Virtual Tours For Retail Stores

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Street7 create engaging, interactive 360° virtual tours for shops. Customers can come and explore your store when they find you online – on your site, via social media, and Google Maps/ Google Streetview – on the desktop, mobile and virtual reality.

Stand out from the competition, engage your online audience and showcase your business.

Virtual Shopping Experience

Google Maps/ Streetview ‘See Inside’

Build trust with users and bring them inside to explore your business and go shopping from within Google Maps! Credit to the ‘See Inside’ feature, people searching Google for your products can instantly step inside your store- virtually and discover more information.

SEO & Online Traffic

Businesses with virtual tours are favoured more prominent on Google Searches and on Google Maps because it is considered ‘information rich content’ this helps increase rankings and click through rates onto your listing and your website.

Anytime & Anywhere

Having a Virtual tour is a powerful tool for any business and can be embedded onto your Google Business listing, including Maps ‘See Inside’, your online store, on your social media profiles, and internet websites. Virtual tours can be viewed on desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile and in VR. Customers can view your tour at anytime, 24-hours a day from anywhere with just a smart phone.

Digital Generations

Marketing to millennial’s generation requires an unique and engaging digital experience. For the increasing number of who shop online, and follow a brand’s story, virtual tours are an accessible and attention-grabbing extension to your online business.

What Is a QR Code and How will it work for my business?

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Internet trends constantly come and go, one however that has stubbornly stayed around against many recited incorrect predictions of its impending demise is that of the QR (Quick Response) code.

You may beg the question ‘What are these QR codes and why are they important?’

if this is the first time you have heard or seen it, you maybe pondering your mind right now in wonder. It can be said whilst the majority of savvy internet users may already know, for those that do not, this is what a common QR code looks like:

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At first glance, it looks a bit odd, this code is something that local business owners and entrepreneurs need to be mindful of since it is becoming a significant business tool. The QR code is essentially a natural extention of the traditional barcode, which has been around since the 1970s from your supermarket groceries to large LCD TVs.

QR codes was designed and introduced by Japanese car parts manufacturers - Denso ( A subsidiary of Toyota) to track the movement of car parts. Now the same is being used by big companies and local businesses.

 

The advantages of the QR Code for Your Business

The QR code has many advantages over a traditional barcode, however. The main advantage is that you can hold up to a hundred times more information on a QR code than on a tradiional horizontal barcode. In addition, QR codes can be scanned from any direction for 360 degrees.

This makes them easier for your device/scanner to read and reduce the possibility of background interference.

The third main positive is that from a point of view of marketing, the code’s appearance is unique and interesting, increasing the likelihood of engaging the customer in any campaign where it might be used.

A QR code reader app can be downloaded onto a smartphone/ by anyone, and they are mostly free of charge. This means that any customer can walk into your business with his or her smartphone, and scan a QR code which you have generated. An Android user can use a app like QR Code Reader, and an iPhone user can download the Quickscan app. Both are free of charge.

There are many websites allowing you to generate QR codes and again, most are free of charge. You can then download them to your computer for printing. A Google search for “QR code generator” brings up countless results, each offering different options. So it is simply a case of selecting the options that works best for you.

QR Codes in Business

Now, let’s see some business-related scenarios where you would use QR codes.

· Use a QR Code to direct a customer to the URL for your website, Facebook, Twitter or other social media page.

· Use it to share a text message (anything from “Happy Holidays!” to “Have you seen what we have upstairs?)

· Use it as a discount code to be taken to the checkout counter for 10 percent off, for example.

· Use it on your business card with your contact details embedded inside the code.

· Use it to link to a Google Maps location for your new store location perhaps.

· Use it to link to a YouTube video or channel perhaps demonstrating new products or funny company videos.

· Use it to link to an app store download (perhaps of your company’s latest eCommerce app?)

· Use it to embed pricing for your products as an alternative for more conventional price tags.

