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    Killer, High End, Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Local Business Listings

    This type of out-of the-box creative idea really gets me going.
    These are some of the coolest ideas I've seen in a long time!

    Below is just a snippet that barely hints at all the rich ideas inside.
    Click to read the whole thing!

    How to Earn Links with Google’s New Business Photos | Search Engine Journal

    Strategies that Surprise and Engage Your Visitors

    So how can you use this tool to help your own online engagement strategy? Well, there’s no doubt that some businesses rely on their ambiance to bring people through their doors. Restaurants, in particular, may want to create inviting spaces that sometimes even evoke the cultural heritage of the type of food that is served.

    However, it’s not just restaurants that can create interesting environments to explore using a virtual tour in Google’s Inside-Business Photos pages. If you stretch the envelope a bit, you will realize that any business can create fascinating treasure hunts, visual shockers, and mysteries that engage online visitors and have them checking out your website and social networking pages again and again. Not to mention they will share them with their own social networks.
    Again you need to go read the whole thing and look at the examples!

    Great way to get the locals talking about your client, and linking to them - NATURALLY!
    Probably would even some good media attention if you do it right.

    What do you think about some of these ideas?
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Re: Killer, High End, Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Local Business Listings

    This is actually a pretty clever idea. I'm just wondering if there is any way to get it done without a Google photographer?

    I'm trying to figure out a clever way to use this with businesses that don't normally have customers in their office/location.

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    Re: Killer, High End, Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Local Business Listings

    This is very creative. I liked the ski shops the best! I also wonder if you could do this without a Google Trusted Photographer? If not, does anyone have a ballpark estimate of how much they would charge?

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    Re: Killer, High End, Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Local Business Listings

    Almost certain I've seen a blog post about how to do it yourself but no idea where and no time to search. Heading into a consult.

    I've seen prices mentioned, maybe right on Google but don't remember how much.
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    Re: Killer, High End, Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Local Business Listings

    Doing a virtual tour is not that big of a deal now. You can shoot panoramas with iPhone 4 + iOS6, or just about any digital camera. Photoshop can stitch a panorama together (12 photos you shoot while turning in a circle).

    I'm thinking this is a revenue generator for Google, so they probably won't allow non-Google photogs to do it.

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    Re: Killer, High End, Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Local Business Listings

    Regarding Cost, this is from their FAQ:

    1. What is the cost to get my business photographed?

      Because Trusted Photographers are not employees or affiliated with Google, and because Trusted Agencies are independent businesses they both individually decide how much to charge for their services. We expect the Trusted Photographers and Trusted Agencies to offer their services at a fair market value, and you may negotiate with each of them to come to an acceptable price for the service. Prior to any photo shoot, the Trusted photographers will present the Service Agreement, specifying their services, for your acceptance. Similarly, if a Trusted Agency is servicing your needs, they will present the agency Service Agreement for your acceptance. The agreement also spells out (among other things) that, in return for your payment to the Trusted Photographer or Trusted Agency, you will own the images that have been taken.

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    Re: Killer, High End, Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Local Business Listings

    "Beautiful 360 panoramic tours connected to Google+, Google Maps and Google Search start at just $295

    Tons of info here: http://www.trusted-photographer.com/
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    Re: Killer, High End, Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Local Business Listings

    Good morning Linda, can I suggest this as a future webinar topic? I work with Frank Clark at Trusted Photo Maryland, he's one of Google's 2012 Business Photos award winners. We could go through the process & address some of the questions your readers have. david @ trustedphotomd dot com if you'd like to discuss directly.

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    Cool Re: Killer, High End, Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Local Business Listings

    Is there a directory of Google Business Photo Trusted Photographers in the USA or UK? I can't find one. Maybe it's something we could start here. Whatcha say Linda?
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    Re: Killer, High End, Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Local Business Listings

    Great idea Perry, but there is one at Google here:

    Find a Google Trusted Photographer ? Business Photos ? Google Maps
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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