Mapline makes it simple for you to streamline operations by identifying backup supply options. Let’s say that you own some gas stations, and there are occasionally supply outages from your fuel supplier. You want to find some backup supply options so that your operations aren’t affected. This is simple to do with mapping. Just plot your gas stations and suppliers in Mapline. This can be added with a simple paste from your Excel spreadsheet. Once the gas stations and suppliers are on your map, just go to the Distance Calculations option and select these two data sets. Once you hit download you’ll get a spreadsheet showing the gas stations along the left rows and the suppliers along the top columns. Where the Row and Column intersects is the distance between the two points. Now that you have a huge distance grid spreadsheet, you can easily run a =SMALL() formula in Excel to identify the first, second, and third closest supply locations to evaluate your options! And that’s how you can streamline operations using Mapline! Sign up to start streamlining your operations with mapping.
Visualize Your Territories with Territory Mapping Software
Well-defined sales territories directly impact sales results. But how do you take the data you have and visualize it, so you can view your current sales territories and identify new opportunities? This is where Mapline’s quick and easy sales territory mapping feature can help.
Territory Mapping with Mapline’s Drawing Pad
Let’s say your business has grown to the point where you need to restructure your sales territories so they can be more effective. There are two ways to build sales territories, and they are both super simple. The first way is to leverage the drawing pad to draw territories on your map. This is easy if there aren’t too many territories and you aren’t looking for perfection.
Customize Your Territories for Your Specific Needs
If you have territories that are unique to your company and don’t quite match up to existing shapes, you can plot shapes on a map to meet your individual needs. With Mapline’s Draw Pad feature, you can quickly draw custom territories and shapes on your map. Once shapes are created, you can get a list of locations inside the shape and export them for deeper analysis.
Steps to Draw Custom Shapes in Your Territory Map
To plot shapes on your map:
For circles and squares, just click on the map to create the shape where you want.
For polygons and other custom shapes, click on the Draw Polygon button.
Click to begin drawing your shape around the pins on your map.
Click around all the pins you want to include to make the shape bigger.
Click on the first pin you’ve drawn to close the shape.
To include pins outside of your shape, click on the Edit button.
Hit Save when you finish creating the shape.
To change the color of the shape, click on the Paint Bucket.
Click on the Fill Color and choose the color you want from the color spectrum that appears.
To get more information about the pins within your shape, click within the shape.
After clicking, you’ll see square mileage of your shape and a summary of all the data points inside the shape.
Download the summary and location reports to use for further analysis.
Visualizing Your Data with a Geographic Radial Heat Map
Radial heat maps look like weather radar and show color coded concentrations of your data. With radial mapping software options you’re not only able to visualize your data on a map but you can also easily and immediately understand where the majority of your activity is located. By presenting more densely populated areas in one color and sparser locations in another from the gradient, Mapline makes analysis of your data simple, whether you’re mapping customers, sales or other calculations from your spreadsheet. You can view heat map overlays with your data pins and you’re also able to hide the pins for a clearer picture.
Trying to share files through email chains becomes confusing and disorganized. What if you’re sending multiple versions of data sets, and your colleagues or clients happen to open an older version? After you create a map with Mapline, you can also share those maps in real time with your teammates, colleagues, clients, and customers. No back-and-forth emails, no tracking down the “latest copy,” and no special software or downloads are required! Follow our step-by-step instructions on how to share a map online.
Steps to share a map
Open your map.
Enter the email address of the person with whom you would like to share your map.
Select if you would like to share the dataset information with that person.
An email will be sent to the user inviting them to sign in to see the map you have shared with them. If they are not a registered user, they will be required to register using the same email address as the one you shared your map with.
Add more email addresses if you want the same map to be shared to more recipients.
That’s how easy it is to share a map with your team. Just enter their email and let them enjoy the map themselves. Sign up now to give it a try!
Add Multi-Colored Territory Boundaries to Your Maps
Creating a map that is color-coded allows you to distinguish your territory boundaries and see trends you may not have been able to before. Take an example of viewing a map of the United States. You want to better distinguish your territory boundaries, but how? Just use our color-coded feature to group states by different colors to make your boundaries stand out and help you gain deeper insights about your territories.
Open the template in Excel. You’ll see the shape name in the first column and the color you would like it to appear in the second column. Make any updates you need in the spreadsheet. Delete any rows of shapes you don’t want to appear on your map.
Copy and paste the updated spreadsheet into Mapline. Be sure to include the column headers (Shape Name and Color)