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« on: April 13, 2014, 01:24 »
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As I was filtering through my stack of 1099-MISC's, I started looking into how my sales have changed in the past three years. Thought I'd share the percentages to show the extent (anecdotally) of the agency gap between Shutterstock and Pond5 and everything else. The four agencies I've always been a consistent contributor on are SS, P5, iStock, and Revo.

2012: SS: 41%, P5: 30%, iStock: 11%, Revo: 11%, Other (photo-only): 7% -- Avg per/mo: $378 USD
2013: SS: 45%, P5: 45%, iStock: 5%, Revo: 2%, Other: 3%  -- Avg per/mo: $701 USD
2014 (to-date): SS: 52%, P5: 41%, iStock: 4%, Revo: 2%, Other: 1%  -- Avg per/mo: $860 USD

Interestingly, I have done very little to improve my portfolio since early 2013, yet I have had sales steadily increasing - just only from SS and P5. Always curious about what other agencies are out there and worth contributing to, but doesn't look like any have the slightest chance of being competitive. I suppose it's the high cost of maintaining a full and varied portfolio of HQ video..

Anyone else seeing a similar trend of improving sales from the two great stock video overlords?


« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2014, 07:10 »
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My SS and P5 statistics would be comparable but I make about 25% more with P5 because of the 50% commission and the ability to set my own price. :)

« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2014, 09:54 »
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As I was filtering through my stack of 1099-MISC's, I started looking into how my sales have changed in the past three years. Thought I'd share the percentages to show the extent (anecdotally) of the agency gap between Shutterstock and Pond5 and everything else. The four agencies I've always been a consistent contributor on are SS, P5, iStock, and Revo.

2012: SS: 41%, P5: 30%, iStock: 11%, Revo: 11%, Other (photo-only): 7% -- Avg per/mo: $378 USD
2013: SS: 45%, P5: 45%, iStock: 5%, Revo: 2%, Other: 3%  -- Avg per/mo: $701 USD
2014 (to-date): SS: 52%, P5: 41%, iStock: 4%, Revo: 2%, Other: 1%  -- Avg per/mo: $860 USD

Interestingly, I have done very little to improve my portfolio since early 2013, yet I have had sales steadily increasing - just only from SS and P5. Always curious about what other agencies are out there and worth contributing to, but doesn't look like any have the slightest chance of being competitive. I suppose it's the high cost of maintaining a full and varied portfolio of HQ video..

Anyone else seeing a similar trend of improving sales from the two great stock video overlords?

How many videos per year made up your collection?


 

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