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At RTV, we’re constantly monitoring news and developments in the virtual tour industry. Check in often for updates and developments in virtual tour technology. As a leading virtual tour company with eight software engineers on staff, we always have some exciting news, tips, and insights to share.

For more information on our virtual tour company, please visit our virtual tour company blog

 

 

PhotographyTalk.com Awards RTV

RTV is Awarded Best Virtual Tour Software & National Photo Service!

RealTour Fusion is Here!

Real Tour Fusion is Here

July 12, 2012 – Traverse City, Michigan – RTV, Inc., the oldest and most trusted provider of national photography services and virtual tour software, announced today their new, cutting-edge virtual tour platform. RealTour Fusion (Fusion), which replaces RTV’s extremely popular Tour Builder 4.0, is packed with exciting features that make it easier than ever for anyone to create a stunning, interactive virtual tour.

In addition to making virtual tour building faster and more convenient, Fusion incorporates powerful, intuitive tools that combine hi-resolution still photos, HD panoramic images, and full motion video into captivating interactive virtual media presentations for websites and kiosks, and more. Fusion represents a quantum leap in the virtual tour software industry.

RTV has also delivered these advanced yet easy-to-use virtual tour features:

* An interactive virtual media player that supports all popular image and video formats
* HTML5 Virtual Tour player, viewable on ALL internet ready mobile devices
* Built-in Cloud Recorder for scene-by-scene voice narration
* AutoExposure Engine to send virtual tours to dozens of popular social media, video and real estate websites with a single click
* Four Powerful lead generation tools for greater exposure
* An advanced traffic reporting system allowing users to analyze visitor history

Click here for a full list of Fusion Features

Fusion delivers a truly immersive virtual tour for website visitors. Since 1999, thousands of businesses across all industries-including real estate and rental properties, hotels and motels, vacation properties, museums, health and fitness clubs, convention centers, amusement attractions, and many more-have relied on RTV for the best in virtual tour software. With Fusion, the best just keeps getting better.  Demo Fusion Tours Here

RTV Announces HD Image Delivery Engine

RTV Announces HD Image Delivery Engine

RTV launches new Image Delivery Engine allowing RTV virtual tour providers a quick and simple way to deliver high resolution images directly to their customer base.

The Image Delivery Engine is as simple as pushing a button in the virtual tour manager system and emailing a link to the customer. The new Image Delivery Engine has been programmed to work with both the HD V-Slides and HD V-Tours so all RTV customers may take advantage of the latest developments.

Most RTV virtual tour providers delivering several tours daily to their customers will instantly see several hours of time gained back on a monthly basis.

For a live demonstration on the RTV Image Delivery Engine please watch the following video: http://youtu.be/pIXMXBTQpJ8

All RTV providers are encouraged to login and test drive the new technology today. As always please call us for any questions that you may have.

RTV Releases HTML 5 Virtual Tours for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android & BlackBerry Devices.

RTV Releases HTML 5 Virtual Tours for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android & BlackBerry Devices.

Well you asked for it and we delivered! RTV’s HTML 5 Mobile Tours have officially been released and JUST in time for summer marketing fun. As you know, QR Code popularity is increasing exponentially and as a property marketing specialist you could not ask for a better time than RIGHT NOW for your virtual tours to function on all mobile platforms.

RTV’s Mobile virtual tour means that anyone can point a QR code directly to a virtual tour link and not have to worry about people looking for a special iPad & Smartphone video button anymore! Catch the full story here in our Blog.

