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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.

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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Virtual Staging & Furniture Removal
We are proud to announce a recent upgrade to our virtual staging software which will now for allow for easy furniture removal. It only made sense for a virtual staging software to also have the built in capabilities to remove furniture as well.  Now that exciting new feature is officially built into the virtual staging system and is ready for you to use! Check it out now by logging into your virtual staging system here – https://stager.virtualhousestaging.com/  You will need Chrome or Safari to login. Digitally editing unwanted furniture out of images can be very time consuming and costly. With our new furniture removal tool that is no longer the case and starts out for as little as $13 per photo. We’ve setup the pricing for this unique service to fluctuate depending on the amount of photo editing a photo will require.  However even at our highest tier we feel that you’ll find the following pricing very affordable: (Discounts ARE available with Bulk Purchases) 1-2 Items – $13 Lightly Furnished Photo – $17 Light to Medium Furnished Photo – $21 Medium Furnished Photo – $25 Furniture removal is a great tool to use when you want to de-clutter a room or a series of rooms. Maybe the furniture in the room is outdated.  Perhaps it’s just not your style.  Whatever your reason for wanting it gone, it is no longer necessary to put up with it or spend hundreds to have it professionally removed. Let us remove your unwanted furniture today with our all new furniture removal tool at an unbeatable price! This amazing service is now available and active in your RTV Virtual Staging account.  Use the link above for access. Once the furniture has been removed from your photo you can immediately begin virtually staging the photo using our virtual staging software and vast library of digitized furniture. Please note that in some cases photos may be rejected if they are overly furnished.  In these rare cases your full amount of money will be refunded back to you after your photo is evaluated. As always, happy staging! Thanks for your support! Sincerely, Team RTV     Virtual Staging & Virtual Tour Hosting Services Order a virtual tour today – 866-947-8687 The post New Furniture Removal Tool – Virtual Staging Software appeared first on RTV Inc.
Wed, Feb 08, 2017
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Professional Hotel Photography
Choosing the right hotel photography company for your hotel photo shoot will be one of the most important decisions that you make. Whether you are opening up a new location, switching brands or remodeling, professional photos help prospective guests feel comfortable with your property, even before they set foot in your door. It takes a highly skilled and trained professional hotel photographer to deliver quality images. Making the right decision when choosing a professional photographer or company will help set your hotel apart from the competition and will lead to more bookings. Keep the following things in mind when choosing a hotel photography company. Are they an individual or part of a larger entity? There’s certainly something to be said about dealing with a local person. Keeping the dollars in your city and helping promote local businesses who are also likely to be recommending your hotel, is a great thing. However, when dealing with small entities there is also higher chance problems will arise. Keep in mind that should something happen, the smaller entities are not always backed. If a family emergency came up during the middle of your shoot that you have already paid for, you might have to wait until their personal situation remedies itself. Choosing a larger organization up front that has several qualified hotel photographers is much wiser and you’re likely to not have to deal with as many stumbling blocks along the way. Is the hotel photography company you’re choosing insured? Choosing a company that’s insured is extremely important since you’ll have them on site while you will have guests roaming about. A 1 to 2 million dollar insurance policy should be more than enough to cover most instances.  At the very least you’ll want to make sure both the photographer as well as the agency that you’re paying, is fully insured. Are they endorsed or an approved supplier by corporate? Working with a company that is already endorsed by your corporation goes a LONG way in ensuring you’re going to be satisfied with your photography. Most large corporations work very hard finding and vetting photography vendors that can meet or exceed their brand standards. If you belong to a larger entity make sure that you always start by asking your regional managers or opening specialists who they recommend. For those that don’t have this luxury, it never hurts to ask your potential photographer over the phone who else they’re preferred vendors for. If they have no examples, it’s likely that they’re either very new into the hotel photography business or they don’t have what it takes to service top brands. Are you able to see some of their previous work before making a decision? Being able to preview the hotel photography suppliers portfolio helps tremendously in the decision-making process. It’s only fair that you should be able to ask for a few samples of their latest. This should help you decide not only if they’re going to be able to meet your quality standards, but it will also help you determine if they are experienced. When looking at their work, look for things like blown out windows or fake over processed looking images. If you spot either of these deal breakers it’s a good sign you should run and not look back. Also, look to see if their images appear to be looking up or down. An experienced hotel photographer knows to keep the camera level to help reduce distortion. Even if the image you are looking at appears to be distortion free, this poor technique could cause problems with other images. Distortion is particularly noticeable on vertical lines. If walls appear to be bowing, it is a red flag. Another obvious thing to look for is color balance. If a white pillow has a yellow cast there is a problem. White balance is very important, and if the white areas in an image appear off, the photographer is either lacking knowledge or is lazy in their process. There are plenty of amazing photographers out there for you to choose from. Don’t settle for less and don’t accept excuses. How long will it take before you get the service? Finding an amazing hotel photographer and getting a good deal is great, but what good are they to you if they won’t be able to deliver your hotel photographs for thirty days or longer? The hard work, time, and energy that you spent opening up your hotel or renovating is being wasted each day you don’t have professional photos online. Be sure to ask up front when they can get to your property, and how long it will take until the images are in your hands. Time is money! Are they in your area or will they be flying or driving someone in? If you do happen to find a company that will service your account and you’re happy with their quality of work, you should