Author News Rollup – September 2018

Check out some of the cool things we’re working on at Envato HQ and read all the latest news and updates from this past month. ✔︎

Audio on Elements

Over this past year, we have been steadily adding item types our customers are familiar with from Envato Market to Envato Elements. We recently announced that audio will be coming to Elements and we are excited to be introducing it to subscribers soon! Read the full announcement here.

eCommerce Power Week Campaign

The lead-up to the biggest online digital shopping season of the year is fast approaching. In anticipation for this, our email team is going to run an ecommerce marketing sale to help our customers prepare for this busy sale period by updating their ecommerce shopfronts. Read the full announcement here.

Changes to GraphicRiver Trends

We recently announced some changes to how tags work on GraphicRiver and our first steps to optimize them better for search engines. Our engineering team will be doing this and no action is required on the part of authors. However, we encourage you to revisit your tags at any time to check spelling and optimize them for maximum discoverability. Read the full announcement here.

UX Insights

Our UX team at Envato recently conducted a series of interviews with customers/users in the audio space. The feedback received showed a great demand for customers looking for high quality audio items and the opportunity for authors to improve the experience, particularly when searching through a vast amount of content.

Customers identified some specific areas which helped items stand out and ultimately, influenced the items they decided to purchase. This included: Presentation, Track Titles/Tags, Moods and Tempo. Check out all the insights in our October Audio Trends Report for Authors here.

Seasonal Email Campaign Opportunity

Our customer team are putting together an email marketing campaign that will feature a number of files, offered at a 40% discount, for approximately one week. This includes premium items across GraphicRiver, AudioJungle and VideoHive. If you’d like to be involved, please use this thread to nominate items from your portfolio.

Expiring Tax Information on Envato Market

Authors are reminded that the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations state that Forms W-8BEN and W-8BEN-E expire after three years. This means that if you provided us with your tax information in 2015, and haven’t re-submitted since, we are required to invalidate your tax form on 1 January 2019.

If we don’t receive updated tax information from you by 1 January 2019, we will be required to apply Backup Withholding Tax (BWT) at a rate of 24% to all your earnings. Read more details here and check out the Tax Forms section of the Author Help Center for resources.

Updates to Web Browser Support

As you may know, from time-to-time updates to our browser requirements are necessary to help ensure the ongoing security and integrity of your interactions with us.

We take your experience and security seriously, so we wanted to let you know that going forwards we will only support web certain browser versions, to help avoid older browsers from failing in unexpected ways. Read more here.

Community Health Survey (FY19)

We recently concluded our second Community Health survey (FY19), which works to give us an indication of how well the community functions, and highlights the areas that our teams can focus on to make improvements. We’re aiming to provide a healthy, supportive and constructive community to help our members succeed – whether they’re authors, customers or both. So, keep an eye out for the results and insights soon!

Fee Rebate Promotion for New Payoneer Authors

Payoneer are currently offering a promotion which rebates all bank transfer fees ($1.50) and card load fees ($1.50) for new authors who sign-up to the Payoneer platform, for a period of 12 months. To be eligible for the fee waive, authors must sign-up or switch to Payoneer as their payout method from Wednesday 12th September to Friday 30th November 2018. Read the full announcement here.

Free Files Campaign 

Nomination threads for October-December are now open! If you’d like to nominate a free file for use in our marketing campaigns, you can find the full nomination details for each marketplace here.

That’s it for the past few months, folks! If you have any questions or want to continue the conversation, jump over to the forums and connect with your fellow author community.

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