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How to register for an RTV Webinar

This year we would like as many of you to make our monthly webinars as possible.  It recently came to our attention that many of you think that our last minute show reminders are our only way for you to register for a show.  This of course would leave you with very little time to register and plan for our event and is not the case.   In fact, RTV typically has a show scheduled in advance one to two weeks before the show is released making it VERY simple for you to register for each show in advance.  To register for an RTV event simply follow these three easy steps below.
  1. Login to your virtual tour software manager http://tms.realtourvision.com
  2. On the left navigation click on the button that says The FORMULA / The IMAGE
  3. On the registration page read the details regarding the up and coming shows and register for the shows you would like to attend.  

See the images below and we’ll see you on the next show!

Real Tour Vision Virtual Tour Software
866-947-8687

Secret Sales Tips Every provider Should Know

Hello fellow RTV virtual tour providers.  This is Donna with Challenging Designs a Hot Springs Village virtual tour company.  I cannot begin to tell you what a difference “HD Gallery Showcase” (as I call them) is making for me! My prices are low to stay competitive here in this unique market.  We are a resort/gated/retirement community.  Our target group, up until lately, has been retirement age.  This means less smart phones, less regional marketing and more national marketing.  We can’t use Panoriders, and that $100 mark seems to be a wall with our older Realtors. 

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

I was THRILLED when the team over there at Real Tour Vision (RTV) made my year!  I have seen a MARKED improvement and increase in business since I started offering the all new RTV Standalone Slideshow or the  “HD Gallery Showcase” as I call them.  It is really making a huge difference for my virtual tour business. I can now offer a technologically elegant and slick presentation with 30 still photographs which I professionally shoot for $69.00.  Then I offer a Fall Special, $9 discount for grouping the orders (more than 2 at a time).  Real estate agents are getting a fantastic deal for $60 and let me tell you RTV…IT IS WORKING!!

MILK THE YOU-PROVIDE MODEL

I also offer a self-service for $39, but so far the agents are only sending me the optimized photos they send to the MLS, so I had to start putting a disclaimer on the “Self-Serve Gallery”, high resolution, not less than 700 kb per file and if you’re smart you will use this image to let people know that YOU did not take the pictures:

Click on the image above – Right Click – Save Image As…
 
 ELIMINATE THE COMPETITION
Want another KILLER way to use the Standalone Slideshow Module to your benefit?  Most of you have at least one or two agents in your area who prefer to do their own virtual tours right??  Well why not set them up on the new RTV Slideshow module and sit back and collect your 20% sales commissions for life on those accounts.  It’s an easy way to take advantage of RTV’s existing reseller program and get people off of competing technology in your area and onto yours! Besides, once you have those people as customers, who do you think they’re going to call for additional property marketing services…YOU!!
$$ MAKE MONEY $$

Now to the breakdown, how does this impact my bottom-line when I shoot full service? It takes me approximately 1 hour (including driving time) to take the stills. Then approximately 1 hour to choose the photos, rename & clean up any shadows or color corrections, and save in HD & web resolution, upload and create slideshow. I also email the agent the optimized photos for the MLS with both URLs and then copy to a disk.  For two hours of my time I’m averaging an easy $30.00/ hour! Not too shabby!

Before I made my purchase of the standalone slideshow module, I was afraid this would replace the virtual tour with many of the REALTORS, but I am glad to say it is actually bringing in more virtual tours because I’m able to reach out to agents that I was unable to reach before, my customers now they have the option to have less photos with panoramas, or more photos with no panoramas. The REALTORS love my property marketing tools and the diverse offering now.

SUBTLE TOUR – A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

My final tip to you all is to create what RTV calls a ‘subtle tour’ Here is one of Traverse City that Jason and Jim did over at BlueLaVaMedia. After I saw how well that worked for them I started creating a tour of Hot Springs Village and purchased the domain, www.TourHotSpringsVillage.com  Take a look at it and you’ll see that I’ve essentially  made an HD Gallery Show that highlights Hot Springs Village.  Since I created this I started offering it to REALTORS for free to be used on their websites, emails, business cards, etc. It has my information in the name area.  I will be creating more smaller slideshows with REALTOR specific information for a cost.  It works to give it a try. Remember that RTV is giving you UNLIMITED HD SLIDESHOWS to take advantage of that and put them to use for you sooner than later!!!

