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jsnover

« on: September 11, 2008, 17:40 »
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http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/photo-news/stock-and-syndication/e3ic20afe7664ada9ef998a49b98b55f392

In this story it says that the technology VP who oversaw the creation of SnapVillage is gone...


« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2008, 17:58 »
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Hmmm...wonder if SV is going to bite the dust along with PSC.  What a disappointing day this has been!

« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2008, 18:07 »
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Hmm, somebody still working there. Today I got email from customer service that they got my DVD and will start reviewing my photos :-)

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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2008, 18:40 »
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Well, I wonder if he was the person who was responsible for the interesting beta approach they took for SnapVillage or if he was a great technical leader who was handcuffed by Corbis red tape.

helix7

« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2008, 23:38 »
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I had to stop uploading to SV a while ago, since I was making about $3 a month there. Still am, and haven't seen any signs of improvement. I wouldn't be surprised if SV went the way of LO soon.



« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2008, 13:03 »
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I had to stop uploading to SV a while ago, since I was making about $3 a month there. Still am, and haven't seen any signs of improvement. I wouldn't be surprised if SV went the way of LO soon.

Agree. I'm full of patience with people struggling to get from nowhere to success, but these guys had all the resources anybody could ask for, but still it's rather dysfunctional.

« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2008, 14:46 »
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I had to stop uploading to SV a while ago, since I was making about $3 a month there. Still am, and haven't seen any signs of improvement. I wouldn't be surprised if SV went the way of LO soon.

Agree. I'm full of patience with people struggling to get from nowhere to success, but these guys had all the resources anybody could ask for, but still it's rather dysfunctional.

I agree too with both of you.  SV would be doing very well (IMHO) if Corbis was really behind them 100% (in spirit not just financially).

ewk

« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2008, 14:54 »
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I just had my first sale at SV. This gives me a handy $3, enough to buy three waffles at lunch today. Ok, so now we know that SV can attract buyer(s). They have a few things going for them. Their uploading process is very fast (although they dont provide FTP batch uploads), they will keyword for you, you can set your own prices and they are owned by Corbis. This latter fact has baffled me for a while. Youd think they had the resources to shape up their web pages more than they have. Theyll have to step up quite a bit to keep afloat with iStock and the others dominating the game. Good luck to them; now Ill consider uploading more of my portfolio (at least I would if they had an FTP server, how hard can it be?).

lisafx

« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2008, 15:02 »
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I always thought Corbis went about entering the (overcrowded) micro market wrong.  They should have done what Getty did and purchase one of the established sites like DT.

Even someplace like Canstock would have been a better investment than starting from scratch.  At least they have a large image collection, functional website, and reviewing process and staff in place. 

If Corbis had bought an established micro, then all they would have had to do is spend some $ advertising it and I am sure the sales would have boomed.  No reason to have reinvented the wheel instead.

grp_photo

« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2008, 15:27 »
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I always thought Brian created LO just for that purpose :D
But Dreamstime had a too high percentage for contributors to fit for Corbis the 30% at LO was just the percentage they have now!

« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2008, 18:34 »
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Hmm, somebody still working there. Today I got email from customer service that they got my DVD and will start reviewing my photos :-)

Hi melastmohican -

Yup, though the company is undergoing some consolidation and realignment - we're still here and will remain so.  ;)
While Adam is leaving, this announcement doesn't change SnapVillage, or our long-term goals and direction.

...plus we've got some releases that we hope you'll like lined up for this fall - stay tuned.

- Brian (SV)

« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2008, 18:02 »
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SV is a bad joke. I had really high hopes when I heared Corbis is enterig to the MS marked. But the result is a bad joke, really. And we all know it and we all keep saying it... but noone has eyes or ears there at Corbis. I doubt they want anything serious with that pathetic SV, I can imagine.  ???

« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2008, 20:13 »
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I'm surprised everyone's so down on SV. Granted, my sales started off slowly but they've definitely increased steadily every month. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for SV and hope that Corbis decides to really invest in it long-term.

« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2008, 18:36 »
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Brian,

Can you please change the way you payout. There is a statement on your site that says you pay at the end of the month and then I read on other threads how its 45 days after the last blue moon or something like that. Corbis "regular" may do this but your direct competition does not. It would be greatly appreciated if this changed or least have someone in your IT to change the message on the site so it doesn't contradict you statements here. Nothing can make you look more like an amateur than not spelling out when contributors get paid.

« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2008, 18:48 »
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Brian,

I believe FTP uploading capabilities would bring a greater number of contributors.  I hope one of the upcoming "releases" is FTP uploading...

« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2008, 19:23 »
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I stand by my earlier comments that SV will soon close down or be bought by an outside entity. If Corbis is losing month SV must be hemorrhaging money. I look at SV's demise in the very near future.

« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2008, 19:36 »
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If Corbis is losing month SV must be hemorrhaging money.

Yes, but they do have a fairly healthy blood donor.

« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2008, 12:36 »
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Brian,

Can you please change the way you payout. There is a statement on your site that says you pay at the end of the month and then I read on other threads how its 45 days after the last blue moon or something like that. Corbis "regular" may do this but your direct competition does not. It would be greatly appreciated if this changed or least have someone in your IT to change the message on the site so it doesn't contradict you statements here. Nothing can make you look more like an amateur than not spelling out when contributors get paid.

Hi Zeus -

That's a serious discrepancy - clearly the cause for much confusion. I'll work on changing that copy.
The copy is incorrect - under our current system contributors are paid out 45 days following the close of the month in which they surpassed $10.

This fall we will be looking at the entire royalty payment system.The goal will be to streamline the process and hopefully, to shorten the payout cycle while still adhering to internal accounting policies. We've heard from several contributors who have requested a higher minimum threshold with a "pay now" button that can initiate a royalty payment at the contributors discretion.

What would you prefer? What would be the ideal royalty payment system in your book?

- Brian (SV)

« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2008, 12:46 »
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What would you prefer? What would be the ideal royalty payment system in your book?

Without question, a payout-on-demand system is my preference. Your 45 day waiting period is unprecedented in this industry.

For what it's worth, I think your $10 minimum payout is too low - something around $30 to $50 is normal for low-volume sites such as SV.

« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2008, 13:53 »
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What would you prefer? What would be the ideal royalty payment system in your book?

Without question, a payout-on-demand system is my preference. Your 45 day waiting period is unprecedented in this industry.

For what it's worth, I think your $10 minimum payout is too low - something around $30 to $50 is normal for low-volume sites such as SV.


A pay on demand is fine or auto pay is okay too. Once a month on auto pay with >$30. The 45 day holdback has to go. That just doesn't cut it on this side of the fence. Pay with with 15 days on auto pay, with 5 days on pay on demand.

« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2008, 21:03 »
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What would you prefer? What would be the ideal royalty payment system in your book?

Without question, a payout-on-demand system is my preference. Your 45 day waiting period is unprecedented in this industry.

For what it's worth, I think your $10 minimum payout is too low - something around $30 to $50 is normal for low-volume sites such as SV.


Agree, and add Moneybookers while you're working on this. My money is still ending up in the big nothingness called PayPal   :(

« Reply #21 on: September 16, 2008, 15:18 »
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Hmm, my reviewer got fired? When they got my DVD they reviewed couple pictures and stopped.

« Reply #22 on: September 16, 2008, 15:28 »
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Hmm. When I see my 10 top viewed images with 905 views total and 3 measly sales (and none for the last few months) I understand that this site will never do much for my bottom line. The good thing is that there's one less site to upload to.

« Reply #23 on: September 16, 2008, 16:50 »
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Hmm, my reviewer got fired? When they got my DVD they reviewed couple pictures and stopped.

Hi melastmohican -

Just sent you a PM with an update for you.

- Brian (SV)

« Reply #24 on: September 16, 2008, 17:16 »
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It's my coffee break now so I replied to both messages :-)

« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2008, 14:14 »
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What a cracking idea that would have been, it would have taken canstock from tiny to massive!

:)

I always thought Corbis went about entering the (overcrowded) micro market wrong.  They should have done what Getty did and purchase one of the established sites like DT.

Even someplace like Canstock would have been a better investment than starting from scratch.  At least they have a large image collection, functional website, and reviewing process and staff in place. 

If Corbis had bought an established micro, then all they would have had to do is spend some $ advertising it and I am sure the sales would have boomed.  No reason to have reinvented the wheel instead.

« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2008, 14:43 »
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I still think SV can make it if they fix the obvious problems with the site.  Downsizing our images isn't a good idea and they have said that they will fix that.  FTP has been promised but it is taking far too long.

They are doing much better than the other sites that have launched in the last 18 months but that isn't hard is it :)

I do hope they are serious and this isn't going to be another LO.  There is still the potential to be a big profitable site and they don't have to change too much to get there.  I feel that more people will start using microstock sites instead of Corbis, so they should be doing more to get SV going.  It is frustrating that this isn't happening at the moment but I am still hopeful.

« Reply #27 on: September 24, 2008, 17:16 »
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I'd like to return to the good ol' days when I was getting at least some sales from LuckyOliver. This Snap thing has been a fiasco.


 

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