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cobalt:
Hi everyone. Any opinions on Wirestock?

https://www.wirestock.io/#howitworks

They seem to be the follow up of the group that wanted to start a blockchain linked agency.

https://www.microstockgroup.com/selling-direct/peer-to-peer-direct-stock-selling-platform/

Now they have opened a place that on the surface looks similar to blackboxglobal, they take 15% distribute to seven micros but also do your keywording and description (unless it is editorial).

For many part timers or newbies or people who are not good with English, this is certainly a very attractive idea.

makes more sense than a blockchain site IMO.

All content goes into a central port, juts like blackbox, not into your individual portfolios.

What I really don't like that nowhere on the site kann you find address, telephone number, bios of the team and managers.

But jjneff has looked at them, also brasilnut.

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2020/01/08/review-wirestock-stock-agency/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cClb-o5lQss&fbclid=IwAR3gzhzM4UBqgclksMj9Nm-_BjAYgYQ7bIotZTSwR6ICkHNjUS0I9yRqJ-c

I find it interesting enough to sign up.

But more info about the faces behind the service would make a huge difference.


Like Blackbox it will  be an additional place and not replace my main ports.

Uncle Pete:

--- Quote from: cobalt on January 27, 2020, 06:51 ---Hi everyone. Any opinions on Wirestock?

https://www.wirestock.io/#howitworks

They seem to be the follow up of the group that wanted to start a blockchain linked agency.

https://www.microstockgroup.com/selling-direct/peer-to-peer-direct-stock-selling-platform/

Now they have opened a place that on the surface looks similar to blackboxglobal, they take 15% distribute to seven micros but also do your keywording and description (unless it is editorial).

For many part timers or newbies or people who are not good with English, this is certainly a very attractive idea.

makes more sense than a blockchain site IMO.

All content goes into a central port, juts like blackbox, not into your individual portfolios.

What I really don't like that nowhere on the site kann you find address, telephone number, bios of the team and managers.

But jjneff has looked at them, also brasilnut.

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2020/01/08/review-wirestock-stock-agency/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cClb-o5lQss&fbclid=IwAR3gzhzM4UBqgclksMj9Nm-_BjAYgYQ7bIotZTSwR6ICkHNjUS0I9yRqJ-c

I find it interesting enough to sign up.

But more info about the faces behind the service would make a huge difference.


Like Blackbox it will  be an additional place and not replace my main ports.

--- End quote ---

I just joined, there are still some bugs in the system. The most upsetting is if I choose to NOT use the automatic keywording, which is necessary if I want to submit anything Editorial, their system doesn't read keywords. My keywords are properly attached using XMP protocol. So why do I want them to do the keywording, when they don't? And if I have to fill in the specifics, except Description, which is limited to 150 characters so my descriptions are truncated...

They store releases and that seems to work fine. I released a shot of myself.  ;D Accepted and distributed just fine.

I checked only some agencies, but they appear to submit to all anyway. Which ignores my three selections for example. However it appears they cross check before uploading anything, to see if it's already on the agencies. Nice touch for that second part.

What I'm getting at, is there are some bugs or inconsistencies and some parts don't seem to work as we'd expect.

This is interesting, agency minimums, for anyone. I revised the list, re-ordered:



If they are submitting images and their collection is on SS for example, they should be past the $500 mark in a flash, and I suspect level 2 just as soon. So the 25c is understated. SS is likely to be just the same as the rest in that range.

Look at IS.  ::) Yeah, WS is honest, you might get a 2¢ dl

Here's how it works, the easy version. We upload, they are supposed to review and do the data, keywords Etc. upload to the agencies. They take 15% off the top, we get the rest. Minimum payout is $30. Pretty simple?

Oops, needed to add this, they are sold under the Wirestock name, not our name.

Example:  https://www.shutterstock.com/g/wirestock+inc?sort=newest 34,000 images on SS.

cobalt:
Selling under a common name, i.e. as one large port, makes it like on blackbox. You lose the individual visibility and brand name recognition, but together the port has a huge upload stream power and should always push the port to a high ranking, even without negotiation with the agency.

And once they are established, they can negotiate better royalty rates and thus partially offset the 15% you pay them.

The question is: are they here to stay? Who are the people behind it?

Is there a longterm plan or just grow it all quickly, then sell it plan?

The attraction of Blackboxglobal is that Pat Gowan and team are highly visible, organize personal meet ups etc...and make it clear they have a very longterm vision for their plattform.

Glad to hear I can upload my own releases. I have no plans to offer a digital signature on that page, I will always upload my own paperwork.

