How-To: Configure your room for a virtual tour of a building

by Utkarsh Bhandari on January 13, 2017
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This ‘How to guide’ explains how to set up a virtual tour of a building using Stickyworld. We refer to a simple example - Creative Energy Homes in Nottingham, UK.

There are 10 steps which take you through the tour setup process.

The guide highlights the key features of Stickyworld which enable you to explain the building and give your visitors a great tour experience.

Using your virtual tour you will be able to get feedback and answer your visitors questions so they are ready to take their engagement with you to the next level.


Step 1: Preparation

Before you begin your virtual tour think through if you have access to:

  • 360 photography of the building to enable your visitor to explore the rooms and their features (if you don’t we can help you with this);
  • a plan of the building, and the different floors, as an Image file or PDF; and
  • information to explain different features of the rooms and the building.

When you have this information and media you are ready to create your virtual tour.

First of all, use our ‘How to’ guides to create your room and your landing page.image02.png

Step 2: Configuring your virtual tour

To configure your room as a virtual tour, first click on the blue ‘Organise’ button on the right.

This brings up a sub menu: ‘General’, ‘Configuration’, ‘Invites’, ‘Messages’, ‘Contacts’.image04.png

Click on ‘Configuration’.image26.png

Opposite the word ‘Pages’ there is a blue Edit button with a pencil. Click on the pencil and you will see a menu of pages appear which you can configure.image22.png

First tick the pages you want for your tour. These are ‘Home’, ‘About’, ‘Slides’, ‘Location’ and ‘Contact Us’.    

You can rename them by changing the appropriate text box to read ‘Home’, ‘Learn About’, ‘Tour’ (instead of Slides), ‘Location’ and ‘Book a visit’ (instead of Contact us).    

Lastly, reorder the pages by hovering over the toggle on the left and dragging them to sit in the right order - the order listed above.

Make sure you press the ‘Save’ button and your new arrangement of pages in the main menu will appear.

Step 3: Adding your welcome message

To edit any of the pages on the main menu, click on them and a pencil will appear to the right.

Click on the pencil next to ‘Learn about’. Here you can upload your welcome video and add a welcome message for your tour visitors. Make this as engaging as possible.

Here’s our guide on how to make a good welcome video.image07.pngRemember to always save your work.

Step 4: Your Tour - adding categories and media

Click on the pencil next to ‘Tour’. To create your tour, you first need to add some ‘Categories’.

Click ‘Add a slide category’, add and then save ‘Plans’ as a category name.image27.png

Add your second ‘Category’ - ‘Virtual Tour’ - in the same way.

Then you need to add slides within each of the categories you have created.

Click the green ‘Add a slide’ button on the right (you can also use the floating blue plus button in bottom right of your screen). This gives you some different options to add a slide depending on the type of engagement you are looking for.image18.png

First you need to add your floorplan.

Click ‘Share information’. You don’t need to initiate a discussion about the plan itself, this will come later when you add the 360 photography.image16.png

If you have saved your floorplan as an image choose ‘Image’ as your slide media.

Before you upload any media in Stickyworld, it’s important to choose the type of media you want to add first. There are many different types of media you can use.

In this case you can upload your image, add it directly from Dropbox or drag it from your Desktop. Give the slide a title ‘Floorplan’, add some more detail in the text box below ‘Slide title’. Then add it to the ‘Plans’ category and click the green ‘Create slide’ button.

The floorplan then appears in your tour under the category of ‘Plans’.image30.png

Repeat the process of adding a slide, but this time you are adding your 360 photography. As your aim is to engage your visitors around your virtual tour, now, rather than ‘Share information’, this time click ‘Start a discussion’.

Select the option for ‘360 Panorama’.image12.png

Name your slide Room 1, and add it to the ‘Virtual Tour’ category. It’s easy to edit your engagement message too. For example you might write, “What do you think about this room? Do you have any comments or questions?”. You want to stimulate feedback and questions.

The 360 photography might take a few minutes to process.

Then click ‘Add a slide’ as you did before. Repeat the process with the 360 photography of Room 2.

You’ll then have 3 slides in your ‘Tour’, the floorplan and the photography for Rooms 1 and 2.

For each of the 360 panoramas you can zoom in or out to set the view. Do this by clicking the cog icon under the green ‘Add a comment’ box.

Once you have set the view you want, click on ‘Set new view as start view’.image09.png

Do this for each panoramic view. Now you are ready to link to your panoramic views from your floorplan.

Step 5: Making links from your floor plan

To make links from your floorplan, go to your floorplan, click on the floating blue plus button and it will offer you some choices including ‘Add a link on slide’.image31.png

First, to add the link from Room 1 of the floorplan to the panoramic view of Room 1, click on ‘Add a link on a slide’.

