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  1. If you get good with lightroom and photoshop you should be good to go! All of the MLS boards are different. You should be able to get all the specs by reaching out to the real estate board. If you call ask them how much it costs to become an affiliate member too. During the conversation ask the questions you want to ask. Sometimes they only talk to you if they're going to sell you something. Keep that in mind before you call. They're not all easy to work with. We're very lucky with our MLS as they're very kind and post our tours for us. Everyone above is correct. Learn to do as much as possible (still photos, interiors, print flyers, tours, reports, virtual staging, sms text marketing, head shots, video walkthroughs, zillow tours, property sites, etc) if you want to blow it out. If you're good with just a few customers and it's a side gig that other stuff does not matter but your customers may come and go quickly as someone that offers a one stop shop package comes along. Realtors like as much done for them as possible. If you want go grow big focus your business around that fact. Become their personal assistant on a per listing basis and you'll grow huge. Here if anyone has questions!
  2. The very best way to approach this is to work directly with agents. Home seller approach is not something I would tell you not to do but stick with it, put out an excellent product and you'll quickly find that you'll attract realtors that want to look better, sell faster, and stand out. We started up our Traverse City Real Estate Photography (and now also a drone business) in 2007. Work on your packages, service offerings and pricing. If you put together a nice menu of real estate marketing services you'll thrive. Big word of advice here is for you to not ONLY focus on drone but also your still photography and interiors. If you want to go huge focus on the lowest common denominator which is still photos. You can't list a house anywhere around the world without still photos, so if you become a one-stop-shop for everything a realtor needs you'll become the "Go-To" outfit for more and more realtors. Now the idea of going directly to the homeowner may get you some shoots, starting there and forcing the agents into your services could hurt your relationships. At the end of the day you want to cultivate lasting and positive relationships with the agents and this will take your time and energy. Join the local home builders and real estate association and offer up some of your services to them. Maybe teach a class for free and let them monetize it. At BlueLaVa, we teach a photography course. This seems odd because we photograph 1000+ homes a year and that's out bread and butter but at the end of the day the 10 realtors in the room of 30 that do their own photography would never use you anyway. It's the twenty that appreciate and understand the value of using a professional. Learn some professional real estate photography statistics and commit them to memory. Throw them around every chance you get. Differentiate yourself from the others out there that are just slinging photos and youtube drone video links by delivering your photos and videos in a unique way via a property website or a virtual tour like Tom does over at Sharp Eye. At BlueLaVa, we use the RTV tour and boost marketing system and have since 2007. It delivers everything to the agents for us, collects payment, sends out weekly sellers reports, pushes to youtube for us, gives us lead capture and flyers, and soon it will do all the job scheduling. The tours look stunning with drone footage in them and the property websites are some of the best looking out there that I've seen. Let me know if you have questions -
  3. @Dave Pitman Thank you for sharing that link above!!! I took a few minutes just now and set up on your portal. We have three aerial drone pilots on our team and over the last two seasons we've been picking up more and more sailing projects. 95% of our drone business is real estate related but the commercial side is picking up more and more each year. In 2019 we did close to 350 aerial drone operations for local realtors and about 20 commercial shoots. Sure enough we landed another sailing shoot last year! I will tell you guys and girls back here that these sailing shoots are quite lucrative! Especially if you're used to shooting $150 - $250 real estate shoots all the time! We put this tour together awhile back so we would have a demo to show folks that inquire with us about shooting their sailing event or fleet of sailboats Check it out and thank you Brian for posting this thread! I believe there's a lot of business to be had in this venue!! Sincerely, Jason
  4. Hello there everyone! RTV at is gearing up for a great 2020 with more of our national accounts requesting aerial drone photography and video. If you have not set up a profile in our Tour Track system and would like to create a profile please feel free to set up an account here - Please note that our system allows aerial drone pilots to pick up jobs from our accounts as well as utilize our image delivery and boost marketing system. We allow you to not only deliver your finished product to your customers, but also offer your customers several additional marketing services like property sites, lead capture, branded and non-branded tour links and weekly seller's reports. It's pretty slick if you work with listing agents. Ideally, for our national account jobs, we're looking for folks that are 107 certified, insured, and run an existing business. To see some examples of what you can do with the system visit our gallery here - RTV currently services Motel 6, Red Roof Inn, Choice Hotels, Red Lion Hotels, and many more. Hope to talk with you soon! Sincerely, Jason
