Popular Post Doc Posted February 7, 2019 Popular Post Share Posted February 7, 2019 Hi all, As you may know we have a regular meeting for Alamy Photographers held in Cambridge every 3-4 months (To which anyone is always welcome!). Yesterday James Allsworth (Contributor Experience Manager from Alamy) drove over and joined us, and seven of us plus James had a very stimulating four hour discussion which started over Thai food in a local pub, and finished over coffee. James had been briefed with a load of questions from us and came fully prepared. - Question/Answer session: (This is my recollection from four hours of discussion in a fairly noisy pub! James - please let me know if there are any inaccuracies!) What does "Exclusive to Alamy" actually mean from the POV of maintaining 50% share and not having Alamy penalise you? Basically not having your images also for sale on any other stock site which takes any percentage for selling your images. It is OK to have images marked "Exclusive to Alamy" and also sell them from your personal website, put on social media, or sold for print use via Fine Art America. Alamy will penalise photographers who are found to be in breach of this. Why does Alamy keep supplying full size images for personal use/presentations and websites when much smaller files would be completely suitable? Very difficult to supply reduced size images and most people want max. size. When is Alamy going to produce an “Exclusive to Alamy” tab? Definitely coming as a trial in the near future How many contributing photogs/active contributors does Alamy have now? Alamy has 380,000 registered users. Of those only 90,000 have images on the site ( This was very surprising - 270,000 people have registered for Alamy and have no images for sale!), and of those 18,000 have contributed new images in the past 6 months Will Alamy produce a public statement stating that images which are exclusive to Alamy will not be placed lower in searches? No, but in practice they absolutely will not place exclusive to Alamy images lower in searches. Can Alamy find a way of blocking “presentation Use” like they can presently block “Personal use”? They will look at doing that if sufficient numbers of contributors request it. What is first change funded by 20% cut that contributors will clearly notice? The changes funded by the cut are essentially to allow Alamy to grow the business and hence make it more likely to survive and not be taken over. Alamy's annual income is substantially lower than that of Shutterstock and Getty, and they are able to spend large amounts on advertising/bringing customers in. Alamy needs to do more of this. The average gross income from a sale on Shutterstock is 35 cents; the average gross value of a sale on a sale on Alamy is $35, and this has been the same for the past 3 years. Re: Image Manager: Why can’t you search for an image by file name? You can so long as you leave off the .jpg at the end In Image Manager Can we have a tool to combine a search with a filter? Very difficult, as the search facility works on the library, and the Filter works within AIM In Image Manager: Can the tags be put in alphabetical order? Originally it did but people wanted proximity of the tags for eg. “New” and “York” to push it higher in the searches. They are looking at having a toggle switch in AIM to toggle alphabetical order for tags on and off, to make tagging the images in AIM easier Whats the state of play with Alamy ranking? Nothing like it used to be - many more factors now taken into account including which customer is searching and their previous search history, Can Contributors affect the order their images appear in searches? No can do - see above; generally the search engine supposedly brings newer images to the fore, but again influenced by many things A few other points: Last year was Alamy's best year for income ever The USA office brings in more business than the UK office It is important to continue to contribute new images as many clients often ask Alamy for newer images, and the search engine deliberately pushes newer images higher in searches Many larger clients do not even use the search engine themselves but simply contact Alamy's sales team and ask them to provide a list of appropriate images to a spec. There are no plans to start culling images on the basis of age/content/lack of views - Alamy will continue to accept all submitted images so long as they fit with the technical requirements and Alamys' rules In AIM, the "Categories" under the optional tab are mainly useful for the sales personnel at Alamy when they are looking for appropriate images for a client. New categories can be added by Alamy but they will only do so if they can be shown to be helpful to the purchasers Make certain, even now, that if your images are marked "Exclusive to Alamy" that they really are exclusive. For Live News, there is an "on-call" employee from Alamy Live News on a mobile 24 hours a day so if you have something which is newsworthy they can always be phoned I think most of us came away from the meeting feeling reassured that Alamy was likely to continue in its present form, that they were not "fattening up the calf for an impending sale of the business, and probably most reassured that Alamy continues to be trying to look after its' photographers and maintain good links with its' photographers We would like to thanks James Allsworth for taking the time to come to the meeting (a 5 hour round trip for him), preparing for it, and enabling us to put a face to the name. A final plug - the Cambridge Alamy Group regularly meets every 3-4 months through the year. Please come if you can - you dont have to be living in the area to attend. It is always good to meet new faces and exchange views over food and drink. Watch this space for the next meeting date! 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