We get this question quite often: “Are you really directly on the beach?” or any variety on “does my suite really have ocean views”. Today I checked in a couple from Cleveland, Ohio who noted: “We knew it was on the beach, but didn’t know it was that close to the ocean.” Well usually the ocean is a bit further out, but the nor’eastern November winds have been blowing inward and moved the shoreline about 30 feet closer. In any case, when Bill Bowen of Suburban Video, with wife Carol and daughter were our guests in June, he quickly shot a 360° photograph, to show what a elementary 360° virtual tour may look like.
360 Degree interactive virtual tours is another fascinating development of digital technology that can be viewed as a flash file on your computer via the Internet and on mobile devices. This is an ideal tool for many different uses, for hospitality operators, security operators, developers, venues, planners, designers of events and so on. The 360 Degree Virtual Tour allows new customers to visit and walk through a business or venue and view not only how the space looks and is used, but also gets an idea of available services. Potential customers can click on various areas to see some live video of an actual event taking place or interviews regarding the business’ services!
Below are some other examples:
Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland (Rockville) – Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital wanted new patients and their families to be able to walk through and be familiar with all the facilities that the rehabilitation center has to offer. The 360 tour was a great success and patients love it.
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History – Special Event 360 Tour. Gwen Neal, Director of Special Events said: “This is FANTASTIC!! Would it be possible for Natural History to use this piece on its web site (special events), and for our Special Events Staff to show to prospective clients on our iPad presentation? Thanks.”
The Winery at Bull Run 360 venue tour: The Winery was a new venue that needed a way for new customers to view how their venue can be used for corporate and social events. It also includes imbedded video.
Additional samples of 360 Degree Virtual Tours
SugarPlum Tent venue
Suburban Video’s 360 Degree Virtual Tours can include many options:
• Site map for quick navigation that will be on the tour pages.
• Clickable link, people can go back to a webpage or anyplace else you want visitors to go.
• Hot links help visitors to navigate all the other tour stops. Hot links are red arrows when the cursor is held over them a title will pop up telling them where they can go.
• Text Boxes with important customer info (up to 100 characters).
• Sound option: This a “voiceover” that is scripted to exactly convey the message you want visitors to receive or music of your choice that is assigned to each tour.
• Video link option: A link to a video file can be embedded into any tour page. For more information you can view their website at http://www.suburbanvideo.com. or you can contact Bill at 301 315-6300 (SV) or 301 922-9007 (cell)