Google Business Photos. The next big thing from Google for your business
I am sure you’re all familiar with Google Maps and you've probably played with the Street View option as it’s truly spectacular (assuming you ignore the privacy issues). Now there’s a new service Google are launching and it’s called Business Photos.
Think “Street View” for your business.
Google have just put this new service offering on their site so you can see an example of a Business Photos application. Like street View you can use the mouse to navigate and walk from room to room.
The service is only available from a limited number of photographers as they need to be trained by Google, purchase the equipment, and be authorised to load the images onto the Google servers.
The “walk through” of your business will be hosted on the Google servers in the same way you would embed a YouTube video so there’s no data transfer additional costs with your hosting company.
If you’re a shop, tea room, restaurant, pub, hotel, club, hairdresser, guest house, or any business that would like to show off its public areas then this is a very cost effective way to do this, with the added benefit of the search engine ranking, being linked to Street View, and getting a place mention on Google Maps.
From a local perspective the service was soft launched in Glasgow a few months ago and is now being rolled out to other Scottish towns with Edinburgh just going live now. Even if your outside Edinburgh it’s worth asking Derek (see below) for advice as there may be the odd exception. If you want to get in early then you’ll need to talk to a Google authorised photographer and I would highly recommend Derek Fett of Fett Images. Derek has completed all the Google certifications and is currently creating these incredible images for businesses in Scotland. Derek is listed on the Google accredited photographers list here (at the end under Edinburgh)
I can almost hear you thinking… “that looks expensive” but you’d be wrong. Costs start at £99 for a small area but top out at £300 for a larger area like a hotel or club.
So what are you waiting for, get in touch with Derek at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 07785 763571 or 0808 9000 572.
Alternative call or email me and I can discuss this with you before you speak to Derek.