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I really didn't expect this place to be such a hostile environment, there's some toxic people here but i'm glad everyone isn't like this. Thank you to the 1 genuine response iv'e had from this forum.
Tell us who you are and what academic institution you are studying at and you might find us less so but I'm guessing you won't.

My name is Gavin Roberts and I'm studying at Staffordshire university in the third year of a Film and TV Production Technology Degree. I have no problem stating this as I am genuine. I'd be more than willing to meet in person even if someone was local. I have nothing to hide.
Thanks for that you might want to take a look at this. https://www.mrs.org.uk/pdf/2014-09-01%20Online%20Research%20Guidelines.pdf

Thanks for the insight, this stuff is pretty alien to me. Much appreciated.
Get a refund from your university.
You should have been told all this at the time you were told about the requirement to conduct a survey.
Also you should have done a dummy run of your survey to foresee problems, and I'd have expected you to have had to run the questions past your director of studies.

See above. Out of interest, what's your degree in?

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I really didn't expect this place to be such a hostile environment, there's some toxic people here but i'm glad everyone isn't like this. Thank you to the 1 genuine response iv'e had from this forum.
Tell us who you are and what academic institution you are studying at and you might find us less so but I'm guessing you won't.

My name is Gavin Roberts and I'm studying at Staffordshire university in the third year of a Film and TV Production Technology Degree. I have no problem stating this as I am genuine. I'd be more than willing to meet in person even if someone was local. I have nothing to hide.
If there's even a chance that this is a genuine academic project, your university has done nothing to guide you on getting information. Mind you, if it's true that you have only three weeks to get your dissertation finished, you're even more 'take it to the line' than I was.

Like I said, I don't understand why a supposedly genuine academic survey doesn't come with all the proper rubric I've experienced before (from UK universities). You posted on this group, which is a totally unverified and open group. How would you verify that answers were from 'qualified people' (e.g. I could complete the survey and I don't even supply video), did you even consider that people might deliberately write misleading answers (why would they? you're competition!).

The other group I'm on which has occasional student requests like this is a closed group, we had to have participated in a particular event to join (which is the reason for us being asked to participate in the research, all of us are de facto 'qualified'). The students are verified by members, e.g. 'my neice', 'my neighbour's son' or whatever. We are first of all linked to a page by the student (they can't post directly onto the group as it's closed) who introduces themselves immediately, (they don't post anonymously), explains what help they need and why, and if you want to you are then taken to the university page where it's all explained, with like I said the contact details of the director of studies etc. It's always totally anonymous from our side. There really is no reason why anyone would bother to falsify their answers, and they tend to get at least a hundred responses. Like I said, we can also follow up on their studies when they are completed.

You didn't do any of that, and think we are toxic because some of us are suspicious or less than helpful.
LOL!

I'm not going to publicly denounce my University online, I am distance learning due to several physical disabilities so I am naturally at a disadvantage as I'm not present in day to day lectures. As stated before, asking for the username would have been the qualifying information I needed to confirm the person was genuine, I have now removed this question however (see above). I have no problem sending the finished dissertation to contributors, I have answered all questions here and have been open/honest.

With regards to my timing, I work better under pressure and have consistently gained the highest grades in my class over the last 3 years by cutting it fine. I am a mature student who has previously had a successful career before going to university and am not adverse to being open about the gaps in my knowledge to improve in such areas.


Edit - To be clear, the bulk of my dissertation will be literature review but I am looking to bolster this with input from the direct experiences of established stock creators (hence the survey).

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I have now removed the Username question, thanks for the feedback.

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I really didn't expect this place to be such a hostile environment, there's some toxic people here but i'm glad everyone isn't like this. Thank you to the 1 genuine response iv'e had from this forum.
Tell us who you are and what academic institution you are studying at and you might find us less so but I'm guessing you won't.

My name is Gavin Roberts and I'm studying at Staffordshire university in the third year of a Film and TV Production Technology Degree. I have no problem stating this as I am genuine. I'd be more than willing to meet in person even if someone was local. I have nothing to hide.
Thanks for that you might want to take a look at this. https://www.mrs.org.uk/pdf/2014-09-01%20Online%20Research%20Guidelines.pdf

Thanks for the insight, this stuff is pretty alien to me. Much appreciated.

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Obviously a non-academic survey intended to take precious information and use it for personal gain. It even has spelling errors (Q3: "How long have you ben a video stock creator?"). None of these questions will give any useful statistics for academical analysis.

Asking for my username is beyond ridiculous. Why would I divulge info to you about my best-selling stock items?

You are way off the mark. The survey is for primary research. If I wanted to copy peoples best selling stock items surely it makes sense that I would view the most sold items which are widely available on most sites as previously mentioned by someone else. The only personal gain I expect is to pass my degree with a first class honours for which I am currently in a good position to do so. Well done for spotting the typo but this has no bearing on the legitimacy of my request.

I have asked for usernames so people who complete the survey can be confirmed as genuine and it is less invasive than asking for a real name or email address. I have no issue with you not wanting to complete the survey but please don't try and sabotage it. I'm more than willing to take on any suggestions you have to improve the survey and resolve your personal issues with it.

Surveys are normally supposed to be anonymous, as certain answers may be private. When you ask for names and other personal information, you need to comply to privacy laws as well, how you store the information and for how long. By asking our (user)names you could easily build a complete picture of each and every participant.

You're talking about me sabotaging your survey. I'm just warning people and at the same time lecturing you that this is a very questionable way to gather statistical information, ESPECIALLY if it's used for (academical) research.


