Blog Tag: virtual tour company

Happy Thanksgiving from RTV

Here at RTV, there’s nothing virtual about our gratitude. (Obviously, we never pass up the opportunity for a good, or bad, pun.) As the holiday season approaches, it’s the perfect time to take stock of what we’re all thankful for. Of course, like everyone else, we’re grateful for all of the “big ones”: relationships with family and friends, warm and safe homes, food on the table. But we can’t let Thanksgiving pass by without acknowledging the reasons we’re here, the reasons we get to wake up every day and report to jobs we love, the reasons we’re able to earn a living for our collective talents and knowledge. Those reasons are all of you.

If you’re reading this, you are most likely a client who is using RTV virtual tour software to create virtual tours of properties and local businesses. But you could also be a vendor or someone else in our diverse network. Whatever brought you here, please know that you play a vital role in the success of our virtual tour company—a role that we don’t take lightly.

This Thanksgiving, the RTV team will NOT be working…we’ll be spending time at home with the people who love and support us. We’ll return to work refreshed, renewed (and probably 5 pounds heavier), ready to deliver the highest caliber of virtual tour technology in the industry.

And today, we’d just like to say thank you for supporting, appreciating, and challenging us.

If you’ve read this entire message then you deserve to know that we’ve added a couple attractive Black Friday Packages in your account for you.  Login to your TMS and enjoy savings up to $500!! Sale ends Saturday 8:00 PM Eastern.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Sincerely,

Team RTV
866-947-8687
www.RealTourVision.com


Can I Get Some Staging with that?

I cannot imagine a wedding photographer showing up and snapping pictures without telling everyone where to stand.  I can’t imagine a portrait photographer snapping pictures without telling everyone where to pose.  Even in candid pictures the shots are staged before the photographer takes the pictures.  I can’t imagine a professional photographer complaining that they have to pose people for their portrait work..it’s part of their job and they know that if they don’t pose the people, they aren’t going to get the shots they want.

So it seems logical to me that part of our work as virtual tour photographers is to help stage each area that we shoot.  I read a discussion on a vacation rental owner’s Linked In group where a photographer was asking whether the owners expected the virtual tour photographer to do any staging and the question left me dumbfounded.  It would never occur to me that staging was not a part of our job. I know many photographers whose philosophy for commercial shoots is that what they see is what you get but that’s certainly not the case with us.

We specialize in virtual tours for hospitality such as vacation rentals, hotels and bed and breakfasts as well as healthcare facilities.  We expect that when we walk in the location we are shooting will be clean but there’s a difference between clean and staged.  There’s a difference between something being rent ready and photo ready.  It’s the job of the housekeeping to get a place ready to rent.  It’s our job to get it ready to photograph.

At Vision Quest Virtual Tours, we work as a team when we photograph a virtual tour.  My husband is the photographer and I am the stager.  I go ahead of him to make sure that each room is set up so that he can capture the very best possible images.

When I look at each room I know that if something catches my eye, it’s going to stand out even more for the camera.  We move all trash cans, refrigerator magnets, and minimize clutter as much as possible.  Sure you want plungers, toilet brushes, extra toilet paper and air fresheners available for your guests but that doesn’t mean that we need to show them in the pictures!  We will raise patio umbrellas, turn on hot tubs (and move hot tub covers!), arrange chairs around the firepit, move hoses, and overall make sure that things look as good as possible.

We have a finite amount of time for each virtual tour photo shoot and the type of staging we are able to do will vary based on what we find when we arrive.  If the cleaners have done a good job, then we are able to focus on fine tuning instead of housekeeping.  If we are having to move clutter and change light bulbs and fix bedspreads, then we can’t do as much fine tuning.

Basic staging is part of our price but full staging is also available at an extra charge.  We can build fires, set tables, light candles, and even do twilight shots for an extra fee.

When you are getting quotes for your vacation rental photography and virtual tours, be sure to ask whether staging is included.  We are a national virtual tour provider and we specialize in hospitality virtual tours and have photographed several hundred vacation rental virtual tours in over 30 states.  Take a look at our Charleston virtual tours and others in our gallery and you will see that our experience makes a difference.

To learn more about our vacation rental photography and virtual tours or to ask for a quote, visit us at our website below or give us a call.

 


Private Label Your Virtual Tours

Can I Host My Own 360 Virtual Tours? Yes you can!
If you are currently a virtual tour business owner, then you know that creating your own brand and marketing is extremely important.

All 360 Virtual Tours created with the RTV virtual tour software system are hosted directly on our servers by default, but we do offer two very unique options that other virtual tour companies just don’t offer.

Remote Host – The RTV virtual tour software system was designed so you can always say “Yes!” when asked if your virtual tours can do something.  With our remote host solution you can literally host all of your virtual tour productions on your own server.  This will however require a bit of extra work on your part as you’ll need FTP access to your server and you’ll want to have a basic understanding of HTML and web design.  A Remote Host version of your virtual tour is alwasy available to you in your deliverables section of your virtual tour manager.  Be advised however that when offering a remote host version of the virtual tour the virtual tour owner will not receive weekly traffic reports and they will also not be able to make fast updates to the virtual tour production.

MyBrand – Something great that can help you personalize your virtual tours and still get all the bells and whistles is to use the RTV MyBrand feature. Using our MyBrand feature, users will have the ability to direct traffic to a designated website allowing you to promote your virtual tour business and website.

