Virtual Tours on College Campuses

October 13, 2020 in Blog, Education, Virtual Tours

Virtual Tours on College Campuses

Hey everyone, and welcome back to another Momentum Monday! We’re getting deep into fall now, and before you know it, it’ll be Halloween and Thanksgiving!

Fall is an exciting time of year for a bunch of reasons, not just those aforementioned holidays. Fall means apple picking, sweater weather, and pumpkin spice everything, just to name a few reasons. The best part of fall is that everyone is in a preparation mindset – preparing for the holidays, wrapping up this year (finally!), and getting ready for the next one. For a lot of high school seniors, this is also the time of year to be sending out college applications and waiting patiently (or impatiently) to hear back from their dream schools.

The college application process is a little different this year than in years past. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, there are no in-person campus tours or open houses. Even if you manage to go visit a campus, it’s not likely to be the hub of activity it once was.

This can be challenging for universities. Because going to college is so expensive, many people are skeptical of committing to a school they haven’t actually seen. So, like all of us during these troubling times, colleges have had to adapt from business-as-usual. What does this look like for colleges? You guessed it, virtual tours!

To be fair, many schools already employed some level of 3D tours for the campuses. Even without a global pandemic, virtual tours are an excellent way to showcase a college campus and can be an invaluable tool for prospective students that don’t have the means to visit a campus in-person.

That being said, since many campuses this semester are fully online, incorporating a hybrid class schedule, or operating at reduced capacity, there has never been a better time to get a virtual tour of campus.

In this week’s blog, we’re going to be highlighting some tools to find virtual campus tours and showcasing some universities that have taken the leap into 3D tour technology.

Virtual tour tools

Unless you know exactly what you’re looking for, navigating a university’s website can be time-consuming, tricky, or disheartening. But don’t worry, there are ways to circumvent this arduous process.

Google is your friend when looking for a virtual tour. By simply typing “[Name of College] virtual tour” into your browser, if the school you are looking up has a virtual tour, it should pop up as the first result.

This is especially helpful if you know exactly which college you want to check out. However, not all prospective students know immediately which schools they want to see. That’s fine, too!

One great tool to utilize if you’re looking to get a broader range of results is CampusTours. This is a search engine specifically designed to show you virtual tours of college campuses. CampusTours offers you the choice of searching for a specific school, schools in a certain state/providence, or even in countries outside of the USA. If you look through their advanced search tool, there are even more options to search by including tuition costs, student body size, selectivity of the school, sports, majors, and more!

Examples of Virtual Tours

Harvard University – Cambridge, MA

Harvard University is one of the most selective and prestigious universities in the world. It has produced more politicians, doctors, lawyers, engineers, and other world-changing professionals than can be named. So it comes as no surprise that Harvard has an extensive virtual tour available for all those that are looking to check out their dorms, academic buildings, and the campus itself, complete with all the essential information you could need.

Temple University – Philadelphia, PA

Temple University is Philadelphia’s public university. With a campus spanning 390 acres and a student body of almost 40,000 students, Temple has also hopped aboard the 3D tour train with an interactive and guided tour of research facilities, green areas, academic buildings, and residence halls to let prospective students see what life would be like learning and living in the heart of North Philadelphia.

University of Southern California – Los Angeles, CA

The University of Southern California, commonly referred to as USC, is an elite university located in beautiful Los Angeles, California. USC has a diverse population and has many ties culturally and historically to the City of Angels. Their virtual tour takes viewers through their picturesque campus, offering information about campus and the university itself. There is even an option to take a tour specifically about the art and architecture on campus.

There are thousands and thousands of these kinds of virtual tours set up for colleges all across the country. Here at Momentum 360, we couldn’t be happier with this push to incorporate virtual tours into all aspects of life, and we want to see it go further! We have said from the beginning that virtual tours are an essential aspect of any kind of business, and college campuses are no different.

That’s it for this week’s blog! As always, check out our website and social media to learn more about Momentum 360 and all that we do.

For information about pricing, check out our pricing page here.

For a complete list of Momentum 360 Services, check out our website here.

Still not convinced? Check out our portfolio and see our work for yourself!

Our team members have also worked at Google and Facebook before, so we have the most up-to-date knowledge in the business. All to help your business rank at the top of Google and kickstart your journey to be a future lead generation machine!

Here at Momentum 360, we want to make growing your business easier than ever. Investing in a virtual tour is without a doubt an imperative step in making that happen. Our society is prioritizing digital content now more than ever, and we likely will not see a decline in this mindset in the future years.

If you are interested in learning more about Momentum 360 Virtual Tours or would like to have one made for your business, feel free to email us or schedule a call with Sean or Mac. For more information, visit our website! Mac Frederick and Sean Boyle, owners of Momentum, have over twenty years of experience in the digital marketing field and have a passion for helping businesses reach their fullest potential.

We post our Momentum Monday and Small Business Saturday blog every week, so feel free to subscribe and make sure you are up to date on the latest trends in the industry. If you have any questions or concerns, leave them in the comments below! From everyone at Momentum 360, thanks for the love, stay healthy, and until next time, build Momentum!

 

Educational 3D Tours

September 28, 2020 in Blog, Education, Virtual Tours

Educational 3D Tours

Happy Monday everyone!

Here at Momentum 360 we’ve been grinding hard as usual, constantly growing our team and our locations so we can provide you with the best 3D virtual tours in the game!

As much as we all wish the Coronavirus was just a bad memory, the truth is it’s still affecting daily life. Many of us are still working from home, doing school via Zoom, or avoiding our favorite hangout spots. A lot of us are feeling cooped up at home these days and looking for new activities and routines to settle into. This can be especially hard if you have younger kids who haven’t been able to go to school.

That’s why this week’s blog is all about educational 3D tours. These are fun and informative activities perfect for kids or for yourself. Check it out!

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, located in Washington, D.C., is one of the most famous museums in the United States. By using their virtual tour feature, you can see their permanent exhibits like the Fossil Hall or Deep Ocean Room, current exhibits like African Voices or the Butterfly Pavillion, past exhibits, and you can take a narrated virtual tour! Their website also offers tours of the Smithsonian Castle and the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden.

According to their website, “The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device. Visitors can also access select collections and research areas at our satellite support and research stations as well as past exhibits no longer on display.”

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is one of the most famous places in the world and is one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Spanning over 3,000 miles and used as a defense system, construction began the Great Wall of China way back in 221 BC. That’s over 2,000 years ago!

Today, the Great Wall of China is a major tourist destination. And you don’t even need a passport to see it! TheChinaGuide offers free tours of 3 spots along the wall – a scenic area, a watchtower in disrepair, and a bird’s eye view. They also offer a more extensive tour for only $5.

Boston Children’s Museum

We’ve talked about this particular tour already, in our blog “Virtual Tours For Museums” back in April of this year, but it bears repeating.

The Boston Children’s Museum has three floors full of virtual tour walkthroughs for children of all ages, including an interactive Japanese House and Explore-a-Saurus exhibits.

According to a museum spokesperson, “Boston Children’s Museum’s virtual tour helps families plan their visit from the comfort of their homes. This free feature is especially important for first-time visitors. During this unprecedented time of quarantine, families have been checking out the tour as a way to enjoy a virtual field trip. Those with young children who are missing the Museum like seeing it on their screen.

