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« on: January 07, 2014, 08:26 »
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The 2013 Microstock Industry Survey is now live.  It shouldn't take more than 5-10 minutes if you have your numbers ready.  You can find it here

If you enjoyed the previous years results, please share it around (last year we had 750+ respondents).  It would be great if as many people as possible can take part so we can get the most accurate results possible.

The survey follows a nearly identical flow to previous years (with a few tweaks thanks to comments) as it is nice to compare results from year to year and I feel it asks the basic questions we are wondering without taking too long to answer.

For interest, here is last year's infographic and full results

As a thank you to everyone who responds there will be a random give-away again.  There are a number of prizes up for grabs.  There will be one winner for each prize.  Winners will be drawn randomly (using a random number generator).  Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash.

StockPerformer has offered a one year Eagle and one year Sparrow membership ($400 and $125 value)
ProImageExperts has offered a $500 image editing package and a $400 image editing package (2 winners)
MicrostockSubmitter has offered a 6 month unlimited subscriptions ($250 value)
MicrostockGroup will give a GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition ($399 value)

The giveaway is now over - winners announced here.

-Link to the survey-
« Last Edit: February 12, 2014, 04:44 by leaf »


Ron

« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 08:41 »
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I called in the troops on SS

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2603675

I will post it on my website as well.

« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2014, 08:55 »
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Just filled in the survey  :)

The box for leaving your e-mail address at the end is a bit, let's say "spacious" ;D At least it is in my IE9...

« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2014, 09:19 »
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For interest sake, here is the previous years response numbers and links to the stats

2012: 754 responses
2011: 709 responses
2010: 628 responses
2009: 413 responses
2008: 244 responses

Goofy

« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2014, 09:48 »
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completed...

Ron

« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2014, 10:05 »
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Leaf do you mind if I quote you and write about it in my blog?

« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2014, 10:13 »
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Leaf do you mind if I quote you and write about it in my blog?

feel free

« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2014, 10:51 »
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Done :)

« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2014, 11:00 »
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Done and shared

« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2014, 11:28 »
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Completed and shared on FB

« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2014, 15:09 »
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"How many photos did you have for sale in the microstock marketplace (as of December last year)?"

Does that mean December 2013 or 2012?

Goofy

« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2014, 15:29 »
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December 2013

« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2014, 15:31 »
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Survey completed.

« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2014, 15:34 »
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December 2013

right. Dec 2013.


« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2014, 17:56 »
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Percentage of total income. Is that microstock total? Stock sales total? Photography total (including commissioned shoots)? Personal earnings total (including the day job - non photo)?

« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2014, 22:16 »
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Done

Goofy

« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2014, 22:33 »
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I didn't include any of my engagement/wedding sessions only stock sales.


« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2014, 02:34 »
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Done.  It's a fun list of questions, though I always have difficulties with those questions about "how much did you spend" (on hardware and on microstock shootings).  I don't keep track of that - I don't want to get depressed  :) - so I did a rough estimate.

« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2014, 03:33 »
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Done.

« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2014, 05:05 »
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.. just added 2 prizes from ProImageExperts (thanks guys).  A $500 and a $400 image editing package.

« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2014, 05:21 »
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As a thank you to everyone who responds there will be a random give-away again.  There are a couple prizes up for grabs.  There will be one winner for each prize.  Winners will be drawn randomly (using a random number generator).  Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash.

Um... that is cool. * it, I guess I would have had to add my email address somewhere to qualify for one of the prizes, right?  :o

« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2014, 05:24 »
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As a thank you to everyone who responds there will be a random give-away again.  There are a couple prizes up for grabs.  There will be one winner for each prize.  Winners will be drawn randomly (using a random number generator).  Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash.

Um... that is cool. * it, I guess I would have had to add my email address somewhere to qualify for one of the prizes, right?  :o

Yeah, after you complete the survey you are taken to a separate page to enter your email

« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2014, 05:25 »
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Yeah, after you complete the survey you are taken to a separate page to enter your email

I guess there is no way to add that when I've already sent my filled out survey form...?

« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2014, 05:28 »
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Yeah, after you complete the survey you are taken to a separate page to enter your email

I guess there is no way to add that when I've already sent my filled out survey form...?

I'll send you a PM

« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2014, 08:30 »
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.. and one last prize

MicrostockSubmitter has offered a 6 month unlimited subscription ($250 value)

« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2014, 10:10 »
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As a thank you to everyone who responds there will be a random give-away again.  There are a couple prizes up for grabs.  There will be one winner for each prize.  Winners will be drawn randomly (using a random number generator).  Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash.

