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« on: June 12, 2008, 08:21 »
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What is/should be your/our strategy for the IS lightboxes if you have more than 5 pictures to choose?

A) Add your bestsellers to give them additional exposure and making it a valuable lightbox by improving overall quality - do not worry about other contributors "dogs"*.

B) Add only your lagging pictures - in the hope they might benefit from being in the same lightbox with other bestsellers.

C) Add 2-3 bestsellers and a couple of pictures that you think should be bestsellers but need additional exposure.


D) I wish I had enough pictures to choose from;)
 

My personal strategy is to add the best I have to make it a good lightbox benefiting everybody (A). The idea is that MSG lightboxes develop a reputation for being good resources for buyers. Perhaps (C) is not bad either. (D) go challenge yourself to add some awesome new pics.

* I've got plenty of "dogs" too, so take it easy will ya.


« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2008, 08:25 »
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I think we should enter our best sellers.  The reasons being (of which you named a few)
  • The lightboxes could become known as high quality boxes
  • The best images appear first in the lightboxes - if you upload crap images, they will appear at the bottom and you won't get any clicks anyhow.  People will click the 'lightbox' banner, go to the box and download a different picture than yours.  If you upload great shots, they might download yours AND a new image found in the lightbox
  • better selling images get more exposure and will give the lightbox more exposure hopefully creating more sales for everyone

« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2008, 09:41 »
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Just an idea.

Do buyers use google to search images? If so why dont create a page on this site where all the lightboxes with their links can be seen, with some relevant keywords, description of the lightboxes... etcetera?

« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2008, 19:23 »
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I don't often have enough images on a theme, and they may not even be bestsellers, so you're doomed with my crap.   ;D

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2008, 16:11 »
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I go for "A" :)

« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2010, 17:22 »
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Sorry for reviving such an old thread, but the search didn't reveal the answer to my question.

I have made a lightbox of thematically related images in my portfolio.

How do you make an IS lightbox pubic. I read two conflicting instructions on the site. 

One says: "You must have images from more than one artist and over 20 images in the lightbox before it may be made public."

the other says: "Your lightboxes can be kept private or, after you've added 20 files, be made public and searchable by other iStockphoto members.

I see lightboxes that appear when an image is clicked on.  They contain grouped photos by a single artist/contributor.  How is that done?

In the FAQ, the following information is given:
"To edit lightboxes, click on the Manage link at the bottom of the list of your lightboxes. Once there, you may make the lightbox public if its eligible, edit the content or description and delete or email any lightbox."

I don't see any 'Manage' link at the bottom or the word 'Manage' anywhere on the page of my lightbox.

« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2010, 17:34 »
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In the FAQ, the following information is given:
"To edit lightboxes, click on the Manage link at the bottom of the list of your lightboxes. Once there, you may make the lightbox public if its eligible, edit the content or description and delete or email any lightbox."

I don't see any 'Manage' link at the bottom or the word 'Manage' anywhere on the page of my lightbox.

That's because those are directions for the OLD site...no one bothered to update the instructions for the new and improved site. In the bottom right corner of the home page, click on Lightboxes. Then you can manage them from there.

« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2010, 17:44 »
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But you don't need to make your lightbox public at all. Just linking to a private lightbox in the description field of an image is sufficient. Private doesn't mean access is controlled, only that it isn't searchable, so without the link no one would know it was there.

« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2010, 18:03 »
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I have made a lightbox of thematically related images in my portfolio.

How do you make an IS lightbox pubic. I read two conflicting instructions on the site. 

One says: "You must have images from more than one artist and over 20 images in the lightbox before it may be made public."

You should not make a lightbox of just your work public.  LBs are meant to be community collections.  Thus the 'other artist' requirement.  Of course, if you're like some other people, you'll just add one image from someone else and make it public.

« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2010, 18:28 »
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But you don't need to make your lightbox public at all. Just linking to a private lightbox in the description field of an image is sufficient. Private doesn't mean access is controlled, only that it isn't searchable, so without the link no one would know it was there.


Thank you.  However I am still not seeing any control to make it public. 

Possibly public is not what I am looking for (yet they are called lightbox when you click on them).  I see images that display lightbox links on the left side of page that are exclusive to the creator of the image.  The image is not even contained in the lightboxes displayed.  They seem to be grouping set up by the individual contributor (neither 20 image minimum or from multiple contributors).

This is for reference to what I am seeking (no insult or complaint intended to the contributor):

http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-6691673-senior-man-giving-woman-piggyback-ride.php

they are listed as: Clever Concepts, Health and Healing, Seniors, Teenagers, etc.

« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2010, 18:54 »
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It's an external image linked to a private lightbox or search.  Done in UBB.  Viola!

lisafx

« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2010, 18:56 »
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Dan, have you added other artists' images to your lightbox?  You won't see the option to make it public until you do.  

If you are only doing lightboxes of your own images, to link in your description field, they can't be, and don't need to be "public".  They will be viewable by anyone who clicks on your link.  

Public lightboxes and non-public ones are really completely different.  They used to call public lightboxes "galleries", and the private ones lightboxes.  It was less confusing.  

« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2010, 19:23 »
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Dan, have you added other artists' images to your lightbox?  You won't see the option to make it public until you do.  

If you are only doing lightboxes of your own images, to link in your description field, they can't be, and don't need to be "public".  They will be viewable by anyone who clicks on your link.  

Public lightboxes and non-public ones are really completely different.  They used to call public lightboxes "galleries", and the private ones lightboxes.  It was less confusing.  

Thanks Lisa and Jsnover, I will try that. 


 

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