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Google to offer virtual tours of Concord businesses

A Google photographer will be coming to Concord in mid-July to photograph the interior of local businesses, giving interested patrons a chance to see inside the business from their computer, tablet or smart phone.

“It really, really enhances the business,” said photographer Jim Hilker, a photographer based out of New York state.

Hilker will be in Concord July 17-19, and businesses must sign up online in advance at seeinsideNH.com. For a small fee, Hilker will take 360-degree photographs of businesses’ interiors. Those photos will then be uploaded to companies’ Google pages. That means when someone searches for the business on Google, they’ll get all of the business’s information, plus a look inside.

Hilker would not say what the cost is but said it is modest.

Depending on the store’s size, Hilker’s visit could take 25 minutes to an hour. Home-based businesses and hospitals are not eligible. But any other type of business, such as a frozen yogurt shop, a carry-out pizza counter or shoe repair store is eligible, as long as the business already has a Google page.

These Google virtual tours have been available for about a year, and photographers like Hilker are traveling to cities across the country.

Before coming to Concord, he will be in Laconia on July 15 and 16. Businesses must sign up online, as Hilker will cancel and go to another city if there is not enough interest.

Several other local photographers are also certified Google photographers who offer this service year round. Curt Lloyd, the first certified Google photographer in New Hampshire, has photographed all of the Grappone car dealerships, and can be reached through CJLfotos.com. Steve Hebert, a Manchester-based photographer, also provides this service. He’s done Google tours for businesses in Manchester, Nashua and Concord and can be reached at BeFoundNH.com.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @kronayne.)

Legacy Comments4

Google Business Photos are awesome and really help out a lot of businesses stand out more on Google. I work with Google’s #1 certified trusted photographer and have filmed hundreds of virtual tours throughout the country. Here is a great video commercial for Google Business Photos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bowqKM9BxMs

This service is already available from a local photographer, me. Go to CJLfotos dot com to see example tours & information (& how to contact me), including several tours of the Grappone dealerships right here in Concord (you can also see them linked to their websites). I was the first photographer certified in the state of New Hampshire to create these tours. I take great pride in my work, and would be happy to walk your location and prepare a quote for you if you are interested. The service I provide is not "cookie cutter" but custom in nature, and can not be accurately quoted over the phone or through a web form.

This is not news! My business was shot last year, there are several Google Virtual Tour photographers in the area, I am in Hooksett, and my photographer was from Manchester. Look them up on Google's website! You don't have register in advance or have to have it done when they are "in your area".

If you have to do a search for a certain business, how is that a tour of Concord businesses?

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