Marketing

The Blockchain Fairy Tale

By Jim Pickerell | 1094 Words | Posted 5/2/2018 | Comments
Blockchains are being touted as offering great future economic benefit for stock photographers. Photographers will be able to set the price for their work. No waiting weeks of months to be paid the photographers share of the sale. Once the image is licensed virtually 100% of the revenue will be transferred immediately to the photographer’s account. “Technology” has removed the need for middlemen and their costs. Blockchains will keep such great records on every transaction that consumers will be unable to steal without getting caught. Any unauthorized used will be immediately identified and the infringer will be pursued. Is it all really that good? Check out this story.

CEPIC Congress Coming In Berlin

By Jim Pickerell | 263 Words | Posted 4/25/2018 | Comments
It’s about a month before the 2018 CEPIC Congress, the premier annual meeting of commercial still and moving image suppliers, will take place from 30 May to 1 June at the Maritim proArte hotel in Berlin. Currently 250 delegates from 150 companies and 29 countries are scheduled to attend.

Growing Revenue In The Future

By Jim Pickerell | 1121 Words | Posted 4/6/2018 | Comments
The major stock agencies seem to have reached a revenue plateau. It is time to consider a major change in marketing strategy. There is a strategy that should be relatively easy to implement which could result in higher, overall revenue from licensing the same number of images.

Reducing Middleman Cuts

By Jim Pickerell | 1037 Words | Posted 3/28/2018 | Comments
Given stock imagery oversupply, and ever falling prices, in order to justify continued production of the type of images customers want to buy, professional image creators need to find a way to reduce, or eliminate, some of the middleman cuts.

Do Buyers Need Unique Images?

By Jim Pickerell | 1029 Words | Posted 3/13/2018 | Comments
Marketers are often told that the images they use in their marketing materials should be “unique” – whenever possible unique to their own business. In theory, that is one reason why so many experts claim that stock images are bad. But, is that true? Do most image user follow this advice?

More 2018 Visual Trends

By Jim Pickerell | 666 Words | Posted 3/12/2018 | Comments
I have been looking at some of the Visual Trends 2018 reports. I hope they are helping customers because I don’t think they are doing much for image creators. Take Getty’s trend report which evidently came out of the UK office. They say, “our Creative team analyzed 1 billion searches and 400 million imagery downloads on GettyImages.com, studied advertising trends, and examined pop culture shifts to predict three defining visual trends of 2018.

ImageBrief Closing Down

By Jim Pickerell | 619 Words | Posted 3/1/2018 | Comments
After six years of connecting advertising agencies and brands with image creators ImageBrief has announced that they are closing down their marketing services. Effective March 1, 2018 when photographers who have subscribed to the service login the only page available to them is the one where they may download information about their licenses. No other website pages are operational. No new “Briefs” will be offered.

Copytrack To Launch Global Copyright Register

By Jim Pickerell | 904 Words | Posted 2/20/2018 | Comments
Copytrack has completed its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) and will be launching a Global Copyright Register (GCR) this summer that will work in conjunction with their Global Copyright Enfocement services (copytrack.com). With their Presale and ICO they have a total of 8,600 investors who have purchased around 16 million tokens. The purchase of images found on the GCR will be tracked in a Blockchain and paid for using cryptocurrency tokens.

Getty Stops Keywording Images For Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 369 Words | Posted 2/15/2018 | Comments
Getting images into the Getty Images collection so potential customers might see them has just become more time consuming for image creators. As of February 9th, 2018 Getty has ended its practice of adding custom keywords to the basic list of words photographers submit.

ICL vs Plus Registry

By Jim Pickerell | 1472 Words | Posted 2/13/2018 | Comments
After I published my article proposing the development of an Image Creator Locator or ICL, several readers pointed out that the Plus Registry is designed to accomplish the same goal. See here for how ICL differs from Plus in its aims.

Pray Your Images Won’t Be Used Online

By Jim Pickerell | 1094 Words | Posted 1/22/2018 | Comments
If you want to earn more for the images you produce, and for there to be less unauthorized use, maybe you should be praying that your images won’t get used by customers online. For many this may sound like heresy, or at the very least, ridiculous. Doesn’t everyone want more people to see and use their images? Consider this analysis.

Blockchains Are Coming

By Jim Pickerell | 480 Words | Posted 12/22/2017 | Comments
Photographers and stock agencies may want to start paying a little attention to all the news about blockchains and cryptocurrency. Promoters say that blockchains can cut out some of the middleman costs and provide a more efficient and less costly payment system between image creator and buyer. With many cryptocurrency transactions it is possible to immediately convert the currency into green backs that can be used at any local store, or hold onto the cryptocurrency with the hope that it will increase in value.

