We’ve completely rebuilt the back-end pages for managing your TourVista account and virtual tours. Here’s a tour of the new design and features that you’re sure to love.
The Home Page
A slick new design awaits when you login to your TourVista account. The home page acts as a control panel for your entire account, showing your most Recent Tours and a nifty widget for quickly creating a New Tour.
It’s easy to manage all of the tours in your account on our new My Tours page, where you can filter by tours that are either ON or OFF, and also display them in our handy new “thumbnail” view which shows all the key data for each tour.
Managing each of your tours is easier than ever with our new Tour Dashboard! Change the design by selecting a new theme; view graphical stats of the total views, leads and shares; and even update the contact info for each tour! You can also specify multiple email addresses to receive the lead notification emails.
Craigslist Templates and Other Marketing Tools
Of course, we are still offering our best-in-class Craigslist Templates that allow you to copy/paste code to post your tours to Craigslist. Be sure to check out our other marketing tools like the tour widgets for embedding your tours on other websites.
Pro Tip: use the drop down menu (at the top right) when editing a tour to quickly navigate between the various tours in your account.
We are now offering an affiliate program! For those of you that love TourVista, now you can earn extra ca$h by referring others to setup a new account.
It’s super easy…
Your account has a special affiliate link just for you.
Your “subdomain” page that lists all of your tours (such as matty.tourvista.com) can also be used as your affiliate link.
Share these links on your website, Facebook, Twitter, email signature, etc.
You’ll earn 25% of the lifetime payments from everyone that sets up an account after clicking on your link!
Hope You Like!
Well, that pretty much covers the new improvements to the new TourVista pages for managing your account and your virtual tours. Let us know in the comments what you think / any questions / what else you’d like to see.
Not sure what the big deal is? Recently Craigslist hammered down on their real estate listing guidelines, essentially reducing all listings to plain text. No externally-hosted images. No fancy HTML formatting. More info at our blog posts here and here.
Nov 14th Update: We’ve released a new & improved version of our Craigslist template! Details here
WOW! is all I have to say about this.
Craigslist is now removing all externally-hosted images and most other formatting from your real estate posts.
That is, your beautiful posts created using various Craigslist templates like TourVista’s are now stripped naked and in most cases looking very ugly.
No images. No fancy styling. No well-designed layout.
Just plain text and some minor formatting like bold and italics. Excuse me while I barf.
TourVista’s original Craigslist template (left) shows images and other styling. Craigslist converts it all to boring, plain text (right).
Is this just an effort to blast us all back to 1995? I don’t think so. Craigslist has always gone the route of “less is more” with their design and overall user experience. Instead, it feels more like a way to manage the look of all posts for consistency in an effort to level the playing field for everyone.
No need to freak out…
While this does have most real estate marketers in a state of shock, it is actually good news. By removing all images and fancy styling and forcing all posts to be plain text, ANYTHING that we can do to make your text better than just plain text will help it stand out.
And that’s what we are working on right now — an updated Craigslist template that takes your property info from TourVista and generates “better than plain text” copy/paste code to help it POP on Craigslist.
Stay tuned… and let us know if you have any ideas!
Hopefully you’ve figured out that you can simply click on any photo in your virtual tour to launch the full-size photo slideshow, like this post explains.
But, did you know that you can press the SPACEBAR on your keyboard to play the slideshow automatically? How cool is that? We’ve even added a little notification at the top of the slideshow so your viewers know that they have this option, too.
You guessed it, pressing the spacebar again pauses the slideshow.
Click the spacebar on your keyboard to play/pause the slideshow.
TourVista was one of the first companies on the web to allow users to setup interactive floor plans for marketing their real estate. And while our interface for viewing the interactive floor plan was nice and clean… it was a bit small.
Most of our users figured out that their floor plans should be drawn such that they would fit nicely on the tour page, including cropping them tight so there was no unnecessary white space around the edge, resulting in the largest floor plan possible. Even still, if your property had a big, complex floor plan, it became very small and hard to read.
Well, it is my pleasure to announce that we’ve updated our tour page with a link “+Enlarge” that shows your interactive floor plan in a MUCH larger view! Yeehaw! Check it out:
Click the +Enlarge link
Full size view of interactive floor plans.
If that’s the good news, the better news is that all of your existing virtual tours with interactive floor plans have been updated automatically to show the larger view. Sweet!
Here’s a quick screencast demonstrating the large interactive floor plans: