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Contagious Selling

After months on the road for our national virtual tour company, we are finally getting to spend a week home and while we are here, we are going to have a chance to work with two new Realtors with our Quincy, IL virtual tour company.  I was just confirming details with one of them today and she explained why she chose us.  It seems that when we talked about working together, I told her that I was excited to be working with her.

If you know me, then that’s not a big surprise.  In fact, I don’t even remember saying it but it’s certainly true.  We have such a passion for what we do and I get giddy when I get to introduce our virtual tour services to someone new.  We love that we get to make a living doing something we love but we also honestly believe that what we do makes a huge impact on the lives of the people we serve.

So many of our clients are repeat customers that we’ve done business with for years and while we value and appreciate that business, dealing with a new client re-invigorates and re-energizes me.  As I get to tell someone new about what we do and how we do it, I sell myself all over again!  In addition to offering spectacular photography, we also get to provide marketing assistance.  We aren’t just in the home or business to take pictures for our virtual tour business but we are in the home to meet new people, make new connections and share our experience and insights.

So YES, I am excited about working with this new client to provide real estate virtual tours.  I am excited about getting to photograph a 7,500 square foot historic home in our beautiful home town of Quincy, IL.  I am excited that I get to work with my husband every single day.  I am excited that my mother in law does such a great job with our local real estate virtual tour business that we are able to travel all over the country doing what we love.

But mostly, I am excited that my passion for what we do is something that is contagious.  In fact, this client told me that the reason she referred me to a fellow realtor was because of that one statement, “I am excited to be working with you”.  She said that she is going to start telling her clients those words because after all, what could be more exciting than getting to do something you love!

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Alamo Area Virtual Tours Gives Curb Appeal!

Alamo Area Virtual Tours LLC, a San Antonio virtual tour provider provides internet curb appeal for real estate listings and business’s wishing to showcase their establishments. There are, of course, other companies out there that provide virtual tours and I must admit, some do a pretty decent job.

  Through RTV, we provide true and high quality Virtual Tours. We would be hard pressed to provide the platform that RTV has developed, but that in itself is not enough. Other platforms have good presentations as well. So, why do customers come to Alamo Area Virtual Tours LLC? 
I believe that we offer what the customer wants AND more! 

First and foremost, we do not purport to be photographers, we market ourselves as Marketing Partners. We use photography as our part of the marketing effort. I continually push the Marketing Partnership as our niche in their marketing program. They like and appreciate what I have to say concerning that. I tell them upfront that we are not JUST photographers that will take pictures, give the pictures to them and they are on their own. I also tell them that if they aren’t being seen in their best, then we aren’t doing our jobs and they don’t need us.

Second, I let them know about our SIGNATURE SHOTS. If you aren’t pushing your Signature Shots, you are missing out on a great marketing tool. Just the fact that you can discuss Signature Shots already sets you above the rest. How many tour providers have Signature Shots. We have at least four and we let our customers know what they are and why we take them.

1)    Elevated front shot.  We have a Dodge MegaCab and the first shot of the tour is from the back of the truck with the tripod set as high as possible. We used to take a pole shot, but that took too long to set up and the difference is not all that great. I would push a UAV shot these days as we have acquired a DJI Phantom with GoPro camera for those that need more height.

2)    Second Signature shot is from the front door open standing in the doorway, showing the view as you enter the house.

3)    Third Signature shot is from the kitchen sink looking out, if the view from it is pleasing, such as looking out to the backyard, or the living room, but not if the next door wall is your view. I ask the Realtor, who buys the house? 

4)    Next is the stairs. I take a shot of the stairs with wide angle showing the relationship of the stairs to the rooms upstairs as much as possible. This is a great point for separating the two story house. With the Ken Burns effect, starting at the bottom of the stairs, we move up the stairs into the second story. Great and helps in the ordering of pics in the Fusion Photo Manager.

5)    Another signature shot is the Laundry Room, or as corrected by one Realtor, the Utility Room. Again, who buys the house? 

Having Signature Shots is just another bit of marketing that will set you above your competition.
Alamo Area Virtual Tours LLC at www.alamoareavirtualtours.com serves the greater San Antonio metroplex and as far away as Eagle Pass (150 miles SW) Del Rio (150 W) and the Greater Canyon Lake area, including New Braunfels, as an independent agent with RTV, virtual tour software company.

