Using Your Google Business Listing To Stand Out In A Sea Of Competition!
What if I told you there is a quick and easy way to enhance your presence across Google maps? Well, there is a way, and it’s called Google Business View! It’s a 360° virtual tour of your business, powered by Street View technology and it is amazing!Click Here To Get Started
Watch The Video Above
To See The Customers Perspective.
You’re likely already familiar with the Google maps street view, right? Well, imagine the ability to offer your future patrons a Google virtual tour of your location, allowing them get a feel for your company and your products before ever stepping foot into your property. Wouldn’t you want to take advantage of such a technology? Of course you would! Any business owner would love to offer their future clients the chance to learn more about their business right from their Google business listing without having to come to the location first.
How Does Google Business View Work?
Check out the tour of our office below. You can walk through and see the entire office, including our video production green-screen room in the back.
Once your tour is live, it will start appearing across several of Google’s online platforms. Your tour will be labeled with “See Inside”.
Your Google Business Listing
Right now, your Google business listing has what is referred to as the “Knowledge Graph”. A Business View tour enhances this by adding a “See Inside” button allowing people to actually see inside your business thanks to the technology. Imagine the power your business will gain from this being online.Click Here To Get Started
Your Google Maps Listing
On Google Maps searches, your business will have a “See Inside” image, allowing searchers, to view your virtual tour. This helps make your listing stand out from other local listings in your industry. This also allows for your customers to have a much more invested set of mind when they come to your location to do business.Click Here To Get Started
Your Google+ Local Listing
Also, on your Google+ Local Business listing (formerly known as Google Places), you will have the “See Inside” button to allow visitors to your directory listing the opportunity to see inside your business. All of this allows for a much expanded presence on all of of Google’s search products.Click Here To Get Started
How Do You Get Started?
First, you need to arrange for a Google Trusted Photographer to come out and shoot the virtual tour. Then the Trusted Photographer will assemble and import your tour into the Google database and connect it with your Google Local Business listing.
We have two Google Trusted Photographers available at our office, one for Henderson, NV and one for Las Vegas, NV.
Verify Our Credentials At: http://www.google.com/maps/about/partners/businessview/get-started/Click Here To Get Started
We make it extremely easy for you to get started. You can either call us at the office – (702) 331-3331 and tell us the name and location of your business and we will walk you through the procedure.
Or, just fill out the form below and one of our Google Business View experts will get in touch with you to walk you through the process and schedule a time with you.
It’s Simple, Fast, And Affordable. Let’s Get Started!
The Sign Up Process
This section covers the Frequently Asked Questions about the sign up process for Google Maps Business View, and the interactions with the Trusted Photographers.
When potential customers search for your business by name on Google, they will see the images displayed directly on the search results page. These panoramic images will also be published on Google+ Local pages, Google Maps and other Google properties and give customers a better sense of the layout, decor and beauty of your business interior. Using easy-to-use html snippets or Maps APIs, you can also link to these images from your own business website, attracting potential customers who visit your website too.
Trusted Photographers are trained to take high quality photos of building interiors, accommodating for common challenges such as low lighting and tight spaces. The photographers are also certified to take pictures using fisheye lenses and rotating camera turrets (mounted on tripods) that, once uploaded to Google’s processing pipelines by photographers, will be transformed into 360-degree panoramic imagery and a walk through of your business. Once photographers upload the pictures from their cameras, Google’s processing pipelines use sophisticated image stitching, HDR, image matching and other technologies to produce these panoramic walkthroughs.
Google Trusted Photographers and photographers are taking high-quality still photographs that will be stitched into 360-degree views using panoramic camera technology. These Trusted Photographers are independent contractors who have been trained and certified by Google to produce high quality panoramic images. As a business owner, you can also upload your own photographs to Google+ Local by signing into Google+ Local. You’ll be able to see the photos and 360-degree panoramic imagery directly on Google search results and on your Google+ Local page.
Trusted Photographers are scheduling photo shoots with business owners in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Italy, the UK, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Even if we aren’t currently active in your area, you can always upload your own photos via Google+ Local.
Yes! It’s great to see interest from around the world, and your requests will help us decide where to expand this program next.
We do not allow Trusted Photographers to upload imagery of legal establishments. We also do not allow imagery of museums to be uploaded through the Business Photos program, as this imagery is supported through Google Art Project.
Trusted Photographers are independent contractors that are not employed by Google, agents of Google or affiliated with Google in any way. Google has certified them because they meet Google’s standards of quality for taking the feature pictures and panoramic pictures, uploading them, moderating them and eventually publishing them on Google properties.
Because Trusted Photographers are not employees or affiliated with Google they individually decide how much to charge for their services. We expect the Trusted Photographers to offer their services at a fair market value, and you may negotiate with each of them to come to an acceptable price for the service. Prior to any photo shoot, the Trusted photographers will present the Service Agreement, specifying their services, for your acceptance. The agreement also spells out (among other things) that, in return for your payment to the Trusted Photographer, you will own the images that have been taken.
