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RTV Announces Ernie Blood as New CEO/President and Financial Investor

virtual tour software guysTRAVERSE CITY, MI February 13th, 2020 – Real Tour Vision (RTV, Inc) announced today that Ernie Blood acquired the majority of its shares and will take on the new active role as CEO/President. Ernie, an international trainer and author of “The Pocket Real Estate Guides” plans on leveraging his vast business connections and marketing tools from his array of existing companies and partnerships to provide RTV and its network of 1000 plus global photographers with a unique and competitive advantage in their marketplace.

RTV is one of the world’s most established providers of virtual tour software, property websites, 3D walkthroughs, virtual staging, and boost marketing services for professional photographers, enterprising real estate agents, and brokers. RTV is also a Google Trusted Photography Agency and offers professional still photography, virtual tours, and drone services to corporations throughout North America and worldwide. RTV’s major business categories include hospitality, healthcare, assisted living, apartment communities, home builders, and real estate. Some clients include Choice Hotels International, G6 Hospitality (Motel 6), Red Roof Inn, and RLH Corporation to name a few.

Ernie brings over forty years of marketing expertise to RTV after having partnered with or helped start-up and operate companies such as Global Referral Center, Inc., Harmon Media Group, CellaHome, ProspectConverter, Home Actions LLC™, TWPN.com, EMB Lenders, SecureData 365, MAutoSearch.com™, Carmel Digital Printing, ConnectNow Inc™ and more. In total, Ernie has been involved with and helped grow over 45 companies since 1973.

RTV Founder, Vice President, and Co-Owner, Jason LaVanture said, “Thanks to Peter Leon of the Global Referral Center, we were introduced to Ernie, and could not be more excited to have found such a perfect match for our virtual tour company. In the short term, Ernie will give RTV instant access to products and services that have previously been outside of our reach and are also likely to be a financial barrier for our competitors. Looking forward, Ernie will help us create strategic relationships that will keep our virtual tour photographers from around the world growing for years to come. This is a game-changer!”

Ernie Blood stated, “I looked at many companies in this sector to add to our network of technology companies. RTV stood out because of its leadership, strong team, longevity in the industry, business integrity, vast photography network, and consistent advancement of technology since 1999. With Jason’s leadership, cutting edge virtual tour technology, and backing by our local and global partners, RTV will continue to be the dominant leader in their marketplace. RTV customers can expect tremendous leaps in technology and service offerings in the months to come.”

This alignment will not only create more exposure and opportunities for RTV’s network of photographers, but it will also empower these local entrepreneurs with new services and marketing tools such as MLS data synchronization, SMS text messaging, social media video re-targeting, advanced lead capture, print-on-demand, and more, thus giving RTV a unique edge in the marketplace.

Read the full news release here

RTV – Hotel Photography & Virtual Tour Software 

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Real Estate Photography Marketing – New From RPM

As we go into this summer its all about getting the local realtors talking about you and your unique offerings and services. What do you do in your market to stand out from the other real estate photographers and virtual tour providers? What additional services are you offering that come standard with your photography packages? Are you standing out or blending in? Getting the local real estate professionals to work you into their listing presentations and recognize you as a source for unique marketing services not offered by anyone else is what you should be focused on.

When you’re on their mind and you can get them pitching your unique services to their prospects you’re likely going to be photographing every home they list. Below are a list of real estate photography and virtual tour provider marketing pieces that will get them talking about you, help you “Stand Out” in your market, and will separate you from everyone else that’s out there trying to take a piece of your business.

BOOST Marketing Services Office PowerPoint & Signature Pack – That’s right, we have finally updated our office power point and have retired the original RTV virtual tour photographer office pitch. This office presentation is centered around professional real estate photography first and foremost then goes into the BOOST Marketing Services that set you apart from every other real estate photographer out there. If you’ve been looking for a ten-minute hard-hitting pitch this is it!

Download, customize, and deliver. Each time we have delivered this pitch up here in the Traverse City market we have picked up between two and four new customers. It works!

