Frequently Asked Questions

Google Business View

  1. How can Business View help my business?
  2. Are there any restrictions on what type of businesses can participate?
  3. What is the cost to get my business photographed?
  4. How long will the photo shoot take?
  5. What do I need to do to prepare my business ahead of the photo shoot?
  6. Which areas of my businesses will be photographed?
  7. Will the photo shoot disrupt my business operations?
  8. Will people be included in the photo shoot?
  9. Can I embed these images on my business website?
  10. Can I have a repeat photo shoot?

Real Estate Virtual Tours

  1. How much does a virtual tour cost for Realtors?
  2. What does this virtual tour include?

Google Business View

  1. How can Business View help my business?
  2. 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+ Local pages, 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.

  3. Are there any restrictions on what type of businesses can participate?
  4. Currently, we are not allowed to upload imagery of legal establishments or art museums.

  5. What is the cost to get my business photographed?
  6. Inclusion in the Google Business View program starts at $350 and increases in price depending upon your business size and complexity involved in showcasing your entire business. Prior to the photo shoot, we will present the Service Agreement, specifying our services, for your acceptance. The agreement also spells out (among other things) that, in return for your payment to CitySites360, you will own the images that have been taken.

  7. How long will the photo shoot take?
  8. In most cases, a photo shoot will take about an hour, but this varies depending on the size of your business.

  9. What do I need to do to prepare my business ahead of the photo shoot?
  10. 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.

  11. Which areas of my businesses will be photographed?
  12. Photo shoots will include the main customer-facing areas of your business. You can work with the photographer to determine what areas of your businesses you would like to highlight, or even 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.

  13. Will the photo shoot disrupt my business operations?
  14. We know you’re running a business, and that’s why we designed photo shoots to be as non-disruptive as possible. We will work around your schedule to ensure that photos are taken at a convenient time for you and your business. Photo shoots do not require any sort of special 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’s a good idea to let your customers know photography is in process and to avoid being in view of the camera, whenever possible.

  15. Will people be included in the photo shoot?
  16. 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. During the shoot, photographers may put up a sign and alert customers and employees about to be photographed. As the business owner it would be your responsibility to notify your employees and customers that the photo shoot is taking place.

  17. Can I embed these images on my business website?
  18. Yes, we encourage you to share the walk-through experience of your business with your customers. To embed the 360-degree panoramas on your website, simply find the HTML snippet from a good point of view of the panoramic imagery on Google Maps, click on the “Link” button , click “customize and preview embedded map,” and then copy and paste the HTML to embed in your website. If you’re looking for even more customizability with your images, check out the Google Maps API.

  19. Can I have a repeat photo shoot?
  20. Of course. Any customer can request a repeat photo shoot at any time.

Real Estate Virtual Tours

  1. How much does a virtual tour cost for Realtors?
  2. We have many packages available to fit the needs of any caliber of Real Estate professional. 360 degree panoramic virtual tour packages for Realtors begin at $450. These packages include the panoramic virtual tour, hosted on our servers and provided to MLS and Realtor.com. We create both a branded and un-branded version for you to use as well as high quality still photography for you to use in your marketing and floor plans, available online for the potential buyer to view and/or download. We can custom-tailor a solution for any real estate professional to fit within their wants and needs.

  3. What does this virtual tour include?
  4. Real Estate Virtual Tour packages include the panoramic virtual tour, floor plans, high quality still photography, mobile-friendly design and accessibility, both a branded and un-branded version of the virtual tour and inclusion on MLS and Realtor.com. We can custom-tailor a solution for any real estate professional to fit within their wants and needs.