Posts tagged: Online Photo Services

Picture.com Counts on Collaboration for Success

David Haueter
 Jun 7, 2013

There’s no question that the output side of the photo market has been impacted in some negative ways by the electronic world, as more people are using websites, social networking and the cloud to share, manage and archive their photos rather than print them. However, that electronic side of the world also presents some real opportunities for vendors that are proactive about taking advantage of the benefits that merging the electronic and printed worlds has to offer.

InfoTrends believes that the future success of the photo output market relies in large part on how the physical, output side of the market melds with the electronic virtual world. Our research has shown that a significant percentage of consumers are interested in producing output from photos that are shared and viewed electronically, be it on a social networking site like Facebook, a photo gallery site like Flickr or through an online photo services provider. In the recently published 2013 U.S. Photo Merchandise End-User Study, InfoTrends found that 83% of photo merchandise buyers had interest in creating photo merchandise products that allowed people to work together online in product design and/or creation.

Lulu.com has established a reputation as a site for people that want to publish their own books (including photo books) but is now striking into new territory with their Picture.com site (www.picture.com), which harnesses the power of electronic sharing and collaboration to create unique photo books and calendars. The Picture.com site has collaborative features that allow people to add their own photos to a single gallery, which can then be used to create photo books or calendars, and photos can not only be uploaded from the computer but also pulled from Facebook or Lulu.com accounts.

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liveBooks expands into output with acquisition of Pinhole Pro & Pinhole Press

David Haueter
 Oct 23, 2012

liveBooks, a leader in providing web services (websites, blog solutions, mobile sites, etc.) to professional photographers for years, has made a major change in their product portfolio by acquiring Pinhole Pro and Pinhole Press from Mohawk. The acquisition will give liveBooks pro photographer clients the option of offering high-quality output to their customers and will allow liveBooks to compete more directly with companies like Mpix and SmugMug (among others) that offer both portfolio and output services.

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Another Chapter Ends in Kodak Story

David Haueter
 Jul 5, 2012

Another chapter in the Kodak saga ended on July 2, when the Kodak Gallery site for North America officially shut down and the process of transferring billions of customer images to Shutterfly got under way. As you may remember, Shutterfly acquired the U.S. and Canadian online gallery assets of Kodak Gallery in late April for $23.8 million in an undisputed bid (see Shutterfly Poised to Increase Market Lead with Kodak Gallery Acquisition). Those assets included not only the billions of photos accumulated by Kodak Gallery customers over the years, but also the list of Kodak Gallery’s 68 million customers.

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What on Earth Happened to MySpace?

Eve Padula
 Jan 5, 2011

As we move forward in 2011, Facebook has become synonymous with social networking. People of all ages are using the site to provide status updates, communicate with friends and family members, organize events, upload and share photos, and play games. As of July 2010, Facebook had over 500 million members. In fact, Wikipedia data confirms that if Facebook were a country, it would be the world’s third largest!

Not so long ago, a “little” social networking site called MySpace–maybe you’ve heard of it–was all the rage. In April 2008, InfoTrends conducted the research for its 2008 Online Photo Services End-User report. When respondents who uploaded their personal digital photos to the Internet were asked which site they used most often, MySpace captured the top spot (27%). Facebook followed in a rather distant second place (11%). Fast-forward to our 2010 survey (published in December 2010), and it becomes clear that the dominance has shifted. To be sure, this is putting it mildly. When our 2010 survey participants were asked which site they used most often for photo uploading, a whopping 59% reported uploading their photos to Facebook most often. Although it still captured the second place position, MySpace was cited by only 6% of respondents.

Site Used MOST OFTEN for Photo Uploading (2008-2010)

 

2008

2009

2010

Facebook

11%

30%

59%

MySpace

27%

23%

6%

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