Mark Strickland Emery of 1st View Panoramas is an award winning independent photographer working under the Google Trusted Photographer program. Based in Bromley, Kent, Mark primarily works in the surrounding areas; South East London and North West Kent but also covers Greater London.
Business owners that need seasonal reshoots to cover things like fashion and stock changes can also get a discount for signing up to shoots in advance.
Add WalkInto to your embedded tour and you can get more information to your customers as they virtually visit your premises.
The panoramic tour can be easily embedded in your own web site and you’re free to use the POI images in your own marketing material as unlimited perpetual usage is assigned to you at no extra charge.
Street View | Trusted. How does it work?
It costs nothing to feature your business on a Google My Business. Add Business Photos and your customers can walk around, explore and interact with your business like never before. What’s more, you’re absolutely free to add the the tour and additional photos to your own web site. Prospective customers will now be able to truly experience your business – just like being there – and when they like what they see, they’re so much more likely to come and spend with you.
Imagine, if you have a retail store or visitors, potential clients doing their surfing research know just where to come, before they leave. If you’re an accommodation provider, people can see the rooms before they book. People looking to make a restaurant booking can talk about the table they’d like having taken a virtual look inside. Just add a “See Inside” link on your advertising and encourage strangers to become customers.
Your only, extremely reasonable cost, is for the specialised photography and processing done by the Google Trusted Photographer.
Google My Business data
Previously know to many as Google Places for Business, Google+ Pages, Google+ MaLocal or Places Pages, the Google My Business data is what pops up when customers search in Google or Google Maps for businesses – such as ‘Hotels in Chislehurst’ and click on one of the red place markers (pins), such as The Bull. The summary box pops up with key information for the viewer. The business can use a number of methods to engage with the customer even more via Google. If it’s your business, you can claim control of the listing and add photos and descriptions of your business, update information such as opening times.
Street View | Trusted
When you choose to include Street View | Trusted, formally known as Google Maps Business View, a specially trained independent photographer, selected by Google, will take a series of still “Point of Interest” images for use in the photos section of the Google My Business listing. The photographer will also shoot the virtual tour ready for processing so that it may then also appear on your listing. Both sets of images will be shot to Google’s exacting quality standards.
There is no charge to you for showing or hosting your Street View | Trusted tour, but you will need to pay 1st View Panoramas for the photography and post production. Mark is an independent photographer selected and trained by Google to produce Street View | Trusted tours to their strict quality control standards.
There does not need to be any disruption to your trading. The tour uses Google’s street view technology, but you don’t have a car driving through your business! Using specialist equipment, the tour takes anything from 30 minutes to 2 hours plus depending on its size, plus, perhaps, another half hour to hour for the stills photography. When you ask us for a free survey and quote, we’ll give you a reasonable estimate of the time involved.
As on Street View, any faces and car registration numbers are blurred. It is your choice to have customers in the premises or to shoot with it empty. You’re welcome to have your tour scheduled outside of working hours.
What if I don’t understand the Internet / don’t have a website / get confused by all this technology:
Don’t worry, I have over 17 years of experience working with the Internet, websites, search engines, etc., and I’m entirely happy to help you gain some knowledge so that you can easily maintain your Google My Business Listing yourself. It really does not matter if you don’t have a website, I can offer you help and advice to get your business online simply, if you wish to do so.
1st View Panoramas is a trading name of Mark Emery Ltd, Incorporated in England and Wales number 7065343. Mark Emery Ltd is VAT Registered, VAT Registration Number 109756787.