The USPS has taken it on the chin lately. None of us are sure what's happening within those postal service walls these days. But one thing is for sure, ZIP codes are one of the most critical elements of business mapping.
ZIP codes, invented to improve delivery times, have ended up becoming the most popular base map layer for Territory Mapping and business map visualizations.
Certain facts are important to remember when using ZIP codes for Business Mapping:
To learn more about ZIP codes read our most popular blog currently – A Word About ZIP Codes. Oh, and if you click on that link you are officially a MapGeek.
Be sure to download the Map App before the Web App is deprecated on December 15, 2020.
Please access MapBusinessOnline via the downloadable Map App.
The Map App install is fast and easy. The App is a cloud-based service, once you've logged in you'll have access to all of your previously saved maps and data. The Map App is a better user experience and provides access to more features than browser access. The Web App is still available through this link until December 15, 2020 (except for Safari users - sorry).
The Map App includes the new Map Viewer app for non-subscriber map sharing.
The Map App - It's free, it's quick, and it's the best solution for accessing your business maps.
Please note, that your MBO can be updated to the latest map feature releases using the MapBusinessOnline Updater located in the Start Menu.
Our Development Team has an on-going project to improve the MapBusinessOnline user experience. This month we released the first in a series of updates designed to enhance your day-to-day experience applying MapBusinessOnline to your work.
The User Enhancement for October 2020 is focused on better data filtering options.
The Filter Button is located on the Data Window Toolbar as a Funnel Icon. Click this to find:
Census Data Update - The most recent MapBusinessOnline US Census Bureau section is marked 2018. Demographic Data options for the 2019 and 2020 years are third-party projections, as opposed to Census ACS Survey data.
This month we've also added Employee and Entity counts, as well as Payroll Information by Industry at County & State levels for years 2017 and 2018.
Unique ID & Imported Data Updates – By inserting a Unique ID column into your source dataset for imported data, you can achieve semi-automatic updates for your imported data, typically stored on your desktop or a shared from a network drive. Read more.
The most recent update enhances the mass data update process in MapBusinessOnline.
When you add or edit columns in your stored datasets, make sure to not change the critical addressing and naming columns of the original dataset. Changing the location columns will break the update connectivity.
New and Returning Business Mappers - We try very hard to offer a business mapping tool that is the easiest to use. But we know all of us have many issues today competing for our attention and our time.
Please don't hesitate to ask for help. We find Chat works well for light questions.
State Boundary Layer over Territory Layer – Some users may create territory layers with the fill transparency set to zero or opaque. Users may find that desired State boundaries under such a opaque territory scheme are not showing on the map. A simple fix is, in Map and Data grab the State layer with your mouse cursor and drag it above the Territory layer. Et Voila! State boundaries abound. See Red state boundary in the map pic below.