Jim Osgood

February 11, 2019
Columbia Athletic Club Virtual Tour

Columbia Athletic Club at Pine Lake Virtual Tour

It seems to be health club photography time for me. On February 1st I did the photo shoot of the Columbia Athletic Club at Pine Lake in Sammamish, WA. It was somewhat challenging in that the club was open for business at the time. Of course, we planned it during a time period in which there were not many members around and I had the club manager on hand to run interference for me. Unfortunately, it was a rainy day, so I will be going back to add the exterior images to the tour. If you have been following the Seattle area weather, you know we are in the middle of the biggest snow period of the past 70 years. It will be at least a couple of weeks before I can get back. In the meantime, the virtual tour includes 68 viewpoints. Have a look through the club.
January 11, 2019
Coal Creek YMCA Google Virtual Tour

Coal Creek Family YMCA Virtual Tour

I had a great New Year’s Eve with a large photoshoot at the Coal Creek Family YMCA in Newcastle, WA. The facility is over 49,000 square feet on two floors which opened in 2009. One of the challenges of doing the photoshoot was finding a time that no one would be around. If there are people in the shot, we either need to get written permission from them or blur their faces. It is much easier to find a time when no one is around and New Year’s Eve was perfect. The Club closed at 1 PM and I was able to arrive then to do the photoshoot. Upon arrival I discovered that they had had a minor water leak in the hallway and had removed some ceiling tiles so it could be repaired. Obviously, they did not want that to show in the tour and there was no way […]
February 21, 2018
Google Street View

Video Overview of Google Street View See Inside for Businesses

Here is a good 3 minute video of the Google Street View See Inside program. It will provide a visusal experience of what Google Trusted photographers provide:
January 5, 2018

Local Business Search Statistic – Is Your Google Business Listing Important?

Having a virtual tour of your business is a great way to let customers visit your business 24/7. It is also a great way to enhance your Google My Business listing and will improve the likelihood of your business showing up in a higher position when someone searches for your product or services. Search Engine Watch has some great statistics on local search which shows the importance of having not only a complete Google Business listing, but going a little further the enhance that listing to bet better rankings. Local Search Behavior Statistics 80 percent of Google search interest in “near me” came from mobile in Q4 2014. (Think with Google) 4 in 5 consumers use search engines to find local information. (Google/Ipsos MediaCT/Purchased) 18 percent of local smartphone searches led to a purchase within a day. (Google/Ipsos MediaCT/Purchased) 88 percent of users search on a smartphone, while 84 percent search […]