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Top 10 things Image Buyers Like about their Agency – Understanding Image Buyers in the Stock Industry

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Are you happy with your image agency?

What features or services do image buyers like and want from photographers or stock agencies? What gets them coming back to your portfolio or the agency that reps your images?

Today, Cutcaster is releasing the comments that some images buyers told us during last year’s survey. We took 10 of the most popular comments and arranged them below in a random order to show you what features or services they like an agency to offer. The question was actually a two-part question and was “What do you like most/least about the stock photo sites that you work with?” Later this week, we will share the things they didn’t like about their current stock image agency. The survey was completed by 344 image users who had used Cutcaster or were working on the stock image business and were mostly from the US or Canada.

Top 10 things image buyers said they liked which their stock agency provided.

1. Current and wide selection of images from international sources at reasonable prices.

2. Special picture collection pricing for royalty free or rights managed photos.

3. Stock agency websites that can show an entire photo purchase history with a simple click to avoid duplicate image purchases.

4. With current rates that image researchers get, we need to work FAST. The most important features for a stock site are direct downloading and embedded metadata. If you do not offer these two things, you are a 2nd tier vendor.

5. Picture pop-up windows to review images instead of having to use “back” button.

6. Advanced features like search filters when we need to give restrictions.

7. Love seeing Creative Inspiration.

8. Great sales help when a user encounters a problem. (From Cutcaster: Most image buyers didn’t say they needed a specific sales representative to help them use an agency)

9. High resolution comp images with metadata embedded.

10. Agencies with multicultural, disabilities, youth, and well executed food shots most cited image needs.

Overall, most image buyers stressed that they needed the highest quality images, fast / accurate search results and lower pricing which is understandable in the current economic environment.

If you are an image buyer, what features would you like to see a stock agency adopt to make your life easier?

Business Teams, People and Corporate Settings for eLearning

business people images

Business People Images

Cutcaster provides some of the best photos and illustrations, which are perfect for creating eLearning simulations or building other engaging interactions? Cutcaster offers royalty free images that can be used in as many e-learning online training courses as you can create for only a few dollars. For our first elearning image series we chose to do signs and symbols. This is the second elearning photo lightbox we are releasing that includes everything from corporate office buildings and office interior backgrounds you can use to create user scenarios, to business teams and people, to something as basic as a call center employee or beautiful woman with a phone headset, to just businessmen or businesswomen in general.  We offer a wide variety of affordable royalty free images and illustrations that can be used in course guides, conversational situations and case studies.

Check out our other call center employee pictures, Phone Person Pictures, People on the Phone Photos, Business Women Using Headset, Business Teams, Objects Signs, Health Hospitals and Doctors’ Offices, Elearning Concepts Promotional, Elearning Home Exteriors, Office Interiors, Retail Stores.

Signs and Symbols Images and Graphics for eLearning

Signs Stock Photos

Signs and Symbols Stock Photos

Need images or graphics that are perfect for building eLearning simulations or other engaging interactions? All our royalty free images can be used in any e-learning online training course. We are starting a lightbox series of elearning images that will include everything from corporate office buildings and office interior backgrounds you can use to create user scenarios, paper and notes pictures that you can write a message on or call center employees and doctors / nurses who can be used in course guides, conversational situations and case studies. Our next series will highlight business teams, business people and corporate settings so be on the look out for that series of images.

The first in this elearning series is Signs and Symbols. This is a specific collection of sign images and symbol illustrations that can be used in online training courses.

We have additional elearning photos which inslcude call center employee pictures, Health Hospitals and Doctors’ Offices, Phone Person PicturesBusiness Women Using Headset, Retail Stores, Business Teams, Signs ObjectElearning Concepts Promotional, Elearning Home Exteriors, Office Interiors and People Phone Photos.

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Demand more from your stock photo agency

Find top notch, authentic looking, and affordable images at Cutcaster. Cutcaster is a royalty free photography and vector marketplace that connects image buyers with image sellers. Pay once, download the picture or illustrations, and use it forever even if you use it in other projects.

Are you looking for the perfect image? Cutcaster helps you find the most relevant pictures fast and within your budget. To find images at Cutcaster all you need to do is perform a keyword search and then use the advance search options to filter down your image search results. Quickly browse through our growing stock library using our Advanced Search tools to find just the right image.

Buying Stock Images Has Never Been Easier

Once you are ready to download and checkout with your image, just choose the photo payment method that’s right for you! For your convenience and affordability, you can pay via any major credit card, use site credits, or pay via PayPal. We are extremely flexible and can tailor licensing packages to meet any creative or editorial need. Just ask. Make yourself at home browsing around our site. Most photos cost only a few dollars and are fully released and checked to ensure the highest quality.

Here is a breakdown of our flexible payment options:

* Pay With a Credit Card. Download royalty free photos with any major credit card.

* Pay by Credits. Our popular Credit Plans lets you purchase credits, Cutcaster’s virtual currency, to be used toward individual images with either Standard or Extended License Agreements; The more you buy the more you save.

* Paypal- Want to pay via Paypal? Send us an email to webmaster@cutcaster.com with the size and url of the file you wish to purchase and we will send you an invoice and the file via email immediately. Subscription Plan.

Joining Cutcaster is absolutely FREE!

