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Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« on: August 30, 2019, 11:49 »
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Happy to publish another detailed Brutally Honest Earnings Report, this time-round for the month of August. read on to see which content has performed well at which agencies, as well which agencies are turding, as to avoid them altogether.

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/08/30/august-2019-brutally-honest-earnings-report/


MxR

« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2019, 12:10 »
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Thanks for share.

Second best August since 2011 (5000 images)

Wors august in macro since 2015 (2300 images)

« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2019, 07:42 »
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Very cool insights.

Enviado desde mi LYA-L29 mediante Tapatalk


« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2019, 15:43 »
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Happy to publish another detailed Brutally Honest Earnings Report, this time-round for the month of August. read on to see which content has performed well at which agencies, as well which agencies are turding, as to avoid them altogether.

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/08/30/august-2019-brutally-honest-earnings-report/

The most interresting quote from your blog is this one:

"Ive also given away earnings info on some of my best-sellers which will directly lead to those images reducing their value"

A lesson to be remembered.
« Last Edit: August 31, 2019, 15:46 by Zero Talent »

ShadySue

« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2019, 18:01 »
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Nice that Alamy's coming good for you (to some extent)

Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2019, 22:04 »
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Happy to publish another detailed Brutally Honest Earnings Report, this time-round for the month of August. read on to see which content has performed well at which agencies, as well which agencies are turding, as to avoid them altogether.

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/08/30/august-2019-brutally-honest-earnings-report/

The most interresting quote from your blog is this one:

"Ive also given away earnings info on some of my best-sellers which will directly lead to those images reducing their value"

A lesson to be remembered.

Indeed! Always a battle with myself to decide how much info to give away. 

Received a nice donation today from a follower (first one ever), which should help to mitigate any loss.   

« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2019, 02:28 »
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First impression staring at the stop - like sign image:

earnings halted!

Good to see that you did well, thank you for sharing :)

« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2019, 02:38 »
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Thank you for sharing.

If it helps, if you want your 123rf pending forever files to be reviewed you can try and use this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf15E6PdOgJ7Z7bCG9o3lUBmamWhJYDaklDOs7QsoKn68VOBA/viewform

It worked for me.

Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2019, 06:03 »
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Thank you for sharing.

If it helps, if you want your 123rf pending forever files to be reviewed you can try and use this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf15E6PdOgJ7Z7bCG9o3lUBmamWhJYDaklDOs7QsoKn68VOBA/viewform

It worked for me.

Thanks for the tip. I've updated the report with the info you've kindly provided.

Amelie

  • Part of a family producer association
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2019, 07:28 »
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Wow, amazing insights. Especially to sb who sold excactly one clip so far  ;D
Thanks a lot for sharing!

EDIT: I was wondering if you have any idea where your footage is being used? Like actual examples of commercials or other kinds of productions...? I'm so unsuccesful with this whole stock footage thing, I feel I need to see stock footage "in practice" to understand it better  ;) Having hard times to find commercials where stock footage has been put to use. There is a "What People Are Saying" video series on Pond5 with credentials of two buyers but that doesn't really help.

((Btw: This edit is made with the permission of Brazilnut. Messaged him before I wrote this, don't wanna hijack his thread))

EDIT2: Oh my. https://castlewoodstudios.com/professionally-produced-videos/commercials-with-stock-footage/ There must be better examples.

« Last Edit: September 02, 2019, 08:03 by Amelie »

wds

« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2019, 08:29 »
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Wow, amazing insights. Especially to sb who sold excactly one clip so far  ;D
Thanks a lot for sharing!

EDIT: I was wondering if you have any idea where your footage is being used? Like actual examples of commercials or other kinds of productions...? I'm so unsuccesful with this whole stock footage thing, I feel I need to see stock footage "in practice" to understand it better  ;) Having hard times to find commercials where stock footage has been put to use. There is a "What People Are Saying" video series on Pond5 with credentials of two buyers but that doesn't really help.

((Btw: This edit is made with the permission of Brazilnut. Messaged him before I wrote this, don't wanna hijack his thread))

EDIT2: Oh my. https://castlewoodstudios.com/professionally-produced-videos/commercials-with-stock-footage/ There must be better examples.

I'm believe this ad uses some stock clips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6acc4y4MFdU

Amelie

  • Part of a family producer association
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2019, 08:37 »
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Yes, most definitely. Thank you!!

