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

Microstock Money Shots - Book CoverIndustry 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

Action is heating up in the image index space as Idee Inc announced the inclusion of the iStockphoto and Photoshelter portfolios in their TinEye image search engine.

Spiderpic Launched

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
  • miklav
    Posted at 17:45h, 17 February Reply

    While Corbis is large, their presence in microstock segment remains less than modest. Snapvillage has never been a success, and so far Veer marketplace doesn’t take off either.

    Although Corbis used to be ahead of Getty in number of licensed images, Getty’s revenue is several times higher. Unlike Corbis, Getty does adopt actively to microstock. Whether they do it actively enough time will show. I wonder where both these giants will be in several years.

    “It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” (Darwin)

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