You then want to link to ‘Slide information’ and scroll down to Room 1 panorama. Click on this and you can add your sticker anywhere on the Room 1 plan. Press the black ‘Stick’ button. The sticker acts as a hotspot link so the tour visitor can quickly and easily move from the plan to see the panoramic view of Room 1.

It’s easy to change to different types of stickers by clicking on the blue ‘Change sticker’ button or you can create your own customised stickers (see our How to guide on how to create custom stickers)image29.png

All the visitor has to do is click the sticker and the link ‘View the slide’.image25.png

Repeat this process to add the link from Room 2 of the floorplan to the panoramic view of Room 2.

First click on ‘Add a link on a slide’ and then follow the other steps.

Your floorplan will then look like this:image03.png

Step 6: Adding directional arrows to your tour

It’s simple to add arrows so your tour visitors can easily navigate from room to room within the tour.

To do this go to the Room 1 panorama. Click on the floating blue plus button and ‘Add a link on a slide’. You want to link to ‘Slide information’, scroll down and click on Room 2. Then change the sticker to an arrow.image24.png

Choose the right directional arrow so it points in the direction of Room 2. If a visitor clicks on the arrow, they can easily navigate to Room 2 via the link ‘View the slide’.
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Step 7: Enriching your tour by adding additional information

You can enrich the experience your tour visitors have by adding additional information about specific features of the building. For example, about the energy saving features.

Click on the floating blue plus button, and then click on ‘Add info note’.image21.png

Add the title of the Info note and the details. Click the green ‘Stick’ button. The Info note will then appear on the right hand side of the slide.image20.png

You then need to make the link between the slide and the Info note. Click on the floating blue plus button, and then ‘Add link on slide’.

You want to link to a Info note so scroll down to this option, and then click on the Info note you want, which in this case is Double glazed windows.

When you are adding links to Info notes, it’s important to remember you link FROM a slide TO an Info note.image24.png

Choose your sticker, move your curser to stick it on the windows and click the black button ‘Stick’. Now your tour visitor can click on this hotlink and this additional information will be displayed.
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The great thing about Info notes is that they can be used again on other slides to enrich the content of these as well.

Step 8: Editing your location page

To set the desired view for your location page, click on the blue pencil next to Location.

When the grey text box appears add the postcode.image23.png

You can zoom in or out using the + or - buttons on the left. Add the title of the location map and a brief description and then press ‘Save’.

To add the specific location of Creative Energy Homes on the map, click on the floating blue plus button and then ‘Add info note’.

Add the title, some additional information and click ‘Set a sticker’ to choose your sticker. I have chosen the sticker for a building.image11.png

Press the green ‘Stick’ button. Your new Info note will appear with the other Info notes on all the slides pages.

To see it go to one of the Slides pages and click on the drop down menu on the right under ‘View this slide’. Click ‘View all info notes’ and your new Info note will appear.
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As you want your Info note to be located at a specific place on your map, you need to add this location to it.

Click on the edit button of the Info note. Then click on the grey cone icon. This allows you to click anywhere on the map to set the location. Click ‘Set location’ and scroll down to press ‘Save’.

Your Info note will now appear as a building icon at the right location on your map.image17.png

Step 9: Adding the contact details and call to action

Your last page is ‘Get in touch’. To edit this, click on the blue pencil and add a compelling message giving your tour visitors a reason to connect with you. Save every stage of your work.

If you have a contact form you want to embed here, click ‘Enable an embedded form’ . All you have to do is add a call to action and the code for the form. Stickyworld will automatically link to it.

Next, click ‘Enable contact information’ and add a heading ‘Get in touch with us’.image10.png

Add all your contact details.

Click the button ‘Enable social media links’ and under ‘Social media heading’ add ‘Connect with us online’.

Add all the correct social media profiles and press ‘Save’.image08.png

When you are finished your ‘Get in touch’ page will feature the same image as your landing page and will provide your tour visitor with all your contact details.
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Step 10: Publish your virtual tour and prepare to engage your visitors

Now your tour is ready and you can publish your room. Click on the blue ‘Publish room’ button on the ‘Home’ page.image19.png

You’ll be automatically given a checklist to ensure you have completed all the necessary actions to make your tour complete.

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If you are happy with all of these and all the actions are ticked, go ahead and Publish.

Well done, you have now created the virtual tour of your building.

I hope this guide has been helpful. If you’d like a demonstration about how Stickyworld virtual tours can help your organisation or project, please request a demo.

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