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4 Places to Promote Virtual Tours

Whether you’re a real estate agent, a business owner, or a virtual tour provider, marketing is an essential part of making virtual tours work for you. After all, the more people see your stunning, high quality virtual tours, the more business you’ll generate. Posting your videos on YouTube and your own website is a great start—but you can do more to get views for your virtual tours and increase your profits, all without spending a dime.

Here are four different but effective places you can display your virtual tours in order to capture more potential customers and buyers.

Facebook: High visibility with video thumbnails
Posting your virtual tours to your business Facebook page can really help you get more views. When you post a link to a video on Facebook, a thumbnail image is automatically generated and displayed on the post—helping it stand out from text-based posts in user feeds.  We do this all the time at BlueLaVaMedia.  Check out our Facebook business page here to see how it looks: https://www.facebook.com/TCVirtualTours

If you have a little money to spend on marketing your virtual tours, you should also consider Facebook Promoted Posts. This inexpensive pay-per-click advertising ensures that the post you’re promoting gets more views on the pages of your customers.  One of the things that you can do is use the advertising tool to find local real estate agents and business owners to promote to.  It’s great for local business advertising! Facebook Promoted Posts costs just a few cents per click, and you can set your own price.

Pinterest: The image-centric social platform
Since its launch, Pinterest has exploded in popularity. People use Pinterest to browse things they want to buy, and often make purchases based on what they see on Pinterest. While Pinterest began as an image-based social network, the platform now allows users to post, or “pin,” videos on their boards.
If you don’t already have a Pinterest account, joining is a great way to promote your real estate listings, business, or virtual tour services. You can pin still images to your boards along with your virtual tours and generate even more engagement with potential customers.  Included in the BlueLaVaMedia exposure engine is also a posting to our Pinterest page.  Check it out here and see how we’re using it: http://www.pinterest.com/bluelavamedia/virtual-tours/  it’s super easy and only take a moment through Fusion from the syndication page!

Google+: The search engine favorite
Yet another social network that is often overlooked for promoting virtual tours, Google+ comes with a lot of unique opportunities for visibility. Of course, Google+ is operated by Google, the most used search engine in the world—and posts on this social platform are given a higher priority by Google’s algorithms, which helps more people find your virtual tours.

You can also use Google+ Hangouts to promote your virtual tours. These free video conference calls let you arrange meetings with a lot of current and potential customers at once. One suggestion might be to hold a “virtual tour party” with a Google+ Hangout whenever you make a new virtual tour, and give your Hangout participants an exclusive sneak preview of your new video.

Your mobile device: Marketing on the go
Finally, it’s a great idea to save your virtual tour videos directly to your tablet or smartphone. This way, you can show off your stunning virtual tour to anyone, wherever you are—even if you don’t have service. Tablets and smartphones are ideal for showing virtual tours at sales meetings, conferences, trade shows, and any business-related event you attend.

Don’t limit your virtual tour promotion to YouTube and your website. The more places your virtual tours appear, the more people will see them—and the more business you’ll bring in!

Sincerely,

Jason LaVanture

RTV, Inc
www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Professional Photography Training
866-947-8687

RTV Announces New Talkshow – Through The Lens

Through the Lens – Portrait Photography 101

Attention RTV family and fans: The inaugural Through The Lens webinar hosted by Jay Stringham is finally here. This exciting opening episode will focus on portrait photography and will feature special guest Mike Drilling of Windborne Studios in Traverse City, MI.

Mike has a been a very successful portrait and commercial photographer in Northern Michigan for over 30 years.  This is a great opportunity to learn from a very experienced on location lighting expert. We believe photographers of all skill levels will benefit from his experience and encourage you all to attend this show. We will be discussing on location portraiture photography using off camera lighting.  This specialized portrait training is in anticipation of two new RTV Tour Track accounts that will require portrait photography.  One new account will require photos of flower bouquets and business owners, and the second account calls for photos of medical staff and doctors.

In preparation for these two new national Tour Track accounts, RTV has put together an inexpensive portrait light kit with a double sided, portable background. RTV will be drop shipping these light kits to our selected photographers prior to their photo shoots. Photographers that show expertise in using these kits will have the option to purchase them from RTV at a discounted rate and receive additional jobs from these accounts from their area.

Along with RTV, Mr. Drilling has thoroughly tested the kits.  During the show we will be offering insight as to how to properly light your subject to allow for the separation of the subject from the background for high quality portraits. We will also be discussing posing and making your subjects feel as comfortable as possible to get great natural looking portraits.

We believe the skills and experience gained from this show and these accounts will open new doors for RTV and our photographers. Whether you are looking to achieve T4 status at RTV or you’re just looking to add another specialized service to your offering, you will not want to miss this show. See you there RTV!

Register now in your TMS.  Look for our new “Through The Lens” Icon on the left side of your virtual tour manager.

Sincerely,

Team RTV

RTV, Inc
www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Professional Photography Training
866-947-8687

RTV Announces New Talkshow – Through The Lens

Through the Lens – Portrait Photography 101

Attention RTV family and fans: The inaugural Through The Lens webinar hosted by Jay Stringham is finally here. This exciting opening episode will focus on portrait photography and will feature special guest Mike Drilling of Windborne Studios in Traverse City, MI.

