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Holland Virtual Tour Company – 3 BIG Things

Hello my fellow RTV virtual tour company owners!  As of yesterday Front Door Photos has 3 VERY big things to announce to the world.

1. As of yesterday, Front Door Photos is officially an Affiliate Member of WMLAR! What does that mean for you? I now have the ability to access supra lockboxes–making scheduling and coordinating virtual tour shoots even easier!

2. As the end of the year quickly approaches, I wanted to let you know that Front Door Photos has the ability to send you a year-end statement. Want to know exactly how much you invested in professional photography services in 2014? Just send me an email and I will get you a copy at your convenience.

3. Want to save some money on professional photos and virtual tours for 2015? Front Door Photos is offering a limited number of year-long contracts starting January, 2015. Contracts will be established on an individual basis. Message me if you are interested!

Finally, THANK YOU for your continued support–this all would not be possible without you. As always, please let me know if there is anything else you might need from me. Happy buying and selling!

Best Regards,

Taylor Blom
Front Door Photos
Holland Virtual Tours
Order a virtual tour – 616-283-9294

San Diego Photographer, Mary Ourada Achieves T4 Status!

RTV virtual tour software company is very proud to announce Mary Ourada as an RTV T4 Status Professional Photographer.

Mary Ourada has been photographing professionally since 2009. Born and raised in San Diego she is familiar with every area of the county.  She is a former Realtor and when the market took a downturn she decided to marry her love of professional photography with her love for Real Estate. Being a former Realtor has also given her insight on what Realtors need regarding their photos.

She has also done businesses and hotels in the area.  Mary has a great eye for detail and takes the time needed to get the photos right.  She constantly strives to perfect her craft. For more information on San Diego virtual tours and professional please visit Mary’s website below.

Sincerely,

Team RTV

San Diego CA Virtual Tours
Call to order a Virtual Tour 619-972-8612

A Virtual Tour Checklist

Here’s a basic checklist for creating amazing virtual tours.

A stunning virtual tour can be a great tool for anyone who’s promoting a real estate property, a hotel, campus, restaurant, resort, or just about any type of business. And like many creative endeavors, there are nearly as many ways to make a virtual tour as there are types of virtual tours you can make.

However, there’s a basic formula you can follow to create a powerful and effective virtual tour that will help you sell what you’re promoting. Whether you’re a virtual tour provider just starting out, or a real estate agent or business owner who’s never made a virtual tour but would like to learn more, these steps will help you put together an effective and engaging virtual tour.

  1. Scout and prepare your virtual tour location

Your first step should be to check out the location of your virtual tour and plan your shots. Do a walk through of the property or business with an eye for the best areas to include on the virtual tour. Consider the best times of day when areas will look good with any natural light you can use, as well as the places where you may want a short video in addition to panoramic images and still photos.

     2. Consider hiring out a professional virtual tour photographer with a high end camera
Smartphones are coming out with better built-in cameras all the time, but a good quality digital SLR camera is still the best tool for creating a virtual tour. A camera that allows you to take high resolution photos and images will provide the best shots. A quick Google search for ‘Virtual Tour Company’ or ‘Virtual Tour Provider’ will help you find those in your area that offer the service and will most likely have the gear.

    3. Make sure that you or your provider is using a fully featured virtual tour software
While it’s possible to create a virtual tour using free or common virtual tour software programs like Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Photoshop, or others out there, you will have better results using specialized virtual tour software that’s designed for virtual tours. Remember that having a YouTube video is NOT a virtual tour by any means. 

With a professional using proper virtual tour software you’ll be able to enjoy powerful features like an AstroZoom space fly-over, weekly virtual tour traffic reports, printable flyers, QR codes, hot spots, scene by scene voice-overs, HD panoramic images, full motion video, lead capture tools, interactive floor plans and more!

     4. Develop a deployment strategy
Virtual tours must be seen to get results. Once your virtual tour is finished, you can get visibility and views by posting it on your website, your FaceBook page, YouTube, local business directories, and if your tour is real estate related you can even get it on real estate sites like Trulia, Realtor.com, BackPage, OLX, HotPads, Zillow, your local MLS, Reachoo, and many more! Finally, you can also store your virtual tours on mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, so you can show your stunning presentation to potential customers wherever you are.

