I have a lot to say and maybe somebody will manage to explain me what’s going on.
I started making products on CM in the middle of 2017, I think. The products wasn’t good, of course, but I wanted to learn and improve my skills and product’s quality, to be better, to earn more money, and to be successful, because it was a chance to me to leave my full time job and to do what I really want to do.
CM had their marketing strategy to help their stores growing up. I watched to such an awesome creators as Dustin Lee from RetroSupplyCo, and other, who had really interesting and creative high quality products. They were the bar I tried to keep up with.
My products were getting better, my earn was growing.
In that time CM has everyday “handpicked” section (“Stuff picks” now).
When I started, the “handpicked” section for my new product was my goal. As a say before my products wasn’t good and it happened really rarely. But I didn’t give up. And after time I was able to achieve that each my new product were handpicked, and my new target was to be included into the weekly newsletter. Some of my products got there, some not. But it was clear for me – the better the quality of my products, the better the chances of achieving success.
The time has come when CM change the percentage of royalty from 60/40 to 70/30, and explained this to an increase in investment in advertising and attracting more buyers, which will ultimately increase store sales. It looked good.
But one day everything was changed. Some of my new product wasn’t picked in handpicked section. It was a watercolor creator, I think. But I was firmly convinced of the success of this product, so I re-added this product until it be in the weekly newsletter. It was sold something about 200 times for one day after the newsletter.
I was more than satisfied with the result, but It was strange for me, that CM didn’t notice it or ignored about 4 or 5 re-add times.
I notice that handpicked section wasn’t everyday anymore. And not to being “picked” has become a new reality. My earnings began to decline.
Then I started to thinking, what’s the reason of it, maybe my products got worse.
But it was so strange, when some fonts getting #2 or #3 at Hot New Fonts on MyFonts and wasn’t handpicked on CM. The customers stopped seeing my new products.
But that I also noticed, a lot of awesome high quality products were not handpicked anymore and so many “stock”-quality graphic and low level fonts was.
The strict handpicked selection is gone. The handpicked may happen three times a week, or it may not happen at all. There is no clarity. The quality of handpicked products is incredible low. Just about 20% looks really interesting and quality enough, but 80% are really becoming “design bundles.com” quality. The CM was never been so.
I could understand all this if these low-quality products were successful and profitable for CM, but it don’t. Some “handpicked” products has 5-8 “likes” for about a week. Does it mean something?
And now I’m just confused. I don’t know what I need to do, what direction should I go next? I don’t want to follow low quality standards just to have a chance to make a profit. I’ve worked so hard to get to this level and now all of a sudden it all looks unnecessary for the Creative Market. So what the point to try being better, growing up as a products creator if the CM will ignore me? It makes no sense.
And the strangest thing is not only a drop in my personal sales. I’m sure there are quite a few examples like this. But these sales make a profit for the creative market too! This company exists through the sale of products. Then what’s the point of depriving yourself of sales?
On the one hand, I see how the design and navigation have changed for the better, and on the other hand, this problem with a handpicked and the lack of the ability to convey the product to the end customer.
Looks like the CM now gives preference to a beginner to an amateur who wants easy money and sells his low-quality font for $30, and people who honed their style and level by years simply thrown into the trash.
Is it fair? It is hopeless and ultimately risks turning into Design Bundles / hungry jpg etc.
So many such a talented creators and products ignored by CM. How they can grow as a creators if the CM doesn’t give a chance to their product being shown to customers?
So many misunderstandings with today’s CM. Can anyone give me some answer, what’s going on?
What the problem is? Is it something with my products? Am I miss something? I will be very grateful if someone explains all this to me, points out my mistakes and misconceptions. I’m just lost and would like to find a way out of this situation. My income is falling rapidly every month, I am the breadwinner of the family and I need to find a solution.
All the Best!