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Aug 17, 2014 14:57 |  #1

Looking for opinions of this program. Anyone out there a Google Trusted Photographer?

Someone in my area I know of is in this program. I don't know how much business he gets from it but I'm going through the study materials and will take the test in the next day or two. Before I invest in the equipment I don't have--fisheye and pano head--I wanted to get opinions from others here who may already be in the program.




  
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Aug 17, 2014 16:29 |  #2

Never heard of it.


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Aug 17, 2014 16:36 |  #3

NEVER, as in EVER, trust Google.

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Aug 17, 2014 16:55 |  #4

oh so looks like they need photographers to do virtual tours for businesses. Wonder what their cut is.


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Aug 17, 2014 17:08 as a reply to  @ mrniceguy715's post |  #5

Their cut is nothing.

I appreciate all of the negativity from everyone, however, I'd really appreciate it if someone who knows something about the program were to chime in. I'm not into conspiracy theories regarding Google or anyone else.

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Aug 17, 2014 17:34 as a reply to  @ GadgetRick's post |  #6

I can only speak for the UK, things may be different over there.

Google have given large parts of the potential market to agencies, such as tourist attractions, churches, hotel chains etc leaving the the independant photographer with only independant businesses to market to.

My advice is to look elsewhere for your business.


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Aug 17, 2014 17:40 |  #7
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Gary_Evans wrote in post #17102091 (external link)
I can only speak for the UK, things may be different over there.

Google have given large parts of the potential market to agencies, such as tourist attractions, churches, hotel chains etc leaving the the independant photographer with only independant businesses to market to.

My advice is to look elsewhere for your business.

Noted .. thanks for the info.




  
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Aug 17, 2014 17:55 |  #8

Go to this links, search your local area for listed Google photogs, and then contact them personally and get their views. Any other advise such as from forums has a value of exactly zero.
https://www.google.com …businessview/ge​t-started/ (external link)


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Aug 17, 2014 18:01 |  #9

Didereaux wrote in post #17102131 (external link)
Go to this links, search your local area for listed Google photogs, and then contact them personally and get their views. Any other advise such as from forums has a value of exactly zero.
https://www.google.com …businessview/ge​t-started/ (external link)

Thanks for the link.




  
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Aug 17, 2014 18:30 |  #10

I wasn't being negative at all. The site really isn't very informative. I was curious as to what it is. Anything that could put me in touch with potential clients is worth at least reading the fine print and seeing if it has a benefit.


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Aug 17, 2014 19:12 |  #11

mrniceguy715 wrote in post #17102190 (external link)
I wasn't being negative at all. The site really isn't very informative. I was curious as to what it is. Anything that could put me in touch with potential clients is worth at least reading the fine print and seeing if it has a benefit.

That's what I'm in the process of doing. Honestly, it seems like a decent deal except Google is VERY particular on how you shoot these businesses and you MUST do 360 panos (yuck!). They say you set your own pricing and the businesses pay you directly. They say somewhere from $250 to $750 depending on how many panos it takes. If those numbers are real, it's not a horrible deal. I'm skeptical about whether businesses will spend that much on photos. My experience has been they don't want to spend anything on photos.

They provide some leads in the area but they do not promise any. They limit the number of trusted photogs in an area but I don't know how they determine how many they have in a given area. I know there are currently 3 in my area with only 1 being active (I know that person) and I don't believe he's doing a lot.

Other than that, you take a test and have to have certain equipment--I have everything except for the lens and pano head.




  
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Aug 17, 2014 19:18 |  #12

I thought about joining 18 months ago but then decided to focus on other projects instead.

I think it's a fine program.


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Aug 17, 2014 21:52 |  #13

There is an NDA agreement.




  
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Aug 17, 2014 22:20 |  #14

CAPhotog wrote in post #17102466 (external link)
There is an NDA agreement.

The NDA doesn't say you can't talk about the program, just can't share the details on their system (basically).




  
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Aug 17, 2014 22:41 as a reply to  @ GadgetRick's post |  #15

You have not taken and passed the test yet.




  
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