Monday, December 15, 2014

Adobe to Acquire Fotolia

Acquisition to Deliver Vibrant Image and Video Marketplace for Creatives Worldwide

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Dec. 11, 2014 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Fotolia, a leading marketplace for royalty-free photos, images, graphics and HD video, for approximately $800 million in cash. Fotolia will be integrated into Adobe Creative Cloud, providing current and future Creative Cloud members with the ability to access and purchase over 34 million images and videos, significantly simplifying and accelerating the design process. The acquisition of Fotolia cements Creative Cloud’s role as a vibrant marketplace for creatives to buy and sell assets and services as well as showcase their talent to a worldwide audience. Adobe also plans to continue to operate Fotolia as a standalone stock service, accessible to anyone.

“The acquisition of Fotolia will reinforce Creative Cloud’s role as the preeminent destination for creatives,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe. “Creative Cloud is becoming the go-to marketplace for the creative community to access images, videos, fonts and creative talent, through critical creative services like Fotolia and our new Creative Talent Search capabilities.”

With over 3.4 million members, Adobe Creative Cloud features the world’s leading desktop tools, an array of complementary mobile apps, training content, creative assets and services and ready access to a dynamic community. Creative Cloud is transforming how creatives find inspiration and deliver their best work -- and the value of Creative Cloud is increasing all the time through product updates and new capabilities like Creative Talent Search. Following the completion of the acquisition, Adobe expects to integrate the delivery and purchase of stock assets into Creative Cloud.

“Becoming part of the Adobe family is a dream come true for the Fotolia team and will accelerate our vision to become the best place for artists to build a business and the ultimate destination for designers to find stunning creative work,” said Oleg Tscheltzoff, founder and CEO of Fotolia.

Founded in 2004, with offices in New York, Paris and Berlin, privately-held Fotolia is owned by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., TA Associates and management. Fotolia currently operates in 23 countries and has websites in 14 languages.

The transaction, which is expected to close in the second half of Adobe’s fiscal Q1 2015, is subject to certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The potential financial impact to Adobe of this transaction is not reflected in financial targets Adobe has previously provided, or new targets disclosed as part of Adobe's financial results, released on December 11, 2014. Until the transaction closes, each company will continue to operate independently. Upon close Fotolia CEO, Oleg Tscheltzoff, will continue to lead the Fotolia team as part of Adobe’s Digital Media business.

For more information on Fotolia and the creative community, see: http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2014/12/building-a-vibrant-marketplace-for-the-creative-community.html

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure

This press release includes forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, including risks and uncertainties related to Adobe’s ability to successfully integrate Fotolia’s stock content service into Creative Cloud. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including statements regarding: the ease of use of any future Adobe stock content service, the functionality of the service’s commerce system, plans for integrating the service into Creative Cloud and other anticipated benefits of the transaction to Adobe; the ability of Adobe and Fotolia to close the announced transaction; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. These risks, uncertainties and other factors, and the general risks associated with Adobe’s business, could cause actual results to differ materially from those referred to in the forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to Adobe and are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, individuals should refer to Adobe's SEC filings. Adobe does not assume any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements or other statements included in this press.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.





Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The world’s largest online stock photo agency Alamy today announces exciting new features for its successful mobile app Stockimo


• The app now includes popular web tool IFTTT, a brilliantly simple way to help users optimise work flow and save time. E.g. ‘any picture I upload to Flickr also upload to Stockimo’.

• Users can now upload news imagery straight to the Alamy live news feed and get their images in front of global news outlets, broadening Stockimo’s appeal to another strand of the photographer community.

• The app now has a ‘customer likes’ feature, which gives live feedback on which images are popular with customers - what they like and what they’re buying.

• The latest release also includes helpful information if an image is rejected.

This will be the 3rd edition of the app following initial updates in the summer to introduce social media sharing and enhanced captioning and tagging tools.

Alan Capel, head of content: “This new release takes Stockimo to a new level. It’s a direct response to ideas and requests from our creative and insightful user base. Stockimo makes sense to its users because it's in sync with the changing landscape of mobile photography.”

Alamy is a technology led business so its emphasis has been on developing a user focused app. Stockimo downloads continue to grow month on month, powered by word of mouth across the photography community. The Stockimo app has recently been shortlisted as a finalist in the lifestyle category of the ME awards.

In just 9 months the Stockimo collection has reached 95,000 photos and is on target to reach 100,000 by the end of the year. Rachel Wakefield, head of sales, says: “This style of candid photography is extremely sought after, so the Stockimo collection has been welcomed by all our customers. Adding live news will boost the collection and have a special appeal for our editorial customers.”