The Museum’s virtual tour has been shared around the world as a great resource for families.”

The Lourve

This is another museum we’ve talked about before, but as one of the most famous museums in the world, can you blame us for being excited about this one?

There are a million reasons to want to visit Paris. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomph, the delicious food, and so on and so forth. Since it’s still Corona season and there are travel restrictions that are likely to change day-by-day, going to Paris is a bit of a longshot right now unless you live in Europe.

The Lourve, located in the heart of Paris, France, is home to famous art like the Mona Lisa and 70,000 other priceless pieces. It is also one of the largest museums in the entire world. On their website, visitors have access to 7 exhibits, ranging from Galerie d’Apollon to Remains of the Louvre’s Moat, and more.

National Aquarium

Everyone knows that zoos and aquariums are some of the most fascinating places, full of the most incredible animals and aquatic creatures that most of us would never get to see in our lives. That’s why it’s so cool that the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD, is offering virtual tours online.

In this virtual tour, users can explore different areas like the Tropical Rainforest, the Atlantic Coral Reef, the Amazon Rainforest, and so much more! In these areas, visitors can also click and learn more information about the animals and fish native to these regions.

Nothing can compare to being there in-person, but it is very cool to see and learn about it through a virtual tour as well.

That’s it for this week’s blog! As always, check out our website and social media to learn more about Momentum 360 and all that we do.

For information about pricing, check out our pricing page here.

For a complete list of Momentum 360 Services, check out our website here.

Still not convinced? Check out our portfolio and see our work for yourself!

Our team members have also worked at Google and Facebook before, so we have the most up-to-date knowledge in the business. All to help your business rank at the top of Google and kickstart your journey to be a future lead generation machine!

Here at Momentum 360, we want to make growing your business easier than ever. Investing in a virtual tour is without a doubt an imperative step in making that happen. Our society is prioritizing digital content now more than ever, and we likely will not see a decline in this mindset in the future years.

If you are interested in learning more about Momentum 360 Virtual Tours or would like to have one made for your business, feel free to email us or schedule a call with Sean or Mac. For more information, visit our website! Mac Frederick and Sean Boyle, owners of Momentum, have over twenty years of experience in the digital marketing field and have a passion for helping businesses reach their fullest potential.

We post our Momentum Monday and Small Business Saturday blog every week, so feel free to subscribe and make sure you are up to date on the latest trends in the industry. If you have any questions or concerns, leave them in the comments below! From everyone at Momentum 360, thanks for the love, stay healthy, and until next time, build Momentum!

Educational 3D Tours

Happy Monday everyone!

Here at Momentum 360 we’ve been grinding hard as usual, constantly growing our team and our locations so we can provide you with the best educational 3D virtual tours in the game!

As much as we all wish the Coronavirus was just a bad memory, the truth is it’s still affecting daily life. Many of us are still working from home, doing school via Zoom, or avoiding our favorite hangout spots. A lot of us are feeling cooped up at home these days and looking for new activities and routines to settle into. This can be especially hard if you have younger kids who haven’t been able to go to school.

That’s why this week’s blog is all about educational 3D tours. These are fun and informative activities perfect for kids or for yourself. Check it out!

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, located in Washington, D.C., is one of the most famous museums in the United States. By using their virtual tour feature, you can see their permanent exhibits like the Fossil Hall or Deep Ocean Room, current exhibits like African Voices or the Butterfly Pavillion, past exhibits, and you can take a narrated virtual tour! Their website also offers tours of the Smithsonian Castle and the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden.

According to their website, “The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device. Visitors can also access select collections and research areas at our satellite support and research stations as well as past exhibits no longer on display.” This is surely one of the best educational 3D tours we have right now!

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is one of the most famous places in the world and is one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Spanning over 3,000 miles and used as a defense system, construction began the Great Wall of China way back in 221 BC. That’s over 2,000 years ago!

Today, the Great Wall of China is a major tourist destination. And you don’t even need a passport to see it! TheChinaGuide offers free tours of 3 spots along the wall – a scenic area, a watchtower in disrepair, and a bird’s eye view. They also offer a more extensive tour for only $5.

Boston Children’s Museum

We’ve talked about this particular tour already, in our blog “Virtual Tours For Museums” back in April of this year, but it bears repeating.

The Boston Children’s Museum has three floors full of virtual tour walkthroughs for children of all ages, including an interactive Japanese House and Explore-a-Saurus exhibits.

According to a museum spokesperson, “Boston Children’s Museum’s virtual tour helps families plan their visit from the comfort of their homes. This free feature is especially important for first-time visitors. During this unprecedented time of quarantine, families have been checking out the tour as a way to enjoy a virtual field trip. Those with young children who are missing the Museum like seeing it on their screen.

The Museum’s virtual tour has been shared around the world as a great resource for families.”

The Lourve

This is another museum we’ve talked about before, but as one of the most famous museums in the world, can you blame us for being excited about this one?

There are a million reasons to want to visit Paris. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomph, the delicious food, and so on and so forth. Since it’s still Corona season and there are travel restrictions that are likely to change day-by-day, going to Paris is a bit of a longshot right now unless you live in Europe.

The Lourve, located in the heart of Paris, France, is home to famous art like the Mona Lisa and 70,000 other priceless pieces. It is also one of the largest museums in the entire world. On their website, visitors have access to 7 exhibits, ranging from Galerie d’Apollon to Remains of the Louvre’s Moat, and more.

National Aquarium

Everyone knows that zoos and aquariums are some of the most fascinating places, full of the most incredible animals and aquatic creatures that most of us would never get to see in our lives. That’s why it’s so cool that the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD, is offering virtual tours online.

In this virtual tour, users can explore different areas like the Tropical Rainforest, the Atlantic Coral Reef, the Amazon Rainforest, and so much more! In these areas, visitors can also click and learn more information about the animals and fish native to these regions.

Nothing can compare to being there in-person, but it is very cool to see and learn about it through a virtual tour as well.

That’s it for this week’s blog! As always, check out our website and social media to learn more about Momentum 360 and all that we do.

For information about pricing, check out our pricing page here.

For a complete list of Momentum 360 Services, check out our website here.

Still not convinced? Check out our portfolio and see our work for yourself!

Our team members have also worked at Google and Facebook before, so we have the most up-to-date knowledge in the business. All to help your business rank at the top of Google and kickstart your journey to be a future lead generation machine!

Here at Momentum 360, we want to make growing your business easier than ever. Investing in a virtual tour is without a doubt an imperative step in making that happen. Our society is prioritizing digital content now more than ever, and we likely will not see a decline in this mindset in the future years. Educational 3D Tours will help grow people’s mind exponentially in the coming years!

If you are interested in learning more about Momentum 360 Virtual Tours or would like to have one made for your business, feel free to email us or schedule a call with Sean or Mac. For more information, visit our website! Mac Frederick and Sean Boyle, owners of Momentum, have over twenty years of experience in the digital marketing field and have a passion for helping businesses reach their fullest potential.

