In a world where so many things could go wrong, photographers are no exception to the rule. We are licensed and insured which should matter to you and your business. Most companies and freelancers in our business are surprisingly not insured. That means if they damage your property or even hurt someone with their equipment, it all falls on you. Don’t take that chance.
We Will Not Complete the Transaction Until the Tour is Live and Approved
Although a half payment is usually required on any job, we will hold on to the final payment until your virtual tour is live on Google Maps. Not happy with the tour for any reason? We will fix what needs to be done until you’re satisfied and still not deposit the final payment.
Here’s a little secret: Google is unstable when it comes to making decisions. Don’t get them wrong- they mean well. It’s just that they are always trying to find what works best for what they want. In this case, they have taken a very good program (one that only allowed professional photography standards) and have opened the flood gates for any amateur with a camera phone to participate.
The danger here is that you really don’t know what you’re getting. Who are the professionals? Who are the newbs who just purchased a cheap 360 camera and is trying to flip a few bucks on the side. Unfortunately, it’s probably 1 out of every 2 photographers who have little to no-experience or don’t go out of their way to deliver a quality product.
They usually are willing to charge only a couple of hundred dollars for your tour. If it sounds like a REALLY good deal- beware!
They don’t use a DSLR camera. Instead, they use a cheap 360 camera that puts out low quality imagery and pre-stitches the photo for you-making the photographer’s job obsolete. It’s the quickest $200 bucks they’ll ever make, to your demise. Your virtual tour will look fuzzy, poorly stitched as you move around, and you just paid good money for a poor product. Ask your photographer what kind of camera they use. In fact, ask them if they use a DSLR camera.
Local Guide level: Ask to see their local guide profile on Google Maps. If they are less than a level 3, then beware. It means they haven’t done enough virtual tours to consider themselves professional. Our photographers are at level 5 or higher. See our profile here.
It’s one thing to go into your place of business, snap a bunch of photos, stitching them together and collecting a check. At 360° Virtual Business Tours®, we are not going to be the cheapest but we are not going to deliver a poor product. We spend that extra time perfecting your tour.
Below you will see a series of photos that are what we call a “flat” panoramic photo. It doesn’t spin around in 360 just yet. So it may look a little foreign to you. But we wanted to show you what we do with these photos before we give them the “360 spinning” effect. Our point here is to show you that we don’t just take your pictures and upload them. We actually take the time to give them a premium look.
All too often we notice that photographers don’t take the time to make sure they are not part of your virtual tour. We receive complaints from new clients asking why they can see reflections of the photographer. They end up not happy with the tour- the photographer is not willing to shoot a new one, and now they have to spend double to get it done correctly.
At 360 Virtual Business Tours, we take those extra steps to ensure that you will not see a reflection of us in any of your mirrors or windows. So you can always be sure that you are getting the most professional virtual tour, guaranteed.
An example of what a typical company may notice but refuse to do anything about it. Sure, it’s just a door wedge, a normal thing you would see in an office. But we take the time to remove it from your virtual tour because we want your eyes to be drawn to what really matters.
Having dirty carpets could draw attention to your prospects when they have the time to look around your virtual tour, but not so much when they visit you in person. A typical company may just let this slide because it would take more work to clean the photo up. We go the extra mile to remove sore spots from your virtual tour. You would never know it was even there!
Next time you experience a virtual tour, take a look all the way down. You may notice what seems to be a time warp of some sort. At 360 Virtual Business Tours, we have now begun patching that area up with your own logo. It’s a rather new technology, one we didn’t implement on our first tours, but one that you could be sure to have the next time you book with us.