The same can be said with estate agent viewings - whilst you can now look around an empty house, many are opting for a video walkthrough.
Many wedding venues are following suit - people are going to carry on getting married, whatever the new normal looks like. And therefore people are going to want to continue finding a wedding venue that suits them. And whilst many are still nervous about venturing out, being able to move forward with big life plans from the comfort of your own home is going to be a strong selling point.
That's why we're encouraging all of the halls and venues on HallsHire.com to offer virtual viewings.
This needn't be daunting - and there are lots of different ways to go about it. If you're a venue owner and you've used Skype, or Zoom or even WhatsApp, you've got the tools to instantly start doing virtual tours.
If you've got WhatsApp on your phone, you just need to arrange a video call with your prospective customer and once you're looking at each other on the camera, click the little icon that looks like 2 curved arrows to reverse the camera so that it's pointing away from you and out towards the room you're stood in.
Alternatively, if you haven't got WhatsApp or would prefer not to give out your phone number, set up a Skype or Zoom account for your organisation and download the relevent app to your smartphone or tablet. Zoom is the product taking the world by storm at the moment and it's very easy for people to use without needing a log in or account. Provided your viewing doesn't take more than 40 minutes, and there's just you and one other party on the call (so Bride and Groom perhaps, but together on one device on their end) then Zoom is free.
Top tips for remote viewings:
If you're new to video calls there are a few things to keep in mind first.
Once you're all set, make sure you advertise that remote tours or virtual tours are an option. Update your HallsHire.com listing and remember to offer it to people who enquire. Even after lockdown, if people are looking to plan a wedding or event from a long way away, a virtual tour may be a way of getting them interested enough to take more steps towards booking. More and more companies are moving towards a culture shift with regards to working from home, and it's likely that the "new normal" will see more people comfortable with video calls and carrying out appointments online.
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