"Ask James" Is Back At Alamy

Posted on 9/18/2013 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

Alamy is soliciting questions for the next installment of it’s popular “Ask James" feature. Between now and September 23rd contributors can pose questions to James West, CEO of Alamy.  He will answer as many as possible in one or more 10 minute video sessions.

The previous installment at the end of June was a big hit. James dealt with many photographer concerns and didn’t attempt to sidestep the difficult issues.

Those who want to ask a question are asked to check the previous installment to make their question hasn't already been answered and then fire away in the comments section via the forum, via email, or via twitter using the hashtag #AskJames.

If you've got Alamy specific questions that's great, but why not use this opportunity to ask about other areas of our industry? Where does James think things are going? What are the best ways to maximize sales potential of your photography? What's on trend right now? You really can ask him anything but try and keep it within the subject of photography.

Check out some of the questions that have already been asked on the Alamy Blog.

Here are a couple questions I hope he’ll have time to answer.

1 - Back in 2008 when you were doing quarterly reporting you were licensing about 200,000 uses per year. You acknowledge that prices have gone down, but you’re licensing more uses. How many uses did you license in 2012?

2 - What percentage of your licenses are for prices under $25 ($12.50 royalty)? [In analysis I’ve done of some Getty contributors around 25% (with one month as high as 40%) of units licensed were for prices under $25. This doesn’t include the subscription sales made through Thinkstock where many of the images from iStockphoto and Gettyimages.com can now be found.]

Copyright © 2013 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of www.selling-stock.com, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to: http://www.jimpickerell.com/Curriculum-Vitae.aspx.  


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