There are thousands of people who just do stock full time and especially for all those who don‘t have English as a first language, this could be a great service.

cobalt:
Well, here are some faces.

https://medium.com/hive-ventures/announcing-our-latest-investment-in-armenia-wirestock-eac8f365e3ff

Have you seen, where I can download a valid contributor contract?

I must give one to my accountant, everytime I join a new agency. And it must have their legal adress, tax details etc...

Text:

Announcing our latest investment in Armenia: Wirestock
HIVE Team

We first met the Wirestock team through Sebouh Der Kiureghian, a former product manager at Amazon and someone Nina Achadjian, the partner at HIVE Ventures, grew up with in the Bay Area. Sebouh had been spending time in Armenia and started to tell us about a company he had been advising there. He showed us the deck, shared his experience working with the team and why he was so bullish on the idea.

We were, of course, intrigued. Although we get hundreds of inbound messages from startup founders each year, a warm intro from someone we respect is always a priority, so we set up a call with the Wirestock team the very next day.

Within minutes of listening to Mikayel Khachatryan and Vladimir Khoetsyan’s pitch, we knew we had to invest. Not only had the two of them come from the right technical backgrounds and domain expertise, they were also able to clearly articulate the problem, market size, and their path to building a billion-dollar business. More than anything, Mikayel and Vlad were passionate about Wirestock’s mission: enabling content creators to earn money for their work, seamlessly and at scale.

Wirestock is tailor-made to serve creatives in the stock content industry. If you’ve ever seen a billboard, read through a company’s brochure, or even browsed the picture frames section of Target, then you’ve certainly interacted with stock content. Stock images and designs have allowed businesses all over the world to create stunning marketing, promotional, and commercial materials for years. As the world continues to become increasingly digital, stock content has become even more pervasive, spreading to websites, blogs, TV commercials, and on and on. With the increasing number of mediums that businesses use to interact with their customers, the market for stock content only continues to grow — in 2018 alone, over $3 Billion was spent on stock photography globally, a number that’s expected to grow to over $5 Billion by 2024.

This growing market is fueled by the hard work of content creators, a group of over 1 million worldwide creatives responsible for most of the beautiful visuals that we see on a daily basis. Traditionally, these creators have been stuck with out-dated, inefficient, and time-consuming processes to distribute and sell their work. A typical selling experience includes spending hours uploading photos, tagging and writing descriptions for each photo entry individually, posting certain photos for sale on stock agency websites, and then managing these postings on an ongoing basis. This process has to be repeated for each stock agency website a creator would like to sell on (there are over 10 major stock agency websites).

Enter Wirestock.

At its core, Wirestock is a one-stop-shop for stock content creators (photographers and illustrators) to distribute their work online, seamlessly and at scale. Within seconds, content creators can upload their portfolio of content for distribution on the world’s largest stock content websites. Content is automatically tagged and described using Wirestock’s proprietary software. All submissions are managed through one single Wirestock account so that creatives can spend less time uploading, managing and selling content, and more time doing what they do best: creating.


Wirestock’s automated image submission
All of us at HIVE believe in Wirestock’s transformative power for content creators around the world. This belief in the company and the founding team gave us the conviction to invest in Wirestock. Today, we’re excited to announce that HIVE is leading Wirestock’s first fundraising round. Our investment in Wirestock goes beyond capital — HIVE introduced the Wirestock team to top angel investors and mentors around the world, including Magdalena Yesil, Vahe Kuzoyan, Hovig Safoian, Argam DerHartunian, Vache Shirkian, Andrej Kiska, Ilya Golubovich, and Nerses Ohanyan, all of which chose to participate in this round of funding.


Congratulations to Mikayel, Vlad, Ashot, Hovhannes and the rest of the Wirestock team on their success to date and on completing their first fundraise. We are incredibly excited to welcome Wirestock to the HIVE family and look forward to partnering with the team for years to come.

Wirestock has already helped thousands of photographers make a living doing what they love and we can’t wait to see the team deliver that same quality experience to the rest of the world’s 1 million content creators.

cobalt:
And here is a link to their investors.

https://medium.com/hive-ventures

As long as the investors are really interested in longterm growth and not a quick „teaser company“ that gets flipped quickly, there is nothing wrong at all.

I invited them to come in here and introduce themselves.

Would be helpful if they designated a contributor relations person that got themselves verified by leaf with an official stamp.

We artists are a very friendly bunch, as long as you talk to us ;)

They are offering a very useful service.

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