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« on: July 11, 2010, 21:29 »
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Hi All -

Were excited to announce the launch of a redesigned veer.com. Weve worked hard to roll out a new web site that offers customers a unified site with simpler navigation, better showcases more affordable content, and provides industry-leading payment flexibility. All designed to help you sell more. The highlights:

- Your images front and center:
Weve combined our entire collection into a single, powerful search experience that better showcases your content. Microstock images are no longer on the sidelines -- they are now integrated into a single search result side-by-side traditional royalty free imagery.

This is a key part of our strategy to make Veer.com more affordable and more appealing to a bigger audience of customers. To also make Veer more welcome to all kinds of imagey buyers, weve removed some of the industry labels that some customers may find confusing like premium, value, or microstock. We now show images with their corresponding prices right up front, and weve added new search filters allow users to quickly find the content that best fits their needs and budget whether its price range, resolution, or file type. 
 
- An uncomplicated shopping experience to attract more customers to your images:
Weve made the Veer home page beautiful and user-friendly with a big search box, gorgeous images made from elements that can be licensed on the site, and a clearer explanation of what Veer offers. We think its really going to draw new buyers in. We renamed the tabs at the top of the page, and added easier access to a new and improved lightbox, as well as a redesigned shopping cart. Were also showcasing a new tagline: Veer makes it easier to be creative with a combination of over 1.5 million royalty-free images and illustrations, over 12,000 fonts, and some of the best creative merchandise around, we think this tagline will resonate with both current and new customers.

- Flexible payment options help attract and keep customers
Customers on Veer have been able to use credits to buy Marketplace content from day one. But customers were limited to buying macrostock content on credit card or on-account only. Now all customers can license all of your content with either credits purchased in a credit pack, or pay directly with a credit card. We think this kind of flexibility is going to be a draw from big agencies that prefer credit cards for accounting purposes, to the smaller shop that appreciates the savings and pick-and-go convenience of credits. 

More on the removal of "Marketplace":
As we first started talking about earlier this year - as part of our shift to a site more centrally focused on affordable content - we've removed the term Marketplace from page copy. Its all just Veer now. Simple for us, simple for you, and most importantly simple for customers. Going forward we'll be referring to you as Veer Contributors. No more "VMP".  (hint hint Leaf - we'll need your help to change the forum name - soon)

In order to help keep things clear, well soon be renaming our contributor-focused Twitter account from @VeerMarketplace to @VeerContributor to reflect these changes. 


Go here for the full message:
http://ideas.veer.com/group/marketplace/discussions/149

If you have questions or comments not answered here or on our Veer Ideas posts - direct them to [email protected].


Best,

- Brian


« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2010, 22:11 »
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Good to see the commitment to improving the site.  If I see sales pick up for me there, I may resume uploading. (Though I'd like to know that the randomness and inconsistency of reviews, and the tendency to reject an entire batch at once, isn't an issue any longer.)  Best of luck!

« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2010, 23:22 »
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i guess all contributors had seen veer's effort to improve continuously, and good job to Brian who always pay attentions to forum communication.

rubyroo

« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2010, 02:38 »
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That's great.  I just did a search test and managed to find my images very easily.  Previously,  I struggled to find them and couldn't work out how buyers were actually buying the ones they did.  This looks much more straightforward.  Thanks for the update Brian.  :)

« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2010, 02:41 »
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Looks like good news but the only good news I really want is to see more $$$ in my account.  Hopefully that will happen now.  I was excited by Snap Village and Veer Marketplace, perhaps this will be 3rd time lucky?

« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2010, 04:50 »
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Brian,

will you be offering JPEG options for vectors? It has been like a year since you said "yes, it is coming in a future update!"

but still no sign of it...

« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2010, 04:55 »
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Hi Brian

To set in in context, I liked Snap Village and similarly Veer.

For an old dog like me stuck on windows XP the site is a lot faster, so that's great. More $$ would be great, but that's obviously your goal as well as shown by the site updates etc. Everything works well on there for me, and I have good expectations over the coming month's and years.

Primarly though, many thank's for your dialogue on this site which is greatly appreciated.

I'm no technical analyst or stat junkie, just someone looking for an outlet to sell his pictures who care's what the photographers think and has a good chance of showing results.

Good luck to you.

Oldhand

« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2010, 06:26 »
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Yay for the new Veer! I had my first sale for $1.75. Keep them coming!

donding

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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2010, 10:13 »
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Yay for the new Veer! I had my first sale for $1.75. Keep them coming!

