Your thoughts on Indoor Google Streetview?

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Hello everyone!

I would like your thoughts on the in Google Streetview for businesses. As an example, If you aren't familiar, THIS STORE has an indoor "streetview"

Have any of you taken advantage of this?

How much would you be willing to pay for an indoor streetview?

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Still on the fence about this, of course, but what about a bright inviting website with large photos? I think that would be first priority. In our biz it is always difficult to gauge the responsiveness of our online presence due to so many factors.

Like the chap who was trying to get business guests, when the main header images show bubble bath, champagne and roses. Sometimes the answer is right in front of us, and we can't see the forest through the trees.

Or having holiday photos year-round, as beautiful as they may be, and we KNOW they are stunning, year round is not ideal for a website. Just before the holidays, yes! 

I do believe they create an amazing 360 tour, super high rez photos and more. I just am not certain I wish to be "exposed" in this way. 

I know another inn on this forum who has a beautiful google streetview on their website as well. So I am not anti them, at all.

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one problem I had was looking at it on my tablet. not a good experience. will have to look at my desktop befoe I decide.

agree with JB an up to date responsive website says so much more ro me. an old style site is a turn off for me.

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There is some bowing on my cell, am thinking it is the window size I chose for the website, because if you straight forward Google us, there is a larger scale tour on our Google page which looks fine on my cell.  Will have to perhaps enlarge the web format.  Thanks for pointing this out.

And yes, we do have an "old-style site" without drop-down menus and such, but the funny thing is: again and again I receive tons of compliments because it's easy to maneuver with plenty of pix.  AND we have a 50/50 mix of young and old guests saying this.

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The tour looks OK on my tablet.

One suggestion for the website (yeah, I know, you didn't ask...) Have the list of page links all in the same order on every page. They are all over the place and I had to search for the one I wanted in a different spot in the list as I changed pages.

Even the page you are on should show the link to the page you are on.

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Yep, the links are all out of order.  I do constant updating, testing different formats, slideshows vs having all pix just there.  Need to tidy up.  Once upon a time they were in order.  Thanks.

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what guest is going to say " oh you have a crappy website!"

most are just being polite.

you can have an excellent, user friendly site in  a responsive theme and get into the 21st centurySmiling

I think maybe you are just trying to justify the old site look to yourself. Ask someone who has made the switch and see what they say.

just looked at the google one on my tablet. kinda cool but still hard to manuver around, got blurry images in the transitioning and almost made myself dizzy swirling aroundSmiling

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I don't bring it up!  They go out of the way to tell me that, and have even had web designers tell me they picked us because of our website.  If someone is going to be so judgmental to say oh, you have an old style website and not bother to go further, then they're likely to be judgmental about other things.  Not kind of guests we're looking for anyway.

Case in point, the PO's opened a new B&B here in town and spent tons of money using Innovations for their new fangled website.  We stuck with updating our old-fangled one and doubled their previous business here.  Right now, they are about 50% behind us in current reservations (and they are highly rated on TA).

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10 years ago we had a virtual tours done of our Place. It was good but it does give the chance for certain people to scope out your place. If you have art hanging up or valuable objects it lets the wrong kind of people see what you have. In one case we know it helped a thief steal in the middle of the night all their valuable antiques. When the owns came down to clean the room it was bare. When they do hotels it is different. Most things they have are not of great value. Yes there bed spreads disappear, towels etc.  But art work there is none.

Just remember some times it pays for us to be different then a hotel.  Why compare ourselves to Hotels? Don't we try to separate from the hotel industry?  What is good for them is not necessary good for us. For them it just a room or just the outside vision of grounds they want people to see.

 Did it make a good impact on our guest? At the time yes... but at the time there was not many companys doing this. so it was a novelty . The company's doing this now are many trying but there moving from one room to the other is fuzzy or down hallways .

