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« Reply #25 on: December 20, 2008, 13:02 »
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I officially left in mid Oct 08. Dec is my second full month as an independent.


lagereek

« Reply #26 on: December 20, 2008, 14:26 »
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Yep!  false alarm it seems and its back to its usual penny-pinching. I did have a good wednesday and thursday though.
You know, no one seem to have considered this but just suppose that IS, is loosing it? just suppose that things are far from rosy and they are going through a really bad spell, Ive got to know quite a few high-ranking exclusives and their reports are far from good. Sure best match has got something to do with it but THIS? this is in fact much more worrying.
I recon theyve had it their own way for so long now that its running out of steam plus the fact other leading agencies are not only closing in fast. Theyre already there.

Merry X-mas to all of you guys and gals.

« Reply #27 on: December 20, 2008, 15:16 »
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...just suppose that IS, is loosing it? just suppose that things are far from rosy and they are going through a really bad spell, Ive got to know quite a few high-ranking exclusives and their reports are far from good. Sure best match has got something to do with it but THIS? this is in fact much more worrying.
I recon theyve had it their own way for so long now that its running out of steam plus the fact other leading agencies are not only closing in fast. Theyre already there.
Remember the saying in business, "It pays to be second." Few of the originators of a major new business model live to dominate the business. I recall the legend of Gary Kildall flying his plane and missing an appointment with IBM reps (while Bill Gates showed up on time in a suit and tie). IS exudes that sort of arrogance. Maybe the conspiracy theories of Getty buying IS to destroy it are true. Or maybe IS has just shot itself in the foot one too many times. Yes, it's bleeding from the best match but that is certainly not the only self-inflicted wound. I hope they patch things up and survive and thrive, for there is much to like about IS. We'll see I guess.

« Reply #28 on: December 21, 2008, 10:07 »
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Yep!  false alarm it seems and its back to its usual penny-pinching. I did have a good wednesday and thursday though.
You know, no one seem to have considered this but just suppose that IS, is loosing it? just suppose that things are far from rosy and they are going through a really bad spell, Ive got to know quite a few high-ranking exclusives and their reports are far from good. Sure best match has got something to do with it but THIS? this is in fact much more worrying.
I recon theyve had it their own way for so long now that its running out of steam plus the fact other leading agencies are not only closing in fast. Theyre already there.

Merry X-mas to all of you guys and gals.

You're guessing too much, in my opinion. Without guessing, using the facts and information available, we find that istock sold images for 70million last year. About 30% went to contributors. This year, ot at least these last monts they are paying 1.1 miliion in royalties to contributors every week. Do the math and you'll discover that it dosen't seem they are going dow, but up, and much.

« Reply #29 on: December 21, 2008, 12:29 »
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I'm currently at 1/2 of what I made last month. I'm about 60% down from last year.

I still haven't come close to recovering from my 60% drop almost 2 years ago when IS first started tweaking the best match.   :'(

« Reply #30 on: December 21, 2008, 18:56 »
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Consistent results here - $$ consistently going downhill. There was a little hick-up in October (and a holiday gap in July), but now everything is dropping as usual. ATM I'm at ~25% of last year's December $$, estimating not more than 40% at the end of December. Here's my graph over the last 2 years:






lagereek

« Reply #31 on: December 22, 2008, 03:10 »
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Yep!  false alarm it seems and its back to its usual penny-pinching. I did have a good wednesday and thursday though.
You know, no one seem to have considered this but just suppose that IS, is loosing it? just suppose that things are far from rosy and they are going through a really bad spell, Ive got to know quite a few high-ranking exclusives and their reports are far from good. Sure best match has got something to do with it but THIS? this is in fact much more worrying.
I recon theyve had it their own way for so long now that its running out of steam plus the fact other leading agencies are not only closing in fast. Theyre already there.

Merry X-mas to all of you guys and gals.

You're guessing too much, in my opinion. Without guessing, using the facts and information available, we find that istock sold images for 70million last year. About 30% went to contributors. This year, ot at least these last monts they are paying 1.1 miliion in royalties to contributors every week. Do the math and you'll discover that it dosen't seem they are going dow, but up, and much.


Hi Loop!

