So you’re thinking of getting a virtual tour – congratulations. The technology offers a huge array of benefits to business but now you have to decide on the best form of implementation. There are a variety of suppliers and a recent arrival to the mass market opportunities is the Matterport virtual tour but are they for you? Obviously we are biased (we don’t use Matterport) but below you will find out some very good reasons why – we hope this helps in your decision making.
A virtual tour will portray the best of your business – you therefore want the best imagery possible. With Matterports latest Pro2 3D camera you can export images up to 8092px x 4552px.
Our virtual tours images start at 12000 x 6000 and can go higher. All those extra pixels mean better quality, better zoom and more detail for a better representation of your company. In addition our custom gear ensures great views are highlighted and sunny days dont cause an issue.
Every virtual tour company will have their own costing model. Matterport charge an ongoing fee to those using their service. This can soon quickly mount up – just £15 a month is well over £500 over the average lifetime of most tours (3 years).
We are proud to say that our clients pay NO ongoing costs for the hosting and maintenance of their tours.
Matterport uses a unique combination of a google click through tour and a 3D model. Ask just one question – is this the best navigation for your user? A bespoke tour enables you to use a wealth of additional options to fit your brand, existing site and users. Using a combination of drop down menus, thumbnails, maps and hotspots ensures the best user experience without the restrictions of set templates and styles.
If you want to get some stunning outdoor shots then a nice sunny day is imperative. Professional virtual tour photographers will use a variety of techniques to block any direct sunlight from “flaring” in their shots. As an “all in one” solution Matterport doesn’t allow this level of control so sun flare and blown out windows are a common issue in bright conditions – great views matter.
One of the most spectacular elements of a bespoke virtual tour is a drone or pole shot (many pole shots reaching up to 6m). A matterport is strictly limited to ground level reducing the flexibility to integrate these eye catching angles.
Every Matterport tour displays the “powered by Matterport” branding prominently. Our bespoke tours are truly white label, enabling you to only display the content that is relevant to you and your users. This results in a simplified experience for your users and a better branded product for you.
A Matterport tour scans the room to generate its images. This means clearing the room of all people at all times for the duration of the shoot. A bespoke tour can work around people and with post editing can also remove those in shot – allowing far more flexibility in shooting and co-ordination.
Matterport photographers have their images processed by the Matterport team (based in …. somewhere!). We process our own images to maintain control of quality and content. If there is a mark on the carpet, an old logo or any other image element you want adjusted we fix it in the process ensuring the perfect marketing results without compromise.
We provide all images formatted and ready to go on social media. Just upload to Facebook and you can enjoy excellent engagement and results with one of the most exciting mediums available. All this is at no extra cost but for many clients these images are their most successful posts on social media.
Things change and when they do you may want to update or adapt your tour. As we maintain full control over editing and publishing our tours any amends are quick, easy and don’t involve clearing a whole space. As Matterport tours are built and amended by a 3rd party all amends have to be resubmitted and rebuilt by them – not the photographer!
A Matterport unit is fixed to a tripod and can only reach around head high. Bespoke tours allow us to shoot with the same quality on a pole up to 6 metres and even with a drone. These spectacular angles are often the best in many tours and really help highlight a location.