Blog Tag: virtual tours

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 


5 Unusual Businesses That Might Want Virtual Tours

The most successful virtual tour providers don’t rely on real estate virtual tours alone when it comes to working with customers. Just about any type of business can benefit from a stunning and well-produced virtual tour as a marketing tool that lets their customers experience their facilities and grounds.

Common business virtual tours include hotels, lodges, restaurants, and museums. Below are some business types you might not have considered, that may want to take advantage of your virtual tour service for themselves.

•    Amusement parks: For all types of amusement parks and entertainment attractions, from big theme parks to local mini-golf courses, a virtual tour can convey a sense of fun and excitement. Interaction with an amusement park virtual tour can help visitors build anticipation.

•    Movie theaters: You may think if you’ve seen one movie theater, you’ve seen them all. But today’s movie theaters put an emphasis on clean, well-designed facilities with plenty to offer theater patrons. Movie theater virtual tours are a great way for theater owners and managers to attract new customers.

•    Convenience stores: Often, convenience stores are the only businesses in the area that are open 24 hours. Modern convenience stores have more than gas pumps and overpriced snacks—they can offer a range of goods and services that are great for any time of day.

•    Schools and colleges: You might not think of schools as having “customers,” but many types of schools rely on marketing to enroll new students. These include private or parochial schools, most colleges and universities, and specialty schools like police academies and beauty schools. Check out this virtual tour of a boarding school – http://fusion.realtourvision.com/84354  VERY UNIQUE!!

•    Funeral homes: No one likes to think much about funeral homes until they need one. However, funeral homes are in the business of reaching out to their customers. Providing a virtual tour can be a good way for them to offer comfort by letting people become familiar with their facilities before they visit.

Virtual tours are great for all types of businesses—large or small, indoor or outdoor, urban or rural, just about any business can use a great-looking, interactive virtual tour to reach more customers and promote their offerings.

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


Team RTV “Wows” Michigan Realtors at Coldwell Banker Show in Lansing

On Thursday October 24th, team RTV took the opportunity to WOW nearly a thousand Coldwell Banker agents at the Michigan Coldwell Banker Expo in Lansing, MI. The show was made up of several vendors from across Michigan but without a doubt the RTV booth was most impressive and generated the largest crowds throughout the day.

Realtors from across Michigan saw for the first time the powerful Fusion RTV virtual tour software system and began setting up appointments on the spot with local RTV virtual tour providers.  There was an overwhelming response to ordering full service virtual tours VS the do-it-yourself solution also offered by RTV. Many brokers and agents expressed a strong desire to move away from trying to do all of their own marketing and let RTV virtual tour providers be there for them as a personal assistant on a per listing basis. 

The RTV’s high definition 720p full motion video playback stole the show along with the powerful virtual tour lead capture tools, AstroZoom space fly in, gorgeous printable flyers, and as stated above the guaranteed coverage of professional photography suppliers.

If you would like RTV to come to your next show just let us know!  We would love to bring the booth to your city and help you dominate in your local market.

See you there RTV!

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & Professional Real Estate Virtual Tours
Order a virtual tour: 866-947-8687


Following my Passion

Photography, IS MY PASSION!

I never had enough time for my passion because of my real job, “Tire Expert”; Yes, I said Tires, ROUND & BLACK with a HOLE in the middle. I had been doing this since the early 70’s.

Short Bio: Schooled in Engineering and photographed Weddings for several years. With that background, I qualified for Michelin’s technical department as a photographer in the Product Liability Department. I had my own lab, studio, several Nikons.  There was a radiology section as part of my studio also. Michelin gave me the title of Forensic Photographer. 

I traveled around the country photographing car crash sites, damaged vehicles in the junkyard and analyzed the tire damage. Putting together all the information I gathered gave the company a clearer picture of what led up to the accident.

Okay, back to my passion.  I left the tire business and decided to pursue virtual tours and real estate photography. A friend mentioned ‘real estate photography’; that is when I did some research and analyzed my options.  RTV virtual tour software company was the one I chose because I felt it offered the best A to Z training in areas other than photography, social media packages, and access to assistance. 

RTV, hands down has the best virtual tour system in the industry.  They schooled us on the virtual tour business side being just as important as the photography. I joined RTV September 2013, with one tour track shoot completed the following week I underwent surgery for a total knee replacement.  I plan to be out another 3-4 weeks then look forward to getting back to business as usual.

This is the short form of following my passion. I’ll be setting up my next blog to speak more about ROI and my Dallas virtual tour company. Should you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them.

Jack DiMaio
Dallas Virtual Tours
www.virtualtoursdallas.com
Order a Virtual Tour: 940.725.0331