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Friday, May 24, 2013

Blockade-Runner Beach Resort Launches First Google Virtual Tour In Wrightsville Beach


The Blockade-Runner Resort with the help of CrystalGlassPhoto, a local Google Business Photos Photographer, has launched the areas first multi-level Google Business, 360 virtual tour of their hotel located in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Google Business Photos is a brand new online marketing tool that brings Street View technology indoors, with a series of 360-degree images, which create a virtual tour of a business. Blockade Runner’s tour: http://crystalglassphoto.com/blog/

From a computer, mobile device or tablet, visitors that use Blockade-Runner’s Google tour will be able to navigate flawlessly through their lobby, pool area, as well as the beach. Additionally, you can instantly utilize multi-levels and take a peek at their oceanfront, and sound side rooms.

“Everyone looks forward to a nice vacation but planning one isn’t always easy. Our Google Virtual Tour makes it easy for potential guests to find us online and be a part of the Blockade Runner experience in their own homes” says Jenny Yarborough, Marketing Manager for Blockade-Runner.

Regarding local search and maps power of Google’s new product says Yarborough “The Blockade Runner Beach Resort Google Tour is an excellent tool to drive online sales in that it is integrated into search”.  Google’s new product is fully integrated into their search engine results, Google Maps and Google+ local. For hotels, these virtual tours are also being integrated into “Google Hotel Finder”. At Google’s recent I/O conference, it was announced these 360 tours are integrated into the new Google Maps interface coming soon.

Almost any business that have a Google+ Local Page, and welcomes the public through its doors can find this new service an exciting way to attract more customers. Since the business will own the tours, they can also be loaded into a business’s own website as well as almost any other web platform including social networks such as Facebook, Twitter or through newsletter marketing.

About Crystal Glass Photo: Crystal Glass was training with Google for 3 months with intense testing and interview process. “This training was extremely rigorous, but was certainly necessary to keep Google’s quality intact” says Crystal Glass, owner of Crystal Glass Photography. Based in Wilmington, NC, Google has now authorized her to make the service available to businesses looking for an affordable way to increase their web profile in the Wilmington and surrounding regions. Prices vary, and begin around $300 on up for a one-time fee. You can view some samples here. http://crystalglassphoto.com/view-examples/