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Google Business Photos is no more

“Google Business Photos” has been discontinued as of today, but in my opinion that is great news!

In actual fact, what Google have done is to rebrand the product and relaunch it with a new name “Google Maps Business View” aligning it much more to “Streetview”.

It is essentially the same product as before, getting you a virtual tour of your business, large or small, across the range of Google Applications (search/maps/streetview/local etc) together with additional photographs of your business, but it is clear from the rebrand/relaunch that Google are starting to throw their weight behind the product and we are moving out of the “experimental” phase and towards a mainstream Google product.

Expect to see more promotion by Google in the future. There has never been a better time to get a “Google Maps Business View” package from me.

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Lest We Forget

Crosby Memorial Gardens, Alexandra Park, Crosby, Merseyside.

Click here or on the image below to see the full 360 degree interactive panorama.


Panorama Link

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Promote your Liverpool Charity with a Virtual Tour on Google Maps

As Google Trusted Photographers for the Liverpool area, we always aim to produce a Google Business Photos “Streetview” tour for one local charity each month of the year.

If you run or promote a local charity, we would be happy to produce a tour for any of your local shops (or other qualifying venues) for a nominal fee (which we will donate straight back to you – it is required for contractual purposes).

The offer is normally restricted to one charity each month, but please contact us if you are interested and we will do our best to fit you in.

You must be a fully registered charity or charitable trust to qualify.

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The festive season is nearly upon us and it is time for our annual giveaway

As has become traditional for us, we are offering a ‘FREE’ Google “Streetview” Virtual Tour to one local business this month.

Well actually it will cost you £1 as we have to form a legal contract to keep Google happy, but there are no ongoing costs at all – there is one small catch, we do ask that the winning business donates a minimum of £50 to one of the following charities or charitable organisations of their choice:

RNLI
Plaza Community Cinema, Crosby
Jospice
Claire House

To qualify, you need to have a Liverpool Postcode, contact us and get a quotation from us before Friday 22nd November.

You must not currently be negotiating with any other Google Approved Photographer.

All businesses receiving a quotation from us between Tuesday 12th November and Thursday 21st November will be entered into a draw and one lucky business will be drawn out on Friday 22nd November.

The winning business must agree to have the photos taken for the Virtual Tour before 6th December. All other quotations will be valid for tours booked in the next 30 days.


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You can learn more about Google Business Photos by clicking here and viewing the official Google Site and you can see some example tours produced by us here

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Not convinced yet?

Finally Google have produced a UK promotional video for the Google Business Photos Virtual Tours.

Watch the video, then call us to get yours!

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Moorside Park, Crosby

Continuing the series of panoramas/virtual tours of the local parks we have been doing in Crosby, Merseyside – here are 2 of Moorside Park.

Click on the picture to open up the full interactive 360 degree panorama and for best results use the full screen button once you have opened to enlarge to your full screen size.

 

Moorside Park

 

Moorside Park (2)

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How to get your free Google+ Local Page for your business

I have already spoken about why you should create a Google+ Local page for your business, the next question is how do you create one?

First things first – you need a Google account. If you have Gmail or any other Google product, you already have one of these, but you might also want to think about creating a separate account to manage your Google+ listing (your choice). To create your Google account, go to https://accounts.google.com/NewAccount and follow the instructions there.

Now, back to creating that Google+ Local page. If your business has been around for a while, you might actually already have one! It will, however, just be a stub with little information.

The easiest way to check this is to go to Google Maps then in the search box, enter the name and postcode of your business. If your business appears, you already have a page.

If a page exists, all you need to do is verify your ownership of it, then you will be able to manage it. To do this, click on your business name, or the pin marker on the map, then select “More Info” from the pop up box. On this page you should see a section marked “Is this Your business?”, and a button to manage the page. Click on that button and follow the instructions. Google will then normally send a postcard to your business with a PIN on it to verify that you are really the owner, after which you will have full control of the page.

If you can’t find a page for your business, you need to create one.

Full instructions on how to do that are available at https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1713911?hl=en

Don’t forget, creating a Google+ Local page for your business is free, and it really is the best way to ensure your business is seen on Google Maps, Google Search and whenever anyone uses a smartphone to search for your type of business in their area.

If you are in the Liverpool or Merseyside areas and need a hand with any of this, feel free to give me a call. I won’t charge you for my help, although I won’t deny I might try and sell you a nice Google Business Photos Virtual Tour of your business which would look amazing on your new page.

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Latest Promotional Video

The latest promotional video from Google is below.

It has an American slant on it, but it does show how businesses there have benefitted from Google Business Photos Virtual Tours and gives a hint to the extra footfall it could generate to businesses here in Liverpool.

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What is Google Business Photos

Another excellent video for you to watch explaining just what Google Business Photos (GBP) is from one of or fellow Google Approved Photographers.

You don’t have to call the USA for this, we can produce a GBP tour for you right here in Liverpool.

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We are feeling festive and offering a FREE Google “Streetview” Virtual Tour to one local business this week

That’s right, we did say FREE and there are no ongoing costs at all so it remains free – there is one slight catch, we do ask that the winning business donates a minimum of £50 to one of the following charities or charitable organisations of their choice:

RNLI
Plaza Community Cinema, Crosby
Jospice
Claire House

To qualify, you need to have a Liverpool Postcode, contact us and get a quotation from us before Friday 7th December.

You must not have received a quotation in the last 60 days or currently be negotiating with any other Google Approved Photographer.

All businesses receiving a quotation from us between Sunday 2nd December and Friday 7th December will be entered into a draw and one lucky business will be drawn out at 6pm on Friday 7th December.

The winning business must agree to have the photos taken for the Virtual Tour during the week ending 14th December. All other quotations will be valid for tours booked in the next 30 days.

You can learn more about Google Business Photos by clicking here and viewing the official Google Site and you can see some example tours produced by us here

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