The old saying “The only thing constant is change” applies to many things and the Google Street View | Trusted program is certainly one of them. The Google Street View | Trusted program was started in April of 2010, in an effort to bring local businesses more attention in search engine results and increase the high-quality content that is served up in search content. Since that time Google has continually redefined the program including who can become a trusted photographer, what the final product will look like, and how it can be viewed. With each new announcement, photographers and the businesses they serve, are left to interpret what the changes mean, and do they increase or decrease the value of the final virtual tour product.
RTV became a Google Trusted Agency in 2014 and added Google’s walkthrough style tours to the services we offer to businesses across the country. In a short year and a half, many virtual tour providers within the RTV network took the initiative to become T4 Certified, which enabled them to shoot Google style tours for RTV, as well as allowing them to sell Google tours in their local area. Hundreds of Google-style virtual tours have been completed for our national clients, in addition to the high-quality professional photography and interactive virtual tours that have been the mainstay of our Tour Track professional photography service for years.
On July 19th, 2016 at 7:00pm est, Shawn Roach and Jay Stringham will be hosting an informational Tour Track national photography service webinar, covering the most recent changes to the Google Street View | Trusted program and how RTV as a company will proceed with the program in the future. If you are a veteran Tour Track photographer, a recent newcomer, or an RTV photographer who is considering shooting Tour Track jobs this year, we encourage you to join us. You can register for this webinar through your Fusion dashboard. We look forward to seeing you there.
If you would like to order professional photography or a virtual tour please contact us for pricing and additional information. Our network of photographers spans across the US and Canada allowing us to deliver the high-quality imagery you need quickly and efficiently.
If you are a photographer who is interested in offering virtual tours as a part of your business, we encourage you to start a free no-obligation trial account today.
As a professional photographer and virtual tour provider you know the value of photography. Even Realtor.com in recent years has published articles clearly showing statistics proving that professionally photographed homes sell quicker and for more money. The issue photographers face far too often is that unless agents and homeowners see professional and amateur photos side by side, they don’t understand the difference. Many agents are under the impression that their cell phones and low cost point and shoot cameras are just as good as a professional camera in the hands of a professional photographer. It is up you the business owner, entrepreneur and professional photographer to convince them otherwise. The ability to effectively prove this point to multiple customers is too often the difference between a successful real estate photography business and a hobby that trickles in money here and there.
This month’s new RPM marketing piece addresses this issue head on With clear examples of professional quality photos and armature cell phone quality photos on the same piece, realtors will be able to see the difference and gain a new respect for the value that your photography service provides.
This marketing piece, available to RockPointe Marketing subscribers, is a printable, high-resolution double sided piece with examples of amateur and professional photos taken of the same property. It is presented in a Photoshop file allowing for complete customization to match your business’ colors and branding. This piece uses proper 1/8th inch bleed areas to allow printing to the edges, for a more professional looking flier.
If you are not currently a RockPointe Marketing member and would like to learn more please visit http://rockpointemarketing.com/ . As a paid subscriber you will have access to tons of useful information including many webinars covering a multitude of topics, customizable marketing pieces and much more.
Visit www.RockPointeMarketing.com today to watch past webinars and download this new piece!
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Hello RTV fans! As many of you already know, computer generated voice over narration is a great up-sell opportunity for your virtual tour productions or at the very least a wonderful way to differentiate you from your competition. Clients love the ability to choose from scene level, as well as tour level narration to add interest and personalization to their virtual tour presentations.
We are happy to announce the AudioPal computer generated voice over narration system has been updated. There are now 25 English voices with several accent choices, as well as many multi-language options. You will no longer be limited to 5 voices only in English! We have chosen Laura as the default option and we believe you will agree she is a great choice for virtual tours of all types.
Earlier this year Amazon acquired our former AudioPal technology partner and implemented new pricing that was several times higher than before. We were also unable to continue creating audio files the way we had programmed the system to do so. A change in providers was required and we were forced to seek out an alternate solution. We believe that the combination of offering many more voice options as well as keeping rates low for AudioPal subscribers will make this tour add on a much better value for our customers. We sincerely hope that you feel the same way! Please take a moment now to check out this virtual tour with several of the new AudioPal voices in it. Let us know who you like best and feel free to skip through the voices within the tour http://fusion.realtourvision.com/143288
If you don’t currently have an AudioPal subscription and would like to try it please go ahead now and give it a whirl. RTV will be honoring any AND ALL AudioPal trial requests that come in throughout the month of April, even if you’ve had a trial before.
We would like to encourage all of you to give it a try on your virtual tour productions and stand out among the competition.
Login to your TMS now at http://manage.realtourvision.com, click on any of your virtual tours to go into edit mode. From there look under the “Additional Services” menu and choose AudioPal. Request a trial account from this page or go ahead and make your purchase if you’re ready to do so! You will be glad you did.
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Are you looking for new products you can add to your marketing repertoire? Green screen video is a great way to increase your service offering, and the best part is, you likely have most of the equipment to produce full HD video already. Realtors and business owners love the level of professionalism a custom video adds to their virtual tours, websites and social media profiles. Once the initial recording is done, the video clip can be superimposed over photos of any listing creating a repeating revenue opportunity for your business.
Meg Paxton and Josh Beechraft of BlueLaVaMedia join Derek Conrad in the fifth installment of the 2015 Virtual Tour Convention series, to discuss the equipment, software and techniques you will need to know to begin offering this unique service. Creating your own green screen videos is easier than you think. Meg and Josh share their experience in what works and what doesn’t work for creating these videos as well as how to maximize the profitability of this service.
The 2015 Convention series is part of a large library of recorded webinars covering photography techniques, equipment, marketing tools, and much more, available to Rockpointe Marketing subscribers. If you aren’t currently a member we highly suggest you consider joining. In addition to the webinars, you will also have access to powerful marketing pieces, presentations and much more that are completely customizable for your business.
We hope you enjoy this webinar, and if you choose to offer green screen video your efforts will be handsomely rewarded. Keep your eyes out for our final video of the 2015 RTV Virtual Tour Provider Convention Series coming soon!
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As a real estate photographer in Albuquerque I sometimes shoot out of town up in the Sandia mountain range. This was a listing the agent had not seen before I shot it and the window curtains had not been hung correctly. Of course neither the realtor nor home owner were there and I hiked over 2’ of snow.
I proceeded with the photography shoot and got the dreaded email from the broker saying that she wished the curtains had been different. This would have been a 3 hour fix dealing with the drive, shoot and post. (more…)