The 360 camera I use looks more like a Wii remote than a camera. But, it’s ideal for what I do because it’s small enough to fit quite snugly in a hard case made for a pair of glasses.
I can travel with it just about anywhere. The problem is that when I shoot video with it, I have to hold it over my head or I become half of the 360 shot. Picture me meandering through a brewery with this thing held super high over my head and you’ll know why every video has at least one person staring at me blankly and/or asking me what the hell that thing is. It’s a bit embarrassing to be honest. But, it’s worth it to get something I don’t think a lot of other people are focusing on (at least for breweries).
As I’ve mentioned before, one of the biggest challenges I have is getting someone from the breweries I visit to take some of their time out for me. This isn’t just a matter of finding someone who will sit with me at the bar for 15 minutes and chat or even take me on a tour of the brewery. The most common problem I come across is getting them to be interested in what the blog and (especially) the 360 camera can do for them. I usually ask that a brewery share my blog post about them on their social media. Believe it or not, I only get them to actually do it maybe 10% of the time.
However, when I went to Bube’s Brewery (yup… that’s pronounced boobies) things worked out extremely well. They saw what I was doing and decided that they would like to take me on the grand tour. I’ve had interviews before, but this was above and beyond. They immediately saw that they could leverage what I was doing to benefit us both. I went to their website today and noticed that they have a link to the 360 tour right on the front page of their website. Once again, Bube’s goes far beyond anyone else in using the 360 potential. Thanks so much to you guys. You’re the best.
For the rest of the breweries out there. Please, take advantage of the 360 videos and pictures that I post. They are there to be used. And, so long as they are linked to my stuff, I benefit just as much as you. Is there not a 360 tour or picture of your brewery? Let me know. I’ll help you out if I can get to your brewery.