Middle of May already… this month is flying by fast. And so far things are mixed. ShutterStock sales are down, A LOT. RevoStock is normal with only 2 sales, which is still dismal. No more sales at MediaStock, things seem to have slowed down there. But Pond5 is off on another run towards Best Month Ever (BME).
My sales reports each month are based on sales from the 1st of the previous month to the last day of the previous month. Most agencies also do their accounting the same way. Pond5 is the only one that pays on the 15th and can actually post sales on the 15th that will get paid out the same day. So “pay periods” range from the 16th of each month to the 15th of the next month. Using that criteria, I just got my “Biggest Payout Ever (BPE)” from Pond5 yesterday. And in fact, it’s the third consecutive BPE for Pond5. And I’m at 41 clips sold for the month, so I could end up with another consecutive BME there. I don’t know what they are doing different than every other agency, but I hope they keep it up.
RevoStock sales are still pretty dismal, but with 2 sales so far this month I’m on pace to match last month’s sales. The GREAT news is that Revo has revised their pricing structure to be even more flexible, allowing artists to price HD clips as low as $10 and as high as $65. The $65 top end is still a bit low, but the $10 low end should encourage more animation sales since that’s the most competitive part of the market. The new pricing goes into effect on Monday, May 17th. So I’ll be busy re-pricing a whole bunch of clips to match my prices on Pond5. We’ll see if that was the reason why sales on Revo are so low.
ClipCanvas also restructured their pricing to be more competitive, but it’s been excruciatingly difficult to update prices on their web site. The submit process is among the simplest in the industry, but if you want to change anything on a clip already in your portfolio, their process is really difficult to use and does not support any form of batching. It’s gonna take me forever to fix my prices there. With the exception of the initial submit process, ClipCanvas has a very unfriendly artist interface.
We’ve had tons of storms here in Kansas the past couple of weeks with more rain and storms projected over the next week or two. So I can’t do much filming outdoor and both of my indoor sessions got postponed because of the weather. Gonna try again this week. I’m also headed to Nebraska this coming weekend and the weather there is supposed to be fantastic, so I’m looking forward to shooting a lot of footage there.