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How Mapline’s Web-Based Mapping Tool Gets Your Whole Team Involved

Have you ever lost an important file in a sea of email chains between your colleagues? Email is a great way to communicate with your team, but it’s very easy to miss the latest version of an attached spreadsheet that has the most up to date data and information.

At Mapline, we’ve worked to eliminate the need for confusing, back-and-forth email chains with our web-based mapping tool. How, do you ask? We’ll tell you!

Start by pasting your spreadsheet data into Mapline to visualize the information. Once the map is created, you can then enter the email addresses of each individual you’d like to share the map with. Your team members and colleagues will be able to view the map and check out any updates or changes whenever they need to.

Much easier than emailing out three, four, even five versions of the same spreadsheet, right? Here’s some real case scenarios where this comes in handy:

Identify New Retail Site Locations

Your retail business is growing quickly and you’re ready to expand to a new location. Now it’s up to you to decide what location will give your business the most bang for its buck. With Mapline, you can map out where your competitors are located and what geographic locations your specific business would flourish in based on your consumer data. You and your team can then work together off the web-based map to determine the best expansion location.

Determine Distributor Routes

When dealing with large quantities of data, it’s extremely beneficial to be able to view that information in an easily digestible format. And when communicating with manufacturers and distributors across the supply chain, it’s even better when that information can be shared and updated effortlessly. After uploading your list of distribution centers and drivers to Mapline to create, you can determine the most optimal distribution routes and share the map with your peers across the supply chain.

Customize Real Estate Maps

Mapline is great for mapping out available homes and real estate. Once you have real estate data like square footage and listing price ready to go, create a map for agents and clients who would be interested in the properties. You can also customize your real estate mapping with photos or color-coded pins, or create a personalized map for a client with their top home choices.

Learn more about our web-based mapping tool’s sharing feature that lets you share maps in real time with your colleagues and clients.

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Mapline vs. Badger Mapping: The Difference in Mapping Software Features

Not every mapping software is made equal. In fact, the right software for you all depends on your goals and the end-result you’re looking for. For example, if you need a solution with mapping software features focused on helping your sales team track new leads and close more deals, Badger Mapping offers those capabilities.

But what if you want something that not only helps your sales team, but also tracks overall business performance and growth opportunities? This is where Mapline comes in!

Here we take a deeper dive into Badger Mapping and Mapline to learn more about these solutions’ mapping software features.

Sales Support

  • Badger Mapping: This is Badger Mapping’s bread and butter, really. Their application allows you to visualize, colorize, and filter your customers on a map to look for the best opportunities. The search function also lets you search for new lead opportunities in your sales territories. To help make the sales process more efficient, Badger Mapping offers features like route optimization, CRM integration, and a built-in mileage counter to help track gas and miles while in the field.
  • Mapline: Mapline provides similar sales support and then some. You can create clearly defined sales territories that allow you and your team to identify trends and analyze geographic performance quickly and easily. You can do this in two ways:
  • If you don’t have too many territories to analyze, you can use Mapline’s drawing tab to draw out the territories yourself on the map.
  • But if you’re dealing with more complicated territories that include groupings of zip code, county, or state boundaries, you can leverage our territory overlays

Business Growth Opportunities

  • Badger Mapping: As a field sales tool, Badger Mapping’s lead generation feature locates new leads and helps you more efficiently schedule meetings with customers and prospects.
  • Mapline: Mapline gives you the full, 360 view when you’re looking for the right place to grow your business. You simply paste your spreadsheet of competitor data into Mapline and voila! You have a clear map view of where your competitors are located, and you can identify potential locations far enough away from your competitors with the best opportunity for success.

Business Operations

Mapline’s capabilities extend even further to easily assist you in improving your operations and marketing initiatives:

  • If you need to find backup supply options to streamline your operations, just paste in your locations and suppliers and run a distance calculation within the map. The result is a downloadable distance grid spreadsheet that tells you what your closest supply options are.
  • To visualize company performance, leverage our territory heat map to visualize the business performance of your customers or locations within your sales territories.
  • Customer segmentation gives you greater insight into your customers to enhance your marketing efforts. Just map your Excel data and use our Sublayer tool to visualize your information for greater insights into your customer behaviors and needs.

While Badger Mapping helps sales map out leads to close more deals, Mapline provides sales support and makes it extremely easy to track performance and efficiently drive greater strategic business decisions with

Learn more about our mapping software features.

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3 Reasons Why Simple Matters for Data Visualization

At Mapline, we’re proud to say we have the easiest mapping software on the planet. You simply create an account with us, paste your Excel spreadsheet into our software and watch as it gets transformed into a powerful map you can use for data visualization – all in seconds!

