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Happy Holidays & SYSTEM-WIDE Updates From RTV

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It’s been a VERY productive year over here at RTV and being that it’s the holiday season we have MUCH to celebrate. For those of you that keep up with us in our Facebook group, you see our regular posts as we launch new marketing tools, products, and features. For everyone else out there that’s too busy or have not kept up with all of our product launches and enhancements over the last five months you’re encouraged to review this blog post in its entirety as it contains a complete summary of all RTV virtual tour software updates since August of 2019.

Before going over the update list below, please take a minute and check out the massive improvements that have been made to our core technology here at RTV by clicking a few of the links below:

3 New Property Site Layouts:

Centauri Layout – https://fusion.realtourvision.com/s/8176-Lakeside-Trl-Williamsburg-MI-49690-1866756

Anvil Layout – https://fusion.realtourvision.com/s/7734-Elk-Tip-Dr-Rapid-City-MI-49676-1862721

Tyche – https://fusion.realtourvision.com/s/850507

New Virtual Tours Skin Introduced:

Still Photos Tour With Fusion Slim Carousel – https://fusion.realtourvision.com/703969

Mixed Media Tour With Fusion Slim Carousel – https://tours.bluelavamedia.com/391092

Impressive right??!! Now that you’ve seen the really slick front end stuff which is what keeps your customers coming back to you, I would encourage all of you to review the list below as many of these items will put more money in your pockets in 2020. There are some BIG lead generating items below as well as several new revenue boosters that you can start offering to your customers immediately.

“Looking into early 2020, RTV customers can expect Stripe integration for payment collection, payment collection before image download, photography only job scheduling and delivery, improved Fusion default settings for faster tour creation time, and more.”

Fusion Manager Updates:

11-27-19
RTV Launches FusionSite – We are VERY proud to announce FusionSite, RTV’s Property Website Maker. FusionSite allows our users to generate gorgeous individual property websites with the click of a mouse. Our new property sites come with the purchase of any virtual tour credit and will be available as branded and non-branded in the deliverables sections in your TMS. The property sites are fully responsive, playback streaming video and support embedded content such as Matterport productions or 4K YouTube videos.

11-7-2019
New Winter Backgrounds – We have added five new Winter backgrounds in the themes/backgrounds section for our users in the Northern parts of the world. These stylish backgrounds are available as tour backgrounds as well as themes. Enjoy!

10-4-2019
Google Analytics & Facebook Pixel Support Added – This update to our virtual tour system is simply a marketer’s dream come true! You can now drop google analytics and facebook pixel code directly into your productions for even deeper tracking and remarketing. If you have a customer that would like to have their code on the productions as well, no problem! RTV’s Fusion system is capable of handling your code, the broker’s code, the agent’s code and the owner. No marketing left behind! To get started click on “Profile” then on “Tracking Codes” from within your virtual tour manager. Happy Marketing!

9-17-2019
New 2020 HotSheet Code – Power users that are using Fusion’s virtual tour RSS feeds to automatically blog or to generate email blasts are sure to love our new 2020 HotSheet. A HotSheet is a list of your most recent real estate virtual tour productions that get sent out to your customer base as you create new tours. We’ve taken into consideration that 50% – 70% of the recipients will be looking at the HotSheet email message from a mobile device. Our new improved HotSheet is clean, responsive, and very user-friendly. Have a look at the resulting email message here. If you’re interested in creating a HotSheet for your business you will need an email client such as Aweber first. Users may access their HotSheet code from the Fusion Manager by clicking on “FSD”, followed by “Tours”, then on “Map Code, RSS Feed” on the right. In 2019 the HotSheet was the second-largest source of leads for BlueLaVaMedia next to the affiliate logo on the tours.

8-10-2019
New “Take a Tour” Buttons – We have added twenty new and modernized “Take a Tour” buttons. Those adding a production to a website via our “Tour Button” code will like some of the new choices of buttons that we now have. To set your default tour button, log into your tour manager and click on “Settings”, “Resource Pool”, “Button Pool” and choose a new and modern button as your default tour button!

Tour Player Updates:

11-27-19
Audio AutoPlay Improvements – Making sure that audio auto-plays on both our tours as well as our new property sites is very important. It is also however up to each browser and dependant on a multitude of factors such as how often a user has been to a domain and interacted with it. Our users should immediately see improvements with their virtual tours and property sites auto-playing audio as long as they have been to the particular domain twenty times and have clicked on allow audio 20% of the time or greater. Since this is a moving target and different with each browser users should expect it to continually change.

