The Map & Data Box – An Instructional Blog

When new business map users of Map Business Online first open up the tool, they notice a light blue box off to the left called Map & Data (M&D).  You’ll see that Map & Data shows a list of Map Layers with checkboxes.  Map & Data is a critically important tool to Map Business Online users. M&D allows MBO users to do the following:

  • Turn off and on the various data layers you desire in your business map. Check on and off your imported business data or included administrative districts, and even your background map
  • Control the transparency of shaded geographic layers, territories, and areas of interest
  • Adjust the labeling of geographic layers and imported business data layers
  • Choose from a variety of background base map layers – Streets, Satellite, and Topographic layers
  • Filter the map view by state or groups of states
  • Control sales territory options for transparency and overlap
  • Choose the zip code format your map will apply moving forward

Where Did it Go?

Map & Data can be turned off easily by clicking the ‘X” in the upper right-hand corner. To turn it back on find the blue arrow tab on the Left side and middle of your map screen and click it open.

Map&Data

Map & Data opened up

Map & Data Editing Access

MBO users access layer editing functions in Map & Data by either clicking the Edit Gear on the M&D tool bar, or by hovering over a given layer and clicking the Edit Gear that pops up. By using the overall M&D toolbar and clicking its Edit Gear the user opens a panel view with background options and the Filter by State tool, the Map Title control, the Map Legend control, and the Delete Draw Layer control. The user can also convert miles to kilometers here.

From this high level control panel access individual layer controls by choosing the “Map & Data” tab along the top. Place your cursor in the light blue areas to edit specific geographic layers like zip codes. The geographic layer must be checked on to enable layer editing.

You could forgo the selection of the overall toolbar for M&D and instead hover over any geographic or imported data layer until the Edit Gear pops up. Click that edit Gear and enter the editing functions for the layer you choose.

Either way, once you are in the data layer of choice, you can select which Tab to edit – General or Labels, they are noted in vertical text along the right side.

General enables map layer outline adjustments for thickness and color. It also presents transparency controls. You can also color code you layer objects here. General also offers the Calculate Data option for combining demographic data layers.

Labels enables the ability to manage layer labels.  We define the various layer labels like this:

  • Auto label – That’s the state, zip code or county name label.
  • Custom label – That’s the label that pops up when you hover over a state, zip code or county
  • Territory label – That’s labels associated with territories based on state, zip code or county

On of the coolest things you can do in MBO is append data to a label. Try it. Add demographic data or data you imported to a label. It’s a great way to reference key data.

Territory Options

When you click the M&D overall toolbar Edit Gear you’ll also see Territory Options in the panel control view. Here you can set territory transparency and turn on the intersection or overlap tool. The ability to allow and identify territory overlap is extremely helpful in sales territory management. And you’ll see that you can control the color of the overlap by clicking into the associated color box.

Zip Code Setup

Also noted included in the Edit Panel view tabs, all the way to the right, is the Zip Code tab. Click here to reset the origin and capabilities of your zip code layer.

Map Business Online comes with Census ZCTA zips turned on. For greater flexibility in generating zip code territories try USPS Zip codes with fillers. This will allow you territories to color shade in national park areas. You’ll see explanations of the various zip code layer options listed there as well.

Experiment

Do not be afraid to build some maps using various aspects of the Map & Data box controls. This is a great way to learn how Map Business Online can help you use business mapping software to support your business.

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