Is anybody selling video properly since 14th of Dec?

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tetsoo
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013 4:27AM
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January wasn't bad compared to December... It was terrible if you look at how much more content I do have compared to last year... I would prefer actually lower income per sale, but stable growth. 
http://wyszolmirski.home.pl/screen/screen/2013-02-01_1123.png - this worries me... Alexa trafic rank, blue is Istock, red is I guess you know who...

The very bad thing of exclusive here is that there are some non-exclusives that are creating cheap copies of our videos, same idea, same camera angles etc... and those videos sell on other sites pretty well... I guess it's time that if you produce high quality, creative content it might be better to be non-exclusive and have your content exposed in searches of all best selling agencies. Otherwise customers will choose cheap copies. 

First 2 weeks of photo non-exclusive were amazing... One of the other sites have great search engine that really promotes high quality content and it sells from the day 1. Here the content that is highly relevant, and sold well is all of the sudden burried in search... This affects us and customers (who won't waste their time going through several pages to find good content).

Very interesting, makes me think about my future too...
jjneff
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013 4:43AM
January was down over 50% compared to the same month in 2012. At this rate I won't have the choice to stay exclusive or not if things don't improve!
ScottNodine
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013 5:59AM
Just one 720p video sale in January for me.
beaucroft
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013 9:11AM
Not good here. December was my lowest month ever and January was not much better. Last month iStock returned 10% of my total stock sales.
Forrestbro
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013 10:18AM
Money wise, January was about average. Money was down some from the highs of 2009 and 2010 and actual downloads continues a slow decline. I sell about a third as many videos as I did in 2010. A little depressing when I consider that I've been steadily uploading new videos and have twice the number of videos as I did in 2010.

Compared to January 2012 this January was about 20% less sales, but I actually made a bit more money.

Compared to December 2012, the number of sales was about the same, but I made 15-20% more money.

The first and last week of the month were really dead, but I did pretty well in the middle of the month.

(Edited on 2013-02-01 12:53:24 by Forrestbro)
benjikat
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013 7:01PM
January was our 2nd worst month in the past 18 or so - only this Dec was worse - down to about half of what I was "expecting". I have to say the old exclusivity is losing it's shine.
BlackBodyRadiation
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Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013 6:45AM
only been uploading and selling since March, so its my first Jan...


it was ok, an improvement over Dec and Nov which were my worst


but not as good as Aug-Oct which were my best

EDIT : i kind of made a mess here... this is not a good advice, and a poor phrasing on my part. see my next comments to clarify what I meant. sorry for this. I didn't change or delete anything in this comment.
 


I started accounts in 2 other agencies, and am curently uploading there as well.


However, i'm not even considering dropping my exclusive account on istock.


i believe in small intelligent and evolving portfolios (still aspiring to one) rather than large mostorious ones,


and I don't mind uploading different files to different agencies. some of the work we do is complex and expensive, we would never think to put it in an agency who sells it (or other files next to it) for low prices. on the other hand, some agencies are only profitable if you have a huge cheap collection covering many popular trends and topics. 


there is value to a place who sells expensive, better selected and exclucive content...  like the 5th Avenue of stock footage... when times are harder it may suffer from H&M or Zara like resellers... but it never really dies, and eventually balances out.


I know I may be too new on here to offer advice,


but I think patiance and strategy may be better options than panicing out.


in other words, keep your exclusive here, and start building new collections on other sites, with content matching these site's picing in its complexity and cost.


 

(Edited on 2013-02-02 06:47:36 by BlackBodyRadiation)

(Edited on 2013-02-02 08:26:26 by BlackBodyRadiation)
ruchos
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Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013 7:05AM
BlackBodyRadiation - doesn't being exclusive here prevent you from uploading elsewhere? Even if different files?
BlackBodyRadiation
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Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013 7:43AM

@ruchos


 


from what i understand (and i find it quite complex) i don't know.


therefore I work with partners as a creative team. maybe should have written it in my previous post to make it clearer.


and maybe this advice is only good to people who can work in a group.


we don't even mix shoots and productions, stuff that is  made for istock is only uploaded here out-takes and leftovers are not re-used, as well as regents. its like having several completely separate operations and collections manged by different people who work together...


 


i think this doesn't brake any rule or contract section.


 
RoosterHD
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Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013 7:48AM
Posted By BlackBodyRadiation:

@ruchos


 


from what i understand (and i find it quite complex) i don't know.


therefore I work with partners as a creative team. maybe should have written it in my previous post to make it clearer.


and maybe this advice is only good to people who can work in a group.


we don't even mix shoots and productions, stuff that is  made for istock is only uploaded here out-takes and leftovers are not re-used, as well as regents. its like having several completely separate operations and collections manged by different people who work together...


 


i think this doesn't brake any rule or contract section.


 


Far as I know,  as an exclusive contributer you cannot upload to other agencies, unless something has changed.

(Edited on 2013-02-02 07:48:55 by RoosterHD)
RoosterHD
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Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013 7:52AM
Posted By BlackBodyRadiation:
only been uploading and selling since March, so its my first Jan...


it was ok, an improvement over Dec and Nov which were my worst


but not as good as Aug-Oct which were my best


 


I started accounts in 2 other agencies, and am curently uploading there as well.