As a Tyler, TX Real Estate Photographer, it is important to me that I provide the client with a clean image with no visible distractions or photographic issues.  No matter how technically good a photo is, overcoming a bad lawn is just about impossible when comes time to show the house.   Having been a Smith County Master Gardener, I’d like to think I’ve learned a thing or two about green grass. These are our Picture Perfect Green Grass tips for photographers to pass on over to their customers. I hope they help.   1. Watering: Water early in the morning and avoid night watering as it can lead to disease.  I like to water less frequently, but for a longer duration. The longer duration ensures that the water goes deep, the lower frequency prompts roots too search deeper for water.  Watering more frequently causes roots to stay mostly near the surface and as a result, when drought comes or a missed watering day, the plant is less tolerant. Automatic sprinklers are best for the exact amount of saturation. 2. Mowing: Mow your lawn once a week keeping it from 3 to 4 inches in height to keep weeds at bay. Some lawn care professionals pay no attention to this and every client gets the same cut regardless of grass type.  You want a lawn care pro with a dedicated residential crew. 3. Weed Prevention: We’re talking broadleaf and grassy weeds. They all cost money to get rid of but once gone it is a easy process for the home-owner to maintain. If, however you have established weeds, consult a local pro and start a regimen of pre and post emergents to gain control of and eliminate weeds.  There is an old adage that goes, ” one year’s seed equals three years’ weeds.”  A good lawn pro is well worth the investment.  The same as with mowing, You want a lawn care pro with a dedicated residential crew. It not unimaginable that a crew could cut the lot behind your local xyz store which was full of weed and then drive over to you home to shack all the weed seeds off in your yard. 4. Soil: Poor quality soil ph and nutrient issues can lead to thin and patchy lawns. Each spring have your soil tested so you can provide the nutrients that are missing so it remains balanced to keep grass healthy. Your County Extension can provide you a soil sample kit, which is then sent in for university analysis. They will send you a report specifying what is needed for you soil and grass type. 5. Fertilizing: In the spring fertilize your lawn using a 20-5-10 slow release mix and apply it with a broadcast spreader. To ensure proper, even spreading apply it tire to tire up and down the lawn so you don’t have any burn marks. Read the instructions so you apply water properly as some fertilizers such as granule mixes usually recommend a good soaking prior to spreading the fertilizer. 6. Winter Green: Have you seen real estate photography made in the winter? Flat, dull, boring. If your selling in the winter, the last thing you want to have is a brown lawn or a bunch of mud holes. Over-seed with winter rye to have a beautiful green lawn during the winter.  It’s not that expensive and many lawn care companies offer this a part of their routine annual service. If your lawn is full but just a bit dull, then 360-Media Real Estate Photography and Marketing can certainly retouch your photos. But you could also consider adding iron to your lawn for a very fast green up.  Hop on over to http://www.360-media.us/, to see our full line of photographic and marketing services for real estate agents in the Dallas and East Texas market. Our Virtual Tours are AMAZING to look at and come preloaded with POWERFUL marketing tools thanks to Fusion Virtual Tour Software by RTV. Dave Hall Owner-Photographer Office: 903.502.0360 iPhone: 903.253.3979 (Primary) www.360-Media.us Property Marketing Experts The post Picture Perfect Green Grass! appeared first on RTV Inc.
Mon, Jun 19, 2017
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At BlueLaVaMedia, we’re excited to inform our followers of a few new features that are now available to you for your next real estate virtual tour shoot or Traverse City Drone Session. First please direct your web browser to www.BlueLaVaMedia.com From there navigate to our real estate pricing page off the upper navigation section of our virtual tour company website. Here you’re going to see all of our real estate virtual tour packages as well as our new stand alone drone virtual tour packages that we’ve just added. At BlueLaVaMedia we have four professional real estate virtual tour packages starting with our BlueLaVa basic tour at just $125 to our popular full house photo package.  