Tuesday, December 16, 2014

RTV Announces Google Trusted Agency Status and the press release is featured by CNBC




RTV virtual tour software company officially announced on Thursday December 9th 2014 that they have become a Google Trusted photographer company. This press release was picked up and reported by CNBC. They are excited to provide Google Business View photography to our national accounts as well as providing a venue for our nation wide network of photographers to begin selling Google Business View shoots to small and medium businesses across the country

As a Google Trusted Agency, RTV is also allowed to perform hotel virtual tours for the Business View program. Google currently only allows a select few agencies and photographers to perform these virtual tours with in their system.

Photography for Choice Hotel properties has begun in Texas, Virginia, and North Carolina. We anticipate our photographers will begin photographing other southern states in the next 30 to 60 days, and our northern tier properties in the spring.

Business View Tours are popular for small and medium businesses such as restaurants and retail stores, due to the immediate impact on search engine visibility. A potential client or customer can "walk through" a business they are considering visiting , creating a sense of familiarity and comfort before they ever stop foot on the property.

Read our Press Release Below

Traverse City Virtual Tour Software & Photography Service Company
Receives Google Trusted Photography Agency Certification

TRAVERSE CITY, MI, December 9, 2014 – RTV, Inc (RTV) a Traverse City based virtual tour software and photo service firm announced today they are officially a Google Trusted Photography Agency. Google Trusted Photography Agencies must go through rigorous testing and training to ultimately manage a group of professional photographers that are used to photograph, create, and publish Google Business View virtual tour productions.

A Google Business View virtual tour allows Internet users to “Step Inside” a local business from any computer, laptop, or portable device.  When present, a Business View virtual tour will be prominently displayed within the Google search results next to the business contact information, directions and reviews.  Upon clicking “See Inside” users are able to take an instant virtual tour of that particular business giving them an experience similar to that of the Google Street View technology.

RTV will be leveraging their well-established network of over 1000 professional photographers around the world to offer both the RTV virtual tour product as well as the Google Business View product to thousands of local businesses throughout the USA, Canada, and other countries. 

With the project just sixty days underway, RTV already has nearly two hundred photographers on their way to being certified as agency photographers with more new recruits showing interest in the program every week. The catalyst driving this intensive push to quickly become a Google Trusted Agency came in October of 2014 when a national hotel chain awarded RTV with 1500 + hotel shoots, each requiring 30 professional photographs and a Google Business View virtual tour of the hotel.  RTV is estimating this initiative to be completed by July or August of 2015.

“We just knocked out five hundred hotels in ten weeks for another major brand earlier this year,” said Jason LaVanture, VP and Founder of RTV. “Fifteen hundred hotels with Google shoots by August should be doable assuming we keep up our current pace. It’s one thing to get a few people to do something all at once, but another altogether trying to get a thousand photographers to purchase the special equipment, take Google photography classes, pass the Google quizzes, and attend our weekly webinars that we’re currently holding on the subject.

“Right now it’s nothing short of a miracle that we have so many loyal photographers running down this path with us. It’s great!”

Team RTV
RTV, Inc
www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training





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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Redwood City Virtual Tour Provider Achieves RTV T4 Status!

RTV is proud to announce our latest T4 approved virtual tour provider, Caroline Tudor!  Caroline will be offering both Google Business view and RTV virtual tours in the San Francisco area.

A native to San Francisco, Caroline attended J. Eugene McAteer High where she took her first professional photography class. She discovered her love for creating images through the lens of her Pentax K1000. She went on to formally study professional photography in college.

Redwood City, California Virtual Tour Provider - Caroline Tudor PhotographyAfter a career in medical photography and other endeavors, she is now building her commercial photography and virtual tour business in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Specializing in commercial photography, some of her clients include commercial real estate agencies, builders, retailers, marketing firms, and other independent businesses. She provides the highest quality interactive virtual tour and photographic services, all with the purpose of making the best possible impression of your business.

Redwood City Virtual Tours
Call to order a Virtual Tour -  650-430-3843





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Professional Hotel Photography & Virtual Tours

The internet has become your most important marketing tool and professional hotel photography is the key component to booking rooms. “A picture is worth a thousand words” so if you’re serious about looking your best, using the most up to date modern technology, getting the lowest price, and fastest turn-around time, then franchisees will tell you that RTV Inc. is the RIGHT vendor for you.

