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New From RPM – 3D VR Headset Tour Flyer!

real tour vision - 3D Virtual Reality tours

Fall is the PERFECT time for you to take a good hard look at your photography and virtual tour business and make some important decisions as to what steps you will take to further your sales for the following year. Last year it was drone madness. Many of you added tens of thousands of dollars to your bottom line by adding aerial drone services to your offerings. While the demand for aerial drone services will no doubt continue to rise, we vehemently feel that you are going to see an upward surge in the demand for virtual reality offerings such as our all-new 3D VR Headset tours. https://www.realtourvision.com/order-vr-tour.html

You might find that when the dust settles at the end of 2018, you will notice that your 3D VR tours are one of your top selling add-ons for your photography and virtual tour business. The jury is still out and only time will tell where this new up and coming technology will lead us.

To help get you ready for the VR rush, our team over at www.RockPointeMarketing.com is proud to announce a ‘must have’ marketing piece for those of you offering 3D VR tours in your area. Say hello to this gorgeous single sided one-page flyer that is sure to catch the eye of local realtors in your service area. This marketing piece has been professionally made and is ready to upload to your vistaprint or taken down to your favorite print shop and printed out on an 8.5 X 11 paper.

Login to your RPM account today to download this new marketing piece!

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.

Click here to watch a video on this unique and exciting marketing piece! – https://youtu.be/3gctsr6dSrA

This piece is available for all Rockpointe Marketing subscribers as part of their membership subscription. If you aren’t currently a rockpointe marketing member, reach out today and ask how you can take advantage of all the benefits that Rockpointe Marketing has to offer.

Thanks for your support!

Sincerely,

Team RTV

RTV, Inc

www.RealTourVision.com

Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services

866-947-8687


New From RPM Marketing – Virtual Tour E-Mail Hot Sheet

Virtual Tour HotsheetThe all new real estate Hot Sheet is finally here! For those of you that have been getting the most out of your Real Tour Vision system by using our RSS feeds, you probably already know that you can easily auto tweet, pin, facebook, blog, post, and email out your tours automatically as you create them. Automation is achieved by using our RSS feeds to your tours in conjunction with services like https://ifttt.com/ (for posting and blogging) and www.Aweber.com (for email blasts).

For a full one hour explanation on how this works, watch “The FORMULA 64 – Fusion Exposure Engine II” back in www.RockPointeMarketing.com The show will take you through each step in detail so you can create your very own Hot Sheet and Exposure Engine which can be easily monetized. In 2016 BlueLaVaMedia photographed nearly 800 homes. Of those, 80% ordered the Exposure Engine at $35.

What is a Hot Sheet?

A Hot Sheet is a list of your most recent real estate virtual tour productions that gets sent out to your customer base on a regular basis as you complete new tours. You simply continue to create new virtual tours and when X number of virtual tours have been created your Hot Sheet will be automatically compiled and an email will be sent to everyone on your Hot Sheet email list. 

How does the Hot Sheet work?

Our Hot Sheet is a snippet of HTML code that we give you to paste into a service like Constant Contact, MailChimp, Aweber or any other online email marketing service. MailChimp calls it RSS-to-Email and Aweber calls it a Blog Broadcast. Here are training videos on how to setup the Hot Sheet on each service – MailChimp – https://youtu.be/B7D8KkHFdlA Aweber – https://youtu.be/Wz9B5jLwcLE As you create new virtual tour productions they will get compiled into a nice legible format and laid out into an email template. Once you have created a specific number of tours (actual value is set by you), the final email will be sent out automatically to your email list. Take a look at some recent hot sheets that were pushed out by our Traverse City Real Estate Photography team – BlueLaVaMedia – http://archive.aweber.com/360traverseblog

Why the Hot Sheet?

Staying in touch with your customers on a regular basis is VITAL in any business. Being that you’re photographing newly listed homes hitting the market and sending this highly relevant content to local real estate agents makes the Hot Sheet a MUST HAVE for your photography and virtual tour business. The Hot Sheet is a PERFECT marketing tool just begging to be put in front of as many local real estate agents as possible.

As people click on and watch the virtual tours from your Hot Sheet email, the weekly virtual tour traffic reports will show this referral traffic by putting “Hot Sheet” right onto the report. Your customers will know you’re working hard to get them the most exposure and the best part is that it will all be done for you automatically!

