Blog Tag: 3d walkthrough

RTV Announces Google Trusted Agency Status and the press release is featured by CNBC

RTV virtual tour software company officially announced on Thursday December 9th 2014 that they have become a Google Trusted photographer company. This press release was picked up and reported by CNBC. They are excited to provide Google Street View | Trusted photography to our national accounts as well as providing a venue for our nation wide network of photographers to begin selling Google Street View | Trusted shoots to small and medium businesses across the country

As a Google Trusted Agency, RTV is also allowed to perform hotel virtual tours for the Business View program. Google currently only allows a select few agencies and photographers to perform these virtual tours with in their system.

Photography for Choice Hotel properties has begun in Texas, Virginia, and North Carolina. We anticipate our photographers will begin photographing other southern states in the next 30 to 60 days, and our northern tier properties in the spring.

Business View Tours are popular for small and medium businesses such as restaurants and retail stores, due to the immediate impact on search engine visibility. A potential client or customer can “walk through” a business they are considering visiting , creating a sense of familiarity and comfort before they ever stop foot on the property.

Read our Press Release Below

City Virtual Tour Software & Photography Service Company
Google Trusted Photography Agency Certification
TRAVERSE CITY, MI, December 9, 2014 – RTV, Inc (RTV) a Traverse City
based virtual tour software and photo service firm announced today they are
officially a Google Trusted Photography Agency. Google Trusted Photography
Agencies must go through rigorous testing and training to ultimately manage a
group of professional photographers that are used to photograph, create, and
publish Google Street View | Trusted virtual tour productions.
A Google Street View | Trusted virtual tour allows Internet users to “Step
Inside” a local business from any computer, laptop, or portable device.  When present, a Business View virtual tour
will be prominently displayed within the Google search results next to the business
contact information, directions and reviews. 
Upon clicking “See Inside” users are able to take an instant virtual
tour of that particular business giving them an experience similar to that of
the Google Street View technology.
RTV will be leveraging their well-established network of over 1000
professional photographers around the world to offer both the RTV virtual tour
product as well as the Google Street View | Trusted product to thousands of local businesses
throughout the USA, Canada, and other countries. 
With the project just sixty days underway, RTV already has nearly two
hundred photographers on their way to being certified as agency photographers with
more new recruits showing interest in the program every week. The catalyst
driving this intensive push to quickly become a Google Trusted Agency came in
October of 2014 when a national hotel chain awarded RTV with 1500 + hotel
shoots, each requiring 30 professional photographs and a Google Street View | Trusted
virtual tour of the hotel.  RTV is
estimating this initiative to be completed by July or August of 2015.
“We just knocked out five hundred hotels in ten weeks for another major
brand earlier this year,” said Jason LaVanture, VP and Founder of RTV. “Fifteen
hundred hotels with Google shoots by August should be doable assuming we keep
up our current pace. It’s one thing to get a few people to do something all at
once, but another altogether trying to get a thousand photographers to purchase
the special equipment, take Google photography classes, pass the Google quizzes,
and attend our weekly webinars that we’re currently holding on the subject.
“Right now it’s nothing short of a miracle that we have so many loyal
photographers running down this path with us. It’s great!”

Team RTV
RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training

Building a Virtual Tour Brand

Building your Virtual Tour Company Brand And Reputation

Interesting Virtual Tour Fun Fact:
The first use of a virtual tour and the derivation of the name was in 1994 as a museum visitor interpretation, providing a ‘3D walk-through‘ of a 3D reconstruction of Dudley Castle in England as it was in 1550. This consisted of a computer controlled laserdisc based system designed by British based engineer Colin Johnson.

One of the first users of a virtual tour was Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, when she officially opened the visitor centre in June 1994. Because the Queen’s officials had requested titles, descriptions and instructions of all activities, the system was named and describes as: “Virtual Tour, being a cross between Virtual Reality and Royal Tour.” Details of the original project can be viewed online. The system featured in a conference held by the British Museum in November 1994 and in the subsequent technical paper.

Building a trustworthy reputation and brand for your virtual tour business is essential when desiring success, but this success isn’t achieved overnight. It requires a lot of hard work, time, and dedication. Obtaining the level of a great & profitable virtual tour business is an amazing feeling and with the right mindset, you can make this happen.

If you are currently creating beautiful looking virtual tours and have a great area to market your virtual tour business, then you are already on the right path! When people hear your name, they should associate you with a great virtual tour business. To make sure that your current and potential future clients will remember your work and come back for more, you can do the following :

•    Provide your clients with professional photography & virtual tour photography that shows your attention to detail and stunning shots. “WOW” them so that they will want to use your interactive services again for their next project.

•    Pay attention to all of the options and settings within a virtual tour so that it matches your client’s style.

•    Organize the images & 360 panoramas properly so that the flow of the tour makes sense.

•    Make your 360 tour stand out even more by adding features such as audio narration.

•    Double check your work before finalizing the tour and submitting it to your clients. The first impression is very important.

•    Take advantage of our marketing strategies and SEO tips so that you can receive more business in your area.

•    If you build a solid brand for yourself and virtual tour business, your work should speak for itself and  “word of mouth” will be your new best friend.

