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360 Virtual Tours The New Bionic Revolution

A new generation is upon us where technology has met it’s match in 360 virtual tour software. This is The 360 Virtual Tours New Bionic Revolution. When I signed up with RTV I had no idea that today I would be writing this blog about such a thing. Most of the time it actually hard to find a great topic to keep our blogs moving but this is a graet one and one I feel will benefit you the readers. You see, I was actually quite content with the older RTV virtual tour software they did have in place for us providers to create pretty lavish v-slide and 360 virtual tours for our clients, but today a change literally overnight in the virtual tour technology occurred. This was a change so un-like what I would have ever have expected unleashed for us to build some pretty darn amazing virtual tours.  You really have to see them to believe it.  Check it out:

New custom tours now offer full fledged features like YouTube Videos, QR Codes, scannable on smartphones and pads, Colour Fliers, Social Network Integration and even embed code for your website. In other words this is one powerful virtual tour system and when being able to add a cool new system like this to our already state of the art HDR camera and software technology it just means a perfect and unforgettable tour for your business or real estate every time.

 There are no other other virtual tour systems that come close to ours and point in case our system tops all the others with a ton of new features way too many to mention. Virtual Tours are changing. The method of delivery has definately changed and guess what now you can have the 360 virtual tour you have always wanted and dreamt about.Did you know that most other competitors consider a small box or window on a computer screen a tour? Or how about those folks with the boxy look to them? Ok, so they add a google map and it looks a bit fancier, again nothing comes remotely close to the virtual tour technology that has been put forth so we can create and not hesitate on any aspet of creation for you the customer.

Today Internet is in just about every home both in the USA and outside the USA. Internet is getting faster and jjust about everyone has a smartphone and a pad not just one but both as well as computer so think about it a way to deliver the perfect virtual tour, streamlined, super fast load speeds and plays on just about any device makes sense? Full Screen HD resolution, that makes sense Our new system that really makes smart sense. I am always asked by buisness owners what is this and how can it work for me?

The answer is that this is an amazing new form of digital media, a fully interactive 360 virtual tour that puts you in control. Secondly, it is a great addition to your already super marketing that already have in place. With internet growing isn’t it time you start reaching the masses with one of the most impressive seo driven 360 virtual tour software platforms available? Well, now you can.

Greg Osborne has been in the forefront of the Hollywood Motion Picture Industry for over 25 years. He and Mirage Virtual Tours have the experience in production, lighting, computer graphics, software, HDR, editing and post of HDR to make your next 360 virtual tour sparkle. We are here to answer any questions you may have about any aspect of 360 virtual tours, HDR Photography and how we may help in bringing your your next project into reality.

Please visit our website for more details or call us toll free at the number provided below.

Greg Osborne is the president and Head HDR Photographer for his company Mirage Virtual Tours, Inc.

Order a virtual tour: 877-678-4795

360 Virtual Tours for Businesses Do I Really Need One?

Recently I sat down with a friend of mine who happens to be a very successful  business owner. The conversation quickly got right into 360 virtual tours.  I was thrilled when he started asking me how I have been but more thrilled when we started talking about my new 360 virtual tour business ventures. He said to me that he wished that we had more 360 virtual tours covering his area as this was something a bit new to him and he was delighted to see them..Really I asked? Well, you see, I actually myself have been looking for a new place (to live) and a new warehouse/office to lease.  Wow I said again…As we talked more he told me how frustrating it has been for him as a busy and successful businessman to have to stop, take time out of his days to read through listings and then go see the listings only to be hugely disappointed.

So this really got me to thinking we as authorized virtual tour providers are really are doing an amazing and great service here for our clients and yes you really do need a 360 virtual tour. If you are a business owner or realtor, this should be proof enough, that the customers are there and are in serious need of the virtual tours, it was for me. He absolutely was so excited for me and my 360 virtual tours which was great but I was just so disappointed that he had no access to a virtual tour for his personal or business needs at this time.

I assured him to hang in there and told him to keep checking my site out at and maybe very soon we would get lucky and be able to help him out some time soon. Let me tell you that the main purpose of this blog tonight is not to talk about my conversation with my friends but rather to let you as a valued business owner and/or realtor know that your potential customers are out there and they want to see the 360 virtual tours! They need to see the virtual tours so they can make smart decisions and act on what it is they need now whether it be a new house, condo, apartment, office or warehouse space.

It just makes smart business sense in today’s market with ever changing super fast internet speeds, coupled with the ability for us to deliver to you the most sophisticated, yet easy to navigate virtual tours and superior seo not to mention the ability to place the virtual tour links into any social network space, website or emails etc It just makes sense.

Question of the week…”Me as a Businesses and 360 virtual tours, do I really need one”? The honest answer is, I think you do.

Mirage Virtual Tours is located and services Southern California including Los Angeles and Palm Springs areas and Coachella Valley. We are an authorized (RTV INC) provider for Southern California.

