Google Street View | Trusted

Jeremy Phan - Google Trusted PhotographerEvery business NEEDS to be on Google. Even if your business doesn’t yet have a website, Google Street View | Trusted gives you a website for FREE, ensuring that customers from all around the world are able to FIND and contact you.

Packages are available for every business size and budget: for as little as $195 + HST, your business can get shot to appear on Google Maps. All shoots include photography, Google Business Page setup/verification, and code to embed the tour onto your website.

BONUS: All shoots include a FREE rotating tour (see below). Add that extra visual element to your multimedia!

If your business is new or has not yet been indexed on Google Maps, as a Google Trusted Photographer, I can typically get you registered in ONLY 2-4 business days! Contact me NOW!

Why your business NEEDS to show up online:

  • Over 60% of Canadians own Internet-connected smartphones
  • The most used smartphone app is Google Maps
  • 40% of smartphone searches are location-centric: users are searching for information about places near them
  • Users are much more likely to click on results that have images
  • 73% of smartphone searches trigger actions such as in-person visits, online purchases, and calls
    • 55% of these conversions happen with ONE hour

References for these statistics available at the bottom of the page.

Every business, from the smallest drop-off stores (such as dry cleaners) to retail stores to restaurants can take advantage of Google Street View | Trusted to promote themselves and ensure they can be found online by all their potential customers. Take a look at the live tours below to see how much area is covered and how many panoramics are required for each.

Jeremy Phan - Google Trusted PhotographerBy having your business photographed by a Google Trusted Photographer, you enhance your online presence by providing your customers with valuable information such as location, hours, menu (for restaurants), methods of payments, and other details. Your corresponding Google+ Local page will also show up in Google Search results as well as on Google Maps.

ONLY Google Trusted Photographers can take photos for integration with Google Maps, Google Maps Street View, and Google+ Local Business pages.
You can verify my certification by visiting https://www.google.ca/maps/streetview/trusted/ and selecting “Canada, Ontario, Toronto” in the “Filter by Region” drop-down.

Benefits

  • Engage, attract, and build trust with customers by letting them virtually tour your business
  • Have your business show up in Google Map and Google Search results
  • Provide an online presence for your business — VERY cost effective if you do not have a website (only a ONE-TIME photography fee and NO recurring costs)

If your business does not yet have a Plus page or does not show up on Google Maps, as a Google Trusted Photographer, I can help expedite the creation/registration/verification process and get you listed online sooner!

Additionally, I now offer ENHANCED Google Street View | Trusted shoots! This optional, add-on feature allows you to add interactive elements to your photoshoot to enhance your viewers’ experiences. These include text boxes and tool tips, a navigation menu, and click-able “hotspots” that allow users to interact with your Street View | Trusted. Check out the sample below:

Below is an approximation of how your business will appear on Google’s various services:

NOTE: Search engine ranking will vary depending on factors such as existing website quality (if applicable), number of competitors in your category, and other factors beyond the Trusted Photographer’s control.

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Google Maps Street View Interior 360° Virtual Tour
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Google Maps Mobile Search Results Google Maps Mobile Business Info Google Maps Mobile Interior Street View
Gain valuable insight into what your customers are searching for, how they’re finding your business online, and other analytics, all FREE and provided by Google.

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Wondering who’s ALREADY USING Google Street View | Trusted? Retail shops, lawyers, restaurants, doctors, spas, art galleries, car dealerships, creative/ad agencies, schools, and more!

Yorkdale Shopping Centre Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 3401 Dufferin St
Kitchen Stuff Plus Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 583 Danforth Ave
Bay Bloor Radio Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, Manulife Centre
Spence Diamonds Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 410 Progress Ave

Make SURE your customers can SEE what you’ve got to offer before they end up going to the competition!

Contact me TODAY to get your business photographed!

Mercatto Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 15 Toronto St
Oliver & Bonacini’s Cantee Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 330 King St West
Top Chef Canada winner Carl Heinrich’s Richmond Station Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 1 Richmond St West
Hy’s Steakhouse Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 120 Adelaide St West

Let your guests SEE your ambiance and decor.

