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The State of UAV Drone Photography Laws & Real Estate Marketing in 2017 Webinar

Aerial Drone Photography ServiceIf you are working in the real estate photography industry, you already know how popular aerial drone photography is. Perhaps you have felt a bit intimidated by the licensing requirements and testing, or you weren’t sure you would receive enough work to justify the investment. If you can identify with either of these dilemmas or you weren’t sure where to begin, RTV’s next webinar just for you.

Join Alan Perlman of Drone Pilot Ground School and Jason LaVanture Vice President of RTV and owner of BlueLaVaMedia (Traverse City Drone Company) on June 20th, at 7:00 pm EST for The Formula 80, as they discuss the current state of licensing regulations in the United States, and share their experiences on how to set up a profitable aerial drone photography program. Drone Pilot Ground School has a proven track record teaching folks just like you what they need to know to pass their part 107 exam, and how to operate safely as well as how to handle airspace restrictions. Best of all they offer Real Tour Vision virtual tour software providers a special discount for their program.

RTV has seen a dramatic increase in interest in aerial drone photography with their national photography services and has begun offering this aerial drone services across the US. With new clients being brought on board every day, the time is right for our virtual tour photographers to be ready to jump on these drone photography orders, but they must be appropriately licensed and insured. Photographers who tune into the show will learn all they need to know to get on track to become a fully licensed commercial aerial drone operators.

Adding aerial photos and videos are an excellent addition to the services you already offer. Our interactive virtual tour software provides the perfect platform to display your professional imagery, aerial drone videos and more. Join us and learn how you can take advantage of Alan’s generous offer to RTV photographers, and how offering aerial photography services can help you grow as a business. If you are not currently an RTV photographer please take a moment to set up your free virtual tour software trial account and discover powerful tools to help take your business to the next level!

To learn more about and register for this webinar, please visit our webinar information page.

We hope you can join us!

 

Sincerely,

 

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & National Hotel Photography

Order a virtual tour – 231-947-8687

 

 


Choosing the Right Hotel Photography Company

Choosing the right hotel photography company for your hotel photo shoot will be one of the most important decisions that you make. Whether you are opening up a new location, switching brands or remodeling, professional photos help prospective guests feel comfortable with your property, even before they set foot in your door.

It takes a highly skilled and trained professional hotel photographer to deliver quality images. Making the right decision when choosing a professional photographer or company will help set your hotel apart from the competition and will lead to more bookings.

Keep the following things in mind when choosing a hotel photography company.

Are they an individual or part of a larger entity?
There’s certainly something to be said about dealing with a local person. Keeping the dollars in your city and helping promote local businesses who are also likely to be recommending your hotel, is a great thing. However, when dealing with small entities there is also higher chance problems will arise. Keep in mind that should something happen, the smaller entities are not always backed. If a family emergency came up during the middle of your shoot that you have already paid for, you might have to wait until their personal situation remedies itself. Choosing a larger organization up front that has several qualified hotel photographers is much wiser and you’re likely to not have to deal with as many stumbling blocks along the way.

Is the hotel photography company you’re choosing insured?
Choosing a company that’s insured is extremely important since you’ll have them on site while you will have guests roaming about. A 1 to 2 million dollar insurance policy should be more than enough to cover most instances.  At the very least you’ll want to make sure both the photographer as well as the agency that you’re paying, is fully insured.

Are they endorsed or an approved supplier by corporate?
Working with a company that is already endorsed by your corporation goes a LONG way in ensuring you’re going to be satisfied with your photography. Most large corporations work very hard finding and vetting photography vendors that can meet or exceed their brand standards. If you belong to a larger entity make sure that you always start by asking your regional managers or opening specialists who they recommend. For those that don’t have this luxury, it never hurts to ask your potential photographer over the phone who else they’re preferred vendors for. If they have no examples, it’s likely that they’re either very new into the hotel photography business or they don’t have what it takes to service top brands.

Are you able to see some of their previous work before making a decision?
Being able to preview the hotel photography suppliers portfolio helps tremendously in the decision-making process. It’s only fair that you should be able to ask for a few samples of their latest. This should help you decide not only if they’re going to be able to meet your quality standards, but it will also help you determine if they are experienced. When looking at their work, look for things like blown out windows or fake over processed looking images. If you spot either of these deal breakers it’s a good sign you should run and not look back.

