Before the start of COVID-19, virtual office tours gave workspace operators an edge over their competitors. With the migration back to the office in full swing, showcasing your flex space with cutting-edge technology is now a necessity.

We'll define what constitutes a virtual tour in this article. We'll also provide tips to landlords on getting their spaces camera-ready, as well as offer pointers to prospective tenants on what to look out for on a virtual tour.

Virtual Tours: What Are They? Why Do I Need One?

Virtual tours are a series of photographs taken from a vantage point. They provide individuals with an immersive, 360-degree view of your space. This means visitors can walk through an office location without visiting in person.

Every inch of your office should be on full display where viewers can stroll through different parts of the office and assess these areas in minute detail.

Every inch of your office should be on full display where viewers can stroll through different parts of the office and assess these areas in minute detail.

Why Are Virtual Tours Gaining Traction?

Bluntly put, we're facing an uncertain future. In the below, we'll describe why virtual tours have become popular in the face of the pandemic and beyond.

1. Time, Health And Convenience

Both landlords and possible tenants don't want to waste their time or risk their health by arranging numerous in-person office tours. Having to meet up with different people in today's climate isn't just energy draining but poses potential dangers to one’s health.

Virtual tours are a huge convenience and time-saver because it allows browsers to conduct tours in their own time and reach decisions about whether the office is a good fit. This option saves people from having to prearrange various viewings, only to be disappointed by what they see.

Essentially, virtual tours make the task of shortlisting potential spaces faster and more efficient.

Virtual tours are effective filters which separates tenants who are genuinely interested from those who aren't committed. Why this is beneficial for the renter is because they can free up their time and primarily focus on serious rental occupiers.

2. Attracts Younger Crowds

Coworking setups are becoming attractive to millennials, and one way of showing your space to a younger market is via the web.

3. Easier To Compare And Navigate

The decision process is made easier when viewers can compare and analyse potential spaces online. At the same time, there aren't limitations on how many tours interested parties can take.

If your competitor offers a virtual reality experience and you don't, this puts you at a considerable disadvantage and might cost you the sale.

4. It Gives Workspace Operators A Platform To Show Off

Virtual office tours can give your prime workspace the airtime it deserves by allowing you to highlight unique and best features. If your space boasts a specific design accommodating particular industries, a virtual tour might be enticing.

5. Shows your brand as trusting and transparent

By showcasing your office online, you're giving visitors on your page the chance to dissect your space with everything in plain sight, weighing up the pros and cons from what they see and experience.

Although photographs and videos give individuals a general idea of the workplace, these mediums can be distorted and manipulated.

Virtual office tours can give your prime workspace the airtime it deserves by allowing you to highlight unique and best features.

How To Get Flex Spaces Camera-ready

You're putting your flex space online for the world to see and judge, which means that behind-the-scenes work is necessary. Prepare your office in the following ways

1. Tidy up and stage the scene

Make the space look clean and presentable, removing unnecessary clutter from the frame.

Add flowers, artwork and furniture so that the office appears warm and inviting. It may also help to include other people in the shot. This might instil onlookers with confidence, knowing that your space has previously been occupied.

2. Are You Hiring A Professional Or Producing A DIY Virtual Tour?

A virtual office tour doesn't necessarily guarantee success for generating leads if you've created a poor-quality tour.

It may help to invest in photographic equipment and software if you're producing the tour independently. Research the best ways to capture the space, bearing in mind that you'll need to find the vantage point from where you'll shoot.

If you aren't confident in your skills to produce a series of professional photographs, utilise the skills of a specialised company with experience in VR photography.

A serviced office or coworking space is more than a desk or suite but comprises shared areas that you'll be spending part of your workday in. It's worth your while to take an in-depth look at these spaces.

Final Takeaway

With people mulling the idea of returning to the office, now's the time for virtual tours to make locating a business location effortless and safe.

Virtual tours don't just limit contact with people but are an innovative way for office seekers to explore your space from wherever, whenever.

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