Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Albuquerque Virtual Tour Company Achieves RTV T4 Status!



We're very proud to announce our latest T4 virtual tour photographer, Dale Hart owner and operator of DragonFly 360 Imaging.  Dale has successfully completed our rigorous T4 training program and has already been out shooting several of our Google Business and Hotel virtual tour shoots. 

About this Albuquerque Virtual Tour Company: DragonFly 360 Imaging is a locally owned and operated virtual tour company providing a wide range of photographic services and real estate marketing services to the Greater Albuquerque, NM area.



At the helm of this fast growing virtual tour company is Dale Hart. He brings over 30 years of professional photography experience to the table, much of it working with interior designers and architects.

"In concert with RTV, we offer continually evolving, cutting-edge virtual tour technology to help market real estate and other locally owned commercial businesses in the Albuquerque – Rio Rancho Area. Our mission is to provide progressive, cost effective marketing solutions to real estate professionals and commercial businesses that show their company or property listings in the best possible light.

Our unique and seamless process produces professional Razor Sharp, Full Screen HD 360 Virtual Tours that showcase you as a leading professional and showcases your Real Estate listing or business as an innovative entity." - Dale Hart

Dale Hart
Owner
Albuquerque Virtual Tours
DragonFly 360 Imaging
Order a virtual tour today: 505-962-2207





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Monday, February 16, 2015

The IMAGE 56 – Gadgets and Gizmos

As a photographer shooting HD virtual tours, it always helps to have the right tools.  The gadgets that help us work more efficiently, make it easier to capture the right images, give us some new advantage over other photographers, or be able to add a new service to increase our business offering.

It only takes a few seconds of looking through vast camera supplier websites to realize that we have a ton of equipment options available to us…“There are 1294 products that match your search criteria”So what gadgets are worth your time to consider?

Please join Ben Knorr on Tuesday March 3rd at 7:00 PM as he delves into the world of photography gadgets and gizmos.

Register here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8139986211182157569

Team RTV
http://www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Photography Training
866-947-8687





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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Finding the Best Virtual Tour Company

Finding this virtual tour company has been a god-send! From my first call to the company they did an amazing job! They offered me support and personal interest that removed all doubts and got me on-board with confidence!

My first training session with Ryan was amazing! He was clear, concise, organized and kind! After just 2 hours of training - I am going to attempt to create my first 360 virtual tour using RTV's platform! The virtual tour building instructions are extremely well written and intuitive.

I am so excited to be on this path that a year ago I didn't even know was a possibility! Being able to create 360 degree guided tours for any and all types of business has unlimited income potential.

Thank you RTV!

Janis Schwartz
Janis Schwartz Photography, LLC
Kansas City Virtual Tours
Order a virtual tour - 913-461-9179





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Monday, February 2, 2015

Lincoln Virtual Tour Company Chooses RTV

New in 2015 Digital Perfection virtual tour company is now offering DELUXE virtual tours! This new and amazing cutting edge technology powered by RTV can be used for your real estate listings at remarkably affordable pricing.

Pardon the excitement, but we are totally overcome with joy as a result of teaming Digital Perfection with the remarkably advanced features available with RTV's virtual tour software platform. This has generated benefits that we have been seeking for years.

As a small family business providing photography and virtual tours in Lincoln, Nebraska, teaming with an all American super star company like RTV we can now provide totally exciting marketing tools like never before.

Contact Dennis Barratt at (402) 525-9788 for more information or go to Digital Perfection at http://digitalperfection.info





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Friday, January 30, 2015

Dallas Fort Worth Virtual Tours From New T4 Virtual Tour Provider

Lisa Castro, owner of Pro360 Virtual Tour Company achieves T4 Status at RTV. Way to go Lisa!!!

Lisa says that wile some virtual tour companies provide full 360 panoramas, we go one step further. Our virtual tours offer a full multi-media experience.  The  platform supports still photos, cylindrical panoramas, 360 x 360 panoramas and full motion video.

At Pro360 Virtual Tours and Photography, we use state of the art RTV virtual tour software. RTV is a recognized leader in interactive 360 panoramic virtual tours. This technology is the perfect solution for selling anything via the web, and is the answer for realtors and brokers needing 360 degree real estate tours.

Our technology is not limited to real estate though, we can customize the look and feel to create a professional, high-quality virtual tour for any type of place or product. Our virtual tour customers include restaurants, retirement communities, rehabilitation facilities, golf courses, wineries, day spas and wedding or conference centers. If your location has visual appeal, let us show it off for you with a 360 virtual tour and full room still photographs.





Dallas - Fort Worth Texas Virtual Tour Provider - Pro360 Virtual Tours and Photography

Lisa Castro
Owner
Dallas Fort Worth Virtual Tour Company
Order a Dallas, Fort Worth Virtual Tour Today - 817-676-7176





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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rock Hill Virtual Tour Company - Now T4 Provider

Joy Cassidy, owner of Southern Virtual Images has achieved T4 status as an RTV virtual tour provider. Southern Virtual Images specialize in Real Estate Photography for Charlotte, North Carolina areas and Upper South Carolina communities of Tega Cay, Lake Wylie, Fort Mill, Rock Hill, York and surrounding cities. Joy has been a local artist and past President of the Yorkville Artists’ Guild. With her amazing artistic eye and passion for photography and real estate, and now her new T4 status at RTV, she can produce a virtual tour that will be sure to help sell your real estate listing or product faster.