Also included with our BOOST Marketing PowerPoint is a signature for you to use with your Fusion virtual tour and photography deliveries. The signature shows new and existing customers what they need to do with the virtual tour links and helps them get the MOST out of your unique services, virtual tours, and professional photos. Enjoy!

 

Professional Photos+ Flyer – BlueLaVaMedia decided to Stand Out this year by offering full green grass and sky replacements with every photo shoot. A bold move but it’s got all the local realtors in town talking about them and nearly a dozen new agents have come through the doors already this year as a result. Use this marketing piece at your next luncheon, office pitch or presentation to let them know that your images are the BEST in town. – Login to RPM today https://www.RockPointeMarketing.com to download.

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Home Preparation Flyer – Hand off a stack of these double-sided flyers to your best customers this year and encourage them to work your professional photography into their listing presentation. This home preparation flyer ensures that when you get there the home will be photo ready! Also use this nice flyer to let prospects and current customers know that you’re not there to clean, tidy up or stage the homes. This is a must-have in your marketing arsenal!

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2019 Drone Marketing Flyer – We have updated our drone flyer to include the 107 certifications VS the 333 waiver that was indicated on the previous version. If you purchased this you can log in and download the updated version free of charge. This aerial drone flyer also mentions additional services that are available for purchase. If you’re shooting drone make sure you get the word out with this slick double-sided flyer.

2019 Google Street View Business Tour Flyer – Here’s a nice double-sided leave behind for those of you doing Google Business Tours. This marketing piece gives you a great starting point for creating your own Google Street View packages and pricing.

 

Enjoy the new pieces and feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have!

Login to RPM today https://www.RockPointeMarketing.com to download.

Sincerely,

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services

866-947-8687


RTV Announces HTTPS Secure Private Labeled Virtual Tours

We are very excited to give HTTPS Secure virtual tours to the entire network of virtual tour providers, aerial drone pilots and professional photographers using the RTV virtual tour software platform. While the RTV branded virtual tour links have been HTTPS secure for well over a year now, our MyBrand or “Private Labeled” virtual tour links have been HTTP.

HTTPS is vital in the virtual tour world not only when it comes to embedding a virtual tour into a secure website but it’s also vital when it comes to how our weekly virtual tour traffic reports track and record data from referral sites. See Example Tour – https://tours.bluelavamedia.com/322313  and corresponding virtual tour traffic report – https://fusion.realtourvision.com/report/trafficreport.php?tourid=322313 

We live to program new virtual tour software and features for you every few weeks. Stay tuned for some AMAZING updates to hit in February of 2019!  Thank you all for your dedication to our brand and loyalty.  You Stand Out with RTV!

 

Team RTV
RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services
Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687

 


Virtual Tour Software Updates – Lots of Time Savers & What’s to Come

Latest Virtual Tour Software Updates for RTV

  • EasyMLS Updates – We have made EasyMLS even easier and faster for our users. Less buttons to click now for both USA and Canadian users.
  • Photographers Creating Orders – By popular demand, you can now permit your virtual tour photographers to place their own orders and create tours from within Fusion. When your virtual tour photographers create a tour, you are given a notification and can keep track of their activity.
  • Photographer Login – We’re very happy to let you know that you can now log directly into your virtual tour photographers account from your master virtual tour system account. This is a HUGE time saver for those of you with a large photography team.
  • Additional Agent / Owner Permissions – When you grant them permission, both agents and owners are now allowed to log into your private labeled login (http://login.BlueLaVaMedia.com) and delete tours. Remember that you will need to grant this permission and it is off by default!
  • Video Ripper Improvements – The video ripper that can be found under the “Video Promotion” section of your virtual tour manager now rips the videos with the audio tracks in the correct order. Consider using the video ripper to create short “Social” videos in addition to your longer YouTube versions. It’s easy and a great money maker!
  • Video Delivery Update – For those of you wishing that you could find a way to easily send your customers your drone video, or home walkthrough video directly through Fusion we are happy to tell you that you can! Check your deliverables section for both your created .mp4 video from our Video Ripper as well as the ability for you to send your customer any videos that you have added into your virtual tour production.
  • Image Delivery Engine Update – We are very happy to let you know that you can now send your virtual tour customers their images in a zip file named one of three ways! Our Image Delivery Engine will now allow you to deliver your images to your customer using your scene sort order, the name you gave your images or you can choose to use your own scene title. Choose your favorite and most convenient naming convention and keep things easy on your customers with these new improvements to the RTV Image Delivery Engine!