10-4-2019
New Responsive Tour Players Launched – RTV is committed to having the World’s BEST virtual tour players and technology available to professional photographers. This latest round of updates puts our HTML 5 tour players well ahead of the pack. Our new sleek tour designs provide a modern look and feel and work better than ever across all mobile devices. This update to Fusion Experience and Fusion Slim includes the following:

  • The ability to add an image carousel to Fusion Slim – See Example
  • We took this opportunity to give Fusion Slim some additional features such as lead capture, language translation, password protection, scene descriptions, and tools.
  • Fusion Slim’s dropdown menu can now be turned on or off via the Tour Options menu.
  • The Tools button on both tour players can also now be turned on or off from the Tour Options menu.
  • Users will notice that both virtual tour players have a slightly faster image fade time when moving from one scene to the next and we have maximized the efficiency of both tour players to gain even more impressive virtual tour load time – Check it Out
  • This update gave both tour players updated status banners (sold, pending, etc.), the ability to add a drop shadow to both the scene titles and scene descriptions, new modern hotspot caption bubbles, improved language translation, and the carousel now automatically dips down on mobile devices for the maximum viewing area.

Once again, Happy Holidays to you and thank you so much for your continued support. Give us a call or email us with any questions that you may have. If you would like guidance as to how to implement or market any of these new items please don’t hesitate to ask. All of these powerful marketing tools are what make you look your best and secure the most business in your market. As we kick off the new year, look for amazing things to continue coming from RTV and prepare yourself for a very special announcement!

Sincerely,

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services

866-947-8687

 

 


RTV Launches FusionSite with 3 Unique Property Website Layouts

We are very excited to announce the beta release of our new FusionSite, which includes three unique single property website layouts! These new property sites have a clean, and modern look to them, are fully responsive, playback full-motion video, allow for the embedding of third-party content such as Matterport, Vimeo, YouTube, etc, and best of all they are included with the purchase of a $12 tour credit. FusionSite is expected to remain in beta for the first week of December as final edits, enhancements, and adjustments are made.

Explore the three new layouts:

Centauri:
https://fusion.realtourvision.com/s/8176-Lakeside-Trl-Williamsburg-MI-49690-1866756

Anvil:
https://fusion.realtourvision.com/s/7734-Elk-Tip-Dr-Rapid-City-MI-49676-1862721

Tyche:
https://tours.bluelavamedia.com/s/9313-Kingsfield-Dr-Kingsley-MI-49649-1869614

RTV users can start using this new feature now by clicking on FusionSite from the “Additional Services” area of the Fusion virtual tour manager. FusionSite replaces RTV’s MacroSEO Site feature; however the original layout is still available to users who wish to continue delivering it. Like its predecessor, FusionSite layouts will run on the RTV domain, any MyBrand domain, and of course any custom domains (www.xyz.com) purchased through Fusion.

As we wrap up our year here at RTV, please be on the lookout for one more round of technology updates and announcements. Looking into early 2020, RTV customers can expect Stripe integration for payment collection, payment collection before image download, photography only job scheduling and delivery, improved Fusion default settings for faster tour creation time, and more. We have a bustling road ahead of us, but because of your loyalty to our brand we are not slowing down anytime soon. Please be sure to write in and thank the developers at RTV who make these continual product enhancements possible.

Single Property Website

 

Visit your tour manager now and explore – https://manage.realtourvision.com

Thanks for your support and Happy Holidays!

Team RTV


Virtual Tour Software Updates – July 2019 Update

Hello and good afternoon RTV fans! It looks like 2019 is shaping up to be one of the busiest years on record. I know that many of you are also saying the same thing out there with your photography and virtual tour businesses. That’s fantastic! Keep up the great work and we appreciate your support and dedication. BlueLaVaMedia is going to the moon and back on new business and we attribute much of that to our new BOOST Marketing office pitch that you might have heard about by now. In the days to come, I will be sending out a message to you all with a step by step guide that will help you stand out in your market and grow your business faster by harnessing WOM marketing. More on that later though. Stay tuned!

The programming team here has a lot of great things cooking for you, and we even have some great surprises that are yet to come this summer. Let’s take a look at the latest changes that you will find the next time you log into your RTV Virtual Tour Software system.

Those of you that would like to watch our latest technology update feel free to watch the video below.

Branded Tours on Portal Sites: There’s nothing more important than having your brand on your virtual tours. From your name in the URL to your logo on the end productions. It’s all a vital part of you spreading the word about your unique services and amazing photography business. That’s why we decided it was time that the national portal sites (Realtor.com, Homes.com, Movoto.com, Redfin, Zillow.com, and others) pulled up the branded virtual tours and not the non-branded. Even though the national real estate portals pull directly from the MLS, your branded virtual tours will appear on those sites. Be sure to let your customers know about this noteworthy change in virtual tour behavior. Branding is EVERYTHING!

