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« on: October 13, 2007, 13:52 »
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So we often get asked if we can share some stats. Here are a few to wet your whistle. All are as of Sept. 30/07.

  • 2.4+ million registered members
  • 37,000 contributors
  • 27,000+ images added per week (out of 45,000 submitted)
  • 90+ inspectors
  • 2 billion thumbnails served in Sept. 07 (as mentioned earlier)
  • ~130 million pages served in Sept. 07
  • 53% of sales are from the US


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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2007, 18:15 »
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Outstanding numbers.  It was only a couple of months ago that they passed 2 million members, so 400,000 additional customers in two months!  In that same period the number of contributors hasn't changed (hardly) so the customer/photographer ratio is growing.  That's excellent.

53% of sales from the US shows the success of their overseas expansion.

Outstanding.

This shows what happens as a result of INVESTMENT and MARKETING.

« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2007, 21:04 »
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This shows what happens as a result of INVESTMENT and MARKETING.

You mean like Lucky Oliver?  (Ha ha, couldn't resist!  :D)

Anyway....yeah, I agree totally.

« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2007, 21:59 »
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Number of Images online: 2,253,903
Number of Contributors: 37,000

Did Simple math.

Average number of files in a portfolio: 60.9 images.

Considering there is a large number of people with 1000+ portfolios I think that with my 250 files I am still in top third of contributors.

That makes me feel important ;D

« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2007, 22:25 »
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There are only 160 diamonds.

And only 2,300 golds.  Of those, only 260 are exclusive.

These members probably account for at least 80% of all sales.  Perhaps 90%.

There is a serious shortage of quality, volume stock photographers.

« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2007, 02:33 »
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Outstanding numbers.  It was only a couple of months ago that they passed 2 million members, so 400,000 additional customers in two months!  In that same period the number of contributors hasn't changed (hardly) so the customer/photographer ratio is growing.  That's excellent.

53% of sales from the US shows the success of their overseas expansion.

Outstanding.

This shows what happens as a result of INVESTMENT and MARKETING.

But how do we know that those 400,000 are downloaders?  It just says registered members.  A lot of them might be contributors who haven't passes the initial QC or haven't even uploaded anything yet.  How many of those new "registered members" go on to download images?

« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2007, 09:28 »
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And only 2,300 golds.  Of those, only 260 are exclusive.


How do you know this? Are there any other fun stats you know?

I would love if iStock would start raking of photographers like fotolia used to do (but since v2 it has been stuck on the same number)


« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2007, 13:38 »
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And only 2,300 golds.  Of those, only 260 are exclusive.


How do you know this? Are there any other fun stats you know?




I simply keep my eyes and ears open when I read their forums.

Yeah - 40% of their content is presently exclusive.  This suggests that the exclusive artists generate much much higher volume production than non-exclusives.

« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2007, 08:22 »
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I'm ashamed to admit that although IS was the first agenecy to accept me, in the two years I have been there I have only gotten 47 images accepted (somewhat less than 50%).  Every couple of months I try and concentrate on them but get distracted by other agencies where my portfolio is larger and so is my return.  For the last four days at IS I have been sitting 37 cents short of a payout with no dls.   This is not a cry for help, just venting, I know it's my own fault.
Rosta


 

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