About Alamy:

Founded in 1999, Alamy revolutionised stock photography by creating the world’s first open, unedited collection of images. With over 50 million images Alamy is the world's largest independent agency for news, stock and video imagery. It supplies thousands of designers, marketing departments, news desks, and publishers with imagery produced by the best professional and amateur contributors around.

Alamy provides the most comprehensive choice of imagery, supported by excellent customer service and a fast and simple online experience. Alamy is proud of its fair and ethical business model. It aims to be the first port of call for buyers and suppliers of imagery. It has a friendly and helpful approach. And it shares the rewards with its suppliers with fairness and transparency. Alamy’s business is underpinned by a philanthropic ethos.

See about Alamy for more information.

About Stockimo:

Stockimo is the free app that turns your smartphone photos into cash. Use Stockimo to upload your photos to Alamy, the world’s largest website for picture buyers, where images sell from $5 to $20,000. Stockimo is an app for creative people who take photos using their mobile phones, want to make some money and showcase their work to a global audience.

Shoot what you love and be as creative and adventurous as you like. Submit photos of interesting places and people and the of-the-moment stuff that documents the world. Opt in to stockimonews and share your breaking news shots too. What you take is up to you!

Key features of Stockimo

• It’s free
• Unlimited uploads
• Very simple to use
• Upload filtered images, including photos taken with other apps (Instagram, Hipstamatic, etc)
• Images get rated by photo experts
• Upload live news photos
• Find out what customers like in the apps live feed
• Plugged in to IFTTT to make workflow even easier
• Available on iPhone, IOS 7 or above

How Stockimo works

• Upload your smartphone photos.
• Describe each image with a caption and tag key features and concepts.
• Submit and get your photos rated.
• If your photos are accepted, they’ll go on sale at Alamy.com and its distribution network.
• The app will tell you when your photos sell.
• You’ll get paid your share every month if you’ve made over $10.
• You keep the copyright, your photos stay on Alamy to sell again and again.







Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Stock Photography Sales Statistic November 2014

This is my stock photography sales statistic for November 2014. You can find a complete list of stock photography agencies that I work with here.


These are for me the best 4 performing stock agencies for November 2014:
  1. DepositPhotos
  2. Zazzle
  3. Shutterstock
  4. 3dRose
Looking back over the last few years and after that low October I was hoping to get a boost in November. But unfortunately it was far from that. November ended 7% from October and 17% lower then November 2013. The biggest downturn happened to Shutterstock. I am in the moment about 70% below normal. This started in the middle of October, but I have no idea why. Also Zazzle and Fine Art America are late this year with the increase of sales for the holiday gifts. It was the best month ever for DepositPhotos.



(This statistic include referral earning at the different agencies)






Sunday, November 30, 2014

Shutterstock To Present at Upcoming December Conferences

NEW YORK, NY - November 26, 2014 - Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global provider of commercial digital imagery and music, today announced that Tim Bixby, Chief Financial Officer, will present at the following upcoming conferences:

Credit Suisse 18th Annual Technology Conference, to be held at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 1:30PM MT.

Bernstein’s Technology Innovation Summit, to be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 3:45PM ET.

Both presentations will be webcast live on the Investor Relations section of Shutterstock’s website at http://investor.shutterstock.com. In addition to the live webcasts, replays will be available on the website following each event.

About Shutterstock, Inc.
Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 70,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds tens of thousands of images each week, and currently has more than 45 million images and 2 million video clips available.

Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Denver, London, Paris and San Francisco, Shutterstock has customers in more than 150 countries. The company also owns Bigstock, a value-oriented stock media agency; Offset, a high-end image collection; Skillfeed, an online marketplace for learning; and WebDAM, a cloud-based digital asset management service for businesses.

For more information, please visit www.shutterstock.com and follow Shutterstock on Twitter or on Facebook.









Wix.com Inks Integration with Bigstock

Exclusive product integration makes adding and purchasing images for Wix websites simple and seamless

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL and NEW YORK, NY - November 18, 2014 - Wix (Nasdaq: WIX), a leading web-development platform, is teaming up with Bigstock, an easy-to-use marketplace with more than 21 million photos, videos, vectors and illustrations, to provide its customers with seamless access to high-quality, licensable images from within their Wix.com accounts.

Quality images have always been a fundamental component of good web design and contribute greatly to business success. In the last two years, the use of images by Wix’s customers has increased by more than 150 percent. Businesses in all industries recognize consumers are becoming more visual and more focused on the quality of all content, particularly images.

