2008 vs 2009 Microstock Statistics
Back in May I released the statistics from the 2009 Microstock Survey. As we look forward to the data from 2010, I thought I would take a look at how things changed from 2008 to 2009. These results should be taken with a grain of salt as we can’t be certain that same users responded to the 2008 poll as responded to the 2009 poll. Additionally, there were nearly 200 more respondents for 2009. Depending on whether these new respondents were full time pros or hobbyists will affect the results. That said, by looking at a few key questions we can see the sample profile is fairly stable and a number of comparisons can be made.
Number of Images Online
Are you iStock Exclusive?
2008: 15% Yes
2009: 19% Yes
Is Microstock Your Primary Source of Income?
2008: 14% Yes
2009: 18% Yes
Do You Feel the Future of Microstock is Positive?
2008: 69% Yes
2009: 74% Yes
Percentage of Total Income That Comes From Microstock?
Initially, I am surprised at how similar the results are from the two years. The average income for the two years is basically the same as is the number of images online. This shows us that the new poll respondents were of a very similar sample to the previous year. If we look at the iStock exclusive results however we see a larger representation of exclusive photographers. It would be interesting to know if this was a result of more photographers choosing exclusivity or simply more photographers from the iStock forums responding to the poll. It will also be interesting to see if this number changes after the recent changes to iStock’s royalty structure.
The other change I found interesting is the larger percentage of respondents who found the future of microstock to be positive as well as a larger group who had microstock as their primary source of income. It looks like people, on average, have the same amount of images online, are making a similar amount to previous years, yet more people are jumping on board and considering microstock their primary income source.
What do you think of the results and are there any stats you wish to see?