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Veer / Veer at SXSWi 2013
« on: March 06, 2013, 19:17 »
Hi All -

If any of you will be in Austin for SXSWi - we'd love to meet you at Frank (4th and Colorado) from 11a-1p this Saturday the 9th.

Join me and other members of the Veer team for (free) hot dogs and beer, and some Veer merch giveaways.  Plus it will be a chance to get a sneak peek of some stuff we are working on.  ;)

You can follow us on twitter @VeerIdeas or @VeerContributor for other giveaways during the show, or by checking #VeerSXSW2013

http://www.veer.com/more/skinny/sxsw-2013/


Cheers,

- Brian

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Veer / Veer Outage Tonight
« on: October 12, 2012, 14:02 »
Hi All -

We're doing some work on Veer this evening that will require we take the site down (including upload) beginning at 5pm PDT / 12AM GMT.

http://www.veer.com/more/contributor/news/veer-down-for-site-maintenance-on-friday-1012,-at-5pm-pst/

Apologies for any inconvenience.
See us on Twitter for updates : twitter.com/veercontributor


- Brian

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Veer / Veer Site Maintenance Later Today (6-7PM PST, 02-03 UTC)
« on: January 06, 2012, 12:40 »
Hi Everyone -

Heads-up: our Tech team will be taking the Veer site, including contributor.veer.com, down for a bit of maintenance later today:  Friday January 6th from approximately 6-7PM PST (or Saturday January 7th 02-03 UTC, 03-04 CET)

We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope this notice gives you time to adjust your workflows accordingly.


 - Brian

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Veer / A new opportunity for Brian
« on: January 27, 2011, 16:00 »
Hi All

Im proud of where weve taken things on Veer over the past couple of years. Weve completed the transition from a premium RF and RM agency to offering a full slate of prices and content across the RF spectrum. With your help, we made 2010 a great year for our UGC collection and contributors tons of new content and contributors from our massive Dash for Cash program, an improved royalty and stats display, we held our first Photo Op shoot event, and then ended the year strong by catching up on the review queue.

With a great year behind us and another great year ahead - its now time to pass the torch. Im moving into a new role at Corbis, and will be helping to build out an online contributor platform for our macrostock (traditional stock) users.

I will be passing the reigns of managing our microstock community and the UGC editing team over to Chelsey Schaffel and want to give you a heads-up. Chelsey has been our Content Curator, and has been at Veer for many years as a Researcher and an Editor. Shes got a great eye for photography and design, and the strategic vision to push things forward from here on out. In short shes really awesome.  Shell be stepping in soon to introduce herself here.  

Beyond Chelsey, the great team we have in place behind-the-scenes here stays the same. Ryan will continue to be your go to guy for support and will continue to answer questions in email and on the forums. Youll be taken care of with a passionate crew who are dedicated to great imagery.

Ive loved getting to know many of you. I look forward to watching continued awesomeness happening at Veer and across the microstock and MSG communities.

If you want to keep in touch you can find me on Twitter: twitter.com/BrianOShea

Cheers,


- Brian OShea

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Hi All -

You may have noticed we made some enhancements to the Royalty Summary on your Dashboard page today: Pending Payments and Past Payments. We hope these additions make it easier to understand how much you're owed, and see what you've earned previously. 

Pending Payments:

Under the Current Balance column, there is now a Pending Payment field.  At month end processing  - if your Unpaid Earnings have surpassed the $100 threshold, those earnings will hop over into the Pending Payment field and the Unpaid Earnings balance resets to $0 .  The Pending Payment will then automatically be deposited into your PayPal or Payoneer account on or about the 15th of the current month (withholding taxes deducted as applicable). Once we submit to PayPal or Payoneer, the Pending Payment value resets to zero and the cycle refreshes.

Past Payments:

We have also added a new section, Past Payments.  If you want to see  previous royalty payments, hit the "Click to Show Payment History button". The 3 most recent payments will be shown, and you can also open your entire history. You can export this record to .CSV as well for tracking in Excel or Numbers.

Thanks for your feedback concerning needed improvements to the Dashboard. We hope this makes it easier to see what you are owed and what you were paid. Let us know (at [email protected]) if you have any questions/comments on the update.

Thanks,


- Brian

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Veer / New features on Veer.com - updated vector upload workflow
« on: December 13, 2010, 17:05 »
Hi All
This past weekend we pushed a release live on Veer that includes enhancements on both the customer and contributor sides of the site.

