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joyze
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:21PM

New Editorial Content
We've been working hard on increasing our new editorial images collection over the last number of months. The traffic and buzz are growing, but we want to grow faster, and make the files easier to find.

New Content
Our product shots are already a great success for us. What we're quickly learning is that we need a much more complete offering to truly be competitive in the editorial space. In order to attract more of the non-creative users like media, publishers and bloggers, and properly assert ourselves in this marketplace, we need to add more traditional editorial content.

On June 9th we are planning to add a collection of news, location and entertainment images from Getty Images photographers. You're going to see unreleased images of famous people and iconic locations on iStock for the first time ever. By adding this content we hope to draw more attention from traditional consumers of editorial imagery.

At the outset we said we would be leaving politicians and celebrities to our colleagues at Getty Images and that is still the case. These images were all taken by accredited photographers who had the access and permission to obtain them. If you feel that you could obtain the kind of access and permission to shoot similar work, we encourage you to start the process of applying with the proper channels at Getty Images. You can get the ball rolling by sending an email to gettyeditorial@istockphoto.com.

There is still no plan to get into current, timely news – none of the new content we are adding will be more recent than 180 days.

These new editorial files will all be in a single contributor portfolio called EdStock. On a technical note, we will be dating these files so that our system recognizes their original creation date, and not the date they are uploaded to iStock. This is being done to ensure that these new files do not dominate our Best Match sort en masse.

LOBO ADDED THE Q & A:

Q&A:


1. How likely is it for iStock contributors to be accepted at Getty?
It really depends on the specific photographer. If one of our contributors has the skills and interest to work with Getty we will do our best to work with them to make it happen. It is really something that has to be addressed on an individual basis.

2. What is the price point of these images?
These images will all be priced at Exclusive+.

3. How many images will be added to iStock?
The goal is to add enough images to give iStockphoto an editorial collection that is competitive. For the first round, we will be adding approximately 7,000 images. More images will be added over time, however, at this point we don’t have specific numbers.


4. How are the images being selected?
The images are being selected by our content team and the Getty editorial team.


5. Why locations, when iStock contributors can shoot locations as well? How much of an overlap will there be? Will you stop accepting locations from iStock contributors?
We will still accept location shots from our contributors. The location images coming in as part of this content have been selected because of their specific subject matter or newsworthiness. In addition, the content will include images of some locations that our contributors generally don’t have the permission to shoot, even for editorial purposes.

6. Will we be allowed to submit similar images to iStock if we are accredited, or do these all have to go via Getty?


From a contributor point of view nothing has changed in terms of what you can submit. That means we will accept images of products, locations, and news imagery addressing ongoing issues. If you are interested in shooting celebrities or “breaking news” you would have to become accepted at Getty, at which point you would submit your images directly to Getty.

7. Are there plans to put iStock editorial content on Getty as well?
There are no immediate plans to do this, but if the editorial collection continues to do well it is something we would look at.

8. Will this new content be mixed into the regular BM, or will it be a separate collection?
The content will be treated just like any other content on iStockphoto and is not being given any special treatment.

9. Can we upload Sports and sporting events?
Due to the complexity that comes with Sports teams and sporting events, we're not able to accept those types of files at this time.

10. How will these files under the Edstock member name be credited?
They will be credited exactly the same as current iStock files are. So, it will look like this:
©istockphoto.com/edstock

More Q&A:


Lobo has compiled the following items that have been brought up in this thread. Below are some answers to those items:


1.  Keywords - We have a team of amazing keyword folks who are continuously reviewing keywords on our site. We'll be doing the same with the new Editorial content that is being added however it will take some time to go through all of them.


2. Titles - Titles that are included with Editorial content are event-based and are sometimes more broad then desired. We're going to be reviewing all of the titles to ensure they make sense. This will happen on an on-going basis and will not be immediate.


3. Placement in Search - These files receive the same treatment as all other Editorial files. The Edstock files do not weigh more over other Editorial content.