We post our Momentum Monday and Small Business Saturday blog every week, so feel free to subscribe and make sure you are up to date on the latest trends in the industry. If you have any questions or concerns, leave them in the comments below! From everyone at Momentum 360, thanks for the love, stay healthy, and until next time, build Momentum!

 

Top 5 New Jersey Real Estate Groups | Virtual Tours in New Jersey

May 19, 2020 in Blog, Education, Local SEO, Real Estate, Virtual Tours

 

 

Welcome back to another Momentum Monday!

This week, we’re talking real estate in New Jersey!

We have a couple locations in New Jersey and can’t wait to expand. Virtual tours in New Jersey will be a thing in the future, just like it is everywhere else in the world!

Quarantine regulations keep getting extended on the East and West coasts, and many are starting to experience “Quarantine Fatigue”. We know it’s difficult, but for now we all need to continue to stay socially distant, keep washing our hands, and check in on each other during these difficult times. One day, things will hopefully return to a new normal but until that day we have to keep pushing forward.

In last week’s blog post, we highlighted some of the best real estate groups in the Philadelphia area. This week, we are diving in and talking to some of the top realty groups in New Jersey!

The real estate market has taken a hit, as has many other industries during this pandemic, but here at Momentum 360 we believe in rolling with the punches and continuing to drive forward. The obstacles we face today can only serve to make us stronger and more prepared in the future.

The real estate groups we are highlighting this week have the same mentality. Their core values haven’t changed and realtors all across New Jersey remain committed to helping their clients in the safest ways they can. The impact of technology in helping to sell and buy real estate in current conditions cannot be overstated.

There are many real estate groups in New Jersey that are continuing to work hard and overcome obstacles in the face of the Coronavirus. This week, making our list of the top 5 real estate groups in New Jersey are Weichert, Garcia Realtors, Keller Williams’ Quintin Group, Home Ex, and RE Linc. These groups have a lot in common, including their commitment to customers and their drive to evolve and continue to work during the pandemic. That’s why virtual tours in New Jersey will be great!

virtual tours in new jersey

Weichert

Weichert Realtors is a real estate group based in Morris Plains, New Jersey, that has been active since 1969. In just over 50 years, Weichert has grown from a single-office into one of the most prominent residential real estate companies in the nation.

Weichert believes in a customer-first policy, making sure to meet and exceed the needs of their clients in buying, selling, mortgaging, or whatever else is asked of them.

In the wake of the Coronavirus, Weichert has expanded their digital efforts to make sure their customers have access to all of their services while staying safe and healthy.

We spoke to Denise Murphy, a Weichert realtor based in Watchung, New Jersey, about how the real estate landscape has changed for her in recent months.

Her group, Weichert Realtors of Watchung, have expanded their efforts in making their services available by regularly posting listings on social media, hosting virtual open houses, virtual tours, and virtual walk-throughs. Each one of these virtual events are conducted with an experienced realtor from the group who is there to guide potential buyers through the homes, answer any questions, and generally attempt to make the event as close to an in-person experience as they possibly can despite the current circumstances. These virtual tours, walk-throughs, and open houses are a way for the Weichert realtors to stay connected to their clients as they would have before the Coronavirus pandemic while still ensuring the safety and health of clients and their own staff.

virtual tours in new jersey

Garcia Realtors

Garcia Realtors is a realty group headquartered in Trenton, New Jersey. Focusing on South Jersey residential real estate, Garcia Realtors describe themselves as a “one-stop-shop” for their clients’ buying, selling, and investment needs.

Garcia Realtors make real estate easy for their clients, whether they be first time homeowners or more seasoned investors.

In addition, Garcia Realtors operates in both English and Spanish to best suit the needs of their clients. Almost 33% of Trenton residents speak Spanish, so by employing Spanish-speaking realtors, the Garcia Group is committed to being accessible to the needs of their clients and their community.

The realtors at Garcia are committed to showing their properties even despite social distancing protocol through virtual open houses. These are conducted via Facebook Live, allowing clients to see the homes and space from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

The ability to adapt and grow based on their clients’ needs and the changing landscape around them makes the Garcia Group one of the most reliable realtors in South Jersey, especially during this time of need. The Coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of the rules for how business operates, especially in terms of buying and selling a home, so clients need to know they can trust the realtors they work with to have their best interests in mind.

The Garcia Group is just one of the real estate groups in New Jersey that is trying to continue to provide their services for clients, and they along with others, are working hard to achieve results for their customers.

virtual tours in new jersey

Keller Williams – The Quintin Group

The Quintin Group, a subsidiary of Keller Williams Realty, is a realty group based in Ocean City, New Jersey.

Time and time again, Keller Williams has proven themselves to be at the forefront of an ever-changing real estate landscape. This is due, in large part, to the dedicated and focused teams spread all across the New Jersey and Pennsylvania markets. Last week, we spoke to Mike McCann of Philadelphia’s McCann Team.

This week, we focused on the Jersey Shore super team known as the Jeff Quintin Group. The Quintin Group’s mission is “to assist all parties in accomplishing their goals and obtain a satisfied conclusion to the purchase or sale of their real estate. We make a positive difference in our client’s lives and are committed to our clients having ‘the best real estate experience they’ve ever had.’”

The Quintin Team is dedicated to assisting their clients in the buying and selling of their Jersey Shore residential real estate properties. Not only this, but they are dedicated to educating and training the next group of realtors that are committed to the same values that lead the Quintin Team – serving their community and ensuring that their clients have the most professional buying and selling experience possible.

In the wake of the Coronavirus and the ensuing quarantine, social distancing measures, and the New Jersey stay-at-home order issued by Governor Phil Murphy, the Quintin Team knows that real estate can’t operate under “business as usual”.

The Quintin Team offers a variety of tools to make this process as safe as possible for their clients, including photo galleries of properties and immediate responses on their website.

The Quintin Team, like many of us, were not prepared for the full extent of Coronavirus implications, but have been doing their best to serve their community. They awarded a COVID-19 nurse at Shore Memorial Hospital with their “COVID Community Heroes” initiative, proving how dedicated they are to their community and serving the essential employees within it.

virtual tours in new jersey

HomeEx Realty

HomeEx Realty is a real estate group located in Trenton, New Jersey, that is constantly innovating to meet the needs of their clients. Like the other real estate groups mentioned in this blog, HomeEx Realty strives to place customer needs at the forefront of their business. Virtual tours in New Jersey seems like such a great idea now, right?

One of HomeEx’s main draws is their simple management style. Rather than associating with a large company that potentially would have large overhead costs, HomeEx is run by realtors themselves, all of whom have many years of experience and have earned top Sales Awards from the New Jersey Association of Realtors (NJAR).

The operational structure of HomeEx Realty allows them to heavily invest in advertising each property they come across, ensuring to the people selling that their property will be seen by more potential buyers.

The simple management of HomeEx Realty also allows them to be truly personable with their clients. Without a large corporation looming over them, HomeEx realtors are more invested in their clients and are able to create personal relationships.

Clients enjoy working with a small team of realtors that have knowledge of their community, decades of experience, and awards recognizing them for their exceptional service. In short, customers like to feel like they can trust the realtors they work with and HomeEx provides their customers with the knowledge that they are being put first.