Contact me TODAY to get your business photographed!

Courtesy Chevrolet Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 1635 The Queensway
Toronto Kia Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 2222 Danforth Ave
Town+Country BMW Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 8111 Kennedy Rd
McLaren Toronto Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 33 Auto Park Circle

Let prospective car buyers EXPLORE your lot!

Contact me TODAY to get your business photographed!

Bal Dental Centre Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 1940 Eglinton Ave East
Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 752 Broadview Ave
Dr. Henry Kutzko Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 3101 Bloor St West
Laser Medical Centre Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 160 Sheppard Ave West

Put patients at ease by letting them SEE your facilities.

Contact me TODAY to get your business photographed!

Wynn Fitness Clubs Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 10 Milner Business Court
Yoga Tree Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 140 Spadina Ave #201
Warriors Fighting & Fightness Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 647 Yonge St
Danceology Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 171 Liberty St East

SHOW off your facilities, services, and products to attract new members!

Contact me TODAY to get your business photographed!

Adam Weisberg Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 6 Adelaide St East
Quadrangle Architects Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 901 King St West
NYB Media Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 1173 Dundas St East #135
idea couture Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 241 Spadina Ave #500

Allow clients to SEE inside the black box.

Contact me TODAY to get your business photographed!

Steven Bulger Gallery Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 1026 Queen St West
Mayberry Fine Art Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 110 Yorkville Ave
Roberts Gallery Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 641 Yonge St
Picture Perfect Gallery Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 5835 Yonge St

SHOW off your beautiful gallery space!

Contact me TODAY to get your business photographed!

Havergal College Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 1451 Avenue Rd
Avola College Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 282 Dundas St East
Merle L. Levine Academy Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 4630 Dufferin St
Department of Anthropology Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, University of Toronto, 19 Russell St

Let prospective students SEE where they’ll be learning.

Contact me TODAY to get your business photographed!

Swansea Town Hall Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 95 Lavinia Ave
Romanian Orthodox Church Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 545 Danforth Rd
Church of the Nazarene Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 1875 Sheppard Ave West
Toronto Grace Alliance Church Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 311 Wilson Heights Blvd

SHOW off your facilities. Invite new parishioners to your services.

Contact me TODAY to get your registered non-profit photographed at a discount!

Old Mill Hotel + Spa Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 21 Old Mill Rd
Phases Hair Studio Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 4712 Yonge St
Novo Spa Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 66 Avenue Rd
Vescada Salon Street View Interior Tour, Google Plus Page, 2382 Bloor St West

SHOW off your facilities, services, and products to attract new clients!

Contact me TODAY to get your business photographed!

Parks Canada has even partnered with Google Street View to map national parks and historic sites: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/apprend-learn/cartes-maps.aspx

As well, Google continues to expand Street View to museums, transit terminals (airports, rail stations, etc.), tourist destinations around the world, and even underwater (Google Street View “Oceans”).

Hear what other businesses are saying about the benefits of Google Street View | Trusted:

Features

  • Professionally shot 360° panoramic and still photos, uploaded directly to Google+ and Google Maps
  • Enhanced Google+ Local business page and Google Maps listing controlled by you
  • Integration with Google Maps, Google Maps Street View, and other Google products
  • FREE rotating tour website code
  • Worldwide reach, 24/7
  • NO recurring/monthly costs
  • FREE hosting by Google

Pricing

The ONE-TIME photography cost depends on the size of your business and the number of interior & exterior panoramics required/coverage requested:

  • Contact me today to schedule an appointment to walk through your business to provide a custom, no-obligation quote.
  • You can choose to cover as much or as little as you’d like: Google’s minimum for inclusion on Google Maps is ONLY 3 panoramas. (All nodes must be connected. See FAQ below.)
  • Standard packages available:
    Starter Small
    <1,000 sq ft
    Medium
    1,000 to 3,000 sq ft
    Large
    3,000 to 5,000 sq ft
    Number of panoramas Up to 3 Up to 15 Up to 35 Up to 60
    Still images Up to 6 Up to 15 Up to 30 Up to 60
    Price (+ HST) $195 $525 Contact me Contact me
  • Larger than 5,000 sq ft or multi-floor? Contact me today for a no-obligation, custom quote!
  • Discounts available for multiple shoots: marketing agencies, property management, etc. contact me for a quote!
  • Enhanced Street View | Trusted features start at an additional $145 + HST/year, in addition to the ONE-TIME photography cost. Contact me for more details!
Additionally, I offer a separate virtual tour service (independent of Google) that uses a similar technology but offers slightly different features and functionality. Please see the next tab for a comparison.

