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« on: December 14, 2010, 12:47 »
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Some admin in the iStock forums claimed that iStock makes 50% of it's revenue in four last months of the year (sept-dec). Do you see the same pattern in your sales or is this just an illusion caused by iStock's growth? (or are they lying)
« Last Edit: December 14, 2010, 12:49 by Perry »


« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2010, 12:50 »
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I won't even make 30%

« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2010, 13:31 »
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They have a lot more images in the last 4 months of the year than at the start and I can see that in the past that might make a big difference to earnings but does that apply now they have a huge collection?  Certainly doesn't work with my portfolio, the last 4 months there haven't been very good.

« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2010, 14:09 »
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Not even close!

« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2010, 14:11 »
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They have a lot more images in the last 4 months of the year than at the start and I can see that in the past that might make a big difference to earnings but does that apply now they have a huge collection? 
This is an excellent point. Even if IS adds only 5% to their collection, then sales in December would be 5% higher then sales in the previous January, all other things being equal.

However, this increase in the size of the collection would not really be a justification for the way they have changed the royalties for individuals, would it?

lisafx

« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2010, 14:15 »
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However, this increase in the size of the collection would not really be a justification for the way they have changed the royalties for individuals, would it?

Nope.  Not at all.  Very good point.

« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2010, 14:48 »
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Projecting the rest of December (and assuming they don't totally shut things down with bugs in the new search), it should end up being about 38% - above the 1/3 it represents in length, but not 50%

« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2010, 15:06 »
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Last 4 months: 60% of earnings.

And that's not even including the projection for december.

« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2010, 15:14 »
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Mine are tracking at 35.6%; barely more than the percentage of the year.  But of course it'll be less, as sales dry up starting before Christmas and don't pick up again until January.

vonkara

« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2010, 15:18 »
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Since all the holidays during December, I have no xmas pictures and don't plan to shoot some ever... No. Each years my best months are, January, February and March, just before the beginning of summer vacation.

Then August september and october are good to
« Last Edit: December 14, 2010, 15:20 by Vonkara »

« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2010, 15:30 »
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36% estimated for Sep-Dec
BME in Nov
Dec doesn't look good ...

« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2010, 15:47 »
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Hi, my first post in this forum.
I might make 50% in the last 4 months. Actualy my sales for the last 4 months make 45%. But last year from 15th of dec to 15th of january i didnt sell very much.

traveler1116

« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2010, 16:09 »
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They have a lot more images in the last 4 months of the year than at the start and I can see that in the past that might make a big difference to earnings but does that apply now they have a huge collection?
This is an excellent point. Even if IS adds only 5% to their collection, then sales in December would be 5% higher then sales in the previous January, all other things being equal.

However, this increase in the size of the collection would not really be a justification for the way they have changed the royalties for individuals, would it?

Sales don't increase with new images.  Sales for me are less than 50% during the last 4 months of the year.
« Last Edit: December 14, 2010, 16:12 by traveler1116 »

rubyroo

« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2010, 16:13 »
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I mis-clicked and gave the wrong response... can't undo it.

As with so many things in my life... I said "Yes" when I should've said "No"  :D

So... whatever results you end up, deduct one from the Yesses and add it to No.
« Last Edit: December 14, 2010, 16:15 by rubyroo »

« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2010, 16:25 »
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With december projected earnings included i'll make roughly 30% in the last 4 months (i dont have much holiday stuff).
iStock doing very steady for me still...(unfortunately, sort of...)

« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2010, 16:29 »
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It applies to me, but I have a very small port. My top month is 300$

« Last Edit: December 14, 2010, 16:32 by adijr »

mlwinphoto

« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2010, 16:37 »
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Last year--60%.  This year projected--45%.

jen

« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2010, 18:20 »
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Yes.  But I'm a relatively new contributor so pretty much every month is my best month ever.  I became exclusive in September and my earnings have gone up like crazy. 
Who knows if this will also apply to me next year?

« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2010, 18:58 »
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It looks like just about 1/3 for me with projections...

« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2010, 07:41 »
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Last year 28%.  This year, just now 29%. (all agencies)
Last year 33%.  This year, just now 25%. (only is)
« Last Edit: December 16, 2010, 07:45 by redo »

ShadySue

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« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2010, 08:10 »
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2008: 47.7% (most of my Christmas pics were uploaded in Sept 08)
2009: 39%
2010 (projected): 35.5%

« Reply #21 on: December 16, 2010, 17:31 »
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Only 30% more for the last four months for me.  All the site issues certainly can't be helping.  I'm not sure that they can keep the RC targets with all of the faults in the way the site has been running these last months...

« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2010, 01:27 »
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It applies to me, but I have a very small port. My top month is 300$





Well its rather easy to see why, the majority of your tiny port are Christmas themed files.
Add a few for each major holiday and I'm sure your downloads will be more even throughout the year.

« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2010, 09:51 »
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My stats (Im counting DLs because becomming exclusive in June might otherwise change the stats too much if I count $):

34% this year (incl. estimate till the end of the year)
32% 2009
22% 2008 (took a deep hit in best match by that time of the year)
46% 2007 (my first year - and even then I didnt manage to get to 50% although I had almost 0 sales in Jan and Feb)

If they dont revisit the goals, Ill miss mine by around 11% and get a huge paycut.

lisafx

« Reply #24 on: December 21, 2010, 11:16 »
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For those exclusives who are going to be getting big pay cuts, are you going to stay exclusive?  

I can't imagine getting a 20% pay cut from a hugely successful company, through no fault of my own, and staying loyal to them.

^^Not meant to be snarky, BTW, just genuinely curious if anyone will stay exclusive at IS after being treated that way.  


 

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