4. Quality of Images - JJ will be posting an answer to the quality question later on today, so please stay tuned

5. Content flowing from Getty to iStock faster than from iStock to Getty - We're aware there are a number of issues with the current Partner Program. We know there's a large backlog of content waiting to be sent over to the Partner sites and we're working hard to get it there as quickly as possible. We know this is painful for you and it's painful for us. I can say that we're working on a new process that will make things better and easier for you. I can't provide the details right now, but our goal is to make the Partner Program work more smoothly. For updates on the current Partner Program and for future information, please check here.

(Edited on 2011-06-15 12:19:31 by joyze)
jentakespictures
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:27PM

I'm sorry for being negative, but you're adding more non-iStocker content that will push ours back in the search results?  


I mean, I would love to join Getty, but unfortunately they've ignored all of my applications.  How feasible is it for new people to actually join Getty?  


And what will be the price point of these images?  How many of them are you adding to our collection? 
nkbimages
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:32PM
Editorial was the one area that istock contributors didn't have to compete with Getty/Agency.  I can not believe this!
jsnover
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:32PM
Not good news for iStock contributors.

Especially if you're allowing off site content here of a category we're not allowed to submit here (I understand you don't want to police the issues of permission and accreditation).

You can smother what's left of a fire by dumping too much wood on it. We have all sorts of pointers here, and on Thinkstock, Photos.com etc. to "didn't find what you want? Try Getty Images?". Never, ever a similar pointer on those sites back to iStock. And now - one can only speculate on why we're an attractive location for offloading content - Getty content moves here. And I'll bet there are still no pointers to "didn't find what you want? Try iStockphoto.com"

Bah humbug
jgareri
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:35PM
this makes no sense - the getty stuff should only show up when the editorial only filter is on, otherwise, this is B.S and another way to flood our searches with stuff no one wants to buy on getty
Joe_Potato
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:36PM
Hisssssssss...
cmannphoto
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:36PM
Posted By jsnover:
Not good news for iStock contributors.

Especially if you're allowing off site content here of a category we're not allowed to submit here (I understand you don't want to police the issues of permission and accreditation).

You can smother what's left of a fire by dumping too much wood on it. We have all sorts of pointers here, and on Thinkstock, Photos.com etc. to "didn't find what you want? Try Getty Images?". Never, ever a similar pointer on those sites back to iStock. And now - one can only speculate on why we're an attractive location for offloading content - Getty content moves here. And I'll bet there are still no pointers to "didn't find what you want? Try iStockphoto.com"

Bah humbug


I could not agree more. I noticed the pointers here and the lack of the same on Getty.


 
Gewoldi
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:37PM

I think it was the right decision to give away my exclusivity today. Just 30 days and i can look forward again.


 


Sorry iStock.
tirc83
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:39PM
How do you put a raging fire out? Start another one!
whitemay
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:40PM

"Dear %%MEMBER_NAME%%,"


Hmmm....
fstop123
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:40PM
Sign......
traveler1116
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:43PM
Posted By whitemay:

"Dear %%MEMBER_NAME%%,"


Hmmm....

Have you been reading my email?
gmutlu
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:44PM
It's not a surprise for me. All the contributors that made out the iStock a brand step back, Getty content is in your place.
IsaacLKoval
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:46PM
I think it's pretty clear what the future hold for istock now. Hello Getty being at the front of every BM search. 
jgareri
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:47PM
What Getty should understand is that people come here because they don't want Getty.  They want iStock.  They left Getty in the first place for that reason, now they will leave here too.
Maica
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:48PM
Why locations too? It's not like celebrities, anyone can do locations, we can an we do them as well so let is to us.
jsnover
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:49PM

Posted By whitemay:

"Dear %%MEMBER_NAME%%,"


Hmmm....


Looks a bit like things were rushed out, no?
lostinbids
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:53PM
Very disappointing.
cmannphoto
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:55PM
Posted By joyze:

At the outset we said we would be leaving politicians and celebrities to our colleagues at Getty Images and that is still the case. These images were all taken by accredited photographers who had the access and permission to obtain them.


What if we where accredited to shoot something, can we submit them to iStock by sending a copy of the credential or acceptance letter with the files?
toddmedia
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2011 2:55PM
After telling 'us' NO for all these months when it comes to New and Entertainment ... they let the Getty folks come play in our sandbox?

Do you feel like you've been slapped in the face?
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