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How long does it take for a virtual tour to appear online on Google Streetview?

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Almost every time when I shoot a virtual tour for a client to publish on Google Streetview Trusted, I get the question by the business owner: "How long does it take for a shoot to appear online?"

Well it depends on various factors. In general, the moment I have done all my work I into Google maps and I’ve already connected all the dots (all the panorama points) together and if I then click publish, it will be online in general in about twenty to thirty minutes.

But sometimes there is a problem... Sometimes the Google servers are making mistakes and we need to redo work or whatever and then it will take a little bit more time.

But in general the moment I have published then after about half an hour later the virtual tour will be online. So it can go pretty quick, assuming that I have Internet access wherever I am wherever I have shot a virtual tour and done my post processing work into the backend of Google Streetview.

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How long does it take to shoot a virtual tour for Google Streetview Trusted?

 

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I often get asked the question how long does it takes to shoot a virtual tour for Google Streetview Trusted.

It's hard to say. If you have like a small cafe or a small coffee shop I could be ready in like twenty, thirty minutes or fortyfive minutes.

But if the venue becomes larger and larger, it will take more time to cover the required or areas you would like to be photographed.

For example if you have a small hotel with only a few types of rooms, I could start outside from the street to go into the reception, maybe to the restaurant and maybe shoot one or two rooms.

But if you have a large resort with different types of rooms, a recreation area, pool area or a midgetgolf area, fitness area etc. And if you want me to cover all those locations, it will take significantly more time. So then it could take up to a few hours.

To give you an idea: recently I shot a virtual tour here in The Netherlands in a large shopping centre and the shop was like seven thousand square metres.

I had to shoot all differents types of points and a lot of points. I ended up shooting like six thousand something photos, which needed to be stitched. And you can imagine that was a huge project: it took me eight hours to complete!

So it just depends on the size of the venue I have to shoot. But in general if you have like a hotel or a resort, I would count like four or five hours if it's large and may be two to three hours if it's a little bit smaller.

I hope this clarifies the question about how long it would take to shoot a virtual tour a little bit.

Thank you!

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How much does a virtual tour for Streetview Trusted cost?

 

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One of the most asked questions regarding Google Streetview Trusted virtual tours is the question: "How much does a virtual tour cost?".

That is hard to say.

It all depends on the size of the virtual tour of course. You have to imagine I walk every couple of metres then I shoot 12 photos and those photos will be stitched together and those 12 photos make up one panorama point.

So, the more panorama points I have to shoot, the more work it creates for me.

It all depends on if you have a huge resort, of course I have to walk larger distances, I have to take more panorama points, shoot more photos compared to for example if you have a small cafe or restaurant with like 5 to 12 tables.

Then the price would be something like EUR 100 and that can go up to 400, 500, 600 Euro or more, depending on the size of your hotel or resort or other type of business.

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What time of the day should we schedule our virtual tour photoshoot?

 

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Hi there! I’m Eduard, a Google Streetview Trusted photographer.

Every time when I’m planning a photo shoot with a client the question arises: "What is the best time to schedule the photo shoot for the virtual tour?"

A virtual tour, you should know, is not a popularity contest. It is not to illustrate how many guests how many visitors you have at your business. It's more to show your business at its' best.

Ideally there are less people as possible. For example a restaurant it will be ideal to shoot it when it's still closed, so when there no guests. I can then freely walk around and take 360 degrees photos and do my thing.

In a hotel or resort obviously this is more difficult because there are always guests. So what I plan then often is just after sunrise around 7:30 or 8:30 or so in the morning I start.

Because most guests in general are just either a sleep or just having  breakfast: pool areas are free of people, the beaches are still free of people. So it's most convenient for me to take photos at that time.

But of course we can plan any time of the day!

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Which areas of my business will be photographed for a virtual tour?

 

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Whenever I’m discussing and planning a photoshoot for a virtual tour with the business owner, they ask me: "Which areas will you be taking photos in?"

My answer normally is: "All the ones, all the areas you want me to shoot".

Because my goal is to present your business at its' best, so people come down to your business to your restaurant, to your hotel, to your resort, to your cafe or whatever and either book a room or a stay at your place and order something.

But I can also imagine that there are some areas you don’t want me to take photos. For example the restrooms or bathrooms. And in a restaurant I can imagine that  some owners want me to take photos in the kitchen and some don’t.

In general, I recommend that for example for a hotel or resort I start at the street. walk into the reception... Maybe if there is some kind of waiting area I shoot it as well... If there is a bar I shoot the bar, I take photos at the recreation room or arcade, a midgetgolf area, sports area pool area, restaurants.

If you have got multiple restaurants I take photos in multiple restaurants.

But we should always try to avoid the risk that people get lost when they are using the virtual tour.

Because imagine in a virtual tour you can only go forward, backward, left and right and look around. But if I will be shooting all the walking paths in a huge resort you can imagine that for people it's easy to get lost.

Together with the business owner I choose to best route through your business, so we cover all the highlights and present the business at its' best obviously and avoid the risk of people getting lost.

Along the way we try to shoot like two or three, four different types of rooms or houses that you have for renting if you are talking about resort. All, again, to present your business at its' best to make sure that people using the virtual tour will come down to your business and not to your competitors'!

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Will you inform our guests when shooting a virtual tour for Google Streetview Trusted?

 

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"Will you be informing or how will you be informing our guests when you will be shooting photos for a virtual tour at our location?".

That is a question business owners ask me sometimes. I will not be informing ALL your guests. That is not doable for me, to be honest.

The thing is, I recommend you inform your guests, you hang up pieces of paper in which you inform your guests, at the entrance for example, and maybe at the pool area. State the date that I will be shooting.

I will be wearing a polo and a cap to show people that I am shooting for Google Streetview Inside, or Google Streetview Trusted, I should say. But again, I will not be informing all people.

If people ask me questions, of course I will answer them. And of course as with regular Streetvierw I am obliged to blur faces, license plates etc.

So, if people are on the photo, they will be visible but not recognizable. That's one thing you can tell them.

But again, I recommend you inform your guests upfront, like two to three days upfront and remove those posters the moment I will be shooting. Because that will look a bit clumsy.

In that way you can avoid most problems.

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