We provide Professional Hotel Photography, Interactive Virtual Media Tours, Google Business View Tours and Full Motion Video options. Additional features including YouTube Distribution, HTML 5 Mobile Ready Tours, Weekly Traffic Reports, Kiosk (Lobby) Tour, Computer Audio and Professional Voice Over Narrations, Astro Zoom Space Fly In, Reservations / “Book-It-Now” button and Free Hotel Portal Distribution!

Whether you own one or one-hundred hotels, RTV can be there fast (typically within two-weeks from the time that an order has been placed anywhere in the U.S.) and offer you the best looking photographs and technology. All your high definition professional photography is yours to keep for print and will be distributed to the E-Brochure page as well as thousands of travel planning portal sites!

All services are 100% guaranteed. Service availability is 100% guaranteed anywhere in the United States. We’ve been offering professional Hotel Photography since 1999 and have access to over 1000 professional photographers worldwide allowing us to give you FASTER delivery times at a LOW COST with the BEST quality.

RTV, Inc
Hotel Photography & Professional Virtual Tours
Order Hotel Photography Today - 866-947-8687
http://www.RealTourVision.com










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Monday, December 8, 2014

Social Realty Episode 11 - Search Engine Optimization Basics

Attention RTV friends, family, and fans! OUr popular Social Realty Webinar is back and starting up again on December 23rd with your host Jay Stringham.  Jay serves as RTV's on staff Social Media Coordinator, digital imaging specialist, and professional photographer.  Many of you know of him as the GREAT GUY that's helping you through the T4 program.  Please make sure you don't miss this event!

Social Realty 11 - SEO Basics with Jay Stringham

Website search engine ranking has evolved drastically in the past couple of years. If you haven’t thought about your website in the past month chances are that your virtual tour company website is moving in the wrong direction among the search engines.

Do you wonder why when we talk about search engine rankings; Google inevitably becomes the focus of the conversation? Did you know that a search engine “sees” your virtual tour website completely different than you do? Has a competitor been outranking you website and you want to know how change that?

In Jay Stringham’s inaugural episode of social realty we will discuss the whys, and how to basics of having your website show up at the top of search engine results. Even if you have some search engine optimization knowledge we believe you will find this webinar very helpful. If you have any questions you would like answered on this show please email them to jstring@realtourvision.com. We hope you can join us!

Register now in your Tour Management System!

Sincerely,

Team RTV
RTV, Inc
www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training





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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dallas Virtual Tour Company - New RTV T4 Provider

RTV is pleased to announce that Jack DiMaio of Argyle, TX has reached T4 status.   Virtual Tours Dallas offers the very best professional Commercial and Residential Real Estate photography. We do 360° virtual tours, aerial and video solutions in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton area and is owned and operated by Jack J. DiMaio of Argyle, Texas.

Our location makes us the perfect choice for Dallas/Fort Worth, Rockwall, Collin and Denton business owners, real estate agents/brokers, and home builders, looking to partner with a professional virtual tour provider.

OUR GOAL is to create and/or assist our clients to take their business to the next level. We are providing the highest quality virtual tours that allows you to showcase your property or business .?A virtual tour is more than just pictures on the screen; it brings your home or business alive in the eyes of prospective buyers. It is a fact that 60% of the impact of any presentation given to someone is “visual” or can be called “virtual”.

In addition to state of the art interactive 360° virtual tours, our Dallas Based Virtual Tour Company offers a variety of services such as residential real estate and commercial photography, weekly traffic reports colorful listing flyers, full screen slideshow presentations, panoramic sign riders, single property websites and more!


If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, let Virtual Tours Dallas be your premier virtual tour provider and with our exceptional attention to detail and outstanding customer service, we will help you look your very best!


Dallas virtual tours

Jack DiMaio
Virtual Tours Dallas
Dallas Virtual Tours
Order a North Dallas Virtual Tour: 940.725.033





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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Search Engine Optimization for Your Virtual Tour Business



SEO for Virtual Tour Companies

Have you wondered how you can have your website top the list on search engines?


