Archive for August, 2009

Dear RTV and Twitter Queens:

I attended the Webinar with the Twitter Queens, and I think that might stick. 5 Min. after the meeting I went and signed up my Twitter account and starting posting. I didn’t know how to use Facebook, MySpace or Twitter. Now I know how to use Twitter very well. I can see how you might be able to get a client or 2 from Twitter.

A question that I would have is why would people from Twitter follow me? Is it just because I post news my 360 virtual tours of the area or virtual tour industry news? I also have seen the Twitter Queens posting news throughout all of the day. I could post but I really don’t have as much time as them to keep on posting the way they do. However the webinar did teach me something new that I really needed to learn and have been putting off.

Overall I am really happy that I attended the Twitter Queens Webinar. I will keep on posting news on Twitter and posting my Parma Virtual Tours and see if this will help my business grow.

Thank You
Frank A Novak

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As a hopeful SEO candidate to get my website on the first page or even within the first 10 sites on a search, I have been working and studying how, what and when to make changes or not to make changes for that matter. The free RTV SEO course you gave me as a virtual tour provider made me aware of the need to be diligent and persevere in becoming noticed by the bot crawlers.

Having said that, I can say that within, what, five months, I am either on page two or three of google, yahoo, dogpile and bing. However and it is interesting that each engine seems to crawl at a different algorithm. On one engine, I am found under L’oeil L’esprit. On another I am found as AlamoAreaVirtualTours, but not L’oeil L’esprit. On another I am found using the search ‘San Antonio Virtual Tours‘, which leads to my local virtual tour provider website.

On another it links to benefits: On that one I am number four on Google. I am also showing up with Active Rain as having a blog concerning ‘San Antonio Housing’. What am I saying? Not only that the search engines seem to have different systems, but that 1) If I can follow the RTV SEO guide, anybody can! and 2) Review and do searches for all the search engines to see where you are. I am a neophyte at this but I will continue as it is a challenge to me. I have a question of you all; Does it do any good to have more than one domain? If so would they all link or direct to the first domain or just link to the website? (Told you I’m a neophyte)

Thanks in advance for hints and or downright criticisms if need be. To check out more ideas and blogs go to Rem* Life’s a Complexity of Simplicities

James Hoback
San Antonio Virtual Tours

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In March of this year we held our very first IMAGE webinar all about virtual tour photography and photography related topics. We started hosting the IMAGE webinars to help each of our virtual tour providers grow in photography knowledge and skills and become more successful with their virtual tour businesses. Since then we have held an IMAGE webinar each month. Since these webinars are recorded we have been developing a library of photography knowledge, and now…It’s available online to all of our RTV virtual tour providers!!

To make sure that you can reference this treasure chest of information we have created a page inside of our free virtual tour marketing control panel website where everyone can go and download any of the past episodes of The IMAGE.

To access past episodes of The IMAGE you first need to log in to It is free for anyone who is an RTV virtual tour provider! If you do not have an account yet for Rock Pointe Marketing then go create one. After you log in to the marketing website, click on the BRC button at the top of the page to go to the Business Resource Center. On the left hand side, the first button you will see is for The IMAGE. Click that button and you are at the page to download the recorded episodes of The IMAGE webinars.

Thanks for all of your contributions in making RTV a better company every day!
Ben Knorr RTV Lens Engineer and your host for The IMAGE.

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If you want to increase visibility and awareness of your virtual tour blog, here is an easy task you can perform to get your virtual tour blog on your website. Having your blog RSS feed coming into your website does not require a lot of experience, nor does it require a lot of time. Once implemented, each new blog post will be automatically posted to your website.

Adding Blog RSS Feed to Your Website

There are tons of sources out there that offer information on adding RSS to your site. After a little research, I was able to find a simple RSS service that is free and can be done in minutes. This service also provides an upgrade version to add multiple RSS feed sources into one single RSS feed. One of the reasons I like RSS include is it has an easy to use management interface that lets you customize your feed layout and the length of the feed excerpts.

Go to RSS include –, and create your free account. Once your account has been created, create your new feed by simply going to your blog, look for the orange RSS symbol on your browser toolbar and click. Make sure that the feed you are viewing is an RSS feed, i.e., the feed address should look something like this-

Notice the RSS in the feed address? Copy the address from your browser and paste it into the RSS ‘include input feed’ section. Your feed can be previewed in a side window at the right to show you exactly how it will look on your website. The code can be generated for Java script, PHP or WordPress. Once you are satisfied with your design and layout, simply generate the code and place it where you want the RSS feed to appear. Of course you do have to have access to your website to modify and place the code. I would highly recommend putting your blog feed on your home page. Publish your website updates. Great! You now have an RSS feed on your home page. Each time you make a new blog post your home page will be updated with fresh content.

Some final food for thought:

Whenever you do publish a blog I highly recommend that you submit your blog to the RTV Blog here by sending RTV an email of your blog post. RTV will then link that blog back to your website using geographical keywords that are relevant to your services such as Tampa Virtual Tours. See how easy that is!!??

Also try posting your blog on other sites recommended in the RTV Social Ignition course! If you’re an RTV provider and have not taken this yet WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? Sign into your marketing control panel and get that going now!

Lance Ziegler
e-toursonline Interactive Media

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Attention all RTV providers:

Please join us on TUESDAY September 1st, 2009 at 7pm EST while Jason LaVanture and special guests John Gallinaugh & Brian Perry delve deeper into the new RTV TXT Connect program. We will show you several new live white label sites, how to link the site to your existing website, the rider sign ordering process, and how use and customize several new marketing pieces that the RTV marketing team has created for this exciting new product.

If you missed our last show you WON’T want to miss out on this one!! The RTV TXT Connect program makes property info instantly available on mobile phones and yields lead generation for real estate agents. YES I SAID LEAD GENERATION!!!

Find out how Daniel Lee, a fellow RTV provider has sold this technology to over 6000 real estate agents!

Find out how easy it is to apply ‘The Formula’ to your virtual tour business!

PS. The first 250 RTV providers to sign up for this new program will receive a $150.00 promotion on their purchase!

Register now in your TMS Left Navigation!

New marketing pieces now available in your marketing control panel:

* Post Card for Online Distribution
* Post Card for Local Print
* Flyer Handout
* Bookmark Handout (for lamination)
* PowerPoint Presentation and Show
– To Be Professionally Voiced Soon

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