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« on: October 05, 2020, 01:54 »
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One of the best features beside obviously the forum is that little poll results on the right. It has lots of limitations but it is a light beacon in the dark and even if the results are dependent on every's portfolio I think they are a good guidance on what is going on. For example right now P5 is in 4th position (gaining terrain) Adobe leader (gaining) Shutter 2ond(trending down) and Istock maintaining ground (non exclusive) in third position for a long time.
Then we have the numbers of Exclusives interesting for me as I still am in the stills department or how premium agencies like Stocksy are doing (I wish more contributors would post about that).

So in the last year it seems that again the panorama is shifting but the picture is still not clear enough as the voting poll has some flaws that could be addressed to make it even more accurate.:

1- Distinguish between stills and video. We have agencies like P5 that can be very strong in footage but if many photographers that have no video there give low numbers it can strongly distort the data and value of the number.

2- I am for example exclusive with stills at Getty but not in video. On the months poll I leave the Istock data blank as it would count as non exclusive and distort the data-push it up- ( My income in Istock is quite high I am on 40% and have many E+ images).

3- Size of portfolio is paramount to weight in the importance of the data of any contributor. It is not the same someone with 40.000 still that makes 10k that someone that has 200 stills and makes 25$. As the poll does not ask of portfolio size this is not taken into account.

In any case I have always found this poll a s great feature of this site. it has been criticized multiple times as being misleading, etc but I think that as a guide and improving some points I mentioned it could be even more a valuable tool.



Uncle Pete

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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2020, 09:43 »
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There are always problems with any voluntary poll. People might not want to disclose earnings, others may want to pretend they make more, and with the recent SS change there could be people with no SS account who will try to drive down the poll as revenge. But still, it's useful in general.

I'm answering because, everything depends on what the poll can do and how much time Leaf wants to spend on it. I like your idea for a Video and Photo divide. You could have said the same for Photo vs Illustrations/Vectors for many years.

How would someone vote? Agency then Video sales and in another vote, same agency and photo only sales, might as well ask for illustration sales as long as everything is being segmented.

Anyway, with the changes, video vs photo is a good question.

« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2020, 10:56 »
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I don't really consider that much value in this poll.
For instance i kind doubt of SS is in 2nd place right now.
For what i read on forums and what i watched in youtube videos reports. The gains and rank or those ytube guys is roughly middle tier or bellow that.
Plus this poll can be manipulated, right? Perhaps a fanatic SS lover can easily do some email accounts and than vote, vote and vote again earnings that don't really exist.  ;D ;D ;D

But i share same view in terms of having video / photos poll. this could could be handful
« Last Edit: October 05, 2020, 10:59 by Evaristo tenscadisto »

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2020, 11:04 »
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I don't really consider that much value in this poll.
For instance i kind doubt of SS is in 2nd place right now.
For what i read on forums and what i watched in youtube videos reports. The gains and rank or those ytube guys is roughly middle tier or bellow that.
Plus this poll can be manipulated, right? Perhaps a fanatic SS lover can easily do some email accounts and than vote, vote and vote again earnings that don't really exist.  ;D ;D ;D

True, someone could get a collection of accounts and make a site look better or worse than it actually is, but mostly it's just relative and an indicator.

Speaking of numbers, 36.5 is the top agency now? Wow that's depressing.




 

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