Blog Tag: hotel photography

New From Rock Pointe Marketing Center

This month we’ll revisit a few of our older virtual tour marketing pieces and give them a nice facelift.  These three pieces were originally made for our Tour Builder 4.0 virtual tour software platform but we’ve revamped them with a new look and feel along with updated information pertaining to RTV’s advanced Fusion virtual tour system.

We think you’ll enjoy sending out the two flyers and postcards this Winter to keep your brand ‘front and center’ in your customers eyes.  Remember that if you have not done a virtual tour for a customer in three months you should send out a postcard, direct email, make a phone call, or plan a visit to their office to say hello. If you have not done business with anyone in over a year they’re most likely not a customer anymore.

We cant stress enough the importance of your continual marketing plan.  Do you have one?  Remember that you’ll need Microsoft Publisher to customize and edit these three marketing pieces.

As a reminder please keep your eyes open for this month’s webinar lineup and from the RTV marketing team we sincerely thank you for your business.

Login now to your account and snag these awesome Winter marketing pieces.

Let’s have a great 2014!

Team RTV

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

Tour Track 2014 – Getting Ready For More!!

Are you ready to make more money with your RTV virtual tour system than ever before?  Are you aware that RTV is sending out hundreds of tour track dispatches to our professional photographers all the time?  If you’re not properly setup in our new Fusion virtual tour system you’re missing out on several thousand dollars a year in revenue that could be yours for the taking.

With new large accounts coming in at a faster pace than ever before you’ll want to be on this show so the Tour Track department can get you ‘On Track’. During this show the team will assist you with creating an account, setting up your profile, and finding jobs in your traveling area. We’ll also be discussing the necessary tools that we recommend you have for receiving jobs as well as a whole new set of standards and expectations that some of our new accounts require.

Make sure you attend this show as it will cover the key elements that you need to get started, such as:

• Creating a descriptive profile so that Tour Track can match you with the perfect jobs.
• Setting up your personal Gallery of tours and photography work. We will show you how to get creative!
• Creating a tour, starting from uploading your photos to completing the order.
• How to add voice-overs and other extras to your tours so that they look professional.
• The basic layout and features of your Tour Track system.
•  Devices, software, and tools you should have in your arsenal
• Answering your frequently asked questions.
• The Do’s and Dont’s while on a shoot
• When to walk away or contact RTV
• Other great tips!

Even if you were receiving tour track orders in our 4.0 virtual tour system you’ll need to take a few minutes to setup your new Fusion Tour Track profile.  With more national hotel chains signing up with RTV the standards for quality are beginning to change on some of these more lucrative accounts.  Please join myself and Gabe Clark on October 1st 2013 for a full one hour overview on our Fusion Tour Track system and what’s expected of you when you’re on site.

See you there!   Register for this show NOW in your TMS!!

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

Boost Your Hotel Distribution and Effectiveness

When it comes to online marketing, visibility is the key to success. This means you’ll want to have your Hotel Photography and virtual tour services appearing on as many channels as possible. Manual distribution takes countless hours, and you’ll never reach as many sites as you’d like to be listed on.

RTV has one of the best distribution services for your hotel, motel and hospitality virtual tours. With thousands of channels, automated distribution, and the ability to dispense video content in just the way customers are looking for, you’ll see a huge jump in visibility and views for your virtual tours.

Visual content distribution for every channel:
With RTV’s distribution your viewers will be able to see your rich media content right away, instead of clicking through links and pop-ups—which often results in frustration and a return to the search results to look for something else. With the help of our distribution partners RTV sends your panoramas and still images out quickly so viewers will see your spectacular virtual tours right away.

RTV is able to distribute your images to all major channels and thousands of real estate, travel, and content websites, including Google, Facebook, Flickr, Kayak, Orbitz, Expedia, Mapquest, YouTube, Priceline, Vent, HRS, Hotel Seeker, and many more!

Grow your virtual tour business with analytics:
The more you know about your customers’ searching and viewing habits, the more you’ll be able to adjust your campaigns to be even more effective. RTV is able to deliver plenty of analytical tools to help you tweak your content solutions and sell more virtual tours.

With RTV your content is displayed in exactly the way the viewer wants to see it. Viewers experience less frustration, and as a result, you’ll enjoy more views, more click-throughs, and an increased ROI.
Contact RTV today to learn more about using our distribution connections to distribute your hotel virtual tours, and look forward to a major increase in views—and revenue!

RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training

Did Your Virtual Tour Make My Bed Skirt Wrinkley?

We recently did some professional hotel photography to and a hotel virtual tour.  The owners had several weeks to prepare for the photo shoot and when we arrived, they had chosen their very best rooms for us to shoot.  They sent their head housekeeper with us to make sure everything was absolutely perfect.  After we delivered the pictures and virtual tour, they wrote back and complained that the pictures made the bed skirt look wrinkled in one of the rooms.  Really, you think it was the camera that did that?

We all know that age old question that we women use to paralyze our husbands — “Does this outfit make me look fat?”  Deep down we know the truth — the outfit doesn’t make us look fat, our fat makes me look fat. The pictures didn’t make the bed skirt look wrinkled, the wrinkles made the bed skirt look wrinkled.  The real question that we are asking is really, “Does this outfit make me look as good as I possibly can considering how fat I really am?”

Our goal when taking pictures for our commercial virtual tours and real estate virtual tours is to make every area look as good as it possibly can while honestly representing the space.  Our virtual tour pricing includes basic staging and basic Photoshop editing which is mainly decluttering and color correction but what we don’t do is alter the pictures to misrepresent what we are shooting.

Greg does a great job of taking the pictures from the best possible angle to showcase the facility or home in the best possible way but we feel it is dishonest and unethical to totally alter what we shot with Photoshop after the fact.  It is the responsibility of the home owner or business owner to make sure that what we are shooting is ready when we arrive.

As any man knows who has ever been asked “does this make me look fat” sometimes diplomacy is the best course of action but as a good husband also knows, the truth may hurt both of you but it’s always the best policy.

The IMAGE 45 – Lights, Camera, Action! – DSLR Video Settings

The IMAGE photography talkshowLights, Camera, Action!  Video is a powerful tool.  It touches the sense of sight in an exciting way by showing movement rather than insinuating it.  Full Motion Video is a great way to experience things in motion such as waterfalls, waves, Gates opening, interviews, Realtor introductions, and the list goes on.  So let’s delve into the world of Video. 

Many of you have DSLR cameras that have video capability.  In this virtual tour webinar we are going to discuss how to configure your camera settings for shooting great video.

We will talk about some basics if imaging, from the virtual tour photography perspective that you’re used to, and show how those apply to video.  Then we will discuss camera settings for capturing great quality video.  If we have time we will also touch on some equipment that will help you keep your camera stabilized when you are capturing video while walking around.

Join me June 18, 2013 at 7pm Eastern to learn how to create some of your on movie magic with an introductory course on shooting Video and the settings to use on your DSLR.
Register now in your TMS!

See you there!

Ben Knorr
Virtual Tour Software & Professional Hotel Photography
Order a virtual tour: 866-947-8687