This useful feature is great for any virtual tour business who would like to create a gallery of their best work and host it on their own website, while using their brand name. So instead of having your tours played through the default fusion URL, you can customize to specifically match your own domain. Any webmaster can utilize this option by simply navigating to MyBrand section located in the Settings tab of your Fusion virtual tour manager account. Just follow the easy steps and make the correct changes within your web host dashboard.

To show you a great example of MyBrand, visit this BlueLavaMedia virtual tour –
http://tours.bluelavamedia.com/74589

As you can see, the virtual tour is private labeled to match the BlueLaVaMedia look and feel right down to the virtual tour URL. Focusing on the Internet to market your business is a huge part of what determines a successful virtual tour company. Do not overlook this great option that is available to you and take advantage of it today!

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


Holiday Virtual Tour Marketing Pieces Released!

This month the www.RockPointeMarketing.com team brings you some very powerful, customizable virtual tour marketing pieces that you can immediately download, customize and integrate into your marketing campaign.

First we start things off with the piece featured here to the left.  This is our all new virtual tour provider office handout.  This is a wonderful two page glossy flyer that bullet points your most powerful virtual tour software features available to you as an RTV virtual tour provider. 

This piece also lets you add some basic pricing information regarding your services and finally show off your coverage area on the bottom of page two! Simple yet very effective for letting people know why they should choose your virtual tour company over the others and give you a try.

Next up we have three unique pieces for you to choose from here for the holidays and Winter months. All three pieces allow for full customization and are professionally made to showcase your virtual tour window and highlight a winter or holiday special.

In the case of www.BlueLaVaMedia.com you can see they have elected to run a “Winter Warmer Six Pack”.  Feel free to get creative with these virtual tour marketing pieces and run your own specials.  Be sure to report back and let us know how these work out for you.


We’re currently working very hard to overhaul all of our old virtual tour marketing pieces.  Please be patient while we update the hundreds of items back in your marketing center.

Login to your www.rockpointemarketing.com account now to snag these new pieces!!

As always, let us know what you need, what you think you could use in
the field and what we can do for you to make your more successful.
Remember, we’re in this together!

Sincerely,

Team RTV-RPM

RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training
Order a virtual tour today: 866-947-8687


How to Market Your Virtual Tour Business

So you have all of the right photography gear, a great virtual tour business name, and have some happy clients, but how do you market properly to gain new customers?

Marketing is crucial for any type of business and is especially important when dealing with a virtual tour company that’s managed online. There are many ways to market your virtual tour business in both the online and offline world.

This blog post will cover the online marketing strategies. Let’s go through some of the most reliable and successful methods.

Online Marketing Methods
    When running a virtual tour business, the Internet can be your best friend because this is how everyone is viewing your information and virtual tours. Following the provided tips will help you take advantage of every angle within Internet marketing.

1.    Create solid performing 360 virtual tours and build up a great looking portfolio. Choosing the wrong virtual tour software from very start is very dangerous and could damage your reputation early on. Show your clients and visitors your best work so that you can gain positive interest. Amazing looking and sounding tours will ensure that your work is shared with others online creating an effective launch.

2.    Create a virtual tour business website/blog to market your business and brand name. Having your own personal image online will show that you are serious about the virtual tour business. Blogging and writing new articles frequently will keep your website fresh and full of rich content. This is great for search engines!  If you are quiet you will not be heard.

3.    Build an e-mail list. By allowing visitors to input their e-mail address and subscribe to your news and updates, you are growing your business and client list. This is a great way to share information, get feedback, and market your business to everyone in the list. The bigger, the better!

4.    Distribute press releases. Writing a press release is a great way to get information out to the public everywhere and also in your targeted area. There are lots of free press release websites that can be used for this marketing method. Try publishing one a month and see if it helps your virtual tour business.

5.    Learn from your competitors. Research online and see what your competition is up to. Get a feel for what is going on in your area and see how you can provide the areas BEST VIRTUAL TOUR SERVICE.

6.    Offer discounts and deals. Offering deals is a great way to drive up sales and find new customers for your business. Try running a promotion for a month and keep an eye on sales.

7.    Become active on social media. Social media is the largest growing online business and is very important to be a part of. Become a member of the top social media websites and share your business news, virtual tours, photography, and more with your fans and followers. This is a sure way to gain new interest in your business and connect with your audience.

8.    Try advertising campaigns. There are plenty of advertising campaigns online. Some include Google and Facebook, where you can set a budget and pay to have your ad displayed to a large range of people. You can specifically target the audience that sees your ad to achieve the best results. Try finding targeted real estate websites that offer advertising space because this can convert even better.

9.    Focus on your business website’s SEO (Search Engine Optimization) where you can fine tune your website so that search engines can find it better. RTV has many amazing shows to help you get started at www.rockpointemarketing.com

10.    List your virtual tour business on popular directories such as Google Plus Local, Bing, Yahoo, etc. Your business can be added to most online directories for free and you may even find great paid services to help you become listed on all of the popular ones.

So as you can see, there are plenty of great ways to market your virtual tour business online. Now, next time you think “Just how to market my virtual tour business?” you will be on top of it and ready to go! Good luck and happy marketing!

RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training
http://www.RealTourVision.com
Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687