Blog Tag: virtual_tour_business

Palm Canyon is Back on the Map

I remember getting my first still camera at the age of 10. It was a simple Kodak Instamatic. It went with me everywhere. No one could keep me from capturing their image for eternity.
That little camera served me well until high school and I started taking some photography classes. Photography became a part of my life and I eventually became a photojournalist working at TV stations in Atlanta, Houston and Tampa Bay.

I got a chance to experience what some could only dream of doing. I had a lot of fun but eventually it was time for it to end. So what does a photojournalist do when the video camera gets put away after its final shoot? You go back to where it all started, with your trusty still camera. But it wasn’t enough. I still had the need for adventure. Since I hadn’t seen much of the left coast I decided to move to Palm Springs, California and do something really different.

One evening while searching the internet for a new home I came across this website called Real Tour Vision. This is where I first learned about virtual tours. I had already looked at a lot of homes online and not one of them had a tour. I asked my real estate agent why he didn’t use virtual tours and he said he didn’t think there was anyone doing Palm Canyon Virtual Tours. That’s all I needed to hear. It didn’t take long to put two and two together. This was going to be my new adventure.

Believe it or not, that was over a year ago. It’s been one of those “what else could go wrong” or “you’d never believe it if I told you” years. But that’s all behind me and I am now putting the finishing touches on my website and getting the rest of my marketing materials together and soon…very soon…Palm Canyon Media will be up and running serving the Inland Empire of Sothern California.

All of this wouldn’t be possible without the support from Team RTV, Jason LaVanture and many of the RTV providers from around the world. I may know a lot about photography but a year ago I knew absolutely nothing about the virtual tour business. You all helped me more than you will ever know. How? Through your BLOGS!

Everyone learns something new about their virtual tour business every day. You might not think so, but you do. By sharing that information in your blog, you have now made it possible for every other provider to know what you just learned. It’s called team work and that’s what makes RTV great.

When I was ten I didn’t know I would become a photographer. I didn’t know one day I would own a Nikon. And I sure didn’t know I would become an RTV virtual tour photographer! I think I have made some pretty good decisions in my lifetime. Let the adventure begin!

Thank you RTV!
Kurt Beabes
Palm Canyon Virtual Tours
Order a Virtual Tour -760-327-0701

Your Virtual Tour Business Should Use Twitter

As a Virtual Tour Business Owner, your first priority after developing your service line-up is to find the people that will make your business a success. Marketing your Virtual Tour Business is a huge task and Twitter can help with that.

Your small business should be using Twitter because:

Twitter lets you engage your customers.

Posting information about your services is the clear use. But Twitter also gives you another channel for listening to and finding out about your customers – what they like or dislike about your company, how they feel about your service, what suggestions they have for improvement, what their favorite products are and why… all kinds of tidbits that you can use to make your business more successful.

Twitter is a great networking tool.

Being on Twitter will give you opportunities to meet and talk to tons of people, some of whom you would never get the chance to talk to otherwise. Furthermore some of those people might be the very business contacts you’ve been seeking, people you want to do business for, or someone you might even want to hire.

Networking works well because you can be yourself rather than a sales agent. Share your enthusiasm for what you do and speak of your work as an extension of yourself rather than giving the ‘hard sell” which tends to turn people off quickly.

Twitter can help you refine your brand.

By participating on Twitter (communicating with others, not just spamming service advertisements) you can present and build the kind of image that attracts your potential customers, and refine your brand. (Don’t forget; communication is a two-way street.)

Twitter will allow you stay on top of the virtual tour industry.

Twitter lets you hear what other people are saying. By using Twitter’s search function you can find out what people are saying about a particular topic, enabling you to keep up with the current news about your company and the competition.

Twitter is a fast way to get your message out.

You can instantly let your potential and existing customers know your news, whether it’s an announcement or a new service (like TXT Connect), a special deal, or an upcoming event they may be interested in.

It looks good to be on Twitter.

Using Twitter is proof that your virtual tour business is participating in this whole social media thing and perceptibly a “with-it” kind of company that people might be interested in doing business with.

Everyone is doing it.

The guy who runs the gas station down the street. the local pesticide company, the bridal shop owner and lots of big companies, such as Sprint, HP, Gateway and Microsoft. Having your business on Twitter is the in thing to do. You can use various Twitter tools to make your business account easier to manage. Applications, such as TweetDeck, Twitterfeed, Twhirl, Seesimc and TrackThis can be used to manage business groups, get Twitter notifications, send draft tweets to all of your customers, track packages and/or backup all business communication from Twitter.