Also, look to see if their images appear to be looking up or down. An experienced hotel photographer knows to keep the camera level to help reduce distortion. Even if the image you are looking at appears to be distortion free, this poor technique could cause problems with other images. Distortion is particularly noticeable on vertical lines. If walls appear to be bowing, it is a red flag.

Another obvious thing to look for is color balance. If a white pillow has a yellow cast there is a problem. White balance is very important, and if the white areas in an image appear off, the photographer is either lacking knowledge or is lazy in their process. There are plenty of amazing photographers out there for you to choose from. Don’t settle for less and don’t accept excuses.

How long will it take before you get the service?
Finding an amazing hotel photographer and getting a good deal is great, but what good are they to you if they won’t be able to deliver your hotel photographs for thirty days or longer? The hard work, time, and energy that you spent opening up your hotel or renovating is being wasted each day you don’t have professional photos online. Be sure to ask up front when they can get to your property, and how long it will take until the images are in your hands. Time is money!

Are they in your area or will they be flying or driving someone in?
If you do happen to find a company that will service your account and you’re happy with their quality of work, you should next ask if they’ll be sending in a photographer from your area or if they’ll be sending in someone from elsewhere that will require a flight or have a long drive. If you discover it’s the latter, you should know that you’re likely the one footing the bill for that flight or long road trip. Try to find a hotel photo company that meets your quality standards and has a local representation close by. This will save you from paying huge upfront costs or heavy mileage and travel fees.

How long will the hotel photographer be on site?
Once your hotel photographer begins photographing, your staff should be available to assist in ensuring your property is pristine. You’ll need someone to walk around with your hotel photographer and make sure the breakfast area, fitness center, pool area and so on is staged and neatly organized. Your staff is likely to be fairly distracted during the photography session, but this is your chance to capture your hotel at it’s best. The last thing you want is for this process to drag on for days on end. Make sure that the hotel photography company that you choose can get in and out of your property inside of five or six hours MAX. It can become a burden on your staff and guests so be sure to also make sure your property is prepared.

 

Does the hotel photographer provide a list of things for you staff to address before they show up?
Will your hotel photographer be working with your staff to help make sure rooms are staged properly, or is that entirely up to you? Will they provide you and your staff with some direction as to how to prepare for your shoot? Fortunately, any legitimate hotel photographer or company well versed in hotel photography should do at least one of the two. Having even a little guidance for you and your staff goes a long way to keep costs low and your property looking great online. Make sure you don’t forget to ask this question before forking out the deposit for your hotel photography!

Do you own the images of your hotel after the work is finished?
Owning full copyright to the hotel photos that you have paid for is vital. You want to be sure you are allowed to use them as you wish down the road. Make sure that it’s clearly written in your photography contract that you own your images. Some hotel photographers out there like to sell you the images at a very low price then charge you for specific uses down the road. Don’t fall into one of these copyright traps. You own the images or bust!

Do they guarantee their work?
Lastly but most importantly we recommend that you ask about the service guarantee of the hotel photography company before paying a deposit. If their service agreement does not allow at least a thirty day review period to allow you to ask for a reshoot or request edits you should probably look elsewhere. It never hurts to come right out and ask what percentage of their shoots requires a reshoot annually. If they tell you it never happens that’s probably not true or you’re about to be their first hotel shoot!

This may seem like a lot to remember, but it can easily be broken down into three subcategories: Safety, Qualifications, and Logistics. Do you feel safe that if there were to be a serious problem at your facility involving the hotel photographer, they would have the proper insurance coverage, and do you feel your investment is protected by a solid guarantee in the event you are unhappy with the work provided? Is the hotel photographer qualified to shoot for your brand, and do they provide you with examples of their work that leave you feeling confident they will do a great job? Are you comfortable with the logistics including: the amount of time your staff and property will be occupied with the photo shoot, travel costs that may be passed on to you, and the timeframe for the work to be delivered? If these questions are satisfied in your mind, you can rest assured your investment will be well rewarded.

Want to know more about our hotel photography services?

Give us a call at (866) 947-8687 and we will discuss viable options for your unique requirements!

