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« on: February 26, 2012, 07:03 »
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What is going on with Shutterstock?


« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2012, 07:11 »
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The same as usual.  Lots more sales that the other sites, except for video clips.

« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2012, 07:11 »
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What is going on with Shutterstock?
??
You will tell. For my part, I make more each month. And I think most, too.

« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2012, 07:21 »
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Already BME! Usual for SS...

« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2012, 07:46 »
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also BME. but I'm new so my portfolio rises quickly.

DT + FT + 123RF equals less then 40% of what I earn on SS.

« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2012, 09:15 »
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BME for me, too, thanks to strong OD sales and 3 ELs in 5 days last week - usually I'm lucky to get one EL every six months.  Also a BME on DepositPhotos and fotolia and a BME for DLs (but not $$$) on 1123rf.  Had a $45 EL on iStock and a very nice sale on Alamy to boot.  Maybe I'm just having a lucky month, but I hope it means the economy is turning around and things will be improving for all...

ruxpriencdiam

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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2012, 23:29 »
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What is going on with Shutterstock?
Depends what you are asking about!

lagereek

« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2012, 02:24 »
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My only wish is that new uploads would get a bit longer exposure. Apart from that, brillant site in every respect, a site that knows how to generate money.

« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2012, 04:50 »
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My only wish is that new uploads would get a bit longer exposure. Apart from that, brillant site in every respect, a site that knows how to generate money.

I find that new images start getting downloads after a month or 2. Old images are selling the most though.

Carl

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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2012, 06:50 »
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I don't know, but whatever it is, I hope it continues.  BME for me.   :)

« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2012, 10:29 »
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ruxpriencdiam

When i am looking for the site (www.Shutterstock.com) i receive "Oops! This page appears broken."

Paulo M. F. Pires

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« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2012, 10:47 »
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Try on cmd:

ipconfig /flushdns

try again.

« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2012, 10:50 »
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What is going on with Shutterstock?
Depends what you are asking about!

exactly, gotta be the reviewing time lately..

« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2012, 12:36 »
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1. I have noticed a change in the long standing sales pattern for my best selling images.  They no longer sell every day; instead they seem to be rotating the days they sell well.

2. I have recently noticed that I am required to sign back into the site frequently, most likely to do with concurrent site, search & cookie changes.

3. I have notice that when newly submitted images go missing or have search issues my review times increase. While I do not appreciate longer review times, I would rather see those batches held back in review, than end up in the long list of batches that never have a chance to sell at all, because they are essentially not available for sale.

4. Historically Tues - Thursday have been my best sales days, that has recently changed. It is hard to tell if this is permanent because my sales have been negatively impacted by numerous site bugs.

« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2012, 13:08 »
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4. Historically Tues - Thursday have been my best sales days, that has recently changed. It is hard to tell if this is permanent because my sales have been negatively impacted by numerous site bugs.

In general, Tues, Wed, and Thurs should always be the best sales days.  Some percent of buyers will take Monday or Friday off to extend the weekend, making those days a bit lower.  If you are seeing T, W, Th drop relative to the other days, it is likely a statistical anomaly, or as you point out, a temporary bug.

« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2012, 13:26 »
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Interesting. I have noticed a similar pattern on IS, where I'm exclusive. Tues, Wed and Thur are no longer the best days, in fact sometimes they are very poor. Rather than it being a bug or an anomaly, I had assumed it was some sort of rotation of files/contributors.

« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2012, 13:41 »
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Interesting. I have noticed a similar pattern on IS, where I'm exclusive. Tues, Wed and Thur are no longer the best days, in fact sometimes they are very poor. Rather than it being a bug or an anomaly, I had assumed it was some sort of rotation of files/contributors.
This is my fear, lets hope that it is the anomaly stockmarketer mentioned. These changes do concern me because I am a very early SS member and I have never consistently experienced this sales pattern.   It is time for us to start paying close attention.


RacePhoto

« Reply #17 on: February 27, 2012, 15:30 »
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Interesting. I have noticed a similar pattern on IS, where I'm exclusive. Tues, Wed and Thur are no longer the best days, in fact sometimes they are very poor. Rather than it being a bug or an anomaly, I had assumed it was some sort of rotation of files/contributors.
This is my fear, lets hope that it is the anomaly stockmarketer mentioned. These changes do concern me because I am a very early SS member and I have never consistently experienced this sales pattern.   It is time for us to start paying close attention.

Can you explain that a little more? Fear and concern about what? What should we be paying closer attention to on SS? Licenses and commissions are up. I don't understand?

« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2012, 17:00 »
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One thing to keep in mind is that the predictability of sales based on day of the week is dependent on a large sample size of data.  Early on, I would see wild swings, but I've gotten to the point that sales volume is high enough that I can pretty much predict how a day will go based on what day of the week it is and how the previous several days have gone.  One EL here or there doesn't throw it off too much.

This is how my total sales break down these days, not just at SS but I'm finding the sites are pretty consistent.  Week after week, there is little variation to these percentages unless a holiday is in the mix (each day is a percentage of the weekly sales adding up to 100%):

Sun: 10%
Mon: 15%
Tues: 18%
Wed: 18%
Thurs: 18%
Fri: 14%
Sat: 7%
« Last Edit: February 27, 2012, 17:05 by stockmarketer »

« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2012, 17:20 »
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looks to me similiar, and also you have to think about that monday is mostly no day for buying a picture.
Monday starts by presentation layouts, what have done over the weekend.

