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« on: September 03, 2019, 21:30 »
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In light of the closing of Storyblocks marketplace and the dramatic collapse of sales at Pond5 I think a more productive conversation would be on ok where do we sell this product now?.

The only sites I know that accept editorial are Pond5, Shutterstock, Newsflare and Motion Elements, for commercial you have other options obviously we should refine the list and then get uploading asap.

Then we need to look at other ways and means of selling the product we produce, Shopify?, use YouTube as a way to get our products indexed by Google?, Instagram?, Facebook?, Twitter, Other? Tik Tok? don't laugh, millenials are customers now or working for our customers and have an attention span of a chipmunk so don't rule those out.

Briefly speed reading through the forums here I see way to much complaining about how bad the agencies are screwing us and no discussion about what we should try in order to move this product we have on our drives and that we are still making.

Editorial is a tough one as not many accept it


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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2019, 08:53 »
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My experience is that promoting stock video through YouTube attracts people looking for free footage. I've had some people posting comments like: "It says royalty-free in your title, but it links to a site where I have to PAY for it!". And then I have to explain that 'royalty-free' isn't the same as 'free'...
Others find my prices too high (which is roughly the same as regular Shutterstock prices).

My guess is that those who search for footage via YouTube are probably amateur content creators without budget. Not the audience you're reaching for. So you can cross that off your list.

« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2019, 09:41 »
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My experience is that promoting stock video through YouTube attracts people looking for free footage.

same, I have tried for a while uplaoding low res watermarked files. It proved a disaster and a waste of time.
Plus youtube canceled my bulk uploads, there are limitations and finally i was banned for manipulation (my fault though...)
Perhaps, uploading a reel every 3-6-12 months or promotional clips or something would help. I dunno. Tired of "self" promoting.

@StockDaebak, you can download xampp and wordpress (easy to install and learn) and start making an offline site with all your work in it.
You will have a great offline catalogue of your work and if everything else fails, you can publish it live and start selling, or at least try to sell :)
« Last Edit: September 04, 2019, 09:49 by georgep7 »

« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2019, 12:42 »
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My experience is that promoting stock video through YouTube attracts people looking for free footage.

same, I have tried for a while uplaoding low res watermarked files. It proved a disaster and a waste of time.
Plus youtube canceled my bulk uploads, there are limitations and finally i was banned for manipulation (my fault though...)
Perhaps, uploading a reel every 3-6-12 months or promotional clips or something would help. I dunno. Tired of "self" promoting.

@StockDaebak, you can download xampp and wordpress (easy to install and learn) and start making an offline site with all your work in it.
You will have a great offline catalogue of your work and if everything else fails, you can publish it live and start selling, or at least try to sell
:)


You make it sound easy. Trust me, its not, and I have a background in web. If someone has no experience with wordpress/html, it will take hours and hours and hours of building the site. And then you have marketing/selling. Not that it cant be done. Of course anyone can learn. But most photographers want to be out shooting, not stuck behind a computer 24/7. Just wait until the first wordpress upgrade that breaks your site, and the hours of troubleshooting it takes to get it working again. Been there numerous times.

« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2019, 13:25 »
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Agree! I described it as an easy thing in a motivational way of speaking.
For sure requires lots of time and dedication starting from scratch.
And again, talking for a library of media, an extended portfolio for a start.
:)

« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2019, 13:44 »
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IMHO, low prices are here to stay. There are so much amazing content already on all the big platforms, why would customers go anywhere else?

Basically you all need to learn to be more productive. Get more done in the same amount of time or less time. This is sort of how most business in any industry survive, get more done in less time. Most industries all deal with the pressures of low pricing. Since stock is mostly a digital product, most of the gains from being more efficient will come from software automation.

« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2019, 22:13 »
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@charged, You pretty much nailed it, more productive on all fronts from making the product to marketed, the sites like pond, SS and others provide a server and back end and some marketing but I guess we have to figure out how to do more ourselves and basically try stuff, somethings will work and some will fail.



 

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