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How to make a profit with Drones

Come to our next episode of The FORMULA and learn how to maximize profits with your drone. Please join us on Tuesday, September 15th at 8:00 PM Eastern while we interview Damon Darnall “The Drone Boss” from SkyEyeNetwork. Damon will be speaking to RTV real estate photographers and virtual tour providers alike and giving away useful tips and tricks on how to dominate your market with your real estate photography AND your drone fleet. The Drone Boss, who’s been commercially operating drones for over 25 years and has helped thousands of people successfully start and run a profitable drone business, and we’re looking forward to speaking with him on The FORMULA 89!

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Damon Darnall - Drone BossDamon says:
“Did you know the drone industry is set to generate $124 Billion over the next 7 years just in GROWTH in the drone service industry? You have 2 choices;

1. Pay for the benefits these amazing machines provide i.e., as a consumer
2. Get paid for providing the services as a business owner.

Drones are naturally socially “distant seeing” machines by nature. They have experienced even more rapid growth in need during this new way of doing business. Opportunities are accelerating the current demand of service provider businesses by several years. This is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity as far as timing goes to get a foothold in the drone industry. Drones are easier to fly and even more challenging to crash than ever before in history; simultaneously, the demand is at an all-time high with the supply of drone business owners. There’s a massive gap to be filled.”

Please join us for this live RTV exclusive webinar event on Tuesday, September 15th, at 8:00 PM Eastern. Let’s find out how regular people, as well as real estate photographers, with little to no drone experience, are building a $150K+ annual revenue stream by incorporating drones into their business.

Register now!

See you there RTV!

Team RTV

RTV, Inc

Virtual Tour Software & Property Websites

Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687


The Best Virtual Tour Software Just Got Better

It’s been a BIG year for us over here at RTV and things are only just beginning to heat up! The demand for interactive 3D virtual tours and video walkthrough style virtual tours continues to rise exponentially. While the RTV programmers pound out virtual tour software updates, our customers are spending less time working in the back end creating tours and delivering images. They’re earning more by monetizing new features and positioning themselves to dominate their local market like never before. Overall the numbers are up! The largest and most impactful virtual tour software updates are still to come before the end of this year. Get ready for our new photographer manager, an easier to use and faster virtual tour back end, and job scheduling/payment collection 2.0. We hope you’re ready to streamline everything A to Z with your virtual tour, aerial drone, and real estate photography business.

If you’re not set up yet on our system and would like to take it for a test drive, set up your free virtual tour software account here.

August 2020 Virtual Tour Software Updates Include:

YouTube Multi-Channel Support – We have recently gone live with our multi-channel support for our video ripper under the “Video Production / Promotion” section of your manager. Now real estate photographers using the Fusion system are able to upload images, panoramas, or full-motion videos and compile an MP4 for posting on their channel, the agent’s channel, and even the broker’s channel. To enable this feature, you will need to authorize the respective YouTube channel from within the agent level or broker level accounts within Fusion.

Enhanced Video & Audio Fade – If you are taking advantage of the “Video Production / Promotion” feature to create social media video files for your customers, you will love our new Audio & Video Fade that we’ve added throughout the video production. It makes for a much more professional look and feel, and a better overall video. Enjoy!

Improved SEO on Property Sites & Gallery Pages – Further advancements have been made to the new property websites as well as our updated virtual tour gallery pages. These modifications will help them rank better in the search engines when internet users search for a specific property address or business name. We highly encourage everyone to add their own virtual tour gallery to their website like so – https://www.bluelavamedia.com/tour-search/ This will introduce the search engine robots to your gallery page where each of your productions will be indexed, and in theory, rank better. Give us a call if you need advice or assistance adding this to your website.

Brush & Build Added – As you create new virtual tour and property website projects you will now see that we offer a Brush & Build service which is listed under additional services. The service allows our users to take photos, upload them to RTV where we edit them, create the project, and get everything ready to submit to the client. Our Brush & Build service starts out at $1.00 per still photo and $2.00 per panorama. Give us a call today to find out more and take it for a test drive!

Property Site Hero Pause – We have added a new feature that disables the video streaming in the hero section of the property website when a user scrolls down on their phone, device, or computer. This pausing of the video streaming opens up more bandwidth and computer resources for interactive content below the hero such as an embedded RTV Tour, Matterport, 4K Vimeo, Zillow 3D Home Tour, Floor Plans and more. When a user scrolls back up to the hero section of the property site, the streaming is resumed. Enjoy the better playback experience!

Double Affiliate Disabled – Most of our customers take full advantage of the affiliate section in Fusion. Why wouldn’t you attach your logo/brand on every production that you create? To not “Over Advertise”, we have disabled the affiliate from showing up on the virtual tour AND the property website at the same time when you embed your virtual tour into your property site. To see an example of this, check out some of the property sites over at https://tours.bluelavamedia.com/ Scroll down to the embedded virtual tour section and you’ll see that the affiliate is suppressed on the tour but shows on the property site. If you, however, use the play thumb option and open your RTV virtual tour into a new window, your affiliate logo will appear on both.

Enjoy the new virtual tour software updates.  As always, feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.

Sincerely,

Jason & Team RTV

RTV, Inc

866-947-8687
www.RealTourVision.com


How to Make a 360 Walkthrough Virtual Tour

Come to Our Show! The FORMULA 88 – Walkthrough Virtual Tours & More

Walkthrough style virtual tours using hot spots to connect one scene to another and navigate through a home like you were there in person are more popular than ever before. Hot spots are animated buttons overlayed onto panoramic images that, when clicked upon, lead to another scene. Here’s an interactive walkthrough virtual tour utilizing animated hot spot navigation – https://fusion.realtourvision.com/542139

The global events of 2020 have made it so these virtual walkthrough tours are not just a tool that helps agents win more listings and showcase homes 24/7; they’re a requirement. Many real estate brokerages and MLS boards have mandated that some form of video or panoramic walkthrough virtual tour be present when a home is listed for sale. Most importantly, home sellers are listing with agents who can provide fewer tire kickers and reduce unnecessary foot traffic. If you’re already a real estate photographer or an aerial drone pilot and you’re not offering 360 walkthrough virtual tours or Zillow 3D home tours, you’re letting a large opportunity pass you by. Perhaps you have everything you need but a little nudge and some training to get you moving. Here’s your chance! Register Now

We want to welcome you to attend The FORMULA 88 – Walkthrough Virtual Tours & More on Tuesday, September 1st at 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern. During the show, we’ll interview Jake Mulcahy from Real Tour Vision and discuss 2020 top picks for single-shot 360/3D cameras, floor plan creation software, image capture, best processing practices, and finally how to use the RTV virtual tour software to create a stunning 360 walkthrough virtual tour with hot spots and interactive floor plan. We hope you can attend this live event!

Topics we’ll cover include:

• 360 Camera VS DSLR
• Choosing a 360 Camera
• How Important is Zillow 3D?
• Processing Images for BEST Quality
• Creating & Processing Floor Plans
• Creating Floor Plan & Walkthrough Virtual Tours
• Adding Hot Spots using Fusion Virtual Tour Software
• What to Charge

Here’s a great mixed media production recently created by RTV Rockstar, Robert Harvey – https://tours.robertharveyphoto.com/s/205-Settlement-Drive-Apex-NC-27523 We like this virtual tour and property site because it utilizes aerial drone video, beautiful HD still photos, 360 x 180 panoramic photos. Finally, this production offers hot spot navigation throughout the presentation allowing users to click from room to room.

Here’s a BlueLaVaMedia production that demonstrates the use of interactive floor plans https://tours.bluelavamedia.com/s/7696-Worden-Rd-Beulah-MI-49617

Register for our show HERE –  and learn how to accomplish all this and more! We hope to see you on September 1st, 2020 for this RTV exclusive live event.