Website search engine ranking has evolved drastically in the past couple of years. If you haven’t thought about your website in the past month chances are you are moving the wrong way in the search engine ranks. Google accounts for 67.5% of the search engine market (comscore.com), whereas Bing and Yahoo make up around 28% combined*. When we are talking about SEO (search engine optimization) the conversation inevitably centers on Google for this reason. Google has used their position of dominance to change how websites are ranked according to what they see as most important. User experience and relevance are two of the main factors in the success or failure of search engine results. How is user experience and relevance determined? Much of that information comes in the form of bounce rates, time on site, and other user behavior cues, as well as the robots (sometime called spiders) that scan websites for content and updates.

If you are in the dark as to how to figure this out, don’t worry. There are lots of tools available both paid and free. With a little technical knowledge (or a good friend that knows code) you can install Google Analytics and sign up for Google Webmaster tools, and the best part is they are totally free. Sure there are plenty of companies that want you to pay them to report to you on a monthly basis from their pricey software, but I will take free directly from the horse’s mouth any day.
Great content represents one of the biggest pieces of the puzzle to search engine success as well. If your website is a wealth of quality information people will come to your site more often, spend more time, and link back more frequently. Quality graphic content such as photos, memes, and info graphs are easily share able on social media platforms (which in turn send social relevancy signals to Google) and contribute to a great user experience as well. Committing and sticking to a long term content creation strategy is a powerful tool in the effort to obtain online ranking success.
Back linking used to be a huge part of improving website rankings. This is the practice of getting other website to link back to your site. While this can still influence the organic (non paid) rankings, Google has recently been decreasing the value of back links. This is due in part to a rash of attempts to manipulate back link profiles for the benefit of a websites search rankings. On top of Google slowly decreasing the value of back links many sites that have used low quality back link practices are now being penalized by Google and forced to either fix their back link profile (an often long and tedious task) or face the consequences of penalization or even suspension of ranking on Google's search engine.

You can still benefit from a great back link profile but I would caution you to approach gaining back links by producing good content and publishing it on social media and any other avenues you can find. People who like the content you are producing, or find value in it will share it and link back to it in various ways. These great articles and graphics are known as link bait in the seo community as they are produced to draw back links in. Typically the back links gained are to related websites meaning the back links have a higher relevance than if it was linked back from a website that is not with in the same industry or genre.  If anyone approaches you and offers X number of back links for money, DO NOT DO IT! This is the sort of practice that will land your website in Google's dreaded penalty box. If the opportunity to link to another page arises and it makes sense, making the link a no follow link is advisable. This tells the Google robots to not consider where this link is going to, to influence search engine rankings for either site. This is done using a simple html code while placing the link.

The long and short of seo is develop your site with user experience in mind, produce and promote good content and let the rest fall into place.  Hard work and avoiding the pitfall the easy way out and your website will move up in the rankings. Keep in mind where Google is headed and focus on getting there rather than focusing on what has been done in the past.

Do you have questions? Coming up soon we will be having a webinar for our network of photographers to discuss this issue more in depth. Would you like to learn more about being an RTV photographer? Visit our website to learn how to start your virtual tour business or call us at 866 947 8687. Or allow one of our Virtual Tour Providers to provide professional photography on your behalf.

Join the conversation on Facebook!

*http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Press-Releases/2014/4/comScore-Releases-March-2014-U.S.-Search-Engine-Rankings





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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holland Virtual Tour Company - 3 BIG Things

Hello my fellow RTV virtual tour company owners!  As of yesterday Front Door Photos has 3 VERY big things to announce to the world.

1. As of yesterday, Front Door Photos is officially an Affiliate Member of WMLAR! What does that mean for you? I now have the ability to access supra lockboxes--making scheduling and coordinating virtual tour shoots even easier!

2. As the end of the year quickly approaches, I wanted to let you know that Front Door Photos has the ability to send you a year-end statement. Want to know exactly how much you invested in professional photography services in 2014? Just send me an email and I will get you a copy at your convenience.

