What is a Google 360 virtual tour?
Think of it as Google Street View for your business or hotel. A series of panoramic pictures taken from your business will be mapped and stitched together to create a 360 degree interactive walk through tour. Users will be invited to step inside and take a tour of your property when they search on Google Search, Google Maps, and Google+ Local. In addition, you could share the interactive tour on your website easily by simply embedding html code in your website or via the Maps API.
Why are virtual tours important for my Google search listing?
360 degree panoramic photo spheres are a direct way for users to interact with business and hotel properties on Google. Photos are the primary visual cues for users
when introduced to your businesses across all different Google properties such as Google Search, Google Maps, Google+ Local.
Choosing the right restaurant, store or hotel is often a complicated decision. Build consumer trust in your business with a high–quality virtual tour that lets people experience your location before they arrive. These immersive experiences inspire greater confidence among prospective guests and patrons.
According to PhoCusWright, an independent market research company those who view a listing with a Google virtual tour are twice as likely to be interested in booking a reservation there. And among 18-34 year-olds in particular, prospects are 130% more likely to book based on a Google tour. Among people surveyed, 67% want more business listings to have Google virtual tours. Of the remainder, 26% were indifferent, and 7% stated that more virtual tours were unnecessary.
How do I get a quote?
Please call or email us for a quote with your needs and include as much detail as possible. The cost for the shoot is based on several factors including business size, location, timetable, multiple locations, etc.
Which areas will be photographed?
Please work with the photographer at your property to determine what areas of your business you would like captured, including outdoor areas and patios. We can do as little or as much as you like.
What will the process be like and how much time will it take?
Photo shoots will be kept as non disruptive as possible and do not require any special equipment, lighting or setup.. Depending on the size of the property and the types of areas to be covered, the photo shoot to take about 1-3 hours.
How should I prepare for the shoot?
You may wish to schedule the photo shoot during a more quiet day of the week and time of day for your property, such as early morning or an off or closed day. Once scheduled, please
ensure that each of the room types you would like photographed will be available for the shoot and is properly prepared and made up in advance of the shoot. If you desire any staging, please ensure that it is prepared in advance of the photographer’s arrival.
What happens when the tour of my business is published?
Your tour will appear on Google Search, Google Maps and Google+ Local. Here’s how
and where to locate it:
● Google Search your business or hotel by name
● Google Maps Search your business or hotel by name on maps.google.com
● Google+ Search your business or hotel by name and city on plus.google.com/local
When your business details are displayed, click on the image that says “See inside” to see your Street View business tour.