“Southern Virtual Images provides you with all of the great tools you could ever imagine or need when it comes to marketing yourself, your business and your properties online. Backed by RTV, the world leader in virtual tour software and #1 Ranking virtual tour company on the Internet, you will find that our marketing tools are always evolving faster than anyone else.” - Joy Cassidy

Joy takes great pride in her work as well as her end product, which is an HTML 5 and flash based virtual tour which displays beautiful full screen panoramic scenes and still images.

Joy says, "Our tours are interactive and allow the viewer to feel as if they are physically touring a home. This helps create an emotional connection to the property before they’ve seen it in person. This connection increases the likelihood the buyers will schedule a showing and gives the real estate agent the opportunity to showcase the best features of the home."

By using Southern Virtual Images, you will even receive automatically, your customized Southern Virtual Tour hit stats traffic report each week. Knowing where your traffic is coming from, allows you to target your marketing efforts on the websites and forms of advertising that bring you the best results.

Southern Virtual Images has the powerful property marketing tools you need to stay competitive in an aggressive real estate market.



Rock Hill, South Carolina Virtual Tour Provider - Southern Virtual Images

Joy Cassidy
Rock Hill SC Virtual Tours
Call to order a Rock Hill, SC Virtual Tour 803-493-8365







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Monday, January 12, 2015

Rockford, IL Virtual Tour Provider Achieves T4 Photographer Status!

RTV virtual tour software company is proud to announce Pam Gleichman from Rockford, IL as our latest T4 photographer to successfully finish T4 training. Pam Gleichman started Midwest Media Tours in 2012 to combine her love of photography, technology and marketing. Her virtual tour company services Rockford, Illinois, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, Belvidere, Poplar Grove, Caledonia and surrounding areas.

Midwest Media Tours offers HDR still photography, state of the art High Definition Virtual Tours for your Real Estate and Commercial needs, and now Google Business View virtual tours! We are dedicated to making your property or business look great and gain wide exposure by providing high quality, cost effective products with an emphasis on customer service.

Google 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.

We offer 360 Virtual Tours & Real Estate Photography, single property websites, panoramic sign
riders, virtual tours on CD’s, virtual tour distribution and so much more. You’ll love our powerful
property marketing tools whether you are a Real Estate agent, business owner or individual
selling your home or property. Midwest Media Tours is proud to be partnered with RTV, the world’s largest full-service virtual tour and property marketing network.

Rockford, Illinois Virtual Tour Provider - Midwest Media Tours







Pam Gleichman
Rockford Virtual Tours
Call to order a Virtual Tour - 815-979-7653





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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Texarkana, AR Virtual Tour Photographer Achieves T4

RTV is very proud to announce Mark Harris from Harris House 360 as our latest T4 Virtual Tour Photographer.

Harris House 360 is locally owned and operated in Texarkana, Arkansas. Our service area includes Texarkana, AR and surrounding areas including Ashdown, Fouke, Genoa, Hope, Lewisville, Atlanta, Queen City, Hooks, and New Boston. We’ve partnered with RTV virtual tour software company to provide the highest quality interactive virtual tours using the latest technology to promote your property or business. We are here to serve real estate brokers, agents, home owners and business owners.


Fayetteville, Arkansas Virtual Tour Provider - Harris House 360
Mark Harris
Texarkana Virtual Tours
Call to order a Virtual Tour 870-330-2358





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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Three Tips to Spice up Your Virtual Tours

Real estate virtual tours have come a long way—from a cool and innovative feature for a select few listings, to a routine and almost expected part of any property marketing. Whether you’re a real estate agent looking to draw more attention to your listings, or a virtual tour provider looking for ways to provide your clients with better value, you need to add a little extra to your virtual tours to help them stand out.

These tips will help you create virtual tours for real estate and business properties that will engage your viewers and put the “wow” factor back in these powerful marketing tools.

Use more pictures
It seems like a simple solution, but adding more pictures with higher quality to your virtual tours can really help them stand out. If you don’t already, use a digital camera to take pictures of your properties instead of a cell phone, and set the resolution high. Take a lot more pictures than you’ll use, and choose the best shots to include in the virtual tour.

In addition, include a greater number of photos in your virtual tour. Don’t forget to use images of the property around the house or building, as well as the surrounding community and cityscapes where appropriate.

Create a video virtual tour
Video virtual tours have been growing in popularity over the past few years. Filming a video tour of the property lets you convey the flow of a home as well as the look and feel, and helps to highlight the visual appeal of the best selling points.

Walk-through video tours can be accompanied with narration to offer more detail for prospective buyers. You may even consider using a rolling tripod to film smooth, seamless video of your properties.

Include an interactive floor plan
A floor plan is a great way to show prospective buyers exactly what they can expect from a property. Interactive floor plans, such as those you can create with RTV software, allow viewers to click on a room or area, and jump directly to the relevant photos or video in the virtual tour.

You can also include a “floor plan” of the community by placing mash-up maps in your virtual tours, which show landmarks and detailed information about the area surrounding the property. Most MLS (Multiple Listing Service) suites will generate map mash-ups that can be included in virtual tours. You can also create custom maps that show information such as schools, shopping centers, restaurants, and recreation facilities using Google Maps or the “Find a Neighborhood” feature on REALTOR.com.

Team RTV

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






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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.

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





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