The panoramic photos of the businesses will appear alongside other still photos on a business' Place Page and can help potential customers get a better sense of what an establishment has to offer and if they'd like to visit it in personHYDERABAD, INDIA: Search engine giant Google has launched 'business photos' facility for small and medium businesses – restaurants, cafes, hotels, spas, salons, gyms and retail stores – in the city.
This enables SMEs to showcase the interiors, décor and mechandise in 360 degree view pictures on the web, Google said on a blog.
By uploading the 360 degree view pictures of the premises on Google Places, businesses will be able to showcase what is on the offer to the prospective customers checking out Google Places. Those browsing Google Places, will also have an inside look at the interior of the business house.
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“The images will show prospective customers the interiors, décor, merchandise – and all of this will be done at no cost to the business owner. The panoramic photos will appear alongside other still photos on a business' Place Page and can help potential customers get a better sense of what an establishment has to offer and if they'd like to visit it in person,” Google senior product manager Rahul Kulkarni wrote on the blog.
“The photographs are shot by Google appointed photographers who work directly with the business owner to arrange a time to do the photo shoot,” he added.
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Hyderabad will be the first city in India to get this project, while it will be rolled out to other cities shortly.
Currently, Google is running trial of business photos facility in 30 cities in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, France, Canada, The Netherlands, Ireland and Japan.
Companies interested in getting featured on Google Places can find the link to a form on google blog.