Virtual Tour

Google Street View | Trusted

Panorama coverage 360°x360° full panoramic 360°x360° full panoramic
Floor Plan Included Not available
Multiple Venue Configurations Available Not available
Google Maps, Street View, Google+ Integration Not available Included
Anonymization/Privacy Blurring Additional cost Included (faces, license plates, etc. are automatically blurred by Google)
Website Required Yes No
Embeddable into your website Yes Yes
Hosting Costs Included (FREE) Included (FREE)
Price Starting at $245 + HST, dependent on sq. footage Starting at $195 + HST, dependent on # of panoramas required/requested
Area coverage Unlimited square footage
Any space
Up to 200 panoramas, 4 to 15 ft. apart
Public spaces only

Click here to see a visual comparison of the differences between Google Street View | Trusted and a Virtual Tour, as well as all their associated features.

A discount is offered if both services are purchased and scheduled for the SAME appointment.

Please contact me for your no-obligation, customized Google Street View | Trusted quote.

Still have questions regarding Google Street View | Trusted? Please read the Frequently Asked Questions to the right.
When potential customers search for your business by name on Google, they will see the images displayed directly on the search results page. These panoramic images will also be published on Google+ Local pages, Google Maps and other Google properties and give customers a better sense of the layout, decor and beauty of your business interior. Using easy-to-use html snippets or Maps APIs, you can also link to these images from your own business website, attracting potential customers who visit your website too.
Google Trusted Photographers are taking high-quality still photographs that will be stitched into 360-degree views using panoramic camera technology. These Trusted Photographers are independent contractors who have been trained and certified by Google to produce high quality panoramic images. As a business owner, you can also upload your own photographs to Google by signing into Google+ Local. You’ll be able to see the photos and 360-degree panoramic imagery directly on Google search results and on your Google+ Local page.
Trusted Photographers are trained to take high quality photos of building interiors, accommodating for common challenges such as low lighting and tight spaces. The photographers are also certified to take pictures using fisheye lenses and rotating camera turrets (mounted on tripods) that, once uploaded to Google’s processing pipelines by photographers, will be transformed into 360-degree panoramic imagery and a walk through of your business. Once photographers upload the pictures from their cameras, Google’s processing pipelines use sophisticated image stitching, HDR, image matching and other technologies to produce these panoramic walkthroughs.
Trusted Photographers are scheduling photo shoots with business owners in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Italy, the UK, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Even if we aren’t currently active in your area, you can always upload your own photos via Google+ Local.
Yes! It’s great to see interest from around the world, and your requests will help us decide where to expand this program next.
We do not allow Trusted Photographers to upload imagery of legal and government establishments. We also do not allow imagery of museums to be uploaded through the Business Photos program, as this imagery is supported through Google Art Project.
Trusted Photographers are independent contractors/businesses that are not employed by Google, agents of Google or affiliated with Google in any way. Google has certified them because they meet Google’s standards of quality for taking the feature pictures and panoramic pictures, uploading them, moderating them and eventually publishing them on Google properties.
Please see the Pricing section above.
No. There is no obligation to participate in the Google Street View | Trusted program.
Please contact me to discuss your business’ specific needs. I will be happy to provide a free, no-obligation quote.
In most cases, a photo shoot will take about an hour, but this varies depending on the size of your business.
You are welcome to clean and tidy things up prior to the photography session, but remember that the aim of the photographs is to show customers what they would expect to see if they visited your business on a normal day.

