Blog Tag: virtual tours

Got a Virtual Tour Business Website?

As a virtual tour provider, you need a great-looking website that promotes your virtual tour services and showcases your stunning 360 virtual tours. But you don’t have to spend a fortune on a fantastic website. These three website builders are free—and you’ll get tons of features and functionality along with an amazing look.

WordPress –
The most popular free website platform around, makes it super easy to create a virtual tour website. There are thousands upon thousands of templates to choose from—many of them with eye-popping photo and video sliders that place the focus on your virtual tours.

Plugins are another great feature with WordPress. You can find a plugin for just about any feature you want on your website, and most of them are free, too. It’s easy to set up, add content and pages, personalize layouts, add links, and more with WordPress. You can even get a private domain name with a free WordPress website for $25 per year.

Wix –
Originally designed as a Flash-based website builder, Wix offers hundreds of stunning templates with the majority now in HTML5—which makes your website mobile-responsive. But this platform has preserved its original intent, with the majority of its themes designed for creative content like video, photography, fashion, food, and journalism making it a nice fit for virtual tour operations!

An easy interface with drag-and-drop and click-to-edit makes Wix websites a breeze to set up. There’s also plenty of free content you can add, and 24/7 technical support available. A private domain name with Wix costs just $14.95 per year.

Weebly –
A simple, powerful, and free site creator, Weebly lets you choose from hundreds of modern, unique themes that are fully customizable. Built-in SEO and analytics help you bring more traffic to your website, and you can display videos in HD format to maximize the impact of your virtual tours.

While Weebly doesn’t offer hosted domains, you can use the free website builder with a domain name you’ve purchased from a web hosting company (for example,, with prices starting at $1 per month).

RTV Virtual Tour Company Websites
If you want the least amount of work on your end and would like something custom made for you RTV offers a very easy to use ready to go out of the box virtual tour company site.  Check out some of the templates, pick your colors, fonts and a few days later your site will be completely ready to roll.  From there you’ll only be paying $25.00 per month with no commitment as they operate on a month to month basis.  

RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training 

Virtual Tour Provider Convention 2014!

RTV is proud to officially announce our 2014 Virtual Tour Provider Convention – ‘Momentum’.  This event will be hosted here in our beautiful hometown of Traverse City, MI on April 24th – April 27th. We’re very excited host the event in our home town this year so our entire staff can take part in the activities. We’ve chosen late April so we’ll all be able to enjoy the amazing Spring weather here in Northern Michigan.  REGISTER HERE

This is a great time to travel and we are thrilled to be having this event at the Park Place Hotel once again. The Park Place Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Traverse City which is filled with great restaurants, shopping outlets, and entertainment.

Our Momentum Convention will be a great time for everyone to get hands on training, socialize, and get to know our virtual tour company a little better. We will cover the ins and outs of virtual tour creation, photography, and the components that are required to run a successful virtual tour business. While learning about RTV and meeting other professional photographers, you will also have time to enjoy dinners, drinks, festivities and get acquainted with several of our vendors that will be helping to sponsor this amazing once-a-year event.

If you have never attended the RTV provider Convention, make this your year! Get in person training, meet other providers, meet the staff, shop and chat with our vendors, and be part of all the excitement!

April is coming sooner than you may think, so don’t wait to get your attendance tickets!

Register before January 1st, 2014 and save $70.00!!!

We are now offering the Early Bird Special (Offer Ends January 1st 2014) for a great price of $179! This will cover your 4 day weekend with RTV at the Park Place Hotel. Each person attending classes will need to register as a convention attendee and your dinner ticket is included in that price.  If you’re bringing someone who will not be attending the classes but would like to come for the dinner you will want to purchase additional dinner tickets below. We have special room rates and rooms blocked out for attendees. There will also be an Awards Banquet after dinner on Saturday evening.

2013 was an AMAZING year for our company and from what we can see, yours too!! We couldn’t have done it without all of you and we’re looking forward to seeing the momentum continue right into 2014 and beyond. Don’t forget to spread the word and let’s make 2014 our biggest year yet!


Thanks for your continued support and we’ll see you soon!

RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training

More Changes from Craigslist Puts Strain on Virtual Tour Compaines

Over the last several years, Craigslist has made many changes to their policies and also to the HTML and CSS that’s supported in the real estate ads. The recent changes by Craigslist are the most significant to date and have the most impact on virtual tour software companies. RTV’s Fusion virtual tour system has several unique Craigslist ads that you can choose from when posting your virtual tour flyer onto Craigslist. 

RTV’s beautiful Craigslist ads that we had setup for you used the following HTML tags IMG, FONT, TABLE, DIV, and SPAN.  All of these tags are no longer supported meaning we can’t pull your images from our virtual tour software system to automatically populate your ads on Craigslist.

