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Virtual Tour Technology Update & Image Quality Improvements

RTV virtual tour software company is pleased to announce that as of 8/9/16 we have launched new code that drastically increases the image quality settings of still images throughout the entire RTV system. 

While the release of the new Fusion system is still being programmed we were able to take some of the pieces and easily place them into the existing Fusion virtual tour system.  This update is one of many new updates that we will be releasing this summer to the existing system before the launch of the new Fusion system. 

We highly encourage all of you to review the changes below and please report back to us with your thoughts.  Please keep in mind that these changes will ONLY apply to NEW virtual tours and the images that you upload to the system. You may notice a slight increase in the processing time after you have uploaded your images. This is a very minor increase and the results are definitely worth the trade off. Be sure that you base all feedback on new tours that you create. We’re quite confident that you like what we’ve got in store for you!

Here’s a short summary of the many areas of Fusion that are impacted by today’s update:

Image & Tour Thumbnails – You will quickly see that all of the virtual tour thumbnails throughout the entire system are much cleaner, easier to see, sharper and overall just MUCH better.  You will quickly notice this when you’re sorting your scenes, looking at your RSS feeds, viewing images from within your virtual tour gallery or maps and any other areas in the system that use smaller versions of your uploaded images. This will also apply to the thumbnails on the Fusion Experience player within the carousel. Overall all thumbnails in the system now look awesome!

Image Delivery Engine – The Fusion Image Delivery Engine (https://gyazo.com/3cb58c2ed25277b3b83be400b75de312) has also been given a very nice upgrade.  For those of you that were using third party services to send your high resolution images to your customers, we encourage you to test out the newly improved images from our Image Delivery Engine on your next order.  We’ve given you 300 DPI quality and we’re confident that you will not see any loss in quality form what you upload to Fusion to what you’re delivering to your customer.  We’re giving you the very same quality settings that we use when we deliver images to our national photography accounts. 


Fusion Virtual Tours – The images within the Fusion virtual tours will be noticeably cleaner and sharper.  You will also be happy to know that we were able to keep the overall size (MB) of the files the same and often smaller than what they were before so our overall file size has not increased at all with this increase in quality!


All Other Images – Any other places that are not listed above that display a resized image from Fusion such as your Single Property Website, your E-Brochure, Agent or Broker Gallery pages will all be positively impacted by this update to our system. 

What about Fusion Flyers?
OK great question and we knew that you were searching for that!  Tom is very close to updating that part of the code too that will give you higher quality images for your printable flyers. We currently expect this to come within a week or so.  Get ready for GREATLY improved printable flyers from Fusion real soon!!


What’s the update on the new Fusion player?
Glad you asked!  We’re VERY close to giving all of our customers a new end user experience like never before, across all devices.  RTV is moving to one player VS having a separate player for mobile and desktop.  The Fusion Virtual Tour experience will be consistent from desktop to mobile devices.

Get ready for:
• A completely identical experience from desktop to mobile
• Audio & Narrations on mobile
• Floor Plans on mobile
• Hot Spots on mobile
• Lead Capture on mobile
• Affiliates on Mobile
• Faster Mobile and Desktop Virtual Tour Load Time (A LOT FASTER)
• Seamless 3rd Party Embed function for YouTube, Vimeo, MatterPort (No More Pop Up)

We’ll be keeping you posted as we progress on this front team!!  We know you’ll love it. 

When will the new Fusion system be out?
That’s actually a very tough question to answer.  We’re allocating more resources towards the rewrite of Fusion 2.0 than we did for Fusion’s original programming endeavor. We now have two fulltime (in-house) engineers working on Fusion in addition to the efforts of Tom and his team to help bring this puppy to close.  We are anticipating a release sometime early next year.  The good news is that Tom and Ken have done a great job growing and stabilizing the system.  They’ve increased overall speed of the system and when this is done we’ll have a very stable virtual tour hosting platform from which we can continue to build off of.

In Summary:
There’s a LOT going on over here and we appreciate all of your continued support and dedication to our brand.  Please keep sending your suggestions and ideas! We can’t promise we will be able to make them all happen, but we are always looking for new ideas to help us offer the most feature rich virtual tour platform on the market.

 

Sincerely,

Team RTV
Virtual Tour Software & Property Marketing Tools
Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687


New Fusion Agent Training Video

There are many of you that use RTV’s Private Labeled Login feature with your virtual tour photography customers so they can login, make price changes, create flyers, manage virtual tours, place new orders and more.  This increased use of our private labeled login feature has been stirring up several inquiries for RTV to provide a training video for YOUR customers.  A video that is created in such a way that it provides quality training without driving any attention away from your brand.  

We’re pleased to announce that we have created just such a training tool for you to use with your customers.  You may embed the video onto your website, or if you prefer you can download the video from this page and upload it to your own YouTube account for embedding.   

