To launch the new Boeing 757 Business Class seating on North Atlantic routes Aer Lingus commissioned Contemporary Photography to create a Google Street View virtual tour.
The tour features the inside of the Boeing 757 Business Class Cabin, the aircraft exterior and the Business Class Lounge in the Terminal Building.
To quote Aer Lingus “Kick back, relax and let us take care of you. Now you can have the finest Aer Lingus experience each time you fly Business Class from Dublin to North America. There are countless benefits before, during and after your flight, here’s a little taster of what’s instore. Business Class fares start from €899.”
“Grab 40 winks under an Egyptian cotton duvet as your seat transforms into a fully-flat 6.5ft bed.
Tempt your taste buds with expertly crafted Irish meals and snacks, paired with award-winning wine.
Escape to another world with top quality screens and enjoy Hollywood blockbusters, great TV and lots more.
Working in the sky is easy with free Wi-Fi, a mobile network and custom storage for your devices.”
“As a Business Class guest, you can use our exclusive Premium Check-in and Fast-Track through security when you’re leaving Dublin. Then relax in our exclusive lounge and choose from a range of refreshments before your flight.
When you’re flying from North America, you can use our Premium Check-in.
At New York’s JFK, you can enjoy a meal in our signature lounge before you fly so you can sleep all the way across the Atlantic.”
“As you’ve already completed US Customs and Preclearance in Dublin, simply pick up your bags with Priority Baggage Delivery once you land in North America and you’re ready to go.
Exclusive to Business Class guests, freshen up in the Revival Lounge after you arrive in Dublin. Shower, have your outfit pressed and steamed and enjoy a quick bite before you leave.”
Contemporary Photography shows you a simple technique to improve the visibility of your images in search results.
When Google and other search engines index photographs they often rely on captions or context to generate a description.
By adding a description to the title of each photo your images will show up more readily in connection with a related search.
One of our websites is ‘SeeInsideDingle.com’ If you do an image search for ‘See Inside Dingle’ then 19 of the first 20 and 75 out of the first 100 search results belong to the website.
Ideally, this is a two part process. The first part is to replace the IMG_ or similar prefix with see_inside_dingle_. The second optional part is to add additional description elements to the generic title.
We maintain the four digit image identifier that was applied in the camera to facilitate future location of the selected image among other, similar photographs.
You may add specific image details to the description to broaden the search results that the image will be indexed for.
To see an example of how this works is to search for one of our clients the ‘Coach House Dingle’ which will return 6 of our images out of the first 10. Of these 6 images, 2 are on our website, 2 are on the client’s website and 2 are on the websites of publications who were supplied with the images.
So setting a searchable title for the images offers benefits wherever the images end up, even when passed on to third parties for publication.
Above one of the images that we supplied to The Coach House Dingle being used in Irish Country Magazine to promote a consumer competition. The title we added enables the image to show up in Google search.
This excellent utility is available from https://www.advancedrenamer.com/
The utility is provided free of charge, but it is good practice to make a voluntary donation if you are using the Renamer commercially.
This enables the author to continue his work which is a win-win situation for all concerned.
Use lower case and add an underscore between words.
Example Replace IMG_1234 with contemporary_photography_1234
The Advanced Renamer also allows the bulk naming or changing of Meta Data
Oliver Murray of Contemporary Photography has become the first Irish recipient of an international award for enhanced virtual tours.
In September 2016 Irish Water, Ireland’s national utility for water and wastewater services, attended the 85th National Ploughing Championships which is Europe’s largest outdoor exhibition and agricultural trade show.
The Irish Water stand focussed on the size and scale of Ireland’s water network, the projects that are being undertaken to update and improve it along with the part that the public can play in water conservation and pollution prevention.
The Irish Water stand, one of 1,500 at the three day show, told the story of water through imagery, interactive props and explanatory information.
Oliver Murray of Contemporary Photography was hired to create a virtual tour to showcase the stand on water.ie, the Irish Water website.
As it was a temporary exhibition the tour was not eligible for a Google Street View virtual tour so instead Oliver used Viewmake to create a tour that had the familiar ‘Google’ look, feel and performance.
Tourmake was then used to add interactivity and rich content including text, graphics, images, and links for visitors to learn more about the work Irish Water is doing to improve the Irish water and wastewater infrastructure.
The finished tour, combining Viewmake and Tourmake, allowed users to move seamlessly around the stand and learn all about the story of water.
Oliver said “the success of the finished tour is due in no small part to the meticulous planning and attention to detail demonstrated by Irish Water in preparing the content both for the exhibition stand and for the virtual tour.”
View the tour at https://www.water.ie/community/ploughing-championship/
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Simple, high-quality virtual reality
The Daydream View headset is made with lightweight fabric, inspired by what you wear. Paired with a controller, both are designed to be easy and intuitive.
The magic that makes this work is a Daydream-ready phone. Take a look at the devices designed and built for virtual reality.
All Google Street View virtual tours supplied by Contemporary Photography are virtual reality ready and can be explored using Google Daydream or Samsung Gear VR headsets.
Contemporary Photography are award winning Google Trusted Photographers who supply Google Street View virtual tours to all kinds of businesses in all parts of Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Independent Virtual Tours use similar technology to Google Street View virtual tours but are not bound by the restrictions that Google impose in some circumstances.
Enhanced Virtual Tours add graphics, images, information, links and even a ‘call to action’ to the Google or Independent Virtual Tour.
All tours provided by Contemporary Photography are compatible with Virtual Reality and can be view using Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream VR, Google Cardboard or other Virtual Reality headsets.
Contemporary Photography is a long established business specialising in commercial photography.