•    Give your virtual tour business time to grow. Patience and positivity will lead you to success!


Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & Professional Healthcare Photography
Order a virtual tour: 866-947-8687

Got Virtual Tour Software?

When it comes to showing your real estate property to as many people as possible, the Internet is definitely the best way to go. Placing your property online allows you to present your home, business, or other property to multiple interested clients. Virtual tour software such as RTV’s new Fusion system gives you the power to create a realistic virtual walk-through of any type of property. A virtual tour can be a huge selling point when shown to interested clients who are in the market to make a purchase, rent a room , or simply visit a vacation rental.

By creating a virtual tour, you are allowing individuals to become familiar with your property before physically seeing it. This can be extremely helpful for those who are currently unsure about buying and may not want to travel a far distance. Using the newest and most advanced virtual tour software, property owners are able to upload high definition (HD) photos, videos, interactive panoramic photos, music, and much more. The options to customize a virtual tour are set so that each tour is unique for its owner and shows off each individual selling point. This gives a buyer the perfect visual experience so that they can make a personal connection and have that same feeling as if they were to walk into the home or property.

The visual aspect of RTV’s Fusion is not the only great benefit. The ability to share your property tour throughout the web by uploading to popular travel sites, classified listings, and other property websites is very powerful and effective. Placing your listings on the  top travel websites allows more traffic and potential sales to each listing. 360 virtual tours are an effective marketing tool that will take your listing from outdated and boring  to “SOLD”! 

Taking advantage of the latest technology and popular real estate marketing methods is by far one of the best ways to stay ahead of your competition. By reaching out to a larger and national audience, you can be sure that your listing will not stay on the market for long. If you are trying to sell a home or just rent out hotel rooms, using a powerful virtual tour software is the way to go!


Brian Boyer

RTV Inc.
Support Team
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training

3D Renderings Merged With Virtual Tours

Merging RTV Technologies

Merging 3D renderings with virtual tours to create an interactive online map. The client that was working on this project has finished the website and provided us with the links so that we could take a look at the finished maps. This interactive map project turned out great and we wanted to share it with you. The maps will really help new customers get acquainted with the facility making it easier for them to find their way around. Potential customers also get a firsthand look at what this facility has to offer. As an RTV provider you can take this same concept one step further with these RTV advantages.

Here are the links to the two different maps:

Preston Road, Dallas

Craig Ranch, McKinney

The RTV Advantage

The first advantage you have as an RTV provider is the start scene control for the RTV tour window. This feature allows you to create only one tour with several start scenes rather than multiple individual views like the sample. You create and upload just the one tour with all the images for all the lots. Then using the start scene control you create separate links for each hotspot to open the tour with the image of that lot as the start scene.
(See the Tech Tip below from Tour Talk Issue 40)

Tour Talk Issue 40 – Tech Tip

This month’s tech tip is about controlling the starting scene of your tour through the tour link. Normally a tour will start with the same scene each time. Some providers have expressed a need to temporarily control the starting scene so we programmed in a way to do that. A parameter can now be passed in the tour link that forces a tour to begin on a certain scene.

This is a normal tour link:

The virtual tour provider chose to begin the tour on a still shot of the north side of the home. The realtor may have a need to showcase the stunning pool area and could use the modified link below.

Or use this link to show off the spectacular Master Bedroom.

You’ll notice in each example that a question mark follows the tour id, then the parameter startspin=, then the scene name. Always type in the scene name exactly as it appears in the drop down box of the tour but replaces spaces with the + sign.

The second RTV advantage that you have is working directly with your business partner, Team RTV, who is standing by to help you succeed.

Contact RTV’s 3D department to see how we can help you with your custom 3D project today!

Real Tour Vision
International Virtual Tour Company
RTV 3D 866-947-8687 Ext. 499

Virtual Tours can help you Market through the tough times

It seems that right now everyone is in a slump. It also seems that the first expense to get cut in a slump is marketing. But, does this really make sense? Sure marketing can be a big expense, but it doesn’t have to be and with very little effort you can make sure that you are getting the most bang for your marketing dollars.

Consider newspaper ads. How many people see the ad, how much ad you get for your dollars, and what kind of response you have gotten from this type of advertising? Once you have this information, you can make an informed decision about how to allocate your marketing dollars.

The internet is an excellent place to stretch your advertising dollar. First, the distribution is literally worldwide, second, many of the marketing options are inexpensive, and third, you can make a large amount of information available. If you are in an industry such as real estate, which has experienced a market shift to the internet, then you definitely want to invest some dollars there.

Ark-La-Tex Virtual Tours, an RTV Full Service provider, can help you get your information out on the web. We offer virtual tours, high resolution photographs, 3D walkthrough animation, website design and supporting print advertising such as yard signs and fliers. We can help you get the exposure you are looking for. And with the weekly reports you receive on your virtual tours, you will know exactly how your campaign is doing. Call us to discuss your options in the Shreveport/Bossier City area.

Rebecca Bolda
Ark-La-Tex Virtual Tours
Shreveport Virtual Tour Company
Order a virtual tour – 318-572-1779