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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Vignettes from Vermont: Fiddlehead at Four Corners Google'd Again!

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BENNINGTON -- Eric Wood the professional photographer ...

... snapped 230 more photos inside Fiddlehead at Four Corners art gallery and stitched them into an even better Google Street View virtual tour, which you see above.

This time Eric walked up the narrow stairwell leading to the mezzanine featuring Brian Hewitt's oil paintings, shot inside the Brew Vault to capture the vintage beer signs, shot in the other back room that includes Aimee Ford Foster's painting and captured the 360-degree interior of the Graffiti Vault.

Every scene in a Google Street View is 360 degrees so there's nothing you can't see during the Google tour, a beautifully executed business tool meant to give potential customers a first looksie at your business and then because they like what they see they decide to check you out in person. And the Google tour works. Two hours after Fiddlehead's first virtual tour (here) went live a mother and daughter from the Hudson Valley, eating burgers at Madison's, saw it on their smartphones, liked what they saw and walked across the street to shop in the old marble bank turned art gallery (here).

Once inside they spent money, which is pretty much the point of the Google tour.

Eric Wood has shot and stitched Google Street Views for 25 Bennington businesses on or around Main Street. Following the lead of this blog, the Rutland Herald and Bennington Banner wrote stories about his endeavor while Ali Freeman of WCAX Channel 3 in Burlington featured him and Fiddlehead in a well-produced news story 2 weeks ago ...

So Eric has marketed himself and the Google Business Street View beautifully.

Eric is the IT guy for the Bennington Chamber of Commerce but he brings home the bacon as a professional photographer.

Yesterday he spent time with a couple set to marry in October ...

Abby and Sean (Eric Wood photograph, June 1, 2013)

Need a world-class photographer to snap your wedding or other special moments? Check out Eric's website (here). You can hire him to Google Street View your business, too.