See you there!

Sincerely,

Jason & Team RTV


Promote Your Virtual Tours & Property Sites – Push a Hot Sheet!

If you’re looking for a quick way to promote your real estate photography and virtual tour business above and beyond the other local competitors, look to the Hot Sheet for a BOOST in your marketing. Our new 2020 Hot Sheet is bringing RTV virtual tour providers lots of new business and it will work for you too!  Increase drone bookings, show off your Zillow 3D’s, attract new prospects with your flashy property websites!  It’s all possible by sending your recent shoots out to your mailing list via a Hot Sheet!

virtual tour hot sheet

What is a Hot Sheet?
A Hot Sheet is a list of your most recent real estate virtual tours that get sent out to your customer base and prospects as you complete new virtual tours and property websites. You create new property websites and virtual tours like you already do now and when X number of productions have been created, your Hot Sheet will be automatically compiled and an email will be sent to everyone on your Hot Sheet email list. Take a look at some recent hot sheets that were pushed out by our Traverse City Real Estate Photography team – BlueLaVaMedia – http://archive.aweber.com/360traverseblog

 

Why the Hot Sheet?
Staying in touch with your customers on a regular to semi-regular basis is VITAL in any business. Being that you’re creating content EVERY day with new virtual tours and single property websites, the Hot Sheet is a PERFECT marketing tool for you to put in front of as many local real estate agents as you can. As people click on and watch the virtual tours from your Hot Sheet email, virtual tour traffic reports will show this referral traffic by putting “Hot Sheet” onto the report. Your customers will know you’re working hard to get them the most exposure and the best part is that it will all be done for you automatically!

How does the Hot Sheet work?
Our Hot Sheet is a snippet of HTML code that we give you to paste into a service like Aweber, MailChimp, or other online email marketing service. MailChimp calls it RSS-to-Email and Aweber calls it a Blog Broadcast. You can log into your www.RockPointeMarketing.com account today and get both code and instructions for your very own Hot Sheet set up. Our customer service team is here to help you get it going so don’t worry!

Our new 2020 Hot Sheet has a “HOT” new layout and utilizes the new Hot Sheet RSS code found in your Tour Manager. We’ve added agent photos to the Hot Sheet too. Enjoy!

As always we’re here to help you succeed!  

RTV, Inc

Virtual Tours, Property Websites, & National Photography Services

Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687


How to Add Property Lines and Call-Outs to Aerial Drone Footage

The FORMULA 87 – Call Outs, Property Lines & Droppers For Drone

Attention real estate photographers and drone pilots alike:  If you’re looking for a way to make your drone videos pop and stand out among the others in your area, you won’t want to miss this RTV exclusive webinar event. Join us for this live broadcast on August 11th at 8:00 PM Eastern and learn from one of BlueLaVa’s best.  We will be sitting in with Shawn Bradford from BlueLaVaMedia, LLC ( a northern Michigan drone service) as he goes through the process of adding in Call Outs, Enhanced Property Lines & Droppers to aerial drone video footage.  This is a MUST-DO for your aerial drone, real estate photography, and virtual tour business if you want to differentiate yourself and make your productions genuinely pop. During the show, Shawn will show you the programs, procedures, flight capture techniques, and video editing steps required to add these captivating features to your aerial drone footage. 

Sign up now via your virtual tour manager – https://manage.realtourvision.com  Click Webinars on the left to register for the event.

Shawn has a commercial helicopter license and has flown unmanned aerial vehicles as a contractor for the Naval Air division of our armed services. He has numerous hours of aerial photography in several areas ranging from real estate, commercial construction, boats, and vehicles. Shawn has also been actively involved in commercial video production and surveillance. 

Register for this show now and claim your seat.  We are limited to 500 guests, so be sure to register now and get ready to separate yourself from the pack. Learn how to do this and see why over 80% of the drone orders at BlueLaVaMedia include our property line package! 

See you there RTV!

Jason & Team RTV