I stand by what I posted earlier in the thread, I don’t believe ratings are needed on the marketplace. How could this site represent a file which has a low star ranking when its premise is to supply premium quality files only? This is a matter of brand integrity.
All projects are heavily scrutinized before being accepted onto the system. Much more so on than other marketplaces.
One (unnamed) very large marketplace has recently scrapped item ratings altogether. This seems right. It doesn’t make sense to promote a varied ‘quality’ of work, based on (many times) misguided buyer opinion.
ALL products should be presented as five star assets, and Envato should be proud and resolute with that doctrine.
The ratings system, and its inexplicable high profile doesn’t make commercial sense, and it undermines perception of the Envato brand.
The file review process, as far as I am aware (and hope!), recognizes when a new file too closely resembles an existing file in the same category, so there shouldn’t be too many files performing the exact same function, at least not aesthetically.
When searching, the final decision between like-for-like products would be up to the individual buyer, based on their requirements. There’s no need for files to compete on a ‘star rating’ value, when the search engine should be enough to successfully collate and prioritize this request. ‘Relevance’ is almost always, by default, the ‘most popular’ files in any case – when fewer keywords are entered.
Thanks again to all that went through the Facebook ‘liking’. I appreciate, after this discussion, that it’s proved a questionable way of getting updates. Though I still use Facebook on a regular basis.
I’m moving over to the Twitter method, so hopefully catch up with you guys in some of those threads in the near future.
and why is it always the music guy who has to jump through special hoops?
That is the question.
I think it is caused by the number of tracks here on AJ and Top Author system.
Most of the people views top authors track because it is easy and fast and it is almost a guaranty of great quality. Clients don’t like to search music for hours aswell as VH guys.But the bigest problem is not searching process it self. I think it is matter of quantity vs quality. Noone likes to search track for several hours or even days, aspecially when 30-50 % of search results are low quality bedroom composers music. AJ staff doesn’t valuate quality of tracks and everyone who can make some noise in garage band can add track to this markeplace.
i would only like to add this: in my past experience, i have known music composers that would chase a client and jump through hoops when they had a budget in the thousands of dollars area. my view is, at $17 a track, the client has it pretty easy on AJ.
I know exactly what you mean, spending weeks on a job to then struggle to sell it at $17 doesn’t inspire.
But I approach the AJ community in the spirit of collaboration, not to simply buy a single item but to attach the music to my After Effects templates. Potentially increasing the number of sales, and exposure.
Hopefully I (and other all other VideoHive authors) can be viewed not as a clients, but as a partners
I honestly don’t understand how liking your Facebook page will make an author’s work more visible to you, I’m sorry.
It does work, but it’s a bit more convoluted than I anticipated and a pain for anyone using their personal FB page. I think the consensus is that Twitter is a simpler and more convenient option.
I’m going to move over into the Twitter threads, to explore that option.
i liked your page and submitted a link to my stuff..but how will you see new stuff?
I just go through my new likes and like back. Then all your new posts come up in my News Feed.
This only works with Company pages though, so may not be ideal for everyone.
With this in mind, a few people are suggesting Twitter being a better way of communicating new works. I’ve never got into Twitter but maybe I should, if it’s a more convenient channel for receiving the latest sounds. I’ll look into it.
Thanks for all your contributions, everybody.
Hi all and EnchantedStudios, I hope this won’t be Off Topic but I have a doubt: I usually “like” other Fb pages with my “fan page” not with the normal “profile page”, but I don’t know if these pages know it, or see it. Do you know something about it? Anyway, don’t hate me, I’ve just liked the EnchantedStudios’ page, this is mine:
of course everyone is well accepted.Ciao!
You have to ‘Use Facebook as’ your alter ego. Then the News Feed shows all the items from the pages you’ve liked. Your friends list turns into a ‘Likes’ list.
Hey Mat, I really appreciate your in-depth message.
Collaborating with an individual audio producer would be a dream to me but I’m not quite in that position yet. For starters I’m not exclusive to VideoHive yet (kill the demon!), so have to find tracks which are fairly generic – a problem I wish to solve when I eventually can become exclusive.
A side-effect of being non-exclusive is that I experiment with lesser known music, in a way to get some of the lesser known authors/tracks involved in my productions. I feel kind of lucky to be gaining some successful sales on the video side so have tried to involve some tracks which I like, but don’t seem to have sold as much as they are worth (I know it’s a similar story to AJ and VH authors alike!).
I’m sure, when things pick up for me, I will be looking for more bespoke music. I do believe that the audio holds a great deal of influence to a successful VideoHive product.
Thanks again. I’ll keep you posted.
Good stuff, Del.
I think that everyone on AJ knows that collaboration with VH authors is the key to success. That’s why many AJ artist keep trying to contact VH guys. The better items you have, the more people want to collaborate with you. It is forbidden to post on forum self-promotional threads, so everyone is trying to contatc you directly. I’m affraid that is not much you can do.
Getting involved in the community is a great way to promote your presence, having a say in what you think works and what you’re unsure of. This can only be a good thing for future growth.
Just don’t put links up to your files!