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Not every home or business is for sale, but they do have insurance. Thus, every one of them is a target for the insurance documentation/home inventory sector that can have virtual tours created for them. There may be a bit more work involved in these types of tours but you can also charge more for your efforts. Some insurance companies will provide the paperwork required for the client to fill out so all you may need to do is provide the virtual tours and still photos for the record. Introduce your concept to your local insurance companies to get their feedback.

There is a huge market out there waiting to be tapped into that could multiply the amount of virtual tours we are currently producing.

For all of you that live in regions of the world that are prone to natural disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods etc) this could be a big boost to your bottom line since the insurance companies and clients would be more responsive to the need.

Also, don’t forget that there are always two parties to any real estate transaction – the buyer and the seller. If you created a virtual tour for a specific property that a buyer bought due to the tour, then you know they are sold on its effectiveness. But they bought the home with all the seller’s furnishings, etc and not theirs! So why not hit them up for an insurance documentation/home inventory virtual tour once they are moved in? You have the address of every home you have ever done a virtual tour of right??? So why not start saving those addresses in your contact management system and target those people with a postcard in the mail? I know that team BlueLaVa, producer of Traverse City Virtual Tours is doing this right now. Check out their Home Inventory Services page off their site.

As more and more of our RTV companies start to gather this process let’s work this through as a team. There is great power in our numbers and thought processes. If any other providers are currently creating these types of tours, your input is greatly appreciated. Please contact Robo-Tours producers of Mesquite Virtual Tours. All of us working together on an industry like this is a plus for everyone involved!

Rob Lenthe
Robo-Tours
Remote Global Viewing
S.Nevada/Utah Virtual Tours
www.robo-tours.com
info@robo-tours.com
Order an Interactive 360 Tour – 702.449.2850

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TRAVERSE CITY, MI – December 29, 2008 – RTV, Inc. today announced the release of their new Social Networking Utility that is now integrated with their virtual tours. This newest addition to their already technologically robust virtual tour features will allow virtual tour viewers and end-users to quickly add their favorite virtual tours to popular social bookmarking sites such as Digg, Delicious, Furl, Backflip, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Technorati, Mixx, and Bebo. The Social Networking Utility also allows virtual tour viewers to submit their favorite tours to popular social networking sites such as Facebook, FriendFeed, MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter.

“We are very excited to give our virtual tour provider network and their customers the ability to instantly share online tours across social networking and bookmarking sites that accept virtual tours.” Stated Jason LaVanture, Vice President of RTV, Inc. “Now more than ever, real estate agents and business owners need our powerful marketing tools to stay ahead. This latest enhancement from our marketing department gives our virtual tour providers, real estate agents and brokers the competitive edge and visibility they need in an aggressive market.”

This latest virtual tour marketing tool was released as part of a series of marketing enhancements to optimize RTV virtual tours for maximum exposure and distribution potential on the internet. The virtual tour viewer was also recently Search Engine Optimized and offers geographical targeting features to enable RTV virtual tour providers, real estate agents and brokers to effortlessly appear more quickly in search engine results for their farming areas. These pre-programmed features are controlled through the tour builder’s tour management system and are able to be controlled on individual virtual tours.

“Team RTV understands that although we are in the virtual tour industry, we are first and foremost in the marketing business. Our marketing department has been hard at work to not only integrate incredible marketing features such as this, but also to coach our virtual tour providers, real estate agents and brokers how to use these tools to their greatest advantage.” Stated Cheryl Waller, National Marketing Manager, RTV, Inc. “We are constantly evolving our virtual tour features and training to incorporate Web 2.0 features and functionality. This enables our virtual tour network to effortlessly market with progressive technology and concentrate on their businesses without having to keep up with the Web 2.0 learning-curve. That’s the power of Team RTV; we do the work so that they don’t have to.”

According to the website, RTV virtual tours already incorporate integrated popular virtual tour features such as audio, video, brochure, and floor plan attachments as well as MLS information, maps, area information and even a linked tour gallery that is automatically populated with a real estate agent’s virtual tour inventory.

About RTV, Inc.

