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Pond5 / Re: Hyperstock
« on: February 15, 2020, 10:37 »
Pond5's resonse again on Pond5 artist forum.


gregp5 2020-02-13 17:50
Hi guys,

I know many of you are already communicating directly with our Support Team, but I thought an extra message here would clarify the situation even further.

Hyperstock is not live, and we are not launching or marketing anything at the moment. You found it while we were still working on it in a test phase prior to the launch of any go-to-market efforts. Aside from the couple of artists who signed up last night, we have made no sales and no content has been downloaded.

Clearly many of you are upset though and Id like to address your concerns since it means a lot to us. While we tried to communicate our intentions with Hyperstock in the public Town Hall, several forum posts, and numerous individual conversations, it's obvious from the reactions here that we weren't as clear as we intended. Let me be perfectly clear: anybody who wants to opt out of this program can do so - just let us know. This was always our intention and we are sorry if we have upset anyone with our communication shortcomings. We will also try to improve communications and options in the future.

Hyperstock was conceived as Pond5s answer to the growing number of unlimited download subscription sites that have proliferated over the last year or so. Like it or not, there is now a large buyer base that is only interested in an unlimited content subscription product. No, it is not TV/film or big budget advertisers but a growing group of social/digital producers that produce content frequently but on very tight budgets. We know because we frequently survey our customer base, we follow the data internally/externally, and we hear it directly from customers who call us. As some of you have correctly pointed out, competing subscription sites do have much smaller libraries than Pond5 and Hyperstock will similarly be a very limited library (less than 5% of content). Subscription sites are growing in number and collection size, and as they grow, budget-conscious buyers are tempted to trade depth and breadth for cost savings. This is the reality of the market in 2020.

While we do want to enter this space, and secure that subscription revenue for our contributors, we also want to do it in a way that protects our core marketplace business. This is incredibly important to us, we have as much to lose as you do if we do not do it well, and we would not launch a product like this if we thought we couldnt do it. Again, I encourage you to re-watch the Hyperstock segment from our last Town Hall, or email Support for full details of the protections weve put in place.

Most of the comments here about Hyperstock have been negative - and thats fine. Everyone is entitled to have their say on this forum. Ill share with you, however, that many of you have reached out to us directly since our Town Hall to specifically request inclusion in Hyperstock and there is currently a deep waiting list of interested artists who realize that a subscription is a good way to monetize older, unsold content.

We know the 2nd half of 2019 was a difficult period and we are not yet out of the woods. We believe weve identified the reasons for the slowdown and were working hard to turn things around. While we do that, however, well continue to pursue new opportunities in this evolving market. But certainly your consent to participate in any specific programs, including Hyperstock, is in your hands. If youd like to get in touch and request to be included or excluded, please contact support and we will prioritize your request prior to launch.

As always, we are reachable. Ive got phone calls scheduled with a bunch of you for tomorrow to go over questions, so if youd like to get on that list, just shoot me an email.

Thanks

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Pond5 / Re: Hyperstock
« on: February 15, 2020, 06:43 »
If you participate in membership/subscription, you are lowering price of stock videos.  Don't do it.

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Pond5 / Re: Hyperstock
« on: February 13, 2020, 10:32 »
We never know how many of our clips were downloaded already.  It makes me angry.  We should sue Pond5 for this.

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Pond5 / Re: Hyperstock
« on: February 13, 2020, 10:21 »
Individual links are still alive.

https://hyperstock.com/video/076804439/

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Pond5 / Re: Hyperstock
« on: February 13, 2020, 10:20 »
When I visit the Hyperstock website, it says COMING SOON...I can't search the database or anything?

Pond5 took it down late last night after seeing angry contributors.

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Pond5 / Re: Hyperstock
« on: February 13, 2020, 09:54 »
I cant find the topic, was it deleted? Do you still have it cached?

You have to log in as a contributor to see the contributor only forum.