Clients are quoted as saying that the HomeEx team “were not only efficient and knowledgeable, but so enthusiastic and kind. They made [the] move so much easier and way more fun.”

Results are proven in the happiness of the customer, which is why HomeEx Realty is considered one of New Jersey’s top real estate teams. Their commitment to making their clients happy no matter the circumstance is unparalleled.

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RE Linc

RE Linc is a real estate group based in Mullica Hill, New Jersey and Southampton, Pennsylvania. This group’s slogan is “Loyalty, Integrity, Never Ending Commitment.”

RE Linc practices their commitment to clients through their training and mentorship programs to grow their realtors into ones that represent their core values.

During the time of the Coronavirus, RE Linc is doing its part to maintain their commitment to their customers as best they can. They are still updating listings of each property on their website, as well as sharing tips on social media for people thinking about listing their homes now or sometime in the future.

They are also conducting socially-distant home inspections, because RE Linc understands that just because it seems like the world around us has stopped, the need for quickly buying and selling homes has not. The team at RE Linc is committed to making the process as smooth and professional as possible for their clients, which is just one reason they earn a spot on the list of top realty groups in New Jersey.

Momentum 360 is proud to support Philadelphia and New Jersey real estate as well as small businesses everywhere as we all attempt to keep moving forward and adapt to the difficult situations of today.

We are seeing every day how virtual tours and other 3D technology is quickly becoming the future of real estate and we work hard to make tours available for any of your needs. As the pandemic continues and people are ordered to stay socially distant and to stay home as much as possible, the need to buy and sell residential real estate hasn’t diminished.

Virtual tours, walkthroughs, and open houses are just a few of the many inventive ways realtors have implemented in trying to work around the pandemic. Even when the pandemic ends and we are all allowed to gather again, the importance of virtual tours in real estate will remain. We believe virtual tours are already an important tool in buying and selling homes, and they will only become more important as we move into the future.

As always, stay home, stay safe and keep washing your hands! There is no question that what we are all going through right now is difficult, but we know that the future is bright if we can all just hang in there and do our part to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

Here at Momentum 360, we want to make growing your business easier than ever. Investing in a virtual tour is without a doubt an imperative step in making that happen. Our society is prioritizing digital content now more than ever, and we likely will not see a decline in this mindset in the future years.

If you are interested in learning more about Momentum 360 Virtual Tours or would like to have one made for your business, feel free to email us or schedule a call with Sean or Mac. For more information, visit our website! Mac Frederick and Sean Boyle, owners of Momentum, have over twenty years of experience in the digital marketing field and have a passion for helping businesses reach their fullest potential.

We post our Momentum Monday and Small Business Saturday blog every week, so feel free to subscribe and make sure you are up to date on the latest trends in the industry. If you have any questions or concerns, leave them in the comments below! From everyone at Momentum 360, thanks for the love, stay healthy, and until next time, build Momentum!

How Real Estate Agents are Innovating Due to the Coronavirus

May 3, 2020 in Blog, Education, Real Estate, Virtual Tours

How Real Estate Agents are Innovating Due to the Coronavirus

This is such a difficult and challenging time for everyone, and we hope you’re hanging in there and staying safe and healthy! In this week’s blog, we’re diving into the real estate industry and learning how it’s being impacted and what realtors are doing in order to keep their businesses running.

We had the pleasure of speaking with several realtors throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding areas to gain insight on what exactly those in the real estate industry are experiencing. Their accounts of the virus can give us an accurate picture on how real estate agent are innovating due to the coronavirus!

When speaking with Marguerite DeGrassa, a realtor at RE/MAX Main Line, she had a very positive outlook on the coronavirus. DeGrassa stated ..

“Although COVID-19 has impacted all types of businesses, I am optimistic that the past few weeks have only been a hurdle. We will move past this together through taking proper precautions and resume into a vibrant Spring market!”

Marguerite DeGrassa, a realtor at RE/MAX Main Line

It was so inspiring to hear that people aren’t letting COVID-19 bring them down. When this is over, we will come out on top even stronger than we were before! Check out Marguerite on Instagram and Facebook!

Jake Callahan, Realtor with Ferguson Dechert Real Estate, is located in the New Jersey beaches of Avalon & Stone Harbor. When asked how the Coronavirus has impacted real estate at these major shore points, Callahan stated, “Servicing a community that relies heavily on summer tourism, COVID-19 has left our industry in a state of flux. While most existing contracts are continuing to go to closing, new contracts and new listings are not appearing as heavily as they would normally this time of year. Prices, however, have not dropped. If the economy begins to plummet in the coming months, I predict more owners listing their properties for sale and a reduction in prices. Relative to the summer rental aspect of the industry, everything is on pause. The Governor of New Jersey has ordered no short term leases be drawn- which limits our ability to serve customers. Additionally, those tenants who have existing reservations for the upcoming summer are looking at ways to cancel their reservation and/or find out alternatives. This dynamic has the ability to create problems between home owners, tenants, and agency representatives as we enter these uncharted waters.”

Visit Jake’s Facebook to find out more about his services!

It was refreshing to learn that the prices in the Jersey shore towns have not dropped, yet. It would be great to hear that it stays this way, but as Jake mentioned, there is a good chance that will happen if the economy continues to plummet in the near future.

Realtor Jessica Sinton also was full of information on how the real estate industry has been impacted, and how it will recover once everything is back to normal. Sinton stated,

“The spring real estate market started off strong; with homes often going under contract with multiple offers in less than 24 hours. Low inventory coupled with low interest rates made it a great time for both buyers and sellers alike. When Governor Wolfe ordered the closing of all non life sustaining business, that included real estate. This certainly changed the trajectory of the market, however it hadn’t completely stopped yet. Some buyers and sellers decided to sit back and wait, however many simply could not. Shelter is quite frankly one of our most basic needs, essential now more than ever. Working under a tech driven real estate company, Compass created a platform around virtual agent services allowing us to continue providing service completely virtually. Yesterday a new order was released from PA stating that only real estate contracts entered into prior to March 6 could allow the physical operation of appraisers, inspectors and title insurance companies. Thus making the completion of a transaction near impossible. The specifics in the order have been less than clear and open to varying interpretations causing frustration among realtors. Explaining this ambiguity to clients and being there to support them has been my number one goal. I think if everyone looked at the bigger picture, stopping the spread, we’d be closer to the same page. One thing is universally clear, the importance of comfort in your home has never been so important. With that, I am confident that the real estate market will bounce back with strength and until then we all need to do our part and stay home as much as humanly possible.”

Real Estate Industry Statistics with Virtual Tours

These are stats that we’ve compiled from Matterport and other sources that tell just how valuable virtual tours are to both buyers and sellers.

According to Apartments.com: Visitors to their website spend 3x – 6x more time engaging with property listings that offer a Matterport immersive 3D experience. Properties with Matterport tours receive 49% more qualified leads.

According to Redfin: Homes sell an average of 10 days faster and for $50,100 more than comparable homes thanks to Matterport 3D walkthroughs, advanced presentation technology, and great customer service.

