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« on: September 05, 2007, 11:54 »
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in a recent email, they now accept iptc

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Hi,

SnapVillage, the microstock marketplace empowered by Corbis, today announced support for IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council) metadata formats and XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform) files, making it easier and faster for photographers to incorporate data about the images they submit to the site. In addition, image searches have been modified to sort by Snappyness by default - photos appear in the order based on a photos quality, number of views and comments. The user-generated stock licensing site continues to enhance its overall site performance, uploading, and registration processes to focus on simplicity and ease of use.

With IPTC/XMP support, photo descriptions, keywords and other relevant data are automatically imported from the images to the Web site during the submission process. While contributors are not required to provide this information making the site one of the easiest to use photographers now have the option to add image data as they see fit. This is one of several planned enhancements during the Web sites beta period, and the company encourages its users to continue providing feedback so it can make positive enhancements and provide the best user experience.

In the coming weeks, SnapVillage plans to improve its image protection by including a watermark in the center of uploaded photos.

Since its beta launch in June, SnapVillage has experienced rapid growth adding more than 50,000 images for purchase on its site. If you would like to speak with an executive with SnapVillage for more information about recent milestones or Web site enhancements, please contact me at 212-445-8349 or [email protected].

Best,
Andrew


« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2007, 12:53 »
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Good news.  They do listen.  As soon as the watermark is improved, I will upload my portfolio.

grp_photo

« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2007, 15:54 »
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Looks a little bit like a private message to you as a forum moderator but thanks for posting  ;).
So www.webershandwick.com is doing the marketing/promotion for them i didn't know that i doubt they are cheap  ;D.
50.000 Images so they only need 40times more to keep up with istock,shutterstock and fotolia.
For me its obvious that they are willing to spend money but does this ensure success? I'm not sure about that but i really would like to see more serious competion to istock.

« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2007, 16:36 »
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i think i got the email just because i was signed up with them.  Thought i would post the info here in case not everyone is signed up there.

grp_photo

« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2007, 16:41 »
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I didn't get the message so far.I signed up with them very early and a good portion of these 50.000 approved images are mine ;D
I just wondered that they put a phonenumber and an emailadress which not belong to snapvillage or corbis in a normal contributor email.

« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2007, 17:38 »
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Well I'm not in a hurry to upload anything.  I think the way they have handled this launch has been poor.

And I keep asking myself whether any serious designer or publisher would sign up to an agency called 'snap'.

I keep thinking of a post I saw on the iStock forums from an exasperated designer - he said he has stopped visiting and browsing the other agencies because he is simply fed up with seeing the same images being displayed over and over again.  He's cancelled his accounts everywhere else because 'he can get all those images at iStock AND the exclusive stuff as well'.

As more and more agencies are launched, all attracting and displaying the same images at different prices etc etc, the greater the attraction of iStock's exclusive stuff IMO.

grp_photo

« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2007, 19:36 »
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Well Hatman thats just one Designer the world is big.
No doubt istock is still the strongest in this game but also no doubt they loosing overall marketshare and i hope in a few years  the difference between istock and the others is gone. I think snapvillage still needs two or three years to catch up with istock but i still think its possible though their start was a desaster  ;D

« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2007, 23:35 »
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There are a lot of photographers who don't upload to istock because there is no ftp and it takes too long.  There are a lot that have much bigger portfolios on other sites because the istock weekly upload limit is so small.

e.g Yuri Arcus has 4,670 and only 1,982 on istock.
iofoto has 9,094 on stockxpert and only 131 photos on istock.

Their portfolios are definitely worth a look.  There must be lots of others.

« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2007, 00:47 »
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that is a good point sharpshot.

the other agencies should really compete however and offer attractive exclusive image options.  Many sites DO have exclusive image options, but non of them are good enough to want to use it.

« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2007, 00:51 »
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I accept your points, grp and sharpshot.  Time will tell whether an agency has the aspiration and/or budget to compete with iStock, or whether there will just be more and more competition amongst those chasing the tail.

« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2007, 04:19 »
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For me, shutterstock is the best microstock company and has been way ahead of istock from the start.  Even if I compare the amount I make with the same size portfolio and if I went exclusive, IS couldn't match SS.  This is probably because IS has turned down lots of my best selling images on SS, because they couldn't find a point of focus on a background image or because they didn't think the photo was good for stock or it was an illustration.

So I have to wonder if snapviallge can compete with shutterstock:)

« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2007, 05:05 »
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i think i got the email just because i was signed up with them.  Thought i would post the info here in case not everyone is signed up there.

I am also signed up with them but I didn't get the email, SY

« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2007, 05:18 »
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i think i got the email just because i was signed up with them.  Thought i would post the info here in case not everyone is signed up there.

I am also signed up with them but I didn't get the email, SY
Ahh yes, I stand corrected :)

they sent it to the email address from this website :)  I am guessing the don't mind it being made public - perhaps it was a sort of press release.

« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2007, 06:38 »
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So www.webershandwick.com is doing the marketing/promotion for them i didn't know that i doubt they are cheap  ;D.

Want to know something interesting? Guess who else Weber Shandwick have as clients?

« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2007, 07:31 »
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hmmmmmmm.... search ... search...

microsoft?

I am guessing the $10,000 marketing bill snapvillage would recieve (or however much it is) would be a drop in the bucket to the regular charges to papa microstoft

snapvillage WOULD have a pretty good supply / demand chain through all the microsoft software there is out there... if they got them working together well.

« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2007, 08:20 »
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As soon as the watermark is improved, I will upload my portfolio.

Amen and same here. The watermark is really a top priority. Does anybody know about FTP?

« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2007, 08:24 »
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There are a lot of photographers who don't upload to istock because there is no ftp and it takes too long.

Agreed. I have about 200 at IS but I stopped uploading there a year ago because it's impossible for me on a crap 3-d world PC with 128MB. The Java uploader just makes my PC freeze for eternity. It's a pity they don't have FTP.

« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2007, 10:25 »
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Maybe Microsoft do, I don't know. But it's more exciting than that. It's another microstock agency!

Now you have to guess which one!

Here's a hint:  Who would be the most controversial, given **Corbis** own SnapVillage?

« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2007, 10:30 »
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IStock????  ??? SY

« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2007, 11:23 »
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Yep. The two largest stock photography companies are using the same PR firm for their microstock agency subsidiaries.

I know nothing about the PR world. Maybe it's normal for one company to be representing two competitors like this. I just thought it was interesting.

I asked Webber Shandwick about it, and they said they had different people working on the two accounts separately. The guy I spoke to, who was working on the SnapVillage account, didn't seem to be aware that his company also represented iStockphoto when I asked.

« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2007, 13:27 »
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Yep. The two largest stock photography companies are using the same PR firm for their microstock agency subsidiaries.
I can't see it being commonplace for two competitors to use the same advertising agency. This, to me, shows a lack of upper management diligence at Snapvillage.

« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2007, 16:24 »
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i am guessing snapvillage used them for advertising because they advertise for microsoft - they say they advertise for microsoft on their brag pageof who they represent.


 

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