(slide image above up and down to compare the two types of virtual tours from a screenshot)
Interactive 3D Tours offer a robust list of features that you can’t really get with a normal virtual tour. Along with the great features that come with the tour however, there are also a few more steps added in that you, as the client, should know about before ordering one for your business or property.
Oftentimes, clients are really not interested in these additional steps until the time comes when they have to be applied, which is usually AFTER the shoot and when post-production begins. At the same time, we as a company need your cooperation to get to the finish line and complete your wonderful virtual tour. Let’s get started.
Lets first discuss what the differences are between the two platforms so that you can decide which one is best suited for you. From there, we will explain what needs to be done, or what is expected from you in order to have one completed.
Google API Keys suck! They weren’t even needed years ago until Google decided that you can’t just use their technology without them having some monetary control over it. In 2018, they changed the rules and turned our virtual tour industry upside down. Many companies even went out of business because of it. It requires the owner of the website to do certain things in order for the virtual tour to work.
This may all sound very simple but it’s a real pain, especially if you have never done any of the above before. Some clients we encounter enjoy the challenge and try to set it all up on their own.
Other clients don’t want the hassle. They give us their credit card info and we just set it all up for them. Some clients don’t like giving us their c.c. info which is understandable. But if you want to avoid the headache of creating an API key, then the best thing to do is share your c.c. info with us and we’ll take care of the setup for you. Your information is confidential and always safe with us. In fact, we never keep such information. It is usually terminated the moment your API key and Google Cloud account is created.
If you want to avoid giving us personal information, you can attempt to create an API key by yourself. We have a very comprehensive step by step guide that you could follow here.
In case you aren’t already aware, you need to put a credit card on file for your Google Cloud account in order for them to issue an API key for you. The idea is that if you go over your monthly quota, they will have your credit card on file and can charge you accordingly.
The good news is that you have to have over 14,000 views a month before they start to take notice. 14,000 views? Who the heck gets that much traffic on Google Maps? Hardly anyone, including you.
Once you do go over 14,000 hits in a month, it’s only 5 cents per every 1000 hits after that. So let’s just say that if you get 15,000 views on your Google Maps business profile, you’ll only pay 5 cents- and then another 5 cents for every 1000 views after that.
The good news: Hosting is remarkably affordable
The not-so-good news: Setting up can be a pain.
But we can do it all for you…
If you leave it to us, we’ll need a credit card to set up your account or to pay off your hosting for lifetime.
In order to enjoy the benefits of an Interactive 3D tour, we’ll need a: