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How has the new Best Match affected your sales?

My sales are up
29 (27.6%)
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46 (43.8%)
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« Reply #100 on: April 03, 2011, 08:27 »
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I'm seeing far too many clusters of shots from the same artist on the same page, sometime half a dozen slightly different angles all in a group and quite a lot of pairs or triplets from the same shoot really high up the search. This severely limits variety. It's very apparent if you do a search on the word curry.


ShadySue

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« Reply #101 on: April 03, 2011, 08:38 »
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I'm seeing far too many clusters of shots from the same artist on the same page, sometime half a dozen slightly different angles all in a group and quite a lot of pairs or triplets from the same shoot really high up the search. This severely limits variety. It's very apparent if you do a search on the word curry.
Where's your slider? I'm not really seeing that on 'curry', no matter where I put my slider.
But they've also said there's a geographic bias, so maybe I'm not seeing (UK) what you're seeing.

lagereek

« Reply #102 on: April 03, 2011, 08:40 »
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They have just changed their best match, yet again!  This time its all Vetta and the kiss of death for non exclusives. Bye to this once and for all.

« Reply #103 on: April 03, 2011, 08:44 »
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Massive change today. All vettas and agencys first. Hope it is only a test made on a sunday and things are back to normal tomorrow. Otherwise things are far worse than expected if they have to push expensive content so hard in fron of buyers eyes.

« Reply #104 on: April 03, 2011, 08:48 »
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Can someone please tell me where this slider is and how to adjust it. My sales are in the tank.

lagereek

« Reply #105 on: April 03, 2011, 08:49 »
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Dont think its a test, its also confirmed the relevancy slider is going. I ve just had 4 Europen independant diamonds on my private mail ( friends) and right now they are slaughtered.
So much for this glorified best match change.

I expected this, somebody whispered this in my ear some time ago.
« Last Edit: April 03, 2011, 08:51 by lagereek »

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« Reply #106 on: April 03, 2011, 08:54 »
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Massive change today. All vettas and agencys first. Hope it is only a test made on a sunday and things are back to normal tomorrow. Otherwise things are far worse than expected if they have to push expensive content so hard in fron of buyers eyes.

Yep, that's what we've been talking about.

Looks like it's time for a new thread and poll.

« Reply #107 on: April 03, 2011, 08:58 »
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Not only independents will be killed if this best match is definitive, also a huge number of exclusives are going to suffer. If you dont have a big number of V&A you are dead. But even if you do have them that doesnt guaratee success in the medium term, this is what remaining buyers needed to make their minds and leave the place.

ShadySue

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« Reply #108 on: April 03, 2011, 08:58 »
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Can someone please tell me where this slider is and how to adjust it. My sales are in the tank.
If you do a search, under the last row of thums there's a link 'display settings' and you can change your slider settings in there.
But of course you can't change how any visitor to the site (potential buyer) has their slider set, and the default is centre.
They should make the slider much more visible.

ShadySue

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« Reply #109 on: April 03, 2011, 09:05 »
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RogerMexico's post on Friday in the long best match thread:
"I've been posting in here but it's getting lost in the shuffle so I think I'll make a final post and shut the thread.

We've been making minor adjustments to the sort mix ever since this went live. We will continue to do so. Generally we're getting more and more satisfied with the overall sort but we're still working with the mix of new content and different collections.

There isn't going to be a time when I stand up and say "Alright, this is now the best best match and it will stay exactly the same for the following span of time." Best match is something that we like to nudge and tweak a little bit here and a little bit there to continually optimize results. We will continue doing that. Again, we've been happy so far with the trends we're seeing since this went live. We saw room for improvement and have been working there and getting happier.

Finally, we are going to remove the keyword relevancy slider some time next week. At that point everyone will have the default which is in the middle."


Essentially, if they find that overall they are raking in more cash ('profitablity') from plugging V/A, that's what makes sense for them to do, and I guess testing it out on a Sunday isn't too bad an idea EXCEPT that presumably not many businesses with the Big Bucks do much buying on a Sunday (?)
Remember, they don't care about how 'your' or 'my' files are doing. Only about their bottom line, as would be in any business.

« Reply #110 on: April 03, 2011, 09:13 »
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Another Best Match change just happened and, wow, this is a big one.

It very obviously is pushing Vetta and Agency files. Another move to quickly boost revenue/profits?


So they changed it *back*? It was a surprise when they changed it to *not* favor Vetta and Agency. I thought that was one of the benefits of having those types of files...favoritism.

ETA: I just did a search on "horse" and I actually don't see near the stacking of Vetta of old. The top of the search appears to all be flames with a smattering of Vetta mixed in (search set for 200 images per page). Previously, it would just be one solid wall of Vetta.
« Last Edit: April 03, 2011, 09:17 by caspixel »

lagereek

« Reply #111 on: April 03, 2011, 09:13 »
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RogerMexico's post on Friday in the long best match thread:
"I've been posting in here but it's getting lost in the shuffle so I think I'll make a final post and shut the thread.

We've been making minor adjustments to the sort mix ever since this went live. We will continue to do so. Generally we're getting more and more satisfied with the overall sort but we're still working with the mix of new content and different collections.

There isn't going to be a time when I stand up and say "Alright, this is now the best best match and it will stay exactly the same for the following span of time." Best match is something that we like to nudge and tweak a little bit here and a little bit there to continually optimize results. We will continue doing that. Again, we've been happy so far with the trends we're seeing since this went live. We saw room for improvement and have been working there and getting happier.

Finally, we are going to remove the keyword relevancy slider some time next week. At that point everyone will have the default which is in the middle."


Essentially, if they find that overall they are raking in more cash ('profitablity') from plugging V/A, that's what makes sense for them to do, and I guess testing it out on a Sunday isn't too bad an idea EXCEPT that presumably not many businesses with the Big Bucks do much buying on a Sunday (?)
Remember, they don't care about how 'your' or 'my' files are doing. Only about their bottom line, as would be in any business.
'

Oh Sue we know that but believe me there will be a big F#####G dent if say 20-25 independant top cannisters did react to this. Do a search yourself and see the misery. I just did a seach "engineer and industry"  know what came up?  guy sitting in a wheelchair pretending to be an engineer and a hard-hat plonked on his head. Pugh!

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« Reply #112 on: April 03, 2011, 09:18 »
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I started a new thread for the latest best match change.

Let's move this conversation over there and stop posting here


The 4/3/11 Istockphoto Best Match Change

ShadySue

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« Reply #113 on: April 03, 2011, 09:21 »
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Remember, they don't care about how 'your' or 'my' files are doing. Only about their bottom line, as would be in any business.
Oh Sue we know that but believe me there will be a big F#####G dent if say 20-25 independant top cannisters did react to this. Do a search yourself and see the misery. I just did a seach "engineer and industry"  know what came up?  guy sitting in a wheelchair pretending to be an engineer and a hard-hat plonked on his head. Pugh!
Oh, I know. I'm not for a minute supporting what they've done. (did I really come over as if I was? Yikes!)
I don't know what has happened with keywording recently. Some truly dreadfully keyworded files are getting in all the time nowadays. I'm sure Team Metadata are thoroughly bogged down with tne needs of editorial, so aren't getting to the Bulk Wikis far less the wikied files.
Well, anyway, it will be interesting to read their spin on this latest best match, if they bother to spin it at all.

« Reply #114 on: April 03, 2011, 11:51 »
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mispost...
« Last Edit: April 03, 2011, 11:54 by BaldricksTrousers »


 

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