3. Want to save some money on professional photos and virtual tours for 2015? Front Door Photos is offering a limited number of year-long contracts starting January, 2015. Contracts will be established on an individual basis. Message me if you are interested!

Finally, THANK YOU for your continued support--this all would not be possible without you. As always, please let me know if there is anything else you might need from me. Happy buying and selling!

Best Regards,

Taylor Blom
Front Door Photos
Holland Virtual Tours
Order a virtual tour - 616-283-9294





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Monday, December 1, 2014

San Diego Photographer, Mary Ourada Achieves T4 Status!

RTV virtual tour software company is very proud to announce Mary Ourada as an RTV T4 Status Professional Photographer.

Mary Ourada has been photographing professionally since 2009. Born and raised in San Diego she is familiar with every area of the county.  She is a former Realtor and when the market took a downturn she decided to marry her love of professional photography with her love for Real Estate. Being a former Realtor has also given her insight on what Realtors need regarding their photos.

She has also done businesses and hotels in the area.  Mary has a great eye for detail and takes the time needed to get the photos right.  She constantly strives to perfect her craft. For more information on San Diego virtual tours and professional please visit Mary's website below.

Sincerely,

Team RTV

San Diego CA Virtual Tours
Call to order a Virtual Tour 619-972-8612





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Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Virtual Tour Checklist

Here's a basic checklist for creating amazing virtual tours.

A stunning virtual tour can be a great tool for anyone who’s promoting a real estate property, a hotel, campus, restaurant, resort, or just about any type of business. And like many creative endeavors, there are nearly as many ways to make a virtual tour as there are types of virtual tours you can make.

However, there’s a basic formula you can follow to create a powerful and effective virtual tour that will help you sell what you’re promoting. Whether you’re a virtual tour provider just starting out, or a real estate agent or business owner who’s never made a virtual tour but would like to learn more, these steps will help you put together an effective and engaging virtual tour.

  1. Scout and prepare your virtual tour location
Your first step should be to check out the location of your virtual tour and plan your shots. Do a walk through of the property or business with an eye for the best areas to include on the virtual tour. Consider the best times of day when areas will look good with any natural light you can use, as well as the places where you may want a short video in addition to panoramic images and still photos.

     2. Consider hiring out a professional virtual tour photographer with a high end camera
Smartphones are coming out with better built-in cameras all the time, but a good quality digital SLR camera is still the best tool for creating a virtual tour. A camera that allows you to take high resolution photos and images will provide the best shots. A quick Google search for 'Virtual Tour Company' or 'Virtual Tour Provider' will help you find those in your area that offer the service and will most likely have the gear.

    3. Make sure that you or your provider is using a fully featured virtual tour software
While it’s possible to create a virtual tour using free or common virtual tour software programs like Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Photoshop, or others out there, you will have better results using specialized virtual tour software that’s designed for virtual tours. Remember that having a YouTube video is NOT a virtual tour by any means. 

With a professional using proper virtual tour software you’ll be able to enjoy powerful features like an AstroZoom space fly-over, weekly virtual tour traffic reports, printable flyers, QR codes, hot spots, scene by scene voice-overs, HD panoramic images, full motion video, lead capture tools, interactive floor plans and more!

     4. Develop a deployment strategy
Virtual tours must be seen to get results. Once your virtual tour is finished, you can get visibility and views by posting it on your website, your FaceBook page, YouTube, local business directories, and if your tour is real estate related you can even get it on real estate sites like Trulia, Realtor.com, BackPage, OLX, HotPads, Zillow, your local MLS, Reachoo, and many more! Finally, you can also store your virtual tours on mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, so you can show your stunning presentation to potential customers wherever you are.

At RTV we recommend that you choose a professional virtual tour provider for all of your real estate and business virtual tour needs.  You can compare prices and features by contacting RTV and doing a Google search for virtual tour providers in your area. We look forward to working with you when the time is right.

Sincerely,

Team RTV


RTV, Inc
www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Professional Photography Training
866-947-8687






















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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Minneapolis Virtual Tour Provider - New T4 Professional Photographer

Minneapolis, Minnesota Virtual Tour Provider - Baker Imaging PhotographyRTV is proud to announce our latest T4 Rated professional photographer, Dan Baker from Baker Imaging Photography.  Baker Imaging Photography is a Minneapolis / St Paul based Commercial Photography and virtual tour business, and Virtual Tour provider with a long history of providing strong technical and visually pleasing imagery.