Sure, there are Mapline alternatives out there – so why does our simple approach beat out the competition?

  1. Simple territory mapping software lets you do your job more efficiently. The less time you’re spending manually plotting data or trying to understand difficult software, the more you’re able to focus on what you actually need to be doing, which is analyzing the data at hand and making decisions based on your findings. Territory mapping software and data visualization should make your job easier, not add more complications to the mix.
  2. Your brain power is freed up for more important things with easy mapping software. There’s only so much multi-tasking one person can do before it stops being a useful skill and instead slows you down. With Mapline, you aren’t distracted by a difficult program. In fact, our software takes little thought to use – just copy and paste your data and your map is created for you. Add and remove filters as needed to get a quick understanding of your data.
  3. No one stays still anymore – simple makes analysis on the move easier. With Mapline’s digital mapping software, you can take your data visualization with you on the road. If you’re in the field, perhaps working out of your vehicle on a particular day, the last thing you need is a clunky program slowing you down. Pasting your Excel data into Mapline is easy when you’re on the go.

Ready to analyze your data? Discover Mapline’s features, how we help those in your particular industry and our plans and pricing so you can get started now.

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School Mapping Software for Administrators and Educators

Interactive mapping software can serve many purposes in the education industry. K-12 administrators may need to view school district boundary maps; higher education admissions officials may want to better understand their student population; and teachers at all levels can even use GIS software for students in the classroom.

K-12 Mapping for School Districts

At the administrative level for primary and secondary schools, visualizing school district boundary maps can be extremely helpful for understanding student enrollment. Public school personnel can use boundary mapping to determine school bus routes as well as easily directing parents who have recently moved to the area to the appropriate school for their children.

Private school officials may use sublayers within Mapline’s school mapping software to visualize their enrollment within public school boundaries and to better analyze the locations their students are coming from. This information can also be helpful for partnering with after-school care providers that will be nearest to the largest group of parents.

Higher Education Administration

In the field of higher education, it’s important to have highly accurate data regarding student trends and populations. Interactive mapping software like Mapline allows officials to easily obtain a number of demographic data sets, such as the in-state and out-of-state population, where students in particular programs or majors have come from to attend the college and where students are living in off-campus housing in relation to the university.

Having easy access to this data can help university administrators allocate budgets in the appropriate places, and it can also be beneficial to make available to potential students and their parents as they consider where to spend the next 4 years.

GIS Software for Students and Educators

Using mapping software for school projects at all levels of education can provide a more interactive and data-driven experience for students. Students studying disciplines such as political and social sciences in particular can use maps to present evidence for theses.

A teacher might create a map plotting locations of grocery stores and convenience stores for a discussion on food deserts in the city and the importance of having access to healthy foods. Or students might plot locations of library branches or YMCA facilities to use as compelling evidence to argue for the opening of a new location.
Check out how some schools in New Jersey used Mapline to view and analyze the results of their mock 2016 presidential election.

If you’re ready to start using Mapline in your school, take a look at our plans and pricing and sign up now.

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Custom Territory Mapping with Mapline

Mapline offers a lot of fantastic features to help you analyze your Excel location data. One of these features is territories. With Mapline, you have the option to use a multitude of existing territories as well as creating custom shapes on your map. Want to understand the advantages of each of these methods? We’ve got you covered.

Available Existing Territories – How to Use Territory Mapping Software

Mapline offers territories for dozens of countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and everything in between. You’re able to select your chosen country or continent and narrow down from that level. Examples of existing territories include: Australian local government areas, postal codes, states and territories and suburbs; China provinces; UK counties, countries, postcode areas, postcode districts and regions; and US zip codes, Census tract maps, congressional districts, area codes and school districts. Find a full list of Mapline’s available territories here.

As you can see, territories vary widely. Using our existing territories is best when you want to analyze your company’s location data in relation to your customers’ own lives and reality. For example, if you want to understand demographic factors associated with customers, you might plot customer addresses and overlay a territory as broad as states or as granular as US Census tracts to view distinct groups of populations and analyze their behavior.

Draw on a Map for Custom Map Making

If, however, you wish to analyze data based on your company’s own indicators, you can use our custom territory mapping to draw a circle on a map (or square or other shape – including irregular shapes) to represent your internal boundaries or delineated sales territories. You’re also able to click on your shape to then see a list of all the addresses located within the shape.

This feature is especially helpful for analyzing sales territories to determine reps’ workload and distribution of both clients and sales personnel.

And there you have it – when to use existing territories and when it’s best to draw on a map to create your own custom shapes. It’s that simple! Want to know what else you can do with Mapline? Browse our features.

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