Where is the tour visible on Google?
The Google Virtual Tour can be viewed on many different platforms. Click on any platform below to jump to each specific explanation:
This is the main one. Below is an explanation of how users view the Google Virtual tour in Google Search & Maps, demonstrated in both mobile & desktop experience.
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Maps – Mobile
New Street View Thumbnail
The “Street View” Thumbnail is updated and acts as an access point to the virtual tour
Additional Panoramic Entry Image
When you pull up your Google Listing ino (by clicking or swiping up), this new horizontal image thumbnail takes you into the tour
New 360 Category of Photos
If you select “photos” you will have the 360 degree view option
Immersive Virtual Tour Experience
You can click into any photosphere thumbnail and this is what you see. Click the arrows to advance
Maps – Desktop
If you scroll down to “photos”, the virtual tour has its own section. Clicking into this takes you into the tour (see screenshot to the left)
Any photo with a circle arrow is a new “entry point” to the virtual tour. In the main screen, you can drag the screen 360 degrees and click the arrows to advance through the tour
Search – Mobile
From Search, any photo you select will take you into all the categories of photos and you can navigate into the tour.
Once you click into any photosphere, this will be your experience. You can drag the screen in 360 degrees and click the arrows to advance
Search – Desktop
If you click “photos” from your Google Listing in Search, you will be taken to this next screen:
Once in photos, you can either select the 360 degree category or click into any image with the circular arrow
From here, you can drag the screen in 360 degrees and click the arrows to advance
No, there are no ongoing costs. The only cost associated with getting your Street View Trusted Virtual Tour completed is the ONE-TIME-ONLY set up cost. This cost is paid to the photographer at the shoot. The only ongoing costs that could be associated with this service would be an optional add-on such as setting up a schedule to get your Virtual Tour re-shot on an ongoing basis or embedding additional content into your tour.
As long as your business’s location remains unchanged, there is no time limit and your virtual tour will remain hosted (free of charge) on Google’s properties (Maps, Search, Plus). If your business moves locations, the “See Inside” virtual tour my no longer be connected to your business’s Google Listing.
No and Yes. Using a Street View Trusted photographer is the only way to get your company’s virtual tour to appear in the “see inside” section of Google Search and Maps. You can create a photosphere with the street view app on your android phone. But this photosphere will not be connected to any other photospheres and will only be visible in “photos” and not “see inside”. The virtual tour completed by a Street View Trusted photographer will also be higher quality.
Yes and you should. We will email you the HTML code of your virtual tour so that you can embed it on your website and Facebook page. This provides high quality content for your website and should benefit your site’s SEO.