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Pond5 / Hyperstock
« on: February 13, 2020, 09:02 »
Pond5 got caught listing our clips on their unlimited download site yesterday.

https://www.pond5.com/community?forum=76121&thread=117761099&page=1

Very concerning.

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General - Stock Video / Hyperstock debacle on Pond5
« on: February 13, 2020, 09:00 »
Did you see this yesterday?

https://www.pond5.com/community?forum=76121&thread=117761099&page=1

Pond5 was listing our clips for unlimited download site Hyperstock. 

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Checking in - Adobe Stock Video
« on: January 22, 2020, 19:33 »
50% max royalty to support artists would be nice to lead the industry and pressure Shutterstock to pay more share.

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Check yoor preferences there is a checkbox:

"Yes! I would like Pond5 to modify my prices..."

etc etc.

Are you selling them somewhere else at a cheaper price?

I seem to recall something about them having the ability to alter pricing to match similar content on other sites you also sell too.

No, I'm not selling my 4k clips cheaper at anywhere else.  I set my 4k price lower than $179 at Pond5, but they changed the price more than 20% lower without my knowledge.

That box isn't checked, but Pond5 changed price.

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Are you selling them somewhere else at a cheaper price?

I seem to recall something about them having the ability to alter pricing to match similar content on other sites you also sell too.

No, I'm not selling my 4k clips cheaper at anywhere else.  I set my 4k price lower than $179 at Pond5, but they changed the price more than 20% lower without my knowledge.

Hmm, well I'm out of ideas then. Contact them and see what they say. But that is worrying.

Did you check your portfolio?

Yes, can't see any changes

If you are exclusive, there's no change.  Or if your 4K price is much lower than $179 already, probably no change.

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Are you selling them somewhere else at a cheaper price?

I seem to recall something about them having the ability to alter pricing to match similar content on other sites you also sell too.

No, I'm not selling my 4k clips cheaper at anywhere else.  I set my 4k price lower than $179 at Pond5, but they changed the price more than 20% lower without my knowledge.

Hmm, well I'm out of ideas then. Contact them and see what they say. But that is worrying.

Did you check your portfolio?

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Are you selling them somewhere else at a cheaper price?

I seem to recall something about them having the ability to alter pricing to match similar content on other sites you also sell too.

No, I'm not selling my 4k clips cheaper at anywhere else.  I set my 4k price lower than $179 at Pond5, but they changed the price more than 20% lower without my knowledge.

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what are they doing?

They are selling your 4k clips more than 20% lower than the price you set.

Wow, that's disgusting!!

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They are selling my 4k clips more than 20% lower than the price I set.  what are they doing?

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RPD: DepositPhotos vs SS

Yearly average:
SS: 0.77cents/download
DP: 0.39cents/download

Port size (31 Dec):
SS: 10,135 images
DP: 6,381 images

Yes, their prices are about half what Shutterstock's price.  I deleted all my photos there.  I control my price.

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"On Demand" photo prices are $49 for 5 photos at Shutterstock and $49 for 10 photos at Depositphotos.  It's 1/2.

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They are selling our products too cheap. 

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If so, how's the earnings?  I see a few people contributing several thousand clips.  I hope they take their clips down from any subscription/membership sites.  It's bad for all of us creators.

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Congrats for the sale!!

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They shouldn't be able to change the price we set.  It's as if ebay lowering our "Buy It Now" price at will.  It's ridiculous.

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They label almost everything "similar content".  They reject their own model release form as "invalid".  what is going on there?

They are stupid AF. 

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The same thing happened to me to recently.  They are stupid AF.  Sick of them.

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General - Stock Video / Re: Storyblocks - Member library
« on: October 07, 2019, 20:28 »
DON'T PARTICIPATE IN ANY MEMBERSHIP DEAL!!! 

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General - Stock Video / Vimeo Stock
« on: October 06, 2019, 22:59 »
Anybody uploading to Vimeo Stock?  How's the sales comparing to SS, AdobeStock and Pond5?

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