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« on: June 17, 2014, 19:22 »
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Hi,

My photography company, coversplash, recently launched: coversplash.com. The mission of the company is to create the best products for photographers and we'll be releasing more products soon.
Please check the description below, visit the site, and consider joining! Highlights include beautifully designed and mobile-responsive sites, free hosting, 100% commission on all photos sold on personal site, a licensing agency, stock.coversplash.com, where photographers keep over 70% of their sale and set their license types and prices, a complete international e-commerce solution, an amazing print provider (CanvasPop), interest groups, and more. Please check it out at coversplash.com. Since launching, Coversplash is now home to more than 8,000 photographers from over 3,200 cities around the world.

Best, PhotographPlus

Coversplash aims to be the ideal photography platform online. Founded in April 2014, at its core, Coversplash is a fully-fledged portfolio solution for photographers, allowing photographers to easily manage their entire photography business with a customizable website. Secondarily, Coversplash includes several innovative social features, which allow photographers to effectively market their photography and gain feedback on their work. Notably, photographers are able to personally showcasing and document their work through an innovative stories feature. Lastly, Coversplash is the only licensing agency that allows photographers to control their entire work, including pricing and licensing types.


« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2014, 20:30 »
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I took a look at  your site and I'm somewhat confused.

The site says that there are 120,000 photos uploaded, but other than a handful of newest, favorited and editor's choice, plus a couple of demonstration galleries, how do I look those photos?

None of the demos appeared to show anything for sale - is there somewhere we could see how you present work for sale and how searches operate? I couldn't find anywhere to search for anything.

I must be missing something, but I'm not seeing "the ideal photography platform online" just looking around from the link you gave.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2014, 20:40 »
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The one I saw said 'beta'.

« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2014, 20:42 »
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Hi Jo Ann,


The 120k photos can be seen and searched here: stock.coversplash.com. When you join and upload some photos, you can individually choose the prices and licenses. See an example portfolio here: henryjager.coversplash.com

Hope this helps and please let me know any other thoughts.

Best,
Photographyplus


« Last Edit: June 17, 2014, 20:48 by photographyplus »

BD

« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2014, 21:19 »
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I looked at the stock.coversplash.com website. I cant find descriptions of the licenses anywhere. For example, if I shop like I am a buyer, I cant find the description of the licenses, even the standard license.

« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2014, 21:24 »
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@BD

You can see the terms and licenses here: coversplash.com/terms

 We'll be adding additional ones in the near future.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2014, 21:31 »
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You expect a buyer to know what SCLA and ECLA stand for, and to click on these links?

« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2014, 21:38 »
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@Shady Sue,

We are continuing to simplify the buyer experience. The stock site is not being promoted yet--it's in beta and for photographers to see only. It's quite clear when the photographer uploads. In the near future, we will be adding more license types and allowing photographers to set custom terms and conditions. We encourage any feedback, so please respond here or email us at [email protected]

Best,
PhotographyPlus

BD

« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2014, 21:41 »
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It is really difficult to find the standard and extended license agreements. There are no links on the images pages or when you are in a cart to check out which will take you to a description of the licenses.

« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2014, 21:45 »
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Can you sell any file types on the platform? Or is it limited to photo formats? I'm wondering about selling vector graphics.


« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2014, 21:45 »
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@BD,

We are aware of this and changing this soon, maybe as soon as tonight. It's still in Beta.

I should also add, if you want to buy a print, from a photographer's site, you can click on an individual photo here: henryjager.coversplash.com. You can click on the i button and then click buy print. We plan to add similar functionality to our marketplace.


BD

« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2014, 21:49 »
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Thanks for your response. If I create one of the free websites will my images automatically be added for sale at stock.coversplash.com?

« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2014, 22:04 »
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"The world's most popular photography network "

Ok.

"Search keywords or image id's..."

Why did you use an apostrophe in "ids"? - of course, you probably meant "image id numbers" or something.

Clicking "about" or "team" doesn't take me anywhere.
« Last Edit: June 17, 2014, 22:06 by Sean Locke Photography »

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2014, 22:07 »
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"The world's most popular photography network "

Ok.

