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ribtoks

  • Founder of Xpiks
« on: October 25, 2022, 05:01 »
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Hey folks

I was wondering if anybody is working with lesser known video agencies, as described here: https://xpiksapp.com/blog/best-microstocks-to-sell-video/

Here are just a few:
  • Dissolve
  • KEYCUTstock
  • Gallerist
  • Artgrid
  • Motion Array
  • Raw Film
  • Film Supply
  • mediaCastpro

Of course, people are commenting on Shutterstock, Adobe etc. But do you have any experience with those? If so, how did it go?


« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2022, 07:25 »
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I was on Dissolve for 5 years.  Sales were decent, but they really didn't like that a portion of my portfolio was on subscription sites, so they forcibly reduced all my pricing to ridiculously low amounts, despite the fact that many of my Dissolve clips were NOT on other subscription sites.  So when my contract was up (they make you sign a 5-year contract), I didn't renew.  But they did give out the best quality t-shirts at NAB, which I still wear to this day.  Before the price reduction on my clips, I was doing about $500-$1000/mo there.

I'm also on Keycut.  They approached me and offered to keyword my clips for me, so I sent them a hard drive.  I think I've only had 2 sales so far and no payment yet.  Not holding my breath, and I don't actively submit new material there.

I also have a small portfolio on MotionArray, about 1000 clips.  That generates about $600/mo for me, so I feel the work I put in to uploading was worth it.  I really don't submit new material there regularly--their submission process is painful and the contributor side of their site is sluggish.  They're a subscription site, and commissions are based on performance, which I'm OK with and don't mind too much if other agencies migrate to similar business models.

I don't have experience with the others you mentioned.


« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2022, 07:52 »
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  • Artgrid
  • Motion Array
You definitely need to load these two. But Artgrid is very hard to get into.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z0i47HpGao&t=1s

« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2022, 07:53 »
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I also recommend storyblocks, but it's not easy to get there either.

« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2022, 21:32 »
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I also recommend storyblocks, but it's not easy to get there either.
I actually left storyblocks when the entire subscription thing happened. For some time it was giving me decent sales but it had started plummeting so it was an easy choice

« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2022, 10:15 »
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I also recommend storyblocks, but it's not easy to get there either.
I actually left storyblocks when the entire subscription thing happened. For some time it was giving me decent sales but it had started plummeting so it was an easy choice
On Artgrid and Motion Array, prices are no higher. So the author of the topic is satisfied with this sales scheme.
For everyone I know, storyblocks income is only growing.

SpaceStockFootage

  • Space, Sci-Fi and Astronomy Related Stock Footage

« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2022, 12:58 »
+1
I also recommend storyblocks, but it's not easy to get there either.
I actually left storyblocks when the entire subscription thing happened. For some time it was giving me decent sales but it had started plummeting so it was an easy choice

My average month with their marketplace sales was about $350, and while it dropped considerably near the end, and slightly with the introduction of the subscriptions, it gradually increased after that and now it's up to about $700 a month.

« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2022, 21:52 »
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I was on Dissolve for 5 years.  Sales were decent, but they really didn't like that a portion of my portfolio was on subscription sites, so they forcibly reduced all my pricing to ridiculously low amounts, despite the fact that many of my Dissolve clips were NOT on other subscription sites.  So when my contract was up (they make you sign a 5-year contract), I didn't renew.  But they did give out the best quality t-shirts at NAB, which I still wear to this day.  Before the price reduction on my clips, I was doing about $500-$1000/mo there.

Just to clarify, if you don't renew do they automatically remove all of your assets and delete your account? And this 5-year contract, does that mean the clips there are exclusive with them?

Thanks.

« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2022, 02:13 »
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My average month with their marketplace sales was about $350, and while it dropped considerably near the end, and slightly with the introduction of the subscriptions, it gradually increased after that and now it's up to about $700 a month.
storyblocks is your number one in terms of income?

« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2022, 06:12 »
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Just to clarify, if you don't renew do they automatically remove all of your assets and delete your account? And this 5-year contract, does that mean the clips there are exclusive with them?

Sorry, I guess I should have been more clear. 

No, they don't remove your clips if you don't renew.  From what I recall, I would have gone into a year-by-year contract if I didn't specifically end my account in writing BEFORE my end-date.

But, this was years ago.  Not sure what their policies are now.

Odd thing is, I still get weekly sales emails, but with 0 clips, I get 0 sales.

And they didn't "require" exclusivity from me, but I really think they preferred it, which is why they lowered my pricing.
« Last Edit: October 27, 2022, 06:14 by J_Stock »

« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2022, 00:00 »
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Understood. Thank you.

SpaceStockFootage

  • Space, Sci-Fi and Astronomy Related Stock Footage

« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2022, 05:27 »
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My average month with their marketplace sales was about $350, and while it dropped considerably near the end, and slightly with the introduction of the subscriptions, it gradually increased after that and now it's up to about $700 a month.
storyblocks is your number one in terms of income?

Storyblocks second... Elements first.


 

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