ABOUT OUR BUSINESS
Q. Where are you located?
A. We are based out of Kearney, Nebraska. To learn more about Andrea Kelley, the founder of Slideshows For Homes, click here.
Q. How can I contact you?
A. You can fill out a contact form and email a question. Emails are typically responded to within 24 hours. Or, you can call 402.302.2914.
Q. What video file format do you use?
A. The file you will receive is an MP4 file. It will be high definition – sized at 1280px by 720 px.
PLACING AN ORDER
Q. What is the process for placing an order?
- Pick out a slideshow you like and click on the “Get Started” button.
- Fill out the form that gives us the information we need to create your slideshow. Then click on the “submit” button.
- Check out with PayPal. Click on the “check out with Paypal” button. This will direct you to the Paypal site where you complete the payment process. (You are not required to have a Paypal account to place an order. You can check out on the Paypal site using your credit or debit card.) After payment, you will be redirected to the Upload Center page.)
- If you want your photos in a specific order, you will want to rename and number them according to placement. (More information regarding this is located in the “Photos” section on this page.) If you hired a photographer or the photos look professional, you will need submit an art release along with the photos.
- Upload your photos/art release form. You can expect your video file in two business days.
Q. Can the title text in the videos be changed? I am a contractor and not a real estate agent so I want to just create videos to showcase my portfolio. Can I change intro. slide text from “House For Sale” to my business name (Carter Homes)? Also, I don’t want the text on the information slide at the end to read “Take A Tour.” Can I change it to my business slogan (“We Create A Legacy”)?
A. Absolutely. Your title text can easily be changed if you note that in the “Special Instructions” area when placing your order.
Q. How long does it take to get my slideshow?
A. Production of your slideshow begins after all needed photos/art release have been received. Production time is two business days. (Business days are Monday through Friday 8-5 p.m. CST.)
Q. How will I receive my slideshow?
A. The slideshow will be uploaded to Dropbox. Then you will receive an email that contains a link. If you click on that link, you will be allowed to download the slideshow.
Q. How many pictures do I need to submit?
A. On the Upload Center page there is a key showing how many photos you need to submit for each slideshow.
Q. Can I take submit photos taken by my cell phone for the slideshow?
A. It just depends. If your phone takes high resolution photos, you will be able to use them in your slideshow. Some phones take great pictures (such as iphones) and some phones do not. It is typically best if you use an actual camera, and not a phone.
If you are not sure if your phone takes high resolution photos, you can email us one of the pictures, and we can check out the quality for you. Send a photo to email@example.com and put “check my resolution” in the subject line of the email.
Q. Right now I don’t have access to the original pictures files. However, they have been uploaded to a realtor’s website. Can I go to the website, save the pictures, and then upload them to you?
A. No, photos that have been uploaded to a realtor’s website have been compressed. So, if we tried to add them to your slideshow, the pictures would look pixellated.
You will need to get the original picture files from the photographer. The photographer can email you the files using Dropbox.
Q. How can I tell if the images I am sending to you are high enough quality?
A. A quick way to tell if your images are good enough quality it to check the actual file size. If you are on a PC, you can “right click” on the file with your mouse. A fly out menu appears, then left on “properties.” This will show you the image file size. If your photo is over 1,000 kilobytes, it will be good enough to use in the slideshow.
Another thing to remember is it is best to submit horizontal photos. Avoid submitting vertical photos because they will look very small within the slideshow since they will not cover the entire image area. To watch a video showing tips for submitting your photos, click here.
Q. I have a specific order that I want the photos to appear in the slideshow. How do I submit the photos so you know the order I want?
A. We will know the photo order you want if you rename the files before uploading them. The first slide can be labeled – 1.jpg, the second slide – 2.jpg etc.
Q. What if I don’t rename my picture files and specify an order?
A. We will arrange the files for you.
Q. I didn’t specify an order to the photos. Now I have received my slideshow and have decided I want the photos rearranged. What do I need to do?
A. If no order is specified when placing the order, the arrangement of slides cannot be changed after you receive your slideshow. If you have a specific order in mind, the photos need to be submitted with the files renamed/ordered. The first picture can be labeled 1.jpg, the second picture 2.jpg, etc.
ART RELEASE FORM
Q. Do I need to submit an art release form?
A. If you hired a photographer, or if the photos look professional, you do need to submit an art release form.
Q. What if I took the pictures and used a DSLR camera and a wide angle lens so the pictures look professional. Do I need to submit an art release form since I took the pictures?
A. If your photos look professional, you will need to submit an art release form. If you took the pictures yourself and your photos look like they were taken by a professional, you may receive a request from us asking for an art release form.
WHERE TO BEGIN?
Q. I just received my real estate video. What is the next step?
A. There are a wide variety of places you can post your video. You can check and see if it can be added with your listing on your local real estate website. A fantastic place to post your video is on a Facebook business page. It takes very little time for you to set one up, and then you can add the slideshow video to a post and boost the post. This can help a tremendous amount of people in your local area be made aware of your listing. Watch this video to learn more: Create A Facebook Business Page To Sell Your Home.
Q. Can I post my slideshow video to:
To learn how to upload a video to a personal facebook page, click here.
To learn how to create a Facebook business page to sell your home, click here.
To learn how to use your video to post in a Facebook exchange group, click here.
YouTube? Yes. To learn how to upload a video to YouTube, click here.
To Twitter? Yes. To learn how to post a video on Twitter, click here.
To a website? Yes. To learn how to post a video to a WordPress website, click here.
My realtor’s website? Most likely, yes. You will need to check with your agent to find out for sure. If they currently feature videos in their listings right now, they should be able to add your video.
Instagram? Yes, if the video is under one minute. Slideshow #11, and Slideshow #2 are short enough that they can be posted to Instagram. The video can be uploaded to Dropbox and shared to your Instagram account.
Zillow? No. Zillow has strict requirements in regards to posting professional branded videos. They charge a fee of $149, and require the video to have actual footage. So, they will not accept photo based slideshows. However your video can be hosted on a variety of other social media sites.