ProFromGo Earns Unusual Certification to Bring Google Street-View Technology Inside Pittsburgh Businesses

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ProFromGo Internet Marketing is one of the newest additions to Google's list of authorized independent contractors, trained and specially certified to bring 360 degree Street-View style Google powered virtual tours inside Pittsburgh businesses through the "Google Business View" program.

ProFromGo's Pittsburgh Google Business Tours

ProFromGo founder, Chris Vendilli is taking Google Business View into Pittsburgh businesses

We're a very visual-oriented society right now so you want to give (customers) videos, pictures... you really want to get across every aspect that you can of what makes you unique and special and give them a reason to choose you.

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Not many people can honestly say they have never used Google’s Street View to virtually “walk” up and down their own street, take a peek at their dream neighborhoods or snoop around for possible dining or entertainment destinations. Now Google is allowing users to take things one step further by virtually “opening the doors” for Pittsburgh businesses through its trusted independent photographers at ProFromGo Internet Marketing.

ProFromGo founder Chris Vendilli and his team operate in a small boutique marketing firm tucked away in Pittsburgh's South Side. His firm provides Google Business View services to restaurants, car dealerships, salons, gyms, or any other brick and mortar business location that is interested in showcasing their place of business through Google.

Google Business View is Google’s latest initiative and allows Street View-style technology to come inside with a 360-degree virtual tour of a business location on Google. The panoramic tour can sometimes appear next to Google’s search results when someone performs a search of the business name. Online searchers will have the ability to “walk” through the establishment from the comfort of their own homes.

Local firms can bring their businesses to life by showcasing their products and highlighting the interior decor. These tours can also be a great way to garner a trusting relationship between the business and client by showing them what’s behind closed doors.

To date, ProFromGo has shot over 30 local businesses including the extravagant kitchen showroom at Vangura in North Huntingdon, McDermott Funeral Home in McKees Rocks, numerous well-known restaurants in downtown Pittsburgh such as Seviche, Sonoma Grille, Nola on the Square, specialty stores like feast on brilliant and The Sweet Shoppe & Nut House and a lovable South Side arcade called Games N’At.

“A lot of people go online. To be able to type in 'feast' and have our virtual tour pop up... that's huge for us. That tells a customer way more than the dollars I spend on advertising and print publications.” – Patti Danforth, owner of feast on brilliant. Danforth said she gained a new customer when a man saw the virtual tour that ProFromGo shot for her Aspinwall business and realized she sells grits. He promptly came in seeking them.

Scott Kerschbaumer, owner of ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare, said the services ProFromGo can give businesses like his an edge over the competition when it comes to bringing business through the door.

“We're a very visual-oriented society right now, so you want to give (customers) videos, pictures... you really want to get across every aspect that you can of what makes you unique and special and give them a reason to choose you,” Kerschbaumer said.

For more information about the program and a sample tour, please visit ProFromGo's Google Business View page.

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