next ask if they’ll be sending in a photographer from your area or if they’ll be sending in someone from elsewhere that will require a flight or have a long drive. If you discover it’s the latter, you should know that you’re likely the one footing the bill for that flight or long road trip. Try to find a hotel photo company that meets your quality standards and has a local representation close by. This will save you from paying huge upfront costs or heavy mileage and travel fees. How long will the hotel photographer be on site? Once your hotel photographer begins photographing, your staff should be available to assist in ensuring your property is pristine. You’ll need someone to walk around with your hotel photographer and make sure the breakfast area, fitness center, pool area and so on is staged and neatly organized. Your staff is likely to be fairly distracted during the photography session, but this is your chance to capture your hotel at it’s best. The last thing you want is for this process to drag on for days on end. Make sure that the hotel photography company that you choose can get in and out of your property inside of five or six hours MAX. It can become a burden on your staff and guests so be sure to also make sure your property is prepared. Does the hotel photographer provide a list of things for you staff to address before they show up? Will your hotel photographer be working with your staff to help make sure rooms are staged properly, or is that entirely up to you? Will they provide you and your staff with some direction as to how to prepare for your shoot? Fortunately, any legitimate hotel photographer or company well versed in hotel photography should do at least one of the two. Having even a little guidance for you and your staff goes a long way to keep costs low and your property looking great online. Make sure you don’t forget to ask this question before forking out the deposit for your hotel photography! Do you own the images of your hotel after the work is finished? Owning full copyright to the hotel photos that you have paid for is vital. You want to be sure you are allowed to use them as you wish down the road. Make sure that it’s clearly written in your photography contract that you own your images. Some hotel photographers out there like to sell you the images at a very low price then charge you for specific uses down the road. Don’t fall into one of these copyright traps. You own the images or bust! Do they guarantee their work? Lastly but most importantly we recommend that you ask about the service guarantee of the hotel photography company before paying a deposit. If their service agreement does not allow at least a thirty day review period to allow you to ask for a reshoot or request edits you should probably look elsewhere. It never hurts to come right out and ask what percentage of their shoots requires a reshoot annually. If they tell you it never happens that’s probably not true or you’re about to be their first hotel shoot! This may seem like a lot to remember, but it can easily be broken down into three subcategories: Safety, Qualifications, and Logistics. Do you feel safe that if there were to be a serious problem at your facility involving the hotel photographer, they would have the proper insurance coverage, and do you feel your investment is protected by a solid guarantee in the event you are unhappy with the work provided? Is the hotel photographer qualified to shoot for your brand, and do they provide you with examples of their work that leave you feeling confident they will do a great job? Are you comfortable with the logistics including: the amount of time your staff and property will be occupied with the photo shoot, travel costs that may be passed on to you, and the timeframe for the work to be delivered? If these questions are satisfied in your mind, you can rest assured your investment will be well rewarded. Want to know more about our hotel photography services? Give us a call at (866) 947-8687 and we will discuss viable options for your unique requirements! Team RTV Professional Hotel Photography & Virtual Tours Order your hotel photos today – 866-947-8687 The post Choosing the Right Hotel Photography Company appeared first on RTV Inc.
Thu, Jan 26, 2017
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Real Estate Photography App
Apps – Big companies have them, they’re easily accessible to any Droid or Apple device and they put your products and message in front of the masses like never before.  If you’re like most small business owners you probably thought that having an App built for your local virtual tour and photography business was WAY down on the list of things to do.  After all, only big companies can afford to have an App developed right?  WRONG!   Please join us on February 7th at 7:00 PM Eastern https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1391796283530185731 for a live webinar event that will leave you thanking RTV for many years to come.  On the webinar we’ll be introducing our followers to Joe Cammarata from GetWithMobile who will be designing an App for any RTV account holder for half off.  You can feel free to visit their site at http://www.getwithmobile.com/ prior to the show.  For those of you that would like to check out the quality and features available in their Apps, be sure to check out the App we got rolling for BlueLaVaMedia (a Traverse City Real Estate Photography Company).  Visit the Droid Playstore or the Apple App Store, search for BlueLaVaMedia and check out what they did for us for only $349.  Yes there are no extra zeros that have been left out here folks.  We’re talking about you getting an App like the one that you’ll find for BlueLaVaMedia for a fraction of the cost of having an App developed.  This special RTV pricing is 50% off their normal retail price! What’s the catch here? No catch.  Just one amazing App for you to promote the heck out of.  Here at RTV we think the items listed below are the most powerful features your business will benefit from by having GetWithMobile develop an App for you. •    Push notifications, messages, sales and special offers instantly to anyone using your App •    One button click to call feature.  Perfect for the busy agent! •    Instant ordering of your products and services •    Quick and easy communication tool for your customers to reach you •    Integrate RTV RSS virtual tour feeds for latest tour production button •    Upload still images to your App gallery – Perfect for agent listing presentations •    Social sharing capabilities and YouTube channel linking •    You’ll seriously have an App!  How cool is that??!!! If any of this sounds amazing to you be sure you don’t miss out on our show Tuesday February 7th at 7:00 PM Eastern.  We’re likely to have some guest speakers on during the event and we will be discussing other creative ways to get the most marketing mileage out of your new business App.  See you there RTV!   Register here – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1391796283530185731 Sincerely, Team RTV PS> Remember to download the BlueLaVaMedia App before the show by searching for it in your App Store / Play Store!! RTV, Inc 866-947-8687 Virtual Tour Software & Professional Hotel Photography The post The FORMULA 79 – Get Your Photography App appeared first on RTV Inc.