Thank you for the much more constructive response, I appreciate it. I really do. Unfortunately this is not my area of expertise so thank you for the feedback. I may not be the best survey creator but my written work has consistently been at distinction level over the last 3 years. I take your point about being anonymous, the idea was to be completely transparent with regards to my lecturers so my sources couldn't be called in to question as I'm sure there are a lot of dishonest students out there who make up responses/responders to their surveys(like I say surveys aren't my strength). I personally like to do everything honestly in my approach as I'm a sucker for living my life as factually accurate as possible.


Do you have any other suggestions that may make the survey more palatable for responders? The last thing I want to do is make people feel uncomfortable.

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I really didn't expect this place to be such a hostile environment, there's some toxic people here but i'm glad everyone isn't like this. Thank you to the 1 genuine response iv'e had from this forum.
Tell us who you are and what academic institution you are studying at and you might find us less so but I'm guessing you won't.

My name is Gavin Roberts and I'm studying at Staffordshire university in the third year of a Film and TV Production Technology Degree. I have no problem stating this as I am genuine. I'd be more than willing to meet in person even if someone was local. I have nothing to hide.
Thanks for that


No problem.

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I really didn't expect this place to be such a hostile environment, there's some toxic people here but i'm glad everyone isn't like this. Thank you to the 1 genuine response iv'e had from this forum.
Tell us who you are and what academic institution you are studying at and you might find us less so but I'm guessing you won't.

My name is Gavin Roberts and I'm studying at Staffordshire university in the third year of a Film and TV Production Technology Degree. I have no problem stating this as I am genuine. I'd be more than willing to meet in person even if someone was local. I have nothing to hide.

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Obviously a non-academic survey intended to take precious information and use it for personal gain. It even has spelling errors (Q3: "How long have you ben a video stock creator?"). None of these questions will give any useful statistics for academical analysis.

Asking for my username is beyond ridiculous. Why would I divulge info to you about my best-selling stock items?

You are way off the mark. The survey is for primary research. If I wanted to copy peoples best selling stock items surely it makes sense that I would view the most sold items which are widely available on most sites as previously mentioned by someone else. The only personal gain I expect is to pass my degree with a first class honours for which I am currently in a good position to do so. Well done for spotting the typo but this has no bearing on the legitimacy of my request.

I have asked for usernames so people who complete the survey can be confirmed as genuine and it is less invasive than asking for a real name or email address. I have no issue with you not wanting to complete the survey but please don't try and sabotage it. I'm more than willing to take on any suggestions you have to improve the survey and resolve your personal issues with it.

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I really didn't expect this place to be such a hostile environment, there's some toxic people here but i'm glad everyone isn't like this. Thank you to the 1 genuine response iv'e had from this forum.

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That information is valuable to me (and it should be to everyone) but I could let it go for, say, $10,000? Years of data, not just on sales, but search engines and everything else unique to each site.

Sorry, but I would not want this information to be publicly available in a dissertation. Or to anyone "planning to dip their toe into the world of stock footage", dissertation or not. ;)

Dissertations are not available publicly (not sure where you heard that).

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Can't you get all that info from just looking at the best sellers?

No, did you read the questions or just skip all the questions to be spiteful?

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Can't you get all that info from just looking at the best sellers?

It's standard practice to the point of being a cliche to have a survey in a dissertation these days.

It is unfortunately, I'm required to seek primary research information and for my chosen path this is information from stock creators.

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Selling Stock Direct / Approaching marketing companies?
« on: April 08, 2019, 14:36 »
Has anyone had any success approaching marketing companies directly before?

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Thank you to the first person who completed the survey, much appreciated, that was extremely quick!

**Edit, it seems Tickstock has completed the survey and skipped all the questions to be nasty. Seems like a nice guy.....

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The survey is:  I want to sell stock footage please show me the content I should copy.  You can see best sellers on most sites.  What's the point of this?

Like you say, you can see the best sellers on most sites so if i wanted to copy footage I would already be doing that. My goal is to use primary research from established content creators to put together some stats on what has worked well in practice, as well as using psychology studies/various clinical studies about what shapes/colours etc are pleasing to the human brain and input from marketing companies on what appeals to them when sourcing stock. I have no desire to copy anyones work and am competent enough to originate my own work. This research is purely for my dissertation.

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What's your story? I'm a novice with this stuff but am aware it's possible to be very successful in this realm. I know a guy who was contacted directly by Pond5 to and asked to name his price to sell his complete portfolio several years ago, did this ever happen to you?

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And how many clips did you have active at the time?

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Anyone know of anything like this?

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Shutterstock.com / Which country do you sell the most to?
« on: April 08, 2019, 13:47 »
I'm assuming Northern America and Europe but does anyone sell mostly to any other countries.

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You might have seen my other post (i'm doing my dissertation on stock footage) so i'm currently researching what sells well. Can you link me to your own personal best selling clip please? It would be a massive help! Thank you in advance

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I've just spotted the link wont be active until i post 5 times so i'm gonna get posting in different sections asap

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Hi guys, I'm currently doing a degree in Film and TV Production Technology and am doing my dissertation on stock footage. I'm looking to get some feedback from some successful stock creators and it seems like you have a lot of content creators here doing well. I have created a survey which won't take more than 5 minutes to complete, it's designed to gather primary feedback from successful/knowledgable stock creators.

I'd really appreciate if you could spend a couple of minutes to complete my survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LJ85PS6

My experience is mainly in documentaries/short films etc but i do plan to dip my toe in to the world of stock footage in the future so I plan on sticking around here to soak up the experience of you guys. I'm stressing at the minute as my dissertation is du in 3 weeks  :o but it will soon be all over!

Any questions please don't hesitate to ask

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