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wds

« on: September 21, 2014, 08:37 »
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Okay, clearly it's way too early for meaningful trends, but just curious how folks are doing after the first week of the new iStock?
For me, it's been about a wash in terms of downloads and $$$. Downloads a little higher, $$$ a little less. A bit disappointed in $$$/download. I am iS exclusive.


Shelma1

« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2014, 09:02 »
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Downloads rose slightly, earnings dropped substantially. I'm only interested in $$$$$$$. Therefor the changes svck for me.

« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2014, 09:08 »
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with what little I am seeing so far, the amount paid per DL is up, but customer is getting XXXL file sizes. These major changes to squeeze more juice from the orange, including changes at IS, intro of DPC (BY FOTOLIA) & Deposit Photos cut throat commissions, are killing agencies like Dreamstime.  They "haven't adapted" so to speak, meaning that haven't really made any tactical response. Accordingly, for me anyway, they are almost worthless in terms of revenue.  Over the last few months when all these agency changes have happened, I've gone from $250 a month on DT, to $200, then $175, $150 and today I am at $80 for September. It's my opinion that DT is collateral damage from all these cut throat strategies.

My apologies....not my intent to hijack this thread.

DC


« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2014, 09:18 »
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I was having a pretty good month before the changes.

The week following the changes was really slow and was lowlighted by an XXXLarge for a 30 cent commission.

I guess it isn't a big deal for me though, "good" on iStock doesn't really mean much since the vast majority of my earnings there come from PP anyways.

Beppe Grillo

« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2014, 09:24 »
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Okay, clearly it's way too early for meaningful trends []

So, why do you ask?

« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2014, 10:06 »
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Okay, clearly it's way too early for meaningful trends []

So, why do you ask?

I've actually had the slowest week for downloads for more than 10 years (I'm not kidding), down 70% on the previous week, so I think it might be meaningful.

« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2014, 10:17 »
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Okay, clearly it's way too early for meaningful trends []

So, why do you ask?
Trends are trends, a week is not too early to see them.

Beppe Grillo

« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2014, 10:42 »
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I've actually had the slowest week for downloads for more than 10 years (I'm not kidding), down 70% on the previous week, so I think it might be meaningful.


Trends are trends, a week is not too early to see them.

I am not sure that you can define a trend if the elements/variables that you have are not stabilized yet.
« Last Edit: September 21, 2014, 10:45 by Beppe Grillo »

dpimborough

« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2014, 12:00 »
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Oh was there a week after the iStock change?

Because it seemed to me that all my istuck sales just stopped.

Prior to that things were rolling along quite nicely  :(
« Last Edit: September 21, 2014, 12:45 by Teddy the Cat »

« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2014, 12:08 »
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I've actually had the slowest week for downloads for more than 10 years (I'm not kidding), down 70% on the previous week, so I think it might be meaningful.


Trends are trends, a week is not too early to see them.

I am not sure that you can define a trend if the elements/variables that you have are not stabilized yet.
trend |trend|
noun
a general direction in which something is developing or changing:

Stability is a trend in stasis.

« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2014, 12:21 »
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DLs are better than July and August. Earning is slightly better but not as good as it should be in a September month.

There is still one more week, we shall see.

Beppe Grillo

« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2014, 13:17 »
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Trends are trends, a week is not too early to see them.

I am not sure that you can define a trend if the elements/variables that you have are not stabilized yet.
trend |trend|
noun
a general direction in which something is developing or changing:

Stability is a trend in stasis.

You have too much undefined elements (not stabilized) to define a trend, a general direction:
- All the usual customers do not know about the new situation.
- All those knowing about the new situation have not begun to buy something on the site.
- iStock has always a lot of problems before "new things" are really working well

So, till the new situation has not became known and stable for everybody (or a relatively appreciable number of people) we cannot speak about a trend, because the actual situation does not correspond yet to "a general direction in which something is developing or changing", but it is only a temporary direction and it can change.

This is my point of view.

« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2014, 15:38 »
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Fewer DLs, less money per DL.  So far not working for me or iS.

« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2014, 16:27 »
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It's ok.

My portfolio is generally crap so people downloaded only small sizes. Now I get loads more for that.

« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2014, 16:41 »
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I'm having my WME on iStock - only one download all month for a whopping $1 (from before the big change) - I've never had a month this bad despite having a tiny portfolio there. At this rate I won't even make enough to cover their monthly "clawback" until the PP comes in.  :(

Meanwhile, SS is way up - and DT is up considerably as well.

stock-will-eat-itself

« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2014, 17:12 »
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Nobody will know whats happening for at least a couple of months until the subs are reported. There will be a fair amount of clients switching from credits to subs, we'll have to wait and see if the designers start downloading with the subs packages at the rate they do in SS.

I can't help thinking iS have shot themselves in the foot by not having the signature collection as Vetta and S+ exclusively, which is what I assumed they were going to do. There's no real way to filter out the crap images anymore.

« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2014, 17:38 »
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Ever since they stopped letting nonexclusives nominate files for the + collection (Can't recall if it was E+ or what) I've seen the number of views my files get plunge along with my sales. I can't help thinking that some of the people who used iStock did so because they could more easily find some of the "better" microstock images there and were willing to pay a small premium for them - a low cost image is not a bargain if it takes hours to find - IMHO, trying to copy their competitors rather than playing to their own strengths is a mistake they keep making. What distresses me is seeing how many of my files that sell well on SS and DT have never even had a view on iStock. That's one of the reasons I'll leave what I have there (and collect a few payouts a year) but haven't bothered adding anything new in ages. My experience certainly isn't sufficient to show a "trend" but it does seem to mirror what others have seen. I'd be happy to see them do better but I'm not optimistic - the opposite in fact.

Noedelhap

  • www.colincramm.com

« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2014, 19:33 »
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First week, slightly more dl's and more $$ than I would've gotten for these dl's, but for how long...?

« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2014, 22:01 »
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Haven't sold a sausage with them since the changes. IS normally makes me about 50% of what I do with SS, but I haven't had a single IS sale while SS has carried on as before...

« Reply #19 on: September 21, 2014, 22:40 »
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Sales almost stopped since the changes.

« Reply #20 on: September 22, 2014, 04:25 »
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bad....two sales in one week  >:(  :-\...normally i have 1-2 downloads day

« Reply #21 on: September 22, 2014, 06:41 »
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Unfortunately my sales have disappeared. 2011 I was making 100+ sales per day. Now 15-20 on weekdays and 0-3 on weekends. How about that. Since the changes the collapsing has accelerated. I am a diamond exclusive contributor

« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2014, 08:59 »
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I'm happy to report that I have the same lousy sales I had before! Been down so long it looks like up to me.

dpimborough

« Reply #23 on: September 22, 2014, 09:01 »
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Day 7 without a sale  :(

« Reply #24 on: September 22, 2014, 09:45 »
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So is nobody doing well? Have Getty finally wiped out the site that founded the industry? (Talk about making things bloomin' unsustainable!)

Here, for old times' sake, is the post where we first discovered that istock is unsustainable http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=252322&page=1

Jeez! It was only 4 effing years ago! I was making some decent money from iS before that post popped up. How fast things change!
« Last Edit: September 22, 2014, 09:57 by BaldricksTrousers »


 

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