While you’re on the order page please be sure to check out our all new Aerial Drone Virtual Tour packages for those of you that would like to have a stand alone aerial drone production made. Starting at only $200 you can get our Highlights aerial drone package that will come with ten professional aerial drone images. Care to add some video? Get our new premier drone virtual tour package for $259, and we’ll deliver up to twenty aerial drone photos and up to three minutes of aerial drone video footage. Our new aerial drone virtual tour packages are perfect for those of you that would like to market a property using only our aerial drone marketing with our powerful virtual tour player. http://fusion.realtourvision.com/192466 All of our virtual tour packages as well as our new standalone aerial drone packages come with images that you can use on your website and on the MLS. We also incorporate all of your media, into our HTML 5 interactive virtual tour player that you will be able to put onto the MLS as well as link onto your own website. Best of all, you’ll receive a weekly traffic report showing all the visits that your listing has received in the past seven days. https://fusion.realtourvision.com/report/trafficreport.php?tourid=469165 We strongly encourage you to share this email report with your sellers. It’s an incredibly powerful weekly communication tool between you and your clients! To save you time we have recently added a booking system to allow you to book your real estate photo shoot and aerial drone session. BlueLaVaMedia now has five professional real estate photographers and two certified aerial drone pilots on our growing team. This new feature will save you precious email time and of course lots of back and forth phone coordination required for us to get you on our books. To book with us, simply click our book now button on the corresponding package you would like to order, and your shoot will be added to our queue that day. You will instantly be next in line to receive a phone call from one of our representatives to schedule your shoot! Next, it’s important to note to you that we now have both short and long aerial drone add-ons available with the purchase of any of our professional photography packages. Scroll down on our real estate pricing page to our Add-Ons section and you can choose between a short aerial drone add on that will come with up to six aerial drone images and up to one minute of video footage. For those of you that need more, choose our Long Add-On drone package that will come with up to twenty images and up to three minutes of video footage! After you use the booking system for your photography shoot, please be sure to also book your add-on drone session! Finally we would like to take this opportunity to talk to you about our all new Zillow Video walkthrough offering. We are proud to say that BlueLaVaMedia is the ONLY Zillow certified photography agency here in Northern Michigan. Order a Zillow video walkthrough for any of your single family home properties and it will show at the very top of the Zillow search results. Your listing will always show up at the top of the Zillow search results when you add this powerful add-on to any of your single family home tours. Did you know that Zillow gets just over 150 million visitors a month compared to Realtor.com’s 30 million visits? That’s five times the traffic. Put your listings in the limelight today with our new Zillow video walkthrough!  As always, thanks for your continued support and we’re always just a phone call away if you need us. Check out the BlueLaVaMedia app in the App store for Apple or droid or call us at 231-946-1360. Thanks and have a great day! Sincerely, Team BlueLaVa Order a Traverse City Virtual Tour Today – 231-946-1360 The post Traverse City Drone & Virtual Tour Company Offers Online Booking! appeared first on RTV Inc.
Thu, Jun 15, 2017
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Aerial Drone Photography Service
If you are working in the real estate photography industry, you already know how popular aerial drone photography is. Perhaps you have felt a bit intimidated by the licensing requirements and testing, or you weren’t sure you would receive enough work to justify the investment. If you can identify with either of these dilemmas or you weren’t sure where to begin, RTV’s next webinar just for you. Join Alan Perlman of Drone Pilot Ground School and Jason LaVanture Vice President of RTV and owner of BlueLaVaMedia (Traverse City Drone Company) on June 20th, at 7:00 pm EST for The Formula 80, as they discuss the current state of licensing regulations in the United States, and share their experiences on how to set up a profitable aerial drone photography program. Drone Pilot Ground School has a proven track record teaching folks just like you what they need to know to pass their part 107 exam, and how to operate safely as well as how to handle airspace restrictions. Best of all they offer Real Tour Vision virtual tour software providers a special discount for their program. RTV has seen a dramatic increase in interest in aerial drone photography with their national photography services and has begun offering this aerial drone services across the US. With new clients being brought on board every day, the time is right for our virtual tour photographers to be ready to jump on these drone photography orders, but they must be appropriately