Twice now I have been contacted by a buyer who has come across one of my photos and wanted to purchase it to include in their blog. Both times I replied that my photos were available for purchase on dreamstime, included links to the photo page - the purchase credits page - and the registration page all including my referral number. Neither of these times resulted in a sale - or even a registered user.
These were buyers motivated enough to find my website and send me an email with the photo title they wished to buy. So what happened that they didn't even register? One explanation would be cost, but again - these were motivated buyers.
It got me thinking about the casual buyers interaction with our buying process. Is requiring them to register and purchase a package of credits (which they may not use all of - and which takes a bit of time to understand size/levels/packages) too much of a burden for the one-off buyer? Is there someway to capture this business - and possibly convert it into repeat business at a later date?
Most retail websites I use today allow a me to purchase goods as a registered user or a guest. What if we offered the same choice to unregistered users coming into the site? Maybe list a "Buy Now" price in $$'s alongside the credits - which could be adjusted according to size and photo level - and a check-out page to gather payment info.
I have no idea the effort to implement something like this (does some of this functionality exist for timelineimages.com now?) - but I wanted to put this suggestion out to see if others have had the same experience - and whether you think it would be worth exploring. Thoughts? Karen
I also think this is a good idea. People who would normally be put off by having to buy a package could by a single photo. This hopefully would increase the credit sales. (as they are rapidly decreasing) Dt would be getting more for the image as well as the contributor. The buyer would not waste money on credits he doesn't need. and everyone is happy!
There can't be a fast answer to this, as it needs to be discussed. Our buying plans are based on a business model that has proven its success until now, and every new addition needs to be calculated deeper.
However, we do take note of suggestions, and if it makes sense, businesswise, we are flexible enough to implement them. Thank you!
Sounds like a good idea if DT gets an option to contact this buyer at a later date with special offers, newsletters and things like that (unless the buyer opts out during purchase) especially when the photographer is also the person who is making the sale happen.
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This is a really good idea! Simple is always best ...
Also, I have one suggestion. For subscription set maximum download size - medium. From the large size of the image above (+ TIFF) for download, just sell them for credits or money (BUY NOW). It would be good for photographers, because most TIFF images are sold for subscription for very little money. Please your feedback, thanks.
Yes! I'm agreed i have lot of good files who get only views and subs sales. I look my statistic for December... its really bad for me from 1 DEC to 11 DEC 2013 33 sales revenue $34.14 RPD $1.03 ................. Yes i have sales but 80% are subscriptions 0.42$ where is new subs for 2.20$??? buyers buy my files as .EPS and .TIFF for 0.42$ I'm designer and i spend 1-2hours to made ONE good file(to made project and rendering time) So that level system is good but for credit sales... I have files lvl 5 and revenue is the same like this on lvl 1 for subscriptions ---> 80% chance to get 0.42$ :( That unmotivated me to pay 5 hours of work to upload 3 new files who i wait ONE WEEK to accept and one month to get may be 1-2 sales...) And i have other question why i got 65% accept ratio my files are good...(i pay a lot of time to made file with maximum quality to get good sale) and in same time DT accept too bad files(traced vectors) from other users like this: ID 28063008 , 27927910 and 35709443