Baker Imaging was founded by Dan Baker in 1988. Dan has 30+ years of professional photography experience, ranging from film to digital technologies, including digital retouching and manipulation. Dan was certified a Google Trusted Photographer in early 2012 and has been providing high quality 360˚ panoramic virtual tours and professional still photographs as a part of the Google Maps Business View program.

Dan Baker said, "This technology provides a great resource for our customers wishing to market and advertise anything via the web. – Our mission is to provide excellent customer service, quality innovative imagery and services at a fair and reasonable price. Baker Imaging is proud to bring our experience and creativity to the RTV Virtual Tour Network."

Dan Baker
Minneapolis Virtual Tours
Order a Virtual Tour: 763-544-4178





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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vacation Rental Photography & Professional Virtual Tours

Vacation home rentals are very popular at this time of the year. But with so many properties available for vacation rentals, especially those in and around popular destinations, it can be hard for property owners to attract renters to their particular vacation homes.

A well-made vacation rental virtual tour can give you a competitive advantage in marketing your vacation home rental. Whether you’re a property owner, a real estate agent working with vacation homes, or a virtual tour provider looking to expand your customer base, creating vacation home virtual tours is a great place to start.

The benefits of professional vacation rental photography virtual tours
For most vacationers, choosing a vacation home is an important investment. A listing that describes the layout and the amenities can be helpful, but being able to see the property is more important. However, many people on vacation are unable to visit the vacation rentals they’re considering, since they have to travel for the vacation itself.

With a virtual tour, you can give potential renters the experience of seeing your vacation home live. An interactive virtual tour is more impressive and engaging than static photos, and will make it easier for vacationers to fall in love with your property and decide to rent it—they’re able to envision themselves there, already enjoying their vacation.

What’s more, a virtual tour offers customers reassurance that your property actually has the features and amenities described in the listing, and that they meet the expectations of the renters.

Tips for a stunning vacation rental virtual tour
The foundations of a great virtual tour start with using a professional RTV virtual tour photographer for your photo shoot.  Using a professional to do your photo shoot and vacation rental virtual tour will insure the quickest turn around time as well as insure that you're getting the most out of your production.  Your RTV photographer has expertise in blending high definition images with full motion video, scene by scene captions, music clips, voice overs, floor plans, hot spots, AstroZoom Space fly-over and more. To truly bring your vacation property to life for potential renters hire out your photography and virtual tour service to one of our professional photographers.

When you have a completed virtual tour for your vacation rental property, be sure to post the video on your website, YouTube, and any other online destinations where vacationers look for rental property information. Remember that RTV is an approved photography supplier for HomeAway.com and VRBO.  Be sure to reach out to these outlets to post your listing too! Enjoy more bookings with a fantastic virtual tour that sells your vacation rental for you!



Good luck out there!


Sincerely,

Team RTV

RTV, Inc
Vacation Rental Photography
866-947-8687







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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hot Springs, AR Virtual Tours - New T4 Photographer - Impact 360

Impact 360 Media, your custom virtual tour and Google Business View 360 tour specialist, serves the entire state of Arkansas and beyond.   We have had the privilege of shooting 360 virtual tours in Alaska, Washington, California, Arkansas and even Florida.

We have been serving business clients since 2006 including:





    Retail
    Medical
    Private Schools
    Manufacturing
    Restaurants
    Hotels
    Universities
    Venues

and much more!

Our ability to offer the highly sought after Google virtual tour along with a custom RTV virtual tour with immersive imagery, still shots, logos, background music, stats, and more features found only on the RTV virtual tour software platform makes us the market leader.

Our extensive background in print and digital media advertising allows us to offer a free consultation on how to best integrate your new virtual tours into existing advertising efforts.   A virtual tour will enhance your print, website and social media which leads to more conversions and a higher ROI for all of your advertising.   A virtual tour is one of the only tools in your advertising tool bag, which will make the others more efficient.