According to REA Group: Buyers are 60% more likely to email an agent and 95% more likely to call an agent they’ve seen that includes a Matterport 3D Showcase.

Agents using Matterport are seeing real results:

  • 90% stated that Matterport helps them build a stronger brand in the marketplace.
  • 83% are more competitive because of Matterport.
  • 74% win more listings because of Matterport.

These stats without a doubt prove how valuable these virtual tours are!

Due to COVID-19, we are now hosting virtual showings and remote settlements. Even though business is now conducted virtually, we are still able to close on time and assist new clients.

Following the pandemic, it’s likely that more and more people from New York City will want to escape the congestion and move to Philly. Philadelphia is significantly more affordable while still hosting a variety of restaurants and activities.

In Greater Philadelphia, housing inventory is still extremely low. Governor Wolf’s order to shut down construction sites is hurting the supply of housing even more. We saw a record-breaking number of buyers this winter. The shutdown is creating pent up demand that we will be prepared to service when the order is revoked. The market still presents good opportunities for buyers given very low interest rates and properties that qualify for the full tax abatement.

Adam Garner, Berkshire Hathaway

Advance Philly is staying competitive during this time by being present and available now more than ever for our clients. The biggest change that we have made is to operate digitally. We have been working with various companies to provide 3D showings via Matterport and have implemented video walkthroughs of properties. Selling properties has gotten more challenging as there are less buyers in the market. I have personally sold 7 properties in the last 2.5 weeks and it takes a lot more hands on activity and work to push sales through now more than ever.

I see the City of Philadelphia remaining strong through this market correction as we are not a Boom or Bust City like NYC and San Francisco. Philadelphia, with its low barrier to entry with development and home ownership, will weed out investors & developers who are overleveraged and will create more investment opportunities for homeowners & developers that are well patient and well capitalized.

Francis Mangubat, Advance Philly

Now more than ever we are making education our priority. From our clients to our team, we’re leveraging education (and data) to keep everyone on the forefront. Additionally, we are holding virtual tours and settlements to keep business moving, safely giving both buyers and sellers what they need. Our title and lenders companies are remaining abreast.

Overall, we are undeniably in a shift. Whether that’s temporary or permanent, we’re not sure. However, I think this is an incredible opportunity for real estate. Philadelphia only has 3.4 months of inventory, making it a seller’s market. Interest rates are still relatively low, giving buyer’s an advantage. I’m excited to see what tools and practices remain after COVID-19. We sure trimmed a lot of fat. Brittany Nettles – She Moves Philly

Brittany Nettles, She Moves Philly

Philly Property Group realtor Mina Sedarous, has also felt the heaviness of the COVID-19 pandemic. Being in an industry that relies heavily on human contact, there’s often difficulty navigating during these times.

Mina Sedarous, Philly Property Group

“Business and Entrepreneurship are generally about problem-solving and adding value to people and the community, that’s my opinion anyway. Being in business, you are constantly faced with making decisions, overcoming obstacles and adapting. It shouldn’t be any different during these unprecedented times.

The real estate industry is definitely one of the industries that is directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Real estate professionals constantly depend on human contact and being on the road. It’s tricky times, because part of us doesn’t want to give up and stop helping our clients. However, our commitment will never replace the safety of our clients, team members, and the community as our top and first priority.

Luckily, we have technology already in place to quickly adapt and improve the situation without jeopardizing the safety of our fellow neighbors. City authorities and real estate associations are clear on guidelines and restrictions to ensure the safety of everyone involved in any real estate transaction.

Did the COVID-19 affect some real estate transactions? Yes, but it also didn’t stop others from moving forward or even getting better deals. It is very understandable for some clients: they’re directly affected by the shut-down; they currently are out of work, and it’s unclear how their finances will be affected in the future. On the other hand, mortgage rates are significantly low, the market is not as aggressive meaning there’s less competition, and for savvy investors this is a great time to acquire properties from sellers who are looking to offload their properties.

Also, it’s a great time to start investing if you’re already not. Safe to say it depends on the investment, but it can be a very rewarding step. It might seem risky, but it is even riskier to miss out and not take an advantage of the current market and rates

“Believe it or not, our team did $38 million in sales in the month of March, up 39% from 2019… We are supported with a business plan that takes advantage of all aspects of the business in a more entrepreneurial approach,” according to our broker Art Herling.

In other words, we still continue to help people and the community regardless of the rocky economy. It’s in times like this, now more than ever, that you need an established and reputable team to help you with your real estate needs. Here at Philly Property Group, we are #2 in the state of Pennsylvania per the MLS and #1 Philadelphia suburban team.

My heart goes out to everyone who is affected by the pandemic (in the real estate industry or other industries) whether your income is cut off or if you or someone you know is not doing well. Stay positive, stay strong! This shall pass too. We learned in our real estate team to always check on each other, and I encourage everyone to do the same. And if you do, please don’t stop.

There might be many people who are struggling or they just need someone to talk too. So be there for each other. My team and I are always there for anyone who might need our help. Feel free to reach out even if you just have a question or need counseling on your current situation. We are here to help.” – Mina Sedarous

Compass realtor, Lindsay Neuman, was also able to shed some light as to how the pandemic is pushing her to step outside of her comfort zone all over again, and really zone in on the positives throughout quarantine:

“COVID-19 has forced me to get uncomfortable. I’m a people person. And I love to interact and connect with others…in person. It’s where I get my energy and feel my best. But right now that’s not possible. I’m not able to meet with clients, show homes, meet with sellers, etc. But this “shut down” of my business has been far from a “shut down.”

“I’m connecting with people in different ways that I never thought of before. This is forcing me to think outside of the box and get uncomfortable. Being a social person, I’ve been relying on social media to create communities and have taken it off the ‘gram by hosting some virtual meet ups on a weekly basis. It fills me up in ways that I never imagined and I’m creating lasting relationships for life as well as my business. Onward and upward ⚡️” – Lindsay Neuman

Lindsay Neuman, Compass

Jen Singley, Keller Williams Philly realtor and Temple University alum, was fully transparent about the setbacks that come paired with the virus and how she’s overcome them:

“Covid-19 has affected my business greatly. Since the pandemic became serious in the beginning of March, I have had two buyers back out of their deals and almost all of my current clients who were on the market to buy put their search on hold. Two of my clients who are under contract to purchase new construction homes will not have their homes completed on time, and now must find a temporary housing situation to bridge the gap between their lease ending and their new home being complete due to the restrictions the governor put on residential construction projects. As for listings, home tours are currently not allowed (unless they are virtual) so it has been pretty hard to get those sold that way!

I do see a lot of great changes coming from the necessity to adapt to current conditions though. Virtual tours are becoming more and more common, which I think will save buyers a lot of time in the future of being able to pre-screen holmes a bit better, thus needing to tour less in person before making a decision.The way that our industry has been learning and growing to keep moving forward despite current challenges has been really positive.

In order to keep busy while I don’t have many demanding clients, I am currently using this time to create educational materials for future clients and streamline processes for when the market picks back up this summer. Now is a really great time for buyers and sellers to learn as much as they can, so I am touching base with as many people as possible making sure they have the information they need if they plan to be making a real estate related move in the next year or so.

