Virtual Tours & Google Street View
Invite customers in with a virtual tour of your accommodation, restaurant,
or business on Google Search, Google Street View, and Google Maps.
What is Google Street View?
Put simply, it’s a virtual tour of your business, loaded directly into Google Maps and accessible through the Google Search engine. It allows potential customers to “See Inside” your business before visiting. It can be viewed on a desktop, tablet or smartphone. You can move from point to point in the tour to get a feel for the overall layout of a business.
Why do I need it?
According to Google, Virtual Tours help double interest in business listings. Among 18-34 year-olds in particular, prospects are 130% more likely to book based on a tour. As potential customers consider visiting our part of the province, virtual tours add confidence and interest to their search for places to stay, eat, and have fun.
It sounds complicated. What is the process?
The process requires no technical knowledge on your part. Here’s how the process works:
- Planning – Ahead of the photoshoot, we’ll plan the shoot by drawing a basic floormap and picking the viewpoints for the tour.
- Photoshoot – typically done in off-peak hours, or when your business is closed. This helps ensure a speedy photoshoot, and gives you time to straighten up and make sure everything looks great. A photoshoot can take anywhere from an hour to 4 hours or more, depending on the size of the business and the amount of viewpoints.
- Publish – After the shoot, your photography will be processed and published to Google for the world to see. It will show up automatically in Google Searches and on Google Maps. You can even embed it in your website and share it on Social Media.
You’ll want to make sure you have claimed your Google+ page for your business and updated it with your proper address, phone number, store hours, etc prior to the photoshoot. If you haven’t done so, we can assist in this process too.
How Much Does It Cost?
It depends on the size of your business and how many viewpoints you need shot, but the pricing is simple. Each sphere image is $70 with a minimum of 5 images. Pricing includes the pre-planning, the shoot itself, all post-processing, and publishing your tour to google.
Incorporate Your Tour Into Your Website
Using a simple “embed” code you can include chosen portions of your Google virtual tour on your business website.
Milford House Resort
An example of a tour encompassing several buildings.
This Tour is published to the online platform “Roundme.com”
It is great for virtual tours that don’t necessarily fit Google’s business criteria…Real estate tours for example.