Mapping services

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Introduction -- Mapping your Vital Statistics

Desktop mapping is now becoming an extremely powerful tool in many businesses. It really does bring your data to life.

Map

Simple map of part of Great Britain

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Typical Customer database

Do you have to deal with this type of data?

Database image

Typical customer database file

But what if it looked like this?

Database map

Customer database as a map

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Market Square

PMS has developed particular skills in mapping  the UK's agricultural census data. We have it transformed into Ordnance Survey Grid Squares. This is known as our Market SquareTM service. Some examples follow.

Map - sows in GB

Distribution of sows in Great Britain

….. at a higher resolution!!

Map - sows in East Anglia

Detail showing distribution of sows in East Anglia

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A mythical company and its sales force

Lets say this was the trading area. The map shows the margin distribution for agricultural inputs.

Map - margin on sales of agric. inputs

Margin distribution for agricultural inputs

Typically, rep sales territories will not be based on the real distribution of the market but on some historical way the company has built up – probably with roads, rivers and counties forming some of the logic.

rMap - margin on sales of agric. inputs by rep.

Margin distribution for agricultural inputs by sales territory

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Other Markets & Ideas

Some of the other things you can do are:

  • Human population census. There is a wealth of statistics here and it can be mapped in a variety of ways (county, postcode etc)
  • Business databases. You can map most businesses by SIC Code (Standard Industrial Classification) at aggregated level (eg Post Code sectors) or at individual level.
  • Consumer retail expenditure by various categories (food, electrical, DIY etc) – again aggregated by Post Code sector level.
  • Retail outlets – individually mapped with data about store size etc.
  • Demographic profiling of consumers by lifestyle categories etc.

These are just some of the things that can be mapped and brought to life.

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Your Own data

Finally you can add your own data and map it. Excellent mapping software is now available on PCs and this really does make the data come to life.

However this software is not that easy to use and we have found that unless someone in the business really knows how to drive it, then you do not get the most out of the data.

This is where we can help. We can do all the analysis for you and if you have Internet access (or better still video conferencing) we can deliver the results and answer your What-if? questions in real-time.

Give me a ring or send an email to discuss any mapping approach/need.

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