Microstock Statistics – May 2016
After a little break in April, here comes in May a new record both in terms of downloads (almost 10% more than the previous record of last month) and in terms of revenues, grown even by over +50%, thanks especially to an impressive array of single downloads on Shutterstock.
Fluctuations in revenues due to special downloads are pretty random, but anyways the great leap forward in terms of licenses sold undoubtedly denotes an excellent state of health of my images portfolio. By the way, historically the month of May is usually a good month for me, mainly due to the fact that my portfolio is made up with 80% of travel and holidays photos. The massive increase of my images online in the past few months has led to an even better result with the approach of the summer season, when particularly the travel blogs, as well as travel agencies and even online magazines, use my images to accompany articles regarding tips and reviews on the most important tourist destinations. Here are some of my major bestsellers of recent weeks.
Also my portfolio continues to grow: over 1,800 new approvals in May, with growth of +5.5% compared to April, and a total that exceeded 35,000 files online..
Talking about the performances of the major agencies, below the summary of the May statistics:
|An extraordinary month for Shutterstock, which as usual highly impacts on my overall performance: best month ever with regard to downloads (+9% vs April, which by the way was the previous record). Absolute record also in terms of revenues, almost doubled compared to last month. It also grows the portfolio, with about 200 new approvals (+7% vs. April) and a total of nearly 2,700 files.|
|Exceptional month also for 123RF: in this case I had a new record of downloads (+49% vs. April) and revenues up by more than 27 percentage points. After unlocking a few hundred files under review for several weeks, the portfolio returned to grow in May, with an increase in online works by about +12% compared to April.|
|In good recovery Depositphotos, after a rather sluggish month in April. Downloads grew by about +10% and revenues by about +15% compared to the previous month. The portfolio increases by +6% vs April.|
|Stable May for iStock both as regards the licenses sold that as regards the revenues (the latter decreasing of -3%). The portfolio grew by only 4 percentage points.|
|Back to grow Fotolia, which scored the best month ever with regard to downloads, doubled compared to the lackluster April. Very well also the revenues, up by more than +40% over the last month. Still in progressive growth the number of files online, with an increase by about +9%.|
|Very bad instead Pond5, which results are even worse than in April. Downloads and revenues halved compared to the previous month, with a growing portfolio of only 3 percentage points. Still very long times for the review of new files.|
|Still a positive month for Dreamstime, growing another 30 percentage points with regard to the licenses sold and scoring the fourth best result ever in terms of revenues. All this without big movements about the images online, substantially at the same level of April.|
|Small signs of recovery from CanStock, although it was not difficult given the poor results of the last months. Both downloads and revenues increase, despite the portfolio is stable.|
|Double speed for Bigstock: equaled the record of licenses sold in January 2016 (+8% vs. April) but revenues were down approximately -18% from the previous month, a sign of a greater influence of sales in subscription. The portfolio grows slowly: +3% new approvals compared to last month.|
Below the charts with the top 5 agencies for downloads and for revenues. After the surprise from Colourbox in the last month, the Top 5 of downloads comes back populated by the usual agencies. On the revenues side, Dreamstime comes into Top5.
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