What is Business Photos
Business Photos is Google Street View inside your business.
- Google Business Photos on Google Maps
How can Business Photos help my business?
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. With easy-to-use html snippets or Maps APIs, you can also link to these images from your own business website, thus attracting potential customers who visit your website too.
Why are businesses being photographed and how can I see the pictures?2
Google Trusted Photographers and photographers from Trusted Agencies 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+ Local by signing in to 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.
How long will the photo shoot take?
In most cases, a photo shoot will take about an hour, but this varies depending on the size of your business.
What do I need to do to prepare my business for the photo shoot?
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.
Will the photo shoot disrupt my business operations?
We know you’re running a business, and that’s why we have designed photo shoots to be as non-disruptive as possible. Trusted Photographers and Trusted Agencies 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 that photography is in process and to avoid being in view of the camera, whenever possible.
Can I embed these images on my business website?
Yes, we encourage you to share the walkthrough 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 from the panoramic imagery on Google Maps, click the 'Link' button, click 'customise and preview embedded map', and copy and paste the HTML to embed it on your website. If you’re looking for even more customisation of your images, take a look at the Google Maps API.
Can I have a repeat photo shoot?
Yes, you are welcome to engage with a Trusted Photographer or Trusted Agency and coordinate a repeat shoot as often as you like, but it is up to the individual Trusted Photographer or Trusted Agency to decide the cost. Many businesses that have recently renovated their interiors or have seasonal décor will request a reshoot. Remember that you can always upload your own up-to-date photographs via Google Places as well.
Darren House - Business Photos
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