May 2017 was the worst month with video stock footage sales. It was actually bad with all agencies. If Shutterstock and Pond5 switched their roles in April 2017, they went to their self. While we are disappointed with only $794 at Pond5, Shutterstock just slightly fixed income with $1422. The same month in 2016 was astonishing $2174. We will never found out what went wrong this year. Dissolve had only $226 income in May. Which is again disappointing and we are starting to doubt their forced pricing. And Fotolia/Adobe even worse with only $142. Really not a great month this year. Again nothing particularly new was sold in this month. Month by month it is more clear that new video footage doesn’t sell very well.
We are facing a real challenge because income is slowly dropping and making a variety of stock footage will only become harder to achieve. If this trend continues it will be a real question to stick to stock video production as our main income source. Until then we will enjoy what we are doing and make the best footage we can. As much as we see from the internet talks, this downwards trend doesn’t affect only us but it is a global matter.