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Route planning vs. route optimization

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In everyday speech, it's common for many of us to use terms that are similar - but not actually synonyms for one another - as if they're interchangeable. Sometimes this is a misunderstanding, and other times it's people who use certain words as shorthand with colleagues and friends. But when this sort of thing gets in the way of understanding a critical concept, it's time to nip it in the bud. For example, the terms "route optimization" and "route planning"...

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Essential features to look for in route optimization software

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Today's field sales teams, fleet managers and delivery drivers have plenty of technological options at their fingertips. From digital calendars and schedules to GPS-based navigation apps that provide turn-by-turn directions, it seems like the modern road warrior has everything they need. Route optimization software should be a key weapon in the arsenal of any member of your organization who travels on a regular basis. But not all tools that bill themselves as route optimization solutions are created equal. Failing to...

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How to Create a Map for PowerPoint

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When you create a map for PowerPoint, it brings a slide to life in an engaging way while visualizing important information about your operations. From text, icons and images to flowcharts, videos and even heat maps, PowerPoint can help you communicate a concept, a process or a data set in a digestible and interesting way. PowerPoint is not the only presentation software on the market – perhaps you use Google Slides or Keynote – but it is the most popular....

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We want to hear from you about territory optimization

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Building sales territories based on data, rather than gut instinct, is hugely valuable. According to the Harvard Business Review, just optimizing your territories can increase your sales revenue by 2-7%. With that much on the line, you can't afford to guess when it comes to sales territories. Even when you know how important it is, sometimes building territories is a pain. It can take weeks to create a full set of balanced territories. That's why the eSpatial team has built...

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Make Your Heat Map Stand Out

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One of the most commonly used features offered by eSpatial is Heat Maps, it's a great tool for showing data densities / groupings on a map, e.g. A heat map showing population densities would likely employ darker shades of color to represent higher population densities and lighter colors to represent lower population densities. There are two types of heat maps:  Hot Spot Heat Map  Regional (Choropleth) Heat Map The main use of heat maps is to help your...

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Benefits of Using Drive Time Analysis With eSpatial

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Here's how a drive time analysis can help you. Proper planning for Sales and Service teams in the field is crucial for avoiding inefficient and unproductive employee work days. Furthermore, poor planning leads to money lost on fuel costs, missing key client deals, and the valuable time of your team being wasted. Luckily, a Drive Time Analysis can help you avoid all this! With eSpatial's new Drive Time Analysis, you can visualize coverage areas in terms of driving times and...

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The December Update of eSpatial has been Released

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Here at eSpatial, we are really excited about our latest release. As always, customer feedback is key to our product roadmap and ongoing updates. In December's release, the two key development areas are Map Styling and Salesforce.com Integration. Map Styling The additional map styling capabilities are something that all our users will benefit from. The new styling functionality provides you with a whole host of new capabilities as well as far more efficient ways to style your maps. These new...

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Basemaps

The foundation of your maps

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At eSpatial, we talk mostly about the types of maps you can create, the types of analysis you can run, and the outcomes you can get from mapping your business data. With the latest release of eSpatial including two new basemaps, we thought it was a good time to learn about the importance of choosing the right basemap for your data. So read on to learn why a basemap is important and which basemaps are best for you. What is...

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eSpatial October Release Preview

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Non Overlapping Labels

As always, we are continuously looking at ways to make our mapping software work better for our customers. Later this month we are releasing some new features which are sure to make a difference to how you visualize your data on maps. Today we'll take a sneak peek at a few of the updated features. Optimized Labelling Labels are an important part of map styling. They help to differentiate and annotate points of importance. Choosing the right size, font, background...

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Custom Mapping for Your Organization

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The beauty of using a cloud based mapping solution to visualize and analyze your business data is that you can customize those maps to suit your needs. Whether its custom territories, custom map pins or matching your map with your brand colors, you do a lot to make the maps your own. In today's blog post we'll look at just how you can do that with eSpatial's powerful mapping solution. Custom Type of Map While every map is personal to...

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Mapping for Business 101: Problems Mapping Can Solve

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Data without analysis is just data. How you analyse that data is what helps you to make more informed business decisions. Our customers use maps to understand market coverage, to plan store visit routes and to identify where to locate their next office or retail outlet. Problem 1: I can't make heads or tails of my spreadsheet. I'm sure every single one of us has, at one point or another, sat in front of a computer screen staring blankly at...

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7 Benefits of Cloud Based Mapping Software

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Modern cloud-based mapping software is no longer physically confined to specific desktops and can be accessed almost anywhere. This can empower your organization - no matter what size it is - to become more competitive and increase productivity.  We've had hundreds of people come to us who had previously used desktop mapping solutions such as MapPoint. Our cloud based mapping software presented them with the opportunity for their organization to upgrade their solution to a more modern cloud-based service that...

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7 Types of Maps and Why They Are Useful

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At eSpatial, we live and breathe maps so we know what all the different types of maps mean and how they help you in your day to day work. Today we are taking a step back to ensure that you are finding the information you want by using the correct type of map. So we've put together a list of 7 types of maps our customers create regularly using our mapping software and why they use them. 1. Simple Pin Maps...

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5 Ways Data Visualization Can Improve Your Business

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Mapping is one of the strongest data visualization tools available today. Maps tell stories, they can reveal trends and insights that cannot be seen in spreadsheets. In today's business world, there is an abundance of information and data. With technology today, the amount of data being created is growing exponentially as people and business are increasingly connecting online. Because of the massive amount of data available, businesses are becoming more number driven in the decisions they make and in providing...

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