Twitter can provide your virtual tour business with another channel to inform and engage your existing and potential customers – and every opportunity to do that is worth exploring.

Mike & Joyce Thompson
Metro Detroit Virtual Tours
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Are You a Pro?

As an RTV virtual tour provider, you need to check this out: created the Find a Pro network for their customers who demanded a reliable source of Pros to assist them during the FSBO process. Join their network of Pros and get connected to buyers and sellers who need your expertise. Their basic listing is free, but you can always upgrade to add additional features.

Why Join the Pro Network? (from their website)

~It’s completely FREE!!

~They are one of the largest “by owner” real estate marketplace with over 50,000 active daily visitors.

~Unrepresented FSBO buyers and sellers make up almost 25% of the real estate market. Tap into a lucrative market that is missed when marketing only through agents.

~Consumers spend tremendous amounts of money on goods and services surrounding a move. A Harvard study found that relocating households spend 20-25% more on home improvements than those that do not move.

~Get maximum exposure by further promoting your virtual tour services online!!

Sign-up to become a Pro today or call 888-367-7253 to get started.

Check out Real Vision Studio’s ad HERE

Kudos to Team RTV

Dear RTV,

I just had a great training session yesterday, specific to TourBuilder, thanks to your veteran trainer, John. Also took his advice –and that of my new provider facilitator, Mike Thompson- to get out there, shoot a bunch of practice spins. Bottom-line: Get tuned-in on the imaging side, and get damn good on the software side!

As you, and your team, have built an in-depth archive of super provider resources, I continue to discover more ideas and strategies every day that can help me grow my business quickly…and profitably.

Your subject matter experts, such as Mike, Ben, Jacquie and John, have been of significant help in providing support, sage advice and success strategies. All with be of real value as I ramp-up my new Chicago virtual tour business and get my website tuned-up to be as effective as possible, as both a tool and a credential.

The “WOW!” Factor, though, is clearly on your side of the house, based on RTV’s decade of development and product & service suite refinements. Hey, as I see it, I’ve now literally MADE IT MY JOB to take advantage of everything that’s made RTV The Global Big Dawg in V/Tours.

(And how cool is that?!)
But back to building my virtual tour business time, now. I’ll look forward to attending every “IMAGE” webinar, and accessing every other RTV resource possible, going forward. Glad to be a part of your provider Team, here in Chicagoland.


Alan Ellis
Virtual 360◦Tour Specialists
Serving the Chicago Metro Region
• Office: 847.843.0210
• Mobile: 847.306.0446
Chicago Virtual Tours

The Creation of Heartland Property Tours

When I started to look for a house in the fall of 2007 I turned to the internet. As my wife and I started our search we soon realized that the real estate listings in our area did not provide many pictures and the ones that had pictures were still not very good and didn’t depict the house very well. We found that after looking online we still had to do several viewings in person because the listings didn’t show what we wanted to see. At this time I realized that something needed to change.

As my search continued into surrounding areas I soon realized that some agents were using “Virtual Tours”. I was new to this term “Virtual Tours” and soon realized that the term is widely used to describe anything from a slide show of pictures to a video walk-through to a fully interactive tour with still images, panoramic images, and all the information you could ever want. The last type of virtual tour mentioned is just what I was looking for and what I would like to see when I buy a house.

My search deepened and I found out that this type of tour was offered by Real Tour Vision. After spending time on the RTV website I soon realized that this is something that I could do in my area and contacted RTV. They advised that my area was not available and stated they would put me on a waiting list in case something opened up. Well a few months ago I checked in with RTV and what do you know, they had an opening!!

I ordered my virtual tour business package from RTV and was soon off and running. My company, Heartland Property Tours, services East Central Illinois, including but not limited to Iroquois, Ford, and Kankakee Counties. We provide interactive virtual tours, property marketing, and professional photography for Real Estate, Business Owners, and anyone looking to enhance their website. I have started my marketing and will hopefully soon find my first client. In the mean time I am honing by photography skills and working on sample tours for my new website. I am pleased to offer this new service in my area as I know I can not be the only one who realizes something is missing with the listings few pictures and no information.

Michael Robinson
Heartland Property Tours
Central Illinois Virtual Tours
Call to order a tour today (815) 549-6844