31 Jan 2010 This Month in Microstock – January 2010
A new year and lots of new changes in the microstock industry.
Ellen Boughn Launched a New Blog
Industry guru and consultant Ellen Boughn launched a new blog on her website at the start of the month. Most microstockers are familiar with Ellen through her regular blog posts on Dreamstime. The site also includes details of her up-coming book: Microstock Money Shots.
PantherMedia New Website
Late in the month, PantherMedia announced significant changes to the customer-facing portion of their website including design, navigation and, most importantly, search. They also hinted that long-awaited changes to the contributor-facing portion of their website might be coming within a week!
Changes at Veer
Veer announced that they’re moving all Rights Managed content back to the Corbis website and will be integrating their microstock search results with traditional Royalty Free content. The ‘Veer Marketplace’ brand will no longer exist for customers, but will become the brand of the contributor interface only.
iStockphoto added to TinEye
Generating a high level of discussion, the makers of Ginipic launched their latest tool this month: Spiderpic, a microstock price comparison tool. Since launching they’ve added Alamy price comparison, creating some controversy over the massive difference in license terms between Alamy and standard microstock licenses.
Fotolia Reduces Infinite Collection Commission
Production companies contributing to the Fotolia Infinite Collection had their commission rates cut from 50% to 40% this month, though individual contributors remain at the 50% rate.
123RF Enters Editorial
Joining many other microstock agencies, 123RF announced they will soon be selling editorial images alongside their existing commercial portfolio. Submissions are open now and sales will commence shortly.
Pixmac Makes iSyndica their Exclusive Upload Facility
In an original and unexpected move, fast-growing microstock agency Pixmac announced they’ll be decommissioning their upload facility and using iSyndica as the sole upload mechanism.
More Logo Action with stocklogos.com
WebMediaBrands, previous owner of Jupiterimages/StockXpert is getting back into the user generated content market with the launch of their own logo store at stocklogos.com
New Year Updates
January brought out some agency reviews, looking back and looking ahead:
- Vivozoom launched a new blog (tagline: “blog posts you can trust”) with a review of sales progress over their year of launch.
- Cutcaster also provided a information-rich summary of the year 2009.
- YAYmicro provides sales statistics, encouraging contributors to be patient with steadily increasing sales growth