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The Value of a Pre-shoot Checklist

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 St. Augustine 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.

FL virtual tour provider

 

 

Dave Hall
Owner-Photographer
Office: 903.502.0360
iPhone: 903.253.3979 (Primary)
Order Professional Real Estate Photography  – www.360-Media.us
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RTV Adds Virtual Tour Software Programmer!

Virtual Tour Software ProgrammerRTV 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

New From RPM – Powerful Marketing Tools & Custom Message

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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

Zillow Certified Photographer II – New Enhanced Videos!

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

Real Estate Photography Training Video Series Released In Rockpointe Marketing

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.