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Professional Listing Photos Sell For More Money



Professional Listing Photos Sell For More Money

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Added by Paul Rodman on January 14, 2014 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Set up a business page on Google +, LinkedIn, facebook, Pinterest and a Google Places page

How do I improve my SEO? We get this question a lot. 

First you need to figure out how Agents are searching for photographers in your market. Google makes this very easy. You will need to get a Google Adwords Account. http://www.google.com/adwords

Use the Keyword Planner tool to help determine the number of searches in your area for particular terms like: Atlanta real estate photographer

If you really want to test the terms, do…

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Added by Paul Rodman on November 6, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

TourBuzz Service Update: Improved "new tour" workflow, cascading music preferences, and custom order forms

Tour music selection improvements

We have upgraded the tour music selection system to work like the other cascading preferences in the system. Previously, you needed to select music independently for every single tour. We now allow you to select the tour music at the account and customer levels. You can also upload a custom audio track at the account and customer level.

We have also added an integrated audio preview to reduce the effort involved in choosing…

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Added by TourBuzz Support on September 10, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Need an Info Graphic to Show that "A Picture is Worth $1000"?

Some of you may have already seen this blog post by Ruxta Realty out of Wilmington NC, but if not, it's worth a read.…

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Added by TourBuzz Fellow on August 1, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

TourBuzz Service Update: Improvements to new tour editor and major video slideshow improvements

New Features in the New Tour Editor

Our efforts to make all tour editing features available in the new tour editor make a big step forward today with the announcement of the following new functionality:

  • You can now create new tours! The new address auto-complete is really slick and should help save time and reduce errors when entering the tour address.
  • You can now upload images! Images can be drag-n-drop'd to the new editor and will become…
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Added by TourBuzz Support on July 24, 2013 at 11:20am — 2 Comments

TourBuzz Service Update: New Tour Template; Client Login improvements

Announcing the New Tour Template

Thanks to feedback from some of our high-volume customers, we've added a feature called New Tour Template that makes it easy to automate some repetitive tasks in your tour production workflow.

The New Tour Template can be configured once from the "My Account > Account Settings" section of the admin. From then on every new tour…

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Added by TourBuzz Support on June 24, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

TourBuzz Service Update: Announcing our latest design, Junction!

 

We're happy to announce the immediate availability of our latest design, Junction!

Junction is another minimalist design that we've crafted with input from many customers and photographers. There are a ton of customizable options to help you craft exactly the look &…

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Added by TourBuzz Support on June 13, 2013 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Tourbuzz Service Update: Announcing "delivery-only" tours for $3, improved MLS photo delivery

One of the trickiest parts of the real estate photography business is delivering images to clients. Our photographers told us that they were struggling with a number of problems:

  • Not every agent orders a tour, meaning a non-TourBuzz method for delivering pictures must be figured out
  • Some MLS's require certain size images, meaning extra time spent running a batch job specifically for the MLS and then using a non-TourBuzz method for delivering the MLS…
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Added by TourBuzz Support on June 12, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

It’s Not the Equipment, It’s the Eye

In these shots, using the curve of the staircase as the focal point adds much more visual interest than the first shot, whose focal point is a blank wall.…

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Added by TourBuzz Fellow on June 6, 2013 at 2:00am — 5 Comments

TourBuzz Service Update: New Tour Editor now available for your customers to use!

We are pleased to announce that the new Tour Editor is now accessible by your customers to use for editing their tours!

Please note that the new tour editor is available only from the logged-in customer area. Also note that some features are disabled for your customers such as deleting media items. The new tour editor respects the existing "Allow Tour Editing" preference.…

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Added by TourBuzz Support on May 10, 2013 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Advantage of creating partial panoramas instead of 360 panoramas

Over the eight+ years I have been in business doing real estate virtual tours I have found doing partial panos to be a great advantage over 360 degree panos.



The comments heard often about the 360 degree images is that “they are so distorted”, “they make me dizzy” and “I don’t like them”.…



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Added by TourBuzz Fellow on May 8, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

TourBuzz Service Update: Announcing true client login!

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of our new login-based Client Center. The "secret" url-based client and tour access has served us well, but we feel that moving forward a more traditional login-based client panel is both more secure and expected from customers. At your option, all of your customers can have access to a login-based Client Center.

Client Center functionality for your Customers:

  • Secure, login-based access
  • View all…
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Added by TourBuzz Support on May 7, 2013 at 11:30am — 13 Comments

TuneFruit: Music licensing site

When you work on software, you can have a tendency to get stuck into your work for weeks at a time and forget about the outside world, so it was refreshing and fun for us to have lunch with the guys at Tunefruit this week. They’re working on a marketplace for stock audio tracks with deep, rich tagging so users can find exactly what they’re looking for as…

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Added by Paul Rodman on May 2, 2013 at 9:56am — 1 Comment

SEO results from posting my house FSBO

Recently I posted my house for sale. We wanted to test the market and see our next steps. My three boys keep getting bigger and I can’t even use my own bathroom. Anyway, back to what you and your clients care about.

I created a TourBuzz tour. I added a street address domain name. I created a YouTube video that was posted to my personal YouTube account. The sign in the front yard only had a link to the TourBuzz web…

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Added by Paul Rodman on May 1, 2013 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Announcing the beta release of our new Tour Editor!

We are happy to announce the first beta release of our new Tour Builder! Here's a quick glance of the new interface; read on below for the details.

At TourBuzz, our goal is to give you the tools to do your job as fast as possible, saving you time (and money) that you can use to…

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Added by TourBuzz Support on April 17, 2013 at 3:30pm — 18 Comments

The Extra Things You Do Can Keep a Client and Have Them Brag About You to Other REALTORS®

Have you ever just moved a few things (or a lot of things) out of the way when photographing a home? Done some minor staging for your images? Chatted longer with the homeowner than you had planned? I think all of these things can really make a difference between personal service a small company provides and the big national companies.



Sometimes I have done too much moving to help show…

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Added by TourBuzz Fellow on March 22, 2013 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Great new research on the value of adding professional images to MLS listings

A customer shared this article with some great research on the effect of real estate photography on a listing's time on market and sale price. The bottom line is that listings with more photos make the listing take slightly longer to sell, but deliver a 3-5% increase in sale price.

The full article appears in WSJ (via…

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Added by TourBuzz Support on March 11, 2013 at 8:32pm — 1 Comment

Incorporating Video into Your Virtual Tour

It is so easy to incorporate video into a TourBuzz tour. Have the Realtor do an introduction to the home outside, maybe a quick shoot in the backyard, or the kitchen. Have them do some voice overs for the panoramic shots. If the light is good you will not need to drag around extra lights.



Here are some suggestions.…



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Added by TourBuzz Fellow on March 6, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

How to Construct a Tour that Walks the Viewer through the Home

What does a home buyer who is starting online want to know about a house? They want to know how the house flows - how the more public…

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Added by TourBuzz Fellow on February 20, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments

Is Zillow Stealing Photographer's images?

This week I received an email from Zillow....They have this new site where they are posting style pictures of homes. There are a couple of professional photography groups that are trying to figure out if they are stealing our images without our knowledge. Please to go: http://www.zillow.com/digs/

See if you recognize any of your images or others you may know. Please let me know if you find any. Do a screen capture of the page and please send…

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Added by TourBuzz Fellow on February 16, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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