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TourBuzz Service Update: Announcing our newest design "Fit"

We are excited to announce the release of our latest design, Fit. It is a single-page website style design that presents an upgraded feel relative to a slideshow. This premium experience uses responsive technology to ensure the same thematic experience from any computer or device.…

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Added by Paul Rodman on December 2, 2015 at 2:00pm — 11 Comments

FAA Allows First Real Estate Company To Use Drones For Aerial Photography

Douglas Trudeau of Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Ariz., today became the first real estate agent who can legally use a drone for real estate photography. If you have recently looked at the listings in your local MLS (or on Zillow and Redfin), you…

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Added by Paul Rodman on January 7, 2015 at 12:26pm — No Comments

build a dolly, DIY ring light, panoramic timelapse video

http://www.cnet.com/how-to/diy-projects-for-the-photography-enthusiast/

Cool video with good ideas

Accessories can make all the difference in getting interesting, creative shots. In this week's episode of The Fix, we have three DIY accessories you can accomplish on the cheap.

First, I'll show you how to shoot a hassle-free panoramic timelapse video using your smartphone.…

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Added by Paul Rodman on November 18, 2014 at 3:23pm — No Comments

top factors for agents when choosing a real estate photographer

This was an Australian firm doing the survey but I believe the results are very similar to what we see here.

ranking only 5th after easy access to images at no 4. High quality products were paramount to agents at no 1 followed by great customer service at no 2 and fast turnaround time at no 3.

In terms of the products offered by top snap®, agents rated the real estate photography service as the highest, with a satisfaction level of 95%, followed by floor plans at 92%; and…

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Added by Paul Rodman on October 1, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Offer to add Aerial Fly-ins to your TourBuzz Tours

TourBuzz user, Dave Clark, started adding aerial fly-ins to his tours, and his customers love it!  He has offered to create them for other TourBuzz users for $15.  The fly-in is 1 minute and 30 seconds long and will be delivered as an MP4 file, which can easily be added to your TourBuzz tour.

For more information, click here to see his post in our…

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Added by Paul Rodman on September 23, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Professional Real Estate Photography Sells Homes 32% Faster

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3167123

According to VHT Studios' first-of-its-kind analysis, Chicago-area homes that were professionally photographed sold 32% faster, spending an average of 89 Days on Market (DOM) – compared to 123 DOM for other homes. According to the analysis, Realtors® who utilized professional real estate photography cut average DOM by nearly five full weeks. VHT Studios analyzed homes in every price range,…

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Added by Paul Rodman on September 3, 2014 at 2:14pm — No Comments

TourBuzz users can try WonderFox Video Converter

In honor of back-to-school season, WonderFox is offering a free license code to try WonderFox Video Converter Factory Pro until September 15.  To try get the offer, visit their promotion website: http://www.videoconverterfactory.com/promotion.html 

WonderFox Video Converter Factory Pro is an all-in-one, fast, reliable and easy-to-use video conversion software. 100 + formats are supported. You can…

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Added by Paul Rodman on August 28, 2014 at 2:28pm — No Comments

How Professional Photography saved Air BnB

http://firstround.com/article/How-design-thinking-transformed-Airbnb-from-failing-startup-to-billion-dollar-business

This is a really good story. Maybe useful in your sales spiel.

 

Added by Paul Rodman on August 8, 2014 at 9:15am — No Comments

Photographer in Focus: Interior Profiles

At TourBuzz, we believe that results matter, so we recently asked our high-volume users to share their success stories with us. We received some great responses, and we are happy to share them with you in this series called Photographer in…

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Added by Paul Rodman on July 8, 2014 at 9:49am — No Comments

Photographer in Focus: Grape Imaging

At TourBuzz, we believe that results matter, so we recently asked our high-volume users to share their success stories with us. We received some great responses, and we are happy to share them with you in this series called Photographer in Focus.



GRAPE IMAGING

Carol Grape shared a story that highlights the power of great photography. …

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Added by Paul Rodman on May 9, 2014 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

RoomScan iApp for Floor Plans

Here is a new app for creating floor plans. I tried it and it works pretty well. It is easy to try at least.

Getting Floor Plans into every tour will be a big advantage if you can do it easily.

Here is a good review:

http://architizer.com/blog/roomscan-app/

Here is the link to free app:…

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Added by Paul Rodman on March 26, 2014 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Photographer in Focus: Snapshot America

The work of TourBuzz user, Ethan Tweedie, was featured on HawaiiLife.com describing the value and importance of professional photography in marketing real estate. That article got us thinking--how many other stories like this exist in the TourBuzz community?



We asked our…

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Added by Paul Rodman on March 21, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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

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

Google Earth Fly Over

Several of you have asked me about adding Google Earth style fly over video into the tours. I have looked into it. Apparently all you need is a license version of Google Earth Pro. The video clips are created right out of their software. The license is $399. 

Based on everything I have read, we cannot automate the creation of the videos. I could be wrong, so please let me know if you find out different. What that means is every video would need to be made by hand. 

My question…

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Added by Paul Rodman on February 7, 2013 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

What a real estate photo is worth

See what the top realtor thinks a photo is worth:

In this business, a photo is worth everything. It could be worth $30 million, it could be worth $50 million. A photo, to the owner, gets the property sold. So the photo is it.”

Dolly Lenz: Secrets of Selling to the Rich and Famous…

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Added by Paul Rodman on January 28, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

"I need more customers!" : Thoughts on growing a Real Estate Photography Business

Lots of photographers call and ask how they can get more customers. They are typically great photographers that need more business. Tim Ray (TourBuzz Fellow) talked about selling the benefits of photography to Agents. Frank Zrinsky (another TourBuzz fellow) talked about …

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Added by Paul Rodman on September 14, 2012 at 11:30am — 11 Comments

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