We’ve heard from some of our users that people may not know to mouseover the interactive floor plans in order to view the arrows and each respective photograph. Leaving out this instructive text was a deliberate design decision as we wanted to keep the tour player free of unnecessary content. However, at the same time, if a user doesn’t realize that their is an interactive floor plan and never experiences that aspect of the virtual tour, that’s an even greater loss.
So we’ve updated the TourVista source code to give the best of both worlds. Now you can choose whether or not to show a message informing the users that they should mouseover the interactive floor plan in order to use it. And you can even customize the message text for each of your virtual tours with interactive floor plans!
Thanks to Eric from Chicago for this suggestion. Check out his virtual tour in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge. As always, let us know what you think and if you have any ideas for improving TourVista, we’re listening.
In case you ever need to transfer a virtual tour between accounts, don’t waste your time in recreating it! Just follow the steps outlined in this tutorial and quickly move a virtual tour from one TourVista account to another.
Note: if you are transferring a Premium virtual tour to a Free account or an account that has already used up all of its Premium virtual tours, the transferred Premium tour will be automatically downgraded to Free. However, don’t worry about losing any of the data from the tour. The receiving account can simply upgrade to a larger Premium plan and then upgrade the transferred virtual tour back to its Premium status.
We are happy to announce support for Google Analytics on TourVista’s real estate marketing platform. In addition to the built-in statistics that TourVista provides all user accounts, it is now possible to track your virtual tour statistics using Google Analytics. Here’s how:
Copy your Google Analytics tracking code. It will be in this format: UA-12345678-1
Login to your TourVista account and select the tour you want to track stats.
Select “Analytics (Stats)” from the “This Tour” drop down menu.
Paste your Google Analytics tracking code from step 1 into the field.
To quickly apply the same Google Analytics tracking code to ALL virtual tours in your account, just mark the checkbox.
Any tour views you get from this point on will be tracked in your Google Analytics account (although it will take a few hours for the stats to start showing in Analytics).
Thanks to Jodi of Minnesota for requesting that we add rich text editor to the tour description field.
Access the rich text editor by (1) selecting your virtual tour and (2) selecting Property Details. You’ll see the description box at the bottom of the Property Details page. Just point, click and edit away!
It’s easy to link your virtual tours on TourVista to your Facebook and Twitter pages. Just copy/paste the URL (web page address) for your Facebook and Twitter pages into the form on My Account when logged into TourVista.
By doing so, your viewers will be able to connect with you in new ways. Thanks to our friends at www.zaran.com for suggesting this latest improvement to TourVista.