We are proud to use the RTV Fusion virtual tour software platform to service our business clients.   The platform is state of the art, customizable and provides great Search Engine Optimization value as well.

A custom tour and Google Tour are the ultimate immersive experience with a side benefit of increased search engine exposure.   Do not miss this opportunity to be a market leader in your category.

Call today at 501-520-1815 for your free consult and we look forward to being of service.


Hot Springs AR Virtual Tour
Call to order a Virtual Tour
501-520-1815 - See more at: http://www.realtourvision.com/virtual-tours/ar/hot-springs-virtual-tours-hot-springs-arkansas.html#sthash.cQ3Ot2We.dpuf

John Varnedore
Hot Springs Virtual Tours
www.impact360tours.com
Order a virtual tour: 501-520-1815





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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jim Rector - First RTV Provider to Achieve T4 Status - Servicing Roanoke, VA


RTV proudly welcomes James Rector to the T4 virtual tour provider group!  Jim runs Image 360 Studios, an interactive media marketing company founded in 2006; specializing in 360 degree Panoramic photography and High Resolution architectural images. 

Located outside of Blacksburg, in southwest Virginia, the studio mainly provides service to areas in Roanoke and New River Valley area; although they also service many cities in North Carolina, western Tennessee, and West Virginia.  Jim Rector graduated from Radford University where he first studied photography using film cameras and learning time honored dark room techniques.  Upon receiving his BS Degree, he then worked briefly as an assistant for two advertising photography studios; one in Richmond, VA and the other in Bethesda, MD.

It wasn’t until in 2004 that he began shooting in digital; and later in 2006, at the request of a Real Estate associate, began his career in panoramic photography shooting Virtual Tours. He quickly progressed on to filming hotels and commercial properties, which have now become the principal market for the studio.

Image 360 Studios provides virtual tour photography services in Virginia, West Virginia,  North Carolina and much of the Mid Atlantic area. Contact them today for your photography needs.

Roanoke, Virginia Virtual Tour Provider - Jim Rector

Roanoke VA Virtual Tour
Call to order a Virtual Tour - 540-980-035
Roanoke VA Virtual Tour
Call to order a Virtual Tour
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Roanoke VA Virtual Tour
Call to order a Virtual Tour
540-980-0356 - See more at: http://www.realtourvision.com/virtual-tours/va/roanoke-virtual-tours-roanoke-virginia.html#sthash.HuIPr1W7.dpuf
Roanoke VA Virtual Tour
Call to order a Virtual Tour
540-980-0356 - See more at: http://www.realtourvision.com/virtual-tours/va/roanoke-virtual-tours-roanoke-virginia.html#sthash.HuIPr1W7.dpuf
Roanoke VA Virtual Tour
Call to order a Virtual Tour
540-980-0356 - See more at: http://www.realtourvision.com/virtual-tours/va/roanoke-virtual-tours-roanoke-virginia.html#sthash.HuIPr1W7.dpuf
Roanoke VA Virtual Tour
Call to order a Virtual Tour
540-980-0356 - See more at: http://www.realtourvision.com/virtual-tours/va/roanoke-virtual-tours-roanoke-virginia.html#sthash.HuIPr1W7.dpuf
Roanoke VA Virtual Tour
Call to order a Virtual Tour
540-980-0356 - See more at: http://www.realtourvision.com/virtual-tours/va/roanoke-virtual-tours-roanoke-virginia.html#sthash.HuIPr1W7.dpuf





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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

4 Places to Promote Virtual Tours

Whether you’re a real estate agent, a business owner, or a virtual tour provider, marketing is an essential part of making virtual tours work for you. After all, the more people see your stunning, high quality virtual tours, the more business you’ll generate. Posting your videos on YouTube and your own website is a great start—but you can do more to get views for your virtual tours and increase your profits, all without spending a dime.

Here are four different but effective places you can display your virtual tours in order to capture more potential customers and buyers.