Wed, Jan 25, 2017
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Did you know that there is resellable advertising space in your Fusion virtual tour software? Have you ever wondered what MyBrand is or how to use it? Join Jay Stringham and Fusion technical support specialist Derek Conrad on Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm EST to learn many Fusion tips and tricks that are often overlooked or forgotten. Derek will show you how you can maximize the user experience as well as your upselling potential in the newest installment in RTV’s FORMULA webinar series. If you yet to meet Derek you will quickly come to appreciate his patience and sense of humor. He does such a fantastic job training new users and helping our customers with all of their technical support needs. We decided it was time to put him in the spotlight and host an Episode of the FORMULA here at RTV. If you want to get the most out of your 360 panorama software make sure you register today and we’ll see you there! Please register using your tour manager, and as always if you have any questions or topics you would like to see covered please send your suggestions to Jstring@realtourvision.com. We hope you can join us. The post Fusion Tips & Tricks Webinar With Derek Conrad appeared first on RTV Inc.
Wed, Jan 18, 2017
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Holiday Post Card
Hello RTV fans, family, and virtual tour company owners! Happy Holidays to you all! We’re very excited about two new RPM marketing pieces that we’ve worked diligently on over the last few weeks. We think you’ll love the professional look and feel as well as the message they have on them. These pieces are 95% done for you and ready for you to get your marketing on. The first piece is a very nice 6 x 4 holiday postcard that you can use just in time for the holiday season. This double sided postcard is ready for you and all images are royalty free courtesy of team BlueLaVaMedia. We encourage you to use your own images if you like and of course you’ll need Photoshop to edit the files so you can customize with your personal virtual tour company information, logo, images or other. Since 2007 BlueLaVaMedia has sent out holiday cards to our entire customer base. It’s something that you should do too if you’re a good marketer looking for continued success. Our second piece this month is none other than a Zillow Certified Photographer piece. It’s a very attractive looking double sided flyer compiled nicely with royalty free images for you to use and we’ve taken Zillow’s power point presentation and added most of the agent benefits to this piece. We think you’ll love the look and feel as well as the message. This piece is also done using Photoshop and you’ll need just a few minutes of your time to customize before you send to print. For those of you that are not yet Zillow Certified please feel free to reach out to RTV directly and we’ll point you in the right direction if you qualify for the program. Happy Holidays everyone! To snag these two new pieces please login to your www.RockPointeMarketing.com account today. Happy marketing team. Sincerely, Team RTV. RTV, Inc Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Services 866-947-8687 The post Happy Holidays Post Card & Zillow Approved Photographer Marketing Pieces appeared first on RTV Inc.
Wed, Dec 07, 2016
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Real Estate Photography System
Having great photography is important, and you should be working on improving your image quality all the time, but that’s not the only thing that determines whether or not you will have a great business. In fact, two of the biggest impacts upon your success as a real estate photographer are pricing and marketing. On Tuesday October 25th we will be joined by Darryl Stringer, an 18 year veteran of real estate and architectural photography (and creator and founder of The Real Estate Photography System), who will be making a presentation called “Pricing and Marketing Essentials For Your Business.” During this webinar you’ll learn: – Four reasons not to compete on price – after all, you don’t want to win the race to the bottom – How to calculate your fees so you know you’re charging enough for your services and reaching your daily targets, and how a small price rise can make a big difference – The difference between being busy and being profitable – The one big idea you can learn from Olympic athletes – How to charge more for your photography – Objective criteria that you can use so you know when you should, and should not, be outsourcing your photo editing – What all photographers should aim for when it comes to promoting their business – Five marketing ideas that will help you get more clients – How to transform your business into a profit making machine You’ll also be provided with multiple PDF worksheets to download, so this will be a very practical session, and something you definitely don’t want to miss. RTV is very excited to welcome Darryl to the Through The Lens Microphone and hope that you can join us. Click here to register If you are a real estate photographer and haven’t tried our virtual tour software, we highly suggest you give it a try. You can start your free no obligation trial here. The post RTV Welcomes Darryl Stringer of The Real Estate Photography System On October 25, 2016 appeared first on RTV Inc.
Wed, Oct 05, 2016
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