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Seasonal Trends

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Microstock photographers face a slowdown in sales during the Northern hemisphere’s summertime, or so I hear. I’m assuming the drop is due to a decrease in search and download time and an increase in beach and feet up time. For me, I seemed to have had a drop in the last quarter of last year, however I’ve not been doing this long enough to be able to report on any trends.

For those of you who have been, I’m curious to know about monthly trends. Which months are good for you, which months are not? With the knowledge that there could be less eyes in front of screens during summer, do you upload less and wait for September before unleashing your work to newly invigorated buyers? Do any of you see a drop in sales towards the end of the year, maybe due to dwindling yearly budgets? I’d be interested to hear of your observations on seasonal trends.

I’ve made three simple polls, the first two you can give more than one answer. Thanks for answering and I look forward to seeing the results.

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  • Jim Pickerell
    June 12, 2009

    You can't necessarily base your estimates of what will happen in the summer of 2009 on what has happened in previous summers. The market is changing and the trends may be changing. Take a look at this story: http://www.jimpickerell.com/articles2/article-view.asp?id=2057 A huge percentage of the top 124 iStock photographers have seen sales declines in the last three months. Here are their numbers: http://www.jimpickerell.com/articles2/article-view.asp?id=2056 If it is happening to the leaders, what is happening to everyone else? Jim Pickerell

  • Microstock Posts
    June 21, 2009

    Around about the time I posted this blog and for a few days after, I was having lots of sales. I was beginning to wonder if talk about the summer downturn was just talk. However, now I'm really seeing the effect. With the exception of Shutterstock, where I'm still getting sales although to a lower degree, elsewhere I haven't had a single download for 9 days. Hello, is there anyone out there!

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