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« Reply #300 on: October 24, 2015, 14:02 »
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They have a lot of video buyers, not many stills buyers yet.  Hopefully they will get more stills buyers.  I presume the poll results are mostly from video contributors.  Quite impressive to be almost in the big 4.  No idea why KnowYourOnions hates them so much, Pond5 are one of the few that have kept 50% commission and decent sales, that's all that matters to me.  If you aren't selling stills with them, try video clips.  Sales take a while to get going but its worth it.


« Reply #301 on: October 24, 2015, 14:14 »
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They have a lot of video buyers, not many stills buyers yet.  Hopefully they will get more stills buyers.  I presume the poll results are mostly from video contributors.  Quite impressive to be almost in the big 4.  No idea why KnowYourOnions hates them so much, Pond5 are one of the few that have kept 50% commission and decent sales, that's all that matters to me.  If you aren't selling stills with them, try video clips.  Sales take a while to get going but its worth it.

I sell a blend of video and stills and you are right about not selling too many stills.  But when I do I make $5-$10 each sales and that is very nice to see. The funny thing is that P5 is not (at this point) playing the price war game, but they do have a lot of cheap ass work on their site. It would be nice if they set minimum prices for video.  That part alone is helping to crap on others who want a fair commission for their work.

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« Reply #302 on: October 28, 2015, 07:29 »
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I know I am gonna stir the hornets nest up real good with this one but that's the kind of morning it is.

The the title is Pond5 what should we improve?.

I suggest they heavily moderate or nuke their forums.  You can't have non-stop complaining and badmouthing and criticizing of the company, it's developers and coders and management in public like this, it will affect the team there, the customers, the contributors, and investors and this stuff is on the internet for life.  We all have complaints and run ins at times with curators or whatever but I send those in private emails not in public forums.  There are a couple of contributors that spend more time on those forums criticizing every single thing Pond5's developers do then they spend shooting video.   I happen to have almost 30,000 clips on Pond5 and NOT ONCE have I had a technical problem uploading or templating a batch of clips, a few questionable rejections like everywhere else that got me going real good but none of the technical problems those armchair quarterbacks keep complaining about everyday.

A lot of the people who complain have never written a line of code nor done any SEO or coded a website.

Any startup, business, etc, you want to display the image that things are awesome and we are growing, you want to generate that feeling to everyone. 

An example, I read the negative threads on photo rejections at SS, brutal and it may be true but right now I only do video but if I branched out into still photography again I would not even think of uploading stills there only to have 95% rejected.

Thoughts?  do forums hurt a business? I think they do.  complaints can always be emailed in, do they have to be aired in public?.

I think it's ok to talk in general terms how sites are performing etc but the other stuff I am not so sure any good can come of it.

I don't know how some of these guys find the time, I have another 50,000 clips to upload and tag to all three sites I shoot for and still like to get out and film new content and I am near collapse some days after 18 hours at the computer and still not getting the sales I need and these guys spend they whole day complaining about coding and SEO.

That's my rant for the day.  back to work....

Weathernewsonline.com

« Reply #303 on: October 28, 2015, 12:14 »
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Yes you are propably right.After all it's the old saying. "if you dont have something good to say then say nothing at all".
Forums should be about * up to companies hoping they will promote our stuff better that someone else's,and a way to rant about how our unique once in a lifetime stuff (that sadly everyone else seems to have) sell.
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These poor unfrotunate souls need some cheering up from time to time,since we've been so harsh and unfair towards them.

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« Reply #304 on: October 28, 2015, 12:41 »
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The guy who used to work for P5 started this thread back in 2013 by asking "what should we improve?" which was legit question.

He got some very good answers and views that can help company, if company is ready to listen.

Nothing wrong with this thread, these guys live on our hard work by keeping 50% for themselves and should be grateful too.  8)

« Reply #305 on: January 12, 2016, 02:17 »
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If clients can't see description any more
why is it still mandatory to fill this on tagging?


« Reply #306 on: January 13, 2016, 00:52 »
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I am not sure if this old thread still being watched by Pond5 staff.

Anyway, I would suggest improving the review times. I am new to Pond5 and uploaded some video/motion graphics and waited for around 2 months and no reaction. I assumed the site was dead but looking at here, surprised to see Pond 5 in the top tier list.

« Reply #307 on: January 13, 2016, 17:04 »
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The waiting approval time is awful ! Here's the message on our acount : Due to upload volume, artists are experiencing unusually long wait times for content approval. Currently our average wait time is over 2 months. We are working on shortening this wait time and we appreciate your patience.

So yes they need to hire more curator !!! If someone at pond5 seeing this message, you can hire me  :P

« Reply #308 on: January 14, 2016, 10:05 »
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I am not sure if this old thread still being watched by Pond5 staff.

Anyway, I would suggest improving the review times. I am new to Pond5 and uploaded some video/motion graphics and waited for around 2 months and no reaction. I assumed the site was dead but looking at here, surprised to see Pond 5 in the top tier list.

It's not being watched by P5 staff...they just don't care.
Too busy sunning in Brazil.  8)

« Reply #309 on: January 14, 2016, 12:36 »
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I've seen the message regarding the 2 months wait time for approval in Pond5

At least, seasonal content has no sense to be uploaded.

« Reply #310 on: January 14, 2016, 18:48 »
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Are you guys EVER going to xfer the pixmac portfolios over to P5??? I used to get a decent return there before you shut down pixmac.  I am definitely not going to labour away uploading thousands of images to P5  when you already had them there thru pmac.  And yes I did make a P5 account and go thru the process to request my images to be xferred months ago and twice since.  Whats the holdup?


 

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