How To Use Brand Account to Upload Tours

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Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:46 pm

I was quite excited to see the new Pano2VR 5.2 go live and couldn't wait to load my first tour to street view!

However not being able to use the Brand Account following the guide Tony put together was a little disappointing (http://tonyredhead.com/pano2vr/gsv-branded-accounts)

I seemed to have found a way (rather long and frustrating way) but worked so far with my own account and upload -

1. Upload the tour using your normal Google Account within Pano2VR
2. Download the Street View App to your smart device
3. Click Profile and select your tour or 360 photo
4. Once selected press 3 dots and transfer rights
5. Use your Brand Account email found within - Personal Info & privacy - mine was matt-thomas-pho-7098@pages.plusgoogle.com
6. Confirm the transfer to which ever email is your normal personal email account
7. Wait and see the changes reflected in maps

https://goo.gl/maps/cxtJxQRcJak

It seemed to work for myself on this upload, so will have to test on others !

Thanks for your time
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Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:11 pm

Just uploaded another tour using the same process and seemed work

https://goo.gl/maps/Zn3rvudpNA92

I guess this is the work around needed to list it for your business or brand account. On this tour I could have transferred to the business Parkfields as well

Hope this helps out some people
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Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:26 pm

Hi Matt,
Thanks fro the info.
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Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:41 pm

I only see one problem with this work around: As you can not log into the brand account there is no way to modify/delete those images.
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Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:05 pm

thomas wrote:
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:41 pm
I only see one problem with this work around: As you can not log into the brand account there is no way to modify/delete those images.
You have a very valid point!! I have just tried to remove a pano via Pano2VR and whilst it doesn't appear on my main account, it's still live!

How frustrating!! Guess back to the drawing board unless I find out how to remove from the Brand Account....which I can't see at the moment :(
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Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:22 am

I've had a look around Google, accounts, maps everything.....you're right Thomas about not being able to remove. I really thought I was on to something!

Such a shame. Now the problem is I've uploaded the same street pano to my brand account and can't remove it. As my test wasn't successful in deleting it :(

Damn Google being such a pain and changing features.......

I guess the only thing is to stick with adding it to the normal account that just has my personal name
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Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:09 am

Hi Matt,
mattthomasphoto wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:22 am
I guess the only thing is to stick with adding it to the normal account that just has my personal name
I just came across this post and your frustration with the whole Brand Page issue.

As I mention the tutorial only works if you have a Brand Page that was created when you could assign a password after that time you can't have a manage Street View images anymore.

I found myself in exactly the same situation. I work with a French cruising company called Ponant. They have a separate division called Ponant-Sydney Cruise Agency and they are the division I started working with. Now Ponant-Sydney have a Brand Page https://plus.google.com/+PONANTSydneyCr ... orthSydney that was created when you could add a password. In this case I can login, add Street View images or delete them. It works exactly as a personal page does.

After a couple of years working with Ponant - Sydney the home office Ponant, based in Marseilles, wanted to have the photospheres under their name which required me to do, as you did, a rights transfer.

So I transferred a test image to their G+ branded page and it worked fine. The original owner brand 'Ponant-Sydney Cruise Company' was superseded by 'Ponant' in the info box. As can be seen on the Google Map page https://goo.gl/maps/4R5QkWxAchC2

After finishing the test I too assumed everything was okay until I went to remove it and, like you, found out I couldn't! Also I tried to find out view counts and couldn't do that either.

With over a hundred photospheres to transfer and ongoing ones to publish I didn't want to be stuck without any editing options. So I looked around for a new solution and here's the result.
  • The ability to see the view count in the contribution panel
  • The option to create a profile on the Street View App (iOS and Android)
  • The ability to add and remove photospheres from the list and mange them on Pano2VR
This was made possibly by the updates from Google that removed any links between the Contribution Panel and the Google + account itself! This allows you to create a public G+ account (owned by you), brand it and give it a name that matches the same one used on the Brand page.
  • First I created a new Gmail Account - ponant360
  • In 'About Me' set up the page branding etc
  • Used the ponant360 gmail to set up the Pano2VR Street View account
Now when I upload under the Ponant360 account, for all intents and purposes it looks like Ponant and has the correct branding. There is no issue of people clicking through to the Ponant360 G+ page as Google has removed all the linking.

I'm not sure if this would work for you client but it's the only workaround I could find!

cheers,

Tony
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