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    Essential Accessories for Wall Maps

    Essential Accessories for Wall Maps

    We often get asked by customers if we sell accessories for their map such as marker pens or fixings to hang maps on their walls.

    The truth is that we don't because we can't compete with the prices of these items on Amazons so rather than sell them at inflated prices, here are our picks of Amazon's map accessories which work will with our range of maps.

    Wall Fixings

    One of the essential accessories you need for a wall map, are fixings with which to hang the map on the wall! We have tried various solutions for a laminated (not framed) map:

    • Drawing pins obviously damage the map and the wall
    • Sellotape is not reliable and tends to pull paint off the wall
    • Blu tack is a better option but again isn't that reliable.

    The best solution we have found are 3M hanging strips. These strips fix to the wall and the back of your map (or map frame) and fix your map to the wall with velcro! They are easy to use, don't damage the wall or your map and the best solution we have found.

     

    Marker Pens

    The first thing to clarify with regard to marker pens is that assuming you want to be able to draw on your map and then remove the pen at some point there are two conditions.

    1. Your map must be laminated or plastic coated. If you draw on a paper map with any kind of marker pen then it will be permanent.
    2. The marker pens must be dry wipe/ water based marker pens. If you use permanent markers your annotation on the map will be just that - permanent!

    So without further ado, here are some of our recommendations for marker pens you can use with our range of plastic coated wall maps. Just remember that if you are drawing territory or franchise boundaries on your map, the thicker the pen the better!

    Erasers & Wipes

    In keeping with Murphy's Law, it is certain that as soon as you have drawn your territories, franchise areas or store locations on a map, someone will walk into the office and announce a change that immediately messes up your beautiful artwork!

    So now you have to clean your boundaries boundaries off the map and redraw them. And the question is, what is the best product to quickly and easily remove pen from the map?

    We have found that whiteboard erasers tend to smudge the pen and leave residue. So the best thing we have found are either whiteboard wet wipes or a simple whiteboard solution cleaner and a cloth.

    Again, for convenience, our top picks our shown below for reference.

     

    Map Stickers

    Once your Postcode map is on the wall, one of the first things you want to do is plot the locations of stores, key customers, franchisee locations or staff. 

    Common methods are map pins or magnets but these do have drawbacks. Map pins require the map to have a cork backing but still damage the map itself and puncture the protective plastic coating.

    Magnets are an option but require the map to be mounted with a magnetic or metal backing.Even then if the magnets aren't strong enough they can have a tendency to slide or fall off. So, as fans of keeping things simple, we like stickers! And the beauty of these is that they are cheap and also removable as long as they are used on a plastic coated/ encapsulated map. Here are our top picks from Amazon:

     

    Free Postcode Maps On Google Maps

    We have been playing with google maps to provide a simple and free online Postcode map resource for quite some time.

    After some review about how to best make this work - in particular with some Google Maps limitations - we are trying out a new site which is dedicated to the provision of free online Postcode maps.


    Currently the site utilises the Google Maps search tool to allow you to search for a town, Postcode or county in the UK and display the Postcode Districts or Sectors for that area. Postcode District and Sector boundaries can be toggled on or off on the map by simple buttons in the top right of the map.

    In addition, there are menu options to view predefined Postcode maps for selected towns, Postcode Areas and Counties.

    We hope this is the first phase of an on-going Postcode mapping development and, as such, we have a competition running for visitors to give us their feedback on what they would like the site to do next. These responses will help drive the next features we will look to add to the site over the coming months either free of charge or for a small subscription fee.

    We welcome all feedback on the site so please hop over to have a look and use one of the methods on the site to let us know what you think and how you think the site could be improved.

    Thanks in advance :-)

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    New Colour Postcode Maps

    We are pleased to announce recent improvements and additions to our range of Postcode wall maps that we hope you will find of interest.

    Colour Postcode Maps

    We have recently upgraded all of our Postcode maps to use the latest full colour Ordnance Survey mapping which provides more detail and clarity to the maps than was possible before.

    These maps are still available from £24.99.

    View more information about the latest colour Postcode maps.





    City Centre Postcode Maps
    We are also using Ordnance Survey colour maps to add to our Postcode map range with a set of City Centre Postcode Sector maps.

    These maps show street level detail with the latest Postcode Sector boundaries for the most detailed city maps available.

    We currently have maps for London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham and will be adding Manchester and Liverpool in the next few weeks.

    View the current range of City Centre Postcode Sector maps

    We hope these maps are of interest and, as always, if you have any questions or we can help then please just let us know.

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    City Postcode Maps and Map Software

    City Postcode Maps
    Well the site redesign has continued but, in terms of changes to the site, it has been a bit of a quieter week. One of the changes we have been discussing and have started to implement is making the more localised Postcode maps more accessible. There are 37 Postcode Sector maps covering the UK and the key is how to help people find the one they want! How do people really want to search for them?

    Our feedback indicated that, generally, people want a Postcode map for a specific city or town so we are tweaking the site a little to do just that. So now our Postcode Sector Map page shows a growing list of cities and towns which visitors can click on to see the map required to cover that location. It is a simple low-tech solution but we felt at this stage simple is best until we have tested user feedback. If you fancy having a look and letting us have your thoughts then we'd love to hear them.
    Mapping Software
    We are often asked for our opinions on software to help with business activities which can lead into lengthy discussions and explanations of what software is available and, to a large extent, why it is so damned expensive. In order to help visotrs understand the mapping software landscape, we have added an article to the site called 'Mapping Software' which provides a summary of what is available to the casual - and serious - business mapper.
    As a follow on from this article, we are currently part-way through a review of Microsoft's MapPoint 2009 software and we'll be posting that on our site by the end of the week.
    Until next time...

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