Step 1: Get listed with Google Places and Google Plus Local
Initially, you need to make sure your business has a Google Places or Google Plus Local listing. Most businesses already have a listing, head to https://maps.google.com/ and type in your business name and location to see if you appear in the results. Listings are free to setup with Google and will be the initial home for your Business Photos and Virtual Tour. If you need any help in getting your listing set up we’re more than happy to help you.
Set up your free Business Listing here via Google: http://www.google.com/places/
Step 2: Consultation
Once your business page has been created, contact us to arrange a meeting so we can discuss the details of your photoshoot. We’ll visit your business, walk through the premises and discuss the areas that you’d like covered. At that point, we can give you an accurate price to create your Google Maps | Business Views photo package.
If you are happy with the details and price, we’ll mutually determine the best time to visit your business and take all the principal photography required.
Step 3: The Photo Shoot
We’ll arrive at your business on the scheduled date and time for your photo shoot. You will need to have the business presented as you would like it to appear in the final photos prior to our arrival for the photo shoot.
Payment is required at the end of the Photo Session which usually lasts around 1-2 hours.
Step 4: Processing & Moderation
After your shoot, we’ll process, color correct, stitch and upload all the photos to Google servers. We’ll also remove any traces of license plates and faces from all images. The panoramas are then edited into your Google Maps | Business Views virtual tour and placed correctly onto Googles Maps and linked with your Google Business listing. All point of interest shots will also be tagged correctly for your business.
Step 5. Publishing
Once all moderation has been completed and passed quality control, your Google Maps | Business Views Virtual Tour and Point of Interest Photos will be added to your Google Business Listing and will appear through various Google properties such as Google Search, Google Maps, and Google Earth.
You’ll be supplied with the full resolution Point of Interest images from your photo shoot, which you will be able to use for further marketing should you require.
Once your Google Maps | Business Views photos are live on your listing you will also be able to embed the Virtual Tour directly into your own website and Facebook fan page using simple HTML code which we’ll provide.
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