Congrats Cathy...I hope I have the same luck ;)

donding

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« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2010, 10:45 »
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I have an isolated generic bottle of calcium in my port. I just did a search on a "bottle of calcium" in the low price range. It pulled up 324 photo's, but out of those not one of mine was in there. 90% of the search results were a bottle or glass of milk. I'm not real comfortable with their search engine since it didn't even pull it up. I noticed also that there are only 24 per page and it only showed 4 pages which is only 97 images, not 324. Anyone else noticed this or am I doing something wrong?

« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2010, 10:59 »
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I have an isolated generic bottle of calcium in my port. I just did a search on a "bottle of calcium" in the low price range. It pulled up 324 photo's, but out of those not one of mine was in there. 90% of the search results were a bottle or glass of milk. I'm not real comfortable with their search engine since it didn't even pull it up. I noticed also that there are only 24 per page and it only showed 4 pages which is only 97 images, not 324. Anyone else noticed this or am I doing something wrong?

Hi donding -

I did a quick check - looks like that particular image has the term "bottle" in the title, not in the keywords.
Titles are not included in search. Try searching on "calicium pills"or "calcium pill" and you should see your shot.

Let us know if you see any other bugs or search issues.

- Brian

donding

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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2010, 11:06 »
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I have an isolated generic bottle of calcium in my port. I just did a search on a "bottle of calcium" in the low price range. It pulled up 324 photo's, but out of those not one of mine was in there. 90% of the search results were a bottle or glass of milk. I'm not real comfortable with their search engine since it didn't even pull it up. I noticed also that there are only 24 per page and it only showed 4 pages which is only 97 images, not 324. Anyone else noticed this or am I doing something wrong?

Hi donding -

I did a quick check - looks like that particular image has the term "bottle" in the title, not in the keywords.
Titles are not included in search. Try searching on "calicium pills"or "calcium pill" and you should see your shot.

Let us know if you see any other bugs or search issues.

- Brian

Ok thanks Brian. Did you check out the other concern I had about the 324 search results but it only showed 4 pages with 96 images? The rest aren't on disk are they? Also is there anyway to go back and edit the keywords?

« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2010, 11:27 »
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I have an isolated generic bottle of calcium in my port. I just did a search on a "bottle of calcium" in the low price range. It pulled up 324 photo's, but out of those not one of mine was in there. 90% of the search results were a bottle or glass of milk. I'm not real comfortable with their search engine since it didn't even pull it up. I noticed also that there are only 24 per page and it only showed 4 pages which is only 97 images, not 324. Anyone else noticed this or am I doing something wrong?

Hi donding -

I did a quick check - looks like that particular image has the term "bottle" in the title, not in the keywords.
Titles are not included in search. Try searching on "calicium pills"or "calcium pill" and you should see your shot.

Let us know if you see any other bugs or search issues.

- Brian

Ok thanks Brian. Did you check out the other concern I had about the 324 search results but it only showed 4 pages with 96 images? The rest aren't on disk are they? Also is there anyway to go back and edit the keywords?

I'm seeing all 324 - at 100 images per page. Can you double-check the number you are seeing on each page?
Currently there is no way to edit keywords post-publish.

donding

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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2010, 12:55 »
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I'm seeing all 324 - at 100 images per page. Can you double-check the number you are seeing on each page?
Currently there is no way to edit keywords post-publish.

Now it is showing them all. Don't know what the deal was. I did count the ones that were displayed because it didn't appear to be enough images for the search result and it only showed the 24 per page and at the last photo it said "Next page of results". Anyway they are all showing up now so I don't know what the deal was.

jbarber873

« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2010, 13:59 »
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Brian-
   I have a shot of paint cans on the site. The keywords include  cans , paint and a bunch of others. When I search for paint cans, the shot is not in the results. When I search for paint, cans ( comma added ) it shows up. When i search for cans paint it shows up ( with or without the comma). What's up with that? I just want someone searching for paint cans to find it ( and buy it!)
image id#1524660

« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2010, 20:47 »
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is it possible to modify the keywords on existing images? (I cant work out how to if it is). I have a couple of thousand images where the keywords were destroyed by snapvillage

ie green tree frog, litoria caelura on a metal rail got re-keyworded to

eyes wildlife green nature trees sitting metals "Australasian tree frogs"

and

a litoria fallax, dwarf green tree frog on a leaf,  rekeyworded to

wildlife nobody trees leaves sitting little people "Australasian tree frogs"

