Wednesday, 7 December 2016

How to use the Add Email My Contacts Tool

This tool is found in eflyers and newletters. When you select this mode of distribution you have a number of options. First, you can add a single email address, or as many as you wish in the white text box provided. Just click the box and type in or copy email addresses into the field. This can work well if you have an existing list that consists of just email addresses as you can copy them all at once and paste them into the field. You can then name and save your list. Your lists will appear beneath the text box and MUST BE CHECKED to be included in your eblast. 



The other options include uploading a CVS file or importing your Yahoo or Gmail contacts list. Just click the choice you wish to use.


CVS: This selection will lead you to your computer so you can locate the file and select it to be uploaded.


Gmail: This option will show you your Gmail contact lists. Just click the box to choose the lists you wish to upload:


Yahoo: This option will lead you to your Yahoo account. You can follow the steps as they appear:



Once you have uploaded contacts you can then click the check box for the lists you wish to include.
You can edit your lists by clicking the edit option and save them to keep them up to date conveniently in your Realtour account.








How to use a Floor Plan in your Virtual Tour

Note: In order to use this feature you must upload a floor plan. To upload your floor plan click the "Manage Photos" tab and click the "Floor Plan" tab, then click "Upload" to upload your plan(s).

There are three sections on this page. To the right are the "Locations" which allow you to add and name the floor plans such as Main Floor, Property, Second Floor, etc. The middle section is for your images with a Floor Plan tab and a Photos tab. On the right is the Floor Plan editor.



To get started click the "Floor Plan" tab in the center image box. Click your floor plan and drag it to the appropriate level or location on the right. You can rename a location by clicking on the bar and highlighting the text. You can delete a location by clicking the red X. You can add a new location by clicking the "Create Location" button.


Once you have dragged and dropped your floor plan(s) into place you can begin to add your images to the floor plan. Click the floor plan location on the left and your floor plan will appear on the floor plan editor on right. Click the Photos tab. You can then click the photos and drag them into the appropriate spot on the floor plan on the right.


As you add the images you will see a camera icon appear. When you click the icon, the images will pop up.  





Friday, 2 December 2016

How to Update Account Contact Information, Logos, Head Shots

When you need to update your contact information, add a new head shot or logo always remember it is best to do it before creating a new listing. Otherwise the old contact information will appear in your marketing materials and you will have to manually change them.

Here are the steps to follow:

Log onto your account and click the "My Account" option on the main navigation.


You will arrive on your contact information. To make changes simply click the field and make your updates. Remember to click "Save" before exiting the contact section.


To add a new head shot or logo, click the tab and then the upload button to find your image. You can leave the old one in your account or click the red X to remove it. If you are not going to delete the old image, remember that the image appearing in the first position on the left hand side of your folder is the one that will automatically populate your marketing materials. If you wish to change the order simply click the images and drag them to move them into position.





How to set up your Realtour Account

To create your Realtour account follow these steps:

Visit this link to complete your initial user name and password.

Keep in mind that the email address you use here will be the email address that is added as your contact information, as well as the email address all Realtour correspondence such as confirmations, copies of paid invoices, and notifications will be sent.

When filling out your account info you will be asked to select the type of account you wish to set up. Your choices are an agent, a sales rep or a photographer.

Once complete click "Create Account".


You will then arrive on a page confirming your account has been set up. You will also receive a confirmation email with your log on email and password. Make sure you click the "Log in and Get Started" button even if you do not plan to order anything yet as this is an important step in creating your account. This is the step where you add your contact information, head shot, and logo.


When you click the button you will be sent to your Contact page. Take the time to complete all of your information, as this is the contact information that will automatically be added to your marketing materials. When finished click 'Save".


Next click the "Headshots" tab to upload your head shot. Just click the upload button and select the head shot from your computer. You can also download your head shot here if you need it.


Once your head shot is loaded you will see it appear in your head shot folder. This folder will be available in all of the marketing material templates and tools you use in our system. If you have more than one head shot uploaded, please note the one appearing first, on the left side will be your primary head shot and will auto populate with your contact information. This image can be moved by clicking and dragging it in this box. 


Last but not least, click the logo tab to upload your logo. Use the same steps you did for the head shot. Once this step is complete your account is ready to go and all of your contact information will automatically be added to your marketing materials. 


Please note: If you need to update any contact information, head shots or logos you must do it before you create a new listing. If you do not, the old head shot, contact info or logo will appear in your marketing materials and you will have to manually change the information on the template. For steps on how to update your contact information please click here








Thursday, 1 December 2016

How to Build your DIY Newsletter

To build a DIY newsletters follow these steps:
Log onto your account and click "Create a Newsletter" on the Newsletter icon.