Professional Hotel Photography

 

Team RTV

Professional Hotel Photography & Virtual Tours

Order your hotel photos today – 866-947-8687


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

Traverse
City Virtual Tour Software & Photography Service Company
Receives
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
www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training


Professional Hotel Photography & Virtual Tours

The internet has become your most important marketing tool and professional hotel photography is the key component to booking rooms. “A picture is worth a thousand words” so if you’re serious about looking your best, using the most up to date modern technology, getting the lowest price, and fastest turn-around time, then franchisees will tell you that RTV Inc. is the RIGHT vendor for you.

We provide Professional Hotel Photography, Interactive Virtual Media Tours, Google Street View | Trusted Tours and Full Motion Video options. Additional features including YouTube Distribution, HTML 5 Mobile Ready Tours, Weekly Traffic Reports, Kiosk (Lobby) Tour, Computer Audio and Professional Voice Over Narrations, Astro Zoom Space Fly In, Reservations / “Book-It-Now” button and Free Hotel Portal Distribution!

Whether you own one or one-hundred hotels, RTV can be there fast (typically within two-weeks from the time that an order has been placed anywhere in the U.S.) and offer you the best looking photographs and technology. All your high definition professional photography is yours to keep for print and will be distributed to the E-Brochure page as well as thousands of travel planning portal sites!

All services are 100% guaranteed. Service availability is 100% guaranteed anywhere in the United States. We’ve been offering professional Hotel Photography since 1999 and have access to over 1000 professional photographers worldwide allowing us to give you FASTER delivery times at a LOW COST with the BEST quality.

RTV, Inc
Hotel Photography & Professional Virtual Tours
Order Hotel Photography Today – 866-947-8687
http://www.RealTourVision.com


RTV Wins Motel 6 Hotel Photography Contract

RTV is proud to announce that we have been selected as the preferred photography and virtual tour vendor for Motel 6, an iconic American brand managed and operated by G6 Hospitality LLC. As part of this new partnership, RTV will be photographing nearly 500 hotels between now and Labor Day 2014. The intense photography initiative has already begun, and will ramp up to over the next several weeks.  This is an amazing undertaking that will surely test the capabilities of RTV’s vast professional photography network and unique Tour Track system.

The intense photography initiative has already begun and will ramp up to over the next several weeks until all 500 hotels have been photographed, approved, and delivered.

See one of our first Motel 6 productions here: http://fusion.realtourvision.com/73582

RTV was chosen to provide this service to Motel 6 because of our extensive professional photographer base, amazing virtual tour technology, and lightning fast turnaround time.  With RTV, a photographer can literally be in your lobby and ready to photograph in a matter of days, not months, and the client is given a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

As many of you already know, RTV has been successfully photographing hotels now since 2005, and remains confident in our ability to complete a professional hotel photography shoot anywhere in the USA or Canada within two to three weeks.

RTV clients have come to love the RTV process from start to finish as the entire process is extremely simple, streamlined, and provides hotels and other businesses with an amazing professional service at a consistent and affordable price. Our clients are literally getting the best of quality, speed, and price when they choose RTV!

Professional Photographers are still needed in some areas throughout the USA.  Setup your RTV account today: http://manage.realtourvision.com/trial.php

RTV will be attending the Motel 6 convention in Hawaii this September which will expose RTV to SEVERAL HUNDRED additional Motel 6 hotel owners. RTV photographers can expect many more orders to come through the system by these franchise owners throughout the end of this year and into 2015.

Those of you that would like to receive jobs from the Motel 6 initiative, as well as other major national accounts that RTV is currently working with, are encouraged to make sure that you are currently a part of our network and up to speed with our new 2014 Tour Track guidelines and policies.  Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our brand.

By joining our team of professional photographers, you will receive Tour Track jobs from our contracted national accounts (OVER 80 National Accounts), get leads from our unstoppable SEO efforts, and love using the world’s best virtual tour software to reach customers in your area.

If you are already creating virtual tours and have a large customer base, one of our Transition Coordinators will help you move your clients over to RTV for you at no charge. Visit our virtual tour gallery today and take the RTV system for a spin: http://www.realtourvision.com/tourdemos.php 

Sincerely,

Team RTV
www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Professional Hotel Photography
Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687