Google Street View...
Attract more customers with a 360° Google Street View tour for inside your business
Launched in the UK in May 2012, the Google Street View program is a powerful and fun marketing tool bringing Google's 'Street View' technology (the same technology used to virtually explore streets around the world) inside your business.
Build consumer trust in your business with a high-quality, third-party-produced virtual tour that lets them experience your business before they arrive. These immersive virtual experiences inspire greater confidence among prospective guests and patrons.
As a Google Street View Trusted photographer, Rob is able to create a bespoke street view tour of your business for you.
With a 360-degree Google Street View tour, your customers and potential customers can virtually walk around, explore, zoom-in and interact just like being there.
Using specialist panoramic photography equipment approved by Google, Digital Photography by Rob Holding can create a high-quality, interactive experience for you business.
Invite customers in with an indoor Google Street View tour of your business. Showcase all the details your customers and visitors love with enhanced Google Search, Google Maps and Google Street View.
Your on-line visitors will have the ability to virtually step inside, walk through and explore. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- Explore your company at street level on GOOGLE STREET VIEW
- Stand out on GOOGLE SEARCH results when customers search your business. Your Google business listing is your company's most visible asset. Improve your presence with Street View tour.
- View your images on GOOGLE MAPS. Plant your flag. When prospective customers seek you out on Google Maps, help ensure that their first encounters are great ones.
That's not all...
As part of your Google Street View package, you will also receive 10 to 15 high resolution, professionally shot, POI (point of interest) images.
These images appear along side your virtual tour(s) and can be used both on-line (e.g. to use on your own website), and in any printed literature. This service alone is worth £250!
Not only will your tour(s) appear on Google searches, Google Maps and Google Street View, you can easily embedded both your virtual street view tour and POI images directly into your own website and social media pages. Even start your tour at the exact point you wish your customers to see first.
The next step...
Google Street View photography is available NOW, only through certified Google Trusted Photographers like Rob Holding
In order to participate in the Google Street View program, Google requires each business premises to have a Google my business listing (available to the business for FREE).
If you don't have a Google my business page, you can create one for FREE. Having a Google my business page will help customers to find you easier on Google.
We can work with you to arrange a mutually convenient day/time for your personalised virtual tour photo shoot.
There are no on-going costs to having a Google Street View tour of your business, just a simple one-off charge.
Within a few days, your Google Street View tour will be available on Google Maps, Google Street View and Google search results.
Explore some Google Street View Tours created by Rob Holding in the Google Street View Portfolio
A searchable selection of example Google tours can also be found on the exampletours.com website.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Google Street View
How can Google Street View help my business?
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 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.
How are businesses being photographed and how can I see the pictures?
Photographer Rob Holding takes high-quality still photographs that are stitched into 360-degree views using panoramic camera technology. Digital Photography by Rob Holding 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 by signing into Google my business. You'll be able to see the photos and 360-degree panoramic imagery directly on Google search results and on your Google page.
What can Digital Photography by Rob Holding do that I can't do myself?
Trusted Photographers are trained to take high quality photos of building interiors, accommodating for common challenges such as low lighting and tight spaces. Google Trusted Photographers are also certified to take pictures using fish-eye 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 Rob Holding uploads the images from his cameras, Google’s processing pipelines use sophisticated image stitching, HDR, image matching and other technologies to produce these panoramic walk-throughs.
Can a business anywhere in the world apply for a photo shoot?
Yes! Anywhere around the world that the Google search engine is permitted.
What is the relationship between Digital Photography by Rob Holding and Google?
Digital Photography by Rob Holding is an independent contractor/business and not employed by Google, agents of Google or affiliated with Google in any way. Google has certified Rob Holding because he meet Google’s standards of quality for taking the feature pictures and panoramic pictures, uploading them, moderating them and eventually publishing them on Google.
How much does it cost to have my business photographed?
There are no on-going charges for this service. Digital Photography by Rob Holding will asses the number of images required and work out a cost to photograph your business.
- The Photo Shoot
How can I coordinate a photo shoot?
Contact Us now with your questions, for more information or to schedule a photo shoot. Rob will be happy to discuss your requirements or visit you to demonstrate and provide a no obligation quote.
How long will the photo shoot take?
In most cases, a photo shoot will take about two hours. This varies depending on the size of your business.
What do I need to do to prepare my business ahead of the photo shoot?
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.
Which areas of my business will be photographed?
Photo shoots will include the main customer-facing areas of your business. You can work with Rob to determine what areas of your businesses you would like to highlight or 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.
Will the photo shoot disrupt my business operations?
We know you’re running a business, and that’s why we designed photo shoots to be as non-disruptive as possible. Trusted Photographer; Rob Holding will work around your schedule to ensure that photos are taken at a convenient time for you and your business. Google Street View tours do not require large 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 may be a good idea to let your customers know photography is in process and to avoid being in view of the camera, whenever possible.
Will people be included in the photo shoot?
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. As the business owner it would be your responsibility to notify your employees and customers that the photo shoot is taking place. To uphold their privacy, any members of staff, customers or general public that are photographed will have their faces blurred during image processing.
- Privacy and Legal
What measures are in place to ensure privacy and legal compliance?
Photo shoots will exclude any areas of your businesses which you would not like to feature. We will attempt to alert customers and employees before a photo is taken. All panoramic imagery will be processed 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 business page.
Who from my business can give legal permission for the photo shoot?
You must have the proper authority to allow Digital Photography by Rob Holding access to the business premises to collect photographs and to subsequently allow Google to use those photographs in it’s 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. By booking a photo shoot, you are confirming that you have the authority to make that commitment.
Will Google be using the imagery in other applications besides Google business pages?
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.
Do I own the photographs taken Digital Photography by Rob Holding?
Copyright remains with the Photographer; Rob Holding however, once you have paid for this service in full, you will have licence to use the images as required with exception of re-sale of the images. Images are also licensed for use by Google who will publish the imagery.
Can I review the photos after they are taken and before they go live on my Google+ Local page?
Because the technology takes individual un-stitched and un-reviewed 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.
Can I blur the images or take down all panoramas from my business listing?
Yes, if you see a major issue you can ask Google to blur some areas in each of the panoramic images. You may also ask Google to take down all panoramas. At this time, Google 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.
Could my photos be removed for other reasons?
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.
If I’m not the business owner, can I request the removal of a photo?
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
Can I embed these images on my business website?
Yes, we encourage you to share the Street View experience of your business with your customers. To embed the 360-degree panoramas on your website and on social media pages, simply find the HTML snippet from a good point of view of the panoramic imagery on Google Maps, click on the Link button, click customise and preview embedded map. Copy and paste the HTML to embed in your website. If you’re looking for even more customisability with your images, check out the Google Maps API.
Can I have a repeat photo shoot?
Yes, you are welcome to Contact Us and coordinate a repeat shoot as often as you’d like. Many businesses who have recently renovated their interiors or that have seasonal decor will request a re-shoot.