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« Reply #50 on: November 30, 2015, 03:25 »
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Thanks for the update. It is interesting for sure.


weathernewsonline

« Reply #51 on: November 30, 2015, 11:19 »
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Glad to hear your sales are doing well - October to early December is traditional a bumper period for stock footage sales before the holidays kick in.

If you're going to do any price experiments it's worth running them for at least 6 months - comparing data over a week or two is pretty meaningless since the stock footage market is generally a roller coaster for most people. Great one week, quiet the next.

October to December eh?  Guess that explains why September was as much of a disaster as this summer was for me, I am wondering about what happens come January.  Just have to keep uploading and maybe see if there is a 4th site that would be good to host my content on, not all will accept the stuff I have, it's news, weather, severe weather and events so not fine art that's for sure but it's stuff not many others have but still....

weathernewsonline

« Reply #52 on: December 02, 2015, 10:03 »
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I am now thinking of adding a 4th site, any thoughts on one that would accept my content and have reasonable sales volume?.

Pond5 accepts almost everything and sales are now quite good, VB can be a bit finicky on what they accept but sales are also quite good, SS seems to accept everything but so far sales are dead last.   I still have about 10,000 files to scrape off the drives and upload to all three but soon that will be done and then I am ready to start building up on site #4 in addition to shooting new content although so far the weather has been calm this fall/winter.

Thanks

« Reply #53 on: December 02, 2015, 10:16 »
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I am now thinking of adding a 4th site, any thoughts on one that would accept my content and have reasonable sales volume?.

Pond5 accepts almost everything and sales are now quite good, VB can be a bit finicky on what they accept but sales are also quite good, SS seems to accept everything but so far sales are dead last.   I still have about 10,000 files to scrape off the drives and upload to all three but soon that will be done and then I am ready to start building up on site #4 in addition to shooting new content although so far the weather has been calm this fall/winter.

Thanks

Congratulations, very nice collection!!
Be aware that you have sooo many similar clips in your collection, my advice is to do some cleaning there. It would be much easier for you to manage, upload, keyword less files.
Regards

weathernewsonline

« Reply #54 on: December 02, 2015, 11:32 »
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I am now thinking of adding a 4th site, any thoughts on one that would accept my content and have reasonable sales volume?.

Pond5 accepts almost everything and sales are now quite good, VB can be a bit finicky on what they accept but sales are also quite good, SS seems to accept everything but so far sales are dead last.   I still have about 10,000 files to scrape off the drives and upload to all three but soon that will be done and then I am ready to start building up on site #4 in addition to shooting new content although so far the weather has been calm this fall/winter.

Thanks

Thanks, The hard part about cleaning up and cleaning out the similars is my worst stuff sells....my best stuff doesn't sell, I batch convert/upload/template it as there are too many to edit manually and my most recent shot that I sold on P5 was of a traffic jam after a snowstorm and I was on tripod but being buffeted by the high wind, if I would have seen that clip I would have deleted it myself and sure enough....it sold, vs my perfectly rock solid blizzard and traffic vis.....and of course by best stuff just won't sell, I have two collections there on that have some winter weather action news vis in there and I spend 8 hours on each stakeout in -25c conditions with strong wind to get those shots happening on camera and not one has sold.

I still haven't figured out this business.  I do think some agencies put too much focus on perfection, I have noticed that my less than perfect stuff sells, stuff that VB and SS would not accept sells on P5.  Maybe it just fits better in someone's project....dunno.



Congratulations, very nice collection!!
Be aware that you have sooo many similar clips in your collection, my advice is to do some cleaning there. It would be much easier for you to manage, upload, keyword less files.
Regards

weathernewsonline

« Reply #55 on: December 21, 2015, 13:02 »
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Final update for 2015 for me:

Spring, summer and September....complete disaster, lost a ton of money and now in major debt staying afloat, October/November record sales and revenue for me and this was after I raised my prices to a more respectable level on P5, December is going ok, holidays coming up will shut off all sales for two weeks no doubt.

Time for everyone and the agencies to maybe raise the prices? I did and was pleasantly surprised. During the slow time everyone needs to break out the business plan software and start playing with some numbers and see what you need to charge to make it profitable.

Should be everyone's new years resolution to end the race to the bottom, it's happening everywhere else but in this industry and I don't know why.  Grocery prices are up, not sure why the big chains aren't racing to the bottom to give the product away....





 

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