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« Reply #75 on: July 04, 2011, 23:54 »
Still seems weird that someone like Jonathan, who's not exclusive, can shoot for Agency and get the benefits of exclusivity.  Some guys have all the luck!  ;)

He's with Blend

blend?  whats Blend?

« Reply #76 on: July 05, 2011, 01:12 »
^^^Don't you use google? http://www.blendimages.com/

« Reply #77 on: July 06, 2011, 20:58 »
Hi Everyone,

 I have two portals through two different agencies I am co-owner of. One is http://www.blendimages.com and the other is http://www.culturaimages.com they have both been accepted as TAC providers. I still have to split what I get with the agencies so it's not quite as good as being exclusive but I want to see some data on the sales there so when I get some time I will be adding a few hundred images to see what's out there.
 Any contributing photographer with either agency can be represented in Macro RM/RF and TAC if anyone has an interest please feel welcome to contact me they are both very strong agencies and I would be happy to help make some introductions.



« Reply #78 on: July 07, 2011, 12:11 »
Hi All,

 Everyone is holding strong with the exception of Istock which has now returned it's worst month in a row dropping further every month. They are the only site I am adding new images to and their sales are becoming my worst. All other agencies holding strong with no new uploads in years and I just past the mark of all my Microstock production costs at Shutterstock on its own this month. After three years my costs have been recouped by the one agency alone. Hats off to Shutterstock still top earner with no drop this year. I will be adding some TAC work this year I just have to find time to produce it. I still want to know what the returns are like there, some people I know are very happy with what they are seeing.


Agreeing, everyone holding strong exept IS. weird?  was chatting to some mates of mine within the Getty-RM. We were all comparing like 10 years ago and now, etc and how this has all progressed, etc.
One made the remark: " before it was a good thing to let clients know you were with Getty, in those days it was a kind of hallmark of quality. Nowdays! being a member of this Getty/IS, thing, is more of an embarrasment. One really dont mention it to clients anymore"

I thought, jeez, is that what its come to? unbelievable really.

BTW, do you ever consider removing your RMs, putting them elsewhere?  cause I know a few that are going to do just that.
« Last Edit: July 07, 2011, 12:15 by lagereek »

« Reply #79 on: July 07, 2011, 12:45 »
I know for a fact that in some overseas markets, people will buy from anyone but Getty Images if they can find a good image elsewhere, just because they hate Getty so much. It's really that bad. Getty's attitude toward buyers has been one of the more specific reasons I've heard of, a kind of take it or leave it arrogance.


« Reply #80 on: July 07, 2011, 14:22 »
..... they have both been accepted as TAC providers.

and I'm sure the rest will follow in due course, it seems that iS and Getty are merging more and more imagery into both marketplaces - interesting times ahead!

« Reply #81 on: July 07, 2011, 22:24 »
whoaw, zazzle sells ? what are your best sellers there?

These are for me the best 4 performing stock agencies for June 2011:


You can find the rest of the statistic here.


« Reply #82 on: July 08, 2011, 01:09 »
whoaw, zazzle sells ? what are your best sellers there?

Not to pick on the source but here's an example of why charts and stats are missing some important details.

Lets say that this person makes $14 on Zazzle and $9 from Deposit photos, and they have 1000 photos on SS and 150 photos on IS. Well of course it's going to look kind of like small agencies are really producing for this artist.

The first question is, how many photos to produce these sales numbers? How many sales, and is June the same as May? Because one $14 sale and Zazzle shoots to the top, next month it will be 0% and off the bottom. One month isn't a worthwhile chart.

With myself, if SS gets one EL this month it will suddenly jump up and pass IS for the year. For now, IS is beating SS, but unfortunately that's based on IS sales in January and Feb., while SS beats them nearly every month since then.

Since Oboy keeps such good records, maybe he can do a six month chart, which is probably a better indicator of a period of time and many months, not just one month. It would be a better indicator, but if he only has 60 pictures on IS and 600 on SS, there's also that small problem of RPD!

And yes, while I personally look at bottom line and don't worry about a bunch of statistics that are not of any value. (because statistics don't pay bills, dollars and downloads do)  ;D Long term sales charts and large volume surveys, do have some indication of the trends. One persons collection, based on different numbers of files are just some pretty pictures.

Who's on top on the MSG survey? Who's second. That should tell you something about Zazzle and Deposit Photos!

« Reply #83 on: July 08, 2011, 14:30 »
Hi Lagereek,

 I am not a big believer in moving content so I won't be moving any of my RM out of my Getty collection I will just create new work and try to analyze where the best home for returns will be for the new stuff. If it shows that Getty is still my best return for exclusive RM then I will stay there. I really like the model we offer at Spaces Images where we have multi distributional RM, it allows the buyer to stay protected and know the image history and it gives the photographer 40 agencies instead of just one to represent the work. There are a few agencies now offering this, Blend and Cultura both do as well as Spaces. I would like to see this model continue to be a part of our industry, when RM stock was started they didn't have the technology to offer multi distribution but with the change of the internet and what can be accomplished now the model fits really well into todays competitive stock industry.


« Reply #84 on: July 09, 2011, 03:08 »
 Sad is a word that springs to mind for me regarding Istock   

Do you remember the Mantra over there "The Cream floats to the top" well it's all gone sour  (excuse pun) now it seems simply a case of the expensive/exclusive is forced to the front!

Regardless of what is uploaded it is getting rather embarrassing over there for me with my once healthy income making it my top earner being reduced to a trickle of downloads it really has eventually come down to that!

Thank heavens for Shutterstock it reaches new highs each month for me with phenomenal results from 'On demands'  and EL's last month so not all is gloom and doom


« Reply #85 on: July 09, 2011, 03:17 »
Sad is a word that springs to mind for me regarding Istock   

Do you remember the Mantra over there "The Cream floats to the top"


God! It's a long time since anyone said that there, isn't it? I'd forgotten that one. Was it the first great best match shift that killed that one, back in 2005 or 2006?


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