From All of Us, To All of You: Happy Holidays!

Posted Monday, 22 December 2008 by The Crestock Team in Inspiration
As we speak, many of you are in the final frenzied days of preparations for Christmas, Chanuka or whichever other holiday you may or may not be celebrating, and we'd like to round off an eventful year with a seasonal greetings to all of you!

From this posting, the blog goes on a vacation a few days into the new year, when we plan on returning with a bang. Needless to say, Crestock Stock Images will carry on doing business through the holidays.

Excepting the first couple months, 2008 has been a great year for Crestock. In building up our long term server capability, we made a server move in January, which resulted in a whole host of technical issues, which unfortunately took months to fully resolve.

The closure of the forum was part of the problem, and we where forced to shut it down and start work on a brand new forum, which was belatedly launched last month.

All these issues hurt traffic and sales, but once we got them all cleared up, the arrow has been pointing ever upwards.

For the whole year, sales at Crestock has doubled, the number of approved images has risen by 150% while monthly unique visitors has risen by 250% between January and November of this year. All this in spite of the troubles we had in the first months of the year.

While such a massive increase in traffic in many cases doesn't translate directly into increased sales, it does in our case since it's from high converting sources such as search engines and from other websites. This again means that potential customers will have a better chance of coming across Crestock when looking for stock image sources.

As our surveys among existing customers shows, those who do try out Crestock are overwhelmingly positive about our product. Of course there's always room for improvement, but to sum all of this up: Our collection is growing rapidly, sales are up, traffic is up and thus also our visibility to potential customers, whom, if they try us out, can't seem to get enough.

With the great image collection we've now got, a well designed and well functioning website and impressive traffic, the business side of Crestock is set for a massive 2009.

As for this blog, it's been a good year too. Up until this fall, the activity level has been a bit up and down, but we've published some great posts. In the last few months, we've been able to rack up a higher level of quality and activity which we plan on carrying on into the new year.

Looking forward, we've got some great stuff coming up in the blog for 2009. In the meanwhile, check out (or re-visit) our most popular and interesting posts from the last year:

Propaganda poster design:
Propaganda Design & Aesthetics: Soviet Retro Posters
The Evolution of Propaganda Design: US Retro Posters
German Propaganda Posters from the 20th Century

15 Amazing free high resolution wallpaper images
14 New high resolution desktop wallpapers
21 Magnificent high resolution wallpapers
16 Stunning high resolution Christmas wallpapers

Yuri Arcurs' video blog:
How to choose, instruct and working with models
How to instruct your models: Free pose, smile, freeze
Yuri's favorite photography gadget: The 4 piece Manfrotto monopod

Photoshop tutorials:
Creating a propaganda poster
Creating the hippie tank
Gift for tomorrow

Assorted goodies:
The worlds most extreme photography equipment
The 50 most popular web design blog posts, resources & cheat Sheets of 2007
Another 23 signs you're becoming a design geek
10 design blogs you must read!

...and with that said, we hope your 2008 has been as good as ours, and that the upcoming holiday season and the new year will be even better.

So long folks!
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Happy Holidays
By Dan Nedelko on Friday, 2 January 2009 11:18 PM
Happy holidays to all of you as well!

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