Do All Google Searchers Expect FREE Images?

By Jim Pickerell | 588 Words | Posted 12/4/2017 | Comments
Jim Domke, creator of the Domke Camera Bag, recently commented about my Can Customers Find You article. He said, “Those searching for photos on Google or Bing are searching for FREE photos.” I disagree.

Entertainment Shooters Find They Don’t Need Stock Agencies

By Jim Pickerell | 636 Words | Posted 11/30/2017 | Comments
Given the low prices, royalty cuts and delayed payments, experienced entertainment shooter are finding they no longer need stock agencies – particularly microstock agencies. When a photographer shoots red carpet or other entertainment events all sales pretty much come the next morning, or not at all. Red carpet event photos have a VERY SHORT shelf life. The trick is getting your photos on the editor’s desk the next morning.

Tired Of Low Prices? Here’s A Possible Solution

By Jim Pickerell | 1068 Words | Posted 11/29/2017 | Comments
Tired of low stock photo prices? Maybe you ought to license your images to customers direct. More and more customers are finding the images they need by searching Google. Sometimes the image may be one of yours that is represented by an agency. You may be able to get these searchers to come directly to you.

GDUSA Stock Visuals Survey Results

By Jim Pickerell | 828 Words | Posted 11/1/2017 | Comments
The results of Graphic Design USA’s 31st Annual Stock Visual Reader Survey are now available here. Ninety-two percent of the respondents use stock photos, 72% use stock illustration and 41% use footage and animation. This is a must read for anyone trying to produce imagery that the market wants.

Why Do Customers Infringe Copyright?

By Jim Pickerell | 1578 Words | Posted 10/30/2017 | Comments
Photographers and agencies complain about Copyright Infringement. But, in many ways they make it hard for customers to discover who owns an image, whether it is one that needs to be licensed and how to properly license it. Most people in business will tell you that if you want to sell more products you need to make it easier for customers to find and pay for your products.

Customer Challenge: Delivering More Assets

By Jim Pickerell | 650 Words | Posted 10/6/2017 | Comments
Stock photo customers have a big problem. They need more time and they need to be able to operate more efficiently. Stock photo sellers could help. Check out how.

Future Of Aggregation Agents

By Jim Pickerell | 677 Words | Posted 10/4/2017 | Comments
Photographers placing images with agents that seek to license uses at higher prices ($100 or more), and generate a lot of their sales via distributors, need to think hard about whether such an approach is in their best economic interest.

Is The Customer Always Right?

By Jim Pickerell | 516 Words | Posted 9/27/2017 | Comments
In a speech at PhotoPlus Expo in 1998 Jonathan Klein told the stock photography community, “We also know that the stock photography industry has not historically focused on the needs of customers and, frankly, needs to in order to SURVIVE!, That is where we are now.” Getty Images developed a strategy that was totally focuses on "the customer," but it hasn't necessarily worked out.

Stock Agencies Focus On Custom Shoots

By Jim Pickerell | 1756 Words | Posted 9/8/2017 | Comments
Since 2012 ImageBrief has been helping image buyers submit briefs to photographers about their image needs. Now Shutterstock and Getty Images seem to be getting interested in offering their customers custom shoots. In June Shutterstock acquired Flashstock and in early July Getty introduced its Custom Content assignments program to Getty Images and iStock Exclusive contributors.

Hootsuite Collaborates With Adobe Stock

By Jim Pickerell | 400 Words | Posted 9/5/2017 | Comments
Hootsuite has announced a collaboration with Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Stock that will give its customers the ability to access, edit, distribute, and measure the impact of social content directly from Hootsuite, thus helping marketers get more value from their creative content.

Where Is Offset Headed?

By Jim Pickerell | 854 Words | Posted 8/15/2017 | Comments
Nobody seems quite sure what the future of Offset might be. Keren Sacks, the god-mother of Offset, left (or was let go, no one seems quite sure) last December and is now working as a “Visual Content + Strategy Consultant.”

Breaking The Composition Rules

By Jim Pickerell | 416 Words | Posted 7/20/2017 | Comments
Adobe’s Visual Trends predictions  for July talks about “Breaking the Rules of Composition to Create Thought-Provoking Images.” Breaking the rules is great for someone trying to create Fine Art, but do such images actually sell? Of course Adobe will be able to point to a few that have sold, but in general is it better to break the rules, or learn the rules and stick to them if you’re trying to produce images customers will to buy?

Unsplash: Can Those Selling Stock Images Compete With Free?

By Jim Pickerell | 1033 Words | Posted 7/19/2017 | Comments
More and more photographers are willing to give their images away rather than trying to earn some revenue from their use. Unsplash is one of many free sources for image. Can photographer who are trying to license rights to their images compete with the availability of free?