Small town businesses often know how to get more business from other people in their town, but gaining business from people traveling through the community is equality important, and has previously been costly using traditional advertising. Now with online directories such as Google Local, the downtown of a small town can have mobile-friendly listings that may have photos, reviews and key information for no cost show up at top of Google. Today they can just speak into their phone and say “Coffee Shop near me” and find a listing of shops near them with reviews, information and pictures to help them decide if they should spend money in that town or move on to the next. Just imagine the economic impact where we are gaining the local people spending part of their money on local-owned businesses and also attracting out-of-towners traveling through a community. Now imagine if a few of the businesses allow visitors to take a full 360-degree walking tour through their restaurant or store directly from the visitor’s smart phone or tablet. The entire town will benefit.
Introducing the new Google Business Photos, which is essentially Google Street View literally carried right through the front door of the business. Produced by a Google Trusted Photographer, businesses will have a full 360 by 360 virtual tour that will walk the user all the way through the salon, gym, restaurant (or most any other type of business) in exactly the same way that Google Street view does right now. The virtual tour will be added to the business’s Google Plus Local Page on Google Maps. The photographer also produces still images of the interior, and such details as menus and methods of payment, all of which are available for posting to the business’s website.
More information about the program can be found here: http://maps.google.com/help/maps/businessphotos/ .
An excellent movie describing the program can be seen here:
To learn more, contact my friend that I highly recommend, Cramer Gallimore at http://CGPhoto.com or call him at to see if he covers your town in North Carolina.
Also see my class on setting up local directories:
by Martin Brossman
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