October Sales Thread

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amriphoto
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:44PM

Thinking about all the disadvantages one has for marketing ones images when being exclusive, it´s really time to rethink whether the advantages are still worth staying exclusive after months like October - November being even way worse.


It seems like iStock has been burrying its own grave despite all the warnings we gave you in regard to the update. Now we have to help you carry the can for the failures.
zoomstudio
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Posted Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:00AM
I see my RPD - royalty per download is lower since the prices in $$ started. How is it with you?
ryasick
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Posted Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:20AM
Posted By zoomstudio:
I see my RPD - royalty per download is lower since the prices in $$ started. How is it with you?


I thought that would be the case for me, but I calculated Aug ( BU - Before Update) and Sept and Oct ( after update months). Here's what I found: Sept was about .70 higher and Oct was .01 lower. So nothing really dramatic for me except for the HUGE drop in number of files sold. Both Sept and Oct were below Aug. A first for me in the 6 years as a contributor.


An alarming,disturbing,agonizing,stressful,dire and most unfortunate situation to be experiencing since this is my livelihood. Still hoping for an explanation from HQ.
slobo
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Posted Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:34AM
Posted By jjneff:
Just broke a new recored, No video sales for 3.5 days. I have a family to feed as well!!!!!

you mean no sales over long weekend (Saturday, Sunday, holiday Monday) and early hours of today?  I noticed slow sales today but this is October sales thread so I expect these posts to be deleted.
fotoVoyager
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Posted Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:26AM
Something is going horribly wrong.
hatman12
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Posted Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:05PM
The search is broken.  For many people a faceted search throws up pages of files with zero downloads.  Best sellers have disappeared. The keyword priority function has also stopped working.  This has been reported many times in the index and bugs threads.  It's been happening for over two months and is at least one reason why sales have dropped.  Customers cannot find files through the search.  No comments from HQ.  Istock seems unable or unwilling to acknowledge the problems and get them fixed.  My own sales have dropped, and today has been particularly bad.
courtneyk
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Posted Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:23PM
Posted By pjohnson1: 



iStock has changed the search criteria such that newer files are favored in a "best match" search.  



My sales are down by 25% compared to May of this year, despite moving up an RC level, and the downward trend apperas to be continuing.


If what is mentioned above is indeed true, this is very concerning and having been through many of istock's strategic changes, this is the first one I consider potentially catastrophic, especislly in the long term. Here's why:


1. As established and new contributors alike attempt to maintain their current income levels, they will need to produce a greater and greater number of files, which will inevitably lead to a dramitic drop in quality.


2. Buyers will be presented with these lower quality newer files first, and sales will begin to decline as they look to other providers for higher quality, or equivalent quality but cheaper imagery.


3. Over time contributor incomes will inevitably fall due to consitently falling RPI's and current high value exclusive contributors will begin to look for ways to supplement their incomes which may lead to a substantial drop in exclusive istock content, depriving istock of one of its key competetive advantages.


I don't mind regular tweaking of the BM, as this is required, but I think this particular change could result in istock losing its position as industry leader.

(Edited on 2012-11-13 20:01:42 by courtneyk)
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Posted Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:36PM
Posted By hatman12:
The search is broken.  For many people a faceted search throws up pages of files with zero downloads.  Best sellers have disappeared. The keyword priority function has also stopped working.  This has been reported many times in the index and bugs threads.  It's been happening for over two months and is at least one reason why sales have dropped.  Customers cannot find files through the search.  No comments from HQ.  Istock seems unable or unwilling to acknowledge the problems and get them fixed.  My own sales have dropped, and today has been particularly bad.

I quite agree!
The revised Best match search has been a big problem. 
LeeAnnWhite
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Posted Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:09PM
This may not belong here but cue the spooky music...I just NOW, this evening had a sale show up from Sept. 21st on my stats...but my account balance didn't change.  Just all of a sudden there was a new file showing with a sale in my portfolio that hadn't been there before.  I initially noticed it because the image was showing in my "most popular images" section on my portfolio page and I was like OH I got another sale - but then my balance was the same as this morning.  So I went to check it out & it said it was downloaded on Sept. 21st - but previously I only had 1 measley sale for the entire month of Sept. after the great upgrade - and now I have TWO showing in my Sept. stats.  But so do we think I already got credited for the money somehow since my balance didn't change?  I mean, there for quite awhile the total sales number didn't match the account balance figure so is it just the stats just now catching up to the finances??
Frogman1484
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Posted Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:29PM
Im starting to see my sales trending back to the pre september update. I must add that i do have a small portfolio and that it does not take many sales to change my performance, but currently i'm starting to get a download almost every day again. 
zoomstudio
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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:29AM
I don't mind regular tweaking of the BM, as this is required, but I think this particular change could result in istock losing its position as industry leader.

