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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 System Updates – Seamless Matterport, YouTube, Vimeo & Third Party Embed!

Hello there and thanks for checking in here for our virtual tour technology updates. Our programming team has been bustling over the last several days working on bringing our HTML 5 player out of Beta and into full production mode. We are so close now! Tyler has a few more fixes to address as well as wrap up our Floor Plans and we will officially call our Fusion SLIM HTML 5 player done. You are going to love the new Floor Plan deployment on HTML 5 too by the way. We will be offering you three ways to experience Fusion floor plans ranging from an overlay on the image as we have now, to a pull out from the side of the tour window, and finally, we will introduce to you an all-new split screen look. It’s going to be awesome! Russ is in the process of wrapping up Fusion Experience in HTML 5 and then he and Tyler are off to integrate Fusion Site! (What is Fusion Site??? — You will have to wait and see!!)  Watch the video below to see some of these updates in action!

Here’s a full list of virtual tour software updates that hit last week:

Improved HTML 5 Playback / Transition – A new and highly improved transition was introduced to the HTML 5 virtual tour player as well as a more advanced Pre-loader to assist on slower 3G and 4G connections. Check it out – http://fusion.realtourvision.com/tour.php?tourid=704119&html5=1 

Seamless Third Party Embed – Calling all Matterport and Aerial Drone Operators!!! Are you looking to embed third party content into the Fusion player so you can take advantage of music, narration, weekly traffic reports and all the other bells and whistles that Fusion has to offer? Our latest update to “Embed Third Party Media” finally delivers it all! The team has taken the leap to a full seamless integration of third-party media. We encourage you all to embed your Matterport productions, HD Youtube or Vimeo videos, Google Streetview tours or even 360 video! Here is a tour example with Matterport integration – http://fusion.realtourvision.com/tour.php?tourid=932387&html5=1 & here is a virtual tour with an embedded Aerial Drone video – http://fusion.realtourvision.com/tour.php?tourid=469165&html5=1

Older Apple iOS support for sounds – We are proud to now support all of our virtual tour sounds including music and narrations on legacy iOS versions.

Ken Burns Improvements -We have improved Ken Burns transitions yet again for both desktop and on mobile devices.  If you have not yet taken a look at our new Ken Burns on mobile you really should!  It’s a setting in your buttons editor that is currently defaulting to off. Try it out today!

Stay tuned team and thank you all for your support! It’s been a great year full of virtual tour software updates and new tech. The year is not over yet!! Some of the very best is yet to roll out here in the fourth quarter. It’s your support and dedication to our brand that allows us to remain so competitive.

Sincerely,

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services

Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687


Virtual Tour Technology Update & Image Quality Improvements

RTV virtual tour software company is pleased to announce that as of 8/9/16 we have launched new code that drastically increases the image quality settings of still images throughout the entire RTV system. 

While the release of the new Fusion system is still being programmed we were able to take some of the pieces and easily place them into the existing Fusion virtual tour system.  This update is one of many new updates that we will be releasing this summer to the existing system before the launch of the new Fusion system. 

We highly encourage all of you to review the changes below and please report back to us with your thoughts.  Please keep in mind that these changes will ONLY apply to NEW virtual tours and the images that you upload to the system. You may notice a slight increase in the processing time after you have uploaded your images. This is a very minor increase and the results are definitely worth the trade off. Be sure that you base all feedback on new tours that you create. We’re quite confident that you like what we’ve got in store for you!

Here’s a short summary of the many areas of Fusion that are impacted by today’s update:

Image & Tour Thumbnails – You will quickly see that all of the virtual tour thumbnails throughout the entire system are much cleaner, easier to see, sharper and overall just MUCH better.  You will quickly notice this when you’re sorting your scenes, looking at your RSS feeds, viewing images from within your virtual tour gallery or maps and any other areas in the system that use smaller versions of your uploaded images. This will also apply to the thumbnails on the Fusion Experience player within the carousel. Overall all thumbnails in the system now look awesome!

Image Delivery Engine – The Fusion Image Delivery Engine (https://gyazo.com/3cb58c2ed25277b3b83be400b75de312) has also been given a very nice upgrade.  For those of you that were using third party services to send your high resolution images to your customers, we encourage you to test out the newly improved images from our Image Delivery Engine on your next order.  We’ve given you 300 DPI quality and we’re confident that you will not see any loss in quality form what you upload to Fusion to what you’re delivering to your customer.  We’re giving you the very same quality settings that we use when we deliver images to our national photography accounts. 


Fusion Virtual Tours – The images within the Fusion virtual tours will be noticeably cleaner and sharper.  You will also be happy to know that we were able to keep the overall size (MB) of the files the same and often smaller than what they were before so our overall file size has not increased at all with this increase in quality!


All Other Images – Any other places that are not listed above that display a resized image from Fusion such as your Single Property Website, your E-Brochure, Agent or Broker Gallery pages will all be positively impacted by this update to our system. 

