Blog Tag: virtual_tour_business

Have Camera Will Vacation

Well, a working vacation that is 🙂 . . .

Last year I took part in the RTV SEO workshop for Inner Circle marketing members. The boost in Google rank as a result of my training paid off in a big way this summer when a leading Gatlinburg TN cabin rental and real estate company called me for a quote on creating online marketing photography and virtual tours for some of their cabin owners. It’s unlikely they would have found my Middle Tennessee virtual tour company otherwise.

After some negotiations, my wife and I ended up staying four nights in a nice log cabin at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She got some much needed quiet time in a Jacuzzi and watching and reading the Twilight series, while I had the unique opportunity of photographing some awesome real estate. These properties are some of those places where I probably would never have visited were it not for being an RTV provider offering a great virtual tour marketing system.

Before the adventure was over, my wife had enough of solitude and she decided to assist me on the last couple of days of shooting. She now has a new respect for what it takes to create a good-looking virtual tour. I was also exhausted but exhilarated at the end of each day. Best of all we got to spend some time together.

In the “remember to always be prepared” department I have a story. One of the Gatlinburg cabins I photographed was basically at the highest point and farthest from the main highway as you could get on the resort. When we went in, somebody (I still say it wasn’t me!) left our vehicle’s ignition in the accessory position. You guessed it! The battery was completely dead when we started to leave. Of course we had no jumper cables, but what would we do with them if we had them?

Luckily there was life in the next cabin down the road and they called the resort security who responded quickly to our plight. I didn’t take any chances. I left the van running until we reached an auto parts store and had the battery checked out. It was of course dead, so there went some of our profits. Yes, we came home with cash even after staying four nights in a great mountain getaway and buying a new battery. That’s what I call a great business!

Since then I’ve been back to the mountains once by myself and once where we were able to bring along another couple and their kids because the cabins I was shooting were four-bedroom lodges. Talk about having a great time! Again, this great summer was brought to you by RTV.

Brett Weaver
Photographer
Middle Tennessee Virtual Tours
SpotLightVT.com
Order a virtual tour: (931) 201-WEAV (9328)


It Takes Money to Make Money

The last thing on my mind when Real Estate on Nova Scotia’s South Shore (my magazine) lost 30% of it’s revenue last fall, was investing money. Anywhere.

In an economic climate where survival of small business is at stake, how should I plan my spending? We are in the middle of a recession, but as a business owner I have one step up on those that are employed by others… I am in control of my destiny. If I truly want to maintain a thriving business I needed to invest in my business. The saying “build it and they will come” is simply not true of business.

In business it is so important that you maintain a “leg up” on the competition. It surprises me that many people fail to grasp this concept. When you consider the revenue cost of losing customers, or the acquisition cost of replacing them, you can make a very strong return on investment case for the appropriate use of limited resources.

It was time to be proactive. And broaden the scope of the marketing services I offered my Realtors. As I considered that 84% of home buyers and 87% of first time buyers use the internet as an information resource during their search for a home (in the 25-44 age group this number jumped to 91%) I concluded, that a compelling use of virtual tour technology would keep visitors on their site, and would also keep them coming back.

I chose to invest and become a full service provider with RTV (Real Tour Vision). The largest full service virtual tour and property marketing network in the world. Simply put, they had the best virtual tour software, property marketing training and support.

By having a virtual tour, you are effectively demonstrating to your clients that you are not only at the top of your game, but you will serve them best by employing unique and “out of the box” solutions to meet their problems and most importantly, expectations and needs.

The competition is fierce, and so are you. Come out on top, every time – your clients don’t want to settle for less, why should you?

Virtual tours not only appeal to the local market, but to the international market as well. Increase your level of service, Supernova Studios virtual tours integrate easily into any website.

Order your Nova Scotia Virtual Tour Today.
www.supernovastudios.ca


The Benefits of Entrepreneurship

The economic changes seem to be effecting everyone I know, but the good news is that my Denver Virtual Tour and Architectural photography company, Denver Image Productions is off and running with great successes!

I started my virtual tour business just a few months ago after being laid off myself from a International Real Estate company that was not able to keep on the staff due to the poor economy and lack of sales. After much thought and consideration on whether to stay in real estate or not, I decided to do the next best thing…stay in real estate in a different avenue and also something that I really love – architectural photography and virtual tours.

After a LOT of research and discovery, I found Real Tour Vision. The reason I chose RTV was that I recognized the advantage of owning your own virtual tour company vs simply working for one such as the Obeo or Circlepix business model is. Although, I may have had a smaller startup and would have been busier in the beginning of this process, the benefits of owning my own company, making my own rules, setting my own pricing far outweigh any benefits of working for somone. The key with RTV’s business model is that you have be business savvy and intelligent to make it work not to mention be confidnet in yourself. These are all qualities that I have and finally I really enjoy exploring my own territories and working with clients that I can build a good repore and lasting relationship with.