Thank you all for your continued support and we hope this video helps you make your job easier!

Fusion Agent Training Video

Sincerely,

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & Property Marketing Tools

866-947-8687


Aerial Drone Agent Listing Presentation

How are you marketing your new aerial drone service? Have you ever thought of giving your customers printable inserts for their listing presentations? We have taken our ‘Section 333 FAA Approved’ piece and reworked the text on it so you can GIVE it to your customers to add to their listing presentations.

Simply swap out your info and you’re ready to go. You can print and hand out to your best virtual tour customers or better yet you can give them a link and let them do the printing on their side. Upload to your website and share the link that way, or simply use a third party service such as HighTail or DropBox to distribute the large printable flyer to your clients for printing.

Watch your aerial drone sales soar as your customers start adding your unique service into their listing presentations to gain an edge over the other agents not offering your drone service.

Login to your www.RockPointeMarketing.com account now and download this marketing piece. 

Sincerely,

 

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & Powerful Property Marketing Tools

Order a virtual tour today – 866-947-8687


How Can You Leverage Local Listings For Your Small Business

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If you run your own photography business, it is very likely that the term SEO means something to you. For small virtual tour businesses, visibility on the web is a big deal. If people aren’t able to find your website your chances of growing your business are greatly reduced. For this reason, search engine optimization is the lifeblood for healthy small businesses.

Google has led the charge for local businesses in search results. A few years back 7 out of 10 first page results were for national companies and 3 spots were left for the little guys. Google realized that if you were looking for something like tires, it was more likely that you were looking to purchase tires from a local store rather than read the website of a tire manufacturer. Since that time, the typical search will yield only 3 national results on the first page of search results. Google has also shown a tendency to push their local listings as well as other relevant business listing sites to the first page of search results.

Many of these online business listings will automatically pull in information about your business, but in order to leverage the full benefits, small businesses should claim the listings and manage the information that is presented.

On Tuesday, June 7th 2016 RTV will present Social Realty 15, and talk about how you as a small business owner can decide which local business listings you should claim, the best practices when it comes to claiming these local listings, and how you can offer local listing management as an additional service you provide your clients. Whether you are a new small business owner or a seasoned marketer, you will learn something valuable that you can immediately begin to apply to your repertoire.

We will also be discussing the popularity of the Google Street View | Trusted program and the importance of having photographers who are able to complete these types of shoots as a part of our national photography service.

RTV’s webinars are free for all virtual tour photographers in the RTV network as well as select guests. After the shows are live they are archived into Rockpointe Marketing. Rockpointe Marketing is a subscription based sales and marketing tool for RTV affiliated real estate photographers who are looking to grow their business. Members have access to past webinars that cover everything from photography techniques to gadgets, to marketing. In addition to the webinars, there are also customizable fliers that photographers can download, customize and print out to help raise awareness of their brand in their community, and more.

If you would like to join in the fun please register for Social Realty 15 in your RTV Virtual Tour Manager!

We hope to see you there RTV.

 

Sincerely,

 

Team RTV

P.S. If you have a topic that you would like RTV to talk about in a webinar, or if you would like to host a webinar with a member of the RTV team, please contact jstring@realtourvision.com


New From RPM – Pro Photos VS Amatuer

Professional Photography Marketing PieceAs a professional photographer and virtual tour provider you know the value of photography. Even Realtor.com in recent years has published articles clearly showing statistics proving that professionally photographed homes sell quicker and for more money. The issue photographers face far too often is that unless agents and homeowners see professional  and amateur photos side by side, they don’t understand the difference. Many agents are under the impression that their cell phones and low cost point and shoot cameras are just as good as a professional camera in the hands of a professional photographer. It is up you the business owner, entrepreneur and professional photographer to convince them otherwise. The ability to effectively prove this point to multiple customers is too often the difference between a successful real estate photography business and a hobby that trickles in money here and there.

This month’s new RPM marketing piece addresses this issue head on With clear examples of professional quality photos and armature cell phone quality photos on the same piece, realtors will be able to see the difference and gain a new respect for the value that your photography service provides.

This marketing piece, available to RockPointe Marketing subscribers, is a printable, high-resolution double sided piece with examples of amateur and professional photos taken of the same property. It is presented in a Photoshop file allowing for complete customization to match your business’ colors and branding. This piece uses proper 1/8th inch bleed areas to allow printing to the edges, for a more professional looking flier.

If you are not currently a RockPointe Marketing member and would like to learn more please visit http://rockpointemarketing.com/ . As a paid subscriber you will have access to tons of useful information including many webinars covering a multitude of topics, customizable marketing pieces and much more.

Visit www.RockPointeMarketing.com today to watch past webinars and download this new piece!

Thanks for your support!

 

Sincerely,

 

Team RTV

Virtual Tours & Property Marketing Tools

Order a virtual tour today – 866-947-8687