However, i'm not even considering dropping my exclusive account on istock.


i believe in small intelligent and evolving portfolios (still aspiring to one) rather than large mostorious ones,


and I don't mind uploading different files to different agencies. some of the work we do is complex and expensive, we would never think to put it in an agency who sells it (or other files next to it) for low prices. on the other hand, some agencies are only profitable if you have a huge cheap collection covering many popular trends and topics. 


there is value to a place who sells expensive, better selected and exclucive content...  like the 5th Avenue of stock footage... when times are harder it may suffer from H&M or Zara like resellers... but it never really dies, and eventually balances out.


I know I may be too new on here to offer advice,


but I think patiance and strategy may be better options than panicing out.


in other words, keep your exclusive here, and start building new collections on other sites, with content matching these site's picing in its complexity and cost.


 

(Edited on 2013-02-02 06:47:36 by BlackBodyRadiation)

Yea, this doesn't sound right.
vesperstock
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Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013 7:54AM
Sorry but you quite clearly said, "I started accounts in 2 other agencies, and am curently uploading there as well."

You didn't say "we" or "our company" or even "my company". You said "I" and therefore declared that you are breaking the terms of your exclusivity contract here. It actually doesn't matter if you upload two different sets of content. Doing that negates your exclusive deal with istock.

"in other words, keep your exclusive here, and start building new collections on other sites, with content matching these site's picing in its complexity and cost."

You're suggesting that people ignore the terms of their contract with istock. At best, I think that would mean that you become non-exclusive here. At worst, I imagine they can throw you off istock completely.
BlackBodyRadiation
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Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013 8:10AM
@vesperstock


 


you are correct.


I did write it this way and I take it back. I currently have under my name only this collection on istock, and only recieve payment from it. not any other agency or site.


i also wrote in that post "some of the work we do is complex and expensive, we would never think to put it in an agency who sells it (or other files next to it) for low prices."


english isn't my first language and i certainly didn't mean it that way.


 


what I do with my partners outside of the specific collections i upload on istock has nothing to do with it.


 


I didn't think too much when writing that comment... I would like to clarify that what I just wrote here reflects my possition in a more exact way.


I also take back my advice. obviously I am too new here to give one smile.


 

(Edited on 2013-02-02 08:11:32 by BlackBodyRadiation)
vesperstock
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Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013 8:31AM
Your advice is fine apart from the keeping exclusivity while uploading elsewhere bit. Pick one and go with it. People have success following both paths. Honestly, I think the key to selling consistently is making work that's high quality and hard to replicate or just making so much good work that no-one else can keep up.

[edit: I called it "content"; I hate that description ]

(Edited on 2013-02-02 08:32:06 by vesperstock)
RoosterHD
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Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013 8:34AM
^^ If you are licencsing footage, that you own the copyright of, on other sites then you are in violation of the "artist exclusivity" agreement here. There's a difference between "artsit exclusivity" and "file exclusivity."  Correct me if I am misunderstanding you.

(Edited on 2013-02-02 08:38:22 by RoosterHD)
BlackBodyRadiation
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Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013 9:09AM

I don't think I am doing anything wrong or in violation, but I will certainly look further into it.


I own all the files I upload here, and don't upload anywhere else,


my work relationship with my partners, and what they do with files that they own are completely outside of this.


 


 


 
cobalt
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Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013 9:12AM
Although I had the free video of the month I didn't sell a single video in January. My portfolio is tiny and my files not that interesting...but I sold 6 files on other sites...so unfortunately I really don't think that going back to video exclusivity is an option.


Maybe if I had more model released video it would be different, but for what I do indepedence seems to be the best at the moment.

(Edited on 2013-02-02 10:39:54 by cobalt)
Purplevideos
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Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013 11:50AM

January was a bad month for me. 


$ were 36% down on January 2012, Dls were 51% down on January 2012.


This was my Worst month for DLs since March '08! That was my second month of selling with only a handful of files!


2 things I've noticed; the sales I've had have been earlier on in the day which suggests more sales to Europe and less to North america. It always used to be the other way round. I need it back to how it was


Also, I've been selling some really old files of late which suggests the BM for me is totally messed up.


Something is seriously wrong here. It's worrying.
martinlubpl
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Posted Mon Feb 4, 2013 2:52AM
what can i say? terrible month. jan'13 was 37% of dec'12 in $$, so there was 63% decrease in my earnings as i am exclusive here and i work for istock fulltime. and compared to jan'12 just 1% down. but in 2012 my portfolio more than doubled it was 68th month here for me and jan'13 was 55th BME for downloads and 28th BME for royalties. so not good, but second half of month was much better than first one so i hope it's getting better
piola666
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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013 1:26AM
it seems the BM has been superimproved, but if I make my search I have the impression it did not happen for videos...is it possible?
It's full of old old video in the frst pages, and also zero downloads ones, but not "the best".
Le'ts hope they improve it soon as happened for the photos!!!!
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