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« Reply #25 on: May 31, 2016, 05:57 »
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Was just looking at my numbers for April and May, and didn't realize that Pond really fell off a cliff.  The last two months are about 10% of previous months.  Just a complete collapse.  Ouch.


« Reply #26 on: May 31, 2016, 06:27 »
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Just logged in and saw I had a sale without getting an e-mail notification. That has never happened before. My music account sales notification was late too, but the sales didn't show up in the account before.

« Reply #27 on: May 31, 2016, 06:44 »
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Was just looking at my numbers for April and May, and didn't realize that Pond really fell off a cliff.  The last two months are about 10% of previous months.  Just a complete collapse.  Ouch.
It is not surprising.
In the membership customers can have 10 cips for the price of 1, they don't have any reasons at all to buy from the core collection, considering that there are 200k good quality, hand picked clips covering most subjects without duplications.
This is going to kill the video market if we don't react

« Reply #28 on: May 31, 2016, 08:23 »
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Been with Pond5 for 5+ years, and have thousands of photos, videos, sfx, and music files there.

Pond5 is a mainly a video and audio marketplace. If your meat and potatoes is photos, they are not going to compete well with all the photo-focused companies you might be trying to compare them with. They still have no idea what they're doing with photography, in my opinion, and their curating is especially unusual. Image sales may be about as frequent as I get with Alamy, yet improving, slowly. Price doesn't seem to be an factor that affects sales whatsoever, so I've been pricing high and that helps soothe the anxiety from the infrequency.

I am not involved with the membership program. I do think there's a lot of over-reaction to it's affect on individual portfolios included or not, and to "the industry". Although, I believe SOMETHING has definitely caused drops for some. Pond5 pretty much went through a total reboot early March. The membership deal is just ONE thing that changed. Blaming everything negative that has happened since then on that limited program is really over-simplifying things.

March was a total joke month, 50% drop in sales, along with a stretch of terrible curating. But since, it's back to normal, for me anyways. Last two months have been some of my best months in years actually, and I have been getting a nearly 100% acceptance on the batches I've submitted in April and May.

Pond5 is still a much better earner than Shutterstock, Videoblocks and Fotolia, when it comes to video. And there really are no other sensible options other than those four.

Benozaur

« Reply #29 on: June 01, 2016, 03:25 »
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I don't love Pond like I used to. Now its just business...
I am sure that they are aware that they have lost a lot of contributor sentiment.
I am going to wait for the dust to settle from their restructuring efforts - could take years - but as I said, for now, its just business...

« Reply #30 on: June 01, 2016, 07:58 »
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I don't love Pond like I used to. Now its just business...
I am sure that they are aware that they have lost a lot of contributor sentiment.
I am going to wait for the dust to settle from their restructuring efforts - could take years - but as I said, for now, its just business...

That's kind of where I am.  I have about 4000 assets there, 900 of which are videos.  I was making about $400 a month there and now it's basically zero. Since my work can't pass the current muster, I will focus elsewhere and wait to see where P5 goes.  In the meantime I have 400 more videos they don't have. Will be a mess if they lighten up and I have another chance to upload....when I have 1500 more videos.

« Reply #31 on: June 01, 2016, 08:07 »
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Worst month for two years😡

« Reply #32 on: June 01, 2016, 08:56 »
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RIP P5


 

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