NO, no!   Dont get stuck in Maths and figures, its only there for you to see and in that case Getty would have had their best RM year ever BUT we all know theyve just had one of their worst.
The IS turnover is only relevant to other leading agencies turnover. Pretty much on par. Never used to be that.
« Last Edit: December 22, 2008, 03:12 by lagereek »

« Reply #32 on: December 22, 2008, 07:56 »
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Can someone post the grosses for the top 6 agencies for the last couple of years so we can compare?

bittersweet

« Reply #33 on: December 22, 2008, 08:27 »
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Consistent results here - $$ consistently going downhill. There was a little hick-up in October (and a holiday gap in July), but now everything is dropping as usual. ATM I'm at ~25% of last year's December $$, estimating not more than 40% at the end of December. Here's my graph over the last 2 years:





The bars on these charts are only relative to the other months of the same year. Unless the bar from one year is exactly the same height as a bar from the other year, and representing the exact same dollar amount (i.e. your October of last year looks to be double your March of this year)... then this illustration is not entirely accurate as it is presented. Obviously it is an overall downward trend though, which is a shame since your canister changes over that same period of time would have increased your royalty level by 75% by now and probably would have helped offset some of the slowdown that occurred as the pond filled up with more and more fish.



« Reply #34 on: December 22, 2008, 08:46 »
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Unless the bar from one year is exactly the same height as a bar from the other year ...

You got it. :) Hint: if the 2008 bars would be non-adjusted then there would be at least one bar without gray space at the top.

Btw cannister changes don't affect me - I'm not exclusive ... Increased my portfolio by 30% this year, but royalties dropped by at least 50% (comparing Decembers only: ~65%)

« Reply #35 on: December 22, 2008, 09:30 »
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Can someone post the grosses for the top 6 agencies for the last couple of years so we can compare?

Sorry, I can't show bars, but at least I can do a list of Decembers and totals from the last 2 years:

DT: if Dec 2006 was 100% then 2007 was 150% and Dec 2008 has passed 260% (by Dec 22)
DT: year 2008 total in comparison to 2006: 290%

IS: 100% / 103% / 25% (by Dec 22)
IS: year 2008 total in comparison to 2006: 110%

SS: 100% / 120% / 50% (by Dec 22)
SS: year 2008 total in comparison to 2006: 160%

StockXpert: 100% (2007, no Dec 2006 stats) / 50% (by Dec 22)
StockXpert: no complete year 2007 stats, so no comparison to 2008

Panthermedia: 100% / 70% / 270% (by Dec 22)
Panthermedia: year 2008 total in comparison to 2006: 570%


« Reply #36 on: December 22, 2008, 09:33 »
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Sorry - not personal data - overall agency data, like iStock sold 70 million licenses last year, etc...

« Reply #37 on: December 22, 2008, 09:38 »
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Oops, sorry ... But perhaps that was interesting anyway. Hopefully. Maybe. *grrr* :)

bittersweet

« Reply #38 on: December 22, 2008, 09:47 »
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Unless the bar from one year is exactly the same height as a bar from the other year ...

Btw cannister changes don't affect me - I'm not exclusive ... Increased my portfolio by 30% this year, but royalties dropped by at least 50% (comparing Decembers only: ~65%)

I know... that's why I said "would have increased your royalty level by 75% by now". Your royalty at 35% commission  is 75% more than your royalty at 20% commission.

Anyway, I'm sorry your numbers are moving in the wrong direction.

shank_ali

« Reply #39 on: December 23, 2008, 02:22 »
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Its picking up a bit, dont want to jump the gun, but DLs are picking up a bit. Dont think its connecting to the best match tough, rather that clients are looking for specific stuff.
Start a new thread sales ...XMAS SLOWDOWN :(

« Reply #40 on: December 24, 2008, 18:25 »
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Anyway, I'm sorry your numbers are moving in the wrong direction.

If they move at all - I've made $0.26 during the last 5 days. And this one XS came from a picture I've uploaded in 2002 ... Well, that's not exactly motivating, is it? :)

« Reply #41 on: December 25, 2008, 19:20 »
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Now that's great - someone has ruined my predictions by downloading 4 pictures today ... Thank you! :)


 

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