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swoozo

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« on: April 18, 2018, 07:09 »
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Hello dear friends of the Stock Photography,

I would like to introduce you to our website... https://www.swoozo.com
Through our website you can sell licenses for photos, vectors, videos and sounds.
We are still a very small agency based in Berlin / Germany.
We try to perform internationally. At the moment, sellers from over 20 countries are active on our website.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
We will reply as soon as possible.

Best regards,
Rayk


« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2018, 08:23 »
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From a contributor point of view pricing is important and I think we need to set a decent minimum
« Last Edit: April 18, 2018, 17:07 by UKstock »

swoozo

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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2018, 08:33 »
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Hello UKstock,

why do you find our pricing terrible?
Sellers can decide for themselves how high the selling prices are.

Best regards,
Rayk

« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2018, 11:59 »
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Hello UKstock,

why do you find our pricing terrible?
Sellers can decide for themselves how high the selling prices are.

Best regards,
Rayk

For videos there should be a minum price around $35-40...

JerryL5

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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2018, 12:09 »
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Your search box should clear when we type in new terms.

swoozo

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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2018, 12:20 »
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Hello Desintegrator,

sellers can set a basic price (for the smallest video size) of 12 to 100 Credits (approximately 15 to 125 Dollar).
The larger video sizes are automatically calculated.

Best regards,
Rayk
« Last Edit: April 18, 2018, 12:25 by swoozo »

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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2018, 12:22 »
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Hello JerryL5,

we did that on purpose.
Many buyers want to expand or refine their search.

Best regards,
Rayk

steheap

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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2018, 13:12 »
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You are certainly getting off lightly with the questions! A couple from me.

You mention how many sellers you have - how many buyers and approximately how many images do they license in a month? As you know, a stock agency is easy to build technically (I have one of my own) but getting buyers is extremely difficult (I sell perhaps one image a month on my personal agency...)

Then, how would a contributor submit say 10,000 images. Anything other than "automatically via FTP" is not a good answer. If we have to visit the site in any way to prepare or submit images into the database it would be a non-starter.

Steve

Noedelhap

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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2018, 13:37 »
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Got your email so I checked your site.

I was wondering how many visitors do you have monthly and when did you start the agency?

« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2018, 14:20 »
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Are you a german agency?
I have always got a lot of problem with german agencies

« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2018, 14:36 »
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its dangerous to come here with a half-assed concept, because members will grind you.

...and you will not get a second chance...

get your homework done first.

« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2018, 14:44 »
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what is your business plan; how will you get buyers to change their behavior and buy from you? what is your marketing budget and how are you planning on marketing your business? what is your growth expectation for the next 3 years? what is your USP?

« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2018, 14:47 »
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just checked the website

185K image online, other agencies have millions.  when i search for business meeting there are 0 files.

how is this ever going to attract buyers?

swoozo

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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2018, 16:54 »
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Hello steheap,

I found it hard to create the website. Everything was programmed by myself.
Sales were better in 2016 than they are today.
Most buyers come from Google Images.
In 2016, the URL structure of the website was changed. As google likes it   :)
After Google re-indexed the first URLs (mid-2017), sales are rising again.
At the moment, sales are in the three-digit range.
Portfolios with more than 1000 files and stored IPTC data, we can offer an automatic acquisition in our system.
You save a lot of time and work. The upload takes place via FTP.

Best regards,
Rayk

swoozo

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« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2018, 16:59 »
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Hello Noedelhap,

The agency has been online since the end of 2013.
The website has between 4,000 and 8,000 visitors per month.
Upward trend...  :)

Best regards,
Rayk

swoozo

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« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2018, 17:04 »
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Hello Chichikov,

yes, Swoozo is a German agency (Berlin based).
What problems do you have with the "Germans"?
We have no problems with foreign sellers.

Best regards,
Rayk

swoozo

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« Reply #16 on: April 18, 2018, 17:17 »
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Hello Josephine,

I just wanted to react to an old topic.
In addition, I can handle criticism well.
Is not the first forum where I introduce Swoozo.
The website has become better and better through criticism...

