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A&D Marketing Solutions has been a Virtual Tour provider in Central Florida for over three years. As is often the case, most of our new virtual tour service ideas result from a customer suggestion or request. Just this past week a customer called and asked if we could provide a virtual tour of a house that was under construction.

We have provided many virtual tours of newly built homes throughout Central Florida, so we assumed that by under construction they meant the final landscaping hadn’t been completed or that maybe the appliances hadn’t been installed yet. Boy were we surprised when we arrived at the property to find a house that had not yet even been dry walled! As it turns out the customer wanted us to provide a virtual tour of this construction site for two purposes. The first was to provide the out of town home owners with an update on the progress of their new home and the second was for insurance documentation purposes.

While we have heard of other Full Service Virtual Tour Companies providing insurance documentation virtual tours, we had never really given this market much consideration, until now! The customer wanted 360 degree virtual spins of every room in this 6000 sq ft, oceanfront house and also a way to “tie” in the still shots of the ceilings in each room into an interactive presentation he could present to the homeowner. Because our 360 virtual tours are interactive, we were able to utilize hot spots to tie this 70 scene virtual tour together into a very nice presentation. The customer was very satisfied, and now we have a new market niche to explore!

Cathal & Michelle Duffy
Central Florida Virtual Tour Provider
Order a Virtual Tour – 888-598-6562

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Press Release – Real Tour Vision Announces New Full Service Virtual Tour Provider Blacksburg, Virginia Feb. 4th 2008

Image 360 Virtual Tours has recently partnered with Real Tour Vision, the world’s largest and fastest growing virtual tour software provider. As a Real Tour Vision full service provider Image 360 will be able to offer real estate agents, hotels, and businesses in the New River Valley area state-of-the-art virtual tours and innovative online marketing solutions.

Since 2000, RTV has continually led the way in the virtual tour industry with marketing implementations such as their proprietary interactive software, RTV PanoRider(TM), single property websites, on-demand Virtual Tour Traffic Reporting 2.0, 2D/3D interactive floor plans, 3D animated walkthroughs, custom websites, proprietary Tour Track(TM) system, tour audio solutions, tour discs and sketch-and-fax services. In addition, their powerful Listing Exposure Engine places each Virtual Tour listing on over 80 national portal websites.

Jason LaVanture, Vice President of RTV said: “We are proud to welcome Image 360 as our newest Real Tour Vision full service provider. Real Tour Vision has the largest worldwide network of certified virtual tour providers in the industry. No other company provides the level of service and technical training that we offer to our providers. Now that Image 360 has joined our worldwide network, they will be able to offer this same level of service to the Southwest Virginia area.”

Image 360 is owned and operated by James Rector. Mr. Rector brings over 20 years of sales and marketing expertise to the company, experience in real estate as a former active Realtor, and extensive photography training; including course work at Radford University and also in-house professional studio experience.

“Image360 has been a wonderful asset as a value added service to my clients. Adding 360 Virtual Tours to our website instead of simple snapshots or a slideshow, has dramatically increased our online exposure and saved us valuable time in getting our listings active and seen as quickly as possible. Jim, an expert in photography, uses the best professional equipment; and he has done a wonderful job communicating with every client ensuring he gets the best possible shots for the tours. I can’t think of a better person to work with local business owners and real estate agents. We highly recommend Image 360 Virtual Tours and we certainly will be using their services again in the near future!” Jeff Jones- Woods River Realty

Those interested in Virtual Tour services and provider business opportunities with Image 360 are encouraged to call 888-360-SHOW, email, or visit their website at

About Image 360 Virtual Tours
Image 360 Virtual Tours services Southwest Virginia; including New River Valley and Roanoke Valley. Image 360 also has an office in Holden Beach, NC providing virtual tours for Brunswick County and the Coastal Carolinas from Wilmington, NC to Myrtle Beach, SC.

James Rector
Image 360 Virtual Tours
New River Valley Virtual Tours
Order a Virtual Tour – 540-320-9996

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When Ark-La-Tex Virtual Tours opened its doors 3 years ago in the Shreveport/Bossier City, La. area, 360 virtual tours were almost unheard of in the area. We set to work building a market and the idea took off quickly. As our market began to grow, other virtual tour companies began to notice. It was not long before we had competitors come into the area wanting a slice of the market we had worked so hard to build. At first this was discouraging, but the benefits of a little competition quickly became obvious.

The other company, with its Do-It-Yourself technology and low price for unlimited tours got its foot into doors we had previously been unable to open. They got those clients that were willing to try virtual tours, but did not want to spend much on them. Once these clients tried visual tours, they began to realize the benefits, and the possibilities. They also began to realize that the quality of tour they put out there speaks volumes about them and their marketing. It wasn’t long before they wanted a high quality, professionally created, 360 interactive tour which could be used for marketing. That’s when we started to get the calls from those previously uninterested realtors.

It turns out that the competition drove them right to our doorstep. Once again RTV’s superior product provided by a professional company offering an array of marketing options and full service support won out.

Thanks RTV!

Rebecca Bolda
Ark-La-Tex Virtual Tours
Shreveport Virtual Tour Company
Order a virtual tour today! 318-572-1779

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At Lawrence Virtual Tour, we put our efforts towards providing the best virtual tours in the Lawrence, Topeka and Overland Park, Kansas area and not so much in advertising online. We are not search engine optimization (SEO) Internet experts and even though we tried to do some of the things that was recommended to improve our ranking on the search engines nothing has worked like BLOGGING.

We tried to add the geographic keyword (email from Sheryl back in November) but after we found our geographical coordinates, we could not enter them in our webpage. So we gave up, preferring the good old “pick up the phone” method for people to find our virtual tour company website. Well, guess what? After only three blogs we are ranked number one and two on and number three on when you type in: Lawrence Virtual Tour. Try it! You will find us (and improve our ranking!!!) Thank you in advance :-).

My advice to you is to pick the first sentence (where you will type your virtual tour company name) very carefully, because it is often part of short description that the search engine finds, and this description will be the key factor for the Internet user to decide to visit or not your website.

On my first blog, I wrote:
“… Anyway, here I am, driving to my first virtual tour in Lawrence, KS and boy oh boy was I feeling the pressure…” as I was telling my story about my first virtual tour. Not very glamorous or professional. This is not as good as what this one will look like (read my first sentence again!!!)…

Blog it up fellow RTV providers! You have nothing to lose.

Kate Huchet
Overland Park Virtual Tours
Order a Virtual Tour – 785-764-2552

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There are many advantages to using a Realtor in Warner Robbins!

Don’t use a Realtor to purchase your next home and you may miss the mark! There is a lot of information in the news about Realtors being overpaid and you can save money by not using a Realtor. Good Realtors work especially hard for their money and offer a plethora of information and services to their customers. Here is a list of reasons that you should use a Realtor to find and purchase your next home!

  1. Professional Service
  2. Seller pays Realtor’s commission, not the buyer.
  3. Experience in buying/selling houses on a daily basis
  4. Knows the local market
  5. Answer all questions
  6. Understand and explain the Contract, Exhibits, Addendums, Closing Costs, and explain the entire home buying/building process
  7. Make sure everything is in writing – verbal contracts are not valid in Real Estate in Georgia
  8. Listen to your needs and help ensure the home you purchase/build is the home you intended to purchase and meets your needs
  9. A smooth and pleasant home buying process
  10. Assist with financing options
  11. Assist with contingency options on your current home
  12. Explain all your options

John Cobb – Coldwell Banker SSK Real Estate Agent
Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
Phone Number: 478-396-2440

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