Frequently Asked Questions
Below is additional information about Virtual Properties, Google Business Photos and more. If you have additional questions, feel free to call, email, or leave a comment.
What is the 'Google Business Photos' program?
Google Business Photos is the same Street View technology used in streets around the world – but now for your business. The program allows a high-quality, interactive, 360-degree experience of your business to be created and showcased on Google Searches, Google Maps and Google+ Local Pages.
How can the Google Business Photos program 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. 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.
What is the cost to get my business photographed?
Prices for a Google Business Photo shoot vary based on the size of the venue and number of location a business may have. To get an accurate quote, one of our Trusted Photographers can come to your venue for a consult.
How can I coordinate a shoot?
First, go to the “Schedule Your Shoot” link on this website and fill out the form with your city and contact information. We will have a Google Trusted Photographer in your area contact you and schedule to meet at your venue to coordinate the best shoot which will show the best features of your business.
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. 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.
What is a ‘Google Trusted Photographer'?
Trusted Photographers are photographers who 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.
Are ‘Trusted Photographers' employed by Google?
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.