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Author Topic: Does Shutterstock Report # of Views?  (Read 10119 times)

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« on: May 16, 2006, 11:26 »
Can you see how many views you are getting on your photos in Shutterstock?

Can other people see views as well?

« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2006, 11:32 »
1. Dont think so.
2. Dont think so.

are views worthwhile? 

« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2006, 11:59 »
are views worthwhile?

I believe that they are.  Views usually have a direct relationship to sales.  There are exceptions to this rule of course, but usually your most viewed photos are also the ones that sell the most.  So knowing which photos get views will give you an idea of what is popular.

« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2006, 12:36 »
if views are directly related to sales (in most cases) isn't the sales a good enough stat to see what is popular.

« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2006, 15:02 »
uploaderz - well put.  If something is selling, it is selling, if it isn't, it isn't.

The only beneift I can see is knowing how active a site is but sales are really the only thing that matters.

« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2006, 17:40 »
Sorry but I have to disagree with you guys.

Views are basically how the marketing and advertising industries work.  TV uses the Nielson ratings.  Advertisers use similar stats, as well as web pages (such as Google).  Companies want to know how much foot traffic they are getting.  I want to know the same thing.

While sales are the most important, views are second.

For one, I can compare different sites with the # of views.  For example, I have had my images on one site and my most popular image has had about 200 views.  I just uploaded the same image to another site two weeks ago, and it has already had over 200 in two weeks.  So this shows me the traffic for each site.

Second, if an image is getting lots of foot traffic, then it will probably get a lot of sales as well.

Third, if I market myself in some way (by participating on forums, by creating a website with a link, etc), I can track how well that marketing will affect views (and ultimately sales).

« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2006, 03:21 »
i'm am not so concerned with the views, and actually never look at them.

I don't think you can compare tv's concern with viewers the same as a microstock image views.  To the tv people, a view is a sale.  They need views to tell the advertisers that 1,000,000 people viewed your product when watching that means you need to give me X amount of dollars.

For microsstock, a sale is a sale. not a view.


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