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by pollarda » Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:27 pm

So, I have a tour that I'm trying to put together. It is a tour of a cocoa plantation. (You can see a very rough version of it at: http://www.artpollard.com/ptour/ This is still a bit rough but, I'm pretty happy with how it is coming along. The resolution is incredible.

I'd like to be able to put images (with associated links) on the side of the tour so as to encourage people to purchase the chocolate that I make (http://www.amanochocolate.com) I'll be moving the tour from my personal website to the company website later once the tour is polished. I'm envisioning a vertical bar on the right hand side of the various panoramas that I can put graphical "ads" in. Each ad would have a link to the associated product in the shopping cart.

How might I do this? In short, I'm trying to convert visitors to the tours I put together into purchasing customers. What is the best way to do this? (Perhaps there is a better way than what I'm imagining.)

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Re: Adding Links to the Side of Tour ....

by mediavets » Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:57 pm

pollarda wrote:So, I have a tour that I'm trying to put together. It is a tour of a cocoa plantation. (You can see a very rough version of it at: http://www.artpollard.com/ptour/ This is still a bit rough but, I'm pretty happy with how it is coming along. The resolution is incredible.

I'd like to be able to put images (with associated links) on the side of the tour so as to encourage people to purchase the chocolate that I make (http://www.amanochocolate.com) I'll be moving the tour from my personal website to the company website later once the tour is polished. I'm envisioning a vertical bar on the right hand side of the various panoramas that I can put graphical "ads" in. Each ad would have a link to the associated product in the shopping cart.

Would you have the same vertical bar with the same graphical ads on every pano/scene?

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Re: Adding Links to the Side of Tour ....

by mediavets » Sun Jun 22, 2014 11:04 pm

pollarda wrote:So, I have a tour that I'm trying to put together. It is a tour of a cocoa plantation. (You can see a very rough version of it at: http://www.artpollard.com/ptour/ This is still a bit rough but, I'm pretty happy with how it is coming along. The resolution is incredible.

How many panos/scenes are there? I think I found three, are there more?

I could not figure out what the 'point' of the tour was/is.

I prefer a floorplan/map and thumbnails stack or bar for navigation rather than hotspots.

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Re: Adding Links to the Side of Tour ....

by Destiny » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:02 am

OOOOOO... Chocolates!!! =D :cool:

Put me down for one of each.. Freebees.. :lol:

You could add thumbs to the side of your Tour... With Text.. Here is a mockup...

http://www.destinyvirtualtours.com/PTPV ... humbs.html

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Re: Adding Links to the Side of Tour ....

by mediavets » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:13 am

Destiny wrote:OOOOOO... Chocolates!!! =D :cool:

Put me down for one of each.. Freebees.. :lol:

You could add thumbs to the side of your Tour... With Text.. Here is a mockup...

http://www.destinyvirtualtours.com/PTPV ... humbs.html

Destiny..


I thought he meant graphic 'button's within the tour window?

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Re: Adding Links to the Side of Tour ....

by Destiny » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:23 am

Who cares Andrew... Art can have anything he wants.. HE MAKES CHOCOLATES!! :lol: .. And I EAT Chocolates.. =D

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Re: Adding Links to the Side of Tour ....

by pollarda » Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:13 am

Thanks everybody.

Basically, what I was thinking was something like this:
http://www.amanochocolate.com/articles/ ... -republic/
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http://www.amanochocolate.com/blog/deli ... -to-chuao/
which are articles I wrote about my adventures finding cocoa beans. Note how the side of the page has "ads" which link to the bar in our store. I can do this somewhat using panopress (the wordpress plugin) and run it down the side there. However, if someone maximizes the panorama / tour so that it fills the screen, the ads aren't visible. I'd like to (optimally) show the wordpress ads while someone is looking at it in the wordpress site and then show graphic images in the tour if they maximize the image. This might be too much to ask but maybe it might be possible somehow....

There are actually about 9 panos total. Right now not all the views point in the right direction. I'm trying to get that sorted out. While in the plantation, I thought it should be obvious which direction each pano was in relation to the others. However, it turned out to be much more difficult than I thought. Things look a lot different on the monitor vs being there. There are cues in the landscape that really help as well as the fact that you are actually there. Next time, I'll have to put a rock or stick in front and behind so I know in which direction I'm going (and where I came from.)

The goal here is so that people can see what a cocoa plantation looks like. It is one thing to see it in a picture on a web page, it is a completely different thing to be able to see it in an immersive way. It is much more like actually being there.

Just as a note, this was shot with a Nikon D800E. It takes 35 photos to shoot the panorama. I exposure bracket with 9 frames for a total of 315 exposures per panorama. This makes it so you can really zoom in and see things.

Ideas? Any more ideas on how to convert visitors to paying customers?
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Re: Adding Links to the Side of Tour ....

by mediavets » Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:29 am

pollarda wrote:Thanks everybody.

Basically, what I was thinking was something like this:
http://www.amanochocolate.com/articles/ ... -republic/
or
http://www.amanochocolate.com/blog/deli ... -to-chuao/
which are articles I wrote about my adventures finding cocoa beans. Note how the side of the page has "ads" which link to the bar in our store. I can do this somewhat using panopress (the wordpress plugin) and run it down the side there. However, if someone maximizes the image so that it fills the screen, the ads aren't visible. I'd like to (optimially) show the wordpress ads while someone is looking at it in the wordpress site and then show graphic images in the tour if they maximize the image. This might be too much to ask but maybe it might be possible somehow....

Not via the GUI.

Use Simple button plugins to display your 'ads' within the tour window. You could choose to link to your store in Web site boxes within the tour.

There are actually about 9 panos total. Right now the views don't always point in the right direction. I'm trying to get that sorted out. While in the plantation, I thought it should be obvious which direction each pano was in relation to the others. However, it turned out to be much more difficult than I thought. Next time, I'll have to put a rock or stick in front and behind so I know in which direction I'm going (and where I came from.)

The goal here is so that people can see what a cocoa plantation looks like. It is one thing to see it in a picture on a web page, it is a completely different thing to be able to see it in an immersive way. It is much more like actually being there

Yes, but 9 panos of cocoa plantation? I rather feel that 'seen one seen 'em all'.

Just as a note, this was shot with a Nikon D800E. It takes 35 photos to shoot the panorama. I exposure bracket with 9 frames for a total of 315 exposures per panorama.

That's a lot of work for what?

I suggest you get a 15mm fisheye lens.


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