For customers:

-   New contextual FAQs to aid customers across the site
-   Search enhancements to improve performance
-   New search sort option: Price: Highest to Lowest
-   A new Free landing page aggregating our free content like images and illustrations of the week, wallpapers, screensavers and more

For contributors:

-   New footer on contributor pages with shortcuts to key areas of the site
-   Updated vector upload workflow:

Weve altered the vector upload workflow so that we can support offering customers a full-slate of rasterized JPEGs in addition to your .EPS vector. This was something many of you, and many of our customers, have been waiting for.
This means that your original .EPS vector file and a full suite of JPEG sizes from XS to XXL will be presented together to the customer on a single product detail page.
This is important - customers will now have the option to pick the file format and size that works best for them.

To support this, the new vector upload requirements are as follows:

We have moved away from the automated preview generation tool that caused wonky previews for some of you.
As the best quality vector previews come straight from the source - you - we are now requiring you to supply a high-res JPEG for each .EPS vector. We know this requires a workflow change, but this is needed to ensure very high quality customer facing previews and JPEG derivatives.

  - The JPEG version must have the same file name as the .EPS vector (eg: mycoolvector.jpg, mycoolvector.eps)
  - The longest side of the JPEG version must be at least 4900pixels. We recommend 5400pixels or more to ensure very high quality previews and JPEG derivatives.  
  - IPTC metadata continues to be read from the JPEG file (if embedded)
  - Our team will regenerate new previews and JPEG derivatives from all existing vector content currently on the site. Were midway through that process now.

Our own Shawn Haskell has prepared a screencast walking through the best way to output a JPEG from Illustrator, and how to upload it onto our site take a look:  http://ideas.veer.com/post/11306



  - Brian

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Veer / Veer Unavailable Tomorrow 12/11 at 10AM PST
« on: December 10, 2010, 18:21 »
Hi All -

Veer.com, including contributor.veer.com will be down Saturday 12/11 beginning at 10AM PST for some upgrades.

We hope to keep it brief, and have things back up around 10:30AM PST.
Be sure to follow @VeerUpdate and @VeerContributor - we'll post an update when things are back up.


 - Brian

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Veer / New features on veer.com
« on: October 26, 2010, 19:02 »
Hi All -

As many of you have already noticed - we pushed a release live on veer.com this past weekend.
This post here  -  http://ideas.veer.com/group/marketplace/discussions/162  -  covers the details, but wanted to share the news here as well.

The recently redesigned veer.com is off to a great start, but were not content to coast. Veer is working hard to continue updating our site, making improvements in usability and features for both contributors and buyers. Last weekend, a release that included numerous site enhancements went live.

Here are the changes we think you will be most interested in:

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Improved statistics and royalty reporting:
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Based upon your feedback, weve improved the royalty reporting stats on the dashboard to better show you your current and lifetime earnings, as well as changed the customizable date range from weeks to months to better support offline reporting.


Its been clear from talking to many of you that the table view showing sales was much more useful than the graphs, so we made the table view the new default, but the graphs are still visible if you choose.

Weve also made the download as .csv link more visible for you Excel junkies. ;)

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Batch-enabled uploading:
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Weve improved the look and feel of the upload interface, and added batch functionality for keywording and disambiguation. You can now add or remove keywords to multiple images at once. When editing keywords, you can now toggle between shared and superset. Shared shows only the keywords common across all selected images. Superset shows the all of the aggregated keywords from all selected images. Happy keywording!

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New localizations:
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Were also working to get more eyes and sales on your images by making the site more accessible to a wider array of customers worldwide. This release included French and Italian localization of veer.com, in addition to our existing German and UK sites. Veer is now better able to support buyers in the biggest European markets, and forthcoming marketing initiatives in Europe will help spread the word. Localization not only includes site graphics and copy on customer facing pages, but also search (through the power of our CV).

Check the Ideas post to see a few screenshots of the Veer homepage in German, French and Italian.

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Stay tuned as Veer continues to work hard to drive more traffic and customers to your images and make your site experience an excellent one.

- Brian

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Pardon the repost of this info - but we still have some slots open, and need more contributors from the Seattle area for an upcoming Veer Research study. Again, you don't need to be a Veer contributor to be eligible.