AstroZoom Property Lines: So Property lines have been a HUGE seller over at BlueLaVaMedia. About a third of our aerial drone orders coming in are ordering Enhanced Property Lines. It might be our best add-on for 2019 next to our Exposure Engine. Because of the interest level, we decided to bring you the same type of service for your AstroZooms at RTV! You can now add property lines to your AstroZoom videos for only $5.00!

TinyTurls Now Secure: We have trained most of our customers to encourage the directing of traffic from print to digital so it was essential for us to secure the TinyTurl short printable link via HTTPS. If you notice that your customers are utilizing your photography for print marketing, you should take that opportunity and educate them on our TinyTurls link that is nice and short for print marketing and redirects to your online virtual tour. From print to digital is where it’s at!

Social Media Video Files: More local real estate professionals and business owners than ever are asking for short videos that they can use on Instagram and Facebook. The RTV Video Ripper is great for making videos out of your production but it’s not able to support short clips from your video files or custom transitions just yet. In light of this, we thought it would be a good idea to offer a new product to you in the form of a custom Social Media Video file. Our social media video file is 1 minute because that’s the limitation of Instagram and studies also show that 45% of people stop watching a video after the one minute point. Whether you want to use Fusion to make your short Social Media videos or have us do it, this is something that you need to start offering! The custom social media video files can now be ordered directly from RTV for $12 each from your video promotion section. See how we make your social media video file here – https://youtu.be/2LAt24sQ_0k

Ask Alex Webinar: We have launched a new weekly training show called “Ask Alex”. This is a show for anyone and everyone that would like to learn a little more about our Fusion virtual tour hosting platform. If you would like to register for this webinar-based show, log into your virtual tour manager and click on the little blue ? (question mark) in the lower right corner. From there you can register. The show runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 11:00 AM Eastern. We hope to see you there so you can ask Alex!

Keep your eyes peeled for many more system updates to come team. We’re currently in the middle of a full re-write to our system. After we finish, we’ll be announcing a brand new Single Property Website Layout as well as a new RTV Client Center 2.0.

The upgraded Client Center will take our existing private-labeled login and kick it to the next level. For starters, you will enjoy full integration with Stripe. This means you’ll be able to have your customers pay before they download your photos. The Client Center will also support a much-needed photographer scheduling system which will allow your customers to book online without having to speak with you. We’ll take mileage fees and travel time into consideration as well. We will even allow for photo only scheduling since so many of you do hundreds of photo only jobs each month.

In addition to these two bigger ticket items above, please note that we will continue to make the overall virtual tour building process much more streamlined for you by implementing smart settings and system-wide/profile defaults which equates to fewer clicks for you and faster tour creation time. Thanks for checking in for our technology update and get ready for more coming soon!

Check out these updates now in your RTV Virtual Tour Software Manager – https://manage.RealTourVision.com

Thanks for your support!

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services

Order a Virtual Tour – 866-947-8687

www.RealTourVision.com

 

 


Virtual Tour Software Updates – 1080 Adaptive Streaming, 360 Video Support, & More!

Spring is officially here and with it comes blue skies, green grass and for our customers & followers, it also comes with a LOT of virtual tour software updates.  We’ve been trying to find the time to get a change log, blog and software update video out but with so much going on it kept getting put on the back burner.  Here we are now with a larger than usual software update email for you all.  Let’s get started!

Those of you that would prefer to watch a video overview of this update feel free to watch the video below.

All others read on!

Adaptive 1080 Video Streaming: We’re beyond excited to officially announce the release of our 1080 Adaptive Video Streaming to our virtual tour software that just went live here in April. Customers that utilize our virtual tour hosting system for aerial drone photography and home walkthrough videos will LOVE this update the most! RTV’s adaptive streaming technology is like no other being used in our industry at this time. Not only is the video crisp and clear across all devices and tablets but it’s also very fast loading and streamed to you in 1080 quality.  This is a huge improvement over our older 720 technology that did not load as fast, play as smoothly, and autoplay on devices.

Users will notice right away that the videos will autoplay on devices without the need to press a “Play” button.  We have also introduced an innovative “Play Head” that allows users to interact, skip ahead, or go back to key locations in the video.  Locations within the video are identified by using preview thumbnails very similar to that of “Netflix” and other advanced streaming services. Those of you with a keen eye will also notice that we have added in a nice transition as you go to and from video scenes. I the previous version, our virtual tour player added in a black empty space that did not flow with the rest of the production.  The newly introduced transition will also be customizable soon with the release of our new Theming Update that is coming out next!