  5. Good afternoon Alan Perlman & Company! Spring is officially here and with it comes blue skies, green grass and hopefully a lot of drone orders!! For RTV, this Spring also means some very significant system updates that we are super stoked to deliver and share back here in the group. Most notably is our new 1080 Adaptive Streaming. This update means some great things for UAV pilots as well as folks that do full-on walkthrough videos. Those interested in our full feature update and release video can review the entire update here in this Update Video Be sure to check out examples of our new adaptive streaming in action here - and and These are live examples. Some start out immediately with streaming video while others load up with still photos first. With Fusion, you're the director and the story of each home is told by you. You put all of your media from your photo shoot into one interactive player and deliver a branded and non-branded link to your customer. In addition to the significant bump in playback quality, we've also packed a nice "Marketing Punch" in our system by overhauling our weekly Seller's Reports - just in time for the busy season! Customers now share a fancy weekly report via email with the realtor. This reminds them who their photographer and drone person is weekly with an impressive layout and killer stats. The Realtor then passes this on over to the seller and it acts as a nice weekly communication tool. There were several other updates that just went live. For the full list, you can watch that video link above or you can read about them here in our blog - The new 360 video support will surely turn some heads and we're excited to see what photographers and drone pilots do with that feature too! Finally and most importantly we've attached a photo for you to check out on this thread. See attached and say hello to a nifty device that we've been jokingly calling the Skywalker 4K. This device was made out of $30 bucks in parts so a drone pilot could walk a drone safely and professionally through a home. We will be making a "How To" video on this in a few days and posting the materials list and construction video back here so everyone that has an interest can also make their own. We just added an Interior Drone "Fly-Through" to our product offering over at and having something that looked both professional and functional was key for us. Since we have four drone pilots on our team spending several thousand dollars to gear each guy up was out of the question. So far the SkyWalker has been working out quite nicely! Here's a video that was created using the SkyWalker and a little "Drone Yoga" moves intertwined - Thanks for watching and we'll keep you posted as we complete this video and also as RTV rolls out more product enhancements and updates. Keep an eye out for our sexy single property website layout coming later this year along with our Aerial Drone Operator and Photographers Scheduling system all built into our hosting platform. Very exciting stuff to help our folks stand out and stay ahead! Sincerely, Jason
  6. We essentially set up a menu of service offerings that include everything from still photos, aerial drone sessions and more. You can see all of our property marketing packages here - Thank you Philip!
  7. Have you thought about offering floor plans with your property marketing services? I would recommend a couple of floor plan solutions. First and foremost I like to recommend Magic Plan by Sensopia. Mostly because it just works and literally anyone can do it with just a little practice. Check it out. The other one that I've begun hearing good things about is Measure Tap which was created by my friends over at Occipital. They make the really slick 3D scanner that goes on an iPhone or Droid. Their product is showing some promise and is called Tap Measure Once your floor plan is finished you can toss it into a tour player for one heck of a final interactive presentation. Let's take a peek - Cheers! Jason
  8. Those of you getting suited up to sell and market to real estate agents, home builders or developers should take some time and review some hard-hitting stats that you can include in your marketing materials. For BlueLaVaMedia pieces we simply google "Professional Real Estate Photography Statistics" Keep in mind that professional still photos are at the very core of selling to realtors. Realtors MUST have still photos to list and sell properties. have something that they must have in order to even put the listing on the MLS (multiple listing service). To get started I recommend that you memorize a few of these hard hitting facts. When you make your real estate packages, consider making them with still photos at the very base of everything since they must have these. If you can get the still photography work AND the drone work you cannot be eclipsed by a real estate photographer who gets their 107. Make yourself bulletproof in 2018!
  9. Jay will be hosting a show tomorrow night everyone. Please feel free to drop on by. Read more about tomorrow night's webinar here All about picking up gigs in 2018. Keep in mind that 95% of our gigs are virtual tours and still photos. We do have two major hotel brands 8000+ hotels asking us about drone packages and pricing so it is coming. Currently, we have three national accounts that include aerial drone work. Hope to see you there!
  10. Have your realtor buddy set you up in the MLS as if you were shopping for homes in the X price range and X miles from where you live. You will start getting daily listings that are brand new and match your search criteria. Find the listing agents of those homes and congratulate them on their recent new listing. This works very well. Listings are NEW, agents just got the home listed and now they are looking for marketing services to sell it. Additionally, you might consider picking up gigs from RTV. We have a show tomorrow all about this Ciao, Jason
  11. Thank you very much Alan! I have been trying to find back here in the community where to post our next couple shows that we have coming up at RTV. I suppose here is the best logical spot. So we have a show coming up tomorrow and anyone back here is welcome. This show tomorrow will teach you how to do virtual staging and you can register here What we have found over at is that the more you can offer real estate agents the better. You become their personal assistant on a per-listing basis and that's HUGE. You are their FIRST phone call when they get that listing because you can do everything to help promote and market their properties online. Ok show number two is next week. Register for that here - Next week's show will be all about picking up jphoto and drone jobs from RTV. Last year we pushed out several thousand jobs and this year it's likely to be even more since we just picked up Best Western. Anyone is more than welcome to attend these shows. Jay and I are here to help you with any and all marketing needs! Sincerely, Jason
  12. For something like this we get close to $500. That's for our largest real estate photography package and our large aerial drone package. I believe they also purchased our Media Exposure Engine and single property website. For drone only we charge about $260 and if they get a photo package for their property we charge $150 unless they need a lot of footage like the one above. Hope that helps!