Tools, Contests and Community
With a host of tools, great advertising and an extremely active community, it is no wonder that Dreamstime has been gaining ground on its competitors. Dreamstime features a full management page where you can manage any uploaded files, FTP, model and property releases, any referral earnings, and much more.
To help advertise contributors and their uploads, Dreamstime does more than any other microstock agency. They have a monthly contest called the “Dreamstime Assignment", in which each contributor with at least 50 files on Dreamstime can enter up to three files. The files can either be bought outright by Dreamstime for $25, or the contributor can choose to retain the rights to their upload. If the contributor retains the rights, then the file is automatically bumped to level five, meaning the contributor is making top dollar for every sale. Once the assignment is closed for submissions, anyone, contributor or buyer, can vote on the submissions and the top three win prizes. These prizes can range from an iPod to cash. The Assignment has proven to be a great way to boost a contributors portfolio each month.
Dreamstime has many other ways to help feature a contributor's work, like the “Editors Choice" section on the main page. Every week an accomplished contributor also gets his or her work showcased across the main page banner for the week. They show off any new files uploaded and the latest files downloaded in the “Latest" tab, just off the main page. There are also special sections for “undiscovered" and “popular" files.
Like Shutterstock and iStock, the biggest contributor to Dreamstime's success is its community. With a very active message board and active blog section, the sense of community on Dreamstime keeps getting stronger. The strength of the community has been a great benefit to both Dreamstime and its members.