In this economic turmoil it's sad that the end consumer is usually the one taking the biggest hit especially when talking about sacrifices. When most countries and world economies expect positive growth, it's not the best time for a race to the bottom. We at Dreamstime are looking at today's competitive landscape and are worried about contributors being sacrificed for the sake of accelerated growth. Microstock is already a powerful industry and it is the acknowledged mainstream of stock photography these days. It has already had a fantastic growth.
We're announcing a new promotion via our referral program that is directed to these competitive changes. Although it's a small gesture, butterfly's wings are sometimes everything required.
We've been always fans of our contributor base and beyond. Agencies' strategies and policies need to be well prepared in the best interest of all parties. The entropy will continue to increase in any universe (physics, mathematics and beyond). Mundane everyday updates or long term strategies need to keep this in mind in order to avoid chaos.
Sorry for the long message, here are the details:
1. Every exclusive-elsewhere member that starts to upload to Dreamstime will receive the upload bonus that we award to our exclusive photographers:
$0.20/approved image. This goes into effect today and ends November 15. All you need to do is email us the link that shows you are an exclusive contributor elsewhere and your account with us. On November 15 we will count your uploads and will award the bonus for all accepted files.
2. Same offer applies to exclusive-elsewhere members that have disabled images on Dreamstime. They will receive the upload bonus for all newly uploaded files (not for enabling the disabled files though). Naturally, these re-enabled files will gain their previous search placement and price level, so they will enjoy much better sales and royalties than from new uploads.
3. We will award the 10% share of the bonus+future earnings to all members referring such users (you just need to include your referral's username in your email or use it at registration time). Additionally, existing members who will motivate exclusive-elsewhere contributors to re-open their Dreamstime account (should they already have one), will be awarded as their referral users. An email to support is all that is needed. We've been bombarded with emails about disabled files. If they appear in your Disabled files section, you can enable them. If not, it means they were deleted and you need to re-upload.
These may seem as small things but that's what the butterfly effect is about. Generating big changes from small ones. Referring 10 users will bring the same revenue as it would from your own Dreamstime portfolio. We expect a hig number of submissions and the best 4 months of the year. We've seen a significant increase of activity for our referral program in the last two days so you better start sending your links to your friends.
Depending on the impact, we reserve the right to end this promotion sooner.
New contributors, you can review our royalties structure here:
Have a fantastic fall everyone, welcome to Dreamstime!
Later update: We will allow contributors who email us to start uploading without having their files online. They will be able to respect the terms of the contract but will get their files reviewed and enjoy the bonus.
I see a problem for those of us already here, though: a whole bunch of very talented photographers with very successful portfolios flooding the site will mean a smaller piece of the pie for us. Won't it? We can't assume, though, that all iS buyers will also cross over.
Quoted Message: I see a problem for those of us already here, though: a whole bunch of very talented photographers with very successful portfolios flooding the site will mean a smaller piece of the pie for us. Won`t it?
it is a brilliant decision! Unexpected for some market plyers - but really well-timed and giving a good choice for exclusive contributors of the other wellknown agency, And what is the most important - a very good opportunity to strengthen DT.
So, since I have been a faithful contributor for several years, i don't get an upload bonus? Are you going to import sales statistics as well, so that these exclusives get higher sales rank right away? I understand that you want to lure some heavy hitters away from other places, but don't forget those who have been here all along, keeping the quality of DT topnotch.
Quoted Message: So, since I have been a faithful contributor for several years, i don`t get an upload bonus? Are you going to import sales statistics as well, so that these exclusives get higher sales rank right away? I understand that you want to lure some heavy hitters away from other places, but don`t forget those who have been here all along, keeping the quality of DT topnotch.
Moving exclusive contributors from the other wellknown agency to here will effect more sales to all contributors of DT - you will gain also.