Jan 23, 2014 | google business photos, google trusted independent photographer, google trusted photographer, seattle real estate photographer
I shot this home when I was building my portfolio a few years ago. My personal 12th Man helped me out with this shoot and has been been there ever since cheering me on even when I wasn’t having the best season.
To honor that and to help you by being YOUR 12th Man, I am offering 12% off my regular rates for Seattle Real Estate Photography AND on my Google ‘See Inside’ packages for business through the end of February. What better way to celebrate the return of the Seahawks to the Superbowl!
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Jan 9, 2014 | google business photos, google for lawyers, google trusted independent photographer, google trusted photographer
You are busy taking amazing care of your clients, but do you know where the next one is coming from? In 2014 local search is more important than ever and competition is fierce.
When your prospective clients search for your specialty in a specific area, Google will show them a pack of local map results in your search results page. Yes, this means that you should care about Google +Local!
For example let’s search for a personal injury lawyer in Vancouver, Washington. In the page below you can see that there are three types of results. First the Paid Ads at the top and side. Second, there are a few ‘organic’ results in the middle. Third, the Local Map Results, and finally there are more organic results below the pack of map results (not show here, but trust me, they are there).
Anatomy of a Google Search Results Page
As you can see, there are not many ‘local’ firms in the organic results. There is not much real estate for organic results, and there is some serious competition for that space. If you want a good chance of being found for your specialty in that local area your best bet is to be in the Local Map Pack. The importance of having a correct and optimized Google Places/+Local profile cannot be overemphasized. If you don’t already have a Google Places for Business account do it now! It is free, takes five minutes, and puts you in control of your listing. Without it you don’t stand to fare well in search results.
Part of having a well optimized Google listing is having amazing images. The office space that you worked so hard to build out should be featured prominently on your Search, Maps, Mobile, and +Local profile. You can also embed the tour and images on your web site (example here!). The one-time fee for unlimited use makes the See Inside tour an outstanding value.
Your prospective clients want to know about you, your staff, and your space. Share with them online for the best chance to meet them in person.
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Jan 8, 2014 | google business photos, google trusted independent photographer, google trusted photographer
The turn of the new year is a great time to check all your online profiles to make sure that they are correct and optimized. You work hard to take care of your clients, but do you know where the next one is coming from? When you are updating your professional online profiles here are a few things to think about: How do clients find you and what makes them pick you over the competition? Do you have a complete picture and plan for your online image? Are you keeping up on with Houzz, Avo, Active Rain, Linked IN, Facebook, Google Places, +Local, and Maps? Are you blogging regularly? All of these profiles contribute to Google’s sophisticated ranking in search results.
You absolutely must have the correct information in your Google Places for Business/+Local listings; if your information is not up to date or accurate on these listings you risk not being found by your potential customers.
In 2013 and continuing to 2014, you may find that your connections on Facebook are on the wane. Communities that you built are now not seeing much of your content and this may be a great time to focus on other channels. Just another reason to make sure that the rest of your professional online profiles have all of your current and up to date information.
Soundview360.com can optimize and verify your Google listings as well as help with content. Photos and virtual tours attract the right clients to your business. Call or email today to schedule a no obligation consultation.