Alamy Launches New Look Website

Posted on 3/26/2013 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

Alamy’s new website is the latest step in the company’s efforts to improve the online experience for creative and editorial customers. The company has taken a phased approach to the site re-design and is initially launching with a new homepage, search results, image pop-up and lightbox tool.

The focus is on business as usual and they have aimed at delivering extra functionality whilst retaining the integrity of the user experience. They have added a ‘recent searches’ feature, introduced live news images into the search results and increased the size of the pop-up image by up to 100%.
Commenting on the launch, James West, CEO of Alamy said, ‘We have an ambition to become the number one choice for both creative and editorial customers and we’re making step changes all of the time to improve our offering  - from the ongoing investment in our site design, search and functionality, to delivering the best customer service in the industry. The new site reflects the true spirit of our brand and is aimed at connecting with a creative audience. We are currently focusing on the customer-facing elements, but we will be moving on to develop more tools and a better interface for our contributors’.

Alan Capel, Head of Content points out some of the advantages for contributors of the new design:
    Your images look even better and are displayed more effectively
      •    We are now featuring just one large image across our entire homepage
      •    We've uncluttered the search results page
      •    The lightbox functionality has been completely overhauled

      •    The pop-up image is now up to 100% bigger
    We've made it easier for customers to buy your images
      •    We've introduced simplified, popular RM pricing options
      •    We've made live news images easier to find
      •    The 'Best Of' search filter has been renamed to 'Creative'
      •    A 'recent searches' feature has been introduced
With over 35 million images Alamy has a reputation for its vast and comprehensive collection, with images sourced from a global network of over 30,000 photographers and more than 600 pictures agencies. The company has ambitious plans to grow its creative customer base, as well as deliver tailored services for its core editorial audience.

For those interested in the history and philosophy of Alamy and its connections to medical research and philanthropy check out this link. Also check out the comments of James West and Alan Capel on their blogs.

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

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