M.Chapman

Alamy Financial Results for 2016 now available

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37 minutes ago, Brasilnut said:

I've noticed that some agencies (won't name them here) have started offering a bespoke service to clients where such clients publish a detailed brief and photographers bid for such projects. The agency acts as the intermediate.  

 

Perhaps this is a business model that would attract Alamy and also please clients. Any thoughts if this would be popular on here? Of course this would only work for traditional commercial stock and not editorial.

 

Seems to be the way the market is heading by offering clients exactly what they need in a time since many complain that it's exhausting having to dig through increasingly large (and irrelevant) search engines. 

 

Most of the Trads have always offered a personal service- but not with the additional complication of bringing the two parties together. Looks like a way of creating a lot of work for the photographer whilst driving prices down further.

 

Regen

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54 minutes ago, Brasilnut said:

I've noticed that some agencies (won't name them here) have started offering a bespoke service to clients where such clients publish a detailed brief and photographers bid for such projects. The agency acts as the intermediate.  

 

Perhaps this is a business model that would attract Alamy and also please clients. Any thoughts if this would be popular on here? Of course this would only work for traditional commercial stock and not editorial.

 

Seems to be the way the market is heading by offering clients exactly what they need in a time since many complain that it's exhausting having to dig through increasingly large (and irrelevant) search engines. 

 

It may be OK if the briefs are broad enough that you have a reasonable chance of selling the images elsewhere if they are not chosen. However, they can be so detailed that that possibility is negated. In which case it becomes an Uber gig open to all with no guarantee of payment. And customers dont limit themselves to one service.

P.s'je. They are useful as a bit of market research though.

Edited by funkyworm
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9 hours ago, M.Chapman said:

 

It does feel like "pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap" strategy. Then along comes a more efficient operator who offers better service at lower prices....

The current approach is currently helping Alamy to keep it's head above water, but it's having to paddle faster and faster. The fact that Alamy is surviving in a competitive market is good for us. But, before too long, I feel sure Alamy will need to drive down their costs.

 

OTOH The new search engine now seems to be working well and Alamy has a great diversity of images. :)

 

Mark

 

 

 

Perhaps it's more of a sinkhole than a mountain -- i.e. the bottom of the "pile" is continually giving away so it never really gets as high as the numbers suggest.

Edited by John Mitchell

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