Corbis Rethinks SnapVillage

Posted on 2/5/2009 by Julia Dudnik Stern | Printable Version | Comments (2)

For some time, observers have wondered about the apparent lack of traction of Corbis’ late-to-market microstock division SnapVillage. Apparently, so has Corbis: SnapVillage will be gone by the end of this year, to be replaced by a new product.

Today, the company told the press that it needs a bigger, better offering to achieve success in the microstock space. The new plan is to roll SnapVillage into a new microstock business on Veer, acquired by the Bill Gates-owned stock agency in 2007.

Corbis predicts that microstock will soon account for more than 25% of the overall stock-photography market, and the company is intent on taking a large piece of that market share. Veer’s industry-leading Web site, global customer base and its loyalty provide the ideal platform to rapidly build the company’s microstock business. SnapVillage’s assets—and knowledge gained from the experience—will be used to launch a microstock section on

Veer Marketplace will begin to invite SnapVillage contributors and customers to join over the coming months. Starting later this month, the Marketplace will offer single images. A full launch, anticipated mid-year, will bring contributor upload capabilities, credit-based pricing and subscriptions.

Copyright © 2009 Julia Dudnik Stern. 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


  • Dean Siracusa Posted Feb 5, 2009
    It looks as if SnapVillage will just become Veer Marketplace. Veer is owned by Corbis so it's not much of a stretch to realize that this is more of an organizational move rather than SnapVillage actually going away. It might actually be a good strategy. Veer has an excellent reputation for being independent and a renegade. And, changing SnapVillage to Veer Marketplace might be just the thing to compete with the other microstock choices out there.

  • Gildo nicolo Spadoni Posted Jul 13, 2011
    great, i look forward to more 2 figure

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