Just a quick post today to take a look at some stats from picWorkflow on which Microstock agencies are commonly used (and in what proportion) by microstock photographers. (using Google Docs interactive charts so if the spaces below are blank, wait a few seconds and refresh)
First up… the share of all picWorkflow accounts which have each agency configured and made at least one successful upload (ie. a valid contributor’s account).
Secondly… the percentage share of successful uploads to each agency across the entire picWorkflow upload history (December 2010 to June 2011).
- The ‘big 4′ (SS, FT, DT and 123) make up almost 40% of all uploads (roughly 80% of files sent to each one are sent to the other 3, though there wasn’t much point adding a chart for that).
- I’m surprised to see Canstock, Crestock and Veer ranking ahead of (or close behind) Bigstock on both charts, though this may be because Bigstock was delayed in being added to picWorkflow (which explains no ‘big 5′ here).
- Yay Micro and Graphic Leftovers have a LOT of uploads for a low configured rate, this seems to be down to a handful of former iStock exclusives distributing their entire portfolio’s there (their very quick submission made them highly attractive to former exclusives, and they’ve been showing good sales growth lately too).
- It’s great to see some of the smaller agencies performing well, though with 50% of all uploads going to only 6 agencies, the less established agencies clearly have to build more confidence to attract more photographers.
- iStock have a very low number of uploads compared to their configured-accounts mainly because of their upload limits.
- iStock’s position on the first chart seems low simply because of their high share of exclusive photographers (among whom picWorkflow is usually not used for distribution).
What do you think?