$150 Amazon gift certificates on the line for those who participate! Memory cards? New cam bag?  ;)

Just fill out this short survey if you're interested. Super easy, and we'll be in touch:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YMWRVPW


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Hi All,

We are always working to better understand the perspective of contributors. So were conducting a series of interviews with a select group of contributors over the course of the next two weeks to better understand their usage of, and experience with microstock websites, tools, and communities.

As an active contributor, you may fit the profile of someone wed like to speak with and so wed like to invite you to participate in this research effort. You dont need to be a current Veer contributor to participate in fact were looking for contributors who dont use Veer, or are currently exclusive to another agency.

Here are the details:

What:  up to a 90 minute interview, in which you talk one-on-one with a user experience researcher

When: October 14, 15, 19, 20 and 21
For contributors located in the Greater Seattle, WA area wed like to conduct this interview at your place of business, studio or home office.
For contributors located in the US, Canada and the UK, well conduct the interview remotely at your computer using GoToMeeting web conferencing software and your phone. 

To thank you for your time and feedback, youll receive one of the following Amazon Gift Certificates, depending on your location:
US: $150 Amazon.com Gift Certificate
Canada: $150 Amazon.ca Gift Certificate
UK:  95 Amazon.co.uk Gift Certificate

For this particular study we do need to limit our participants to the US, Canada, or the UK.


If youre interested in participating, please click on this link and fill out this short (5 min) survey:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YMWRVPW

Should you fit the profile that were looking for, well contact you.
These studies fill up quickly, so the sooner that we hear from you, the more likely you are to hear from us.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Thanks,


- Brian and the Veer Contributor Team

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Veer / Participate in a User Experience Research Study
« on: October 07, 2010, 10:55 »
Hi All,

We are always working to better understand the perspective of contributors. So were conducting a series of interviews with a select group of contributors over the course of the next two weeks to better understand their usage of, and experience with microstock websites, tools, and communities.

As an active contributor, you may fit the profile of someone wed like to speak with and so wed like to invite you to participate in this research effort. You dont need to be a current Veer contributor to participate in fact were looking for contributors who dont use Veer, or are currently exclusive to another agency.

Here are the details:

What:  up to a 90 minute interview, in which you talk one-on-one with a user experience researcher

When: October 14, 15, 19, 20 and 21
For contributors located in the Greater Seattle, WA area wed like to conduct this interview at your place of business, studio or home office.
For contributors located in the US, Canada and the UK, well conduct the interview remotely at your computer using GoToMeeting web conferencing software and your phone. 

To thank you for your time and feedback, youll receive one of the following Amazon Gift Certificates, depending on your location:
US: $150 Amazon.com Gift Certificate
Canada: $150 Amazon.ca Gift Certificate
UK:  95 Amazon.co.uk Gift Certificate

For this particular study we do need to limit our participants to the US, Canada, or the UK.


If youre interested in participating, please click on this link and fill out this short (5 min) survey:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YMWRVPW

Should you fit the profile that were looking for, well contact you.
These studies fill up quickly, so the sooner that we hear from you, the more likely you are to hear from us.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Thanks,


- Brian and the Veer Contributor Team

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Veer / End of Summer Update
« on: October 01, 2010, 04:45 »
Hi All -

Some updates to share - top of which is that our editing team has completed the Dash for Cash backlog, and remaining bonus payments have now been posted to stats pages (remember to choose the table view for detail).  We are now working through the post-Dash for Cash backlog, and expect to return to normal service times (1 week) in November.

I've posted the full version of this update on our Ideas section here:
http://ideas.veer.com/group/marketplace/discussions/158

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The redesigned Veer.com released in mid-July and is off to an excellent start. Both brand new and long-time customers love the simplified site, the industry leading payment flexibility and the single search grid with easy to use filters. Were welcoming lots of new customers who are excited about what Veer is about and the great choice of content across the full royalty-free price spectrum.

A reminder of what Veer offers contributors:

A simple royalty structure with the same rates applied to all contributors. We pay any contributor up to 40% on any sale. See full details here:http://ideas.veer.com/group/marketplace/discussions/150

Easy and quick upload features, including batch functionality. No categories to mess with.

Connection to the Veer community of creatives. Unique people, fun stuff, and tools to connect on Veer Ideas.

Marketing support from Veers award-winning creative team, with interesting and innovative campaigns driving more and more buyers to Veer.