Like every thing there is good and bad. I guess you have to ask yourselves do you really want people to see every thing you have ? It much like people asking private questions it like giving away a bit of your self. This can be a bit like  that. do people have to see every thing about you and what you have ?? If the answerer is yes then this will work for you.

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I live in a city small enough that burglaries rarely happen. I agree with your assessment. Remember, Gypsy Rose Lee was so successful because she still left something to the imagination.

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Have posted this before:  We have had Google Indoor Street View since February 2013 and it has made a HUGE impact with our guests and occupancy.  It appears subtlety in Google Search results, but the prime benefit is that you can segment it and add 360 degree Virtual tours to your website.  We have a Virtual Tour Web Page that links to a House Tour and an outside Garden Tour.  The best benefit is that we are also able to create a page for each room with its own 360 degree virtual tour.  Guests are constantly remarking how wonderful this is.   The photography is very high quality and only took several hours for the very professional authorized Google photographers to do it.  For a mere $1200 one time fee, we have spent our most valuable and wisest advertising dollars ever. 

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Momma Smurf wrote:

Have posted this before:  We have had Google Indoor Street View since February 2013 and it has made a HUGE impact with our guests and occupancy.  It appears subtlety in Google Search results, but the prime benefit is that you can segment it and add 360 degree Virtual tours to your website.  We have a Virtual Tour Web Page that links to a House Tour and an outside Garden Tour.  The best benefit is that we are also able to create a page for each room with its own 360 degree virtual tour.  Guests are constantly remarking how wonderful this is.   The photography is very high quality and only took several hours for the very professional authorized Google photographers to do it.  For a mere $1200 one time fee, we have spent our most valuable and wisest advertising dollars ever. 

Always good  to keep an open mind with new products.  Glad you shared this info.  Do you attribute a certain % increase in occupancy since this feature was added to your listing/website?  

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This is our 9th season.  Bookings were up 10% last year and now are up another 10% for 2014.  And they come in much earlier AND for longer stays.  First two years we haven't had to worry about cash flow!  Also, I do agree abiyt leaving such to the imagination, but at the same time those who rave about the Virtual Tour, still get here and say it's even better in person, because film cannot capture the spaciousness and intricacies of the inn.  AND we rarely ever get anyone who says we are not what they expected, has really weeded out the PITAs the past few years.  We get the folks that get us and our sense of style.  No disappointments.  Re security:  our front door is locked at all times and our guests are told during orientation to please not let anyone in who does not have a key.  So guests also feel secure here.

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This is our 9th season.  Bookings were up 10% last year and now are up another 10% for 2014.  And they come in much earlier AND for longer stays.  First two years we haven't had to worry about cash flow!  Also, I do agree abiyt leaving such to the imagination, but at the same time those who rave about the Virtual Tour, still get here and say it's even better in person, because film cannot capture the spaciousness and intricacies of the inn.  AND we rarely ever get anyone who says we are not what they expected, has really weeded out the PITAs the past few years.  We get the folks that get us and our sense of style.  No disappointments.  Re security:  our front door is locked at all times and our guests are told during orientation to please not let anyone in who does not have a key.  So guests also feel secure here.

Maffir, for one, wishes that worked! I believe JB has also had an experience with that concept.

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Momma Smurf wrote:

Have posted this before:  We have had Google Indoor Street View since February 2013 and it has made a HUGE impact with our guests and occupancy.  It appears subtlety in Google Search results, but the prime benefit is that you can segment it and add 360 degree Virtual tours to your website.  We have a Virtual Tour Web Page that links to a House Tour and an outside Garden Tour.  The best benefit is that we are also able to create a page for each room with its own 360 degree virtual tour.  Guests are constantly remarking how wonderful this is.   The photography is very high quality and only took several hours for the very professional authorized Google photographers to do it.  For a mere $1200 one time fee, we have spent our most valuable and wisest advertising dollars ever. 

Good to hear Momma!

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could you point us to this so we might see your example?

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Use my contact info to email me and I will send you our link!