Facebook: High visibility with video thumbnails
Posting your virtual tours to your business Facebook page can really help you get more views. When you post a link to a video on Facebook, a thumbnail image is automatically generated and displayed on the post—helping it stand out from text-based posts in user feeds.  We do this all the time at BlueLaVaMedia.  Check out our Facebook business page here to see how it looks: https://www.facebook.com/TCVirtualTours

If you have a little money to spend on marketing your virtual tours, you should also consider Facebook Promoted Posts. This inexpensive pay-per-click advertising ensures that the post you’re promoting gets more views on the pages of your customers.  One of the things that you can do is use the advertising tool to find local real estate agents and business owners to promote to.  It's great for local business advertising! Facebook Promoted Posts costs just a few cents per click, and you can set your own price.

Pinterest: The image-centric social platform
Since its launch, Pinterest has exploded in popularity. People use Pinterest to browse things they want to buy, and often make purchases based on what they see on Pinterest. While Pinterest began as an image-based social network, the platform now allows users to post, or “pin,” videos on their boards.
If you don’t already have a Pinterest account, joining is a great way to promote your real estate listings, business, or virtual tour services. You can pin still images to your boards along with your virtual tours and generate even more engagement with potential customers.  Included in the BlueLaVaMedia exposure engine is also a posting to our Pinterest page.  Check it out here and see how we're using it: http://www.pinterest.com/bluelavamedia/virtual-tours/  it's super easy and only take a moment through Fusion from the syndication page!

Google+: The search engine favorite
Yet another social network that is often overlooked for promoting virtual tours, Google+ comes with a lot of unique opportunities for visibility. Of course, Google+ is operated by Google, the most used search engine in the world—and posts on this social platform are given a higher priority by Google’s algorithms, which helps more people find your virtual tours.

You can also use Google+ Hangouts to promote your virtual tours. These free video conference calls let you arrange meetings with a lot of current and potential customers at once. One suggestion might be to hold a “virtual tour party” with a Google+ Hangout whenever you make a new virtual tour, and give your Hangout participants an exclusive sneak preview of your new video.

Your mobile device: Marketing on the go
Finally, it’s a great idea to save your virtual tour videos directly to your tablet or smartphone. This way, you can show off your stunning virtual tour to anyone, wherever you are—even if you don’t have service. Tablets and smartphones are ideal for showing virtual tours at sales meetings, conferences, trade shows, and any business-related event you attend.

Don’t limit your virtual tour promotion to YouTube and your website. The more places your virtual tours appear, the more people will see them—and the more business you’ll bring in!


Sincerely,


Jason LaVanture


RTV, Inc
www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Professional Photography Training
866-947-8687







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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

RTV Announces New Talkshow - Through The Lens

Through the Lens – Portrait Photography 101

Attention RTV family and fans: The inaugural Through The Lens webinar hosted by Jay Stringham is finally here. This exciting opening episode will focus on portrait photography and will feature special guest Mike Drilling of Windborne Studios in Traverse City, MI.

Mike has a been a very successful portrait and commercial photographer in Northern Michigan for over 30 years.  This is a great opportunity to learn from a very experienced on location lighting expert. We believe photographers of all skill levels will benefit from his experience and encourage you all to attend this show. We will be discussing on location portraiture photography using off camera lighting.  This specialized portrait training is in anticipation of two new RTV Tour Track accounts that will require portrait photography.  One new account will require photos of flower bouquets and business owners, and the second account calls for photos of medical staff and doctors.

In preparation for these two new national Tour Track accounts, RTV has put together an inexpensive portrait light kit with a double sided, portable background. RTV will be drop shipping these light kits to our selected photographers prior to their photo shoots. Photographers that show expertise in using these kits will have the option to purchase them from RTV at a discounted rate and receive additional jobs from these accounts from their area.

Along with RTV, Mr. Drilling has thoroughly tested the kits.  During the show we will be offering insight as to how to properly light your subject to allow for the separation of the subject from the background for high quality portraits. We will also be discussing posing and making your subjects feel as comfortable as possible to get great natural looking portraits.

We believe the skills and experience gained from this show and these accounts will open new doors for RTV and our photographers. Whether you are looking to achieve T4 status at RTV or you’re just looking to add another specialized service to your offering, you will not want to miss this show. See you there RTV!

Register now in your TMS.  Look for our new "Through The Lens" Icon on the left side of your virtual tour manager.

Sincerely,

Team RTV

RTV, Inc
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