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RealTour Fusion Closer Than Ever!

Hello RTV fans and virtual tour providers from across the globe! I know that we’ve been off the radar for the last ninety days with regards to having regular talk shows and sending out emails to you, but trust me; we’ve been working VERY hard to create for you the most amazing, easy to use, and impressive virtual tour system in the world!

We’re very close now. Many of you who are not following the progress on our Facebook account will be very happy to know that on Jan 16th we entered into an internal beta process and pushed back hard. No, we pushed back extremely hard and asked for several hundred changes in the new virtual tour system. We knew this would inevitably push back our launch date but getting the system to our virtual tour providers formed tightly around our vision is very important. 

By February 10th we had made enough changes that we were able to bring in some of our top virtual tour providers as focus group members. This small group had an opportunity to get a hands-on-experience with the new 360 tour system and of course, supply feedback to us. The feedback we received helped tremendously and so far has been very positive in nature. On February 24th we were able to officially enter into an open beta environment. We’ve now got about 100 RTV virtual tour providers playing with the new system. We’ve still got many edits, updates and changes that we’re looking to take effect, but overall the new system is headed in the right direction and the number of changes is limited.

 Presently, we’re expecting to see the birth of the new Fusion Mobile Tour later this week. This will be a very special delivery since it’s one of the last pieces we need in place to take the system live. Yes! That’s right, we’re very close now! Even though we’ve still got some edits on our bug list we feel that next week we’ll have a good idea as to when we’re going to kill the beta server and take the new virtual tour system live into the cloud. When this happens we’ll be scheduling our first 2012 webinar and will be holding those once again on a monthly basis. In fact, we’re also adding a new show this year that will be held weekly revolving around social media marketing training!

We’ve put some sample Fusion tours below for you to look at. Please keep in mind that these are running off a single server here in Traverse City and for our beta testing we’ve limited the resolution. The images will be larger in the live environment and the tours will undoubtedly run at a much faster pace. Please also note that some of these tours have been branded to the photographer while others have not. It’s all possible in Fusion!

Hotel Sample:

Real Estate Sample:

Apartment Sample:

We’ll be staffing up here at our global headquarters to help you move your existing virtual tour accounts over to the Fusion system. Our goal is to have this process 100% completed before our trade show in May. For those of you who have tour credits on the current system that you would like to bring over to Fusion, we’ll be doing this for you during the rollover process. You will also be able to use the old system, make changes to tours and use up tour credits on the current system for quite some time. We don’t plan on killing those servers any time soon and that is several years out

Jacque will be putting the finishing touches on the RTV Convention that’s coming up here May 4th – the 6th. If you have not yet registered please do so now:

We look forward to seeing you here in beautiful Traverse City!

Finally, please watch out for emails as the event gets closer. April is going to be a very crazy month around here my friends. Keep your eyes on your inbox, get ready for the return of The IMAGE and The FORMULA, prepare for the RTV Convention, and most importantly I hope you’re all ready for Fusion. It’s going to blow your mind!

Thanks for your support.

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training

Woodstock Ontario Canada Virtual Tours

Up n Close Virtual Tours is located in Woodstock, Ontario Canada. We have been part of the RTV family since May of 2010. Since that time we have grown from doing just a few tours a month to be doing five to nine tours a day!! When we started out, we would drive about 20 minutes away from the office to photograph and create the the Virtual Tours for Realtors. Today we drive upto 1 ½ hours away from the office to produce the Virtual Tours for a growing list of agents who have found our services to be invaluable.

Currently some of the communities that we service are Port Dover, Simcoe, Tillsonburg, Norwich, Delhi, Aylmer, St Thomas, Port Stanley, Port Burwell, Long Point, Port Rowan, London ,Thamesford, Strathroy and yes even Woodstock and Ingersoll.  What is setting us apart from any of the other virtual tour providers that we are up against is our willingness to work with the agent and our friendly courteous service. When we show up onsite we install a sign rider on the agents sign post that advertises that fact that an UP N Close Virtual Tour has been done on this property and that sign has a Quick Reference (QR) code on the rider as well. Our website is mobile friendly ready just as our virtual tours.

After we have completed the photo shoot of the subject property we edit and burn the images to disc and leave them with the agent or the agent’s brokerage before we leave the community. This one feature alone is attracting clients. The images on the disc have also been sized for MLS and for their company website, this eliminating the agent or the admin staff from having to size the photos themselves. Just another way, we are lessening the load for the agent.  When the office finished the virtual tour later that evening and the virtual tour goes online, we post the virtual tours to our Facebook page as well as twitter and Linked In.

We belong to many groups on Linked In that are related to Realestate and we post to each of them for our clients.  Our price point is comparable to our competition, but with our value added services Up N Close is the clear choice for those agents that want more for their money. When virtual tours are posted to the Up N Close website the same photos that were used to produce the slideshow are also available online as thumb nails for potential purchasers to browse through quickly, NO PHOTO LIMIT HERE.

Some may ask and many have already. How has Up N Close managed to get so far in such a short period of time? We had been invited last year to a course for Century 21 agents where they were learning how to be better agents, how to close the deals quicker among other  things. The course was once a week for nine week and I attended every week. I socialized with agents and the instructor instructed them to use our virtual tour services and from there we have grown by word or mouth and having made presentations are other brokerages in many of the communities that I have already mentioned.

Up N Close is very excited for the Fusion virtual tour system to come on stream and be the new standard that Virtual Tour companies will be measured against. The agents that I have shown this new system to are so excited to be one of the first out of the gate showcasing their listings with this superior product.

Congratulations to RTV for their dedication and hard work towards what will prove to be the best upgrade to date. Up N Close is located in Woodstock, Ontario part of South Western Ontario about 6 hours by car from Traverse City Michigan. Go RTV!

Up N Close
Glen Farrell
Woodstock Ontario Virtual Tours
Order a virtual tour: 519-532-7763

The FORMULA 60 – MagicPlan Floor Plan Maker

Did you know…

53% of buyers are more likely to spend time looking at a listing if a floor plan was included

80% of buyers think floor plans are essential before looking at a property

Over the last two years we’ve looked at many floor plan technologies as a group.  Many of you have adopted these technologies into your property marketing company and others have passed up floor plans simply because they take too long to create. 

The new RTV Virtual Tour System coming online soon will accept a fully integrated floor plan and we thought it would be a good idea to showcase some of the latest floor plan capture technology to really give your virtual tour business a BOOST in 2012.

Enter MagicPlan, the first iPhone / Android “Scan & Plan” app based floor plan solution that’s truly a time saver like never before. Using MagicPlan is as simple as taking a picture with your phone.  Watch this video and see how easy this is:  and here’s the results:

Please join myself and  Jacques Gaubil on Tuesday, November 8th at 7:00 Eastern time while we discuss how this program works, why you might consider trying it out and of course a special discount given to RTV providers who sign up for MagicPlan.  We hope to see you there RTV!

Register for this show now in your TMS

Yours Sincerely,


RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Tools