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Street-view maps for inside businesses

Since the Google street-view video maps are so popular, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce asks: Why not take the show inside?
The chamber has entered a marketing alliance with Google-certified photographers to bring Google Maps “Street View” inside members’ businesses.
The 360-degree photographic tour of any establishment provides the public the opportunity to experience local businesses directly from a Google search.

The chamber will introduce the program today at The Bocuse Restaurant on the campus of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.
Attendees can meet with Google-certified program coordinators as well as see examples of a finished tour and gain familiarity with the equipment used to document inside spaces from all angles.

“Businesses that engage this powerful marketing tool will benefit with a tremendous visual enhancement in their Google Search presence, Google Maps, and on their Google+ Local page,” the chamber said in a press release. “Viewers on any device – desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone – will easily find your business and be able to take a virtual walk inside to look around. They can see 360-degree panoramic images from multiple points; zoom in on products,displays and signage while getting a true feel for the decor and ambiance of your space.”

The Google virtual tour is easily embedded onto a website and Facebook page, the chamber said.
For more information and to schedule a no-obligation discussion with a Google-certified program coordinator, visit seeinsidedutchesscounty.com.

In conjunction with the rollout, the chamber will host a seminar titled “How To Use Google Places To Boost Your Business” immediately following its monthly contact breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. May 15 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. To RSVP, visit dcrcoc.org.

Members and interested nonmembers are encouraged to attend.

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