Ultimately this means that we will once again need to be rewrite this section of Fusion for you. If you want images in your ads – which we highly recommend – you will need to upload the images  manually.

We expect to have our new ads done here soon and while it will provide a clean, professional look that makes your ads easy to read it won’t be as elegant as our previous ads that he had setup for you.  If you have outstanding Ads out there, you should re-publish your listing to generate this new format once we release it. 

Please stay tuned and we’ll be announcing the new Craigslist format once it is ready to be used which should be any day now.

Thanks for your continued support!

RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training

Tips for Marketing Your Virtual Tours Locally

Local marketing is an essential part of your virtual tour business. You may do some of your local marketing in person, but there are plenty of things you can do online to improve your local presence and bring more potential customers to you.

Here are some things you can do to reach more people in your area while you strengthen your online marketing strategy.

Local social: Tapping into Facebook
Do you have a Facebook business page for your virtual tour services? Even if you use no other type of social media, having a Facebook presence can really help you out with local marketing. It’s easy for customers to find you by location on what is still the biggest social network in the world.

Remember, it’s not enough to just have a Facebook page. You need to attract fans and interact with them by posting your virtual tour videos, showing off the person behind the virtual tour business, and updating your status with interesting statements, resource links and, of course, your best virtual tours!  One great way to interact is by asking questions related to virtual tours.

The new yellow pages: Claim (or create) your local listings
Your virtual tour business may already be listed on several online directories. If you haven’t claimed your virtual tour business, you’re missing out on the opportunity to enhance or optimize your listing.

You can either claim an existing listing, or add your virtual tour business to these popular local directories. They include Google Places for Business, Bing Local, and Yahoo! Local.

What they’re saying: Local reviews
Online consumers are a new breed. Advertising doesn’t affect their decisions as much as it used to. More often, today’s online customers are swayed by reviews and recommendations. They can come from family, friends, co-workers, or complete strangers—as long as they don’t come from the company itself.

Whenever possible, ask for reviews and testimonials from your existing customers, and post them to your website or social media pages. You could even create a review page for your site that allows direct submissions from your customers.

Social proof is the most valuable currency in online marketing, and a great way to improve your local results for your local virtual tour business!

RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training

Do you have what it takes to be a virtual tour photographer?

Are you looking to join a great virtual tour company while being in an exciting and upbeat industry? The virtual tour photography and real estate marketing business within RTV is full of great opportunities! We strive to be the best virtual tour software company and breed the highest caliber virtual tour photographers.  We prove that each year as we continue to grow and improve with the help of our customers.

With the professional assistance and guidance from RTV, you can become a well-established virtual tour provider in your area while starting a great career for yourself. This industry is not for every type of person but by looking over a few points below, you will be able to determine if becoming a virtual tour photographer is for you.

Have you had any previous photography experience? This is the most important question because a virtual tour requires professional photography in order to look good and impress clients. If you are a beginner with photography, this can also be a great way for you to gain experience and learn the skills needed to succeed within the virtual tour photography field.

360 degree panoramic photography is also a widely used format because this creates the full 360 virtual tour playback. Learning how to take these type of photos is a must and the team at RTV can assist you with finding your nodal point on your PanoHead and learning how to use the photo stitching software and camera advice.

Have you previously or do you currently run a small business? A virtual tour business is not just about the photography, but is also about managing clients and expenses, marketing, branding, and more. A business background can be a huge benefit when deciding to join RTV because you will have an upper hand when it comes to the competition in your area. If you have never ran a business, this can also be the perfect opportunity to learn how to do so. You will learn the entire business side of photography and real estate marketing by becoming a part of the fastest growing virtual tour company in this market.

Working full time may be a requirement, especially if things take off and your virtual tour business becomes successful right out of the gate.  Most RTV virtual tour providers however are able to work another job while getting the business off the ground during year one. Make sure that you have the time to dedicate or that you can manage a team to help you out.

Setting finances aside specifically for your new virtual tour business is also very important. Some investment will be required but the return is great and well worth it.

Are you a sociable and friendly type of person? RTV deals with both personal and business accounts and photographers must speak face to face with their clients. Sometimes this requires meeting up with a single property owner or even a large group of managers. It all depends on the job details. One thing to remember is that no matter what, you will always be handling business in person so you must be approachable and courteous. Making a great first impression is key and being comfortable around others will help you succeed.

These are some of the main topics to focus on and think about before starting up your own virtual tour business. Keep in mind that everyone has to start somewhere and we are dedicated to helping those who are experienced and new as well. The bigger the family at RTV, the better!

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