Mapline’s Made Major Changes to User Experience

Software Update: The Mapping Experience Made Even Easier

Faster, Intuitive User Face

For successful mapping, users need an intuitive interface that makes data visualization fast and easy. Mapline’s latest software update gives a complete face lift to the user experience, cleaning up the platform and making it easier for users to create maps and analyze their data. A live chat feature has also been added if users have questions or need help.

New and Improved Mobile Friendly Experience

Now users can create and analyze your maps all from your mobile device. Mapline’s latest update makes it fast and easy to work within the platform anywhere, anytime, so users don’t have to be tied down to their desktops.

Add Map Elements from One Drop Down

With a single “Add” dropdown button, users can incorporate datasets, territories or boundaries, custom shapes, and miscellaneous pins into their maps. This makes it faster for users to visualize their data and customize what they include in their maps.

Draw Custom Shapes Faster

When users wanted to create multiple custom shapes, they’d have to select a shape, create it, then repeat. Mapline’s update to its custom shapes feature cuts that time in half, letting users draw multiple shapes at once. Users can now also edit their shapes after drawing and add labels and names for custom organization.

Filter When and How You Want

Mapline’s Filter feature is more powerful than ever before. Users can now create filters based on multiple columns within their datasets so they can customize their views and get more specific with their data analysis.

Additional Upgrades

Mapline’s latest software update includes other upgraded features for users, including:

  • An easier territory styling that will be responsive when coloring boundaries based on pin data.
  • An adjusted dropdown menu where the “Marker” label has been changed to “Styling”. This section allows users to edit their pins, make them a specific dot density, and upload custom images for the pins – all from a single menu.
  • Reformatted styling within the platform to have the same look and feel as the Mapline website.
  • Moving the “Tools” button from the left sidebar to the main header bar.

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Mapline’s V5 Update

What’s New

The biggest changes are here, and they’re taking the mapping experience to a whole new level! Since it’s Mapline’s goal to exceed the expectations of our users, here are the changes that we designed and developed over the past few months to bring you the best mapping experience in the most time-efficient ways.

User Interface

The first thing you’ll notice is that most of the features are now more accessible. This is because we have consolidated everything that can be added on a map into just one button. The “Add” Button menu includes adding pins, dataset pins, shapes, and boundaries. So if you are going to use these features, this is where you’ll go. What makes it even easier to use is the right click functionality for quick menu access once you’ve add them to the map.

Shapes (Including Boundaries)

One of the most prominent changes that we’ve made has to do with our custom drawn shapes. We’ve made it so much easier for you to draw polygons, polylines, circles, or rectangles on your map. They are also editable; you can name the shapes, hide them, or delete them in just a few clicks. This feature can also be found in “Add” button.

Since we’re talking about shapes, the territory boundary shapes also have their share of changes. Like custom drawn shapes, boundaries can be accessed using the “Add” button. You will notice that when you add a boundary, you can now edit individual territory areas inside the boundary. For example, when you add a U.S. State boundary, you can choose to edit an individual state (California, New York, etc) like changing the boundary color, hiding or deleting them, or renaming them. What makes adding boundaries even better is the added option to change the fill color of the boundary without having to add a new boundary. Plus, if you’re coloring the boundaries based on a column from your dataset, the coloring will now be responsive. So the days of having to manually update your boundaries when your dataset updates are long gone!

Pins

Want to add pins directly on your map? With these changes comes the option of adding pins on your map at the click of a mouse! It’s that easy! Just click your mouse wherever you want to drop your added pins.

Styling

Changing the way your map pin looks like is now more exciting with the Styling option. The “Styling” tab allows you to change the color, shape, stamp, and size of your pins. You can add custom images as your map pin.

This is also the tab to click when you want to cluster your pins or create a dot density map.

Filter

Filtering the pins is now made more powerful. Your map pins can now be filtered with different criteria. The Filter Option allows you to choose a category to filter. Not only that, it now allows you to choose the criteria (equals, does not equal, contain, does not contain), add calculation, and use the AND and OR functionalities.