"Search keywords or image id's..."

Why did you use an apostrophe in "ids"? - of course, you probably meant "image id numbers" or something.
Apostrophe for identifications 'of' images, as in cat's whiskers for whiskers 'of' the cat.
But I bet that wasn't what he meant.

« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2014, 22:11 »
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@BD,

Yes, your photos will automatically be entered into stock.coversplash.com. We will have an opt out feature in near future. Please let me know any other thoughts. We're trying to build a great product for photographers. We'll be releasing mobile iOS and android versions soon, amongst other products in the future.

Best.

« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2014, 22:11 »
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@Sean Locke Photography

The stock site was literally released today into Beta. There may still be a few bugs that we'll fix ASAP.

K2

« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2014, 22:48 »
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Doesn't look appealing to me. No thanks.

« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2014, 23:00 »
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@K2,

Anything more you want?

Does everyone like the stories feature? It's meant to be a new form of presenting photos and also a new form of photo-blogging.

« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2014, 23:22 »
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Can you sell any file types on the platform? Or is it limited to photo formats? I'm wondering about selling vector graphics.

« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2014, 23:29 »
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You're welcome to upload vector graphics. We're mainly focused on photos now, but if you're able to upload it, you're able to sell it on your personal site. In the future, we'll make a concerted effort to make sure these file types work.

« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2014, 00:15 »
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I'm a pretty big fan of new sites in general, but...

As above, you need to be very clear with buyers and photographers exactly what the terms of your licenses are. As you may have seen if you read these forums much, one of the biggest concerns people have (besides having our images being sold with very little income generated for us) is that sites often allow things like reselling, prints of very large runs etc with very little or no consideration for the person who actually created that image.

Also, you NEED some sort of watermarks on the preview thumbnails. They aren't a perfect solution but they are better than nothing at all (which is what I see now).

Fix it, be clear and fair on it and you may get people buying in.

Also, if the site doesn't generate sales pretty quickly then you will find interest dropping fast. Seems a new site every month promises great things. Few ever deliver.

Good luck with it. I'll be keeping an eye on it.

BD

« Reply #21 on: June 18, 2014, 00:28 »
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@BD,

We are aware of this and changing this soon, maybe as soon as tonight. It's still in Beta.

I should also add, if you want to buy a print, from a photographer's site, you can click on an individual photo here: henryjager.coversplash.com. You can click on the i button and then click buy print. We plan to add similar functionality to our marketplace.

It was not clear to me that clicking the i button would allow me to buy prints. I believe your company gets some percentage of some of these sales? I dont know if you would consider this functionality, but on the sites that are not e-commerce you could put a button that says something like license image that would take the buyer to that particular image on the stock.coversplash.com website. If Im understanding correctly, the e-commerce sites get 100% of the sale and the free sites 70% (so your company would get 30% of these sales). I also noticed that the individual websites dont have the option for someone to search and find an image. This would be a nice feature.

« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2014, 02:58 »
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the Free talk needs to get out of the site as well, you actually need to pay 7$ a month to get the 100% commission

We're about you, the photographer - and we're here to prove it. Free portfolios, 100% commission, and the best social photo sharing experience, period.

you guys opened close to 1 year ago and there isn't still IPTC, I am trying to update my profile and it doesn't save

trying (testing) to buy a print and it doesn't go anywhere, what a mess
« Last Edit: June 18, 2014, 03:19 by luissantos84 »

« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2014, 03:32 »
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Have not tried the buying process, but the back-end (and even login page!) is not encrypted.  Definitely do not recommend using this site from a WiFi hotspot/caf.  Also, do not use a password for this site that is used on another site.

« Reply #24 on: June 18, 2014, 03:38 »
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Have not tried the buying process, but the back-end (and even login page!) is not encrypted.  Definitely do not recommend using this site from a WiFi hotspot/caf.  Also, do not use a password for this site that is used on another site.

all site is a joke, nothing works, now I am trying to change password and the update button doesn't go anywhere, can't get any worst than that...


 

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