Photosynth Gig Advice: Asking for Permission


Gigwalkers have come out in full force in taking on the Microsoft Photosynth Gigs all around the US. There have been tens of thousands of locations photographed and hundreds of thousands of dollars paid out – Nice job!

A common question that we have heard is: How do I get permission if approached by management? Here are a few things you can do to help get approval by management of the Gig location:

  1. Dress to Impress – Make sure you dress appropriately for the location. You can leave the tuxedo at home, but make sure to look professional.
  2. Act Professional – Always treat staff and customers with courtesy and make sure not to disturb any customers while you are completing the Gig. 
  3. Explain the Gig – Make sure to explain that you are helping to promote the business within Bing Search and Maps. The panorama and photos used will be shown to customers who are searching online. The service is totally free to the business and they have the option to edit or replace the photos in the future.
  4. Show Credentials (NEW!) – The Gig description now includes an official letter from Microsoft and Gigwalk that authorizes you to do work. Feel free to print this out or show it on your phone if asked for credentials:

If you do not get permission after taking these steps, it’s very important to stay professional and friendly. Thank the person you spoke with, leave the location and send a note through the app explaining the situation.  

That’s all there is to it, good luck out there!