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Latest Veer Marketing Activities:

With a simplified and unified site in place, our marketing efforts are now in full swing with more campaigns scheduled this throughout the Fall. Youve likely seen Veer ad banners showing off our slogan and vision Veer makes it easier to be creative while browsing tech, creative, and design sites like Design Taxi, Digital Arts, and Creativity. Weve heard from many contributors who are starting to see the increased customer activity reflect in a ramp up in royalties.

In addition to more traditional email and web marketing, weve fostered unique partnerships with important community partners like Behance with whom we share a common creative spirit and a deep connection to the design world. Check out the posts of the Behance teams Inspiration Series: http://www.behance.com/teamblog?topic=34

The Veer Summer Activity Book for Creatives is an annual tradition we get great response from designers and agencies that actually look forward to this direct mail piece. Congrats again to the members of our community whose content was included! If you havent seen the online version (  http://www.veer.com/ideas/activitybook/online/index.html#spread=0&page=0&kick=yes )   fully interactive puzzles and games on web browsers (or designed to be super awesome on an iPad) its pretty neat.

Veer has also joined your grandma and your mom were up on that Facebook thing. If you havent seen our spot yet check us out for updates and maybe even click that like button to become a fan: http://www.facebook.com/VeerIdeas


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Site development in the works for an upcoming release:

Improvements to the contributor upload interface and statistics/royalty display.
- Clear indication of lifetime earnings vs unpaid balance
- More logical timeframe choice (no more weeks!)
- Tweaks to the upload interface to make it even better

Ongoing refinements and iterative improvements across critical customer facing areas of the site

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We are grateful to all of our existing contributors for your support. After carving out a very successful place in the industry as a macrostock player since 2002, Veers move into the microstock segment is past the point of simply taking shape. We see that it is starting to resonate with both buyers and contributors. Its been amazing, and there is more good stuff to come. We hope that you are seeing that were headed in a great direction.


If you have questions or comments, please contact us at [email protected]

Follow us on twitter:
@VeerContributor(artist focused news, tips and updates)
@VeerUpdate(general Veer news)


Thanks,

- Brian
 

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Veer / Dash for Cash Editing and Payment Update
« on: September 10, 2010, 16:21 »
Hi All,

Weve been absolutely amazed by the response to our Dash for Cash promotion, which ran earlier this summer. We knew that paying a bonus for approved images would be something many contributors would be interested in, but we seriously underestimated the sheer volume of enthusiasm. Tons of great images flooded in huge waves, and weve still got more in the queue.

Were glad to see so many earning significant $$ bonuses in the program. Buyers being driven to the site from Veer marketing efforts are seeing a greatly expanded collection of great microstock content. All in all its been a big successs. Huge thanks to all who participated!

After the backlog began to explode, and realizing our editors were falling far behind, we began to significantly expand our capacity - hiring and training a large pool of new faces eager to review your content. The good news: with a much bigger editing team in place we are now on track to finish all Dash for Cash editing by the end of September. We know the wait has been extremely long, and are really grateful for your patience.

We know that long waits impact your workflows and ability to load more content. Once through the Dash for Cash backlog, we will continue to work hard to return to sustainable editing times as quickly as we can. We expect that editing service times will return to more reasonable levels (~7 days) by early November.  

Due to the massive influx of content, weve had to adjust the timing as we work to finish editing. As noted on this forum, we recently processed and posted Dash for Cash bonus earnings to some accounts. These are artists (roughly 60% of participants) for which we had already completed editing on all of their Dash for Cash submissions. (You can see the bonus by selecting the table view on your stats page - look for the Dash for Cash logo).
Those contributors who still had Dash for Cash submissions pending your bonus earnings will be tallied and posted to your accounts in the next round of royalty processing at the end of September. Please note as with all Veer royalty earnings, the normal $100 payout threshold still applies.


Thanks again for your patience, and for making Dash for Cash a huge success.
If you have questions or comments, please contact us at [email protected].

Brian

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Veer / Veer on Twitter
« on: July 15, 2010, 13:32 »
Hi All -

Just in case this message didn't get out well enough : the contributor focused Veer twitter account has been renamed to @VeerContributor.