Since I purchased the Standalone Slideshow Module, I have already sold 10 slideshows in less than 2 weeks and more are coming in.  I’m still selling virtual tours too! I can see the possibilities in neighborhoods, businesses, storefronts, providerships, restaurants and have already had some interest from non-real estate companies.  I’m so excited and hope that you all out there are too.  In fact I just got word today that the slideshows now have the weekly hit reports in them working. Yay!  I’m really happy that I got setup on the module under it’s current pricing and hope you do too. It’s boosting my business tremendously and I highly recommend it to everyone out there….unless your close to me! 🙂  I can’t wait until Real Tour Vision adds the new video export to the system.  That’s going to be fantastic! Thanks for all you do and please RTV providers out there don’t hesitate to call me with questions and other ideas you might have for taking advantage of this awesome property marketing tool. Thanks RTV!!

Donna Bigg
Your imagination is your limit!
Hot Springs Village Virtual Tours
http://www.ChallengingDesigns.com
Order a virtual tour: 501-922-8009


Virtual Tour Updates

RTV is happy to announce major changes to our Buttons editor and Linking Email. These changes are now live for all RTV virtual tour providers to start using during the virtual tour editing process. These edits give our virtual tour providers more functionality and control than ever before!!

By popular demand Real Tour Vision providers have wanted a custom button on their virtual tour and now they can!! Restaurant tours can now have a menu button, rental tours can have a rate card button, real estate tours can have a finance button that links directly to a marketing partner!! So many possibilities with every virtual tour type.

RTV is also very pleased to announce that we are giving our virtual tour providers full control over the default viewing mode. Now every virtual tour produced can start with flash view as the default instead of Java. RTV providers can even choose Java only or Flash only if they want.

Finally, we’ve reformatted our virtual tour linking structure so the virtual tour links are incredibly short!! Much easier to read, understand, place in print ads and email out to the customer. No more super long links.

Stay tuned for more great virtual tour enhancements coming soon from RTV!
Team RTV
An International Virtual Tour Company
www.realtourvision.com


Friday Madness at RTV


Things can get a little crazy here at Real Tour Vision on Fridays. This morning things got out of hand right away. I snapped this picture of Jacque flagrantly disobeying a note left by our lead programmer.

She claims it was the cookies she was after, and not the forbidden computer, but I think she is all about breaking the rules. She won’t park (or color) between the lines either. But we love her anyway.

Later on today we are having a company potluck to celebrate Eve’s birthday. For those of you that don’t know, Eve is in charge of our nickels and dimes and making sure the lights stay on. Her birthday was actually in April but we are two weeks behind.

No doubt our long suffering virtual tour providers (whom we love and adore) aren’t surprised at all. They know how we roll here at RTV.

I don’t think our programmers get to come to the potluck. We have them chained to their desks working on a new flash viewer for our virtual tours. It will support flash in remote host tours also. It is in final testing so it should be released soon. Don’t tell anyone I said that though. Shhh.

So, Happy Friday from Team RTV! I hope all of you have a fantastic day.

Posted by Torie 🙂
Real Tour Vision
National Virtual Tour Company
www.realtourvision.com
Order a virtual tour today! – 866-947-8687


Virtual Tour Lens Pitfalls

Have you given any thought to using a Virtual Tour Camera Lens? If you have you should do a bit more research!! Having shot both single-shot panoramas with the voyager 360 lens and stitched panoramas, it amazes me that any professional virtual tour business would offer a single-shot panorama to their clients. The quality produced from a virtual tour camera / single shot lens is far inferior – even at best – to a stitched panorama that was created from multiple images.

With a single-shot panorama, you have no light control since you have only one exposure setting for the entire 0-360 sweep – no flash is possible. Before you shoot a single-shot panorama, you have to set the camera’s timer and duck behind a couch or get out of the room before the timer goes off – this makes outside panoramas almost impossible unless you can crouch down below the lens’ field of vision. The resulting photo generated from a single-shot panorama lens requires special un-warping software that never completely removes the inherent distortion from this set-up and the end result panoramic images are NOT PRINTABLE!!!

Shooting through a normal quality lens, using several shots stitched to produce a panorama is the optimal set-up to provide a quality panorama. If you use a higher megapixel setting for your camera, your stitched panorama will allow maximum enlargement before pixelation is noticeable.

Single-shot panoramas are a novelty to play with, not a professional product to offer to clients. Your clients deserve the best you can give them.

Paul Deines
A www.realtourvision.com Virtual Tour Provider