Blog Tag: 360 home tour

Hot Shots Digital Finds Success!

“Do you know how hard it is to start a business?” “Do you know how many fail?” This is what we heard from almost everyone that we spoke with. Fortunately for us, we had no choice.

Our journey up to this point hasn’t been easy, but it has certainly been worthwhile. We began our Colorado Virtual Tour and Photography Company in October of 2007 and were looking to build a small business that could supplement our income. I was working for a large home builder in Denver, and Beth (my loving wife) was working at a Bakery in the Loveland area at the time. Because of the Colorado economy and what was happening in the New Home Industry, it became increasingly hard to maintain a positive attitude, and sometimes even to wake up in the morning. However, our dreams were gigantic, and my wife kept me looking forward.

Then it happened… the Denver Home Builder that I was working for decided to close its doors in July. OUCH! I knew that I needed to do something right away so that I could pay the bills, and more importantly, support my wife and 2 little girls. We did have Hot Shots Digital, but it wasn’t making us nearly enough to cover our expenses. We decided to take our little Loveland / Ft Collins Virtual Tour business, which started out as an idea, and turn it into what we had been talking about for over a year.

The days were very long, and although we could barely afford it, Aspirin and Spaghetti were major staples in our home until about the middle of December. We began getting calls from Real Estate Agents and people wanting to sell their homes by owner (FSBO). Our Colorado Tours started to become sought after and better known. The time, the webinars, and learning about how to market a Virtual Tour business in Colorado started to really pay off. Hard work and dedication was no longer a useless cliché that Grandpa used to say, it was our mode of survival, and it worked! Hot Shots Digital was finally becoming the professional choice in Virtual Tours for Colorado!

Hot Shots Digital had it’s first productive month in January ‘09, and our business seems to be growing exponentially. Our dreams of owning a successful photography business in Colorado have been recaptured, and we have expanded the household dinner menu.

I’m certainly not writing this to brag about what I’ve done, but to give hope to anyone who is starting a business and is having a difficult time. Small business is the true “Heart of America”. From the Day Care Provider to the Carpenter, and the Real Estate Agent to the Virtual Tour Photographer, we are all what makes America what it needs to be. If Grandpa were here, he would look you right in the eye and say……

“Keep your chin up kid!”

May your efforts be worthwhile!

Nathan Strauch
Hot Shots Digital
My Colorado Virtual Tours
Order a Virtual Tour (877) 447-6326

Century 21 Stops Running Television Ads

Real Estate Giant C-21 has announced that they will no longer be running television ads as of Jan 2009. The entire marketing budget that was once for running national campaigns on TV will be moved over to online advertising and marketing. This is comes as great news for online property marketing companies offering powerful listing tools and virtual tours such as the RTV provider network.

Interesting C-21 was the very FIRST in the business to start running television spots back in the seventies and now are the first to declare that online marketing is where they are placing their bets. According to the article listed below the lead generation from online marketing increased 237% while their cost per lead fell 62%!

With so many homes on the market and listing inventories at an all time high putting marketing dollars where the best return is yielded just makes “cents”.

Read the entire article here with your Inman account:

Good luck out there!

Real Tour Vision
Virtual Tour Software
Order Virtual Tour Software – 866-947-8687

The Formula Episode 3 Has Great success!

We are very happy to announce that the live RTV talk called “The Formula”starring Jason LaVanture and Cheryl Waller has achieved quite a large following. Nearly 200 RTV virtual tour providers tuned in on Jan 21st at 7:00 Eastern for the airing of The Formula, episode 3. Team RTV talked about the value of social networking and how you can put the networks to use for you, your real estate business, and virtual tour business.

Moreover, RTV staff also reported that the talk show, which normally airs for one hour, went a whopping 1.5 hours and most listeners chose to stand in on the entire call as opposed to leave early for the season premiere of the American Idol show.

