I often mention Alexa Rank to make a comparison among microstock agencies, as
you can see in Stock Agencies page. In this post I want to show another tool
that can be used to follow the trends in the stock photo market, Google
Trends, that lets you compare the world’s interest in some particular
You can see how often they’ve been searched on Google over time. Google
Trends also shows how frequently your topics have appeared in Google News
stories, and in which geographic regions people have searched for them most.
First comparison, a big traditional stock agency as Corbis with the three
biggest microstock agencies (value 1 is referred to iStockphoto).
As you can see, in a few years the indexes are similar, after 4 years of fast
growth of the microstock business. Click on the image to see the full Google
Google Trends Corbis vs microstock sites
Second gr... (more)
NEW YORK, NY, December 22, 2009 – Fotolia is part of a handful of companies
that grew during the global recession, and this month, the online image
provider celebrates its fifth anniversary. During 2009, the company saw its
online library double to over 8,000,000 images and nearly 2 million images
were downloaded every month. Since December 2006, membership increased nearly
10-fold, with over 1.5 million people worldwide now signed up to the site.
CEO Oleg Tscheltzoff explains the secret to Fotolia’s success: “Sourcing
photos, vectors, and videos that are legal for commercial and ... (more)
Photo Metadata Conference “Using Metadata To Power Your Business”
9 June 2010 13.30 – 18.00 hrs Dublin, Ireland (Europe)
Sarah Saunders of Electric Lane will be speaking in Dublin at the IPTC
Metadata Conference on 9 June, about progress on the IPTC controlled
vocabulary project and about the new panels. Launched a new qualifier
approach to keywording which will should cut down significantly on ambiguity.
Check out http://www.phmdc.org/
This half-day conference will focus on business related best practices for
using photo metadata.
The results from a survey amon... (more)
ProStockMaster turns free with a brand new website
Starting from today, announced on a new restyled website, ProstockMaster
turns free. ProStockMaster is one of the first and most popular tools for
ProStockMaster is a free desktop software application helping to sell photos
online through stock photography agencies. Adopted by thousands of amateur
and professional photographers since its first launch in 2006, ProStockMaster
is the first of its kind application dedicated to ease the process of working
with multiple microstock and traditional stock photograp... (more)
Thinkstock Launches New Image Pack Subscription Service
Seattle, WA, July 9, 2010. Thinkstock, an image subscription site from Getty
Images, today announced the introduction of image packs. This new product
offers value-conscious creative processionals pre-paid access to imagery and
an even greater choice, value and flexibility in licensing imagery. Customers
can now choose to license 5, 25, 100 or 250 high-quality royalty-free stock
photos and vector illustrations from Thinkstock’s collection of more than
five million images.
Collections are sourced from the industry’s leading p... (more)