Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Portsmouth, New Hampshire during the blizzard "Juno" of 2015


"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?" -J.B. Priestley
Skiing down Bow Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire


Cross Country skier about to go down Bow Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 


Downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Ceres Bakery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire


Winter Foliage


A path we chose to walk down in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Snowy vines


Modern Launderette


Oracle House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


Log Cabin at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Is that really Google calling?

We talk to a lot of local business owners. As soon as we introduce ourselves as independent photographers who work with Google we always get asked the same question - 

'Why does Google call me 5 times a day asking for money?!'

There are generally two types of these calls. The first one usually starts out as a recording saying something scary like -
"Your Google listing is about to expire. Hold on to talk to one of our representatives." 
Then if you are brave enough to wait on the line, someone picks up and tells you that you have to pay an absurd amount of money to keep your Google listing active. 

This is, of course, is a scam. These people do not work for Google. Your business listing never expires because you didn't pay for it in the first place. They are simple scammers just trying to get some money out of you. It's a shame that they use Google's name to do it because it's such an obvious lie, many business owners are developing negative feelings about Google.

The second type of call is more complex and can be harder to see through. There's usually a real person on the other end of the call who tells you that he can manage your Google listing and make sure your business is at the top of every search. They ask for a monthly payment in exchange for these services. These companies sometimes claim to be Google, but in reality they are Search Engine Optimization (SEO) companies. 

Don't get me wrong. Optimizing your Google page and website for better search results can be a productive thing to do. There's a myriad of ways to do it and equally as many companies who claim that they can get you to the top of the search results. The danger is that SEO can only go so far and can never guarantee that your business makes it to the top. A lot of SEO companies out there are scammers who want to bill businesses monthly for doing practically nothing with mixed results at best. I've personally seen plenty of these companies. There are others out there who will give you SEO for your website as a one time cost. In my opinion these are a better option if you decide your businesses' website needs it. These companies are more honest and are probably not the ones calling you everyday.

So the next time the phone rings and someone claiming to be Google is on the other end, don't panic. Just tell them to take your business off their calling list and you'll be much better off.


Monday, November 03, 2014

The Juicery at Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.




CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE.

Check out this 360º tour of your business across Google. It will feel as if you are really there.


You will instantly experience a virtual tour of 
The Juicery at Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


Google Business View is now available to businesses throughout the Portsmouth, New Hampshire business area. Simply enhance your presence across Google with a premium-quality, 360º virtual tour powered by Street View technology. It’s easy, fast and affordable.


Invite customers inside with a virtual tour of your business on Google Search, Google Maps and Google+. Premium quality photo shoots work around your schedule, and the results are live on Google in just a few weeks. Easily embed Business View on your website with the Google Maps API or simple HTML.



If you are a business owner & are interested in having Convinced Photography create images for you & Google Business View,

please contact: Cyle + Liz Davenport
telephone: (207) 450-0474

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Maine Squeeze in Kittery, Maine



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Google Business View is now available to businesses throughout the Kittery, Maine business area. 

Check out this 360º tour of your business across Google. 
It will feel as if you are really there.

You will instantly experience a virtual tour of Maine Squeeze in Kittery, Maine.


There is always a friendly person ready to take your order 
or give you a great recommendation if you aren't sure what to pick.


Yummy!

Google Business View let's locals and the world simultaneously explore what you have to offer. It's the perfect way for your customers to see where you are located too.When you give your customer the chance to interact with your establishment it will draw them in.


A great spot to meet up with friends and enjoy a refreshing beverage.



If you are a business owner & are interested in having Convinced Photography create images for you & Google Business View,

please contact: Cyle + Liz Davenport
telephone: (207) 450-0474

Friday, October 31, 2014

The NEW janegee in Portsmouth, New Hampshire



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Google Business View is now available to businesses throughout the Portsmouth, New Hampshire business area. 

Check out this 360º tour of your business across Google. 
It will feel as if you are really there.

You will instantly experience a virtual tour of the new location for janegee in Portsmouth.




They have everything your heart could ever want. Wonderful cutting boards, totes, and many other great gift items. 


Turkish bath towels. Simply the best. 


Handmade soaps by jane. 


Bath balls handmade by jane too. 


All of janegee's love and care goes into each product.



If you are a business owner & are interested in having Convinced Photography create images for you & Google Business View,

please contact: Cyle + Liz Davenport
telephone: (207) 450-0474

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Whirlygigs in Exeter, New Hampshire



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Google Business View is now available to businesses throughout the Exeter, New Hampsthire business area. 

Check out this 360º tour of your business across Google. 
It will feel as if you are really there.

You will instantly experience a virtual tour of Whirlygigs in Exeter, New Hampshire.



They have a giant toy soldier!

Perhaps you have some really cool items to showcase your clients and Google Business View is the perfect thing for people to see around the world.


Cuddly teddy bear anyone?




Dollies






Thomas the Train track



Whirlygigs!  Makes me want to be a kid. 



If you are a business owner & are interested in having Convinced Photography create images for you & Google Business View,

please contact: Cyle + Liz Davenport
telephone: (207) 450-0474

Friday, October 10, 2014

Hugo's in Portland, Maine



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Google Business View is now available to businesses throughout the Portland, Maine business area. 

Check out this 360º tour of your business across Google. 
It will feel as if you are really there.

You will instantly experience a virtual tour of Hugo's in Portland, Maine.



No. 88


Come up to the bar. 


Beautiful waiting area.


Table for 4


Pretty greens


fresh


Signs the old fashion yet so totally cool way. 

If you are a business owner & are interested in having Convinced Photography create images for you & Google Business View,

please contact: Cyle + Liz Davenport
telephone: (207) 450-0474


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine


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Google Business View is now available to businesses throughout the Portland, Maine business area. 

Check out this 360º tour of your business across Google. 
It will feel as if you are really there.

You will instantly experience a virtual tour of Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine.

oystersOyster Bar

Oyster Bar

Fresh delicious oysters available the minute you walk in the door. Beautifully displayed and ready for tasting. 

Tiki Bar

They also have a fantastic bar with great tiki additions too. 

dessert counter

Fresh made desserts! 

Host Entrance
Welcome!


If you are a business owner & are interested in having Convinced Photography create images for you & Google Business View,

please contact: Cyle + Liz Davenport
telephone: (207) 450-0474

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

"Wow! What a ride!" - Oars on the Pinta by Liz Davenport

This is adapted from the creator of Gonzo Journalism, Dr Hunter S. Thompson. 
Many people have made substitutions for parts of it, but here is the original:


“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 
"Wow! What a Ride!” 
― Hunter S. Thompson