Check it out - one of our designers created a cool new background especially for us. I read it as a representation of the concept of a  "community of images". In a more literal way it could represent a take on editing (hands grabbing images).

http://twitter.com/veercontributor

-  Brian

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Veer / Introducing the new Veer
« on: July 11, 2010, 21:29 »
Hi All -

Were excited to announce the launch of a redesigned veer.com. Weve worked hard to roll out a new web site that offers customers a unified site with simpler navigation, better showcases more affordable content, and provides industry-leading payment flexibility. All designed to help you sell more. The highlights:

- Your images front and center:
Weve combined our entire collection into a single, powerful search experience that better showcases your content. Microstock images are no longer on the sidelines -- they are now integrated into a single search result side-by-side traditional royalty free imagery.

This is a key part of our strategy to make Veer.com more affordable and more appealing to a bigger audience of customers. To also make Veer more welcome to all kinds of imagey buyers, weve removed some of the industry labels that some customers may find confusing like premium, value, or microstock. We now show images with their corresponding prices right up front, and weve added new search filters allow users to quickly find the content that best fits their needs and budget whether its price range, resolution, or file type. 
 
- An uncomplicated shopping experience to attract more customers to your images:
Weve made the Veer home page beautiful and user-friendly with a big search box, gorgeous images made from elements that can be licensed on the site, and a clearer explanation of what Veer offers. We think its really going to draw new buyers in. We renamed the tabs at the top of the page, and added easier access to a new and improved lightbox, as well as a redesigned shopping cart. Were also showcasing a new tagline: Veer makes it easier to be creative with a combination of over 1.5 million royalty-free images and illustrations, over 12,000 fonts, and some of the best creative merchandise around, we think this tagline will resonate with both current and new customers.

- Flexible payment options help attract and keep customers
Customers on Veer have been able to use credits to buy Marketplace content from day one. But customers were limited to buying macrostock content on credit card or on-account only. Now all customers can license all of your content with either credits purchased in a credit pack, or pay directly with a credit card. We think this kind of flexibility is going to be a draw from big agencies that prefer credit cards for accounting purposes, to the smaller shop that appreciates the savings and pick-and-go convenience of credits. 

More on the removal of "Marketplace":
As we first started talking about earlier this year - as part of our shift to a site more centrally focused on affordable content - we've removed the term Marketplace from page copy. Its all just Veer now. Simple for us, simple for you, and most importantly simple for customers. Going forward we'll be referring to you as Veer Contributors. No more "VMP".  (hint hint Leaf - we'll need your help to change the forum name - soon)

In order to help keep things clear, well soon be renaming our contributor-focused Twitter account from @VeerMarketplace to @VeerContributor to reflect these changes. 


Go here for the full message: http://ideas.veer.com/group/marketplace/discussions/149

If you have questions or comments not answered here or on our Veer Ideas posts - direct them to [email protected].


Best,

- Brian

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Veer / Veer.com Outage Begins at 7pm MST Tonight
« on: July 09, 2010, 16:57 »
Hi All -

We're taking Veer.com down for maintenance beginning at 7pm MST tonight, and continuing through 7pm MST tomorrow, Saturday July 10th.

During the outage all sections of Veer.com will be down - including ideas.veer.com and contributor.veer.com.

I'll post a note here when we get the all-clear and the site is back up tomorrow night.

Check our Twitter feeds for updates:

@VeerMarketplace
@VeerUpdate


Best,

- Brian

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Veer / Veer Contributor Education Survey
« on: June 16, 2010, 08:09 »
Hi All -

Want to help us focus upcoming contributor education efforts  at Veer? We are planning a slate of tutorial videos and resources, and we want your insights.

Please take this brief (5-7 minute) survey. Your feedback will be used to help ensure future programs are helpful to you and the rest of our contributor community.

Click here to take survey

Thanks,

- Brian

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Veer / New Veer Contributor Agreement Posted
« on: June 10, 2010, 11:58 »
Hi All -

We've posted a revised version of the Veer Contributor Agreement today, which will be effective July 10, 2010.

As Veer.com is going to be relaunched this summer, we have updated the Contributor Agreement to support its new features and changes.

There are a few key changes to note. The following can be found in section IV-E of the new Contributor Agreement and are explained in more detail in the FAQ:
   The ability to purchase microstock images with cash is one of the most significant enhancements to the re-launched Veer site.  The new agreement allows Veer to calculate contributor royalties from cash purchases. 
   Removal of the automatic end-of-year payout for royalty balances that havent yet hit the $100 minimum payout threshold. 
   Removal of the term Marketplace from the site, customer facing pages, and Contributor Agreement.

