Category Archives: technology

The value behind


The traditional image licensing business is a transactional one. Historically, the management of rights was considered to be an ongoing service, but with royalty free models eclipsing rights managed volumes, this is of little to no value for today’s image buyer. All value is wrapped up in the transaction: image rights and metadata are pre-vetted, and those are the most important and critical components to the product. Consumers are buying a license – not an image – and that license makes warranties of accuracy that assuages…

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Getty / Flickr calls it quits

Busy week for Stock photography behemoth Getty Images. After opening up half of its images to free embedding, making a partnership with EyeEm, they have now announce that they are terminating their deal with Flickr. What does this mean ? On an individual level, photographers from Flickr who have images on Getty will continue to be represented by Getty according to their agreement. However, Getty will not continue to mine Flickr for new photos or photographers.  Instead, they recommend Flickr users to pick up the…

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35 millions images for free

        It was just a question of time. We have repeatedly wrote here about how the current photo licensing model is broken and obsolete. We also explained at full length how image data collection and third-party revenue are the new gold mine. Getty apparently heard and is now applying. (If you want to read how it works, there is a great full explanation here) Getty Images announcement today that it has put 35 Million of its 80 million images up for free is…

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ellen degeneres oscar selfie

The selfie heard all around the world

The most seen picture of last night’s Oscars was not neither taken by a Dslr, nor a professional photographer and was not published (at first) in any publication. It was a selfie taken on a Samsung Note 3 by an actor and published on Twitter. If any one needed a confirmation of where photography is heading, last night was a prime example. Relegated to taking full length fashion shots behind barricades, or shooting the stage from a balcony, pro photographers were by far outclassed by…

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Vessel underway, possibly the training ship MERSEY

The content or the vessel

Photo app EyeEm announcement today that it will be opening an image licensing database made of photos submitted by its users brings an interesting though to the photo tech space. Considered by many as the gentle Instagram’s – its ToS does not attempt a copyright grab- it has managed to carve itself a respectable area in the very crowded space of the phone app with a sharing network. Being a free app, it is now trying to find a revenue model that preserves its photographer/contributor…

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Making money out of Social Media photography

How brands use photography on social media should be an indication on how to monetize photography on social media. By now, most of them are fully aware that having a presence on social media is an absolute must. Minimum, the big three, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Since the buzz recently has been strong about Pinterest bringing in the most traffic conversion, although not entirely correct, it has also joined the mix.  According to the CMO survey by Duke University companies currently spend 7.4% of their…

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Red Centre

The Future Is Content Marketing Through Photos

by Rey Flemings, co-founder and ceo of Stipple. We’ve never had access to reams of data like we have today – as marketers we should be thrilled. We can measure performance until the cows come home, and at times we do. Unfortunately, it’s made us myopic. Great Data, Wrong Medium We are so blindly focused on using “big data” to increase display advertising performance (by a percentage of two if we’re lucky) that we’ve forgotten a basic consumer truth – consumers don’t like ads. As…

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Twitter unveils it’s photo strategy

With the limited test release of its new user interface, Twitter is revealing that it is craving to become much more than your 140 characters text app. The obvious reason ? Text lead to poor engagement, photos – and videos – are much, much more attractive. Facebook knows that ( a photo on Facebook attracts 53% more likes than plain text), as well as Pinterest, Instagram and G+. Attracting users with text and a link offer poor results. A photo changes everything.  Already Twitter  recently…

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Google Booth


The next frontier in digital revenue is the yet untapped landscape of the millions of photographs uploaded and shared everyday. Photographs are considered by many to represent more than  75% of the internet real estate, yet no one has yet successfully cracked  its full revenue potential. With almost unlimited resources, both technological and financial, it is puzzling to see that even Google has not yet successfully monetized it. It is not for lack of trying. But its strategy, for now, has been more about herding…

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Exclusive : Getty Images new phone App

If you have been reading this blog, you already know that we strongly believe that the next big disruption to the pro licensing scene is already in your hands. Not so much because everyone has a camera and can potentially shoot ( nothing new here) but rather for its ability to put image buyers and sellers in direct contact around a specific need. The big change here is that instead of being an offer-first marketplace – where stock agencies create a large pool of images in…

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