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


Monday, October 06, 2014

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Black-Eyed Susans at Midnight in Prescott Park by Liz Davenport





Black-Eyed Susan
John Gay (1685–1732)


ALL in the Downs the fleet was moor’d,
The streamers waving in the wind,
When black-eyed Susan came aboard;
‘O! where shall I my true-love find?
Tell me, ye jovial sailors, tell me true 5
If my sweet William sails among the crew.’


William, who high upon the yard
Rock’d with the billow to and fro,
Soon as her well-known voice he heard
He sigh’d, and cast his eyes below: 10
The cord slides swiftly through his glowing hands,
And quick as lightning on the deck he stands.


So the sweet lark, high poised in air,
Shuts close his pinions to his breast
If chance his mate’s shrill call he hear, 15
And drops at once into her nest:—
The noblest captain in the British fleet
Might envy William’s lip those kisses sweet.


‘O Susan, Susan, lovely dear,
My vows shall ever true remain; 20
Let me kiss off that falling tear;
We only part to meet again.
Change as ye list, ye winds; my heart shall be
The faithful compass that still points to thee.


‘Believe not what the landmen say 25
Who tempt with doubts thy constant mind:
They’ll tell thee, sailors, when away,
In every port a mistress find:
Yes, yes, believe them when they tell thee so,
For Thou art present wheresoe’er I go. 30


‘If to fair India’s coast we sail,
Thy eyes are seen in diamonds bright,
Thy breath is Afric’s spicy gale,
Thy skin is ivory so white.
Thus every beauteous object that I view 35
Wakes in my soul some charm of lovely Sue.


‘Though battle call me from thy arms
Let not my pretty Susan mourn;
Though cannons roar, yet safe from harms
William shall to his Dear return. 40
Love turns aside the balls that round me fly,
Lest precious tears should drop from Susan’s eye:


The boatswain gave the dreadful word,
The sails their swelling bosom spread,
No longer must she stay aboard; 45
They kiss’d, she sigh’d, he hung his head.
Her lessening boat unwilling rows to land;


‘Adieu!’ she cries; and waved her lily hand

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Google Business View - Enable your customers to experience more

Google Business View
Enable your customers to experience more

Click the image
for the virtual tour of
Bull Feeneys
in Portland Maine
Convinced Photography can provide you with a high quality interactive virtual tour of your business. Click on any of the images in this email to see examples of virtual tours we have created for local businesses. 

It's fast, easy and affordable.
 It's less than the cost of taking out an ad in the newspaper.


Just reply to this email to book an appointment with Convinced Photography.

Click the image for the virtual tour of
Colonial Bicycle
in Portsmouth NH
We also include a number of professional quality still photos.
See more on our Website
Liz + Cyle of Convinced Photography have been working in the Google Business View program for several years. Earlier this year they transitioned from the San Francisco Bay Area to Portsmouth NH. Potentially, we look forward to working with you soon. 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Autoworks in Kittery, Maine - Google Business View


CLICK ON THE IMAGE.

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 Auto Works in Kittery, Maine.


The hardest thing about running a successful business is being able to show what you have to your potential customers. There is a need to show how how you can stand out from your competitors. Google Business View, can visually show the awesome business you have created.

Google Business View technology is available to over one billion people world wide. Business View is always on the web to showcase what you have to offer even after your regular business hours. 


The owners are wonderful! They'll take care of whatever your car needs. 


Let your potential customers explore your location through a 360-degree virtual tour. We have helped so many businesses go live with their tours on Google to help give customers the information they need.


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

How to get the Google knowledge graph for a small business

Throughout my time as a Google Trusted photographer many small business owners have asked me how to get their information to appear on the right side of a Google search. This information is called the Knowledge Graph (KG) The photos below illustrate what I mean:







Obviously the image with all the additional photos and information is better. Studies show that most Google searchers won't even bother to scroll down to see more results, so the more information on the first screen the better.

If you are a small business owner, do yourself a favor and see if you have a KG. Using Google's Chrome browser, click on the triple line button on the top right of the window and click 'New Incognito Window'. This will open a new browser window that ignores all of your past searches and location, so you can check what a fresh search looks like. Then just search for your business. Try some different combinations, with and without the location, partial name, or even misspellings. If you notice any instances where the KG does not appear, you may want to go through the steps I will outline later in the blog.

First, I'll explain how Google decides which search results to put at the top. Google tracks which links people click on after a search, which is how it's search engine learns which results are more relevant. So if someone searches for the words 'Cymbidium Floral' and they end up clicking on that business's webpage, Google learns that people want to see that webpage after performing that search and therefore makes it higher in the list. I refer to this process as linking a search term to a website. Yes, that's an oversimplification, but it is the basic way that Google decides what to display.

