Google Indoor Street View
Will Google be using the imagery in other applications besides Google+ Local 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.
Who from my business can give legal permission for the photo shoot?
The owner of the business or a director or manager with the granted designation to make those commitments on behalf of the business. Please note that by agreeing to the terms and conditions and the Google Terms of Service, before your photo shoot, you are confirming that you have the authority to make that commitment.
What measures are in place to ensure privacy and legal compliance?
Photo shoots can exclude any areas of your businesses which you would not like to feature. In addition, customers and employees will be alerted before a photo is taken, to uphold their privacy. All panoramic imagery will be processed by our state-of-the-art blurring technology to hide the faces of any employees or customers who appear in the imagery. At any time you may request additional blurring, or deletion of entire images, through our Report a Problem link.
Will people be included in the photo shoot?
Since the focus of the photos is the inside of your business, it is preferred that the photographed area be cleared. As the business owner, it would be your responsibility to notify your employees and customers that the photo shoot is taking place. Faces and auto license plates will be blurred, if captured in the photographs.
Will the photo shoot disrupt my business operations?
Trusted Photographers will work around your schedule to ensure that photos are taken at a convenient time for you and your business. It is best to shoot before or after hours or on a day that the business is closed. If the shoot must take place during business hours, customers will be informed and asked to avoid the area being photographed.
Which areas of my businesses will be photographed?
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. The goal of the photographs is to show customers what they would expect to see if they visited your business on a normal day.
What do I need to do to prepare my business ahead of the photo shoot?
You will want to “stage” the areas to be photographed. Clean and arrange the area so that there are clear pathways, and remove any items that you do not want the public to see. You may also want to remove seasonal decorations.
How long will the photo shoot take?
In most cases, a photo shoot will take about an hour, but this varies depending on the size of your business.
How can I coordinate a photo shoot?
Contact Optic Tour @ 1-512-265-6373 to schedule an appointment with one of Google certified account executives.
How much does Google Business View cost?
There is a one time fee for the Business View virtual tour and 10 point-of-interest photos. The one time fee also includes posting them to Google Maps, Google Plus and Google search. Once the tour is added to Google Maps, there are no other costs involved and no monthly fee. Rates start at $500.
What is the relationship between a Trusted Agency and Google?
Each Agency must be certified by Google in order to represent the Google programs. Trusted Agencies are independent contractors/businesses that are not employed by Google.
Are there any restrictions on what type of businesses can participate?
Apartments, homes, mental health clinics, abortion clinics, trauma centers, rehabilitation centers, addiction treatment centers, police/military facilities, detention centers and jails do not qualify for Google Business View.
What will the Optic Tour Agency do that I can’t do myself?
Only a Google Certified Agency or Photographer can secure your business a position on the Google Map.
Who does the photo shoot and how can I see the pictures?
Optic Tour Google Certified Photographers take high-quality photos, using a panoramic camera, that will be stitched into 360-degree views. Our photographers are trained and certified by Google. You’ll be able to see the photos and the Business View on Google search results and on your Google+ Local page.
How can Google Business View help my business?
When potential customers search for your business by name on Google Search, they will see your Business View virtual tour directly on the search results page next to your map and photos. Your Business View will also be published on Google+ Local pages, Google Maps and other Google properties and give your customers a better sense of the layout, decor and design of your business interior.
Why Google Business View?
Google street view technology brings your business to life with a high-quality, 360-degree, interactive tour. Your business virtual tour will be visible on Google search results, Google maps, and Google+ Business Page. You can easily embed on your own business website and social media to attract even more potential customers.
Enhance. Improve your local listings and your website with a high-quality (HD) 360º virtual tour of your business. Shows on Google Search, Google Maps, Google+ Business Pages, and can be embedded in your website. Google Business View features the familiar Google Street View navigation, allowing your customers to easily explore.
Engage. Invite customers inside your business and influence their decision making. Customers can take a panoramic virtual tour of your business – an online walk- through of your place.
Experience. Let customers get a sense of the ambiance, decor, and selection of your business. Panoramic virtual tours helps showcase the best features of your business such as your private room or banquet room, business décor, ambiance, wide selection, and other unique qualities of your business.
Enjoy. Customers and business owners everywhere love Google Business View!