Here’s how it works: For example, you only want to see the map pins that are essentially: belong to a specific sales representative. Or you want to see only the map pins (locations) with $500K in sales (regardless of sales rep). Now, you can show both at the same time!

Other Features

We have also moved and upgraded a few more things. Here are some other changes:

  • The “Tools” Menu is now located on the top right corner of the screen.
  • The “Tools” Menu includes the Excel Add-in and Distance Calculator.
  • If you want to export a map, click “Save Image As.”
  • The “Menu” button is now called “Options.”
  • The zoom buttons can now be found on the right side of the map.
  • Looking for “Sublayers”? Click “Segments” and you will notice improved functionalities.

Mobile Friendly

Since Mapline is on par with the growing demands of technology, especially when it comes to using mobile internet, we want to make sure that Mapline is mobile-friendly. Along with the changes that we’ve made, you will quickly notice that adding datasets, drawing shapes, and editing data, are just some of the things that you can do on your mobile device. And we’re not just talking about doing these things easily. You can also do them fast!

Chat Support

Ask us and we’re always available to help you when needed. Our Live Chat provides instant help as you build your map. It is located under the “Help” tab.

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How Real Estate Mapping Software Helped a RE/MAX Agent Increase Sales

Successfully selling real estate requires more than simply driving a client around to look at various properties. Real estate agents must have excessive knowledge of the market, research properties and gather information about each property that the client needs to know, and have strong negotiation ability to make a sale.

To relieve concerns and questions their clients have about an expensive purchase like a new home, real estate agents need to market properties as well as they can. To do this, agents have started leveraging GIS for property mapping and data visualization to display property information. For one RE/MAX agent in Uruguay, real estate mapping software has helped him become more competitive in the market place and increase sales year over year.

Juan Irala y Hernández opened his RE/MAX office in Uruguay in 2012 with the goal to become the top realtor in his region. Unlike realtors in the United States, though, Juan didn’t have access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), a suite of services that provides real estate agents with marketing information and competitor property listings. Without the MLS, Juan needed a different way to better market properties and close more real estate deals.

The solution? Real estate mapping software that helped Juan analyze the real estate market and map out properties to show clients. After reviewing various property mapping solutions, Juan chose Mapline’s Excel mapping software. With Mapline’s capabilities, Juan started to do more market research and could upload his Excel database to create clean, visual property value maps. When Juan upgraded to an enterprise account in 2014, Juan received access to more advanced capabilities that have taken him far beyond the competition:

More Detailed Property Analyses and Client Discussions

With Mapline’s sublayers and shapes features, Juan could examine high demand and high value markets in the area and share them with clients. He was also able to provide more specific property data and information, making it easier to communicate with clients about property details and pricing.

More Fact-Driven Property Decisions

Real estate agents can’t expect clients to purchase a property based on their realtor’s personal opinions. Real estate agents need to be able to have fact-driven and objective conversations with clients about available properties. With Mapline’s features like sublayers, shapes, and heat maps, Juan could determine which properties were in higher or smaller demand, show clients local hot spots, and do deeper analyses that allowed him to have more fact-driven client conversations and led to more strategic selling decisions.

Greater Team Collaboration

A large part of Juan’s success has come from the increased collaboration he’s had with his team using real estate mapping software. Trying to analyze data in Excel and share different versions via email becomes confusing and inefficient. With Mapline, Juan has been able to share 24 maps and 25 datasets with nine of his colleagues. Together, they can share and view property value maps and information in real time, allowing for more strategic team discussions and better business decisions.

Since leveraging the capabilities mapping software offers in the real estate industry, Juan has seen a 50 percent increase in business growth year over year. Mapping software like Mapline can give realtors a competitive advantage in the market place.

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5 Ways Sales Mapping Software Streamlines Your Sales Process

Since the development and launch of the first GIS back in 1960, modern GIS mapping software has changed and grown to the point where it is leveraged by companies to analyze and improve sales performance.

