The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce now brings the Google Maps “Street View” virtual tour technology inside our member businesses! We are so excited to announce a new Affinity Program with the Google Maps Business View photographer and the amazing new benefits and opportunities this brings for our business community.
What Is It?
Most everyone is very familiar with and uses Google Maps and the popular “Street View” function where you can get familiar with a place by seeing it from street level 360 degree images. Well now your Chamber brings that 360 degree camera technology to your business to create a virtual walk around the inside and outside of your business establishment which get published live into Google Maps, displayed on our new Virtual Business & Area Guide, and you can embed a copy of your establishment’s Google Virtual Tour right on your own website and Facebook page!
Benefits to Businesses
The First Deciding Factor – A Visual Glance
People looking for your types of product / service make their decisions first by what a place looks like. So when you choose to be included in this program people using Google Maps to navigate the region for your products / service will find and be able to take a “Street View” style virtual tour to get a look at the outside and inside of your business establishment. Now you got that edge over your competition that does not have it.
The Second Deciding Factor – What You Have
After spend-ready people have seen a place they like the looks of, now they want to know what you have. So you captured their attention with the Google virtual tour and now they head to your website to learn what you have and why choose you.
The Third Deciding Factor – What Your Customers Say
Like it or not, people read customer reviews and it does impact many spending decisions toward your business. Our partner Google Maps photographer is also a certified “Google Local Guide”, which is what used to be called a “Zagat Reviewer”. So along with getting the Google Virtual Tour of your establishment you’ll also get a write-up in Google Local about your business!
We’re also very excited about another product outcome of this program. Our Google photographer is creating a special collection of the Google Virtual Tours of all participating business, as well as special inclusion of unique places in the region, AND some 360 degree images taken from 200 feet above ground! This collection is assembled into a new interactive “Virtual Business and Area Guide” that will be a part of the Chamber’s website.
Upcoming Opportunities to Take Advantage of This Valuable Offering
Our Google Photographer is scheduling now to come into town to work with our member businesses. Between now and then they are arranging the itinerary of businesses that wish to participate. There is limited space on their itinerary and businesses are added on a first-come, first-serve basis. To get on that itinerary you must fill out and submit the online form at this link. They will follow up with you right away to review all the details including costs and you can decide from that conversation if this is for you or not. Don’t miss out on this one – sign up now!