Maps can get complicated. Good map makers should always seek to avoid map clutter. Even so, your business map analysis may require several layers of imported business data along with demographic layers and territories. Things can get busy.
Map Business Online includes a check box in the upper left hand corner of the Data Window that lets the map viewer focus on a specific aspect of your map. Use the Filter Data on The Map Check Box to focus your map view on a specific territory or data set segment.
View Radius Search Results
If, for instance, you’ve imported a dataset of one thousand field asset records and you want to see only the hundred or so records located within a 25-mile radius of an address you can do that.
- Key in the Address Location you have in mind, into the Address Bar (upper left)
- On the mini-toolbar associated with your plotted address click the Radius Search button
- Choose a 25-mile radius and build your circle
- Choose the dataset you’d like to search (MBO searches one dataset at a time)
- Save your search results – the Data Window will open with the data sheet view of your results
- In the Upper Left corner of the Data Window check on the Filter Data on the Map function
Always remember to uncheck the Filter box when done viewing.
Isolate a Single Territory
One of MBO’s more popular features is sales territory mapping. Territory maps come in all shapes and sizes. Some have just a few state based territories. That’s easy to view. Others may support territory schemes that use hundreds of ZIP codes for each territory. Occasionally there’s a desire to view only one territory. No problem.
- In the Data Window select your territory of interest in the data drop down
- In the Upper Left corner of the Data Window check on Filter Data on the Map
- Boom! You’re looking at one territory
And, with that single territory still in view, if you like you can still filter query a dataset and once again, check that Filter Box and you’ll now see a filtered dataset on top of a filtered territory view.
These filtered views come in handy for in-depth discussion on territory results, for discussing account management changes, or understanding service challenges associated with specific field assets.
Data Windowing Filtering
In our first example, we segmented your business data geographically – by radius search. There are many ways to do this in MBO – with a polygon search, a drive time search or a free form search. But you can also search your data using Filtering Tools in the Data Window view. There are several approaches to data filtering:
- Search the left-hand column of your data – You’ll use the blank white space in the middle of the Data Window toolbar. Enter you search item and click the Binoculars. Results will display.
- Search using the Filter or Funnel button. This opens a dialogue that require thought on your part but will let you filter by virtually any column in your data, or in MBO’s included demographic data. You’ve got modifiers to apply too like > (greater than), < (less than), or = (equal to). You can query to see if the data contains a set of letters. You can run multiple queries at once. Results will display.
Once you get those filter results to display in the Data Window you can check the Filter Data on the Map box and view only that data. You can also copy the data for pasting outside the application – see the Copy Button in the lower right.
Filter Shared Maps Too
As you may or may not realize, Map Business Online allows all subscribers to share their maps with constituents at no cost, up to 100 web session per month. Beyond that level there is a modest fee. These shared “view only” maps do not allow your constituent viewers to edit the maps – but they can filter the map view!
Your MapShare viewers have access to the Data Window just like you do. And that Data Window function in the shared map allows them to filter the data you’ve shared and create subsets data sets – and Filter the Data on the Map.
They are not able to filter the territory view, so you’ll need to share maps saved with filtered territory views, if that is required for your work flow.
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