« Reply #20 on: February 27, 2012, 17:40 »
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One thing to keep in mind is that the predictability of sales based on day of the week is dependent on a large sample size of data.  Early on, I would see wild swings, but I've gotten to the point that sales volume is high enough that I can pretty much predict how a day will go based on what day of the week it is and how the previous several days have gone.  One EL here or there doesn't throw it off too much.

This is how my total sales break down these days, not just at SS but I'm finding the sites are pretty consistent.  Week after week, there is little variation to these percentages unless a holiday is in the mix (each day is a percentage of the weekly sales adding up to 100%):

Sun: 10%
Mon: 15%
Tues: 18%
Wed: 18%
Thurs: 18%
Fri: 14%
Sat: 7%

For the last 5 or 6 years my daily sales patterns were very similar. However over the last month in particular I have noticed a shift.  I am hoping that the shift is not permanent.  To me it looks like purchases are no longer as dependent on the market.  I am basing this on the changing sales patterns for my images with high returns. It is safe to assume that if you are also seeing the shifts in sales that I am seeing, it will be more noticeable for those of us who's ports contain a larger proportion of images that bring in high returns.  
« Last Edit: February 27, 2012, 17:43 by gbalex »

« Reply #21 on: February 27, 2012, 17:54 »
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maybe the shift is more foundet in that business is more and more getting closer to production.
Clients behave later because advertaising agencys gave them more room for decisions.

« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2012, 09:33 »
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Already BME! Usual for SS...

Money money money!

lagereek

« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2012, 10:00 »
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maybe the shift is more foundet in that business is more and more getting closer to production.
Clients behave later because advertaising agencys gave them more room for decisions.

Look!  I know you are new here and you are using advertising jargons, etc. Dont associate Micro with the advertising agency crowd. I can assure you there are very, very, few Art-directors buying micro for their clients, you might find the odd Art-buyer, but thats it. Think about it!  how is an art-director going to tell his client he bought pics, off the peg and for peanuts? embarrassing. At best I think you find they are using it for just ideas, drawings. Lots of snobbery in the ad-agency circles.

RacePhoto

« Reply #24 on: February 28, 2012, 13:15 »
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This is my fear, lets hope that it is the anomaly stockmarketer mentioned. These changes do concern me because I am a very early SS member and I have never consistently experienced this sales pattern.   It is time for us to start paying close attention.

I'll try again since you may have missed the question?

What are your fears and concerns? What should we be paying close attention to?

BTW my sales follow pretty much the same pattern as Stockmarketer, weekends slow Fri-Sun, Mon-Thurs. best. Even with my small collection, I get a constant trickle of downloads on SS. ANd Feb. looks very happy.  :)

« Reply #25 on: February 29, 2012, 05:31 »
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Feb is  BME by + 30% compared with my previous BUT....

 SS is a DISASTER in review time. my files are reviewed once/ week, Monday or Tuesday regardless of what images i upload (illustrations or photos) and the number . This is happened for 3-4 weeks; In the past the images were reviewed in 2 days max 3....  ???  ???

« Reply #26 on: February 29, 2012, 07:14 »
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BME but what is going on with last two days!?

Catastrophic for Tuesday and Wednesday, usually those are the best days of week...


WarrenPrice

« Reply #27 on: February 29, 2012, 10:25 »
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BME but what is going on with last two days!?

Catastrophic for Tuesday and Wednesday, usually those are the best days of week...

May be best match switch.  my sales have jumped this week.   BME   ;D

CD123

« Reply #28 on: February 29, 2012, 14:29 »
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I'll try again since you may have missed the question?

What are your fears and concerns? What should we be paying close attention to?


Maybe you should try asking it in English Pete  ;)

« Reply #29 on: February 29, 2012, 16:39 »
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This is my fear, lets hope that it is the anomaly stockmarketer mentioned. These changes do concern me because I am a very early SS member and I have never consistently experienced this sales pattern.   It is time for us to start paying close attention.

I'll try again since you may have missed the question?

What are your fears and concerns? What should we be paying close attention to?

BTW my sales follow pretty much the same pattern as Stockmarketer, weekends slow Fri-Sun, Mon-Thurs. best. Even with my small collection, I get a constant trickle of downloads on SS. ANd Feb. looks very happy.  :)

Have no intention of being goaded into sparing.

I stated my recent observations and will leave it to your own inductive and deductive reasoning skills or lack thereof.

The contents of each of our ports is different and to be sure that content affects the sales patterns in our port; with or without outside intervention. I will leave it to you to deduce or ignore those sales patterns in your own port.

Microstock Man

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« Reply #30 on: February 29, 2012, 16:58 »
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BME for me too, but have to agree, Mon-Wed this week has been terrible. Lucky the rest of the month was so great!

« Reply #31 on: February 29, 2012, 17:20 »
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BME for me too, but have to agree, Mon-Wed this week has been terrible. Lucky the rest of the month was so great!

Oh good! Misery loves company!  ;) ;D

Microstock Man

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« Reply #32 on: February 29, 2012, 19:04 »
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Ha, yeah it does :) But seriously, I can't complain. SS outdid itself by adding about 25% to it's previous BME! Now that's a good monthly increase. If only that would be the case every month!

« Reply #33 on: March 01, 2012, 03:19 »
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I am on +18%  ;)

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