licensed and insured. Photographers who tune into the show will learn all they need to know to get on track to become a fully licensed commercial aerial drone operators. Adding aerial photos and videos are an excellent addition to the services you already offer. Our interactive virtual tour software provides the perfect platform to display your professional imagery, aerial drone videos and more. Join us and learn how you can take advantage of Alan’s generous offer to RTV photographers, and how offering aerial photography services can help you grow as a business. If you are not currently an RTV photographer please take a moment to set up your free virtual tour software trial account and discover powerful tools to help take your business to the next level! To learn more about and register for this webinar, please visit our webinar information page. We hope you can join us! Sincerely, Team RTV Virtual Tour Software & National Hotel Photography Order a virtual tour – 231-947-8687 The post The State of UAV Drone Photography Laws & Real Estate Marketing in 2017 Webinar appeared first on RTV Inc.
Thu, Jun 08, 2017
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Hello RTV virtual tour providers! A Pre-shoot checklist holds immense value for the virtual tour photographer. It’s always a great feeling to walk onto a location for a real estate photography shoot and see that every detail your Pre-shoot Checklist has been covered.  It makes the whole process go much smoother and leaves the brain free for creative thinking, and to pay attention to the technical details of the photo shoot. For any given image, the photographer has a myriad of tasks and details to be concerned with. Camera angle, diverging lines, composition, white balance, shutter speed, ISO, aperture, lighting, and the list goes on.  With so many critical details to attend, it is easy to miss little things, like a wrinkle on a bed spread, the distracting floral arrangement that obscures a key element, or a bulb out in a hallway. A well laid out Pre-shoot Checklist is valuable because it will work to cure many of the repeat issues we see when shooting a property. I like to follow through with my agent to ensure that the home owner has in fact received a copy of the checklist.  I encourage my agents to hold off on the shoot until all items on the list can be completed.  The most frustrating thing for me for real estate photography, is showing up and neither the agent or home owner has ensured all bulbs are working prior to shoot time.   Another value of the Pre-shoot Checklist is marketing.  Make your checklist attractive and include your branding.  An attractive and informative checklist will be retained by agents. Brand your checklist with web and phone numbers. Include a call to action.  Keep your name in front of the customer.  On my website, www.360-Media.us, I provide all visitors a free download of our checklist. The customer is required to enter their email prior to download.  We use the emails in further marketing for our Tyler, Texas Virtual Tour Company Final thought on the value of a Pre-shoot Checklist.  A good checklist, is another way to serve the client.  It’s the first step in making sure the final product meets the expectations they have of you.  The checklist is also another key part of relationship building with your client.  So, in closing, I encourage my fellow RTV virtual tour software customers to dust off your checklist and see how you can use it to better serve your client and smooth out your shoots at the same time. Dave Hall Owner-Photographer Office: 903.502.0360 iPhone: 903.253.3979 (Primary) Order Professional Real Estate Photography  – www.360-Media.us Property Marketing Experts The post The Value of a Pre-shoot Checklist appeared first on RTV Inc.
Wed, May 10, 2017
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Virtual Tour Software Programmer
RTV Virtual Tour Company is proud welcome Erik Jacobson to our growing programming team. Erik comes to RTV with several years of experience under his belt and will be primarily focused on addressing your enhancement requests and bug fixes in the Fusion virtual tour system. Erik’s first task here is to make your Fusion virtual tours secure (HTTPS) and take our virtual tour manager secure (HTTPS). After that we’ll be having him expedite the many updates and features our customers have requested. Keep an eye out for update announcements to start rolling out very soon. Tyler, Russ and Tom are currently working very hard to get our new responsive virtual tour player out of beta mode and into prime time for you. We expect that we’ll have narration, floor plans, hot spots and a new Ken Burns transition live for previewing on the mobile tour next week. Thank you to all of our dedicated customers for your continued support! Sincerely, Team RTV Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services Order a Virtual Tour – 866-947-8687 www.RealTourVision.com The post RTV Adds Virtual Tour Software Programmer! appeared first on RTV Inc.