Also found some other examples meanwhile. This one is actually pretty nice:


And then there is this bonbon: one of Trump's campaigns apparently is using stock footage models for testimonials:
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-facebook-ad-stock-models_n_5d1d7f12e4b0f312567eb8ae?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAKgFXXSzTp1dfOvoMEeqiJFizEkslI-c9CgKq1J3-52oebxE-CDAAPK5A5H-yQO2i5L0VcJcVPfod9AYgPEkZ9ZIMROJ8v2dba9JIo7s1veW4suz23mMle_abAVIK9EifHKWYyPYwSTufzgKTGnc1jGvppNJmb6CYnQr1wMm-mat  ;D

But still I would love to know, has anyone spotted their own footage in a commercial on the internet or TV?

Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2019, 08:41 »
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I've never spotted any of my clips in the real-world, unfortunately.

However, I'm convinced that the intro the House of Cards series with the D.C timelapses is sourced from stock clips:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w-O60x1bYk

« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2019, 08:43 »
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There is a "What People Are Saying" video series on Pond5 with credentials of two buyers but that doesn't really help.

check the "As seen on..." section on their forum, not much but some examples for sure :)

Amelie

  • Part of a family producer association
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2019, 08:52 »
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@georgep7: Thanks a lot, already started to browse through it. Nice! This helps. I guess ;)

Sb wrote there that they'd google their thumbnails to see if their footage has been used somewhere. Anyone doing here this? I've tried with my one-clip-success but couldn't find it nowhere.

« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2019, 06:07 »
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Nope. Usually high budget movies or series will not touch stock unless there is no other option left for a number of reasons. House of Cards did commission this job to photographer Alexandros Maragos. You can read more about how and why at:
https://alexandrosmaragos.com/blog/2013/02/andrew-geraci-interview



I've never spotted any of my clips in the real-world, unfortunately.

However, I'm convinced that the intro the House of Cards series with the D.C timelapses is sourced from stock clips:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w-O60x1bYk

« Reply #16 on: September 03, 2019, 06:43 »
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Offtopic. (Sorry @Brasilnut :)  )
Alexandros Maragos also made the beautiful "City Of Athens, a portrait of a changing metropolis" timelapse.



« Reply #17 on: September 03, 2019, 08:02 »
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But still I would love to know, has anyone spotted their own footage in a commercial on the internet or TV?

I catch my stuff on TV all the time.  I even have a clip in the opening of HBO's Succession show.

In fact, seeing my NYC clips that were used in the Netflix Pee Wee Herman movie was what convinced me to shoot all my stock at 4096x2160 24fps.
« Last Edit: September 03, 2019, 08:07 by ODesigns »

Uncle Pete

  • Great Place by a Great Lake - My Home Port
« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2019, 09:31 »
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Brasilnut, if the Alamy incorrect was re-billed, shouldn't that update at a new rate or did that mean, nothing changed except the reference to how it was licensed and you got no additional payment?

Thanks for the detailed stats.

Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2019, 09:48 »
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Brasilnut, if the Alamy incorrect was re-billed, shouldn't that update at a new rate or did that mean, nothing changed except the reference to how it was licensed and you got no additional payment?

Thanks for the detailed stats.

I've followed up with Alamy and waiting to hear back. At the moment nothing has changed.

There should be a refund of the original sale, followed by a re-purchase with new license terms. Will update the blog post accordingly when this happens, hopefully soon.

Uncle Pete

  • Great Place by a Great Lake - My Home Port
« Reply #20 on: September 03, 2019, 09:54 »
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Brasilnut, if the Alamy incorrect was re-billed, shouldn't that update at a new rate or did that mean, nothing changed except the reference to how it was licensed and you got no additional payment?

Thanks for the detailed stats.

I've followed up with Alamy and waiting to hear back. At the moment nothing has changed.

There should be a refund of the original sale, followed by a re-purchase with new license terms. Will update the blog post accordingly when this happens, hopefully soon.

That's my guess, I've had some of those, a refund and new license. BTW always lower, but they do make adjustments.  :)

Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2019, 10:25 »
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Brasilnut, if the Alamy incorrect was re-billed, shouldn't that update at a new rate or did that mean, nothing changed except the reference to how it was licensed and you got no additional payment?

Thanks for the detailed stats.

I've followed up with Alamy and waiting to hear back. At the moment nothing has changed.

There should be a refund of the original sale, followed by a re-purchase with new license terms. Will update the blog post accordingly when this happens, hopefully soon.

That's my guess, I've had some of those, a refund and new license. BTW always lower, but they do make adjustments.  :)

Just received a quick reply from Alamy after following up and turns out that instead of them refunding and issuing a new license, they just updated the records for the original purchase with new terms with a difference of $35 gross on the upside. :)

I would urge everybody here to check up on their Personal Usage licenses for "mistakes".

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #22 on: September 05, 2019, 08:38 »
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I've written my August report now - not great, but I guess it is still the summer doldrums:


The full report is here: https://www.backyardsilver.com/2019/09/making-money-from-stock-photography-aug-19/

Steve


 

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