I've been asking myself this for a few months. Since April things started goind really bad here, but anyway I've never had great numbers on Dreamstime.
I'm writing this beacuse I realized that today, in 24 hours, on another agency (a good agency, not a crappy one) I've had more sales than on DT in two MONTHS. One day vs two months. Is it all right for you? Not for me. I think there's something really wrong. Even low tiers perform much better in terms of sales than DT for me. If Dreamstime wanna be a top tier should think about this. I'm not a newbie, and my company manages to sell almost 100.000 images a year (and we started in january 18th 2011 as pros). Do you know how much of the total is DT? About 1,8%.
It's a pity that thing are going so bad here: I don't even consider DT anymore when i do statistics because it is nearly irrelevant.
We have put much effort into uploading here and we feel someway cheated. Personally, I'm really, really sad about this.
Are there any customers left anyway? It's a proper question.
Please be constructive while answering to this post. I keep thinking that there's something fishy going on against me and my company. 1,8% is just too ridicolously low compared to other agencies.
That's all folks, I hope this can be a civil discussion.
I leave you with a random image that I hope you enjoy.
I find lots of my images are rejected on DT yet accepted on other sites with open arms especially the abstract design areas. I have been on DT since March of this year yet have only 110 images approved out of 35 submitted weekly with only 3 being sold.I wish I could have more accepted and sold as DT is a wonderful site for learning as I am only an amateur and DT has taught me so much I am very grateful.
Well Esinel, DT for me has never been what other agencies are, so no big deal, sales were bad before and are even worse now, but it's not a great problem. What sucks is that I've been uploading with constance for a lot of time but to no avail. Indeed I'm not uploading anymore, just a few every month just to keep my AR high (100%).
I have been experiencing the same drop in sales as well..in Jan, Feb and March 2012 DT represented around 40% of my total sales, while in April, May, June and July 2012 sales have dropped and hardly reach 1% of all my sales! It's sad but DT is no longer what it used to be :(
I joined DT 40 days ago, on the same day as another microstock agency, and since then I've been gradually uploading practically the same photos on both sites. I don't want to express opinions but only facts: on the other agency I've made almost 20 sales so far, on DT only 1! My sensation as a newbye is that there is actually some problem here...
referring to the approvals I can't complain, my average approval (since 2010) is 84,7% and the one of July 93,90%.. I have had only very rarely issues with DT coz of approval and this was more at the beginning, nowadays when an image is not approved I already know beforehand why and sometimes I am even surprised that an image gets approved coz myself I don't see it that good, and I have to add that I am exclusive so that I am paid for every accepted image..
I think they (DT) are too picky in choosing images to accept. Another Stock agency I submit too has fantastic sales and they accept nearly everything I submit. I know there has been talk elsewhere of a possible DT collapse. I hope not, I am still a fan of DT. Hope they get their stuff together.
I looked backed at my stats from last year and June and July where my worst months last year as they are this year. I have only been with DT for 2 years so I do not have a long data stream to work with but it seems that summer months are not as good for micro-stock as other months. Something about Europe taking long vacations in the summer? If the trend continues as predicted my sales should pick up starting next month and continue to rise through the end of the year. We will see... My sales follow a predictable pattern, up from January to May, down June and July, up from August to November, down in December. It has been the same for the last 2 years in a row.
wish I knew what it was.. I have a small portfolio of 212 images but still only 15 sales and its really making me question being exclusive here as well. watching this blog with anticipation! I have had more accepted recently, and actually more sales in july, although with only 15 sales total that is not saying much.
I don't have anything to complain. I left exclusivity just 3 days ago and I am still selling the same numbers as before. Had great credit sales and if I were still exclusive this would have been my best month ever with over $150 (now at $139) for just 346 images. So no complaining here. I will still keep uploading to Dreamstime first before I upload to the rest. I am also a buyer and very pleased with Dreamstime. And since they have changed the search engine the results as from a buyers point of view are also MUCH better!
I started in March, and have 10 sales, and only 1 of them has been DT, and this was the site I was the most excited about. I finally was accepted into another agency (big one) and in the 2 days i have been a part of it, I have had 3 sales. I haven't been a part of DT for very long, but I have been focusing more on other agencies. I seem to be doing better elsewhere. I still hold out hope!
I know that it's summer, but even so I can't explain that ratio. I mean, if I did 100 sales and DT did 20 it would be ok, but we're talking about numbers lower than 2%... That must be something that doesn't work properly. Let's find out what it is.
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