See an FAQ here that explains the changes and what they mean
:
http://ideas.veer.com/group/marketplace/discussions/144

New Veer Contributor Agreement (PDF): http://contributor.veer.com/images/pdf/VeerContributorAgreement.pdf

Compare changes ("Redline") version: http://contributor.veer.com/images/pdf/VeerContributorAgreement_COMPARE.pdf


- Brian

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Photoshop Tutorials / Contributor Tutorial Videos
« on: March 10, 2010, 13:51 »
Veer technical/workflow guru Shawn Haskell - (twitter: @forpositiononly), has posted 5 video tutorials covering some ways to improve files when submitting to Veer - including:

 - how to prep vector files for submission
 - reducing dark circles under eyes
 - whitening teeth
 - checking and fixing filled shadows
 - checking and fixing blown highlights

Check 'em all out on his Ideas post page here: http://ideas.veer.com/members/forpositiononly/posts

Shawn will be putting more of these together - he's planning to cover a range of retouch, workflow and technical topics.  Be sure to let Shawn or I know if there are specific questions or topics you want to see him cover.


- Brian

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Veer / What's in store at Veer in 2010
« on: January 26, 2010, 17:30 »
Hi All -

Many of you have inquired about what we are working on, and when marketing is going to ramp-up.
I've posted an update with some news on our plans for Veer in 2010:

"Microstock Contributors are Central to Veer's 2010 Plans":
http://ideas.veer.com/group/marketplace/discussions/132

Take a look. Question/comments welcome as always.

Best,

- Brian

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Veer / Veer "Take a Picture" Grand Prize Winner and Entries
« on: November 13, 2009, 20:15 »
Hi All -

If you haven't seen it yet - be sure to visit Veer Ideas for a peek at the Grand Prize winning entry for the Veer "Take a Picture" contest: http://ideas.veer.com/skinny/post/6637

And you can vote on the runners-up: top rated entry gets $500 to spend on Veer merch. Voting deadline has been extended to 11:59PM PST, Monday November 16th.
http://ideas.veer.com/features/takeapicture/vote

You can see even more entries here:
http://ideas.veer.com/features/takeapicture/popper/slideshow

Really fantastic stuff - true testament to the uber passionate Veer community!  ;)


- Brian

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Veer / Improvements to Veer Marketplace
« on: November 09, 2009, 12:41 »
Improvements to Veer Marketplace

Good news! We are making more improvements on Veer Marketplace, and weve just pushed a release live with several features and enhancements. Some are specifically for you our contributors - and others are for our customers.

So whats new in this release?

   New vector upload options - a top request from vector artists
   Sort capability on Dashboard tabs - improved portfolio management
   Clarified workspace control Media Type
   Addition of dynamic display of four recent images on member pages (minigallery)
   Enhanced search results


Read our full update on the Veer Marketplace forum for all the details:
http://ideas.veer.com/group/marketplace/discussions/125



- Brian

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Veer / Outage Saturday September 5th
« on: September 04, 2009, 15:49 »
Hi All -

We're getting ready to roll out some changes to the site that require us to take the site down. Veer.com (including Marketplace and Ideas) will be unavailable beginning at 8AM MST tomorrow morning.

We should be back up and running by mid-afternoon.

Follow us on twitter:  @veermarketplace for the latest Veer Marketplace contributor updates.

- Brian

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Veer / Statistics and Royalties Page Live
« on: September 04, 2009, 14:23 »
Old news now to some - but now that I'm back from vacation I want to make sure you're all up to speed on the stats page released this past weekend.

Posted to the VMP Group on Veer Ideas: http://ideas.veer.com/group/marketplace/discussions/120

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We've included a few different ways to track your performance:

The top half of the screen shows a year-to-date summary.
The pie chart on the right shows what portion of your sales were made in the US (this is important info for those who are subject to withholding taxes on US earnings).

The bottom half of the page shows sales over a specific time frame - you can customize the date range in weeks (up to 2 years) and view the data in either chart form or as a table.

By clicking the "view as table" link you can get an expanded detail of each sale including:

- sale date
- sales type: whether the image was licensed with standard credits or with a subscription
- license type: indicates if the sale was a standard license or an extended license option
- description: shows either the resolution purchased, or the type of extended license
- a checkmark to indicate if the sale was from a US buyer (and possibly subject to applicable withholding taxes)
- gross royalty earned (before any applicable withholding taxes)

** Extra super secret squirrel hint for the Excel wizards out there: click the "download as .CSV" link at the bottom of the table if you prefer to extract the data.

