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« on: February 09, 2013, 14:06 »
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just got an invitation from a microstock friend, anybody heard of them before? looking at their FB page they started back in Feb 2012 but looks like going live in a few days/weeks, have been trying to understand who are the owners but nothing so far...

domain registered back in September 2010

p.s: have 5 invitations, if anybody wants one please PM with email (just to let you know I will get 5% referral, agency is only open for now with invitation)
« Last Edit: February 09, 2013, 14:26 by luissantos84 »


« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2013, 14:33 »
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2013, 14:34 »
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2013, 14:49 »
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1 License

(http://www.solidstockart.com/royalty-freedom)

Pricing

(http://www.solidstockart.com/royalty-free-pricing)

Simply upload your royalty-free stock art, and we fill in the meta data, description, and title.

PNG available

« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2013, 15:22 »
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Sounds decent. I'm curious about the pricing. I think the closed system is a good idea for a new site. I guess it depends on how many people they plan to bring on board.

« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2013, 16:09 »
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I got e-mail about StolidStock art last November. We exchanged some e-mails about their ideas and I wished them well but I couldn't see that their concept made any sense for me.

I put all my metadata into my images anyway; they can't know the details about many types of shots - locations, species, ethnicity, etc. - so I wasn't sure how good a job they could do. I didn't see the value of PNG conversion for all files - which at the time they were planning; those files with transparency seem to be the primary target for PNG. Perhaps now it's just for selected files.

I logged back in to check the pricing and it hasn't changed. My take was that it's too cheap given the very broad license terms; their argument was that designers are abusing the standard licenses anyway so you're better off charging them a little more and making it legit

I never did get any clear answers on how they were going to pull in buyers - I think it's a "we will build this and the great features will draw them in" situation - a bit like PictureWhatever from Justin. If it were that easy, StockFresh would be blooming.

I think the closed system is a non-starter. Lots of people seem to love the idea, but from a buyer's perspective I don't see how restricting choice makes any sense. Keep it open and edit the collection more closely if quality or focus is the issue.

« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2013, 16:34 »
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I logged back in to check the pricing and it hasn't changed. My take was that it's too cheap given the very broad license terms; their argument was that designers are abusing the standard licenses anyway so you're better off charging them a little more and making it legit

indeed, that is my "only" concern regarding them and yes the potential buyers

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2013, 18:03 »
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Simply upload your royalty-free stock art, and we fill in the meta data, description, and title.
I'll send them some rare species from specific locations, not in my port anywhere, and see how they get on.  8)
Sorry, no way would I get into bed with anyone who was going to take over these functions.

« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2013, 03:51 »
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I put all my metadata into my images anyway; they can't know the details about many types of shots - locations, species, ethnicity, etc. - so I wasn't sure how good a job they could do. I didn't see the value of PNG conversion for all files - which at the time they were planning; those files with transparency seem to be the primary target for PNG. Perhaps now it's just for selected files.


100% agree, how can someone do a title and an accurate catalogue of keywords for a work that dont belong to them.....

Microbius

« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2013, 04:56 »
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I think the drawback of letting someone else keywords is outweighed by the benefit of keeping spamming out.

If it is an unusual subject you could always request they add critical keywords, I'm sure they would.

99% of microstock is pretty generic (has to be to get the volumes) so can be keyworded by anyone

Poncke

« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2013, 11:57 »
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I have sent in my request to join them and they accepted me. But before I sign up I want to read their terms, but it seems wherever I click on, I cant find a proper read of their terms. Anyone else?

Should I join them?

« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2013, 12:49 »
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I just finished reading though it all, and I have to agree with Jo Ann. The prices are too low for what is basically an EL.

I think the idea is good though. My top agency is invite only and does all of the keywording. When you are talking about new and small agencies, most of their traffic is going to come from Google. So, SEO optimized titles and descriptions are more important than keywords. Google won't even look at those unless you put them in the title or description. Then, you might run the risk of keyword spamming.

« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2013, 10:27 »
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We've Launched!

We are officially selling to the public!!! After years of hard, work we've hit the ground running... Well, not quite running. We have marketing running at the end of the month. But as of right now, the only traffic we have is just word of mouth. Google hasn't even re-crawled the site.