San Antonio Virtual Tours

James F. Hoback
L’oeil L’Esprit (Mind’s Eye)
www.AlamoAreaVirtualTours.com
Order a virtual tour: (210) 325-2675
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New June 2014 Virtual Tour Marketing Pieces

This June our virtual tour company marketing team has created two very special pieces for you to snag just in time to run a promotion and to also arm your real estate agents with a brand new home seller preparation sheet. 

Our Summer Lovin’ Flyer is a single page double sided flyer and can be sent to your current customers or prospects via email or printed and dropped off.  We’ve added a new customer coupon in the lower right corner on the first page to grab their attention.  The back side of the flyer recaps some of your most powerful marketing tools and virtual tour offerings. 

Next you’re going to love giving your home seller prep sheet to your existing real estate customers so they can use during listing presentations and hand out to their home sellers.  This detailed prep sheet is sure to make your job easier when you arrive on-site on the day of the virtual tour shoot. 

Both marketing pieces have been made using Microsoft Publisher and are ready for you to customize to your liking. Enjoy the new marketing pieces and please be sure to send us your blog postings to showcase your Summer success with your virtual tour business

RTV, Inc
National Virtual Tour Service
www.realtourvision.com
Order a Virtual Tour – 866-947-8687


Add Stunning Night Shots to Virtual Tours

Night shots can be stunning additions to a virtual tour, especially if you’re creating 360 virtual tours for businesses like hotels, restaurants, lodges, or cruise ships (yes, even cruise ships can benefit from a virtual tour!).  Check out this amazing virtual tour production that includes night shots: http://fusion.realtourvision.com/22328

If you’ve tried taking pictures at night the same way you take them during the day, you might find that you get nothing but a black frame with a few points of light.

How do you take great pictures at night? These tips will help you enhance your virtual tour with stunning night photos.

Have a good camera and tripod
Most digital cameras today are pretty high quality, but in order to take great night pictures, you might need a little something extra. You won’t have to invest in a “specialty” night camera, but you will need one that allows you to control the settings for exposures and apertures (the size of the lens opening, which is measured in F-stop). In addition to a good camera, you’ll also need a tripod to take the best night shots.

Scout your location
Many businesses that look great at night are somewhat isolated, and don’t have enough “city glow” for a photo taken normally to turn out clearly at night. It’s a good idea to visit the area and figure out where you’ll take your pictures from during the day, so you know where you’re headed once it gets dark. This is also advisable for safety purposes.

Choose the right time
While it’s possible to take great night shots during full dark, your pictures can also look great if you take them at dawn or dusk—either just before the sun rises, or just after it sets. This is a very short time frame, so it can benefit you to visit the location in advance and decide exactly which shots you’ll want during that time.

Use long exposures
Setting your digital camera exposure for several seconds allows you to bring more light into the picture, even when it’s dark. For this reason, a tripod is an essential piece of equipment for great night photography, since it prevents the camera from shaking during the exposure.

Adjust the aperture accordingly
 Finally, use aperture size to capture great night shots. Opt for a smaller aperture when you’re taking a photo with a long exposure, and use a larger aperture for short exposure pictures taken when there’s a bit more light, such as at dusk or dawn.

Adding great night photography to your virtual tours can help you create stunning presentations that will impress your virtual tour clients—and their customers.

Real Tour Vision
Virtual Tour Software
www.realtourvision.com
Order a Virtual Tour – 866-947-8687 


Front Door Photos Taking Off

1) Front Door Photos is taking to the sky

I’m thrilled to announce that our brand new Phantom 2 Vision quad copter arrived this past weekend! At 14 megapixels, this virtual tour camera will be able to shoot 1080p HD video and take dynamic still aerial photos as well. I’m pouring over the flying manual and will have a test video for you to check out shortly!

     **Please let me know if you are interested in pricing information or have any questions
 
2) Our professional real estate photography and virtual tour team is growing!!!

I’m also excited to let you know that our team is growing. Matt joins team FDP with 5+ years of professional photography experience and he will be out shooting full virtual tours of listings this summer. Toby is FDP’s new marketing intern from Hope College and he will be handling the floor plan building and social media support. Be sure to say hello if you see them out and about!
 
3) As always…Thank you!

Front Door Photos wouldn’t exist without you and it’s been so great working with each and every one of you. It’s my goal to provide you with the absolute best visual marketing support so please let me know if there is anything else I can do to better assist you.

     **Remember, every realtor you send my way for professional photos gets you 20% off your next shoot (and 20% off their first shoot as well)! Be sure to let me know who you refer.

Best Regards,

  
Taylor Blom
Front Door Photos
Holland Virtual Tours
Order a virtual tour – 616-283-9294