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Tyson Anderson

  • www.openrangestudios.com
« on: March 10, 2016, 15:38 »
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Hello, I'm new to Microstock Group and this is my first post.  Been following discussions for a while and figured I'd get involved.  First question is one I've been wondering for a while.  Has anyone experienced an increase of traffic to their portfolio or sales after offering clips or images for free?

(I apologize if this has been covered before)


Noedelhap

  • www.colincramm.com

« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2016, 15:45 »
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Never tried it. It devalues my hard work and I doubt people looking for free stuff will turn into paying customers.

« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2016, 15:54 »
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I have never seen any evidence that freebies boost paid sales for my own  portfolio. Back in the earlier days of microstock (before agencies were solidly established) I viewed the free image offerings as a way to help the agency build traffic for itself and I did offer images for a weekly freebie. That was then. I wouldn't do it now.

« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2016, 16:00 »
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Did that several times a few years ago and I never saw increased sales.

« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2016, 16:02 »
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They're only designed to draw more traffic to the site. It will do nothing for your sales. It's common sense, why would it? If a buyer wants an image in addition to the free one they will do a general search on the site.

Tyson Anderson

  • www.openrangestudios.com
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2016, 16:35 »
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Ok, sounds pretty unanimous, hasn't helped anyone.  I appreciate everyone taking the time.

Rinderart

« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2016, 16:54 »
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NO.

« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2016, 17:05 »
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About 8 months ago I offered one of my clips as a free video of the month. I did see a slight increase in related sales. Out of the 5000 free downloads I had 10 sales of a related theme. So nothing to amazing but deffinatly a slight increase. It also helped a file reach higher in the search and so I've been getting more sales since.

« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2016, 17:21 »
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I have never seen any evidence that freebies boost paid sales for my own  portfolio. Back in the earlier days of microstock (before agencies were solidly established) I viewed the free image offerings as a way to help the agency build traffic for itself and I did offer images for a weekly freebie. That was then. I wouldn't do it now.

just as "Black Friday" specials which the whizz kids at Harvard et al have "now discovered" to cost money overall...

Tyson Anderson

  • www.openrangestudios.com
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2016, 19:20 »
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About 8 months ago I offered one of my clips as a free video of the month. I did see a slight increase in related sales. Out of the 5000 free downloads I had 10 sales of a related theme. So nothing to amazing but deffinatly a slight increase. It also helped a file reach higher in the search and so I've been getting more sales since.

Thanks.  Which site was it?

« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2016, 22:03 »
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Its the lie the agencies try to sell you

« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2016, 08:18 »
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They are not getting anything free from me. Soon we will have to pay them for letting us upload a photo.

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Leo

  • http://www.clipartillustration.com

« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2016, 21:20 »
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I've found its either useless or hurts sales. If your image is part of a set of complementary elements (the others of which you sell ) you might see success.

« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2016, 04:16 »
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About 8 months ago I offered one of my clips as a free video of the month. I did see a slight increase in related sales. Out of the 5000 free downloads I had 10 sales of a related theme. So nothing to amazing but deffinatly a slight increase. It also helped a file reach higher in the search and so I've been getting more sales since.

Thanks.  Which site was it?

istock


 

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