30 Sep 2009 This Month in Microstock – September 2009

The microstock industry didn’t disappoint in September with action on all fronts: acquisitions, innovation and strategic maneuvering.

Shutterstock Buys BigStock

The big news of the month was Shutterstock’s acquisition of BigStockphoto. Contributor response to the announcement has been entirely positive and we’re all looking forward to seeing how BigStockPhoto improves their site and sales performance.

PantherMedia Microstock Subscriptions

PantherMedia launched new microstock subscriptions, one for small web use and one for large print use. They’ve dropped the daily part from the download limit so customers can download their entire monthly quota whenever they need it.

LookStat is Back

LookStat burst back on the scene with the announcement that they’re now doing keywording, uploading and submission in addition to their existing analytics services. It’s still a limited trial but interested parties can register their interest and LookStat will contact them with pricing information.

iStockphoto Warrants Images Too

iStockphoto rocked the market with the introduction of an image warranty, upsetting the microstock warranty innovator Vivozoom.

iStockphoto Announces Plans to Sell Logos

They also announced the pending introduction of stock logos as a media type. Logos will be sold in EPS (vector) format, sold only once, exclusive to iStockphoto, priced between 100 – 750 credits, and earn a 50% commission.

Fotolia Big Plans for Photoshop World

Fotolia announced a big presence at Photoshop World 2009 with Jack Hollingsworth shooting from their expo stall and conducting photo-walks on the Las Vegas strip. More details on the Fotolia blog.

Polylooks Launches in English

New German microstock agency Polylooks launched an new version of their website in English at polylooks.co.uk.

Microstock WordPress Plugins

It was the microstock month for WordPress plugins. Prominent German microstock affiliate, Amos Struck, and myself released the Microstock Photo Plugin for WordPress. It enables bloggers to generate microstock referral revenue from the images they use on their blog posts. Crestock also announced their plans to launch the Crestock WordPress Plugin to enable bloggers to post watermarked photos from Crestock with a link back to the photo specific page on the Crestock website. Crestock have made participation in the program optional for contributors but incentivized participation with a 5% commission boost on credit sales.

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