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 i would've liked to show one inside shot especially since you could hardly see the main door from the road ... and lots of folks said 'oh, it's much nicer inside'   but i would want control of the picture shown. 

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No thank you! I do not need to tell the world how to get into my home. A B & B is NOT an impersonal hotel or motel that is just rooms and lobby. I seriously doubt the hotels are going to show the back office area nor the kitchens and laundry. I do not care what the trend is, my rooms may be open to the public to rent for a night, but my home is still my home and that is not open.

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They have been saying that for yonks. Not everyone wants a live walk through of their home streamed on the world wide web.

Please don't come here to sell your service. 

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I'm not here to sell my service. I haven't linked to my website or anything.

I'm trying to get a feel for what innkeepers have to say about this service. The hotel and vacation rental industry is beginning to adopt this as a new amenity for their guests, and maybe it could have an application in the b&b industry.

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jacobson1 wrote:

I'm not here to sell my service. I haven't linked to my website or anything.

I'm trying to get a feel for what innkeepers have to say about this service. The hotel and vacation rental industry is beginning to adopt this as a new amenity for their guests, and maybe it could have an application in the b&b industry.

Oh, so you're here to maybe sell your service. Believe me, if there is a trend in the industry we here on the forum already know about it.

The hotel and vacation rental industry doesn't have people coming into the homes they live in. The security issue is totally different.

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A little bit more info on why I ask:

I have assisted with business view with hotels. Best Western is spending millions to get every property on Google business walkthrough. I think it's more beneficial to independent hotels and bed & breakfasts. 

I think virtual walk-throughs like this may be expected from travelers in the coming years.

 

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sure hope they dont do our towns best westerndevil

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Would you do this in your own home? Why would I want to showcase all the antiques, precise location, doors and windows for a potential thief?

People will be very annoyed with the hotels once the realize they were all spiffed up for the video and now they're dumps again.

 

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To be honest I didn't think about thieves scouting out an escape route.

Would it make more sense to do a few 360 degree photos limited to certain areas? (guestrooms, dining area, etc.)

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It would depend on what you have in these rooms and also where they are in reference to where you live.  The person that cleared out there room with all furniture. He came to their B&B alone. But some time later some one had to of joined him very late at night. Help this person clear out his room he was staying in. They never found their stuff, but did find the stolen truck.  The owns were mad at first but then it turned into fear and anger how some one could do that!  A year later they got out of the  business and move on to another place.

We never thought much about thief cause we had a virtual tour on our place . Just one thing that did not think about. But after talking to our friendly police officer . We decided not to take a chance and took off the tour. He told us to set up just a slide show it was a safer thing to do. It gave us the chance to show what we want to . 

But as I said before. It is your place . You feel it will work or does work for you Great !  It is a good thing and it does show property well. Especially with some music in the back ground. 

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Oh no...the dreaded music in the background.  Didn't hear that on my tablet Sad  Not a good thing folks...we have discussed this for years. On the top 10 list of things NOT to do on your website. REALLY!!!

 

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ok different strokes for different folks. LOL   Web site music yuck I agree. But a certain Inn has music in the back ground with his tour and some times his chatting along side music. It is very peace full music. It would put me to sleep before his show was finished

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I can hear the "You're fired!" from here as an employee sneaks a peek at a web site and the music starts........

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Oh, were you disdainfully referring to me again?  Music Yuck! Can't find the X quick enough to close the page.

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I've been approached several times. In my case I don't want to ruin the surprise of walking into the house and of course how special it is to stay in a house this old. If you can see it on Google then why stay here.

Here's another to explore... the "secret" spa http://goo.gl/v9yTpN

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I agree part of the charm of an Inn or B&B is the unveiling and exploration when you first arrive. Finding the little nooks, admiring the artwork, etc. This service sort of dampens that experience because sadly – you’ve already virtually been there already.

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My, my isn't that interesting.  

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