aug... a gentle reduction from mid June... earnings however are cliff edge. Just collapsed after mid/end of June. Higher value sales have gone.

I get the feeling they want to close off every revenue other than AS and it's connection to Adobe Creative Cloud. Effectively turning it into a large clipart/photo library for their software.

In either event, they must have realised that cutting options to clients on how they can buy images will likely lead to them looking elsewhere... I guess losing clients that buy through the website don't matter as much as those that do buy through their software. Not everyone wants to sign up to subs packs via Photoshop. Hopefully they've got a cunning plan that helps contributors earn more money...but I'm not holding my breath for that. Losing faith in them now.
« Last Edit: August 06, 2019, 01:05 by HalfFull »

« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2019, 04:50 »
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Yep.  We call that "summer."

Happens every year. People take vacations. Companies decide what to for the coming Winter season.  Nothing unusual.

This is not a paycheck that remains the same whether you work or not, or whether the stuff you sell is wanted or not. It has seasonal variations, and the pipeline must be constantly fed to keep the material fresh.

This, and nothing more.  Adobe Stock is growing and doing well.  There will be seasonality and depending on what your content focuses on, you will have good and bad months.  We're working all of the time to improve sales and the experience for all contributors.  If I could even out the seasonality, I would.... ;-)

« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2019, 05:19 »
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Yep.  We call that "summer."

Happens every year. People take vacations. Companies decide what to for the coming Winter season.  Nothing unusual.

This is not a paycheck that remains the same whether you work or not, or whether the stuff you sell is wanted or not. It has seasonal variations, and the pipeline must be constantly fed to keep the material fresh.


This, and nothing more.  Adobe Stock is growing and doing well.  There will be seasonality and depending on what your content focuses on, you will have good and bad months.  We're working all of the time to improve sales and the experience for all contributors.  If I could even out the seasonality, I would.... ;-)

Hi Dennis, thanks for the feedback. I really hope this is true.

When I contacted AS about strange clumping of images in the search I was told that changes had been and still are taking place. Basically I had 83 images on the one page instead of being spread out... images that used to be on 1st page suddenly joined this clump a half dozen pages back. This issue went on for several pages. I also spotted that when viewing images in my portfolio at FT, sorted by "Relevance", it was basically all my new images, videos first and all my popular work pushed back out of sight. Could it be that some of the changes have had an unintended effect elsewhere... such as the FT "Relevance" positioning.

For me, the sudden disappearance of higher value sales has been very noticeable. This for me is the main cause of concern, especially when I hear of "Changes" taking place. I can see a gentle reduction in volume that would be the summer slowdown (although it appears to be a little worse this year) and this I would expect.

Thanks again

« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2019, 05:30 »
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not only as but i'd say all agency are falling down and is not the classic summer slowdown which i never had in the past years....ss after a great july for example show a completely sudden death

« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2019, 05:49 »
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... extreme slow down, too... sporadic, random sales on old material...

« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2019, 05:53 »
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not only as but i'd say all agency are falling down and is not the classic summer slowdown which i never had in the past years....ss after a great july for example show a completely sudden death
They change a lot the search algorithm...

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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2019, 06:04 »
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i thinks is more saturation of market and that's all...sson it will be even worst and most till nobody could make a living out of it...i mean a serious living, in a modern western country...sure if you live in a jungle in cambogia o in some remote russian town maybe you can still make a good living for that standard. earning 5 6k with micro stock will be a dream for 99,99 %. it's only a matter of small time.
personally i'm already differentiate through other source of income. but really what's the point of this? accepting zillions images that never sell, invention zillions more photographer to the party to make them earning 1 dollar month...i mean is not stupid this?

« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2019, 06:11 »
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yesterday ai received a briefing from sss customer...a super briefing for a lifestyle shoot with exclusivity and you know 40 dollar per image...40 dollar!! and you not even know if they will accept your images!!! i eran more money in one hour shooting of couple in a beach than 10 assign,int like this....how they think i can recover expenses!! wifi cannot even resell the photos' 4 8 model, lot of action , different style,, mixed race and i lieve in a county where finding a black model is not the easiest thing...for company who earn hundreds of millions and whose managers probably spend 40  dollar just for having their nails done! this industry should i hope soon collapse and bankrupt.

« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2019, 06:19 »
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not only as but i'd say all agency are falling down and is not the classic summer slowdown which i never had in the past years....ss after a great july for example show a completely sudden death

SS has been good for me... been a good July and excellent start to Aug... just AS that's tanked.

« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2019, 06:22 »
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not only as but i'd say all agency are falling down and is not the classic summer slowdown which i never had in the past years....ss after a great july for example show a completely sudden death

SS has been good for me... been a good July and excellent start to Aug... just AS that's tanked.

for me ss has tanked much much more than as...ss is like 10 per cent of last august so far...not even in 2007 i had a start of august like this...only subs...0 on demand...1 single of 5 dollar...really seems like i'm non existent in sss....despite already having lifestyle for autumn and christmas uploaded in half july.

« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2019, 07:18 »
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#Dennis Radeke

Dear Dennis,

thank your for your answer.

the reason for declining earnings at Adobe Stock is not only seasonal. Since the year who Adobe had absorbed Fotolia,
the earnings goes proportional continuous more and more back. I remeber how Adobe had promised us that we all
benefit from the acquisition - but unfortunately nothing happened. I think Adobe should reconsider their strategy. Of
course, there are still other new Problems for contributors in the microstock industry. But I think, the main probelm are
the Agencies ( not only Adobe) self and the estimation to the contributors.

Best Regards

Tom

« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2019, 09:15 »
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I may sound stupid, but how do we submit editorial to AS ?


I'm experiencing the opposite situation. Even tho my portfolio is half editorials.

As I remembered, FT didn't accept editorials. Your sales are coming directly from the AS side, where they started accepting editorials after they bought FT.

For us older contributors, we're losing the credit sales from FT's side. Maybe AS has been actively trying to convert all those credit buyers into subscribers, but credit buyers probably loved the flexibility of the system instead of being charged every month for something they may not use.

« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2019, 09:39 »
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Yep.  We call that "summer."

Happens every year. People take vacations. Companies decide what to for the coming Winter season.  Nothing unusual.

This is not a paycheck that remains the same whether you work or not, or whether the stuff you sell is wanted or not. It has seasonal variations, and the pipeline must be constantly fed to keep the material fresh.

Learn to live with it... or leave the hobby/business (getting harder and harder to really call it a business...)

Thanks for the tips.

No, it's not just summer.  This July was 35% lower than last July and August.  About 10% lower than last June.  Sure, there's a summer slowdown, but that's in addition to no growth, and just waning sales.  I hope it roars back in the fall.  AS had been fairly consistent.

« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2019, 10:34 »
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Yep, last month was about half of my peak, which was last November.
Yep.  We call that "summer."... Learn to live with it... or leave the hobby/business...

Where I come from we refer to this as "Teaching your grandmother to suck eggs"

« Reply #20 on: August 06, 2019, 11:07 »
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Yep, last month was about half of my peak, which was last November.
Yep.  We call that "summer."

Happens every year. People take vacations. Companies decide what to for the coming Winter season.  Nothing unusual.


On this can believe someone for whom this is the first "summer" in stock photography :)

Everyone more experienced can see its own stats during the years and will see the truth for this "summer". How many contributors doubled its portfolio and doubled the income?

« Last Edit: August 06, 2019, 11:12 by Deyan Georgiev »

« Reply #21 on: August 06, 2019, 11:30 »
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How many contributors doubled its portfolio and doubled the income?

Well, the world doesn't work like that, unless you are the only person in the world.

If you double your portfolio but the total portfolio of everyone quadrupled, you have actually cut your relative portfolio in half.

If the number of customers doubled in the same time you might (statistically) expect around the same earnings.
« Last Edit: August 06, 2019, 11:37 by increasingdifficulty »

« Reply #22 on: August 06, 2019, 16:42 »
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AS web subscription is not available in all countries, maybe not crucial, but probably doesn't help to get more sales. Same thing is with Adobe software, it's really an issue for us in countries geoblocked by Adobe, but nobody cares.

ShadySue

« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2019, 16:55 »
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Yep, last month was about half of my peak, which was last November.
I sure hope you're doing well on Stocksy!

« Reply #24 on: August 06, 2019, 16:59 »
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Yep, last month was about half of my peak, which was last November.
I sure hope you're doing well on Stocksy!

Oddly enough, I get a nice chunk of change from our partnership with Adobe.  I'm not hating on AS by any means.  I just wish every site would show some growth.


 

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