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
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virutal tour marketing
Attention professional photographers & virtual tour providers alike! This month’s RockPointe marketing piece is a very unique piece indeed. It’s a customizable double sided standard sized post card that allows you to write a handwritten custom message on the back side to your client.  This is a great way for you to say hello, reach out to someone that has not used you recently and even talk about some of your new powerful service offerings like aerial drone videos or Zillow video walkthroughs. The front side of the postcard allows for space for your virtual tour company logo as well as allows you to list out your most powerful property marketing tools. This piece is made to send out to your real estate customer base and or prospects.  Feel free to customize as needed and enjoy the new marketing pieces from RPM marketing. This piece was created using Adobe Photoshop giving you the ability to customize it with software you already use, and providing the most professional look in today’s demanding world. RTV, Inc Virtual Tour Software & Powerful Property Marketing Tools Order a virtual tour today – 866-947-8687 The post New From RPM – Powerful Marketing Tools & Custom Message appeared first on RTV Inc.
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
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RTV virtual tour software company is calling upon all of our best real estate virtual tour photographers to join us in an up and coming live event to take place on April 25th 2017 at 7:00 PM Eastern. During the show we will be interviewing Zillow’s Business Development Manager once again to create part two of our Zillow Certified Photographer webinar series. If you’re looking to add a PUNCH and ZING to your business this year, look no further. Over at BlueLaVaMedia (a Traverse City Drone & Virtual Tour Company) they’ve been adding several Zillow Video Walkthroughs to their virtual tour and professional photography packages every month. The Zillow Video Walkthrough is certainly going to be a big seller for many RTV virtual tour providers here in 2017. In part two of our RTV / Zillow webinar series, Steve will be sharing some of the secrets of the TOP Zillow Video Walkthrough producers thus giving RTV virtual tour providers insight as to how you can get more agents to buy into the Zillow Video Walkthrough product. Steve will also be sharing with us a brand new Zillow Video Walkthrough product called the “Enhanced Video”. Zillow’s new Enhanced allows you to create a more professional looking video that’s up to ten minutes in length, includes branding and sounds and can be edited by you prior to upload! Zillow is currently charging agents a fee to publish these new “Enhanced” videos, however those of you that attend this show will have a unique opportunity to publish these videos on behalf of your real estate agent customers FREE OF CHARGE! If you’ve been looking for an exciting add on to your virtual tour business, this is it. Please make sure you mark your calendars for April 25th at 7:00 PM Eastern and get ready to offer something that your competitors are not!  Register now in your RTV Tour Manager! See you there team! Sincerely, Team RTV RTV, Inc Virtual Tour Software & Marketing Order a Virtual Tour Today – 231-947-8687 The post Zillow Certified Photographer II – New Enhanced Videos! appeared first on RTV Inc.
Thu, Apr 20, 2017
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How much should I charge for my photography services? How do I make a website that sells? What is the best approach to shooting a property? Starting your own virtual tour business can be intimidating. We hear questions similar to these on a daily basis. We understand that being successful in any business hinges on the owner’s ability to get answers to questions like these. Your success is RTV’s success. We are excited to announce a great solution for real estate photographers everywhere. If you missed our webinar “Through The Lens 4 – Successful Real Estate Photography Tips with Darryl Stringer” or if you listened in but would like to learn more about the topics he spoke about, you are in luck. RTV has invested in an exclusive three-part video series created by Darryl Stringer that will answer the questions above and more. Darryl is the photography and marketing expertise behind The Real Estate Photography System. He works with photographers around the world, teaching them the most important secrets that he has gleaned over his more than 30-year career shooting real estate photography. In this series, Darryl offers deeper insights on the steps photographers need to take to set their business up for success, as well as demonstrates his shooting and post-processing methods and more. This resource is a valuable addition to our Rockpointe Marketing library and we believe you will agree. If you are a new virtual tour provider, have been struggling to get your business off the ground, or are a seasoned pro, this Rockpointe Marketing exclusive video series is a must see. Do you need to purchase or renew your Rockpointe Marketing membership? Follow the links from the sidebar in your control panel or simply visit rockpointemarketing.com to join. You will be glad you did. The post Real Estate Photography Training Video Series Released In Rockpointe Marketing appeared first on RTV Inc.
