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Would you be interested in a replacement to the now-closed iSyndica?

Yes
32 (66.7%)
No
16 (33.3%)

Total Members Voted: 39

Author Topic: Considering a replacement service to iSyndica... need to measure your interest.  (Read 16037 times)

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« Reply #25 on: September 28, 2010, 13:09 »
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If it can be done for less than what iSyndica was charging, I would be very interested in using it for footage syndication and analytics. It would be great to see this service available if it can be done cost effectively.


« Reply #26 on: September 28, 2010, 14:28 »
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I was happy when I found Isyndica about one month ago. Sad to see them close.

With a photo collection close to 3500 pics, som RM, some RF, is was er very nice way to keep track og which images was accepted where, earnings etc.
Only thing I was missing was earnings on the single pic.

Wll - sad to see them close - I found their pricing very resonable i view of what they offered.

To be of any walue to me, a replacement should offer just about the same possibilities to be of any interest.

« Reply #27 on: September 28, 2010, 21:36 »
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I do not ask for a new Isyndica, I think it will be very difficult to replicate.
A service  to upload footage will be great as it is the more difficult...

« Reply #28 on: September 28, 2010, 23:45 »
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Just wanted to add my voice of support to the project even though I'm unlikely to use it while I'm exclusive I'll support it in whatever way I can.

I think its important for independents to have a service like this, even though many don't realise how much value it actually brings.

One of the problems with the graphical interface isyndica chose was that it made things slow when you were on a slow connection, which ironically was when you most needed the service. Simple FTP is possible from photoshelter, so what's really missing is the ability to send to IS and places like Veer where you need a different FTP protocol (at least you used to).

« Reply #29 on: October 04, 2010, 00:05 »
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Thanks to everyone who has put their voice in :)

It looks like I'm going to go forward with the project.
Will be up in beta soon (maybe by the end of the week) and will share more as soon as I know more :)

Any other issues/concerns/request please add to this thread and I'll try and incorporate into the build.

« Reply #30 on: October 08, 2010, 11:16 »
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« Reply #31 on: October 11, 2010, 09:42 »
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I have been a heavy user of iSyndica for the past year. It's a very valuable service for me, had has increased my bottom line 3 fold. I would have yet been uploading to target sites not I not discovered it. When I consider the most valuable part of the service, it's the syndication feature. Upload once, send it to numerous targets. As I only sell stock video, and my files are PhotoJPEG, they range typically between 150 and 350 megs. Each portfolio on each site has approximately 400 clips. Get the idea.

I think you should dismiss the low end, those who are used to internet services which attract users with content or service for near free. I think iSyndica was a relatively labor intensive business. Offer one feature at a time, in rank of value. Ten cents per image was not a barrier for me. The service paid for itself. The metadata and on line catalog features ranked second it productivity terms. Financial reporting was great, but I really didn't need it. I know how much money I making. Should you offer storage, it would be great, but not essential. At this point, after losing the service, just being about to distribute files with metadata again would be a boon.

« Reply #32 on: October 27, 2010, 06:03 »
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While I do miss the ability to "Upload Once and Syndicate Everywhere", I'll be honest it's not what I miss the most about iSyndica...

What I miss the most is the analytics.  The ability to long in every day (or several times a day) and review my sales data.  The daily tracking... the historical data... it was all critical to my workflow as it helped me to understand sales trends at different sites.

The picNiche Toolbar is nice to see what's happening right now on the few sites it supports, but the lack of historical data is debilitating.

As a video guy, I realize that duplicating iSyndica's video distribution abilities is going to be expensive and not likely to be affordable because of storage costs.  So I am resigned to handling distribution myself and I don't think I'm likely to sign up for any new distribution service unless it's really cheap.

BUT!! I would sign up for a service which duplicated iSyndica's analytics and took it even farther.  It would need to at least support all of the sites that iSyndica did plus the ability to import data (something iSyndica did) and allow manual editing of the data (something iSyndica did not directly do).  In my opinion, it would also need the ability to track my portfolio on every site.  I realize that for most sites automatic import of data won't be possible, but just a web site which allows me to import a CSV with all of my clip data and then update via a web interface manually and give my reports would be worth its weight in gold to me.  The ability to compare my portfolio on different sites to see what I still need to upload... The ability to track what gets rejected so I know not to re-upload...  The ability for me to compare individual file sales across sites to see what is popular at which site.  Those are the things I would pay good money for.

I know that a couple of sites have some of these features, but I want a site that has ALL of these features.  I don't think the other sites even support footage, just images.

So, I hope that you will consider adding analytics support to your new site and the ability to subscribe JUST to the analytics features and not the syndication features.  I would imagine that a lot of other people like myself would pay for those features and not the file service, but that additional revenue could possible help to lower your costs for the file service and offer it at a better rate.  Perhaps if iSyndica had offered just the analytics as a separate subscription they'd still be around.

« Reply #33 on: October 27, 2010, 08:33 »
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What I miss the most is the analytics.  The ability to long in every day (or several times a day) and review my sales data.  The daily tracking... the historical data... it was all critical to my workflow as it helped me to understand sales trends at different sites.
It will probably sound very rude... but... with 72 sales on DT in over 2 years, and 9 (!) sales at iStock in over 3 years (on average a sale every 4 months), why you need to track/analyze your, ahem, sales "several" times per day? Let alone have "historical" data critical to your "workflow"? With that number of sales, I would just login in every other week and remember everything by heart. I'm flabbergasted. :o
« Last Edit: October 27, 2010, 08:42 by FD-regular »

« Reply #34 on: October 27, 2010, 10:27 »
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^^^ Well, he obviously specializes in video. On IS he has 9 files and 9 downloads, on pond5 1200 videos...

« Reply #35 on: October 27, 2010, 18:12 »
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What I miss the most is the analytics.  The ability to long in every day (or several times a day) and review my sales data.  The daily tracking... the historical data... it was all critical to my workflow as it helped me to understand sales trends at different sites.
It will probably sound very rude... but... with 72 sales on DT in over 2 years, and 9 (!) sales at iStock in over 3 years (on average a sale every 4 months), why you need to track/analyze your, ahem, sales "several" times per day? Let alone have "historical" data critical to your "workflow"? With that number of sales, I would just login in every other week and remember everything by heart. I'm flabbergasted. :o

Obviously you didn't pay attention to what I wrote...  I am primarily a VIDEO guy.  Over the past 3 years I have sold over 3000 video clips through just Pond5 alone and between all agencies where I sell videos I am averaging over 350 clips a month right now.  I have nearly 1200 clips online on Pond5 with another 250 sitting in queue waiting to be submitted and another 300 sitting on my hard drive waiting to be edited and uploaded (I do the bulk of my uploading in the winter when I stay indoor).  Hence the need to track and compare my Pond5 portfolio against all the other sites so that I can spend this winter uploading what's missing to the other sites.


 

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