Thursday, 14 April 2016

How to Post your Best Virtual Tours to Facebook

There are two ways you can post your best real estate virtual tours to your Facebook page. The first is to simply copy and paste your virtual tour link to your posts and the second is to upload a video. Here are the steps for both.

Posting a Link

Many people get frustrated when trying to post their Realtour virtual tour links to their Facebook page because they do not like the way the post appears. This is because Facebook will collect all of the images and try to present them as a photo album. Here are easy steps to post your tour and also position a thumbnail of your choice for the best presentation:
  • Log onto your Realtour account and click Edit Existing on the Virtual Tour icon on your dashboard.
  • Click edit for the tour you wish to post to Facebook.
  • Click the Virtual Tour Links tab and you will see a branded and unbranded URL appear. Highlight the branded link and copy it by entering Control C on your keyboard.
  • Log onto your Facebook page and  go to the far top right to click on the little downward pointing arrow. Select Manage Page.
  • Click the Publishing Tool at the top of your account.
  • Click the Create + blue button at the top right of the screen.
  • A box will appear. Click in the box to add a line of text about the post and then paste your link into the post by typing Control V on your keyboard.
  • Once you paste the link you should see images from your tour below the text box with an arrow that allows you to click and view the images.
  • As you click on each image in the bottom box you will notice the image has a blue frame around it. To stop the images from appearing on your post, deselect them by clicking the image to make the blue frame around the image disappear. Images without the blue box will not appear on your post. Deselect all of your images, or leave a single image you wish to appear on the post.
  • You can also upload an additional image to the same post by clicking the orange Photo/Video icon and use this as the image for your post. This is perfect as you can choose the most impressive image from your virtual tour.
  • Click Publish.

The areas circled in red allow you to view and deselect images.
None of these changes will affect your link which will still allow people to click to watch your video with all of the images in place.

Uploading a Video

The second option is to upload your virtual tour to your Facebook page. To generate a video you have to authorize Realtour to upload your virtual tour to YouTube. You can do so by following these steps:
  • Log onto your account and choose Edit Existing on the Virtual Tours button on your dashboard.
  • Choose the tour you wish to authorize by clicking edit. Please note the tour must already be active and paid for before you can authorize the upload.
  • Go to the Virtual Tour Links tab and choose YouTube.
  • Click the Authorize button. You will have a choice to upload it to our channel, or your own if you have a YouTube channel. Please note this authorization must be done from your own computer. Click Authorize again.
  • You will then receive a confirmation email with the subject line: Virtual Tour Updated. Scroll down in the email and you will see a YouTube logo and a link to download the YouTube video. Click this and download it to your computer.

To post your video to your Facebook page:
Upload your video and click the Add Custom Thumbnail to show an image.
  • Log onto your Facebook page and  go to the far top right to click on the little downward pointing arrow. Select Manage Page.
  • Click the Publishing Tool.
  • Click the Create + blue button at the top right of the page.
  • You can enter any text you wish about the listing, and then click the orange Photo/Video icon to upload your video.
  • You will note there is also a little camera that says “Custom Thumbnail”. This allows you to click the icon and choose any image you wish from your computer to appear as the main image for the post. You can do this, or allow the first image from the video to be the image that appears.
  • Click Publish.

These steps make it easy to upload your virtual tours to Facebook.







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