Finally, our customers can rest assured that anyone on a fast 3G and higher connection will be able to watch the video in 1080.  Those on slower connections will be served up a smaller 720 or 480 video size.  Our new Adaptive streaming technology allows us to serve up a video experience for everyone in every corner of the web! We look forward to hearing your feedback and seeing your beautiful productions come through here this summer in 1080!  Please note that video files uploaded to Fusion prior to this update will need to be removed and re-uploaded / re-encoded to take advantage of this streaming update.  If you see the small white “Gear” on your virtual tour to select a quality you can rest assured that your video is new enough to take advantage of our streaming technology.

See our adaptive streaming technology in action by viewing these virtual tours – https://tours.bluelavamedia.com/164406  and https://tours.robertharveyphoto.com/809285

New 360 Video Support: With the release of adaptive video streaming we thought we would surprise you all by adding in support for 360 videos.  360 video is an up and coming technology that is currently not being used as much as traditional video but has the potential to gain popularity as time goes on. We are anxiously waiting to see what our customers will do with this unique technology.  If you add 360 Video into your productions please be sure to send your creative work to us so we can take a look at how you’re utilizing 360 video in our virtual tour software.

New Email Traffic Reports: While we were not planning on overhauling the E-mail version of the Seller’s Report this last month we were forced to because of changes that Google made to their API.  We completely revamped how our weekly virtual tour traffic reports look as well as how they are sent out.  The new reports will send 25 times faster on an upgraded database and will show up in agents inboxes on time and with an entirely new look and feel.  We’re very happy with the new colors, stats, and layout.  Tell us what you think – https://fusion.realtourvision.com/report/trafficreport-email.php?tourid=881108

Faster Video & Image Processing: Those of you that upload videos or panoramas to our server have already been commenting on how fast the videos and panoramas are processing these days.  That’s because we’ve greatly improved the back end threading that handles these processes as well as migrated all of the “heavy lifting” to another server.  With this intense processing removed from the management server, you don’t feel the weight of hundreds of others creating virtual tours at the same time, and you’ll feel an overall boost in the virtual tour manager speed.

Lightning-Fast Media Deletion: Image processing is not the only thing that we’ve made super fast on the tour manager.  Now when you’re in your media manager and you want to remove a panorama, a still photo or a video you’ll notice that you can delete those unwanted scenes instantly.  We’re very happy to announce to you that there is no more waiting ten to twenty seconds to remove a batch of images or a video file.

Improved Spherical Panorama Playback: In preparation for taking the RTV system to a full-on “Walkthrough Virtual Tour” type system we were aware of some playback issues when loading a spherical panorama.  Those issues have been resolved and now the playback in both the Fusion Experience and Fusion Slim virtual tour players are seamless and without a black space or uncomfortable delay which was present in the previous build. Those of you that would like to see a Walkthrough Virtual Tour on RTV’s platform check out this winery virtual tour that we recently photographed – https://fusion.realtourvision.com/847718

New QR Code Generator: Our new QR code generator works much like our previous one did except now we have greatly extended the upper limit of the QR code generated to be several thousand pixels tall. We have made this change to allow for the printing of a QR code on larger signs and billboards.

Buttons Now Tour Options: By popular demand, we have made renamed and relocated the “Buttons” section of the tour manager.  This section is now called Tour Options and is located under the “Manage” section. We left the word “Buttons” next to it for the time being while you get used to its new name and new locations but please be advised that we will soon be calling this section “Tour Options”.

We live to program new virtual tour software features for you every few weeks. Stay tuned for more AMAZING updates to come in 2019!!  Thank you all for your dedication to our brand and loyalty.  You Stand Out with RTV!

Sincerely,

Team RTV

Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687

https://www.RealTourVision.com


RTV Announces HTTPS Secure Private Labeled Virtual Tours

We are very excited to give HTTPS Secure virtual tours to the entire network of virtual tour providers, aerial drone pilots and professional photographers using the RTV virtual tour software platform. While the RTV branded virtual tour links have been HTTPS secure for well over a year now, our MyBrand or “Private Labeled” virtual tour links have been HTTP.

HTTPS is vital in the virtual tour world not only when it comes to embedding a virtual tour into a secure website but it’s also vital when it comes to how our weekly virtual tour traffic reports track and record data from referral sites. See Example Tour – https://tours.bluelavamedia.com/322313  and corresponding virtual tour traffic report – https://fusion.realtourvision.com/report/trafficreport.php?tourid=322313 

We live to program new virtual tour software and features for you every few weeks. Stay tuned for some AMAZING updates to hit in February of 2019!  Thank you all for your dedication to our brand and loyalty.  You Stand Out with RTV!

 

Team RTV
RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services
Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687