Bringing together my passion and professional experience in photography, the environment, property and UK 'staycationing', I've created Staay Ltd. Being lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the South Coast of England ​my vision is to create a hub where local businesses can be showcased to their finest in the form of beautiful imagery, videos and interactive listings, reviews and complimentary services.

 

At the forefront of this vision is South Coast Virtual Tours. The 360 virtual tours market is currently gaining huge amounts of popularity largely due to the current COVID 19 restrictions in place, but also the technology has come on leaps and bounds and there really is no better way to showcase your space. The benefits to businesses - especially in the hospitality industry are endless. Here's just a few:

  • Customers like to know what to expect, particularly regarding space, facilities and outlooks when booking events, a stay or even a meal out. For gyms and clinics for example, customers can fully explore and see exactly what equipment and products you use.

  • Customers love transparency - negative reviews most often come from disappointment. If a room that is awaiting refurbishment or is smaller is being sold at a cheaper rate than premium rooms, a virtual tour will allow the customer to fully explore them and make an informed choice. These sections of the tours can easily be replaced when rooms are updated. 

  • Increase customer engagement on your website. I have partnered with the leading virtual tour software company so your tour will be fun to interact with and has great maneuverability, unlike clunky, low quality tours out there.

  • I can add as many tags as you like at various points in the virtual tour, these can point out special facilities, features, contain links, images etc.

  • Increase memberships and bookings without people having to initially visit your space - especially useful for gyms and wedding venues. This is particularly great from an environmental point of view, cutting down travel.

  • For museums and exhibitions, I can create pay per view tours so you can attract more customers worldwide.

  • Show that your business is forward thinking. Don't get left behind!

  • South Coast Virtual Tours clients will receive ongoing support through Staay UK. Your virtual tour and property photographs will be listed alongside a description and highlights of your business.

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Michelle Jefferys

A bit about me.... I started my photographic career in 1991 as a photographers assistant at Bleeding Heart Studios, London EC1N. The heady days of big budget advertising agencies and boozy lunches... Not that we were drinking our props but we were shooting a lot of Whiskey brands such as The Glenlivet and Chivas Regal in elaborate cozy fireplace sets. Pre-digital era, we were shooting on a medium format Rolleiflex and I was spending a lot of time with a blow brush removing tiny specs of dust as film was expensive to process and retouching very timely... how the industry has changed! I went on to complete an HND at Bournemouth Arts University in 1996 and worked on hundreds of shoots in London mainly for interior, lifestyle and F&B brands. Since becoming a mum 13 years ago and moving to the beautiful South Coast, I have set up and sold a design business working with Not On The High Street.com and The Natural History Museum.  Then after a foray back to uni to study sciences and psychology, I worked for an environmental fund, managed some property lets and shot products and events locally. Now here I am, fully back to my first love and hugely excited about the new technology that's available and all the amazing things that can be done with it.