Blog Tag: 360 home tours

Putting Your BEST Foot Forward

In today’s tough real estate market are you putting your best foot forward for your listings? Are you a commercial business that wants to utilize virtual tour technology to showcase your business on the web? What are some questions to ask when looking for a virtual tour provider?

1. Do they offer 360 degree panoramas? If you want to showcase your property, do you want to see it all or only part of the story. Pro 360 Virtual Tours and Photography we offer you full 360 Virtual Tours, still photographs and anywhere in between. That gives you the power to choose what to show and what to leave out instead of being limited by technology that will only give partial room views.

2. Does the photographer use a Professional SLR Camera? A professional camera lends itself to many more options when it comes to changing lighting and exposure than a simple point and shoot camera will allow. If you are paying for professional photography is that what you are getting?

For example, what do you see when you look out the windows of your latest virtual tour? Can you see the view? Just look at the views captured in the Residential Virtual Tour of this golf course home. Would it be the same if you saw a blurred out window instead of that view? What are you getting from your virtual tour provider?
3. Are you getting Full Room Views for your still photos? Our Dallas Fort Worth Real Estate customers are able to take advantage of the Wide Angle Lens we use at Pro 360 Virtual Tours.

4. Will your photographer take the time to Photoshop to optimize thier photography? Can you see the difference in the Before and After Photos? Look at the straight walls in the second view.

If you are going to showcase a property with a Virtual Tour, don’t you want to put your best foot forward? Call us at Pro 360 Virtual Tours and Photography the next time you need a virtual tour in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.
For more information about virtual tours visit this great Virtual Tour Blog.
Lisa Castro
Pro 360 Virtual Tours and Photography
Dallas – Fort Worth Virtual Tours
Order a Virtual Tour 817-676-7176

SEO Anchors and Text – Oh MY!

Hello all you fellow Bloggers. Yes, I typed that with a capital B because I think Blogging is important and I think the Bloggers are priceless. I had no idea when I signed up with RTV that I would learn so many new things that would improve not only my Web presence but also my web “intelligence”.

I have had a web page for the last year and thought I had it going on but now I am not so sure at all. I have learned so many new things my head spins every night when I lay down to sleep. I keep thinking about SEO, Anchor Text, Active Rain, LinkedIn, MySpace, FaceBook, RTV Blog and so on. WOW, I think a new one comes out everyday. I wrote one of my first Blogs quite awhile ago, before starting this new part of my life, about being “Left Behind” in the internet world. I think that it gets more true everyday. I don’t know how people that don’t have a wonderful mentor like Cheryl Waller will ever get there.

I am a little older than the normal New Blogger, and I have no background in computers (other than working on them everyday for years now) but I think everyone that wants to have a successful business had better take a close look at this new form of doing business on the internet. This is the way of the future and I don’t want to be “Left Behind”, I want to be right in the middle of it(actually I want to be in the forefront). Although I realize that I am not doing all of this perfectly yet I am getting better at it and will continue to hone my skills as I learn more about all of these wonderful new tools that are not only available, but free to those who will take a risk and learn something new.

It is time consuming at first but it is great to Google yourself and you show up first on the page. That makes you want to just keep Blogging and linking back more and more. Like I said, it takes a while to get it right so don’t give up. You may be closer than you think. So I will continue to follow Cheryl’s instruction and Blog weekly, tag frequently, link often, anchor wisely, and believe it or not I am having a blast!

I am so excited about new technology and new ideas I feel absolutely young again. I am not looking forward figuring out the blonde parts all over but I will get there. Don’t forget to check out my Blogs on Active Rain, and visit my pages at Facebook, LinkedIn, Myspace, Active Rain and at Carol’s Place. Thanks for reading my blog and let me know what you think about being left behind.

And to just think, if I hadn’t signed up to be a Real Tour Vision provider I still wouldn’t know all of this. It may have taken years for me to reach this new height in my skill level on the internet. Thanks Cheryl and all of you at RTV and RPM. I really appreciate you.

Carol Harris
Colonial Heights Virtual Tours
Order a Virtual Tour – 804-731-4113 – Coming Soon!!

Shreveport Virtual Tours Go Social

Ark-La-Tex Virtual Tours now includes a new social networking utility in our Shreveport virtual tours, making it easier than ever for your tour to be bookmarked. Now when a visitor comes to your website and views one of your property tours, they can take it with them when they go simply by selecting the ‘Share Tour’ tab then choosing their favorite social site.

Choose the Share Tab and the icons will appear at the bottom of the tour window

  • Choose the Share Tab and the icons will appear at the bottom of the tour window
  • Choose the ‘Share Tab’ and the icons will appear at the bottom of the tour window

Why is this important to real estate agents? Because your real estate marketing just went viral! What is viral marketing? It works like this:

When a visitor comes to your website they look at your listings and information then leave when they are finished. Your marketing information remains on your website. But with viral marketing, it means that the visitor can take information about you and your listing with them when they go. They can then place it on their favorite social networking site where their friends will see it. These friends can then place it on their sites, where their friends see it and so on, quickly spreading your information across the web.

