Congrats Marissa! Wish you all the best!
Well, some people simply get the wrong impression by looking at the template prices. And because template prices are low, they assume that custom work should also be that cheap. Most of them will understand after you explain it to them, and I don’t have a problem with reasonable clients who simply don’t have big enough budget. But what bothers me are those people who have no shame, and who basically think that we are incredibly greedy for wanting to be paid fair for our work. I think there are a lot of people who don’t have any idea what it takes to produce even the simplest animation. Sometimes it seems they think it’s like firing up a photo editing app on your phone, pressing few buttons… and bam, you have great looking photo, and look at that – you can even add a great looking border! I think that some of them really think that’s how you create an animation. You fire up some basic program, press few buttons and that’s it. How they call it – drag & drop.
On the other hand, there are many clients who really appreciate our work, and are willing to pay, and working with them really feels great. They pay you, and they thank you for doing a great job.
I don’t think we should dump the prices any further. They are already to low. It’s undermining the whole industry, and if we get into this game with other marketplaces, we we’ll soon be selling everything for 5$. That’s not a solution.
Videohive is here for years, it is biggest AE marketplace, with best templates. Quality here is constantly rising, and VH should market itself like that. People are always willing to pay more for high quality (premium) stuff. What envato needs to do is improve (a lot) search engine, reorganize the homepage, and categories.. and find a way to showcase the best stuff.. Is it really so hard to make a special category called “Weekly editors choice” and feature (for example) 20 best NEW files every week? This way, a great looking template would get its initial boost, and authors would be motivated to produce the best stuff they can. This is just an example. Every week we have some amazing templates which get lost very fast.. and combined with the poor search engine, a file which should be selling very good, doesn’t sell at all..
There are many things envato can do to improve this marketplace
It really seems like there’s a slow down in sales. New item didn’t help much. But, my new item spent less than 10 hours on homepage, and less than 15 hours on the first page of “new project files”. And when you add that microlancer ad, and weird search engine… it’s no surprise really.
Yeah, feeling is very bad. I had few of those 1 stars, without angry comment, e-mail or anything. I have one file with two 5 stars, one 4 stars and two 1 star. Overall – 3 stars rating. Not a single complaint from anyone.. how much does that hurts my sales? I don’t know, but I guess it does.
Anyway, I just wanted to point out that buyers are willing to rate and leave true feedback, but they are not motivated enough to do so. Or they don’t see any point in doing so. It’s incredibly important that envato does something to motivate true buyers, and disable those false 1 star ratings.
Hey Ironyk, sorry to hear that.. I know how it feels
As many authors already said, this rating system is useless, and I really don’t know why does it takes so long to be changed. This is so important for marketplace.
Few days ago I received a great comment from one buyer, stating how great my template is, how greatly it is organized etc., and off course I received a 5 star rating. I was so delighted, I had to paste that comment in my item description. Few days before that, some other buyer asked me for some help, and later left great comment and also left 5 stars.. And then I realized. Buyers do want to leave feedback and rate, but it’s obvious that they are not motivated to do so. Why? Because the only way they can do it is by leaving a comment. But that comment gets lost between dozen of other authors comments… it makes no sense. Why? Because other (potential) buyers don’t want to go through 3 pages of “great item” comments, just too see if there’s any relevant comments from other buyers. I believe that most of the buyers don’t leave their feedback because they don’t see any reason to do so..
Today, everyone wants to state their opinion, everywhere. Be it on facebook, tweeter, amazon… It’s in our nature. People feel somehow “relevant” when they state their opinion. The only thing envato needs to do, is to motivate our buyers to do so. Give them dedicated “buyer reviews” space that they deserve..
And off course, make everything below 3 stars mandatory to leave comment.
This could be customization offer, but then again.. it’s hard to tell
Yeah, I see what you mean. I guess this thread and popular items list is our only choice
I don’t say they should give us all data, not even actual number of sales. But at least some percentage. They could just tell us something like this: VH sales stats for August: +10% compared to July. I don’t care how much money envato makes, I just think we need some kind of statistics so we can put things in perspective
Very slow sales.. even putting the new item out didn’t help.
Anyway, I think that envato should provide some monthly statistics to authors, about overall sales. We are partners in this business so I think it would be fair. Without that, we can talk here day and night about sales, but we won’t be anywhere near the answer.