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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Istock sales since price changes
« on: July 16, 2013, 10:37 »
My sales are way down even for this time of year.

The reason...
My best selling, former E+, now moved up to Vetta, no sales.

My steady but not unique or artistic images that have been moved up to S+ few or no sales.

As for files moved down to the main collection I believe I have only made 3 sales in these areas.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: death of istock postponed?
« on: April 09, 2013, 10:11 »
I think it indicates people are hesitant to post anything unless couched in platitudes.

I Agree.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: sjlocke was just booted from iStock
« on: February 12, 2013, 12:41 »
Amazing how a once thriving business continues to shoot itself in the foot.

Sean was once of their greatest assets, not just as a contributor but as someone who nursed along new contributors, contributed a voice of calm reason in the forums, and made the often wonky website usable via his GM scripts.

He certainly will be missed. :'(

iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStockphoto can be saved
« on: January 22, 2013, 12:29 »
I think there's more people that would love for IS to experience a thousand deaths, than them being saved...

Who? and Why?

iStockPhoto.com / iStockphoto can be saved
« on: January 22, 2013, 11:39 »
I attempted to post this on the iStock discussion forum but it was removed before I could fill my coffee cup. I was allowed to post it on the "suggestions" forum where they are sure it will not be seen.

This is the first time I have posted here so I hope I am doing it right. The following can also be found in the iStockphoto suggestion forum. I would love to hear what others think of this idea.

iStockphoto can be saved

It is obvious from sales stats and the buzz from the online community that iStock is well on its way to crash and burn.

IF the intention of Getty is to just absorb the iStock contributors images into Thinkstock and Getty then, while it is a shame to dump what a couple of years ago was the top of the microstock websites, it will be done.

IF instead there is a desire by Getty to revive the once respected iStockphoto brand and recreate the stable income that both owners and contributors experienced in 2010, please consider the following.

Please look at the marketing strategy of Dominos Pizza, a US chain of pizza stores that previously marketed itself on cheap pizza and fast delivery. That was fine until most all the pizza chains offered cheap pizza and delivery. Their market share diminished because they lacked one thing - a quality product. The strategy they used is almost unheard of and thus made a big impact. They admitted their shortcomings. They said that they have heard the complaints of their customers and set about to make the improvements. They marketed themselves on the fact that they were re-inventing themselves as a pizza chain that offered cheap pizza, fast delivery, and PIZZA THAT TASTES GOOD. That definitely caught the attention of their market. They continue with this strategy to this day. See more http://www.predictableprofits.com/a-tasty-million-dollar-marketing-lesson-for-every-entrepreneur/.

Now if iStockphoto could just stop with the current direction they are taking and do the unthinkable Admit they have been making mistakes AND PROGRESS TO REMEDY THOSE MISTAKES. That could catch the attention of former customers which have been leaving in droves. That could make the valuable Diamond contributors that are about to jump ship stop and listen.

Go back to 2010 when things were cooking here.
- Restore reasonable pricing structure.
- Restore and honor your original contract with contributors based on canister level, something that they can control rather that make their income dependent on the whims of iStock marketing and IT.
- Require all images admitted into the iStockphoto collections to pass the same level of inspection.
 -Stop making iStock images available on other sites for pennies or free.
The list could go on but I am sure you see the direction I am going in.

I would like to challenge you to make this announcement on Feb. 2, 2013, Groundhog Day. This would be symbolic for several reasons...

-        Historically, in the US, a ground hog emerges from its hole on Feb 2nd and if he sees his shadow he is scared back into his hole, expecting more bad weather ahead. If he does not see a looming shadow he comes out and starts exploring around due to the promise if better days coming soon.
-        The movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, an arrogant and egocentric Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during a hated assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again. After indulging in hedonism and numerous suicide attempts, he begins to re-examine his life and priorities.
-        Finally Feb 2nd seems to be a wait and see date set by a number of iSockphotos valuable contributors.

Please consider making an honest attempt to restore iStockphoto to its former status as an industry leader and a business that is profitable to both owners and contributors.

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