For those of you that missed out and would like to listen in on the next show where all audience will be able to do live Q & A with Jason and Cheryl please contact us today. To register for the next show be sure to visit your TMS now! If you would like to be a guest on the formula please contact

“You guys are great!”
Thanks–Ryan Gorman

“I really enjoy the webinars and am getting a lot from them.”
Mark Bonham
United Country – Bonham Auction & Realty
Indianapolis, IN

“Thank you for hosting the webinars and giving us this valuable information.
It is truly appreciated.”
Shane & Tina Hatter
Buckeye Virtual Images

“Great webinar!!!”
Rob Lenthe
Remote Global Viewing

“Another great webinar! I learned so much that my head is spinning (A Full 360). There is just not enough time to cover everything in enough detail to fully understand it, so I’ve decided to join the Inner Circle and learn from the gurus how to supercharge my business. Thank you so much for your guidance.”
Dale Beard
Home Shopper Tours

Next shows:

Formula LIVE Q&A
Feb 4, 2009 7pm EST
Social Networking Q&A
Register Now Within Your TMS!

Formula Episode 4
Feb 18, 2009 7pm EST
Exposure Engine and e-flyers
Register Now Within Your TMS!

Good luck out there!!

RTV, Inc
A Global Virtual Tour Company
Order a Virtual Tour – 866-947-8687

The Formula Webinar Reminder


Read all of this and follow all of the instructions to be included in massive social networking campaign

In preparation for next week’s social networking webinar, I will be sending you invitations to join some of the following networks:

If you do not receive an invitation, please take some time before the webinar and join these social network sites anyway. Do a search for cherylwaller (all one wood) in each of the networks and connect to me in each.

This is going to be a VERY powerful webinar. This is not a ‘marketing ploy’ … if you seriously want to get your website to the top of search engine results AND get your business name in front of your potential customers, then YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS WEBINAR.

Many of you are familiar with social networking and many of you have no idea where to begin. Either way, I 100% promise you that the information that Jason and I are going to cover during the webinar will blow your mind. I am not overstating that comment in the least bit.

At the end of the webinar we will also be revealing how you can get your website bookmarked in several of these sites 100+ or 200+ times in about an hour or two, and it is NOT using some paid-for book marking service and it is not spam. This will be at no cost to you other than your time and the ONLY place you are going to find out about it is during this webinar.

Grab a fresh new notebook and a few pens, because you are not going to want to miss what we cover next Wednesday at 7pm EST. We are going to go FAST and there is ALOT of information to go over in a very short period of time.

Log into TMS right now and register for the webinar while it is fresh in your mind.

Cheryl Waller
RTV Virtual Tours
National Marketing Manager
RTV, Inc.

Michigan Virtual Tour Company Launches Realtor Handout

BlueLaVaMedia is very pleased to announce today the release of our agent handout information packet. The information packet is an informational piece that can be used by all BlueLaVaMedia real estate customers to help with a more seamless listing presentation. Our listing information packet can easily customized by our customers then finalized into a PDF file for print or email distribution.

The pack reviews the powerful marketing tools that all BlueLaVaMedia customers are currently utilizing and explains their benefits to the prospective home seller looking for an agent to list with. Our information packet contains information on our powerful marketing tools utilized by the agent including:

• High end listing photography
• 360 Interactive Virtual Tours
• Listing syndication and distribution
Single property websites
• Weekly hit reporting
• Unique listing flyer creation
• Virtual tour discs
• 3D Floor plans and more!

The information packet also has plenty of room for the real estate agent to customize and include some personal information such and credentials and listing history BlueLaVaMedia is very pleased to be able to go outside of the realm of simply creating 360 virtual tours here in Traverse City. Home sellers and agents alike need more education on the powerful marketing tools that we offer and when our real estate agent customers can explain the benefits of these tools to their prospects everyone wins! We are very excited to announce our professionally voice real estate agent listing presentation very soon so stay tuned and good luck out there!

Northern Michigan Virtual Tours
Order a 360 Virtual Tour 231-946-1360