I’ve also been helping many clients with rentals as many people unfortunately do need to move during this time so I am helping as many people as possible navigate this process by coordinating virtual tours, screening tenants, and preparing leases.” – Jennifer Singley

Jennifer Singley, Keller Williams

And last, but definitely not least, we have Amira Coleman, a realtor with Fox and Roach. Like everyone else, Amira was really looking forward to continuing the grind throughout spring and summer, as these are the busiest seasons in real estate.

But, people still need places to live, so Amira’s job continues (just virtually)!

“It’s not as easy (obviously) assisting someone in the home search in today’s climate. Moving is already somewhat of a stressful event, which is why people use Realtors. My services are at no cost to my clients. Agents are paid by the landlord owner. Typically, I have a preliminary convo with someone and find out the basics.

From there, I start to email over options that match what they are looking for. I tell people to let me know what they’re interested in and we can set up a day to tour a few properties. That’s where things become difficult now. Realtors are not permitted to take clients out on tours, it’s actually a misdemeanor. Not only can you risk your real estate license, you’d be breaking the law and risking some legal action.

It’s a lot more work on agents who have to reach out to each listing agent individually, and see if video is available. I’m focusing on the long term and every day I am helping clients find a home. I’m constantly talking to my clients who are interested in buying in the coming months about the process because buying a home is a process.

If anyone is interested in leasing an apartment or buying a home, I’m happy to talk to them about the steps we can be taking now to prepare for the transaction.” – Amira Coleman

Amira Coleman, Fox & Roach

As you can see, the real estate industry is changing rapidly. To date, we’ve gotten an influx of business in this particular niche market. Many realtors can’t show their places off physically, so in order to help sell, they have to hire a virtual tour provider like Momentum 360.

This just goes to show that what we do not only works, but is considered important in real estate right now.

If you know any real estate group, agent or realtor that needs help during this time, we’re offering massive discounts for our services in order to help small businesses during this time.

Always remember, we’re all in this together. Let’s support one another and make it through this. If you’re stuck between grabbing lunch from a chain or a local business. Choose local.

Here at Momentum 360, we want to make growing your business easier than ever. Investing in a virtual tour is without a doubt an imperative step in making that happen. Our society is prioritizing digital content now more than ever, and we likely will not see a decline in this mindset in the future years.

If you are interested in learning more about Momentum 360 Virtual Tours or would like to have one made for your business, feel free to email us or schedule a call with Sean or Mac. For more information, visit our website website! Mac Frederick and Sean Boyle, owners of Momentum, have over twenty years of experience in the digital marketing field and have a passion for helping businesses reach their fullest potential.

We post our Momentum Monday and Small Business Saturday blog every week, so feel free to subscribe and make sure you are up to date on the latest trends in the industry. If you have any questions or concerns, leave them in the comments below! From everyone at Momentum 360, thanks for the love, stay healthy, and until next time, build Momentum!

 

Virtual Tours in NYC

April 28, 2020 in Blog, Education, Uncategorized

Welcome back to another Momentum Monday! We hope you’re all staying inside, staying safe, and staying healthy. We know it’s difficult to keep from going stir-crazy inside, especially with the weather getting warmer and the summer months beckoning, but it’ll keep everyone safe and help ease the burden on the healthcare professionals who are working so hard in this difficult time.

This week, we were reminiscing on the days before this pandemic and some of the experiences we had out in the world. Specifically, we were thinking about New York City. New York has been hit the hardest in this pandemic, so we wanted to share some love for the Big Apple, even though Philadelphia is our home.

We asked some of our interns to share some thoughts about their favorite New York City spots!

Allison says:

New York City has always been one of my favorite cities to travel to and I love that it is only a car or train ride away from Philly. One of my cousins moved to New York City about nine years ago, so I try to go up and visit her as often as I can. Because she lives there, she knows about several really cool places to visit that don’t draw many tourists.

Obviously it’s fun to see the major tourist attractions that the Big Apple has to offer such as the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and so forth, I enjoy visiting restaurants and dive bars that only the locals really know about. The last time I visited New York City, I went to a restaurant called Aunt Jake’s. Aunt Jake’s is known for their handmade pasta of all sorts and they even serve brunch and specialty cocktails. You can check out their extensive menu here! This has become a staple restaurant to visit whenever I find myself in the city that never sleeps next!

Aunt Jake’s Handmade Pasta has two locations. One at 133 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013 and the other at 47 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011. I think if this Little Italy restaurant had a virtual tour, the restaurant would skyrocket even more than it already has. There are so many Italian restaurants all over the NYC area, but I think everyone should know about this wonderful find. To find out more about my favorite restaurant in New York, check out their Facebook and Instagram pages!

Amy says:

I grew up in New Jersey, just a little over an hour away from New York City. Although I’m a Jersey girl through and through (and will argue with anyone that our pizza and bagels are superior), living so close to the city means it has a very special place in my heart. The most incredible thing about New York is that you can visit a million times and always find something new and exciting that you had never seen before. I’ve had countless memorable trips into the city, but the one I will remember for the rest of my life was going to see Hamilton on Broadway at the famed Richard Rogers Theatre.

I had been a fan of the show since one of my high school friends first made me listen to the soundtrack, so going to see it live was a dream come true. It was the first and only Broadway show I’ve ever seen and it was a magical experience. I knew I would love the show itself, but what I didn’t expect was how beautiful and culturally rich the building itself was.

The Richard Rogers Theatre was built in 1925 and has since housed 38 productions (including 11 Tony-award winners), and though it has been updated a little since then, the original architecture is as breathtaking today as it was back then. With ceilings so high you need to crane your neck to witness it all, beautiful chandeliers, ornate balconies, and breathtaking sets designed perfectly for each show, everyone who passes through the building feels a sense of wealth and importance just by being inside.

I am so lucky to live so close to New York City and to have been able to witness the magic of Broadway firsthand. There is something so special about Broadway that can’t be replicated elsewhere. Most people will go their entire lives without stepping foot into a Broadway theater which is a real tragedy. The biggest shame is that most Broadway theaters don’t even have a virtual tour of their facilities.

Yes, there are pictures online, and no, nothing compares to actually being inside the theater to watch a performance. However, a virtual tour would allow people to see the beautiful architecture not only from the audience but from the stage. As someone who is not musically talented in any way, I will never find myself on a Broadway stage, staring out into a crowd of people, but a virtual tour would help people like me see a perspective that otherwise I would never get to experience.

If you ever have the chance to go to New York City and see a Broadway show, even if it isn’t in this particular theater, count yourself lucky. It is truly something that I will never forget.

NYC Locals, Dayna and Brian:

Even though we could talk about our love for the city for days, we wanted to bring in some New York locals to talk about their time spent living in the Big Apple.

Meet Dayna and Brian Lee, Tony Award winning Broadway producers and the husband and wife duo behind @artsandfood_nyc. On their Instagram page with over 64K followers, these two highlight their journey as avid foods, homecooks, millennial producers and cat lovers. They currently reside in Chelsea, Manhattan with their two cats, Kishka and Gravy.

We asked our new fellow friends and foodies some questions about life in NYC and here’s how it went:

Q: What was your favorite NYC moment and where?