The collaboration between Wix.com and Bigstock provides an ideal user experience for Wix’s 56 million users to search and discover images by keyword or category, and to modify those images by adding filters or editing without ever leaving the Wix platform. This partnership also provides Bigstock’s contributors a large and rapidly growing distribution channel for their images, evidenced by the 59 percent year-over-year increase in Wix’s premium subscribers in the most recent quarter.

“Our users need affordable, accessible and high-quality images to enrich their websites, and this partnership answers that need,” says Nir Zohar, President and COO of Wix. “The collaboration with Bigstock brings millions of professional grade images right to their fingertips, giving users yet another tool to create an online presence that looks exactly the way they want.”

“Bigstock offers Wix’s customers a simple and intuitive search experience to help create a beautiful, dynamic online presence,” says Michal Krasnodebski, General Manager of Bigstock. “This collaboration expands the global reach of our business. By integrating our API with the Wix platform, we support the simplicity Wix provides its users to manage their web presence from a single, unified location.”

About Wix.com Ltd.
Wix.com (Nasdaq: WIX) is a leading cloud-based web development platform with over 56 million registered users worldwide. Wix was founded on the belief that the Internet should be accessible to everyone to develop, create and contribute. Through free and premium subscriptions, Wix empowers millions of businesses, organizations, professionals and individuals to take their businesses, brands and workflow online. The Wix Editor and highly curated App Market enable users to build and manage a fully integrated and dynamic online presence.

Wix's headquarters are in Tel Aviv with offices in San Francisco, New York, Vilnius and Dnepropetrovsk. For more information, visit: http://www.wix.com/.

About Bigstock
Bigstock, a Shutterstock (NYSE: SSTK) brand, is an easy-to-use marketplace for quality stock imagery. Bigstock offers over 21 million royalty-free photographs, videos, vectors and illustrations from talented photographers and artists around the globe, available for almost any purpose. Matching the right imagery with the right value, Bigstock provides solutions for small businesses to promote themselves more effectively.

Powering search experiences for website and email builders, content marketing and ecommerce platforms and print-on-demand services, Bigstock's flexible API creates an easy way for businesses to offer imagery to their customers. For more information, visit: http://www.bigstock.com.

About Shutterstock, Inc.
Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 70,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds tens of thousands of images each week, and currently has more than 45 million images and 2 million video clips available.



Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Denver, London, Paris and San Francisco, Shutterstock has customers in more than 150 countries. The company also owns Bigstock, a value-oriented stock media agency; Offset, a high-end image collection; Skillfeed, an online marketplace for learning; and WebDAM, a cloud-based digital asset management service for businesses.

For more information, please visit www.shutterstock.com and follow Shutterstock on Twitter or on Facebook.







Monday, November 3, 2014

Stock Photography Sales Statistic October 2014

This is my stock photography sales statistic for October 2014. You can find a complete list of stock photography agencies that I work with here.


These are for me the best 4 performing stock agencies for October 2014:
  1. Shutterstock
  2. DepositPhotos
  3. BigStock
  4. Zazzle
October was not a bad month this year, but it came with a big scare. In the second half October my Shutterstock revenue dropped down to about 30% on daily subscription sales and referral income. It would have been devastating if I would not had an increase on direct, on demand, and EL sales. So far I am not sure what the reason is. October was compared to September the same and had a drop of 5% compared to October 2013. It was the best month ever for iStockPhoto, BigStock, DepositPhotos, Picsastock, and StockPhoto.com.



(This statistic include referral earning at the different agencies)






Monday, October 27, 2014

Alamy has expanded its reach with a new office in Australia

Alamy, the world’s largest online stock photo agency has announced the opening of its first office in Australia - the office has been set up to support strong growth across Australia and New Zealand.

The company has been selling directly into Australia and New Zealand since 2012 and sees this as the perfect time to invest in its growth. Alamy is also adding to their team with an account executive joining the existing business development team in Brisbane.

Rachel Wakefield, head of sales says: ‘This is a key market for us and after the success over the last few years it’s a good time to expand the team and set down permanent roots.’

The Australian team will be based in Brisbane and can be contacted on +61 7 3012 6131.


About Alamy:

Founded in 1999, Alamy revolutionised stock photography by creating the world’s first open, unedited collection of images. With over 44 million images Alamy is the world's largest independent agency for news, stock and video imagery. It supplies thousands of designers, marketing departments, news desks, and publishers with imagery produced by the best professional and amateur contributors around.

Alamy provides the most comprehensive choice of imagery, supported by excellent customer service and a fast and simple online experience. Alamy is proud of its fair and ethical business model. It aims to be the first port of call for buyers and suppliers of imagery. It has a friendly and helpful approach. And it shares the rewards with its suppliers with fairness and transparency. Alamy’s business is underpinned by a philanthropic ethos.

See about Alamy for more information.