* Need a 360 Virtual Tour? Got questions or not sure what you need? Contact us for a free no hassle consultation. We are now taking pre bookings for July 2012

Greg Osborne is owner and operator of
Mirage Virtual Tours
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Thanks for your persistence!

One of the challenges in making cold calls for our assisted care photography business is knowing when I’m being ignored and when I’m dealing with someone who is just busy.  We will be shooting a school virtual tour tomorrow…four months after our first email.  I called and emailed the Director of Marketing in January then called again about a week later to see if my email had gotten to her.  It took over two weeks before she responded and her response was like many I have received…

Hi Jackie

I’m not ignoring you – as a matter of fact, XYZ company would be very interested in talking to you. Unfortunately, our marketing budget is depleted for the year, so it doesn’t really make sense to talk now. Could you please contact me again in April?

It can get frustrating to send out multiple emails and leave repeated phone calls and not get responses but it’s part of the process of building our virtual tour business.  This particular client told me that she had kept my emails in her inbox but she just hadn’t gotten back to me because things kept coming in that were more urgent.  It wasn’t that she wasn’t interested in what I was offering – she absolutely was!

It’s been a while since I have been in the corporate world but when I was, my contact information was usually posted on the website of the company I worked for because I was usually my company’s marketing person.  In fact, my face was posted on the website as well in many cases.  As a result, I got dozens of unsolicited emails, phone calls, and lots of snail mail every week from people who wanted to sell something.  That in addition to the hundreds of emails we all receive on a regular basis meant that I had to prioritize what got my attention.

To this day, I have a folder in my inbox labeled “Follow Up” one called “Research” and one called “File”.  I have to move things from my working Inbox or else they get lost.  By having the Follow Up folder, I can move things that are important but not urgent and deal with them when I have time.  The Research folder is for things that sound like they may be interesting but I need more information to decide whether I want to follow up.

When I send out emails now, I figure I have about five seconds or less to make it into the “Follow Up” folder or be deleted.  The key to sending an email that will actually get answered is to provide enough information to capture the readers attention without overwhelming them.  I have to provide everything they need to know if that email — if they have to go to my website for more information, then I will likely end up in the trash.

Excellence is Our Standard

At our national photography company, we photograph all of our tours using a secret technique that provides an incredible level of clarity and detail that is not available in traditional photography.  For each individual image, we photograph many exposures and then blend these together to provide an image that shows both the dark and bright areas equally well.  To see the difference that HDR makes take a look at some of our hotel photography!

We photographed 350 tours in 31 states last year and drove 39,000 miles to shoot tours.  We photograph a wide range of virtual tours and our prices range anywhere from $100 to $2,500 per 360 tour depending on the size and scope of the job.  I read a Facebook comment earlier today from a photographer that said that he would not consider shooting using HDR unless it was on a higher price tour because he felt like it was extra work and the extra time made it cost prohibitive.

That confounds me!  We pride ourselves on providing an excellent product no matter if we are shooting a one bedroom condo or a huge hospital.  Like I said earlier, we charge according to the scope of the job but every single image we shoot is photographed using the multi exposure technique because it gives us the best results every time…and we think that’s why our customers choose to work with us!

By the time we publish a virtual tour, we will have used no less than 6 different software programs to create the end result.  Because of the volume we do, we have streamlined our processes and invested in our systems so that in actuality it takes us almost the same amount of time to shoot a tour using our technique as it does to shoot without it. Even if it does take a little longer, we find it easier to just do our best work every time and trust that it will all even out in the end.

Back up Your Flash!

I absolutely love my Olympus for taking virtual tours. It is light weight and compact for the results it produces. And it is a powerhouse camera producing crisp images with a long lasting battery life. But what happens when you stress out a compact zoom to its limit? BOOM – the flash blows WHAMMY you just cooked your shutter!  I had the pleasure of hearing my flash explode while I shot a Maryland virtual tour It scared the crap out of me with an explosion merely inches from my eye ball! Yup it finally happened to me. What did I do to deserve this?  Maybe a few thousand virtual tours with shots blasting out one after the other non-stop, and most using the flash.

So if you add in that each tour captures at least 100 photos with 3000 tours, that’s roughly 300,000 photos taken with that flash. Now I’m no light bulb scientist, but if you stress out any bulb that hard its bound to blow. And it did. Luckily I had taken all 5 360 real estate tours for the day and only had 1 panoramic and 2 stills left to take. I simply set up the camera on the tripod and used existing light. But what would have been better is to have an external flash! So now my hand is forced to have one. But realistically I am glad. The external flash gives much more control of the lighting with angles and also has a separate power supply. Sure the camera will not be as nimble, but at least I had my camera up and operational the next day. Although I do have other virtual tour cameras as backups.

The moral of the story is use the flash on your camera as a backup, not the primary flash. Then if your external flash runs out of juice or breaks during a shoot, you at least have the built-in flash as a backup.

Maryland Virtual Tours

Alex Saenger
BakerB Solutions, Inc.
Order a virtual tour:301.424.8272
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