Blog Tag: one-shot lens

Virtual Tours Redefined

As a new provider in South Texas I started advertising and visiting the Realtors in person only to find out that most of them in this area didn’t want to virtual tours because of experiences with previous virtual companies. Some of the comments that I received are that “Virtual tours do not do the properties justice,” “Virtual Tours make the house warped” and other similar comments. Come to find out they had all been hit by another virtual tour company whose tours look “fish eyed” and not very clean at all.

The perception was created in this market that all virtual tours are alike. I’ve finally been able to get a Realtor to let me do a tour for her by offering it for free if she wasn’t 100% satisfied. Immediately after shooting I put one scene together so she could see it and she was so impressed she had me follow her to a second house to shoot it too! Real Tour Vision has a very high quality system that allows us to shoot top quality virtual tours!

Brian Bond
Boerne Virtual Tours

My Virtual Tour Beat up Your Virtual Tour

Our company started out as an IT support company. One of our biggest clients is the local C-21 office. We have a great relationship with these people and have actually become friends with most of them. One day, one of the agents asked us if we knew anything about virtual tours. I think I can honestly say that I had never heard of them, however, I bill myself as the computer guru so I did some research to give my client a good answer. The answer I ended up giving him was “when would you like us to do your first virtual tour?”

In my research I landed (via Google I am sure) on Real Tour Vision site. The quality of the virtual tours knocked me out! Though they were the only virtual tours I had ever seen, I knew that the combination of quick loading, portability, and super high quality were important to me. What Real Tour Vision offers is hands down the best at all of these criteria!

To date, we are coming up on our hundredth virtual tour this month, and it just keeps getting bigger. The virtual tour marketing is a great foot in the door to market our other services. It used to be the other way around, we would go in trying to sell support and web-site services and then sell a virtual tour or two, now we market the tours up front, and mention our other services. We are preparing a marketing campaign into another market, and Virtual tours will be our flagship.

A few weeks after launching our virtual tour division, I received many frantic emails from a couple of our clients. It seems a competing virtual tour company had joined one of the local MLS organizations and had gotten a marketing blurb in the regular Monday newsletter. I shuddered a bit seeing the competition get such a leg up, until I actually clicked on the link to check out their demo tour.

I was on the phone with the broker at C-21 while I clicked on it, and he was following along. While we waited for the “other tour” to launch, I directed him to load one of our first tours. It was a whopping 30 scene tour that we had done the week before. Our tour launched and was into the living room before the “other tour” even launched. When it finally did launch, it was one scene…..ONE SCENE!!!! and they were selling that “tour” for the same price we were selling 6 scene tours for!

I immediately raised our prices. My broker/friend who I think was hoping to negotiate better prices from me because of the newly found “competition” bought 5 more tours before we got off the phone, and he bought them at the prices that I had just raised 50%. He stated. ” I want to by more of your tours now, before you realize that you are still way under priced!”

Sometime, in the last couple months, we stopped hearing from the competition, they actually tried to hire one of my photographers away but she told them she was only interested in doing the high quality tours that our virtual tour software offers.

I don’t worry about the competition anymore. as a matter of fact, I have found that they are wonderful for my marketing strategy. As soon as potential customers see the quality and features of our virtual tours, the competition is soon forgotten.

Kurt Steiner

One-Shot Lens Technology

When I first started looking into the virtual tour business I bought a 360 degree One-Shot lens adapter for my camera. I took some pictures and viewed them, but when I called the virtual tour company for further information none was available. I swore I would not get any type of stitching system, thinking that it would be too difficult to process the images. In the end I had very little choice in the matter as it was apparent that my dreaded one-shot lens was getting me nowhere.

I was a bit skeptical when I chose Real Tour Vision, but after receiving my gear I was in business immediately. I would have to imagine that there are lots of people out there who get tied down with a one shot lens system just like I did. What kind of system did you get? Were you able to sell your lens somewhere or recoup your investment somehow? I would love to hear your one-shot lens story! As far as Real Tour Vision goes, I’ve been very happy ever since I started so Keep up the good work team.

Anthony Pastoriza
Delaware Orbit Tours
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