Geddy Lee (Rush), Jean Michele Jarre, and Steve Vai – who, many years ago I had the pleasure to meet and have a considerably long conversation with!
Those were the days as a starstruck teenager!
Good work dude! Should have reached that number a long time ago imo, but hey ho. Congrats all the same!
Anyway, enjoy your balloon! Hope you’ve filled it with helium to make squeaky voices with!
AlumoAudio saidI’m quite surprised that most of your buyers are so young. Is this a result of lots of young people becoming successful at making money with their youtube channel?
But my worry here is the impact on the many thousands of younger buyers that don’t understand this ‘new’ concept. Personally, they’re my biggest customer base (as I’m sure they are for many others here) and I’m trying to figure out a way to communicate this to them, without scaring them off!
Absolutely! The gaming, vlogger and beauty community on YouTube is generally very young, yet ridiculously large in numbers. We’re talking millions upon millions of users here, just in those categories alone.
In fact, I’d say there’s more people actively involved and looking for background music there, than folks in offices looking for music for their next corporate video.
Do the other sites even charge the VAT to buyers??
Every business has to with these new rules, not something Envato just made up, and I would assume the big stock sites want to keep it legal.Also, you have to pay VAT for anything you buy, so I would assume most buyers would understand this.
In the UK at least we are used to VAT being included in the advertised selling price of products.
With this new EU ruling on VAT on digital goods, the previous prices appear the same on the websites but 20% VAT is added on just before you checkout.
It’s subtle, but it is definitely a psychological barrier to payment when your expected price goes up just before paying!This isn’t Envato’s problem of course, this will happen on a lot of different storefronts.
Exactly, it’s just a shame that the price on the item purchase page doesn’t adjust accordingly to the buyer’s location, so they can see the price to pay right from the outset.
As prestashop mentioned, a lot of buyers (presumably older professionals or students) will understand this. But my worry here is the impact on the many thousands of younger buyers that don’t understand this ‘new’ concept. Personally, they’re my biggest customer base (as I’m sure they are for many others here) and I’m trying to figure out a way to communicate this to them, without scaring them off!
AlumoAudio saidMatt,is your exclusive account here doing much better than non exclusive? In terms of views,sales and stuff. It could be that search engine is prioritizing exclusive authors :/
Erick_McNerney saidYou’re non exclusive. Non exclusive items no longer seem to get any prioritisation in search. Must have been something they rolled out at one point or another.
Just about 6 months ago I had 43 sales. This month so far 3 sales. How does one account for such a big fluctuation?
Actually my other account is non exclusive now and has been for a few months. Doesn’t even get a sniff. Even when it was exclusive however, it did abysmally – probably due to lack of items within it. Funnily enough, I put a request out to support just this afternoon to have it shut it down. Sign of the times, eh!
Just about 6 months ago I had 43 sales. This month so far – 3 sales. How does one account for such a big fluctuation?
You’re non exclusive. Non exclusive items no longer seem to get any prioritisation in search. Must have been something they rolled out at one point or another.
I’m also wary as whether to upload more material.
I still sell a small amount here every few days but it is 80% one particular track and 20% my oldest track.
I think my main track only sells because of referrals from a couple of video hive items. In the past I would sell a nice spread of all of my tracks but not for the last few months.
My last upload has never sold a single copy despite selling well elsewhere. I freely admit I have a very small library and haven’t uploaded for a long time, but one does feel like saving new compositions for other musical ventures and clients that have higher returns.I’m still very grateful to Audiojungle for getting me back into composing after many years away which has led to other jobs outside of AJ.
Almost an identical situation here Steve. I’ve got quite a backlog here to upload, yet holding back on them trying to figure if it’s worth ‘investing’ them elsewhere – especially considering they can’t be PRO registered once they go up here.
Also, comes as no surprise to see you’re non ex too. Seems quite a few of us non exclusives have been hit pretty hard by changes here over the past few months!
My question was, if EU VAT destroying sales with its 20%, why sales are still the same for bestsellers?
Maybe the majority of these sales are coming from customers in territories that are not directly affected by EU VAT policy? (which would certainly be the case if these items are being heavily promoted there).
AlumoAudio saidMatt, what do you think about top-sellers list? There is EU VAT on their tracks too, so why they all still sell damn good? Btw sorry to see that your track is not in weekend bestsellers list, hope this is temporarely, That Positive Feeling is a masterpiece, wish to see it there again
But I’m not sure that matters. AJ’s prices are still the cheapest out there even with the 20% increase, right?
Most of my buyers aren’t even aware of that fact. They’re generally aged between 14-20 years old, have limited funds and even then, think that all music should be free. They’re only purchasing the licenses from me so they can monetize their YouTube videos.
The reason I know this btw, is because I get to speak with them all every day and the feedback I get has helped me get a very good understanding of the landscape. Trying to explain the end license price and EU VAT charges to a 14 year old brony is a nightmare, believe me!@Leon: Yep that’s correct. And there’s even cheaper ones out there than that!
Yes, I’m with Taco’s understanding of the situation. There’s definitely a lot of external promotional influence going on those top selling items. It could also be a team of referral affiliates heavily promoting these items in non English speaking territories too, to customers that otherwise wouldn’t visit AJ. (I’m aware of a certain Russian based social networking site where there’s a large composer community and quite a bit of talk about that there).
Now I’ve removed my own referrals from AJ, I very much doubt my ukulele ‘hit’ will be seen on that list again. Like I said earlier, it’s game over for me in that respect. Envato really don’t want non exclusives flapping around that top selling list (or rather ‘that list that customers automatically go to’). I can understand why, so I’m not too bitter about it. But it was fun whilst it lasted!