No. Once you apply, if and when a Trusted Photographer becomes available in your city, the Trusted Photographer will contact you to discuss details and receive confirmation from you before photographing your business.
The Photo Shoot
This sections covers questions about the Google Maps Business View photo shoot for your business, and how you should proceed when contacting a Trusted Photographer.
First, review the list of Trusted Photographers on the ‘Get Started’ page of this website to see if there is one in your city, and contact them directly to schedule a photo shoot. If you are unable to schedule a photo shoot, or if there is no Trusted Photographer listed for your city, please fill out the online application.
If a Trusted Photographer is unavailable or unresponsive please give us your business and contact details on the Apply Now button. However, do be aware that at this time we’re offering Business Photos only to a limited number of cities and it may be a while before we can assist you. Thanks for your understanding.
In most cases, a photo shoot will take about an hour, but this varies depending on the size of your business.
You are welcome to clean and tidy things up prior to the photography session, but remember that the aim of the photographs is to show customers what they would expect to see if they visited your business on a normal day.
Photo shoots will include the main customer-facing areas of your business. You can work with the photographer to determine what areas of your businesses you would like to highlight, or even exclude from the shoot. Once again, the goal of the photographs is to show customers what they would expect to see if they visited your business on a normal day.
We know you’re running a business, and that’s why we designed photo shoots to be as non-disruptive as possible. Trusted Photographers will work around your schedule to ensure that photos are taken at a convenient time for you and your business. Photo shoots do not require any sort of special equipment, lighting, or setup, so you are free to stay open. Although photo shoots are non-disruptive and should not interfere with your normal business operations, it’s a good idea to let your customers know photography is in process and to avoid being in view of the camera, whenever possible.
Because we want to keep the focus of the photos on the inside of your business, we aim to have as few people in the shots as possible. During the shoot, photographers may put up a sign and alert customers and employees about to be photographed. As the business owner it would be your responsibility to notify your employees and customers that the photo shoot is taking place.
Privacy And Legal Concerns
This sections covers the most common legal and privacy questions we receive.
Photo shoots will exclude any areas of your businesses which you would not like to feature. In addition, our photographers will always alert customers and employees before a photo is taken, to uphold their privacy. All panoramic imagery will be processed by our state-of-the-art blurring technology to blur out faces of any employees or customers who appear in the imagery. At any time you may request additional blurring or takedown of entire images through our Report a Problem link at either the bottom of the pano image, or within your Google+ Local page.
You must have the proper authority to allow a Trusted Photographer photographer access to the business premises to collect photographs and to subsequently allow Google to use those photographs in its products and services. People with this authority include the owner of the business or a director or manager with the designation to make those commitments on behalf of the business. Please note that by agreeing to the terms and conditions and the Google Terms of Service, before your photo shoot, you are confirming that you have the authority to make that commitment.
Google may use these images in other products and services in new ways that will make your business information more useful and accessible to users. For example, further integration with Google Maps will allow customers to find these images easily from the 360-degree Street View imagery of nearby roads for many locations.
Yes, you will own the photos taken by Trusted Photographers once you have paid for this service and the shoot is completed. Keep in mind that by signing the agreement, provided by the Trusted Photographer, you will also license the use of the photos to Google who will publish the imagery.
Because of the technology takes individual unstitched and unreviewed images that need considerable processing after they are uploaded by the photographer, to produce the attractive ‘walk- through’ experience, you will not be able to review the images before they are uploaded to Google.
Yes, if you see a major issue you can ask us to blur some areas in each of the panoramic images. You may also ask us to take down all panoramas. At this time we are unable to take down individual panoramas. To request blurring or takedown click on the “Report a Problem” link on the specific images where you see issues and provide the requested information. Please note that the blurring/removal process may take several days.
Yes, your photos might be removed if they are found to violate the Google photo policy. Although all business images undergo quality review before being uploaded, some photos may still be reported as inappropriate and later removed.
Similar to our policy for Street View imagery, our “Report a Problem” tool enables users to request further blurring of images that feature the user in the 360-degree imagery. Users can also request the removal of images that display inappropriate content, and business owners can ask us to remove 360-degree images taken by photographers through the “Report a problem” link or the “Report inappropriate photo” link for feature photos.
Additional Questions We Get Asked
These are some miscellaneous questions about the Google Maps Business View process, and how it plays a role with other portions of your business online.
Yes, we encourage you to share the walk-through experience of your business with your customers. To embed the 360-degree panoramas on your website, simply find the HTML snippet from a good point of view of the panoramic imagery on Google Maps, click on the “Link” button , click “customize and preview embedded map,” and then copy and paste the HTML to embed in your website.
Yes, you are welcome to engage with a Trusted Photographer and coordinate a repeat shoot as often as you’d like, but it is up to the individual Trusted Photographer to decide the cost. Many businesses who have recently renovated their interiors or that have seasonal decor will request a reshoot. Remember that you can always upload your own up-to-date photographs through Google+ Local as well.