Unlike Portatour or RouteBuddy, eSpatial is not a dedicated route mapping software tool, but route mapping functionality is one of its key features. So now you’re probably asking why you should you choose eSpatial rather than a dedicated route mapping software? Well here’s our reasons…
Build routes that work with existing data
A route is no more than a line that connects together separate pieces of data on a map. The principle of mapping software is to do this in an optimized way – so you get the most out of every sales or business trip undertaken. Typically, sales managers use eSpatial to plot spreadsheet data – e.g. customers – on maps to create optimized routes based on where their field teams operate. eSpatial route maps can be overlaid on pin maps, heat maps or even territory maps, for greater flexibility and a better ROI.
Click the place on the map you want to visit and a route is generated, with turn by turn navigation
When plans change, so do eSpatial routes
It’s not unusual to have meetings cancelled at the last minute. So how do you optimize the time lost, particularly if that meeting was set to take place on a route point between two other stops? eSpatial allows you to simply find another customer on the map near your cancelled meeting point, but within the start and finish points of your entire sales trip. It then generates a new route to take into account the changes. Information on a map point can also tell you instantly when a client is available to visit on the proposed day. This means you are optimizing both your time and your client’s time most effectively.
Communicate easily and collaborate on routing maps
It’s important that sales manager understand what’s going on in the field at all times. Likewise, field sale teams need to be connected to information coming in to head office that could impact their activities. An eSpatial map is a great communication tool that allows more than several people to view information attached to map points and edit it. This includes information that is relevant to route maps, such as updating client details, recording closed or lost business opportunities, tips on reaching hard-to-find locations, etc. eSpatial route maps are also shared easily, via a URL web page link. Alternatively, embed maps on an intranet, allowing anyone in the system to view all active sales routes and the location of sales personnel on any given day.
Turn by turn navigation straight to a phone or tablet device – or just print
eSpatial interactive routing maps can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. Maps can also be viewed on an iPhone, smartphone, iPad or Android tablet. If used alongside the Google Maps App, you can generate a list of turn by turn directions for each route leg. In the unlikely event that you will be making a sales trip that includes areas with poor – or no – internet connection, you can easily create a route and then print out the map, complete with a list of turn by turn directions.