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Author Topic: Did the pandemic change how contributors upload? Not as much as we thought!  (Read 6954 times)

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« on: September 22, 2020, 05:28 »
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We ran the numbers for 2019 and 2020 and realize that the pandemic has impacted contributors and agencies in different ways as we thought. Read here to see the numbers:

https://www.stockperformer.com/blog/are-contributors-uploading-less-since-the-pandemic-started/

What do you think? Is it what you expected?


« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2020, 06:12 »
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To me the numbers look pretty much exactly like what I expected.


Also, I feel like all of this doesn't weight in the change in royalities on Shutterstock, which might have a bigger effect on how much people upload than a pandemic. Many people stopped uploading to Shutterstock or uploaded less because of the lower royalities, not because of Corona. At the same time a lot of contributors told people to switch over to Adobe, which many people did, as you can see from various forum entries.  I think that's a major factor in contributors' upload behaviour as well.
« Last Edit: September 23, 2020, 13:50 by Firn »

MxR

« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2020, 06:47 »
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within a couple of years the covid photos will turn into millions of allergy and contamination photos. A niche is closed.

Chichikov

« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2020, 08:10 »
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Yes, now I use mask and gloves to upload

« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2020, 11:24 »
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Fantastic to see SS falling behind AS for newer content. Serves them right. Who wants to upload stuff only to see it get (much less than) 15% come January?

« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2020, 07:40 »
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The trend dates back further than the pandemic. We were told it had to do with changing inspection standards. Less gets accepted.

Does that make sense?

« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2020, 07:54 »
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SS changes how i upload... reducing my number of upload per day to zero due to new stupid rates.

But even before that, when pandemic starts, as illustartor i was not able to produce more because my pre-pandemic rate of production already was as high as possible.

2015-2016 i can upload spending not full time and get a pretty decent income, but after that in order to get a decent incoming i need to spend more and more time on illustrations; they really graduallty mades me to work full time to them without being able to realize about it...

Tenebroso

« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2020, 08:14 »
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With so much competition, the Agencies decide who sells and who does not. Clients can find you, but Agencies can also work to find their clients that file they are looking for, that they know where it is and that the normal client cannot find.

Freepik grants benefits to its Ambassadors, that is, if the Agency is spoken well on social media, they are supposed to appoint you as Ambassador. The benefit of being an ambassador is that the Agency gives more visibility to the portfolio if you are an Ambassador.

It is not about quantity or quality, the market is so aggressive between agencies and among collaborators themselves, that agency promotes good ideas from collaborators. Enhancing the competition of that particular possible niche.

Agencies sell what Agencies want to sell, regardless of the fact that in the end, a client can find you. But, it is likely, that I will have to spend more time finding you if the Agency has you with a red or yellow traffic light.

If you are looking for a red light bulb, in an office. And in the search, pumpkins appear, it is likely that the Agency understands that this specific pumpkin must have maximum visibility. Before any search, or be similar to 100% of all the images that a client looks for this month. The pumpkin that they are going to offer will appear to each client, this affects the sale of that specific pumpkin, although there may be others of higher quality, commercial, modern, .......

« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2020, 22:30 »
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To me the numbers look pretty much exactly like what I expected.


Also, I feel like all of this doesn't weight in the change in royalities on Shutterstock, which might have a bigger effect on how much people upload than a pandemic. Many people stopped uploading to Shutterstock or uploaded less because of the lower royalities, not because of Corona. At the same time a lot of contributors told people to switch over to Adobe, which many people did, as you can see from various forum entries.  I think that's a major factor in contributors' upload behaviour as well.
'many people'? right - what % of total SS contributors or images? you keep forgetting what an inbred audience this is (forum entries as a measure of actual buyers?)-  rather a tiny proportion of SS contributors which had little effect on SS new images or sales

look at the sales figures being reported here - a small sample, but none been showing any major drop on SS compared to other agencies. in particular none showing the majpr bpost to AS that was predicted.. what do you have to support your claims other than wishful thinking

« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2020, 22:34 »
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We ran the numbers for 2019 and 2020 and realize that the pandemic has impacted contributors and agencies in different ways as we thought. Read here to see the numbers:

https://www.stockperformer.com/blog/are-contributors-uploading-less-since-the-pandemic-started/

What do you think? Is it what you expected?
pretty much - a drop in SS and AS most likely due to coronavirus, then an uptick in following months as all the world except trump-infected US started to recover. the AS drop along w SS can't be explained by any boycott
« Last Edit: October 05, 2020, 18:50 by cascoly »

« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2020, 04:33 »
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But don't you see a trend on SSTK before the corona virus? Isn't it due to stricter acceptance criteria?

« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2020, 06:12 »
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Funny. i am really out of the survey on this one. my uploads are less than half regarding 2019.
The way i see it: more contributors join during pandemic. old contributors are doing less uploads.

« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2020, 18:51 »
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But don't you see a trend on SSTK before the corona virus? Isn't it due to stricter acceptance criteria?

stricter?

« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2020, 09:06 »
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yeah, i mean rejecting more files than they used to?

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2020, 10:10 »
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We ran the numbers for 2019 and 2020 and realize that the pandemic has impacted contributors and agencies in different ways as we thought. Read here to see the numbers:

https://www.stockperformer.com/blog/are-contributors-uploading-less-since-the-pandemic-started/

What do you think? Is it what you expected?

If you put the same data on a bar graph with the same scale the view would be more relevant. What I mean is the graphs are not scaled the same and if they were, and side by side, all three on one, that would be very interesting?

For example, we could see if AS went up when the boycott started on SS and if anything actually changed at IS at the same time?

I think the different scales on the graphs is kind of visually deceptive, even if not intentionally.

« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2020, 05:43 »
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Your idea is very good and I will work on a graph and get back to you!

« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2020, 13:57 »
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With so much competition, the Agencies decide who sells and who does not. Clients can find you, but Agencies can also work to find their clients that file they are looking for, that they know where it is and that the normal client cannot find.

Freepik grants benefits to its Ambassadors, that is, if the Agency is spoken well on social media, they are supposed to appoint you as Ambassador. The benefit of being an ambassador is that the Agency gives more visibility to the portfolio if you are an Ambassador.

It is not about quantity or quality, the market is so aggressive between agencies and among collaborators themselves, that agency promotes good ideas from collaborators. Enhancing the competition of that particular possible niche.

Agencies sell what Agencies want to sell, regardless of the fact that in the end, a client can find you. But, it is likely, that I will have to spend more time finding you if the Agency has you with a red or yellow traffic light.

If you are looking for a red light bulb, in an office. And in the search, pumpkins appear, it is likely that the Agency understands that this specific pumpkin must have maximum visibility. Before any search, or be similar to 100% of all the images that a client looks for this month. The pumpkin that they are going to offer will appear to each client, this affects the sale of that specific pumpkin, although there may be others of higher quality, commercial, modern, .......

I've been working my ass off keywords and descriptions, trying to make buyers see my pictures and you tell me agencies hide me and play favorites to sell what they want to sell? How does that work? How do I become a favorite so they sell me.


 

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