Um... that is cool. * it, I guess I would have had to add my email address somewhere to qualify for one of the prizes, right?  :o

Yeah, after you complete the survey you are taken to a separate page to enter your email

It told me my email was already there, ghosted out the submit icon and that's that. Hope it came through.

lisafx

« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2014, 12:03 »
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Finished here.  Thanks for doing this again, Tyler :)


« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2014, 12:58 »
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Thanks for doing this! Shared via twitter and on some forums too.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2014, 13:06 by wordplanet »

Ron

« Reply #28 on: January 08, 2014, 13:29 »
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I shared it on Facebook, Twitter and on my site, included a mini interview with Tyler: http://semmickphoto.com/2014/01/08/2013-microstock-industry-survey

Ron

« Reply #29 on: January 08, 2014, 14:36 »
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Not sure if it added my email to the draw for the prizes. When I added my email it said: xxxx @ semmick.com is already subscribed to list MicrostockGroup. Click here to update your profile. When I clicked the link it opened a new page and I am not sure if it registered my email for the draw. Can you check this?

Thanks.

« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2014, 14:54 »
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Done

« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2014, 17:11 »
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Not sure if it added my email to the draw for the prizes. When I added my email it said: xxxx @ semmick.com is already subscribed to list MicrostockGroup. Click here to update your profile. When I clicked the link it opened a new page and I am not sure if it registered my email for the draw. Can you check this?

Thanks.

Yeah, I wish there was a better way for things to work when someone is already on the list.

If you get the message you are already on the list, you need to ...
- click that link that to update your profile
- then, an email will be sent to you
- find that email with another link to update your profile
- then FINALLY you can update your profile with the 2013 survey box checked.

I'll also be sending out a reminder at the end of the month to those who haven't responded to the survey (checked the box).  If you get that email you know you missed checking the box.  Or... if you are unsure, send me a pm or email and I'll double check it for you.

« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2014, 17:14 »
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Can you check this?

you weren't entered but you are now.

« Reply #33 on: January 08, 2014, 17:15 »
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As a thank you to everyone who responds there will be a random give-away again.  There are a couple prizes up for grabs.  There will be one winner for each prize.  Winners will be drawn randomly (using a random number generator).  Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash.

Um... that is cool. * it, I guess I would have had to add my email address somewhere to qualify for one of the prizes, right?  :o

Yeah, after you complete the survey you are taken to a separate page to enter your email

It told me my email was already there, ghosted out the submit icon and that's that. Hope it came through.

You weren't entered either.  I manually added you now.

« Reply #34 on: January 08, 2014, 17:54 »
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Not sure if it added my email to the draw for the prizes. When I added my email it said: xxxx @ semmick.com is already subscribed to list MicrostockGroup. Click here to update your profile. When I clicked the link it opened a new page and I am not sure if it registered my email for the draw. Can you check this?

Thanks.

Yeah, I wish there was a better way for things to work when someone is already on the list.

If you get the message you are already on the list, you need to ...
- click that link that to update your profile
- then, an email will be sent to you
- find that email with another link to update your profile
- then FINALLY you can update your profile with the 2013 survey box checked.

I'll also be sending out a reminder at the end of the month to those who haven't responded to the survey (checked the box).  If you get that email you know you missed checking the box.  Or... if you are unsure, send me a pm or email and I'll double check it for you.

Thanks for that Leaf. I should be 'in' now too.

Great work on the Survey once again. Looking forward to seeing the results. I never fail to be surprised how closely the fortunes of the masses tend to match my own experiences.

Ron

« Reply #35 on: January 08, 2014, 18:04 »
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Not sure if it added my email to the draw for the prizes. When I added my email it said: xxxx @ semmick.com is already subscribed to list MicrostockGroup. Click here to update your profile. When I clicked the link it opened a new page and I am not sure if it registered my email for the draw. Can you check this?

Thanks.

Yeah, I wish there was a better way for things to work when someone is already on the list.

If you get the message you are already on the list, you need to ...
- click that link that to update your profile
- then, an email will be sent to you
- find that email with another link to update your profile
- then FINALLY you can update your profile with the 2013 survey box checked.

I'll also be sending out a reminder at the end of the month to those who haven't responded to the survey (checked the box).  If you get that email you know you missed checking the box.  Or... if you are unsure, send me a pm or email and I'll double check it for you.

Ok, I had the email, but hadnt clicked the link, but I should be in the draw now too. Thanks.

« Reply #36 on: January 08, 2014, 21:16 »
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Just blogged about the survey too - helping to keep my New Year's resolution to start blogging regularly  8)

http://www.travelstockblog.com/?p=116



« Reply #37 on: January 09, 2014, 02:04 »
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Done! Thanks for providing instructions for those of us that are already subscribed. I was a bit confused until I read that post!  ;D

« Reply #38 on: January 09, 2014, 04:34 »
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hope i am in now as well ;)

« Reply #39 on: January 09, 2014, 10:02 »
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I did go though it and answer most of the questions but it wanted more of them  it would not accept it - at least I tried

« Reply #40 on: January 10, 2014, 05:03 »
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I did go though it and answer most of the questions but it wanted more of them  it would not accept it - at least I tried

Yeah, you need to answer all the questions in the survey.
We are up to 481 responses so far.  Thanks to everyone who responded and shared the survey.  Only 270 more people to break last year's record. 

