FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Olympia, WA USA – GOOGLE STREETVIEW NOW BRINGS ONLINE USERS INSIDE WASHINGTON BUSINESSES
Google recently launched a business photos program to help businesses attract customers. Specially trained “Google Trusted Independent Photographers” provide 360-degree interactive panoramas of the interiors of businesses – Virtual Tours. These Virtual Tours are seen on Google Search Results, Maps, Earth, and Google + pages. Additionally, they can be added to a business’s Website and Facebook FanPage. Businesses get higher visibility when consumers search on Google maps for a particular type of business in a geographic area since the Local+ listings are found at the top of the results page.
Potential customers get a virtual tour of the business so that they can imagine themselves being at the location to determine if they want to visit in person. This new program can be found in selected cities and countries. Currently, photographers are documenting businesses in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Japan, and the UK. In the U.S., cities include Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Denver, Boston, and Seattle. Recently photographer Jack von Eberstein of OnlineBusinessTours.com earned certification from Google to bring this service to Washington businesses.
To be eligible, a business must have a Google Local+ page listing which is free. Most businesses can participate in this program, some that have include: restaurants, retail stores, beauty salons, auto dealerships, small dental and medical practices and health clubs such as a yoga facility. Any Businesses interested should contact OnlineBusinessTours.com to determine if it is eligible to be photographed. This is a paid service provided by Google Independent Photographers.
More information about this program is provided on the Google site http://maps.google.com/businessphotos.
Google Business Photographers also provide a set of “Point of Interest” images pertinent to a business such as: store hours, menus, awards, and interesting decor. Business owners may upload their own photos in addition to the ones from Google.
Google photographers are accomplished independent professional photographers who are participating in this program. They have been certified by Google to produce 360° HDR panoramas.
Jack von Eberstein
(Google StreetView Trusted Photographer – Olympia, WA)