As a sales expert, your top priority is increasing revenue. You have plenty of data and information about your sales territories and customer accounts. But there’s a problem: Sifting through all that data in your Excel spreadsheets is tedious, time consuming, and frustrating. There’s also a major chance that going through your data manually won’t give you accurate results, which can lead to costly sales decisions.

Sales mapping software not only helps prevent inaccuracies, but streamlines your entire sales process when trying to make decisions about your sales territories and routes. Below are five ways you can leverage sales territory mapping to drive efficiencies in your sales process and improve overall revenue performance.

Focus on Specific Sales Areas with Clear Visualizations

You probably have spreadsheet after spreadsheet of information like customer addresses, store locations, and other account data. Viewing hundreds of Excel rows and columns isn’t an ideal way to identify trends and analyze your sales territories. With GIS mapping software, you can use features like territory overlays to filter the types of information you want to visualize. For example, you may want to view sales territories by zip code or county. This allows you to more quickly and easily examine your territory performance.

Identify Opportunities and Underperforming Areas

Trying to categorize which sales territories are performing well versus those that are not is difficult to do in an Excel spreadsheet, and can lead to unnecessary errors. When mapping your data, heat maps provide a color gradient to indicate higher-density areas. The brighter the color is on the map, the higher the density of your sales territory. Heat mapping lets you accurately determine what areas are the most successful, as well as which ones are underperforming and therefore require more resources.

Balance the Workload of Your Sales Reps

Do you know how the client or customer load is spread out across all your sales reps? What if you had a couple sales reps who were overworked and driving the most commission, while the rest lacked customers? With how much data and information is scattered throughout Excel spreadsheets, chances are you wouldn’t be able to catch those trends. When using sublayers, you can see the overall picture of where your clients are and how your sales reps are performing. If you are noticing that some sales reps have significantly more work than others, you can make decisions on how to balance the workload or figure out when the right time is to hire more to your team.

Strategically Optimize Routes

Time is money. And when your sales reps are in the field, the last thing you want them to do is travel routes that take longer and require more fuel. GIS mapping software helps you optimize your routes so you can reduce travel time for your sales reps and improve fuel efficiency. All this helps you increase the number of customers you reach, which improves your overall sales performance.

Greater Team Collaboration and Performance

Data spreadsheets don’t provide the insights and visibility you need to bring your sales team together to improve performance. And without visibility into your sales territories, you’ll miss opportunities and have a team of dissatisfied sales reps who won’t be able to see the growth and progress they’re making. When you map out your data, you can use features like pins and colors to call out leads and growth areas, so your sales reps have visibility into all the opportunities available, as well as what sales areas need improvement.

Sales territory mapping and its capabilities can help streamline your sales processes by accurately showing territory performance, identifying which sales territories need more attention, and visualizing lead opportunities and showing the whole picture to unite your sales team. Learn how GIS mapping software can help you improve your sales performance.

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New Roll Out: All About Mapping Performance and Sharing Enhancements

Improved Mapping Performance

There’s mapping and there’s Mapline mapping. The difference? Performance! We believe that with better mapping performance comes better results and faster analysis. So we are proud to announce that for the new roll out, our users will be able to have faster mapping experience. Try it out now and speed up your data analysis!

Sharing Enhancements

Another equally important roll out is the enhancement in map sharing option.

First, users to whom the maps that are shared with edit permissions can no longer delete a map. Instead, the owner of the map or the administrator can just un-share the map with them. When a user is trying to delete a map, a message prompt will appear:

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Second, when sharing a map with a user’s dataset, a message prompt will appear asking the owner of the map if the datasets should be shared as well:

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Third, a shared map can only be duplicated when it is shared to someone with edit permission.

Be Mapline Ready!

In the 2nd quarter of 2017, with Mapline giving you the best mapping experience and the best value for money, don’t be just mapping ready. Be Mapline ready!

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