At RTV we recommend that you choose a professional virtual tour provider for all of your real estate and business virtual tour needs.  You can compare prices and features by contacting RTV and doing a Google search for virtual tour providers in your area. We look forward to working with you when the time is right.

Sincerely,

Team RTV

RTV, Inc
www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Professional Photography Training
866-947-8687

A Virtual Tour Checklist

Here’s a basic checklist for creating amazing virtual tours.

A stunning virtual tour can be a great tool for anyone who’s promoting a real estate property, a hotel, campus, restaurant, resort, or just about any type of business. And like many creative endeavors, there are nearly as many ways to make a virtual tour as there are types of virtual tours you can make.

However, there’s a basic formula you can follow to create a powerful and effective virtual tour that will help you sell what you’re promoting. Whether you’re a virtual tour provider just starting out, or a real estate agent or business owner who’s never made a virtual tour but would like to learn more, these steps will help you put together an effective and engaging virtual tour.

  1. Scout and prepare your virtual tour location

Your first step should be to check out the location of your virtual tour and plan your shots. Do a walk through of the property or business with an eye for the best areas to include on the virtual tour. Consider the best times of day when areas will look good with any natural light you can use, as well as the places where you may want a short video in addition to panoramic images and still photos.

     2. Consider hiring out a professional virtual tour photographer with a high end camera
Smartphones are coming out with better built-in cameras all the time, but a good quality digital SLR camera is still the best tool for creating a virtual tour. A camera that allows you to take high resolution photos and images will provide the best shots. A quick Google search for ‘Virtual Tour Company’ or ‘Virtual Tour Provider’ will help you find those in your area that offer the service and will most likely have the gear.

    3. Make sure that you or your provider is using a fully featured virtual tour software
While it’s possible to create a virtual tour using free or common virtual tour software programs like Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Photoshop, or others out there, you will have better results using specialized virtual tour software that’s designed for virtual tours. Remember that having a YouTube video is NOT a virtual tour by any means. 

With a professional using proper virtual tour software you’ll be able to enjoy powerful features like an AstroZoom space fly-over, weekly virtual tour traffic reports, printable flyers, QR codes, hot spots, scene by scene voice-overs, HD panoramic images, full motion video, lead capture tools, interactive floor plans and more!

     4. Develop a deployment strategy
Virtual tours must be seen to get results. Once your virtual tour is finished, you can get visibility and views by posting it on your website, your FaceBook page, YouTube, local business directories, and if your tour is real estate related you can even get it on real estate sites like Trulia, Realtor.com, BackPage, OLX, HotPads, Zillow, your local MLS, Reachoo, and many more! Finally, you can also store your virtual tours on mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, so you can show your stunning presentation to potential customers wherever you are.

At RTV we recommend that you choose a professional virtual tour provider for all of your real estate and business virtual tour needs.  You can compare prices and features by contacting RTV and doing a Google search for virtual tour providers in your area. We look forward to working with you when the time is right.

Sincerely,

Team RTV

RTV, Inc
www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Professional Photography Training
866-947-8687

Minneapolis Virtual Tour Provider – New T4 Professional Photographer

Minneapolis, Minnesota Virtual Tour Provider - Baker Imaging PhotographyRTV is proud to announce our latest T4 Rated professional photographer, Dan Baker from Baker Imaging Photography.  Baker Imaging Photography is a Minneapolis / St Paul based Commercial Photography and virtual tour business, and Virtual Tour provider with a long history of providing strong technical and visually pleasing imagery.

Baker Imaging was founded by Dan Baker in 1988. Dan has 30+ years of professional photography experience, ranging from film to digital technologies, including digital retouching and manipulation. Dan was certified a Google Trusted Photographer in early 2012 and has been providing high quality 360˚ panoramic virtual tours and professional still photographs as a part of the Google Maps Business View program.

Dan Baker said, “This technology provides a great resource for our customers wishing to market and advertise anything via the web. – Our mission is to provide excellent customer service, quality innovative imagery and services at a fair and reasonable price. Baker Imaging is proud to bring our experience and creativity to the RTV Virtual Tour Network.”

Dan Baker
Minneapolis Virtual Tours
Order a Virtual Tour: 763-544-4178