Virtual Tour Player Updates

  • Improved Tour SEO – We know that the better a tour ranks in the SERPS the more views it will get, so we stand committed to making sure that your tours will get noticed by the search engines. Our new improved Tour Tags and META should give you a noticeable boost in both MacroSEO site and virtual tour ranking. Remember that your tours MUST be linked onto a site with “Follow” tags for the search engine spiders to pick them up and index them. We encourage you all to use the MacroSEO site to help accomplish this and be sure to blog all of your tours. See www.TourGrandTraverse.com for pointers.

Thanks for your continued support!

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services

Order a Virtual Tour – 866-947-8687


Fusion Manager & Tour Updates – Removal of Flash and More

Thanks for checking in here on this beautiful afternoon.  We’ve been announcing updates back in the Fusion virtual tour system nearly every month this year and it’s time that we shoot out an email to you all so those of you that don’t log in much know what’s going on with the dream team over here. 

Please review the following video for a full overview:

If you would prefer to read through it all, the latest round of updates are below for you. Get ready for a final HUGE push of updates between now and the end of the end of the year. Full motion video streaming (Higher Resolution!!), extreme tour theming with some hidden surprises for you, enhanced customer tour order creation directly off your business website, HTTPS MyBrand Tours, better photographer controls for those of you managing a team, and additional abilities for agents who like to log in and edit their tours.  It’s been a great year and 2019 is only going to be better!  Thanks for your support and dedication to our system!

Here’s the skinny – 

Fusion Manager Updates:

  • Audio Components Now HTML 5 — All of the audio components in the tour manager (not including cloud recorder) have been converted to HTML 5. The RTV Cloud Recorder is soon to follow!!
  • Still Photos Editor Now HTML 5 — The still photos editor (Ken Burns) has been fully converted to HTML 5 and all flash components have been removed.
  • External Media Duration Enhancement — For those of you that use external media such as Matterport Embed, 4K Video Embed, or 360 video embed you will be happy to know that we have made several updates under the “Settings” tab in Fusion.  You can now control the end users experience better than ever before with how they access your third party media that you have embedded into the Fusion virtual tour.
  • Average Tour Time Fix — We have put a cap on the average tour time to prevent browsers that do not properly close a tour throwing the average viewing time. It is now more accurate than ever before!
  • QR Code Fix on Printable Flyers — The RTV printable flyer templates have been adjusted to accommodate the QR code. It no longer gets covered up by the “Scan” text.
  • Realtor.com — Service to Realtor.com is discontinued and Realtor.com, like Zillow, is only taking virtual tour links directly from MLS boards.  Make sure your customers are putting the non-branded virtual tours onto the MLS!
  • Download Tour Removal — We will be removing the Download tour until further notice as it no longer works without adobe flash.  We do plan on re-writing this feature in the future.

Tour Player Updates:

  • Lead Capture Text Change — We have updated the virtual tour lead capture text box with new text stating “Request Additional Information” VS “Please Sign Our Guestbook”  We feel this small textual change will lead to more captured leads.

See the latest showcase productions in the RTV virtual tour gallery – https://www.realtourvision.com/tour-gallery.html

Log into your Fusion Tour manager now to check things out – https://manage.realtourvision.com

Stay tuned RTV fans and family. Enjoy the new tech and we appreciate your continued support!

Sincerely,

Team RTV!