How to Create a Map with Multiple Pins

Creating a map with multiple pins (or map points) is easy. Usually those pins represent addresses, addresses were people live or where businesses have a facility. The placement of a pin on an address can be done manually by dropping a point on the business map, one point at a time, but that is a slow process for locating many pins.  The best or fastest way to create a multiple pin map using business mapping software  is to start with a spreadsheet of your address data points.

How Do I Create a Map with Multiple Pins?

  1. Create an Excel spreadsheet that lists your address locations broken out into separate columns by Name, Address, City, State and Zip code
  2. Make sure your column headings are labeled: Address, ZIP code, etc.
  3. Click the Import or Plot button in the mapping application
  4. Pay attention to the mapping dialogue to confirm address columns are placed where they should be (ZIP code with ZIP code etc.)
  5. Adjust labeling options to your liking
  6. Click the Plot button in the lower left to place your points on the map

Here’s a video that shows how to Create a Map with Multiple Pins.

Once your data is imported into the business mapping application you should see pins or buttons on the map that represent where your addresses are located. You may now adjust the symbol selection to your liking. You can also change the symbol size, shape and color to better match you map objectives.

One Point at a Time

Map Business Online has two ways to manually place a point on the map:

  1. In the upper left hand corner of the map (above the tool bar) use the blank white Address Box to key in the address of your proposed pin location. Format the address with commas this way: Address, City, State, ZIP Code. Click the binoculars to the right and viola – you’ve made your point!
  2. On the master toolbar click the drop down on the draw tools – usually the draw tools display an ABC icon. Select the bottom option of the drop down list: “Add location with Callout to the map.”  Move your cursor to your location on the map and Click to place the point.

When placing individual points on the map click the label to edit the location name. Callouts or labels are also configurable. Be sure to consider naming your data point’s data layer, because you are creating a data layer or adding to a data layer with each new point.

In Map Business Online a user may adjust the pin symbol, color and size in the Data Window view or by Editing the Data Layer in the Map & Data control box.

Why Bother Creating a Multiple Pin Map?

First time business map users place address points on a map to visualize their customer, donor, patient, or vendor lists.  Seeing their constituents spread out across a map view is an illuminating experience.

Longtime business map users view their business address lists for the exact same reasons.  Visualizing clients, or patients on a map never gets old. These visualizations reveal patterns in our work, patterns that often reveal business intelligence.

Business mapping, pins on a map.  Simple, kind of fun, and something humans have been doing for eons.

Picture the Caveman named Terkoz giving directions in the dirt with his toe. “To find Grog, head toward the rising sun and pass the giant rock in the field here. When you get to the river here, face the tallest mountain and walk in that direction until you see the wicked huge, dead pine tree with my initials scratched in it (CT), roughly here where my toe is. Then start screaming for Grog. If Grog doesn’t answer in the time it takes for the Loon to call, run as fast as you can to this safe cave, here.  Grog is Saber Tooth Tiger dinner. You should be fine.”

From caveman stories.

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