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Tips and Ideas for Interactive Maps

Last updated by Rachel Cohen on October 16, 2017 18:39

Maps are everywhere. They show us where to go, what to see, and how to get there. And while they pack quite a bit of information on their own, sometimes you want to add more, without obstructing the graphics of your map. That’s where ThingLink comes in. A huge portion of our users have already realized that ThingLink is perfect for creating interactive, info packed, easy-to-navigate maps.

In 2016, viewers don’t want to sift through paragraphs of text to understand your floorplan, find the top 10 brunch spots in town, or learn about results from the Presidential race. Replace the wordy mess with a tagged map!

Check out the following maps to get inspired and learn some helpful tips:

#1 Geographical Maps

via Sports Illustrated

This is what you usually think of when picturing a map. SI turns an atlas look-alike into a informative, interactive experience.

Tip: Use custom icons to describe the location at first glance. Any sports reader knows exactly what they’re getting when they see these icons, and can easily head to their favorite teams.

#2 Infographic Map

via Europa Press

Maybe your map already has information built into it. Instead of basic map legend, let viewers engage.

Tip: Embed Google Maps into your tag to add a live closeup. Just search for the location on Google Maps, then copy the URL of the resulting map. Paste the URL in the link field of your tag!

#3 Campus Map


Any schools, office buildings, or malls reading? This one is for you! Give visitors a great prview of your campus with a tagged map that not only shows where things are, but what they might find there.

Tip: Use custom icons, and tag customization to make your tags match your school or branded colors. A first impression like a campus map is the best time to get visitors in the spirit!

#4 Educational Map

via BBC

Maybe you’re creating an assignment for students, maybe you’re teaching your readers about something new, either way, a tagged map is a great way to get educational.

Tip: Add images to all of your tags to keep learners interested. While a caption is informative, an image really catches the eye.

#5 Crowded Map

via Marriott

Tip: Upload your own custom smaller icons so that icons don’t overlap and are easy to navigate. Alternatively, use hidden icons so that your tags still appear but your icons don’t look crowded.

#6 Floorplans

Up your real estate game by tagging your floor plan. Let homebuyers see rooms up close and while easily keeping the layout in mind.

Tip: Use 360° images from Dermandar to create immersive 360° tags!