· Put it on your website’s “contact us” page allowing people scan it and get your contact information direct on their phones.

· Put the code on the tables and walls of your restaurant as an easy way for customers to send off a Foursquare or Facebook status update.

· Put a code on your restaurant’s takeout menu allowing customers to

scan it with their phones and instantly call to place an order.

· Put a QR code at the end of promotional videos taking viewers to a landing page on your website.

· Put it on the front of your door and promote a virtual tour of inside the business so

prospects can see and share if you are not in.

At street7, we hope, you can see by now the great advantages of using QR codes in your business. The codes can help you store a serious amount of information and provide a creative new way of engaging customers. Encourage them to get their phones out and start scanning. By offering an incentive of a discount available only to customers through the code.

The Top 6 Benefits Of Virtual Tours For Property Agents

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Virtual property tours allow clients to get a sense of the property before spending time in person touring. This is just one of the many positives.

As a property agent, finding new and exciting ways to promote your business is always at the forefront of thinking.

How to sell more properties and keep customers engaged?

In this case, consider offering a virtual property tour. The cutting edge technology will help grow brand awareness and improved customer service. As a result you will make more profit and increase business.

The UK’s leading property portal-Rightmove has rolled out 3d virtual tours feature for its mobile apps. A decision previously held back until they saw enough interest and technology growth.

This reason alone should be reason enough to incorporate virtual tours into your marketing plan. A definite way to attract more prospects and make you stand out in business.

Let's see how virtual property tours work and how they impact the real estate industry.

What Are Virtual Property Tours?

Over the past 5 years, virtual reality (VR) has taken the world at a very fast pace. This new technology which allows businesses to give customers a closer look into their products and services. Should you spend hours trying to convince buyers when you can offer a virtual tour?

Property agents can use VR to showcase their inventory more creatively.

For example, if a client who lives overseas is interested in buying a house, it's easier for him to take a virtual tour rather than travel to the UK and back.

Virtual property tours allow people to take a visual walk through a home available for sale. They can check out every room and corner with a few taps on the phone. Compared this to photos and videos media, this technology offers a more accurate and realistic experience.

Want to find out more? Let's see the key benefits of a virtual house tour.

1. Time Saving

When you're listing a new property for sale on the market, you may end up receiving many phone calls from potential leads. Meeting each of them can be is a strain on resources and time. On top of that, some are just curious and have no real intention to purchase.

With a virtual tour, clients can see the property on their laptops, mobile tablets or smartphones. For those who are really interested will contact you and ask for more information. This will free up your time, so you will be able to focus on other areas of your business.

2. Cost Cutting

Driving to and from to meet potential clients and show them properties can be costly. Just consider about how much money you'll spend on fuel at the pumps.

The worst case is that you have no guarantee that they will purchase. Maybe they don't like the hallway, or maybe they discover that the neighbourhood doesn't suit their lifestyle.

Virtual property tours help eliminate these elements. Your only task is to upload the tour on your site so that customers can check the property in advance, or even easier will be to send the client a link to where they can view the tour on a mobile device.

3. Its Convenient

When you showcase a property, the first thing you make sure is the house is prepared and is in pristine condition. However this can be a hassle to call a cleaning company or ask the home owner to clean every time the phone rings.

With virtual tours, you can show off the property in its very best condition. More-so, you are able to emphasise on key features to entice clients into buying.

 

4. Engage with a Realistic Experience

Virtual property tours are like a open day. Potential leads can access the tour anytime they want 24 hours a day from any mobile device.

This technology helps create user awareness far from that of a static photography. Those who view the tour are transported into the scene and can fully immerse them selves in the details.

5. Its not technical

In this day of digital revolution, we can see that virtual tours can be created in every industry. The good news is that at the core of every virtual tour, we have the end user (the consumer) in mind.

Sending a virtual tour to a lead is very easy. You can send it within a sms or whatsapp as a shortened link that takes the client directly to the tour.