Also, the front door(s) of your business MUST be kept open for the panoramic(s) leading into your business (10 ft. and 4 ft. from the door) and the immediate interior panoramic (4 ft. inside your business). I will try to complete these shots as quickly as possible so that the weather does not affect the operation of your business but please keep this in mind. Any doors to rooms must also be kept open if you wish to include those rooms in your tour as Google does not allow physical obstructions to block movement from one node to another.

Photo shoots will include the main customer-facing areas of your business. I will work with you to determine what areas of your businesses you would like to highlight, or even exclude from the shoot. Once again, the goal of the photographs is to show customers what they would expect to see if they visited your business on a normal day.

Google requires that all nodes/panoramics be connected and that there are no physical obstructions (doors, furniture, or otherwise) between nodes. This also means that the tour cannot jump from one location to another and every shot must be visually connected to at least one other shot. If your business encompasses more than one floor, additional nodes will need to be shot that take the viewer to a stairwell on a floor and then the landing on another floor (or to elevators on each floor) to “move” from one floor to another.

If your business is inside a mall, retail plaza, or other shared space, Google requires written permission from the owners/property management of the shared space to capture photographs of areas that do not belong to your business. This means that if your business is inside a mall, nodes cannot be photographed in the mall hallways and your tour will begin at your entrance or slightly outside it. If your business is in a plaza or building, common areas cannot be photographed without written permission. If you wish to include these images, you may upload still images via your Google page’s “Photo” section, which is not subject to these Google Street View | Trusted legal requirements.
We know you’re running a business, and that’s why we designed photo shoots to be as non-disruptive as possible. Trusted Photographers will work around your schedule to ensure that photos are taken at a convenient time for you and your business. Photo shoots do not require any sort of special equipment, lighting, or setup, so you are free to stay open. Although photo shoots are non-disruptive and should not interfere with your normal business operations, it’s a good idea to let your customers know photography is in process and to avoid being in view of the camera, whenever possible.
Because we want to keep the focus of the photos on the inside of your business, we aim to have as few people in the shots as possible. During the shoot, photographers may put up a sign and alert customers and employees about to be photographed. As the business owner it would be your responsibility to notify your employees and customers that the photo shoot is taking place.
Yes, we encourage you to share the walk-through experience of your business with your customers. To embed the 360-degree panoramas on your website, simply find the HTML snippet from a good point of view of the panoramic imagery on Google Maps, click on the “Link” button, click “Customize and preview embedded map,” and then copy and paste the HTML to embed in your website. If you’re looking for even more customizability with your images, check out the Google Maps API.
Yes, you are welcome to contact me  to coordinate a repeat shoot as often as you’d like. Many businesses who have recently renovated their interiors or that have seasonal decor will request a reshoot. Remember that you can always upload your own up-to-date still photographs through Google+ Local as well.
AdWords Express is Google’s easy to use online advertising solution, ideal for local businesses who want to advertise on Google and partner websites (including mobile devices) and attract more visitors to their website, or Google+ Page. Visit the AdWords Express website to learn more.

Eligibility requirements: In order to participate in this program and receive the AdWords Express offer, you must be a business owner or an authorized representative of a business owner. Additionally, your business must be licensed to operate in your region. Your business, photo content and ad materials must also meet all AdWords policy requirements (see the AdWords Policy Center for more information).

If eligible, an AdWords Express promotional code will be distributed to you in an email from your Trusted Photographer once your photo shoot is complete and your images are uploaded to Google. To redeem your credit, sign-up through the AdWords Express website where you will be able to enter a promotional code at the end of the sign-up process. For help with AdWords Express coupons, accounts, or general inquiries, please contact the AdWords Express helpline.

Terms and conditions apply to the use of the promotional codes. The offer is not available for existing AdWords Express or AdWords accounts. Limit 1 offer per business; no additional offers will be given for repeat shoots. Promotional codes are redeemable in the following Business Photos countries: United States, United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Canada. This is a limited time offer; promotional codes expire December 31, 2013. Google reserves the right not to issue promotional codes to select businesses. For the most up to date and detailed information please check the AdWords Express website and the AdWords Express terms and conditions.

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