||This article reads like a news release, or is otherwise written in a promotional tone. (September 2015)||
|Traded as||NYSE: SSTK|
|Industry||Stock photography, Stock footage and Stock music|
|Headquarters||Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue
New York City, United States of America
|Jon Oringer, (Founder, CEO), Nick Flynn (VP of Sales and Account Management), Tracy Kim (VP of People Strategy and Operations), Gerd Mittmann (VP of International), Ben Pfeifer (VP of New Business)|
Shutterstock, founded in 2003 by Jon Oringer, is an American stock photography, stock footage and stock music provider headquartered in New York City, New York, United States. Shutterstock maintains a library of over 50 million royalty-free stock photos, vector graphics, and illustrations, and 2 million video clips and pieces of music for license.
Shutterstock licenses images, video clips and pieces of music on behalf of photographers, designers, illustrators, videographers and musicians adding 40,000 new images a day from 60,000 contributors in 150 countries, as of 2014.
Originally a subscription site, Shutterstock expanded beyond subscriptions into a la carte pricing in August 2008.
In February 2011, Shutterstock announced a two-year partnership with the AIGA to provide creative inspiration to its members. One year later, Shutterstock surpassed 200 million stock image downloads, making it the first stock agency to claim such a milestone.
In June 2013, Shutterstock launched Skillfeed, an online marketplace to connect the creators of instructional videos with their consumers. The site uses a subscription model and distributes revenue to contributors based on percentage of user time spent with their videos.
As of August 2013, Shutterstock was available in 20 languages including French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
In September 2013, Shutterstock launched Offset, a boutique, high-end stock photography marketplace that focuses on curated images from established artists. Since this is a service that targets legitimately recognized artwork, Offset's pricing is a notch higher than most stock image services.
In March 2014, Shutterstock acquired WebDAM, a provider of web-based digital asset management software. In the same month, Shutterstock relocated its global headquarters and moved into the iconic Empire State Building. Shutterstock has additional offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Denver, London, Montréal, Paris and San Francisco.
In June 2014, Shutterstock launched a music licensing offering, launching with 60,000 clips via partner, Rumblefish. Users can see the waveform, listen to a preview of the clip or peruse curated lists. In addition to genres, the tracks are also sorted by moods.
Contributing photographers must apply before they are eligible to upload their images. The applicants must submit 10 pictures that are screened for quality and suitability. At least seven pictures must be approved for the contributor account to become active. Each image is reviewed by hand by Shutterstock's team of reviewers.
Once approved, contributors can begin uploading their work through the website. They supply keywords, categorize the images, and submit them to the "inspection queue", where each and every image is examined to ensure that it meets the standards of quality, usefulness and copyright and trademark laws. Each time an image is downloaded, the photographer receives a flat rate of 25c (with a tiered set of raises as the contributor reaches lifetime earnings of $500, $3,000, and $10,000, respectively).
Shutterstock began selling stock video in February 2006, the first site of its kind to do so. Shutterstock Footage operates similarly to their image library, offering video clips by subscription or on a per-clip basis. Shutterstock footage is available in a variety of formats, including DVCAM, HDCAM and Betacam. Today, Shutterstock Footage contains over 2 million royalty-free video clips.
In September 2014, Shutterstock launched an app dedicated to its contributors. The app allows contributors to: upload, keyword and categorize new images. There is also an overview of daily and monthly sales and content requests from customers. The app is available for iOS and Android.
In 2012, Shutterstock launched Shutterstock Labs, a site which contains Shutterstock Instant and Shutterstock Spectrum. Both are search tools developed to improve search functionality for Shutterstock customers.
In July 2014, Shutterstock launched Palette, an additional layer of search that allows users to add colors to the terms of the search, in addition to keywords.
In August 2013, Shutterstock and Facebook announced a partnership to integrate Shutterstock's library within Facebook's Ad Creator, allowing advertisers to select from Shutterstock's millions of images when creating their ads.
In May 2014, Shutterstock and Salesforce partnered to integrate Shutterstock's image library into Salesforce's Social Studio.
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