A: Hands down, New Years Eve 2019 in Times Square! We were invited to cover one of our clients’ New Years Eve dinners in Times Square. The entire restaurant walked to see the ball drop 20 minutes before the clock struck midnight. It was pouring rain outside and the restaurant got us all raincoats and gloves as they ushered us out to the crowd. It was the most magical and surreal experience of our entire NYC life. As the confetti fell from the sky, and “New York, New York” blasted from the speakers, it was one of those once in a lifetime New York moments that we will never forget.

Q: Tell us about a few of your favorite restaurants in the city.

A: Momoya for sushi, Schmackary’s for cookies and Empire Diner for everything else!

*Cue the food cravings*

Q: Are you familiar with virtual tours? Do you think a virtual tour would enhance the online experience of some of your favorite NYC spots?

A: We aren’t too familiar with virtual tours but we believe in innovation and finding new ways to experience the things we love.

Q: Last and most important: What is the best pizza in NYC?

A: Prince Street Pizza.

Guess we know where we’re headed after quarantine!

It’s been a pleasure connecting with and getting to know our new friends, Dayna and Brian, over in New York! Be sure to follow them on Instagram and keep track of all of their food lover endeavors!

NYC Foodie, Julianne:

We also had the opportunity to speak with Julianne, the budget-friendly individual who runs her popular Instagram account, @howtobebrokeinnewyork, she provided us with many tips and tricks to enjoying the wonderful New York City lifestyle, on a budget.

Julianne was kind enough to share what she enjoys doing in her free time and fun recommendations that we can’t wait to try out the next time we are in the city! She states,

“Here’s a picture of me with my favorite 99 cent pizza slice. Although I’m rarely in Midtown, this was taken right by The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon and a bunch of other Broadway theaters, so it’s a great place to grab a slice (or two) before a show if you’re visiting.

I started this account as my New Year’s resolution in 2018. After moving to New York after graduating with a job offer that fell through, I quickly watched all my hard-earned savings run dry as I tried my hardest to gain full-time employment. I also was miserable – I left great opportunities in Florida to be faced with constant adversity in my new home. Besides making it my mission to find a job, I also made it my mission to find happiness without funds. I researched every way to eat, work out, and have fun for free and on a budget.

When I was hired and began working towards rebuilding my savings, my lifestyle stuck with me, and my friends encouraged me to write my tips and hacks down (probably for their own good!). Thus, @howtobebrokeinnewyork was born, where I not only still share what I find, but I have created deals by partnering with my favorite local companies, offer money-saving tips, and bring on elected officials and experts to discuss current events and policies affecting affordability. I also am now a whole lot more broke since I started – as I left my job in July to pursue my J.D. (law school debt is no joke!) and I am about to wrap up my first year already.

If life were back to normal, you’d find me (if not at the law school library) grabbing a drink with friends at my local haunt in East Williamsburg, duckduck bar (home of the best happy hour deals!), or hopping on a Citibike along the Hudson River Greenway (a protected bike path along the Hudson River spanning nearly the entire west side of Manhattan). This time of year is normally perfect for weekend picnics at either Prospect Park, to feel like I’ve escaped into some nature, or at Domino Park, to reconnect with the most breath-taking views of the skyline on the East River.

So there you have it! A slice, a drink, a bike route, and two parks (not Central Park) for picnicking. Sounds like a fun weekend to me!”

Thank you Julianne for sharing these tips and tricks to budget-friendly activities to try out in NYC!

Conclusion

New York City is one of the greatest places in the world. There is something for everyone. From different food cuisines, tourist attractions, theater, universities, bars, restaurants, and anything else you can think of, New York has it all and then some.

We send our love to The City That Never Sleeps as they make their way through this Coronavirus pandemic. New Yorkers are a resilient breed and we have no doubt the city will come through this virus stronger than ever. Until next week, stay healthy and keep washing your hands!

Here at Momentum 360, we want to make growing your business easier than ever. Investing in a virtual tour is without a doubt an imperative step in making that happen. Our society is prioritizing digital content now more than ever, and we likely will not see a decline in this mindset in the future years.

If you are interested in learning more about Momentum 360 Virtual Tours or would like to have one made for your business, feel free to email us or schedule a call with Sean or Mac. For more information, visit our website! Mac Frederick and Sean Boyle, owners of Momentum, have over twenty years of experience in the digital marketing field and have a passion for helping businesses reach their fullest potential.

We post our Momentum Monday and Small Business Saturday blog every week, so feel free to subscribe and make sure you are up to date on the latest trends in the industry. If you have any questions or concerns, leave them in the comments below! From everyone at Momentum 360, thanks for the love, stay healthy, and until next time, build Momentum!

Virtual Tours For Museums

April 20, 2020 in Blog, Education, Local SEO

 

virtual tours

Welcome back to another blog from us at Momentum 360! We hope you’re all keeping safe, staying healthy, and practicing social distancing. This Coronavirus pandemic has been anything but easy, but we all need to continue to do our part to #FlattenTheCurve and pull ourselves out of this so that normal life can resume sometime in the future.

Countless businesses and professionals have been doing their part to help ease this period of uncertainty. We’re sending love to medical professionals, first responders, and to anyone else battling this disease on the front lines. We also are sending a shout-out to teachers and parents who are doing their best to keep kids educated and entertained from the safety of their own homes.

Overview

As we all are aware, in March of 2020, states all across America decided to shut down non-essential businesses and urged their residents to stay home unless absolutely necessary to slow down the spread of the devastating Coronavirus. Businesses of all kinds were forced to shut their doors and ask their employees to, if possible, work from home. Unfortunately, working remotely isn’t possible for many. One of the many industries affected by these stay-at-home orders is museums. Full of history, artwork, science, and cultural artifacts, museums are a place of education and enjoyment for people of all ages, nationalities, and identities to see important relics of past and present.

This week, we’re taking a look at museums who have implemented virtual tour technology so that everyone has the opportunity to explore art, history, and other cool exhibits from home. While the museums’ doors may be closed to the public, they are making sure their exhibits are still accessible to anyone that wants them.

We took a look at some of these museums from all over the country to find out how a virtual tour of their space is used and what they have to offer online.

Just like in last week’s blog about the real estate industry using virtual tour technology, which can be found here, we found that virtual tours may be used uniquely by each museum to showcase either its entire collection or just a few exhibits.

Museums For All Ages

The Penn Museum:

The Penn Museum, also known as The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, is one of Philadelphia’s most popular museums and is a staple of The University of Pennsylvania.

The Penn Museum has so many galleries and exhibitions throughout the museum, but they also have several of these on display virtually. The Rome Gallery goes into great detail about the founding of Rome and the evolution of the Roman Empire over the years. Another beautiful online exhibition that the Penn Museum features is the Sphinx Gallery. This gallery features objects from all over the world ranging from Asia to the Middle East to Egypt and beyond. One of the museum’s most well-known artifacts, the Sphinx of Ramses II, is featured in this gallery. This online gallery also features a Neanderthal Head, masks, ribbed figures and statues, and much much more.