Best regards,
Rayk

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #17 on: April 18, 2018, 19:12 »
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At the moment, sales are in the three-digit range.

I'm trying hard to be enthusiastic about this. But lets just say that your total revenue for the month is $720 (high in the 3 digit range), then the payment to contributors would be $360. With 183K images online, that represents $0.002 (ie 0.2c) per online image per month of payments to the contributor. So my 10,000 images would earn $20? I guess that could be better than Canstock, but it is hardly an enticement to spend much effort on the project.

Steve

« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2018, 02:12 »
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At the moment, sales are in the three-digit range.

thats all we need to know

swoozo

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« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2018, 03:38 »
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Hello steheap,

it's a little bit more :) ... The website is already financed by itself.
It was very hard to get there.
There are really few sales. But it gets better and better.
We depend on sellers who still want to support small agencies.
Imagine a world where big websites exist without competition.
For large portfolios we take over the work for them. This will save you a lot of time.
But there must be IPTC keywords and IPTC titles.

Best regards,
Rayk

« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2018, 03:51 »
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Hello steheap,

it's a little bit more :) ... The website is already financed by itself.
It was very hard to get there.
There are really few sales. But it gets better and better.
We depend on sellers who still want to support small agencies.
Imagine a world where big websites exist without competition.
For large portfolios we take over the work for them. This will save you a lot of time.
But there must be IPTC keywords and IPTC titles.

Best regards,
Rayk

Hi Rayk!

I like small sites, because you never know what they will become in the future, and you can have direct discussions with the owners.

But I strongly believe that the website design needs to be completely redone. If you can't make a modern, 2018 style website yourself, you need to hire someone to do it.

I know it's a lot of hard work, but right now it looks like a site from the late 1990's. Very few serious contributors and buyers would take that seriously.

I don't believe you need to have a huge library in the millions to be successful, but your website needs to look and feel top notch. It needs to feel modern and professional. Still using tables in 2018? That instantly dates the site back 10-20 years I'm afraid, and is just one example.

I wish you the best of luck, but the web design needs to be completely remodeled before anything can seriously take off. It just needs to look good.

swoozo

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« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2018, 04:45 »
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Hello increasingdifficulty,

Still using tables in 2018?

I do not understand the question.
Do you mean the mobile use of the website?
We're thinking about a new version of Swoozo.
Maybe also based on Blockchain Technology.
But at the moment it's just an idea ...
In any case, we are constantly developing the website!

Best regards,
Raykl

« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2018, 05:52 »
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Hello increasingdifficulty,

Still using tables in 2018?

I do not understand the question.
Do you mean the mobile use of the website?
We're thinking about a new version of Swoozo.
Maybe also based on Blockchain Technology.
But at the moment it's just an idea ...
In any case, we are constantly developing the website!

Best regards,
Raykl

I meant like on this page for example (the price information):

https://www.swoozo.com/en/selling/prices/

I really mean it when I say that you need to look at the web design first and foremost, before doing anything else. I would say that it needs to be completely changed. Right now it doesn't look like a site made in the last 10-20 years. I think this is where your focus should be first and foremost.

Most buyers are designers themselves, and the look and design of a site is extremely important, especially if your target audience is designers.

It doesn't have to be complicated design. Just clean and modern. And don't even think about blockchain before the design is spot on.  :)

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This is clean, modern design:

https://stock.adobe.com

Not complicated at all, very simple, but it looks like it was designed by a designer, and it looks modern.
« Last Edit: April 19, 2018, 15:13 by increasingdifficulty »

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2018, 08:42 »
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Not complicated at all, very simple, but it looks like it was designed by a designer, and it looks modern

Maybe my own site in the footer looks modern as well - of course it doesn't sell very much, unfortunately!! OK, correct that, it sells virtually nothing!

Steve

« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2018, 08:45 »
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Not complicated at all, very simple, but it looks like it was designed by a designer, and it looks modern

Maybe my own site in the footer looks modern as well - of course it doesn't sell very much, unfortunately!! OK, correct that, it sells virtually nothing!

Steve

You mean this one? https://www.backyardstockphotos.com

Yeah, it looks good! Nice, clean, modern, simple.


 

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