Now, how and when does Google decide to display the KG? Google's search engine will look for information for the KG from several different sources, but the only relevant one here is a Google business page, which is kind of like your online yellow page listing. If Google can find a website on a business page that it has already linked to a search term, then it will display the information from that business page. 

Not all Google business pages are the same. There's a myriad of information they can contain and display like: contact info, hours, reviews, photos, directions and my favorite, a virtual tour. The more information contained in a Google business page, the more likely it is to appear on the KG simply because Google wants to show off businesses that it knows a lot about. That's the reason why adding a virtual tour can help a business's ranking and visibility besides the obvious visual exposure gained. 

Here and some tips to get your KG to display:

1. Verify and claim ownership of your Google business page. This will allow you to freely make edits and additions to your Google business page. Google has a great guide already in place on how to do that which can be found here.

2. Add all of the information you can to business page. All of your contact info should be there, expect maybe an email address to avoid spam. By far the most important piece of information is your website.

3. Double check to see if your map marker location is correct. This is important for potential customers who are using Google Maps to locate you. Google tracks when people navigate to your location and that gives them more information about your business. You want Google to know as much about your business as possible!

If you have all of the previous information in place, Google will start to learn about you. Check for your KG using the method described earlier often. The first way you will see it appear will be by searching for your business's full name and city/state. Then you will see the KG appear with just the business name. Then just a fragment of the business name, depending on your business name. It may take Google a few weeks to learn to connect your business page with certain search terms. Just be patient, it will happen. 

There will be some businesses will always have trouble getting their KG to display because of their name. For example, if you own a restaurant called 'Meat', Google will always display more generic information for the KG than one particular business. You may get a KG if you include the city/state, but it's not a guarantee. This is another case when a virtual tour can help!



If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Convinced Photography for help. We have successfully gotten a KG to appear for many businesses!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Google Trusted Photographer - now available in Dover, NH (Jewelry Creations)

The best way to stand out from competitors! Showcase your business with a virtual tour. Google Maps Business View offers an easy, affordable way to let customers interactively explore your business inside and out straight from Google Maps.



CLICK ON THE IMAGE.

Google Business View is now available to businesses throughout the Dover, NH 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 Jewelry Creations in Dover, NH.


We also create a variety of Point of Interest Still Images too.





While Street View simply lets users view your business's street location, Business View goes the extra mile by providing 360-degree, panoramic photos from inside your business. It aims to not only increase customer engagement, but also give customers an idea of your business's look and feel before they visit. Here's how to get started and get the most out of the service.

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

please contact: Cyle + Liz Davenport
email: convincedphotography@gmail.com
telephone: (207) 450-0474

Thursday, August 28, 2014

RR Traders in Newburyport, MA


360º tour of your business across Google. It will feel as if you are really there.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE.

You will instantly experience a virtual tour of RR Traders in Newburyport, Ma.


These fantastic native american blankets to keep you warm even on the chilliest nights. 


Who doesn't love really cool star lighting and beautiful owls?


The collection at RR Traders is pretty amazing. It's a touch of the Wild West right in downtown Newburyport! Go check it out! 


Invite customers inside with a virtual tour of your business on Google Search, Google Maps and Google+.

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

please contact: Cyle + Liz Davenport
email: convincedphotography@gmail.com
telephone: (207) 450-0474

Puddlejumpers in Exeter, NH


360º tour of your business across Google. It will feel as if you are really there.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE.

You will instantly experience a virtual tour of Puddlejumpers, Exeter, N.H.


This is an adorable boutique in the heart of downtown Exeter. Cheri, the owner, has made such a beautiful boutique. There is a mural that shows off the latest kids fashion. There is also a beautiful tree mural that expands over the sales counter. They have even created am attractive 'kid sized' fitting room. It's a perfect place for that something special. 













Invite customers inside with a virtual tour of your business on Google Search, Google Maps and Google+.

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

please contact: Cyle Davenport
email: cyle.davenport@gmail.com
telephone: (207) 450-0474

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Blue Wave Gallery in Amesbury, MA



360º tour of your business across Google. It will feel as if you are really there.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE.

You will instantly experience a virtual tour of Blue Wave Gallery in Amesbury, MA.


This is a great non-pretentious space. The natural lighting is so beautiful. There is a conference meeting room as well as a giant workshop space in the back of the gallery too. Go check them out, but in the meantime, take a look at some of the photos. 





Invite customers inside with a virtual tour of your business on Google Search, Google Maps and Google+.

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

please contact: Cyle Davenport
email: cyle.davenport@gmail.com
telephone: (207) 450-0474