Posted Tue Jan 1, 2013 4:21PM
Video fellas, how was your December? And how was 2012 for you?
My DL numbers has been going down after September with December the WMotY. Very discouraging and disappointing, I have to say. It follows the general pattern of site issues and decreasing DL numbers on stills side.
2012 was my first full year in video, can't compare with '11. But the trend is not very positive.
Posted Tue Jan 1, 2013 6:12PM
December was a train wreck but up 10% on the year
Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013 4:17AM
December was only 40% of what the previous December was - by far the worst month of the year (it was our best month of the year for the previous three). Christmas sales were almost non-existant - I thought maybe noone wanted our Christmas clips - but despite few sales they are still high in BM, so perhaps a big chunk of buyers decided to go elsewhere Exclusivity is looking more and more tenuous an option.
(Edited on 2013-01-02 07:57:00 by benjikat)
Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013 4:18AM
No downloads again for me in December. Things were getting steadily better this year until September, then suddenly nothing.
Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013 5:10AM
There won't be many people with as few video uploads as myself. So, after two downloads in the whole of 2011, it was positive to receive at least one download on ten separate months in 2012. Given the nature of my subject matter, those downloads were focused around October.
(Edited on 2013-01-02 05:11:10 by Whiteway)
Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013 6:01AM
In December my video sales on istock halved and my video sales on shutterstock remained unchanged.
I have around 1000 video files and have not uploaded any new content for a while.
Was thinking of exclusivity, but not anymore.
Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013 6:12AM
Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013 6:48AM
Posted By OrlowskiDesigns:
Me 2012 year-end report.
Very detailed analysis. Thanks for sharing.
Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013 7:53AM
Crap, crap, crap. iStock did something at the end of summer 2012 to drive a whole bunch of buyers away. December was a disaster, second worst month of the year! Good bye exclusivity!
Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013 7:58AM
Thanks for sharing! Very cool information!
Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013 10:31AM
If you're talking about Istock only sales. Pretty poor.
Otherwise average with previous Decembers so OK.
over all we are 10% above 2011 sales.
Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013 2:19PM
December, WM since last December. However, 2013 income well up on 2012. Number of downloads still not at 2010 levels.
Continually amazed at so many video searches that bring back few results or even nothing on the site—and many also with fairly weak content if there's anything. Looking forward to exploring some of those niches in 2013!
Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013 5:28PM
OrlowskiDesigns, great wrap up. Thanks for sharing.
December was abysmal on iStock, about 40% of 2011 December. If its any consolation to those thinking of cancelling exclusivity most agencies suffered the same fate from mid December onward dropping in sales as the new year approached. Some still haven't recovered. Seems either the Fiscal Cliff or public Apathy, something slowed the entire Stock Media market as Ive never seen it before.
It may just be over supply with demand being flat but tons of new clips and images on offer. Pie gets thinner.
I'm optimistic for 2013 in the video market.
Posted Thu Jan 3, 2013 5:54AM
In December I had sales elsewhere and unfortunatly my "2013" video clips are still in the istock queue. I really need to upload much earlier here if I want to see sales. But I am getting spoilt by 24 -72 hour reviews elswhere.
Orlowskidesign, thank you for your detailed report. It confirms my current impression that unfortunatly istock is not growing market share in the video market. So I will definetly stay video independent for 2013.
Posted Thu Jan 3, 2013 8:32AM
Not selling much but i have not a lot of video. I've some waiting to be approved but it takes 2 month for non-exclusive ! Discouraging
Posted Thu Jan 3, 2013 9:32AM
I had better sales with much less videos. Maybe I should delete most of my collections
Posted Thu Jan 3, 2013 9:50AM
35% down from last year, or from my usual average.
Posted Thu Jan 3, 2013 10:20AM
The worst month of the year. I wonder if istock is doing or (planning to do) something to get thinks better.
Posted Thu Jan 3, 2013 11:09AM
Compared to 2011 overall earnings went down -24%
Compared to Dec 2011 royalties down -16%
December has been quite bad month both in 2011 and 2012
Posted Fri Jan 4, 2013 1:21AM
I started to do some analysis of my December stats, and it was a real shock (before a crash in Excel destroyed all the charts I had just made comparing Nov/Dec 2012 with 2011 and 2010) to see just how bad December 2012 was. My portfolio is heavily seasonal (about a third are Christmas videos), so December has normally been not just a BME, but a HUGE BME. Christmas downloads normally pick up gradually throughout November, then really take off around Thanksgiving, peaking in mid December, then decline, but stay strong through to December 24th. This time I had no reason to suppose things would be any different. I had added 83 new Christmas videos, most going on-line in early to mid November, which should have been perfect timing. They were selling well, although my older Christmas files weren't selling due to the BM favoring new files. By the beginning of December things were on track, my files were selling, the graph was heading upwards, and it was looking really good for a big December. But then December just started to get quieter and quieter. I looked for my files in the BM search and they were getting buried by newer Christmas videos (plenty of contributors uploaded their Christmas videos later than me). In past times of better BM, if my files had been selling well and were still quite new, they would have held good position, but instead they just got progressively buried by zero-download new uploads. It's not like the newer files were selling better than mine - most of them stayed on zero downloads, they were being favored just because they were newer. A BM change in mid December brought exposure back to some of my old Christmas videos, but caused my newer (but not new enough) files to be buried even deeper. In the end, December brought me fewer dollars and downloads then November. This was very unusual. In 2011 by comparison, December was 160% better than November.