Google Maps Business View by Rick McEvoy
I have recently joined the Google Maps Business View programme, and am offering this exciting new photographic service to local businesses.
Google Maps Business View is the extension of Google Street View inside business premises, enabling potential customers to walk through your business premises online directly from your Google+ page.
Searching for a business using apps such as Google Maps is becoming increasingly popular from mobile devices and tablets, so this is the ideal time to join this new programme which is being rolled out nationally by Google.
The cost of the photography service is £250 – £750, depending on the size of the business, and the number of panoramic photographs that need to be taken to provide an effective walk through of your premises. A minimum of 10 conventional photographs of the businesses premises are also included within this price. I will confirm the cost to you if you choose to proceed.
Below are a number of frequently asked questions about Google Maps Business View, folllowed by links to recent examples of the 3D tours done by photographers on the programme.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1 – What is Google Business View? Google say;
“Google Maps Business View is a premium-quality, 360-degree interactive virtual tour of your business powered by Street View technology. It’s simple, fast and affordable.”
“Invite customers inside to experience your business’s ambience and decor with familiar Street View navigation.”
“Add premium imagery to your presence in Google Search results, Google Maps and Google+.”
“Customers can see Google Maps Business View on their computers, smartphones or tablets.”
2 – How much does it cost? What is included?
Pricing is determined by the size of the business premises, and the number of locations at which a panoramic photographic needs to be taken to provide a complete walkthrough. Please be aware that the pricing levels are set by Google nationally.
Up to 9 panoramas – £250 10 – 15 panoramas – £450 16 – 30 panoramas – £750
Google also require a minimum of 10 photographs called point of interest shots. These provide additional information about your business, and I will take as many of these shots as you require.
Whilst Google specify the relative locations of the panoramas, I am able to advise you on the most cost effective way of presenting your business. There are however no other costs.
3 – What do I need to do?
All you need to do is have a Google + page of your own (which is free), sign the agreement and prepare your business premises for my visit. I take all the panoramic and point of interest photographs and upload them to Google. The process normally takes no more than a couple of weeks from start to finish. The photography usually takes no more than an hour. All submissions are approved by Google QA prior to publishing.
4 – Are you qualified to do this?
I am a Google Certified independent photographer and have passed Google QA and entry assessment requirements for the Business View programme. I am also a professionally qualified photographer (Licentiate of the British Institute of Professional Photography), so you can be confident that I am qualified to provide this exciting new service that can greatly increase your business through the internet. Rick McEvoy Photography has been trading locally since 2008.
5 – What happens on my Google + page?
When you have Business View on your Google+ page the option to “See inside” appears. Most Google search requests provide the Maps option at the top improving potential search results.
6 – What if I do not have a Google + page?
A Google + page is free, and you can get yours by going to