We have organised some frequently asked questions and interesting facts about Google Street View for your reading enjoyment.
Google has created Business Views using the same “street view technology” that users have become accustomed to using. These tours capture multiple 360-degree panoramic photo shots of your business to give customers a better sense of what to expect when coming to your physical location. This technology brings your business to life online, and will help to entice more potential customers.
The Virtual Tour will help your business by enhancing the business’s web profile on Google’s database, leading more local searchers to your tour and also add this tour to your Google’s Map page. With millions of searches done daily, weekly, monthly, just by having your tour on these sites, you have a better chance to be found than your competitors.
Depending on the size of your business, the amount of floors you have and the amount of time we need to allocate to your business’s Virtual Tour, prices may vary. Please call TopShots on 020 3865 8367 for more information.
This is not the easiest question to answer. Typically most places take 1-2 hours to shoot the tour, but every case is different.
After we shoot and edit the pictures into your tour, we will have your tour loaded on google’s system within 2 business days. The only reason it would not be up is if Google’s system has found vulgar material, or if there were errors in the shots. If this happens, a second photo shoot may have to be scheduled. TopShots will not ask you to pay a penny if we need to reshoot any of the photographs.
You can tell us exactly what you want to show off and what you do not want the public to see. Typically if it is an area in your store or business that customers, or clients see when they are in your business, we suggest making that a part of your tour. Unorganised offices, storage areas and bathrooms can be left off of this tour, without a hesitation. Our Photographers can discuss these specifics before or during the shoot.
Our photographers will always alert customers and employees before a photo is taken, to uphold their privacy. Google’s protocol states that all faces must be blurred for the tour; with that in mind — the panoramic imagery will be processed by state-of-the-art blurring technology to blur out faces of any employees or customers who appear in the imagery.
We can schedule a photo shoot anytime we have a photographer not scheduled for a shoot. The best times are either before your store opens or after the business day. This way it doesn’t disturb your normal work day, Photographers don’t have to worry about blurring people’s faces or being in the way. Better results are achieved when the business is empty.
There is a portion of the Virtual Tour known as Point-of-Interest (POI) shots. These are all things unique, interesting and important about your business, done with still shots. As your Agency, we are only allowed to upload 15 POI shots for your business. You, as the owner of your business and the business’s Google Place Page, can upload as many pictures as you want. Just make sure they are interesting and worthwhile to the searcher and your business.
Google has a specific set of policies that they have created to uphold standards on their network. This gives Google the rights to take down pictures that deem unfit for the public and enhancing your business. Although all business images undergo quality control and then review before being uploaded to the network, some of the photos may still be reported as inappropriate, by users, and later removed.
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. In return, Google will only try to help your business with the placement or use of the photos.