Recent clients of Contemporary Photography include Bank of Ireland, Irish Water, Aer Lingus, Best Western, Great National Hotels and many other businesses ranging from ‘one man bands’ and SMEs to international corporations.
Google Street View virtual tours can now be viewed in 3D using Goggles or Google Cardboard.
Pop your smart phone into the viewer and go to the Google Street View App.
Now the viewer is immersed in the tour which they can explore by moving ther head around and up and down.
Choose the most appropriate story – or both if you prefer*
Picture the scene. It’s a wet day in January.
The banqueting suite is set up for a conference.
The bride is viewing the room but cannot imagine it as it would be on her wedding day.
Hand her VR Goggles.
Now she is immersed in the room as it looks set up for a wedding……WOW!
Give her a branded cardboard viewer to take home and show her family and frien
Picture the scene. It’s a nice day in July.
The banqueting suite is set up for a wedding.
The conference organiser is viewing the room but cannot imagine it as it would be on the day of her event.
Hand her VR Goggles.
Now she is immersed in the room as it looks set up for a conference……WOW!
Give her a branded cardboard viewer to take back to the office and show her colleagues.
* We can supply multiple views of your conference and banqueting facilities.
Google used their first Street View Global Summit in Amsterdam to launch their new ‘Local Guides’
So what are ‘Local Guides’?
Well to quote Google themselves
“Local Guides is a global community of explorers sharing their discoveries on Google Maps. Help others find the best spots in town, make new friends, and unlock exclusive benefits along the way.”
They continue “What’s your go-to cafe? Which art gallery hosts the most interesting exhibits? What restaurant serves the tastiest brunch? Local Guides help millions of people in the Google Maps community feel at home in the world, anywhere they go.”
So what’s in it for the Local Guides?
“It’s all about that warm feeling you get from helping others discover new, enriching experiences. That, and the benefits. Every place you improve on Google Maps gets you closer to unlocking something new—from early access to new products to exclusive contests and events.”
What can Local Guides actually do?
Local Guides can post photographs which will be attached to your business page.
Local Guides can suggest corrections to Google Business Pages.
Local Guides can post reviews to Google Business Pages.
Local Guides are asked to answer questions about businesses they have visited.
So who can become a Local Guide?
Anyone with a Gmail account.
What is the link to become a Local Guide?
So what’s in it for Google?
Data. A lot of data.
All very fine I hear you say, but how does this affect my business?
When a local guide is in your premises they will be encouraged to engage with the business.
So they will post their snaps, review your business and perhaps add information missing from your Google Business page.
Subsequently they may be asked to answer crowd sourced questions on the style, atmosphere, facilities, products and services you offer.
On the negative side you may find a great deal of noise as lots of terrible photographs get loaded onto Google.
On the positive side you can now get lots and lots of Google reviews.
Google prefer their own Google+ reviews and serve them up in search results.
In the past getting a Google+ Business Page review was difficult.
It was also dangerous to have people post reviews from your location as Google might think you were massaging the results.
Now you can encourage the large numbers of clients who have a Gmail account to post reviews while they are at your premises.
You cannot reward those posting reviews, but you can take steps to positivity encourage reviews and photos.
Photograph shows Arjun Raman, Technical Program Director, Google Street View addressing the Google Street View World Summit in Amsterdam. Photo: © Contemporary Photography 2016
Kipling’s brand’s mission is to ‘Make Happy’ and bring customers an enjoyable in store experience, whilst also offering outstanding quality bags and accessories that are stylist and functional, perfect for modern day life.
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Dingle Cookery School is located in the beautiful seaside town of Dingle, a town well known for its food and hospitality and the Dingle Cookery School adds to this on many levels.
Mark Murphy and Muireann Nic Giolla Ruaidh run this amazing business and both have a love for Irish food and are passionate about hospitality.
Everyone at the school loves to see people succeed and learn, and with their qualifications, and teaching and mentoring methods this becomes a reality at Dingle Cookery School.
The school offers a vast variety of activities from Sunday Brunch to Fermentation, from Sensational Seafood to Sourdough Bread Making and many other unique culinary experiences, one of the most unique, and most popular, being ‘Catch and Cook’ where participants get to go out on a fishing boat, bring back their bounty then learn how to prepare and cook it, and of course to enjoy it all at the end of the class.
The ability to create an experience to exceed customer expectation is evident through the quality tailored classes provided. Using local quality ingredients in a comfortable purpose built space makes Dingle Cookery School a fantastic place to learn how to cook or to perfect a craft.
Purpose built training rooms are specially equipped for teaching of skills such as bread making, seafood, butchery, preserving and pastry. The environment overlooking Dingle Bay is serene and inspiring, but very accessible and a great place to learn how to cook traditional Irish foods.
The Dingle Peninsula on the south west Atlantic shore of Ireland has some of the best raw ingredients in the land. Fresh fish and shellfish straight from the sea, green pastures full of wild flowers and herbs where sheep, cattle and deer are reared, plentiful creamy cheeses, seaweeds and wild flowers, a larder the envy of many.
The basis of traditional Irish Cooking. Producers such as Murphy’s Ice Cream, Bluiriní Blasta, Jerry Kennedy’s Artisan Butchers, The Dingle Distillery, The Dingle Brewery, Maja Binder’s Handmade Cheeses, DeBrún Iasc Fish Producer and many more offer an array of supreme local products on sale to the consumer.
Dingle is No.1 Foodie Town in Ireland 2014 RAI. Dingle is a community that grows, produces, sells, serves and educates with food.
The Dingle Cookery School Google Street View Virtual Tour was created by Contemporary Photography.