Spread That Word! You can help! A simple Facebook post about us in your own words could make a huge impact on all of our futures.

It's About Who You Know

If you know even one graphic professional, let them know about us. We are the perfect solution for larger companies that need a cache of stock art!   
   
Solid Stock Art

Beta Testing Sales

If you remember we had a test customer a few months back. We've put those stock art sales through the system!!! So far 68 files have been bought and paid for on our first day! If your file was one of them, you'll see your cut show up on our site in 7 days! Our payment processing system should be live in the next two weeks.
Solid Stock Art

It's Because of YOU!

Solid isn't just ours anymore, it has grown into something more because of all of you! Wed like to thank all of our supporting Artists, with special thanks to Andy Dean, Sergey Galushko, Kirsty Pargeter, Dan Bar, Christos Georghiou, Roberto Rizzo, Jason Swarr, Biglike Pirot and Jorgen Mcleman! These artists gave us a chance with so little to go on!

THANK YOU!!!

We also need to thank our great team of examiners! They have worked so hard the last few months to give us a product to stand on.

« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2013, 10:31 »
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Thanks for the update. I saw that too this morning.

« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2013, 10:38 »
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how desperate are contributors to make some dosh? I need a few $ but I cannot understand why contributing to an agency with such a wide license....

« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2013, 12:13 »
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and again I ask myself, how far can we go before agencies end up business with us?

we seen many cases of kicking out for less but contributors willing to offer XS licenses for FREE and this new one giving EL for 2$ look they are still safe...

« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2013, 12:37 »
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and again I ask myself, how far can we go before agencies end up business with us?

we seen many cases of kicking out for less but contributors willing to offer XS licenses for FREE and this new one giving EL for 2$ look they are still safe...

$2 EL .....no comments....

« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2013, 12:58 »
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and again I ask myself, how far can we go before agencies end up business with us?

we seen many cases of kicking out for less but contributors willing to offer XS licenses for FREE and this new one giving EL for 2$ look they are still safe...

$2 EL .....no comments....

ah we get 1$ ;D

Poncke

« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2013, 13:05 »
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and again I ask myself, how far can we go before agencies end up business with us?

we seen many cases of kicking out for less but contributors willing to offer XS licenses for FREE and this new one giving EL for 2$ look they are still safe...

$2 EL .....no comments....

ah we get 1$ ;D

This is their reply when I asked them about it. I am not going to join them.

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Our one royalty free license comparable to an extended license at competitors gives us a leg to stand on in the industry. We strongly feel that our one license approach is the next stage in the life of the stock art industry.

Our goal is to create a family with Solid Stock Art and to never forget that its all about the artists. Were not looking for ten million random images; we want an elite group of artists who will upload with us to provide the public high-quality stock art at reasonable prices. We will lock down artist registration from time to time to keep our artist pool small.

« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2013, 13:08 »
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Hi All,

 Just an FYI but Fine Art America sells very well for our Spaces Images as art work. We have been very happy with their sales results. They take individuals work as well.

Best,
Jonathan

Poncke

« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2013, 13:09 »
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This is about Solid Stock Art

« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2013, 13:12 »
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We strongly feel that our one license approach is the next stage in the life of the stock art industry.

I certainly hope not. That would be awful.

« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2013, 13:28 »
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We strongly feel that our one license approach is the next stage in the life of the stock art industry.

I certainly hope not. That would be awful.

I see licensing as a differentiator.  A one size fits all approach may simplify things in their mind, but I think it's failure in the making. I won't upload there that's for sure.

« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2013, 18:22 »
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Given that almost all the sites that have started in the past few years have been a complete failure, it probably doesn't matter what license they have.  PocketStock cut prices and they still couldn't sell anything.  Look at them right at the bottom of the earnings poll.  I've had more success with a few small sites that have much higher prices.  With very low sales volume, a site needs to make more per image sold or they'll never make any money.  Lots of buyers don't seem concerned at paying $50 or more for a microstock image.

« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2013, 07:15 »
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We strongly feel that our one license approach is the next stage in the life of the stock art industry.

I certainly hope not. That would be awful.
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :-X


 

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