I see a lot of searching for the phrase "Australasian tree frogs" :), some of them are actually pretty funny but probably half my images could be considered 'dead' with no hope of being found in the correct searches

« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2010, 21:32 »
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Hi Brian,

i found something unusual, the keywords of my images are seem to have reduced by reviewers? one images i only left with 6 keywords, and when i check the IPTC data is 12 keywords, and i won't submit an images with less than 10 keywords.

do you have an explanation of it? it happens to few images but i haven't check through every image.
« Last Edit: July 13, 2010, 07:36 by mtkang »

« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2010, 05:49 »
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Looks good but I also see that something strange has been going on with the keywords. I have an image (2052824) of two glasses of stout beer which has keywords like 'rice paddies' (probably something to do with Paddy's) but no 'glasses'. Another beer image has something similar with different strange words like  day and saints.  I have an image of a deckchair near a swimming pool. The word pool has vanished aswell as deckchair. Instead there are words like romance and emotions. And those are the ones I checked. I'm afraid of looking at the rest. What happened with the keywording? I would love to  be able to change the keywording but I would rather have it that my own keywording is applied as I entered it.

Another question is that I wonder what  makes the difference that some images have a price range of 1.50-11 and others are much higher in price. Some I made of the same object but they sell for twice the amount. Who decides the price range and is it something I could do to get them in a higher price range? Hope to hear from you and thanks.
« Last Edit: July 13, 2010, 06:04 by hofhoek »

« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2010, 07:32 »
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Bryan, I have a question and the answer might interest many. So I don't send it by PM but I'd rather post it here.

I have quite a few images rejected just for keywords and they "need work". As they were uploaded and submitted during the Dash for Cash period, will they still count for the program when I correct the keywords and resubmit? Or will the date of the resubmit be taken (obviously out of the program period).

« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2010, 07:45 »
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Hi Brian,

i found something unusual, the keywords of my images are seem to have reduced by reviewers? one images i only left with 6 keywords, and when i check the IPTC data is 12 keywords, and i won't submit an images with less than 10 keywords.

do you have an explanation of it? it happens to few images but i haven't check through every image.

I tried to check again, the keywords of images are completed if you see it under 'approved' images of dashboard, if you click the image and check the keywords through the member page, the keywords are not completed.

« Reply #20 on: July 13, 2010, 07:51 »
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Bryan, I have a question and the answer might interest many. So I don't send it by PM but I'd rather post it here.

I have quite a few images rejected just for keywords and they "need work". As they were uploaded and submitted during the Dash for Cash period, will they still count for the program when I correct the keywords and resubmit? Or will the date of the resubmit be taken (obviously out of the program period).

I was wondering the same thing.

« Reply #21 on: July 13, 2010, 08:14 »
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I also don't get the Keywording at Veer, example: image "Pigeons in the Snow" accepted with 38 keywords . . . .  on the site there are only 21 words, one of which  is the word "accord".  I have no idea where that came from or what it means in relationship to the image. Something esoteric maybe . . . . . . . .

« Reply #22 on: July 13, 2010, 10:14 »
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I check my keywords now before submitting.  It is a similar system to istock, some disambiguation is usually required and they sometimes don't have the more unusual keywords in their system. 

donding

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« Reply #23 on: July 13, 2010, 11:08 »
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I have an isolated generic bottle of calcium in my port. I just did a search on a "bottle of calcium" in the low price range. It pulled up 324 photo's, but out of those not one of mine was in there. 90% of the search results were a bottle or glass of milk. I'm not real comfortable with their search engine since it didn't even pull it up. I noticed also that there are only 24 per page and it only showed 4 pages which is only 97 images, not 324. Anyone else noticed this or am I doing something wrong?

Hi donding -

I did a quick check - looks like that particular image has the term "bottle" in the title, not in the keywords.
Titles are not included in search. Try searching on "calicium pills"or "calcium pill" and you should see your shot.

Let us know if you see any other bugs or search issues.

- Brian

Brian
We talked about the search of "bottle of calcium" and you pointed out the keyword bottle was in the title and not the keywords....well after all the posts here about the keywords I checked mine on this image. Under my dashboard the keyword bottle is listed. I wondered why I wouldn't have put bottle under the keywords and didn't check until I saw all these posts. That was why it didn't pull up under the search result.

« Reply #24 on: July 14, 2010, 03:52 »
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Brian,

will you be offering JPEG options for vectors?

I think most vector artists would be interested to know the answer to this question..


 

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