Here’s a short video for you to watch for further information and we hope to see many of you setting up your Hot Sheets today!

 

Sincerely,

Team RTV


Say Hello to Media Gallery & More Virtual Tour Software Updates!

virtual tour galleryIt’s a square; it’s four squares! It’s RTV’s new media gallery!  Let’s dive right in here and let you take it for a test drive! Check it out – http://fusion.realtourvision.com/tour.php?tourid=327951&html5=1#tourgallery  Here’s a short video that talks about our new Media Gallery as well as a few other important virtual tour software updates from Real Tour Vision – https://youtu.be/vmkje-gRSYY 
What makes the Media Gallery so unique is that we give it to you in your Deliverables section as its own delivery link.  If you have a customer that would prefer this style of a virtual tour over the others you can deliver it as a stand-alone product!

The Media Gallery has been fully integrated into our HTML 5 virtual tour player and shows up to the right of the player controls and is shaped like a Square made up of four square boxes. Just like a gallery!  You’ll notice the responsive nature of the Media Gallery right away and it performs exceptionally well on phones, devices, iPads and even looks great on a desktop computer.   We’ve taken the liberty here to add “View in Tour” links to the Media Gallery so users can be looking at a thumbnail of a panorama and instantly ‘JUMP’ into the interactive virtual tour by clicking the “View in Tour” button.   

The Media Gallery displays all forms of virtual tour media and even plays back third party embedded media such as Vimeo, YouTube, or Matterport productions.  It’s pretty slick! 

By default, we have turned your media gallery ON for all of your virtual tours and you can find the controls for this in the “Buttons” sections of your virtual tour manager.   If for some reason you would like it turned off you can do this by editing your buttons.  Enjoy the new technology and stay tuned for the launch of our new HTML 5 Fusion Experience player.  It’s almost done!!!

Sincerely,

Team RTV

PS.  We’ve also updated several other aspects of Fusion over the last couple of weeks too.  Below is a list of items that have been referenced in the update video above.
• Ken Burns HTML 5 Field of View – Fixed – http://fusion.realtourvision.com/tour.php?tourid=327951&html5=1
• FSD & IHD Buttons Fixed in Buttons Area
• Tour Embed Code Now Fully Responsive – http://www.realtourvision.com/embed-virtual-tour.html 
• Video Hot Spots – Fixed• Shortened / Improved HTML 5 Tour Load Time on Mobile Devices 
• Improved HTML 5 Still Photo Playback


The Formula 81 – Business Plans for Real Estate & Virtual Tour Photographers

Photography Business Building Plan

Building a photography and virtual tour business starts with a business plan. It might help to think of the structure of this plan the same way you would the building of a house. You work in stages, and that’s because there are some things you cannot do until you’ve done the other things first. For example; you start by building a foundation and these are the basics that you must have in place before you can move on. In this webinar, we’ll call Stage 1 in our plan The Foundation, since we need to have a strong platform upon which to build the rest the photography and virtual tour business. If we miss any of this, or if we don’t build our foundation well enough, then the rest of what we do on top of that will be much weaker.

Stage 2 in the building plan for a business is where we add a little more structure to the business, and we’ll call this stage The Frame. The things we do during this stage will help us get more clients and increase our revenue, building further upon The Foundation.

Once again we need to complete Stage 2 before we can move on to Stage 3, which we’ll call The Fitout, and that’s where we add the bricks, the doors, the windows and the furniture.  Stage 3 is where we are fitting it out with the luxury features such as RTV’s robust virtual tour software  or aerial drone services that help take us up a level in terms of quality and service offerings. After all, every home has a foundation and a frame, but it’s in the fitout where we separate the good home from the amazing home, and it’s the same with your business. 

What’s important here is to understand the need to do some things first, and not to start trying to add a beautiful staircase and huge windows before we’ve got our foundation built. If that foundation or that frame is incomplete then these Stage 2 and 3 activities won’t be as effective as they would otherwise be, and you could seriously harm your reputation.

During this webinar we will be going through the various steps and activities that a photographer needs to accomplish at each stage of this plan, covering The Foundation, The Frame, and The Fitout. You’ll have a much better idea of what you need to do with your own business and when you need to do it, with helpful hints on:

  • What you must have on your website and why
  • Tips for how to get the most from your Facebook Page and Facebook ads
  • What you can learn from the way McDonald’s makes their burgers
  • How to keep clients coming back to you
  • What not to say in a marketing email
  • How to be a leader in your market
  • … and much more!