I’ve found in my discoveries over the last few months that Realtors and commercial businesses understand the value with online e-marketing and Virtual Tours. We are not creating something new, so talking to folks about the product is easy. What RTV provides that so many other companies don’t offer is many additional great property marketing tools. It’s these additional features that makes attracting new clients easy and fun. I am getting busier and busier and am expanding to new companies everyday. I look forward to seeing how big I can grow Denver Image Productions over the next year.

Tahvory Bunting
Founder, Photographer
Denver Image Productions
Denver Virtual Tours
Mobile: 720-382-8328
www.denverimageproductions.com


Improving Your Photography

Often times we are asked down here in Corpus Christi for some hints and tips on taking better photos. Many people have asked us about what camera they should purchase and what number of pixels should they be looking for. When it comes to pixels it’s important to note that many of today’s cameras take photos that are very close to the quality of photos that up until just a few years ago were reserved for cameras that used film.

The higher the number of pixels the more detailed the photograph can be and the larger you can print the photo without distortion or pixelation. Many of today’s cameras are capable of a resolution of 10 megapixels or more. The side effect of the high resolution images is the amount of space used on the camera’s memory card or on your computer for storage. For example, on a popular camera we were able to film photos in one of four resolutions.

10 Megapixel takes 3.61 Megabytes of disk space
5 Megapixel takes 2.12 Megabytes of disk space
3 Megapixel takes 1.52 Megabytes of disk space
.3 Megapixel takes 106 Kilobytes of disk space

The 10 Megapixel size is great for printing photos and should be used for occasions such as weddings and close-up photos such as flower petals where you wish to show great detail. If you are going to email these photos remember that with larger photo files you will need more time to upload the files and that many email sites limit the size of email that they will accept at less than 10 megabytes.

For photos that you are going to use for your MLS listing or even for a You Film The Tour, virtual tour with Island Digital Images; you should use a photo size of less than 2 megabytes. The reason for this is that many publication services limit the per photo size to less than 2 megabytes in size.

In all practicality you could use either the 3 or even the .3 megapixel size for your MLS photos as either setting will look okay. I would consider the .3 megapixel size as an absolute minimum as that would produce and image of 640×480 pixels that is equal to VGA on computers. A best choice in this example would be the 3 megapixel setting producing an image of 2048 x 1536 and a file size of 1.52 megabytes.

Alan Fon
Island Digital Images
Corpus Christi Virtual Tours
Order a virtual tour: (361) 749-0901


SuperNova Studios Now Offering Real Estate Virtual Tours

Supernova Studios Nova Scotia Virtual Tour Company Launched Today!

Blood, sweat, and yes…. tears (the blood was from a paper cut). Supernova Studios was launched to south shore, Nova Scotia clients today. 146 real estate agents received an email package this morning from a company they have known for the past 12 years as Taylor Design Inc.

Accustomed to a certain standard of excellence the package had to be perfect. I kept the introductory letter brief, attached a couple of flyers (one for the virtual tours and one for the RTV TxT Connect program) and pointed them to both of my websites: www.supernovastudios.ca and www.cellthishouse.ca

This was a strategic move. I want my customers in the habit of getting their questions answered at my website. This is why I spent hours developing it, AND it will allow me more time on the road shooting virtual tours.

I followed up a couple of hours later with a personal visit to each of the 16 brokerages. It was delivery day for the monthly magazine Real Estate on Nova Scotia’s South Shore which I produce for them. (ps – I had included 5 pages in the magazine advertising Supernova Studios, virtual tours & TxT Connect)

Other than my sexy new business cards I brought one thing. My cell phone. Real Estate professionals are busy. I knew I could only keep their attention for a few minutes.”Got a cell phone” I asked? “I want to show you something”. Every single one of them reached in their pocket.

“Okay. Let’s send a text message.” Most of them looked at me “deer in the headlights” look on their face. They didn’t know how. They are carrying smart phones and don’t know how to use them. Smiling I tell them that last year cell phones were not allowed in my daughter’s school. This year, recognizing that text messaging is the preferred means of communication amongst teens and adults between 40-50 (and it’s not going away) they relented to “the times”. It’s inevitable.

Using my cell phone I show them how to receive listing information just by entering two short codes. The “deer in the headlights” look changed to dollar signs in an instant. They “got” it.

Do NOT underestimate how a quick visit and hands on instruction can make a difference. This kind of technology is new to my clients. They need their (cell) hand held a little. You see; they want to “keep up” (that’s why they’re carrying those phones) they just may need you to show them how.

Virtual tour technology speaks for itself. The feature tour on my home page at supernovastudios has already received 110 truly unique visitors! If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a virtual tour is worth a million.

Book your Nova Scotia virtual tour today!
Supernova Studios
159 Alexandra Ave.
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1H6
Phone: 902-543-2185