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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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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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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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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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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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