Find Picture-Perfect Photos through our Free Photo Research

At Cutcaster, we know it’s tough to give up control of the creative process, but we also know how busy your life is.  That’s why we’ve developed a way to reconcile your exacting standards with your crammed schedule.  Pass your creative brief of research list onto our experienced creative research team and we will turn your words into picture-perfect photos.

Let us be your extra set of eyes. We know our collection and our contributors better than anyone, and we will work tirelessly to deliver the useful and striking images you’re looking for. If we have it, we will find it for you.  Our researchers are more than happy to integrate into your team environment or unique work process. Let’s brainstorm together and uncover eye-popping imagery for your brief.

Save time and money by leveraging Cutcaster to assist you in finding your next image.

How to Download a Comp Image

Can I download a comp of any Cutcaster file?

Of course. Once you register for a free account, you can download a completely free watermarked comp of any Cutcaster photo, illustration, or vector file. Comps cannot be used in your final product.

To download a comp:

From the media details page of the image you would like to download a comp from, you will see a yellow box titled ‘Download Comp.’ (See letter (B) in the below layout.)

How to download a free watermarked comp photo or illustrations

View of Photo Details Page

After clicking on the ‘Download Comp’ (B) button, a pop up called the ‘Download Organizer’ (C) will appear.  The Download Organizer allows you to record a personal note and project information about the download.

Step by step instructions for downloading a free watermarked comp image or illustrations

Comp Photo Download Organizer

If you decide not to add any notes or additional information to your download, just click the ‘Submit’ button to begin your photo download.  The comp will save to your computer’s desktop.

To be able to use the comp image in final layouts and designs, you must first purchase the file from Cutcaster, so keep track of the URL or Media ID number associated with the download comp.

If you have a free corporate account you can request an invoice for your comp download by clicking on the link below the ‘Download Comp’ button that says ‘Go to Download Manager.’

Request a license invoice for your photo download comp

Request an invoice for your photo comp

This takes you to your Corporate Download Manager, where you can request an invoice.

Corporate Photo Download Manager- Request an invoice

Request an invoice from the Download Manager Page

Finding Great Photos for your Blog or Website

In our first article on how to find good, affordable photos for your website or blog, we discussed how Cutcaster was a great image library that could save you money when using images to promote your website or blog.

Now your asking yourself where can you find images or illustrations that will maximize your website or blog’s visual appeal? Ever wonder where the bloggers get images that won’t break the bank? With a huge selection of affordable, high-quality images, Cutcaster is extremely popular with professional and casual bloggers who need great-looking, low-cost photos to engage their readers. You want the peace of mind of knowing that the images you use are free of intellectual property or copyright entanglements, and Cutcaster can give you these safe images quickly and economically. Images start at less than a dollar and you don’t even need to register to buy images from us.

As an added bonus, bloggers who want to join Cutcaster can enroll in our Referral Program, which is free to join and earns bloggers extra cash for referring photo buyers and photographers to Cutcaster. With just a few good referrals, the images and referral links will earn you enough money every month to pay for all your image needs. See how the referral program works here.

Images for profile pages, websites and blogs

In our first article on where to find high resolution, affordable photos for your website or blog, we showed how Cutcaster provides a great image library,  saving you money when purchasing photos and vectors to promote your website or blog.

Want to download a great graphic or image for your Twitter page, Myspace profile background, StumbleUpon site, website, personal or business blog or WordPress blog that won’t cost you an arm and a leg but will add a level of uniqueness or professionalism to your online presence. Just visit Cutcaster, do a keyword search for the image you are interested in downloading and check out the variety of images you can choose from for under a couple of dollars. Search and find affordable images and graphics for every major holiday or everyday event that just needs an image to tell a story. Get awesome graphics for birthdays, holiday celebrations, expressions, daily fun, personal friendships, love themes, religion and spirituality, encouragement, family, etc. Any of the photos and graphics you will find at Cutcaster will go great on your Twitter, Myspace, Friendster, hi5, Xanga, Piczo, Orkut, Tagged, TagWorld, or your personal blog. Download and add some creative flare to your online presence. Enjoy!

To download any graphics or images from Cutcaster, you do not need to register for an account and simply need to search for an image, add it to your cart and then checkout with any major credit card. In addition Cutcaster offers site credits that can be used to download images and illustrations from the site at discounts.

3 Simple Reasons to Search Cutcaster’s Photo Library

First Class Photos.

Tap into a wide-ranging collection of editor-reviewed imagery, including professionally shot and user-generated photos, vectors and illustrations. Cutcaster adds thousands of pictures and clipart each day.

More bang for your buck

Our flexible buying options stretch your budget as far as your creative imagination. You’ll get flexible payment plans, discount codes for purchasing photo credits and broad legal protection against copyright claims.  Keep enjoying Cutcaster’s popular feature that allows you to do transactions by credit card without forcing you to buy credits in advance. For those of you who like the price savings of buying with credits, we will offer smaller packages of credits for your convenience.

Cutcaster makes it easy

You’re hands are tied enough with deadlines and budget constraints. Our plans are simple to understand and our site is easy to use. Just buy and use. We built a streamlined site with one hell of a search engine that puts all the images you want right at your fingertips – anytime of the day.

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