Real Estate Photography CoachOur presenter for this webinar is Darryl Stringer, creator and founder of The Real Estate Photography System. Darryl started in real estate photography in 1998 and built a successful business in Brisbane, Australia, photographing billions of dollars worth of commercial and residential buildings. Today he helps photographers and virtual tour providers across the USA, Australia, Canada and Europe get more clients and build more profitable businesses. We hope you can join us on Tuesday, Sept 12th at 7:00 pm EST. You will be glad you did.

Please visit our webinar information page to register.

See you there!

Sincerely,

Team RTV
RTV, Inc – Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services
Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687


Free Tour Credits from RTV – Feed the Tour Shredder!!

Virtual Tour ShredderReal Tour Vision is pleased to announce our all new automated Tour Shredder! There’s no other way to say it; deleting unnecessary virtual tours from your account was always a painstaking endeavor. Users will now be able to shred multiple tours at once, which means significantly less time cleaning up old unwanted tours. Our new shredder will also remove the tours you shred from YouTube, and the tour provider rankings will no longer be reduced due to shredding tours. The old shredder was very underutilized and we feel these improvements will go a long way towards helping our customers keep their accounts clean. In the end this means more resources for maintaining a highly competitive virtual tour hosting platform.

Why shred?
It’s really quite simple. RTV has created a first class virtual tour solution that requires lots of programming and maintenance to keep it (and YOU) ahead of the competition. This means it’s vital that we keep our hosting costs as low as possible so the most resources can be allocated towards programming for a better tomorrow!

You can help us with this mission and receive free tour credits in the process. Our new Tour Shredder allows you to easily locate and remove virtual tours within your account that are no longer needed. The Shredder suggests virtual tours for shredding based on past traffic and the status of your virtual tours. Virtual tours that have not received any traffic in over one year and or tours that have been marked as SOLD in the account will be automatically flagged for shredding. We will never recommend business type tours or tours that are not “For Sale” as a possible tour for shredding as you’re already paying an annual hosting fee to keep your business and commercial tours on our system.

How do you do it?
That’s the best part since it’s VERY simple to use! To use the new Tour Shredder simply login to your RTV account at https://manage.realtourvision.com, click on the FSD tab along the top, then click on “Ready for Shredder”. The system will keep track of how many virtual tours you’ve removed from the system and pay you back in tour credits. We make it very easy for you to remove dozens, or even hundreds of tours at a time. The Shredder will also remove any associated YouTube productions in the process. Watch this short video to see the shredding process in action – https://youtu.be/NbHZ7AjMTS8

What’s in it for you?
RTV credits customers with one free tour credit for every fifty virtual tours that are shred. Using our current virtual tour credit pricing, this payback is equal to having a 2% cash back program just for keeping your account clean. RTV was the very first virtual tour hosting service to reward customers for shredding old tours. To date we’re still the only company with such a program. Not only will you earn tour credits by shredding your old tours, but you’ll also feel good that you’re doing your part to help RTV keep the most resources allocated to programming.

How often should you shred?
As your technology partner, RTV will now count on you to shred unnecessary tours from your account on a regular basis. Each month RTV will send you a reminder if the shredder identifies any new tours that can be shred. Be on the lookout for that email! If monthly shredding is not for you then you should minimally clean out your old and “sold” tours one a quarter throughout the year. It’s fast and it’s easy to do so just make it a part of your routine.

Policy Changes Coming Soon!
While we know that most of our loyal customers will have no problem shredding old data, there will still be those that have gone out of business, left the industry or are simply too busy to shred. To address these cases RTV will soon be introducing new policy that will label accounts that do not use the Tour Shredder as “Abandoned” or “Distressed” depending on how many tours are being created in those accounts each month and how many “shreddable” tours those accounts contain. Accounts that are abandoned or just plain running inefficiently will receive notification from RTV encouraging the shredding of this unnecessary data. If the data is still left in those accounts RTV will then use the Tour Shredder on the customers behalf to bring these accounts back into balance.

A very big thanks to everyone for your continued support. We’ve very excited about all the new virtual tour technology that we’re able to provide. It’s you, our loyal customer base, that helps make all this possible.  See you on our next webinar!

Sincerely,

Team RTV

RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services
Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687

 

PS. Have you looked at your mobile tours lately? How about your deliverables section? 😉