- Marketing; and
- Client engagement.
New client experienceThe way your clients experience the collaboration process will be unlike they’ve ever experienced before. Instead of attempting to visualize their project from a piece of paper, they’ll know exactly what you’ve got in mind and exactly what they’re getting prior to construction. This reduces hesitation, improves their decision-making abilities and makes them feel a lot more comfortable about the process–which, for most non-designers, can be an intimidating one. Being able to place your clients in your designs, and guide them through the entire experience with tools like Yulio’s collaboration feature, is a first-class experience they can’t help but love. But with new experiences come new expectations. Once your clients have experienced VR-assisted collaboration, nothing else will compare. Next time around, you can be sure there’s one thing they’ll be asking for.
New services = new revenue streamWith new technology comes new opportunities for adding value to clients–and, well, making money. Take one of our clients–a major Canadian design firm–who use Yulio to offer a service they’d never been able to offer before. The firm created a new service offering and revenue stream entirely around designing ‘virtual’ designs for empty units for sale by a one of Canada’s top 10 national real estate companies. Before this, the real estate company was spending $50-$60 per square foot to construct a real-life demo unit. So, their new virtual demo arrangement is a win for both parties. And can you guess who the buyers turn to when it’s time for real design work?
Converting from CAD to VRConverting to VR from your authoring environment is simple with VR CAD plugins, and requires virtually no extra work. Just render your 3D environment with the plugin specific to your CAD tool, and you’ve got everything you need to upload to Yulio.
File ManagementOnce you’re ready to upload, it gets even easier. Yulio’s file management system is as simple as it gets: if you know how to use Dropbox (or a computer, really), you know how to manage your files in Yulio.
Viewing in VRViewing your VR files is as simple as downloading the free Yulio Viewer app to your smartphone and connecting it to your Yulio account. Any time you want to view a design in VR, just click ‘View in VR’ on yulio.com and it’ll be sent to your phone. This makes the process of handing a headset to a client smooth and painless. Once they’re immersed in VR, you’ll be able to guide them through a space using Yulio’s live-stream Collaborate feature, giving your client an impressive (but not overwhelming) experience.
Your ClientsAt the end of the day, clients are your top priority. You’ll no doubt want to make sure their VR experience is enjoyable and hassle-free. That’s why Yulio is designed for you and your clients. If your client wants to view VR designs in their own smartphone, all they’ll need is the app and your design’s special URL, which you can share with them in seconds. The best part about the simplicity of mobile-powered VR is that it comes at no cost to sophistication–or power. Even with a simple smartphone and a pocket-sized headset, the reactions VR elicits are one of a kind. Give it a try–you’ll be surprised how easy it is.
- Showcasing before and after photos in portfolios
- Showcasing before photos with ‘after’ renderings
- Presenting spaces off-site, without the need to for either party to travel
Virtual Reality is gaining traction across the globe, in areas as broad as education, health, entertainment and business. Already, Deloitte Global has predicted a $1bn year for the VR industry in 2016, and Digi Capital estimates that this figure will hit $30bn by 2020. keep reading
Though virtual reality is a new tool for many, Yulio’s easy-to-use technology is designed for use by the whole team–from VPs, to designers, to the sales team.
“Conference room, now!”
It’s a good idea to introduce your new VR technology to the whole company before you begin. Explain why you’re using it, and the benefits it will bring to the entire team.
Outline how it will be used within the company, and assign roles and responsibilities to various team members.
Above all, make sure they know that this is designed to make their jobs easier, not harder. It’s hard to argue with that.
Side note: If they haven’t tried it until now, make sure you put a headset on them! If there’s one way to get people excited about VR, it’s letting them try it.
Use Yulio’s user management capabilities
It’s easy to set up your team in Yulio. You’ll need a Standard or Plus account, and admin rights to invite, delete and assign roles to users.
You can assign a user to one of three roles: admin, author, and presenter.
Give admin rights to your in-house VR champion–this gives them full capabilities within Yulio, including the ability to manage users.
For your architects, designers and 3D modellers, author rights are your best bet. This gives them control over file management, but not user management.
For your salespeople or team members who’ll only need to select and present VR experiences for viewing, presenter rights are what you need. They’ll be able to navigate through your files, and view the files they need, without making any changes within the system.
With your team’s roles designated within Yulio, we think you’ll find working with Yulio a lot smoother.
For a detailed explanation on assigning user roles, check out our article on the Yulio Knowledge Base about this.
Get them comfortable
Don’t throw your team into the deep end. Although Yulio is designed with grandma-tested simplicity, it’s still new technology, and your team will inevitably have their inhibitions about it.
Make sure they’re comfortable with how it works before they start using it (this is particularly important for client-facing team members).
Let them know that any problems they have can be directed to our friendly support staff at email@example.com and 416-499-2227. Of course, there’s always our trusty Knowledge Base if you’re looking for some quick self-help.
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Ultimately, there are two things you’ll need to consider when buying a virtual reality (VR) headset for the first time: cost, and quality.
While there are dozens of headsets out there, and more joining the market every day (a quick Google search will leave you feeling more than a little overwhelmed), here are a few classics we recommend for first-timers.*keep reading