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Premier Designer FAQ
Q: How do I become a Premier Designer?
A: Once you have joined the Design Community, and you’ve created a portfolio of designs, your collection must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for the Premier Designer program:
1. At least 25 designs, relevant to the event and ecard categories on pingg.
2. Over 500 design uses within a 3 month time period. This number can be found in the "Usage Report" section of your Studio under "Design Popularity" and is listed by design.
3. We would also like to see how actively you participate in promoting your profile and collection. We supply you with the tools you need to promote your designs under the “promotional material” section of your Studio, but it’s up to you to spread the word on your personal site or blog. Also take advantage of social networks like Facebook or Twitter.
As we review portfolios and accept new designers to the program, we’ll invite you to become a Premier Designer if your work meets our editorial standards,. All qualifying designers are added to the program at end of each quarter: March, June, September and December.
Q: How can I increase my chances of becoming a Premier Designer?
A: To increase your chances of becoming a Premier Designer, focus on quality, quantity, and relevancy when creating your designs. Of course, quality is somewhat subjective, but you can get an idea of the quality we’re looking for by taking a look at the current roster of Premier Designers. Whether or not you actually like the designs you see, there is a minimum level of artistic skill we’re looking for. With respect to quantity—the more you have the better, without sacrificing quality, of course. You want to give users several options to choose from, so show off your skills! This will also help increase your bottom line; more designs often leads to more usage. Regarding relevancy—think about occasions, events, milestones, etc. For example, a Christmas-themed design is not likely to perform well in June. However, a July 4th-themed design will likely perform well in the same month.
Q: Can I use clip-art or stock photos in my designs?
A: We highly suggest that you do not use clip-art or stock photos in your designs. We are looking for work that is original, creative, and functional. However, if you do choose to incorporate stock images you must have the full rights to use them and they must be integrated into an original creation or modified in a way that makes it unique. Royalty-free clip-art is permitted, but only as long as the source licenses the art for reproduction in items for sale. Many clip-art only allow for reproduction for 'personal use only.' Any clip-art that you have to purchase online is not permitted, because we would then have to re-purchase that clip-art.
Q: Do I have to continually add new designs to my collection in order to maintain my status as a Premier Designer?
A: You must add at least five new designs to your collection each quarter in order to maintain your status as a Premier designer.
Q: Why do I get paid on net revenue?
A: Simply put, it costs us a certain amount (i.e., overhead) to maintain and deliver your designs and the services that come with them. Currently our overhead is $4 and includes hosting, email delivery, credit card transaction fees, etc. The net revenue is what is left after we subtract the overhead cost of delivering those services. We may also offer promotions from time to time, whereby the cost of using a premium design is reduced, e.g., a 50% off promotion. In a case such as that, the user would pay only $5 to use the design, instead of $10. In any case, we subtract our overhead—currently $4 per invite/ecard—and you receive 50% of the net revenue. For example: If a user pays $10 to use your design, you would make $3.00 ($10-$4=$6 / 2=$3). Similarly, if a user paid only $5 due to a 50% off promotion, you would make $.50 ($5-$4=$1 / 2=$.50).
Please Note: The overhead cost, currently $4, is subject to change at any time; any changes to the overhead cost will be posted here.
Q: How can I help sell my designs?
A: Promote. Promote. Promote. We’ll supply you with buttons, banners, and a custom URL linking directly to your profile, but you should also promote yourself via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter and on your blog, if you have one. If you don’t have a blog, consider starting one. The more eyes on your work, the more you’re likely to sell.
Q: Do I own my designs?
A: Yes. You own your designs and can remove them from our site at any time. We don't hold exclusive rights to your work and you are free to use your designs elsewhere. We may use your work in advertisements, such as house banner ads and in newsletters, etc., but you will always be credited for your work.
Q: What are my tax requirements?
A: For U.S. residents: those who earn $600 or more will have to fill out a W-9 form. We will provide the 1099 form for the IRS at the end of the year. We do not withhold taxes. You are solely responsible for making quarterly tax payments as necessary.
For non-U.S. residents: If you are international, non-US-based you are solely responsible for reporting your earnings to the appropriate tax agencies.
Q: How & when will I get paid?
A: We will issue payment every quarter, i.e., March, June, September, December. You must have earned at least $50 in any given quarter to receive a payment. If your earnings are less than $50 in any given quarter, we’ll roll it over to the next quarter until the $50 minimum has been reached. If a full year has lapsed and you have not reached the $50 minimum, you may request that payment be issued by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org