We are very proud of our virtual tours and so it’s hard to pick just a few to show. If you take only one tour, make it the Saskatoon Hospital Home Lottery Showhome. Not only is it a beautiful house, but we donated a lot of time in extra features to show you what we can do!
Edwards School of Business
When the communications officer from Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan reached out to us, we were excited! 10,000 sqft and they were eager to make the best possible virtual experience to introduce potential students, grad students, professors, and alumni to Edwards and all the latest updates. A facility this large presents some challenges in remaining navigable and holding users’ interest.
With that in mind, this tour includes lots of content spread over three floors. Look up old grad photos on the kiosk near the stairs. Watch a short movie in the theatre. Learn about the inuit and indigenous art in the sculpture gallery. Meet the Dean, Keith Willoughby in virtual reality. Watch the stock ticker scroll by. Their team identified several key locations they wanted to make sure guests saw, and we went to work. This tour features our first ever autonomous guided tour option that whisks you through the highlights, complete with narration. Or at any time, you can explore on your own (and jump back to the guided tour when you’re ready to resume). Some things you’ll only find exploring on your own.
In all, this has been one of the most unique virtual tours we’ve created, and it was an absolute pleasure and honour to be awarded this job. Have a look around yourself, we think you’ll be pleased (and might just end up enrolling yourself)!
The Four Winds Estate
In the spring of 2021, the owners of this 69-acre ranch decided it was time to downsize. The property features not one but two houses: the original home which was built and renovated with a large attached shop and the luxurious primary residence with over 4,000 sqft of developed space. Today, the original home is used as a guest house and home base for hosted events such as weddings. And the primary residence is, well, you just need to see it. Besides these two buildings, the property also includes stables, fenced livestock areas, pasture, a large custom playground, aerated pond with a sandy swimming beach, stocked with trout, fire pit area, outhouses (for those outdoor events), and more.
To capture all this in one shot, we took to the skies and created an iconic aerial shot with labels that show many of the property features in one shot. This aerial panorama also serves as a quick way to navigate between different parts of the property, but users can always go down to ground level and explore the grounds on foot. And because the location is more remote, we built the virtual tour into a full site for our client, complete with photos, video, brochure, and of course realtor contact information. Last but not least, the realtor has the capability to host live guided tours, so they can easily walk clients or other realtors through an initial viewing without driving out to the acreage or disturbing the household.
Features to see: Virtual Tour as a landing page, Embedded content (photos, video, brochure, information, web links), embedded brochure (take a look at the eat-in kitchen table to view the brochure organically), embedded video (head down to the basement living room), and you can even fire up the jukebox in the billiards room!
Saskatoon Hospital Home Lottery Showhome – Spring 2021
Anikio was chosen to create the virtual tour for this $2.5M, 4500 Sqft. showhome in Greenbryre, Saskatoon. With the showhome closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Decora Homes wanted to help promote the local suppliers who had donated time and product to make this an such an exceptional property. They were impressed with our ability to add custom information hotspots on feature elements in the home. In addition, the design team was excited about Anikio’s capability to show the home day or night. This tour was so special, we’ve created a list of the unique features you won’t want to miss. We recommend having this list open in another tab while you browse the showhome. But very quickly: Multiple states of same location (day/night, door open/closed), integrated floorplan, custom branding, live exterior panoramas, drone panoramas, feature hotspots, embedded video, video introduction, and more.
By the way, this was one of the fastest selling showhomes in the history of the Hospital Home Lottery. We know most of that is because of the talented team at Decora Homes, but we like to think that the thousands of people being able to tour the home from the comfort and safety of home had something to do with it also.
When Filosophi was gearing up to open their new Saskatoon restaurant in the middle of the COVID pandemic in 2020, their media team decided to put a virtual tour of the restaurant in place. Their goals were to show the restaurant’s steps to keep patrons safe, offer a Google Street View option for people looking them up online, and to have an embeddable branded tour for their website. More people search local businesses like restaurants on Google Maps than even on Google itself, and incorporating Google Street View has been shown to lead to more conversions to reservations in several studies.
Anikio created this virtual tour the morning of Filosophi’s soft opening, showing the beautiful redesign and lighting. In the first two months alone, over 3000 people have checked out the interior of Filosophi through our virtual tour and Google Street View.
Basement Rental Suite
The landlord was looking to reduce the number of in-person showings to save herself time and also limit the amount of disruption and risk for the current tenant during the COVID-19 pandemic. We created this virtual tour of her basement suite as well as the floorplan from a quick sketch of the basement and integrated it into the tour. We also included dynamic labeling in the top left of the tour that help give a better sense of the space.
Single-Family Home for Sale
When looking at a realtor to sell your home, one thing I always advise people is to look at their other listings. Katsiris Real Estate may be family to us here at Anikio, but we are proud that they don’t cut any corners in their listings and it shows. Professional photography and virtual tours are standard, not reserved just for high-end listings. More and more home buyers are shopping online initially, so standing out and getting attention is important. Home buyers spend 5-10x longer on listings with virtual tours. And when asked in a Realtor.com survey what the most helpful feature is in home shopping online, 61% ranked a virtual tour as most important… ahead of traditional photography or even accurate listing details! And it may come as a surprise that many sellers also preferred having professional photos and a virtual tour for their listing to realtor open houses.
The Banks – Grounds and Commercial Bays
In a large, mixed-use development near downtown Saskatoon, it’s not enough to simply see the commercial bay available for sale. The developer wanted interested businesses to be able to walk through the grounds, along the streets, and get a feel for the development location. Of course, Google Maps and Street View are options, but the last time they were updated, the project was still under construction. Anikio planned a 50-point virtual tour of the vacant commercial bays, courtyards and paths to walk through The Banks for businesses, investors, and corporate head offices.
* As of May 21, 2021. Travel time assumes a 10-minute driving distance by one person. Actual time saved is likely to be higher due to landlords, property managers, and realtors also making the trip to show a property in person.