How Cool Is Microstockr? Well, If You're Into Microstock, Then, Very Cool
Let's chat stock folks! Specifically, microstock photo agencies and a great little analytics tool I've been using regularly – Microstockr.
Microstock Photo Agencies
Ok, so you probably know by now (those who are long time readers) that I do quite a lot of stock image photography, so I thought this article would help out others planning on going into this field or who already are and want a simple solution to tracking their work. An increasing number of us are submitting both images and video to stock agencies. However, no longer do we submit to just one agency and hope for the best, we spread our bets across multiple agencies. See what sticks, right? What might not sell at one library could possibly sell at another – so increasing your odds kinda makes sense. That brings us to one of the issues common to the internet age, keeping tabs on multiple accounts on multiple sites.
Stock Agency Websites – The Lowdown
Stock agency contributor websites range from simple and easy to use e.g. Shutterstock, with a simple to use interface. Some agencies are complex with many features and tools e.g. Dreamstime. Some will even email you when you have a sale, others, however, do not offer that facility. Until recently to get up to date information on your stock sales performance you would have to log into each agency. You would then need to navigate through to the sales page. Urgh, effort! Times have moved on a little and there are now some smartphone apps that can take the pain out of multiple logins. Today we are going to take a look at one such app, Microstockr. The reason we are looking at this particular app is because not only does it run on smart devices, there is now, in open beta, a fully fledged desktop version with a much deeper range of analytical tools. Let's start with a look at the smart device app.
Microstockr For iOS
The iOS version of the app is designed for iPhone and so has to scale up to be used on iPad. Note: It will only work in portrait format. It is both free and subscription based. The free version gives you access to a limited number of agencies. However, those agencies are some of the big players. These include:
To access the others such as Alamy, Pond5, and numerous others you can pay asubscription ranging from $2.99 for three months up to $9.99 for a year.