How to display my clients on a visual map using Geo Mapping?
You can use the Neoserra mapping feature to display your clients on a visual map so that you can see the general distribution of clients within your service area.
We hope that this feature will be able to assist you when:
- You go to visit a client and what to know what other clients might be along the way that you can stop in on.
- You are planning a training event and you are looking for a location with the largest concentration of clients in the area.
- You have a congresswoman visiting the local coffee shop and she wants to know if there are any clients in the immediate area that she might be able to visit.
- You want to know where the majority of your woman-owned businesses are located.
There are many different reasons why you might want to map your clients and see their distribution across your service area.
Generally speaking you will not want to map all of your clients and pre-clients on a map. The process of mapping your clients is usually coupled with a filter. For example, you may only want to map your active clients in which case you will want to create a filter of active clients. Alternatively, you may want to map your clients with 5 or more employees, in which case you will first need to create the filter before you can map the clients. Using a filter, you decide what group of clients you want to map.
Here is a sample filter to help us map all of our construction companies in our Neoserra database:
Once the results have been presented on the screen, you can now select the mapping option found under the More menu:
Note: This menu option is currently only available to administrators in administrator-mode. Furthermore, as of 3/21/18, this feature is still in beta mode and will continue to evolve. We welcome your feedback and ideas pertaining to this new feature.
Mapping the data will result in a map that shows pin drops for the clients found in your filter results:
- A blue pin drop indicates a single client location.
- A green pin drop indicates more than one client but less than 10 clients in the same general location.
- A yellow pin drop indicates 10 or more clients within the same general location
- A red pin drop indicates 100 or more clients within the same location.
You can drill down by clicking on the green, yellow or red pin drops to see the more detailed map for those clients represented by the pin drop:
You can continue to drill down, until all clients are mapped individually:
You can click on an individual blue pin drop to get the name of the company represented by the pin drop. The name is a link back into your Neoserra database for that client record. Hovering over the name also gives some key details about the client:
This feature is dependent upon accurate and complete address information in your database. Currently, the address information in your database is matched to the correct latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates using OpenStreetMap. Addresses that include extraneous data, such as "Building X, Floor 99", or "Villa Tranquility" may not resolve to correct coordinates. A lot of times this additional address information can be safely added after a comma on a second line. For example, this is not a valid address:
And Neoserra will tell you that the level of accuracy for this address is only at the city level - not the street level:
But this is a valid address, with a comma after the street address and the additional information on a second line:
If Neoserra is not able to obtain exact latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates then it will resolve to the city level, and you may see multiple businesses "clustered" in the the center of the city, on the map.
The GeoMapping feature is scheduled for general release around June 1, 2018.
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