The Guitar Centre – Retail Store – East Brisbane

The Guitar CentreThe Guitar Center already had an existing Google+ Business page and Virtual Tour…. but after moving premises to a brand new store (diagonally across the intersection of Stanley St East and Lisburn St, Woolloongabba), they decided that a new updated Virtual Tour was important.

We scheduled the Photoshoot in March 2015 and published the New Virtual Tour on 30 March 2015 (less than a week after the shoot).

They are still to update the cover photo on their Business+ Page – but in less than 1 month (as of 22 April), the number of views has grown from just under 50,00 to  more than 67,000.

Moreish Cafe – Cafe – Stones Corner

logo-squareMoreish Cafe is a fabulous Cafe on Logan Rd, Stones Corner (although Google thonks it is Greenslopes).

They originally had an auto created Business Page, but it had not been claimed.  I helped them to claim and verify the oage, and also assisted them with adding content and updating it. We scheduled the photoshoot  in March 2015 and the  Virtual Tour was published on 24 March 2014.

As this was abrand new Google+ Page theye didi not have any Views registerd – as of 22 April (less than 1 month after publication of the virtual tour) thy have had over 2,300 views.

New Google Photo Tools for Businesses

Google My BusinessNew Photo tools – designed to enable businesses to add their own unique photos to search listings, Google Maps and Google+ pages have been launched by Google.

The New feature (known as “Business Photos”) has recently been added to their My Business service, to allow business owners to more easily add their own photos to their Google+ Business Page.

All business owners need to do to enhance their listings is log onto Google My Business and visit the new “Photos” section to upload images of their own choosing. Owners can also update their public-facing profiles, add logos and cover photos.

Contact Us if you’d like to find put how to add  a Google Virtual Tour to your business, or of you’d like some help optimising your Google+ Page, or see How to add local business photos for more information.

Have You Seen Wally Lately ??

Wheres WallyWhether you know him as Wally, or Waldo, Willie, Walter, or even Charlie (depending on where you are in the world)…. most of us have spent many frustrating/entertaining hours trying to find him in one of the famous “Where’s Wally” picture books.

I recently decided to start to add something a little “extra” to the Google Virtual Tours that I create.  I thought that by subtely including some sort of character or figurine to my Business Views, I could make it a bit of a “signature” of my work – but at the same time also add an extra element of interest for the business (and potentially their customers).

I thought about lots of different things I could use… I wanted something small, but bright and easily recogniable… Thanks very much to Rory for suggesting Wally… I think it is just perfect because :

  • The figurine is small, bright and recognisable
  • Most of us are already used to searching for him
  • He is a photographer (and has a camera around his neck)

Actually finding a Wally figurine was harder than I thought (as they went out of production more trhe 25 years ago)… but I did manage to track some down, and have started (with my clients permisison), incorporating them into new Virtual Tours that I publish.

So far all my clients have loved the idea… it provides something a little quirky for their virtual tour…. and also gives them the potential to run a competition or offer a prize tpo encourage potential customers for taking a long hard look through their virtual tour.

See if you can find Wally in the tour below (there is only one to find) :

Badminton Brew – Coffee Shop – Mt Gravatt East

Badminton Brew Cafe v1Badminton Brew is a relatively new cafe/coffe shop (opened in December 2014) hidden away in the backstreets of Mt Gravatt East.

Located in amongst a small row of otherwise ordinary shops on Badminton St (in an area bordered by Cavendish Rd and Creek Rd), Badminton Brew has rapidly become a popular spot for Takeway Coffee.

As this is a brand new business, a Google+ Page did not already exist, so I assisted Rachael in the creation and optimisation of this.  We then went through the Google verification process, and were able to schedule the photoshoot for the Virtual Tour. and arrange for publication.

Sik Gaek – Korean BBQ Buffet – Mt Gravatt

Sik Gaek – my favourite Korean BBQ Buffet, is an “all you can eat” restaurant at Mt Gravatt based around the Korean BBQ style of eating.

We helped the owners clain and optimise their  Google+ Business Page and also took and published  Business View and Professional feature Photos of their Business.

Backstreet Espresso – Carina

Backstreet Espresso is literally tucked away in the backstreets of Carina.  Located in Kenrose St just off Creek Rd – Backstreet is rapidly developing a reputation for Great coffee and food.

I actually grew up in this area so remember as a kid riding down to the Kenrose St shops (long before Backstreet Espresso existed) to spend my pocket money on lollies (and firecrackers).

Michael and Courtney had already claimed and verified their Google+ Page years ago as a Places Page, bu we assisted them with the the optimisation of their Google+ Business Page and also took and published  Business View and Professional feature Photos of their Business.


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Virtual Dive Comes to Australia

Google’s Street View program has come to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (and coming soon to Sydney Harbour) in the form of Underwater Virtual Tours (aka Virtual Diving).

The Great Barrier Reef is the latest addition to Google’s 3D maps, which already provide virtual dives of other reefs around the world.

The images can be accessed through Google Maps and have been recorded from dozens of reef locations.


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Has Beans Coffee – Camp Hill

Has Beans is a tiny (but very popular) Coffee shop at the Samuel Village shopping Center in Camp Hill.  We assisted Sue and Jung with the creation and verification of their Google+ Business Page and also took and published  Business View and Professional feature Photos of their Business.


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World’s Largest Google Business Photos Project ?

A Hotel/Convention center in Madrid has recently completed what is said to be
the biggest ever Google Photos project yet carried out.

The Hotel Auditórium Madrid which has more than 800 rooms and nearly 60 separate convention/meeting rooms now offers a virtual tour via Google Business Photos.  Before booking accommodation or a meeting room, the client can see them and have an idea of their size and possibilities.

Google Business Photos provides a virtual experience through an interactive hotel tour of the inside provided by 360º linked photographs. This allows the user to visit the facilities – including the Principe Felipe Convention Center – just like they were  actually there.

Photography of the 15,000 m2 hotel took more than 12 hours by a Google Trusted Photographer  – resulting in more than 4,300 pictures that were then stitched together and processed by Google to provide the 360 degree virtual tour.


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