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« on: May 22, 2011, 16:19 »
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Hello,
I developed software called Microstock Analytics.
This program helps tracking sales across multiple sites.

Features:
  • Display earnings/downloads/RPI graphs by month, week, day
  • Track individual shoots and concepts - earnings, downloads, ROI, RPI and more
  • Estimate earnings based on first week sales on Shutterstock
  • Track performance of individual files across all sites
  • Show best candidates for IStock upload (for best use of limited upload slots)

Supported Sites:
  • IStockphoto
  • Shutterstock
  • Fotolia
  • Dreamstime

Quick intro video:
[youtube]XnuKfaBaVLg[/youtube]

Free version supports up to 500 files on each site.
Download www.MicrostockAnalytics.com
Contact: andrey.s.popov@gmail.com


« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2011, 16:26 »
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Does indeed seem usefull for independents.
How much does the full version cost ?

« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2011, 16:33 »
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Depends on size of portfolio:
1500 files on each site - $9.99/month ($99.90/year)
3000 files on each site - $24.99/month ($249.90/year)
And unlimited - $49.99/month ($499.90/year)

« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2011, 16:56 »
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I have downloaded and got an error message.. I am on Windows 7

guess you have updated it and now it is working..

« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2011, 16:59 »
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Please send screenshot or error description to andrey.s.popov@gmail.com. I will try to fix the error asap

« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2011, 17:01 »
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Please send screenshot or error description to andrey.s.popov@gmail.com. I will try to fix the error asap

all good, I have downloaded a 850k and now a 900k.. working good now

« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2011, 08:11 »
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Looks very interesting. Is there (or will there be) a version for Mac OSX?

« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2011, 09:16 »
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How do you gather what looks to be hourly download data from IS?  Are you using the API, or logging in and scraping the data?

« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2011, 09:58 »
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corepics, at the moment it's Windows only. In future I might make version for Max OS too.

sjlocke, I'm not using API, everything being gathered by logging in and parsing pages. Hourly data is not being gathered atm, only date of sale. This makes sense only for very big portfolio with lots of sales like yours :) What you probably referring to is Hourly Rate which is an estimate. It is based on estimated revenue in first 2 years of sales, photoshoot budget and amount of time spent.

« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2011, 10:22 »
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Are the stats 100% private? Or do you plan of selling aggregate data like LookStat?

« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2011, 10:25 »
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I don't have any access to stats. They all stored on local harddrive only.

« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2011, 12:53 »
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I don't have any access to stats. They all stored on local harddrive only.

great!

« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2011, 06:43 »
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Thanks!

I've been working on this tool for last 4 months. Using it myself everyday and working to improve it.  :)
Please post your feedback, comments and questions. ;)

« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2011, 09:00 »
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too bad we need to pay for it :P

« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2011, 11:55 »
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Well :) I hope pricing structure makes the software very affordable to most contributors regardless of portfolio size. At the same time it allows me to make better support and include more and more valuable features in future.

« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2011, 15:15 »
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It looks like a great program which has potential to be very useful.

One suggestion would be to allow sorting the images when creating collection and perhaps a search feature.. some what to easily look through a large quantity of images to add to a collection.

Xalanx

« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2011, 18:21 »
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I am still waiting for a software that will do on the fly statistics for me. Nothing spectacular, something like picNiche (which I'm no longer using), but to be standalone and refresh at my chosen amount of time to check for new sales, make daily / monthly totals and that would be enough. THAT would be really nice.

« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2011, 02:09 »
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leaf, this feature is very high on my list. Will try to add this in next version.

Xalanx, I thought of doing something like this. Perhaps you want see a popup if update returned new sales? I used software that did something like this. But then it gets really annoying after a while, because it interrups your work. It was the biggest reason I did not implement it.

« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2011, 04:23 »
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Well :) I hope pricing structure makes the software very affordable to most contributors regardless of portfolio size. At the same time it allows me to make better support and include more and more valuable features in future.

Actually it is way too much for most contributors I would say. 500$ a year is like giving away one month revenue from one of the Big 4.
Consider also that you are offering stats from only 4 sites AND you virtually do not bear any extra expenses anymore.
I am a Fotolia Gold, doing pretty well on Shutterstock and working with a few other agencies, but would not like to spend more then 50$ a year on such program, however cool it is.

RT


« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2011, 05:41 »
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I don't have any access to stats. They all stored on local harddrive only.

Are you saying account details and passwords are stored on a local hard drive, what security is in place to protect that hard drive?

Microbius

« Reply #20 on: May 25, 2011, 05:44 »
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I read it that account details are only stored on the users computer, i.e. not transfered to Andrey, but I'm sure he'll clear it up.

« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2011, 06:15 »
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Account passwords are stored and encrypted on your local harddrive only. It is in "My Documents\Microstock Analytics" folder. Following general computer security measures will make your data secure (i. e. using antivirus and firewall).
Account names are used to identify your Microstock Analytics account during login (otherwise it will be possible to use one Microstock Analytics account to track sales for unlimited number of people).
All other data (upload dates, thumbnails, sales data and so on) is stored My Documents folder on your local harddrive as well.

« Reply #22 on: May 25, 2011, 06:18 »
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Actually it is way too much for most contributors I would say. 500$ a year is like giving away one month revenue from one of the Big 4.
Consider also that you are offering stats from only 4 sites AND you virtually do not bear any extra expenses anymore.
I am a Fotolia Gold, doing pretty well on Shutterstock and working with a few other agencies, but would not like to spend more then 50$ a year on such program, however cool it is.

I'd agree. Way, way, way too expensive for what it is. Like Niserin I would consider $50 per year a maximum to spend on such a tool.

« Reply #23 on: May 25, 2011, 08:29 »
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If there there would be a tool with that amount of features at that price half a year ago I will just buy a license it instead of creating new one. At some point it started taking me way too long at the end of the month to track sales. So I decided to create Microstock Analytics. And now it helps me a lot to measure how well different concepts and shoots are performing.

What stats do you guys measure? How long does it takes per month? Do you think you can benefit a lot from having more sales information and being able to analyze it fast?

« Reply #24 on: May 25, 2011, 08:58 »
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I enter the numbers into an excel spreadsheet every morning.  To collect the stats from iStock, Shutterstock Dreamstime and Fotolia takes about 3 minutes a day.  The graphs and averages are calculated automatically but I don't bother tracking individual image sales or revenue by shoot, as it simply takes too much time and I can see which shoots are earning the most simply by looking at my best sellers and maknig lightboxes at Dreamstime and seeing their total income.  The method is rather inaccurate though and the exact numbers would be nice to see.

So, where I would really find your software helpful is calculating the return per shoot.  But my feelings are similar to niserin - my pain threshold is about $50/year as well.
« Last Edit: May 25, 2011, 09:00 by leaf »


 

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