What about Fusion Flyers?
OK great question and we knew that you were searching for that!  Tom is very close to updating that part of the code too that will give you higher quality images for your printable flyers. We currently expect this to come within a week or so.  Get ready for GREATLY improved printable flyers from Fusion real soon!!


What’s the update on the new Fusion player?
Glad you asked!  We’re VERY close to giving all of our customers a new end user experience like never before, across all devices.  RTV is moving to one player VS having a separate player for mobile and desktop.  The Fusion Virtual Tour experience will be consistent from desktop to mobile devices.

Get ready for:
• A completely identical experience from desktop to mobile
• Audio & Narrations on mobile
• Floor Plans on mobile
• Hot Spots on mobile
• Lead Capture on mobile
• Affiliates on Mobile
• Faster Mobile and Desktop Virtual Tour Load Time (A LOT FASTER)
• Seamless 3rd Party Embed function for YouTube, Vimeo, MatterPort (No More Pop Up)

We’ll be keeping you posted as we progress on this front team!!  We know you’ll love it. 

When will the new Fusion system be out?
That’s actually a very tough question to answer.  We’re allocating more resources towards the rewrite of Fusion 2.0 than we did for Fusion’s original programming endeavor. We now have two fulltime (in-house) engineers working on Fusion in addition to the efforts of Tom and his team to help bring this puppy to close.  We are anticipating a release sometime early next year.  The good news is that Tom and Ken have done a great job growing and stabilizing the system.  They’ve increased overall speed of the system and when this is done we’ll have a very stable virtual tour hosting platform from which we can continue to build off of.

In Summary:
There’s a LOT going on over here and we appreciate all of your continued support and dedication to our brand.  Please keep sending your suggestions and ideas! We can’t promise we will be able to make them all happen, but we are always looking for new ideas to help us offer the most feature rich virtual tour platform on the market.

 

Sincerely,

Team RTV
Virtual Tour Software & Property Marketing Tools
Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687


San Antonio Virtual Tour Company Achieves RTV T4 Status!

RTV is very proud to announce our latest T4 virtual tour provider, Alamo Area Virtual Tours. Alamo Area Virtual Tours is a locally owned and operated San Antonio, TX virtual tour company and was formed by James Hoback to promote San Antonio Realtors, as well as Uvalde, Eagle Pass and hill country Realtors’ listings on the world scene of internet marketing.

James Hoback, founder and president has this to say, “I realized that houses don’t sell themselves until potential clients see them. And as in all things, first impressions are lasting impressions. If a house does now show well online it is going to remain on the market for a long time.

With that in mind, and having property to sell myself, research showed how people were ‘seeing’ houses. What was found were a lot of poor photographs and very few San Antonio Virtual Tours. More research led me to believe that the internet and especially virtual tours were the up and coming technology that would change the world of real estate marketing. Based on that, I decided to become the foremost San Antonio Virtual Tour provider in the 150 mile radius of San Antonio.”

James understands that being the number one San Antonio Virtual Tour photographer requires keeping ahead in the virtual tour technology department. Alamo Area Virtual Tours exists to help market properties more efficiently and with a wider audience.

With Alamo Area Virtual Tours as your personal assistant on a per listing basis you get a valued partner, not just for your photos and a virtual tour, but for weekly traffic reports, lead capture tools, single property websites, and amazing syndication to the leading real estate portal sites.

Alamo Area Virtual Tours is centrally located in the Medical Center Area of San Antonio. Our slogan is ‘LET US DO OUR BEST TO SHOW YOUR BEST!’

We look forward to working with you on your next listing soon.

San Antonio Texas-virtual-tour-company
Sincerely,

Jim Hoback
Owner – L’oeil L’esprit
Order a virtual tour today: 210-888-7267
San Antonio Virtual Tours


Albuquerque Virtual Tour Company Achieves RTV T4 Status!



We’re very proud to announce our latest T4 virtual tour photographer, Dale Hart owner and operator of DragonFly 360 Imaging.  Dale has successfully completed our rigorous T4 training program and has already been out shooting several of our Google Business and Hotel virtual tour shoots. 

About this Albuquerque Virtual Tour Company: DragonFly 360 Imaging is a locally owned and operated virtual tour company providing a wide range of photographic services and real estate marketing services to the Greater Albuquerque, NM area.

At the helm of this fast growing virtual tour company is Dale Hart. He brings over 30 years of professional photography experience to the table, much of it working with interior designers and architects.

“In concert with RTV, we offer continually evolving, cutting-edge virtual tour technology to help market real estate and other locally owned commercial businesses in the Albuquerque – Rio Rancho Area. Our mission is to provide progressive, cost effective marketing solutions to real estate professionals and commercial businesses that show their company or property listings in the best possible light.

Our unique and seamless process produces professional Razor Sharp, Full Screen HD 360 Virtual Tours that showcase you as a leading professional and showcases your Real Estate listing or business as an innovative entity.” – Dale Hart

Dale Hart
Owner
Albuquerque Virtual Tours
DragonFly 360 Imaging
Order a virtual tour today: 505-962-2207