(Edited on 2012-11-13 20:01:42 by courtneyk)

This has already happened
pjohnson1
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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:04AM
Posted By courtneyk:

Posted By pjohnson1: 

I just went and checked my recent sales..... nearly all posted within the past 2 years.  When I emailed Kaylene at contributor relations, she pretty much confirmed that iStock is not promoting in BM anything older than 2 years old.



iStock has changed the search criteria such that newer files are favored in a "best match" search.  




My sales are down by 25% compared to May of this year, despite moving up an RC level, and the downward trend apperas to be continuing.


If what is mentioned above is indeed true, this is very concerning and having been through many of istock's strategic changes, this is the first one I consider potentially catastrophic, especislly in the long term. Here's why:


1. As established and new contributors alike attempt to maintain their current income levels, they will need to produce a greater and greater number of files, which will inevitably lead to a dramitic drop in quality.


2. Buyers will be presented with these lower quality newer files first, and sales will begin to decline as they look to other providers for higher quality, or equivalent quality but cheaper imagery.


3. Over time contributor incomes will inevitably fall due to consitently falling RPI's and current high value exclusive contributors will begin to look for ways to supplement their incomes which may lead to a substantial drop in exclusive istock content, depriving istock of one of its key competetive advantages.


I don't mind regular tweaking of the BM, as this is required, but I think this particular change could result in istock losing its position as industry leader.

(Edited on 2012-11-13 20:01:42 by courtneyk)
vkbhat
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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:37AM
Posted By hatman12:
The search is broken.  For many people a faceted search throws up pages of files with zero downloads.  Best sellers have disappeared. The keyword priority function has also stopped working.  This has been reported many times in the index and bugs threads.  It's been happening for over two months and is at least one reason why sales have dropped.  Customers cannot find files through the search.  No comments from HQ.  Istock seems unable or unwilling to acknowledge the problems and get them fixed.  My own sales have dropped, and today has been particularly bad.


I totally agree with this. Search is surely broken and it is affecting all of our sales on an individual basis but still IS might meet its expectation.For example, if you search by a keyword "sawtooth mountain" and see what are the first three files in BM which is totally irrelevant to the keyword. Is this supposed to be the way BM should work? Who should be blamed for this? I see a great shift in BM from about 10 days ago and I can see a drastic reduction in sales as a result. Adding to this all E+ files have been pushed so much down in the searches, they almost stopped getting dls. IS has strongly urged us to add our files to E+ and now they are not talking anything about it. 

(Edited on 2012-11-14 15:10:17 by vkbhat)
fotoVoyager
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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:51AM
I put all my best images in E+ and now they're effectively excluded from the search results. This is proper sh1tty behaviour iStock.
matthewleesdixon
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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:29PM
I would like an explanation, is this a broken best match or a deliberate shift away from E+?
dynasoar
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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:27PM
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/I haven't got many files in E+ and my figures are still shocking. I think it's a perfect storm of factors: a BM that favours new files (or is broken), poor site functionality, price hikes, competition from other libraries etc.


What's frustrating is not knowing what's causing the sales drop making it impossible to try to take measures to counteract it, the lack of info the HQ gives the impression of incompetence at best and a deliberate strategy to drive people to give up exclusivity and miss their RC targets at worst.


I'm just glad this isn't my main source of income...  unfortunately it looks like it never will be.
jpsdk
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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:03PM

In other words. You are in a ghost ride with a company who does not tell you about the price of the ticket and where the ride is heading.


 
pjohnson1
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Posted Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:45AM

If you would like to know how much iStock cares about all of these concerns, I would direct you to this "forum" on Best Match search:


 


http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=334835&page=1


 


Basically they are saying, "We are doing what we think best and contributors need to shut the hell up."
sodafish
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Posted Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:06PM

I don't know what happened in september, but I find it quite concerning


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Posted Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:45PM
Posted By sodafish:

I don't know what happened in september, but I find it quite concerning


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My 2012 sales graph looks almost identical to yours.  My sales fell off a cliff at the end of August.
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