Finally - at the bottom of the page is a list of your top performing files in the specified time frame.

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More updates coming soon - we've got another release that's about to be pushed out over the weekend (mostly buyer features/enhancements).

- Brian

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Veer / Update on Stats and Portfolio Links
« on: August 06, 2009, 16:30 »
Hi All -

Update on two critical features:
 
 - Stats/metrics
 - Portfolio link / search by contributor

While we have lots of features and enhancements to address across the site - we know that these two are incredibly important baseline elements for our contributors. Search by contributor is especially important for buyers as well.

Hold on - both are on the way - these are slated for release near the end of the month.


- Brian

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Veer / Veer Marketplace Launches to Customers
« on: July 29, 2009, 20:15 »
Hi All -

As you've seen  - Veer Marketplace has now launched to customers!  Whoo-hoo!

We're still ironing out a few bugs (most will be fixed very soon) - but it's high time we took a moment and gave you a rundown of the changes.

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> Here's a summary of what's new in this release: <
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- The tens of thousands of awesome images that contributors like you have uploaded over the last month. Buyers can now search and license your images, and newly approved content will be added to the site daily.
 
- Credit-based pricing and payment, available in pay-as-you-go credit packs or through subscriptions.

-  Images will be highlighted more prominently in veer.com search results with a new dual search pane that puts microstock next to traditional rights-managed and royalty-free images.  I think this is a really big deal - gets your content in front of more eyes - and shows off the great quality of your content in a new way.

- An improved search experience will help customers filter search results by price with four tiers: Way Cheap (from $1), Cheap ($9-$100), Spendy ($49-$350), and Worth It ($49-$655).  

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> There are also some important contributor changes to highlight: <
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- More control over how your name, company name, or brand name is represented: You can now add an "alias" on your Ideas member page, which will also appear on all image detail pages.  
You can also add a "company name" - if you don't pick an alias this will appear on image detail pages and underneath your full name on your Member page.

- Basic metrics on approved files tab:
On the "Approved" tab on your Dashboard, you'll now see metrics for the number of downloads and views, as well as total royalty earned for each file. A complete royalty and statistics panel is in the works, but coming in an upcoming release.

- Illustration setting for JPEG files:
You'll notice a new set of radio buttons in the metadata section in the Prepare and Submit tab on the Workspace page.  You dont need to change anything for photos, but selecting "Illustration" for JPEG-based, non-photo illustrations helps ensure search filters include your files in illustration searches. EPS vectors are automatically marked as illustrations, so no changes are necessary for those files.

- Age range and ethnicity drop-downs on model releases:  
If you choose to use the model release dropdowns for age range and ethnicity, the appropriate keywords will automatically be added to those images. Works anytime you use that release in the future - saves time and makes sure your people shots will be included when customers use the "people" search filters.

- Integration with Payoneer sign-up process: I can't wait to show you the Veer Marketplace branded prepaid debit-Mastercard - it looks great!  Cards will be on their way in late August, early September --- just in time for those first royalty payouts on September 15th.

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*** Important Note ****
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In order to offer your images to customers and get royalties headed your way - your Veer Marketplace registration must be complete.

This means that some of you still need to take one or more of the following steps before your images are searchable:


 - If you were transferred from SnapVillage and haven't yet logged into your Veer Marketplace account please do so ASAP - you need to accept the Veer Markeplace agreement and the transfer of your files from SnapVillage. Just log-in and you'll be redirected through this process.

- Complete your withholding tax registration - click the "provide more informatiion" link in the text at the top of your Workspace, or go to:  https://marketplace.veer.com/account/continuesignup   after you've logged in.

- If you have signed-up to use Payoneer - you need to complete the Payoneer card application.
After signing in go to - https://marketplace.veer.com/account/contributoredit and click "sign-up" next to the Payoneer option. This will pass you into the Payoneer card application process.  This can take up to 72 hours to process - visit that URL again and click the "status" link to see where your application is at.

Once these steps are taken, your approved files will appear on the site within 24 hours.

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> More ways to stay in touch: <
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Check our discussion forum on Veer Ideas and tell us what you think.
 http://ideas.veer.com/group/marketplace/discussions/107

We're on Twitter now too - follow the latest updates @veermarketplace
http://twitter.com/veermarketplace

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Now we're really up and running!

More to come....


- Brian

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