You can tour easily embed on your website like embedding a photo or video.

 

6. Stand out from the competition

The application and benefits of a virtual tour for this industry is massive. We can only see this growing as more and more people find out about how easy it is to use. We have seen the application of virtual tours grow immensely within the luxury apartment sectors where agents have a bulk of their clients who are overseas, auction houses where they are able to give a property a early showcase and have realised increased final sale prices because of increased interests.

On top of that, this helps create trust with clients clients more than they trust the competition.

 

Create a awesome Virtual Tour for your properties

Now that you know how this great technology works, try it yourself! It is a great way to reach more clients and take your property business to the next level.

Contact us for quality property virtual tours, real estate marketing, and other consulting services!

Virtual Reality is NOW here for BUSINESS

360 Degrees Virtual Reality For Business

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The use of Virtual reality is a far cry from years past with clunky and uncomfortable headsets that weight the same as you as you insert them over your head to view some basic graphics.

The explosive growth of the use of VR (Virtual Reality) in real world application has seen big brands advancing and latching onto this trend. In terms of social platforms, giants such as Facebook, Youtube and Google offer 360 degrees enabled consumer viewings and as technology for software goes as they advance so will the quality of application.

Is your business prepared for VR?

Good news for savvy and forward-thinking businesses is that much of the competition associate VR technologies with teenage gaming and pay very little attention to the real-world applications that could significantly enhance their business.

Social media and corporate branding is very closely connected- that much is very obvious.

Here is an example:

Restaurants and schools could create a virtual tour with interactive information points to list offerings and share particular items and offers. The scope for creativity is limited only by imagination.

Earlier on in the year I was kindly invited along to a hotel and hospitality event in London and the discussion of ‘weddings’ was the hot topic for the up coming months of spring and summer. Just to fill you guys in the know, weddings season is good for hotels on numerous levels (Food and drink sales, full room bookings, event bookings and brand awareness via social sharing).

This can also be seen as with the opposite view, Not being able to fill your wedding slots in advance means the your competition are.

Here are some points are gave them#:

Nowadays, not 1900 century, people have a mobile phone and they are more likely to stay in doors then to come out. We can learn based of statistics, 7 out of 10 people are more savvy with technologies and using their phones more for research and mapping services even before they physically step foot in the venue.

You could build trust and a save a lot of ‘donkey’ work by just creating a virtual tour of the hotel for weddings. People can see the function/dance floor, bedrooms and swimming pools etc.

The hotel could then embed the virtual tour onto the website, Google Maps and sharing it with a short link in their marketing. One marketing idea that was executed for a few clients previously that got massive amounts of interest was this:

You could link and apply the virtual tour onto a QR code on leaflets, banners or points of interest dotted around the venue, so when people scan it- the scan takes them straight to the virtual tour and viewed on the mobile device

Why is this particular useful you ask? Because it saves the ‘donkey work’

You increase your pre-qualified leads, save resources and time showing people around   

In the same instance, events like weddings at the hotels, sharing photos of the special day is very common practice, sharing a fully immersive 360 degree photo is on another level altogether.

Hotels and business are able to apply their branding and contact details on the photos and when guest share the image (without disruptions) with their friends on Facebook or a photo gallery reel, the brand details or also accessible by viewers

The $30 Billion dollar industry!

If the likes of gaming is set to be the standard bearer for the VR revolution, then social media will be undoubtedly be driving force (hence Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift).

 

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How soon you ask? Well, VR technology is already here and will be rolled out sooner than many expect, with some sources expecting VR to become a $30bn industry by 2020. Now is the ideal time to prepare for the coming changes and steal a lead over your competitors.

Get yourself a head start in the world of VR by speaking to one of our friendly  consultants today. We can both advise you on how best to take advantage of  virtual reality in your business, and supply the rich, detailed photography you will need to enhance user experience.