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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 Tyler, Texas 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.

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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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Google Street View | Trusted and RTV Tour Track Update Webinar To Be Held July 19th, 2016

google-trusted-agencyThe old saying “The only thing constant is change” applies to many things and the Google Street View | Trusted program is certainly one of them. The Google Street View | Trusted program was started in April of 2010, in an effort to bring local businesses more attention in search engine results and increase the high-quality content that is served up in search content. Since that time Google has continually redefined the program including who can become a trusted photographer, what the final product will look like, and how it can be viewed. With each new announcement, photographers and the businesses they serve, are left to interpret what the changes mean, and do they increase or decrease the value of the final virtual tour product.

RTV became a Google Trusted Agency in 2014 and added Google’s walkthrough style tours to the services we offer to businesses across the country. In a short year and a half, many virtual tour providers within the RTV network took the initiative to become T4 Certified, which enabled them to shoot Google style tours for RTV, as well as allowing them to sell Google tours in their local area. Hundreds of Google-style virtual tours have been completed for our national clients, in addition to the high-quality professional photography and interactive virtual tours that have been the mainstay of our Tour Track professional photography service for years. 

On July 19th, 2016 at 7:00pm est, Shawn Roach and Jay Stringham will be hosting an informational Tour Track national photography service webinar, covering the most recent changes to the Google Street View | Trusted program and how RTV as a company will proceed with the program in the future. If you are a veteran Tour Track photographer, a recent newcomer, or an RTV photographer who is considering shooting Tour Track jobs this year, we encourage you to join us. You can register for this webinar through your Fusion dashboard. We look forward to seeing you there. 

If you would like to order professional photography or a virtual tour please contact us for pricing and additional information. Our network of photographers spans across the US and Canada allowing us to deliver the high-quality imagery you need quickly and efficiently.

If you are a photographer who is interested in offering virtual tours as a part of your business, we encourage you to start a free no-obligation trial account today.


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

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Northern Kentucky Photographer Receives T4 Photography Certification

T4 Photography Accreditation Christian Vetter is the definition of well rounded. He graduated from Chaminade University in Honolulu Hawaii, traveled to Hong Kong, and toured Southeast Asia in pursuit of his passion. On a professional level he is an experienced photographer, videographer, web developer, graphic designer, and marketing director. He has worked for Honolulu Magazine, SqFt Commercial in the Cincinnati market, and operates his own virtual tour business in northern Kentucky. Christian operates CVFotografie, in his hometown of Covington, Kentucky, where he offers both Google Street View tours and RTV’s Fusion Virtual Tours.

He began using Fusion Virtual Tour Platform in 2013 and has provided high quality virtual tours to business owners and Realtors ever since. As a T4 professional photographer, we can send Christian photography jobs from our national client list and know that he will provide excellent quality imagery, and do so in a professional manner. Congratulations Christian, thank you for being a part of the RTV team! CVFotografie Northern Kentucky – Cincinnati Virtual Tours

 

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Akron, Ohio Photography Company, Summit 360 Virtual Tours Achieves T4 Certification

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Sandy Rybka owner of Summit 360 Virtual Tours saw the need for professional real estate photography first hand while in the market for a new home. The photos used to market and sell the houses  lacked the visual appeal to spark the interest of potential buyers. Sandy turned her passion for photography into a successful business, using RTV’s virtual tour software.  Summit 360 Virtual Tours operates out of Munroe Falls, Ohio and serves the entire Akron area including Summit, Portage, Geauga, Stark, Medina and Cuyahoga Counties.

Sandy states: “Summit 360 places an emphasis on meeting the needs of business owners. In an age where more people will look for your business on the internet instead of a phone book, a high quality first impression for your business is key to success.” Realtor.com stated in a 2014 article  that 92% of home buyers used the internet in their search for a new house.  Google has also begun to increase the value of local businesses in search results. An online virtual tour is a fantastic way for business to improve the user experience of their website and help boost their search engine rankings.

Sandy’s proven track record of quality photography and commitment to top notch customer service has officially earned her RTV’s T4 photography accreditation. Congratulations Sandy and every one at Summit 360 Virtual Tours! We are proud of your accomplishments and look forward to many more years of working with you.

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