May 1st of this year Google publicly launched Google Business Photos. Jim Hilker, owner of Places.Mobile, is one over 200 certified Google Trusted Photographers working on this new new program. Each month new cities across the US and Canada are being added into the program, with a goal of getting the majority of businesses to participate. The following interview with Mr. Hilker provides readers with details about the Google Business Photos program and how it will benefit your restaurant.
What is Google Business Photos?
Google Business Photos uses the Street View technology to providing viewers with the ability to take a “walk-through” 360 degree virtual tour inside your place of business. A trained and certified Google Trusted Photographer uses special photography equipment to capture a series of 360 degree panoramic images at strategically placed points beginning outside and working in and throughout the establishment. The photographer then uses Google Street View technology to “stitch” the images into a crystal clear and smooth virtual tour which is then uploaded into the Google Map system and connected to Street View. Along with the 360 panoramic images the program requires the photographer to take specific high-resolution still images as well, such as interior decor, signage, menus, food plates, and more........