[caption id="attachment_89493" align="alignnone" width="500"] Zenergy Works coordinated the Google Maps Business View tour for J Vineyards & Winery, which allows virtual visitors to see the wine shop, Bubble Room lounge and upstairs Legacy Reserve Lounge (shown in this screenshot) overlooking the winery production floor.[/caption]
SANTA ROSA -- Zenergy Works, a website builder and Internet marketing company, plans to significantly expand its workforce and open offices in Western states fueled by a recently revamped business-oriented mapping services by Mountain View-based Google.
In coming months, Zenergy Works (707-360-1402, zenergyworks.com) plans to open a 20-person sales, technical and photography office in San Francisco to create Google Maps Business View 360-degree virtual tours of several hundred Bay Area restaurants and other businesses in the next six months, according to Bryan Fikes, 38, co-owner of Zenergy Works.
[caption id="attachment_89612" align="alignleft" width="300"] Bryan Fikes[/caption]
Within six months, the goal is to set up similar-sized offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Denver and Phoenix.
Currently, Zenergy Works has 29 employees in its downtown Santa Rosa office and working remotely to serve customers in Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties. Branch offices with four to five salespeople and photographers are being planned in Marin and Napa counties. A branch in Lake County could open in as soon as three months, if enough tours clients are established, Mr. Fikes said.
Each of the expansions outside the Bay Area ultimately would have additional branch offices in suburbs to manage demand, Mr. Fikes said. So far, this expansion is being funded internally, fueled by doubling of revenues annually since 2007, he said.
This comes as the global Internet search and apps giant recently rolled out a revamped look for Google Maps and an enhanced approach to showing users what the insides of certain businesses look like. Launched earlier this month, Google Maps Business View replaces the static images of a previous iteration a couple of years ago.