Mike has a been a very successful portrait and commercial photographer in Northern Michigan for over 30 years.  This is a great opportunity to learn from a very experienced on location lighting expert. We believe photographers of all skill levels will benefit from his experience and encourage you all to attend this show. We will be discussing on location portraiture photography using off camera lighting.  This specialized portrait training is in anticipation of two new RTV Tour Track accounts that will require portrait photography.  One new account will require photos of flower bouquets and business owners, and the second account calls for photos of medical staff and doctors.

In preparation for these two new national Tour Track accounts, RTV has put together an inexpensive portrait light kit with a double sided, portable background. RTV will be drop shipping these light kits to our selected photographers prior to their photo shoots. Photographers that show expertise in using these kits will have the option to purchase them from RTV at a discounted rate and receive additional jobs from these accounts from their area.

Along with RTV, Mr. Drilling has thoroughly tested the kits.  During the show we will be offering insight as to how to properly light your subject to allow for the separation of the subject from the background for high quality portraits. We will also be discussing posing and making your subjects feel as comfortable as possible to get great natural looking portraits.

We believe the skills and experience gained from this show and these accounts will open new doors for RTV and our photographers. Whether you are looking to achieve T4 status at RTV or you’re just looking to add another specialized service to your offering, you will not want to miss this show. See you there RTV!

Register now in your TMS.  Look for our new “Through The Lens” Icon on the left side of your virtual tour manager.

Sincerely,

Team RTV

RTV, Inc
www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Professional Photography Training
866-947-8687

Virtual Tours for Hospitals

http://fusion.realtourvision.com/48181

Just about every business or service provider can benefit from high quality professional photography and a virtual tour of their facilities. This includes hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, and other health service organizations. Whether you’re a health care service provider interested in the benefits of a virtual tour, or a virtual tour provider looking to offer your services to hospitals, these tips will help you create successful virtual tours.

Why Professional Hospital Photography?
A great virtual tour provides an interactive look at the environment of your hospital or health care facility. You can use virtual tours to help patients feel more comfortable and secure with their surroundings before they arrive at your facility, or to introduce your programs and services to potential new patients.

Health care provider virtual tours are also a wonderful way to help new staff familiarize themselves with your facility, especially for large or complex hospital buildings and grounds. Virtual tours allow incoming staff to tour the grounds at their own pace and gain a better understanding of the layout and the vital areas of the hospital.

In addition to hospitals, virtual tours can benefit:
•    Private practices
•    Health care clinics
•    Dentists and dental care facilities
•    Mental health professionals
•    Children’s hospitals and health care centers
•    Universities and teaching hospitals

What to include in your hospital virtual tour
The purpose of a virtual tour is to help your patients or staff become familiar and comfortable with your facility. It’s a good idea to include patient rooms on your virtual tour, including both private and semi-private rooms as well as standard ward rooms. If you have different room types, such as adult rooms, children’s rooms, consulting rooms, and ICU rooms, you should show at least one of each type.

The lobbies, waiting areas, and play areas of your hospital or health care facility should also be included in your virtual tour. If you have a large facility with a dining room or cafeteria, this can also be shown. You may also want to show examples of your corridors, elevators, reception areas, and operating theaters (for the benefit of surgical patients and new doctors).

If you have any questions about hospital virtual tours, or would like to engage a virtual tour service provider for your health care facility, please feel free to contact RTV at any time. We look forward to helping you create stunning virtual tours that will put your patients and new staff at ease.

RTV, Inc
www.RealTourVision.com
866-947-8687
Virtual Tour Software & Professional Hospital Photography

Virtual Tours for Hospitals

http://fusion.realtourvision.com/48181

Just about every business or service provider can benefit from high quality professional photography and a virtual tour of their facilities. This includes hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, and other health service organizations. Whether you’re a health care service provider interested in the benefits of a virtual tour, or a virtual tour provider looking to offer your services to hospitals, these tips will help you create successful virtual tours.

Why Professional Hospital Photography?
A great virtual tour provides an interactive look at the environment of your hospital or health care facility. You can use virtual tours to help patients feel more comfortable and secure with their surroundings before they arrive at your facility, or to introduce your programs and services to potential new patients.

Health care provider virtual tours are also a wonderful way to help new staff familiarize themselves with your facility, especially for large or complex hospital buildings and grounds. Virtual tours allow incoming staff to tour the grounds at their own pace and gain a better understanding of the layout and the vital areas of the hospital.

In addition to hospitals, virtual tours can benefit:
•    Private practices
•    Health care clinics
•    Dentists and dental care facilities
•    Mental health professionals
•    Children’s hospitals and health care centers
•    Universities and teaching hospitals

What to include in your hospital virtual tour
The purpose of a virtual tour is to help your patients or staff become familiar and comfortable with your facility. It’s a good idea to include patient rooms on your virtual tour, including both private and semi-private rooms as well as standard ward rooms. If you have different room types, such as adult rooms, children’s rooms, consulting rooms, and ICU rooms, you should show at least one of each type.

The lobbies, waiting areas, and play areas of your hospital or health care facility should also be included in your virtual tour. If you have a large facility with a dining room or cafeteria, this can also be shown. You may also want to show examples of your corridors, elevators, reception areas, and operating theaters (for the benefit of surgical patients and new doctors).

If you have any questions about hospital virtual tours, or would like to engage a virtual tour service provider for your health care facility, please feel free to contact RTV at any time. We look forward to helping you create stunning virtual tours that will put your patients and new staff at ease.

RTV, Inc
www.RealTourVision.com
866-947-8687
Virtual Tour Software & Professional Hospital Photography