Posts Tagged ‘New England business’

10 Reasons to Love Google Business View Virtual Tours

Friday, March 7th, 2014

View Larger MapTour of The Harp, Boston MA. To start tour, place cursor over photo and move arrows to walk through the restaurant and bar!

Google Business View Virtual Tours is a brilliant concept for small businesses, bringing the popular Google Street View technology into businesses. I personally recommend it to small New England business owners as a “go-to” program for those serious about marketing their businesses and standing out from their competitors.

We share with you below 10 reasons why we, at VisitingNewEngland, feel that brick-and-mortar small business owners in the New England states of Connecticut, Maine , Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont should consider the Google Business View program…

1. The 360 degree interactive virtual tours bring customers right into your business — as if you physically were in the space. See example

2. Customers can get a feel for the personality of your business. The Inn at Tanglewood Hall in York Harbor, Maine, is a great example — you can see the unique flavor of this charming B&B before ever visiting. Come take a look.

3. The Google Business View Virtual Tours show next to your business listing on Google Maps. See example

4. Images from the Virtual Tour show on Google search results. Imagine standing out from your competitors on a search engine where the majority of people search for information. See example

5. The Google Business View Virtual Tours can easily be inserted onto any page of your web site or blog. See example

6. You can also embed your Google Business View Virtual Tour on social media like Google+ and Facebook. See example

7. The possibilities are endless for those wanting to engage their businesses online with customers. Google Business View tours aren’t just for retail, restaurants, hotels and travel attractions. Some other businesses genres we have see using Google Business View are hospitals, doctors, dentists and chiropractors offices, hair salons, car dealerships, colleges, gyms, non-profits including chambers of commerce, and wedding venues.

8. It is an affordable way to market your busines

9. You are actually seeing the real business, not just some selected stock photos that might not tell the whole story.

10. Google Trusted Photographers are quite skilled from a technical and creative standpoint with this amazing technology and work with you to get the right virtual tour. I have seen many different virtual tours and have not run into a bad one — they are all of tremendous quality, in my opinion.

I am so happy to report that, has formed an alliance with Google’s provider of Google Business View. It is something I truly believe in and am excited for small businesses that decide to utilize the technology.  You can learn more about Google Business View  and if interested, sign up on our Google Business View page — or sign up directly here.

New England Local Business Acts of Generosity #1: Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit, Maine

Monday, December 27th, 2010

The Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit, Maine, just wrote in with the first “New England Miracles and Acts of Generosity” submission.

During the unrelenting Maine winter storms, the Meadowmere features a “Helping Hand” program (when “the weather is frightful”) where guests can stay at this renowned Ogunquit resort at $39/night. Located on Route 1, the Meadowmere always has power and heat and the indoor hot tub makes it fun to be stuck in the snow/ice! As the Meadowmere says, “Most importantly, every one’s safe.”

Way to go, Meadowmere! We applaud you for being a thoughtful, generous New England business.

Editor’s note: please call the Meadowmere before embarking on your itinerary for room availability and to make sure the “Helping Hand” program applies to the storm you are traveling through — the phone number is (207) 646-9661. We also encourage you to log onto the Meadowmere web site to read all about this fantastic Ogunquit resort.


Are you a New England traveler that has experienced an incredible random act of kindness from a local New England business owner or employee? Are you a locally-owned New England business that has made a difference in your community by giving back?

TELL US ABOUT IT, PLEASE, by sending us a descriptive, detailed email to !

Local New England Businesses With Great Facebook Fan Pages

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Article by Eric H.,

We love the way locally-owned businesses bring a touch of good old-fashioned customer service and ambiance to their stores, restaurants and other enterprises, but also realize that the 21st century demands even more to fully succeed.

Many local New England business owners have enough business acuity to realize that “getting the word out” on their businesses through the Internet — and quite importantly — the proper use of social media is critical to business development.

Never before in our history has there been the opportunity to share information through the Internet medium, especially through popular search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing, and social media presences like Facebook and Twitter.

Periodically, we, at, will recognize these technology savvy local business owners throughout New England who use social media wisely, and to the benefit to current and future customers. We feel that strong business common sense — from yesteryear and today — should be mentioned on our site, since we big champions of the local business owner.

Today, we will focus on some of the best Facebook Fan Pages, created by New England commercial business owners and non-profit agencies and organizations:

The Children’s Museum in Easton, Easton, Mass. – A wonderful place where children and parents can proudly call home when it comes to educational, cultural and social learning, the Children’s Museum in Easton also does a fantastic job of regularly updating its Facebook fan page with program, exhibition and special events updates. Way to go, Children’s Museum in Easton for utilizing social media so well!

Kelly’s Roast Beef, Revere Beach and other suburban Boston, Mass., locations. Kelly’s really doesn’t have to update its Facebook fan page, because how much updating can be done to describe delicious roast beef, fried clam plates, lobster rolls and other incredibly tasty comfort food dishes from this landmark restaurant? Rather, Kelly’s lets the fans do the talking as evidenced by fantastic feedback from its loyal and satisfied customers. I truly enjoy reading the reviews, anecdotes and dining tips. Some great food and building photos, too!

Vanilla Bean Cafe, Pomfret, Conn. Vanilla Bean Cafe owners Barry and Brian Jessurun have taken great measures to make sure every details of their food, service, entertainment and overall atmosphere are top-notch, so it’s no surprise that their Facebook fan page is a real winner, too. With updates on the latest musical acts, fun polls, “tonight’s specials,” and recipes, this is a fun fan page. But better yet, we recommend dining at the Vanilla Bean — one of our favorite places for wonderful comfort foods at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

More recommended Facebook fan pages and various social media sources from local New England business owners coming next week! If there’s a particular Facebook fan page from a locally-owned New England business or non-profit agency that you enjoy, please feel free to post a comment and we’ll consider it for publication.


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