Today Google announced it changed the name of what was formerly known as Google Business Photos to a new name that is more in line with the new Google Maps and better describes what we offer. The program is now called Google Maps Business View. The program is still the same and you still have to go through a trusted photographer to have your business added. We can help with getting your business on line and also with verification or your Google + Local Business Page. Contact us to learn more!
We are very pleased to announce that we have been accepted into the Tourdash reseller program and can start to offer the Tourdash product to our clients! What is Tourdash?
Tourdash (http://tourdash.com) is a way of enhancing your Google Business Photo Tours with all new features not available in the regular tours. These enhancements include the ability to add advanced navigation, boundary and dynamic hotspots, autorotation, easy Facebook publishing and tour analytics (some packages only) to your Google Business Photos Tour! It allow your clients to interact more with your tour and download pdf files, view images and more! Tour Analytics shows the business owner when tours are accessed and for how long, so that you that you can see how effective your GBP Tour is!
Tourdash is sold as a yearly subscription and is available in 3 different levels. Silver (no analytics, ideal for smaller tours), Gold and Platinum.
We are currently working on a demo tour using Tourdash, but in the meantime please feel free to browse the Tourdash site and look at the demos they have there as well as more in depth coverage of the features available.
We are very excited about the new addition to our range of products! Please feel free to contact us for more information and pricing!
One of the latest tours we have published For Google Business Photos is for South Trail Crossing Barbershop. A place where men can get pampered! Like an old fashioned barber shop with modern tech where men can get a haircut and shave and do so while watching sports on TV. Walk ins welcome. The shop looks really great and they a complete line of men’s shave and hair products!
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I had a little fun just before Halloween. One if our neighbours sets up a Haunted House in his garage every year to scare the kids (and parents) on Halloween. I was able to get in a few days before the big night to get some shots and decided to put together a virtual tour of the Haunted House. Lighting was difficult (black lights) but I was pleased with the results! You can visit the virtual tour here
This should work on most devices that support HTML 5 or Flash.
To see the full post including some of the stills I shot visit this link
This is an example of a non Google tour that I am offering. I am currently working on a few more that will showcase other options if you don’t want to do a Google Virtual Tour.
We have just published out latest virtual tour for a client!
Fraserway RV in Airdrie is an RV Dealership that also offers RV rentals. For this tour we used a path that takes you to the rental office on the far side of the building. Access is off of the exterior views of the tour outside the front door.
Fraserway RV, Calgary, AB
We can across this tip from a fellow Trusted Photographer up in Edmonton today and it is really is a great idea! He encourages his clients to use signage while the tour is being shot to describe or point out certain features of the business.
In the example shown here the business, a St. Albert, Alberta hotel, is using the signage to promote the handicap suite they offer. Other spots on this tour point out the meeting rooms and the restaurant as well.
If you are interested in seeing the whole tour and the way the signage is used follow this link:
This is a great way of making the tour of your business just a little more interactive with prospective customers!
We will be making a few days available to shoot some 360 Tours in Kauai, Hawaii in Mid-May for small business owners! As of this point, we are not aware of any Google Trusted Photographers on the island of Kauai so we are willing to offer our services to business owners there. Limited times will be available and we are currently accepting bookings. If you are interested please contact us and we can schedule the time or give more information about how to get started!