Click the "Create Build My Own Newsletter" button and name your newsletter.


You will then be sent to the template library. You can click "Preview" to take a look at the format before clicking the "Select" button. 


Once you choose the type of format you will see the template categories appear. This is the template library. You can browse the categories by clicking them and as with the format choices you can click "Preview" to get a better look at the templates and then "Select" when you find the one you wish to use.


When you select your template the template will appear ready for editing. To the left you will see the image box where you can upload images, head shots and logos. To the right is the blank template ready for your copy and images.



To add text, just click on the template and begin typing. For images, first click the upload image button to upload your images, then click the image in your image bucket and drag it to the template. 

You can change the font, color, size and style by highlighting it. A text editing tool will appear and you can use it to customize the look.


You can name your newsletter and add a sub-heading by clicking them. 



To enlarge an image, click it, hold down the shift key and drag the white handles. Here is the before image with the image highlighted and the white handles showing: 


Here is the after shot of the enlarged image:


You can add links to your social media pages by clicking the social media tab and pasting them into the fields. This will then add a clickable icon for each one you add to the foot of your newsletter.


You can also add an introductory personal message that appears at the top of the newsletter email. This is not really needed since you can customize your newsletter content. However, some people do like to use this feature. Just click the Personal Message tab and enter your copy.




Once you finish your work, click continue or go to the View Proof tab on the navigation. You will be asked to add your subject line. This will appear in the subject line of your email.

You will then see your newsletter to give it one last proof. If you wish to make corrections you can click the "Edit" button or if all is fine click "Continue" to go to distribution. Here you can choose between adding your own contacts or using our mapblast tool.




To upload contacts click the "Add Email My Contacts" icon. On this page you have a number of options. First, you can add a single email address, or as many as you wish in the white text box provided. This can work well if you have an existing list that consists of just email addresses as you can copy them all at once and paste them into the field. You can then name and save your list. 

The other options include uploading a CVS file or importing your Yahoo or Gmail contacts list. Just click the choice you wish to use.


CVS: This selection will lead you to your computer so you can locate the file and select it to be uploaded.


Gmail: This option will show you your Gmail contact lists. Just click the box to choose the lists you wish to upload:


Yahoo: This option will lead you to your Yahoo account. You can follow the steps as they appear:



Once you have uploaded contacts you can then click the check box for the lists you wish to include.
You can edit your lists by clicking the edit option and save them to keep them up to date conveniently in your Realtour account.



You also have the choice to use our Mapblast tool by clicking the "Add Email Mapblast" icon.  


To send by mapblast, click the mapblast icon and you will see the map appear with your listing centred in the mapblast tool. This gives a good selection around the area. You can look at the amount of names covered in the area as well as the cost on the right of the map. If you are happy with this, you can click the continue button. If you wish to enlarge or shrink the area selected you can click the white circles on the box and drag them to change the size of the box. To move the area selected click the red box and drag it to the area you wish to select. You can also add a series of targets anywhere in the United States by clicking the “Add another target area button”. You will see a new box appear and you can move it by dragging it and you can also resize it. You can delete a target area by clicking the red X that appears on the target list. Once you are happy, click the continue button.


You can opt to use both distribution methods. Just follow the directions for both options. 






How to Upload your Virtual Tour to YouTube

Your virtual tour can be uploaded to YouTube once it is completed and paid for. You will receive an email notifying you the tour has been completed and the email will contain several links. Look for the YouTube link and click it.


When you click the link you will land on the Virtual Tour Links in your account. To be certain this works, make sure your web browser is open and you are logged into your account.


You will have two choices on this page. When you click the "Generate Video" button this will upload your tour to your own YouTube channel and if you do not have your own channel it will default to the the realtour.biz YouTube channel. If you do not have a YouTube channel and do not wish the tour to appear on the Realtour channel., click the "Create YouTube Channel" button to create your own channel. 

Please note that as a security precaution, YouTube does not allow you to authorize a video to be uploaded from any computer but your own. Please ensure you are working from your own computer to prevent any issues with authorization. 

How to Print your PDF

If you have completed your print material order and wish to print or download your PDF, follow these steps.
Log onto your account and click the Print Creator icon on your dashboard.


You will see all of your listings appear. Click the "Edit" button for the one you wish to print or download.


Click the "Download PDF" button.




You will see the PDF pop up. Look for the icons in the top right corner of the page and select the printer icon to print or the arrow to download the PDF to your computer.