Google and Dave TamelingGoogle recently launched a business photos program to help businesses attract customers.  Dave Tameling was the first Edmonton based photographer to jump at the opportunity.  As a specially trained “Google Trusted Independent Photographer,” Tameling can now provide 360-degree interactive panoramas of the interiors of businesses in Edmonton. The panoramas are seen on Google Maps and Google Local+ pages.  Businesses get higher visibility when consumers search on Google maps for a particular type of business in a geographic area, since the Local+ listings are found at the top of the results page.

Potential customers get a virtual tour of the business, so that they can imagine themselves being at the location to determine if they want to visit in person.  This new program can be found in selected cities and countries.  Currently, photographers are documenting businesses in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Japan and the UK.  In the U.S., some cities included are: Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco,Miami, Denver, Salt Lake City, Washington D.C., and Boston. In Canada, some cities included are: London, Kitchener, Windsor, & Toronto, Ontario; Edmonton & Calgary, Alberta; Montreal, Quebec; and Vancouver & Victoria, British Columbia.

To be eligible, a business must have a Google Local+ page listing which is free. Most businesses can participate in this program, some that have include: restaurants, retail stores, beauty salons, auto dealerships, small dental and medical practices and health clubs such as a yoga facility. Any interested business should ask its local Google Trusted Independent Photographer if it is eligible to be photographed.  This is a paid service provided by the photographers.

Businesses who want their location photographed can find a photographer on Google’s website at http://maps.google.ca/help/maps/businessphotos/get-started.html. More information about this program is provided on the Google site http://www.google.ca/intl/en/help/maps/businessphotos/.

Google Business Photos photographers also provide a set of “Point of Interest” images pertinent to a business such as: store hours, menus, awards, and interesting decor.  Owners of the business may upload their own photos in addition to the ones provided by the Google photographers.

Google photographers are accomplished independent professional photographers who are participating in this program.  They have been certified by Google to produce 360 degree panoramas.

For more information contact Dave Tameling (Google Trusted Independent Photographer – Edmonton) at 780-710-8050 or by email at dave@davetameling.com.  See more information on this program and a virtual walkthrough of Ric’s Grill in downtown Edmonton and other Edmonton businesses at  www.davetameling.com/google-business-photos