Tue, Apr 18, 2017
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real estate photography marketing
Spring has nearly sprung folks and the time is NOW to get in front of your virtual tour customers with a lovely “GREEN” piece to advertise your photography green up service.  Over at BlueLaVaMedia (Traverse City Virtual Tours) we have inched our green up pricing to $75 per session.  Check out our real estate virtual tour pricing on our site!  If you’re not selling a green up service you’re missing out. Most RTV virtual tour providers offer this and you should too. It’s a brilliant way to put a KICK into your Spring sales. Every real estate listing that you have shot for your customers since Autumn that’s still active has a high percentage of ordering this service from you! Login to your RPM dashboard TODAY and download this awesome and fully customizable piece.  As with most of our virtual tour marketing pieces as of late they are created using Adobe Photoshop giving you the ability to customize them with software you already use, and providing the most professional look in today’s demanding world. Also RPM fans please keep an eye out for a triple video bonus series starring none other than Darryl Stringer a professional photographer from AU.  Darryl’s video will be available to all RPM subscription based users in a few days!! Thanks for your continued support! Team RTV RTV, INC Virtual Tours & Virtual Tour Software 866-947-8687 The post New From RPM Marketing – Green Up Service Postcard! appeared first on RTV Inc.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017
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Traverse City Drone
Have you been looking for a pretty slick marketing idea for your virtual tour and photography business?  Are you looking to get your brand in front of hundreds or possibly thousands of potential customers?  If you said yes to either of those questions then read on team!  Last Fall the team over at BlueLaVaMedia a Traverse City Real Estate Photography Company and Aerial Drone Service reached out to C-21 of Michigan and offered to take photos of their next event free of charge.  Well, not completely free. In exchange for taking portrait and event photos we asked if we could have a trade show booth setup and possibly get five minutes or so in front of everyone.  What we got was far beyond what we expected and I think you can do this too! On the day of the event close to a thousand real estate agents from all over Michigan began to pile into the convention center at the Grand Traverse Resort here in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan.  BlueLaVaMedia had setup our trade show booth right next to our portrait backdrop area.  We were able to show off many of our most popular services like our True-Blue photos, our new responsive the virtual tour player, our slick real estate photography app, the amazing drone photos and videos, our popular agent green screen video services, our single property websites, our virtual staging services, Fusion’s printable flyers and we even got a chance to give realtors a look at our up and coming 3D Goggle virtual tour. The exposure we gained from the show was beyond our greatest expectations. Jim Blue and Melissa took hundreds of photos of the event as well as many group photos.  The photos they took were later uploaded to a drop site for C-21 to snag and distribute accordingly.  No editing on our end by the way! All in all we had hundreds of Michigan Realtors stop on by our booth throughout the night. The highlight of the evening occurred just after dinner when they gave us about five minutes on stage to address the entire room.  That’s right!  We were actually up there in front of everyone in the spotlight for our five minutes of fame. Here’s a video of the speech I gave for you to check out – https://youtu.be/uoTOOozDdag If you’re looking for a great marketing opportunity I would highly recommend to anyone that you try this out.  Simply reach out to your local branch office and find out who you should speak with at corporate with regards to donating some of your time to a similar event in your area.  Good luck out there and we look forward to hearing about your similar success stories! Sincerely, Jason BlueLaVaMedia, LLC Traverse City Drone – Traverse City Virtual Tours Order a Virtual Tour – 231-946-1360 Download our App from the App Store or Google Play! The post Marketing Tip for Real Estate Photographers appeared first on RTV Inc.
Fri, Feb 24, 2017
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