Source: www.penn.museum/collections

Penn Museum’s PR Director, Jill DiSanto, provided insight on everything the museum has to offer online. DiSanto states, “At this time, the Penn Museum offers informal “one-minute video” introductions to what’s inside our galleries, designed to welcome new friends. However, our primary focus has been continuing our mission of transforming understanding of the human experience and our role as a teaching and research institution. As such, we have brought the Penn Museum’s educational resources to parents who have quickly found themselves thrust into the position of a teacher. Through Penn Museum at Home, families can find resources divided by culture, online lectures on a variety of topics (coincidentally, in our Great Lecture Series, this year, we’re showcasing Great Catastrophes throughout time — including the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918-1919), virtual interactive learning programs, At-Home Anthropology projects for kids, and Digital Daily Digs — a 3-minute pop-up talk that encourages everyone to “dig a little deeper” into one artifact in the collections.

Traditional cultural recipes and culturally inspired arts & crafts are available at the Penn Museum’s Pinterest boards.”

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was definitely more of a challenge to get in contact with some of these museums. However, more and more museums are hopping on the virtual tour trend, and we still want to highlight them!

Now more than ever businesses are prioritizing their online presence, and in an industry that demands physical tours and walk-throughs, museums are quick to follow that trend. The National Museums of the U.S. Air Force, the world’s largest military aviation museum, located near Dayton, Ohio, was quick to follow suit following the pandemic outbreak.

Their virtual tour allows audiences to take a completely self-guided, 360-degree tour throughout the entire museum. Visitors can “physically” walk gallery to gallery or follow a drop-down map that indicates key hotspots throughout the premise. Some featured exhibits are various aircraft cockpits, displays servicemen uniforms from World War I, and images of planes from throughout history.

Source: www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Virtual-Tour/

In addition to their virtual tours, The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is also offering digital lesson plans, word searches, and coloring sheets to further promote this interactive effort. The best part? Everything is entirely free for public use.

This virtual tour initiative is two-fold: create momentum surrounding the educational offerings at the museum and offer a means of entertainment while we all sift through these uncertain times. You can check out their virtual tour, along with other bonus features, here.

For Children

Because of the Coronavirus, the vast majority of the American public and private schools are closed indefinitely, pending government approval to reopen. Classes are still being held through online methods like video conferencing on Zoom or electronic assignments. Despite best efforts to maintain the same standard of education, parents are now finding themselves to be their children’s teachers at home. Many children’s museums across the country are trying to help with this by offering virtual tours of their exhibits as an educational tool for parents, teachers, and students.

Boston Children’s Museum:

One such children’s museum is the Boston Children’s Museum in Massachusetts. This museum offers virtual tours of the exhibits, playrooms, and artifacts located in the museum. The virtual tour of the museum was a tool utilized by the BCM before the pandemic but has become an invaluable tool to them in the meantime.

 

According to a museum spokesperson, “Boston Children’s Museum’s virtual tour helps families plan their visit from the comfort of their homes. This free feature is especially important for first-time visitors. During this unprecedented time of quarantine, families have been checking out the tour as a way to enjoy a virtual field trip. Those with young children who are missing the Museum like seeing it on their screen.

The Museum’s virtual tour has been shared around the world as a great resource for families.”

One exhibit with a virtual tour includes the Japanese House, a 360-degree virtual tour of an authentic and well-preserved traditional urban house from Kyoto, Japan. The house was originally built in the late 1800s and was once home to a silk merchant family in Kyoto’s Nishijin neighborhood, long famous for its silk weaving.

Source: japanesehouse.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

In addition to having virtual tours of their exhibits, the Boston Children’s Museum also has resources available to parents like an archive of video lessons and activities for children to watch and follow along with.

Pretend City’s Children’s Museum:

Irvine, California is home to a non-profit children’s museum call “Pretend City.” Pretend City’s Children’s Museum features 17 interactive exhibits designed as a small, interactive city. Pretend City aims to “build better brains” through purposeful play, hands-on learning experiences, role-playing, and educational programming.

Pretend City’s website offers a Matterport 360 virtual tour of the facility. This tour includes a walkthrough of each exhibit and playroom in the museum, including the grocery store, post office, art room, amphitheater and a dozen others for children to play and think creatively.

Pretend City is a museum that relies on its interactive exhibits to teach children the value of their own creativity. This is something difficult to recreate via a virtual tour. However, the inclusion of the virtual tour allows parents to take their children on a virtual field trip to the museum. Children can still learn about all the different aspects of life in their imaginary city and inspire a similar kind of creativity in their own backyards. It also allows parents to plan a visit from home.


Source: pretendcity.org/exhibits

The Strong National Museum of Play:

The Strong National Museum of Play, located in Rochester, New York, is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families. The Strong houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. The Strong’s multifaceted array of research, exhibits, and other interpretive and educational activities serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.

The Strong also utilizes a virtual tour of their facility. While the museum specializes in the art of playing, particularly in how it helps children develop, there are other aspects that are noted in the virtual tour. An example of this is the timeline of games and puzzles from the 1840s and onward. It also heavily features the creation and subsequent popularity of Monopoly.

This virtual tour is especially helpful while would-be visitors are stuck at home in quarantine because games like the ones featured in this museum are being played in households all across the country during this time. The virtual tour of the gaming exhibits in this museum provides a valuable and relevant lesson to keep their children educated and engaged in their activities.

International Museum Going Virtual

Though we chose to look at American museums, for the most part, it isn’t just museums in the United States that have taken advantage of virtual tours during this unprecedented time of staying at home and keeping our distance from one another. One of the most famous museums in the world has also implemented 3D tour technology to become accessible to people all over the world. In a huge win for the virtual tour industry, The Louvre Museum.

Yes, that’s right. Located in Paris, the Louvre is the largest and one of the most well-known museums in the world. Home to the Mona Lisa and other notable works of art, we were shocked to find that they’re offering virtual tours of certain exhibits free of charge.

Whether it’s Egyptian antiques or decorative arts, you can find yourself lost in history for hours. Bonus: it’s all in the comfort of your own home!

Source: https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

Similarly, the Louvre is also offering other means of entertainment like educational videos about the Mona Lisa or downloadable coloring sheets to keep your kids (and even maybe yourself) occupied.

You can check out the Louvre’s free virtual tours here.

Conclusion

We are all living in uncertain times. Everything is closed, people are scared, and we all are learning how to make the best out of a very unfortunate situation. Thanks to virtual tour technology, education and entertainment are as accessible as a Google search. Museums are not only offering their exhibits to the public for free, but these virtual field trips also help parents make decisions about where to take their kids when the museums are allowed to reopen. This makes the virtual tours beneficial to the museums as well as to parents, teachers, and students.

Here at Momentum 360, we want to make growing your business easier than ever. Investing in a virtual tour is without a doubt an imperative step in making that happen. Our society is prioritizing digital content now more than ever, and we likely will not see a decline in this mindset in the future years.

If you are interested in learning more about Momentum 360 Virtual Tours or would like to have one made for your business, feel free to email us or schedule a call with Sean or Mac. For more information, visit our website! Mac Frederick and Sean Boyle, owners of Momentum, have over twenty years of experience in the digital marketing field and have a passion for helping businesses reach their fullest potential.

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