« Reply #41 on: January 12, 2014, 21:21 »
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I'm another who was already subscribed, and probably need manually entering into the draw, sorry!  Only read the instructions after filling in the form  :o

« Reply #42 on: January 13, 2014, 04:38 »
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I'm another who was already subscribed, and probably need manually entering into the draw, sorry!  Only read the instructions after filling in the form  :o

You are right, you weren't signed up - you are now.

544 responses.  Getting close to last year's record of 750.  Thanks to everyone who has shared the survey with their friends, blogged, tweeted, or facebooked it.

« Reply #43 on: January 13, 2014, 13:28 »
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Pretty sure I need to be manually added to the draw also! Thanks!

« Reply #44 on: January 13, 2014, 16:18 »
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Same for me, submitted but the email didnt work, could you check my entry please?

« Reply #45 on: January 14, 2014, 05:03 »
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Ok, I made sure you two were entered in the draw.

The sign up does work, you just need to do a few more steps if you are already in the email list.


If you get the message you are already on the list, you need to ...
- click that link that to update your profile
- then, an email will be sent to you
- find that email with another link to update your profile
- then FINALLY you can update your profile with the 2013 survey box checked.

« Reply #46 on: January 14, 2014, 05:38 »
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Took the survey, and went through the extra couple of steps with the email and all to sign up for the draw. All is good!


AYA

« Reply #47 on: January 14, 2014, 20:00 »
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Hi Leaf, i also completed the survey but my name was already on the newsletter. Could you add me as well?

« Reply #48 on: January 15, 2014, 02:36 »
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Hi Leaf, i also completed the survey but my name was already on the newsletter. Could you add me as well?


done.

About a week before the draw I'll send out an email to both everyone included in the draw and another email to everyone who isn't registered for the draw.  That way it will be easy to double check that you are indeed  entered.

« Reply #49 on: January 29, 2014, 07:37 »
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Less than a week until the thank-you draw is made.  I'll be making it Monday Feb. 3.

I sent out two emails yesterday.  One confirming the people who were entered in the draw and another say there is only a week left to fill out the survey.  if you didn't get an email confirming you were entered in the draw, you probably aren't.
Let me know if there is a mistake (mail@microstockgroup.com)

Ron

« Reply #50 on: January 29, 2014, 08:13 »
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How many entrants so far?

« Reply #51 on: January 29, 2014, 08:22 »
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How many entrants so far?

the survey or the draw?

Ron

« Reply #52 on: January 29, 2014, 08:22 »
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Sorry, for the survey.

« Reply #53 on: January 29, 2014, 09:15 »
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Sorry, for the survey.

getting close to last year's total of 750

Ron

« Reply #54 on: January 29, 2014, 10:15 »
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Ok, we need to get more entries then, I will push it once more on Facebook and SS

« Reply #55 on: January 29, 2014, 10:38 »
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Ok, we need to get more entries then, I will push it once more on Facebook and SS

More respondents is always good but I think we'll easily beat last year's numbers as it is.

« Reply #56 on: January 30, 2014, 00:57 »
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Will share it via twitter etc again. Looking forward to seeing the results.


« Reply #57 on: January 30, 2014, 02:01 »
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I keep getting reminders by e-mail, so I suppose I messed up the profile update too.  But that does not mean my survey was lost, does it?

« Reply #58 on: January 30, 2014, 02:10 »
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I keep getting reminders by e-mail, so I suppose I messed up the profile update too.  But that does not mean my survey was lost, does it?

I'm also getting e-mail reminders after completing the survey?

« Reply #59 on: January 30, 2014, 04:42 »
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I keep getting reminders by e-mail, so I suppose I messed up the profile update too.  But that does not mean my survey was lost, does it?

I'm also getting e-mail reminders after completing the survey?

I keep getting reminders by e-mail, so I suppose I messed up the profile update too.  But that does not mean my survey was lost, does it?

I made sure you were both entered in the survey.  The responses and the email list are totally separate so no, your answers were not lost.  You just didn't jump through the right hoops to get into the giveaway.  I fixed that now.  MailChimp (the email service I've been using) has a complicated workflow to update your profile settings which is why there is so much confusion.

gillian vann

  • *Gillian*
« Reply #60 on: January 30, 2014, 05:45 »
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I'm sure I already completed it, so I didn't bother with it when it popped into my inbox today. (sorry)

« Reply #61 on: January 30, 2014, 10:07 »
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Done - again :)

ShadySue

« Reply #62 on: January 30, 2014, 10:49 »
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I also completed it but my email was already registered.

Goofy

« Reply #63 on: January 30, 2014, 10:54 »
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"I also completed it but my email was already registered."

Same here Leaf...


 

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