RTV, Inc. is a recognized leader in interactive 360 panoramic virtual tours and virtual tour software. Since 1999, RTV has continually led the way in the virtual tour industry with marketing implementations such as their proprietary interactive software, RTV PanoRider(TM), single property websites, on-demand HitStats 2.0, 2D/3D interactive floor plans, 3D animated walk-throughs, custom websites, TourTrack(TM), tour audio solutions, TourDiscs(TM) and Sketch-and-Fax(TM) services.

RTV virtual tours are chosen over other virtual tour software programs daily by intelligent business owners who demand the best virtual tour software to showcase and market their businesses online. For more information about RTV virtual tours and marketing tools, visit their website at RealTourVision.com or give them a call at (866) 947-8687.

TourTrack, Sketch-and-Fax, PanoRider, HitStats, TourDiscs and RTV are trademarks of RTV, Inc.

Contact Information:
Jason LaVanture, Vice President
RTV, Inc.
http://www.realtourvision.com/
(866) 947-8687

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A couple of months ago RTV introduced a virtual tour button that is programmable so that the virtual tour provider has the ability to enter a description and web link to the virtual tour window. I have found a couple of good uses for this valuable button. Initially we renamed the button to say “Virtual Tour Company” and added a link to go to our web site. Whenever someone selects the “Virtual Tour Company” button from any of our Corpus Christi virtual tours they now go to our Island Digital Images, LLC web site. This is a great way for potential clients to learn more about our virtual tour company.

Some of our clients have asked us if we could add a “Welcome” video to their virtual tours. What our clients are looking for is an opportunity to add their own personality into each virtual tour. We recently ran a pilot where we video taped one of our clients at the property and gave them the opportunity to create such a “Welcome to the Tour” video. We then programmed the virtual tour provider button with the term “Realtor Introduction” and linked the button to a video that we have posted to You Tube. This now provides the opportunity for those viewing the virtual tour to “meet” the realtor. This is an example for us using this video link: http://rtvpix.com/RE-4081-1UDWQG-01

At Island Digital Images, LLC we see these as first steps of many to use this valuable button to further enable our clients to broaden their marketing opportunities.

Alan Fon
Island Digital Images, LLC
Corpus Christi Area Virtual Tours
www.IslandDigitalImages.com
Order a Corpus Christi Virtual Tour (361) 749 – 0901

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As this year comes to an end and everyone is gearing up for the holidays and the new year, we would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of our virtual tour providers, realtors and brokers that have helped to make this year a successful one!

Team RTV has had the pleasure of working with fantastic people from all over the world this year and we look forward to working with you all in the New Year and coming years.

So, from everyone here at Team RTV, we wish you and your families a very happy and safe Holiday Season!

Team RTV
http://www.realtourvision.com/
Virtual Tour Software Company

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Follow-up with your customers and increase your upsell income! Download your choice of two available postcards in your residential marketing section. While you are there, don’t forget to download your Social Networking Guide. We will be going over social networking during the next episode of the ‘Formula’, so get your guide now and get started early.

What is Inner-Circle membership?

While all RTV providers have access to our Business Resource Center, RTV Inner-Circle membership takes it several steps further.

The RTV Business Resource Center (BRC) is one of the many things that separate RTV providers from the competition. As an RTV provider, you are never alone when it comes to starting, growing, and marketing your business. The BRC was created to help you establish your business correctly the FIRST time. Based on almost 10 years of industry experience, the BRC is your free business road-map. At RTV we believe that our success is wholly dependent upon your success as a small business owner, so in 2008 we acquired Rock Pointe Marketing to focus our business development and marketing programs on you.

Inner-Circle membership is an optional upgrade available to all RTV providers. Inner-Circle membership entitles you to advanced virtual tour marketing programs, authoritative webinars, done-for-you customer newsletters, immense interactive PowerPoint presentations, Industry Research, and fresh marketing materials every month. As an Inner-Circle member you will also have access to a multitude of business resources to help you to put your business on the fast-track to success.

While RTV Inner-Circle virtual tour marketing membership is an optional service, we highly encourage you to join. The price of annual membership is an absolute bargain when compared to the amount of money that you would invest in hiring an outside marketing firm to market your business for just one month. Just visit your the RTV RPM Marketing Center and upgrade your membership today!

Team RTV
RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software Company

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