And of course, the more people who see you and your listing the better the chance of converting visitors to clients.

But it doesn’t stop there. Because of the NEW RTV SpiderLink(tm) technology, tours are now Search Engine Optimized, which means that all these new visits serve to bubble your virtual tour and you to the top of the search engine rankings.

Ark-La-Tex Virtual Tours together with RTV are always looking for new ways to help you market your property and yourself. Our products are designed to help you stay ahead of the curve. If you are looking to boost your online presence this year, let us help. We will do the work so that you don’t have to. Leaving you free to do what you do best – sell real estate. Contact us today to discuss your marketing campaign.

Rebecca Bolda
Ark-La-Tex Virtual Tours
Shreveport/Bossier City Virtual Tours
Order a Virtual Tour (318) 572-1779

Localized Exposure For Your Virtual Tours

The Virtual Tour Website That Offers Some Interesting Benefits

In this article I’d like to share with you some information about my virtual tour company website Medallion Virtual Tours at, including some key features that I think sets us apart from the average virtual tour site. I believe the most important feature of our site is how the “active” virtual tours and slide show presentations produced by Medallion Virtual Tours are linked and listed. We use a style similar to most real estate and vacation rental and lodging web sites. Using a familiar layout in design and navigation can quickly speed-up the learning curve for new visitors while moving them toward our virtual tour and slide show presentation links. Best of all, a click on a clients virtual tour link from our website will directly result in a referral hit on that client’s Real Tour Vision (RTV) tour stats page.

I offer our “active” virtual tour listing as a FREE add-on service for our real estate, property management, vacation rental, restaurant and business clients. Our clients benefit in several ways, one from the added exposure and visitor traffic to their virtual tour links from our websites ( and and two, from our top page position on Goggle, Yahoo and others. We even do some Google Adwords buys in key cities that we serve to help boost our exposure. It’s great to look over our tour traffic reports and see or as one of the top referring URL’s listed on a client’s report. And let me tell you… the client does notice! That’s a win, win in my book.

You might wonder how much work is involved in maintaining a web page that lists all of your “active” tours or real estate listings. Tasks like keeping the data up-to-date and fresh can be challenging, especially if you have a large number of “active” virtual tours, real estate listings or vacation rentals. Here’s how I do it, and I’d be happy to set-up a similar system for your virtual tour, real estate or vacation rental company. The Medallion Virtual Tours website was developed using php and MySQL database. I’ve developed a number of similar sites for real estate firms and vacation rental companies across America. If you are an RTV provider, a real estate or property management firm, I’d be happy to set-up a dynamic site for your company. Imagine featuring your virtual tours, real estate listings or vacation rentals in a similar way. Best of all, the dynamic content management system (CMS) requires NO programming skills to maintain. All you need is an internet connection and a web browser. Updating your virtual tour or real estate data is accomplished by filling out a form. That’s it! For additional information check out my ActiveRain Blog or follow me on Twitter.

Bob Blandy
Central California Virtual Tours
Order a Virtual Tour or Dynamic Website (805)927-0161

Houston Real Estate Agent Showcase

Lenee’ Photography Spotlights Woodlands real estate agent Jo Anne Johnson with Coldwell Banker United. We encourage you to take time to explore her background, qualifications, and dedication!

Your interest comes first! Whether you’re looking to buy or sell real estate, you can expect her to go the distance for you in providing market analysis data and honest counsel to determine a competitive and reasonable price that works to your advantage!

Jo Anne’s personal philosophy: Give your best… Expect even more… And never, never quit. This has been a driving force for my success.

As a resident of The Woodlands for over 12 years, Jo Anne has tremendous pride in her community and surrounding area, and can help you make informed decisions regarding schools, taxes, insurance, and other considerations based on your needs and priorities.

It’s been a pleasure for Jo Anne serving as a volunteer and active member of local organizations, including her church community, where she finds tremendous strength and inspiration. Her background in performance arts combined with her experience as a manager for a leading Fortune 500 insurance industry leader are manifested in her drive to meet and exceed expectations, interpersonal/leadership skills, and overall ability to work towards a common goal.

Her parents often said, “You get out of something what you put into it.” She is humbled by the opportunity to work with so many clients that have come to her by referral or repeat business, and she assures you She’ll give you her very best!

Let Jo Anne go to work for you!
Specialties: Custom Home, Dream Home, First Time Buyers, Luxury Homes, Move-Up Home, New Home, Quality Home, Residential, 360 Virtual Tours, Professional Photography.

Mike Stolte
Lenee’ Photography
Houston Virtual Tour Company
Order a virtual tour – (832) 247-0634