Google Business Photos pilot program

Posted: January 29, 2012 in All Categories

Want to add a Virtual 360-degree panoramic Tour of your Business it maybe a Restaurant/Hotels/Pubs, Offices or anything.. you can now bring your business to life with a 360-degree, interactive tour. Showcase all the details that your customers love. Perfect for restaurants, retail shops, gyms, salons, and more with Google Business Photos pilot program.

The search giant just unveiled an expansion to its Business Photos program, which aims to put indoor images of businesses on Google Maps and Google Places profiles. The program now has a clear way to hook business owners up with local photographers with its “Trusted Photographers” initiative.

If you’re interested in getting better photos of your establishment online, all you have to do is head over to the Google Business Photos page, then click on “Get Started” to see a list of photographers in your area who Google know can do the job. That job includes both high-res pics of your location (inside and out) as well as 360-degree panoramic views, like this one.

Google says shoots should take about an hour, and the price is between the business and the photographer. Once the shoot’s done, the photographer uploads the images “shortly thereafter” to Google services, including Maps and Places.

Google has chosen trusted photographers in 14 U.S. cities, as well as some in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and France. If your area’s not listed, you’ll have to wait, but Google provides a way to tell them where you’d like the program to expand.

Are you a business owner? Do you see a lot of value in Google Business Photos? Is this program something you’d use? Let us know in the comments.


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