What's in it for you
The Mapper Experience lets you visually map your products and services. You can highlight specific products and features in a visually recognizable setting. It’s ideal for showing how your offering is an excellent fit inside a customer’s world, whether it’s a factory, a lab, or an office.
To build this impressive experience for your users, you simply add clickable elements that you place on an image map. Selecting a clickable element can open a detailed Page with more information, links, another Page, or assets from your Content Library.
See how it works
- Visually demonstrate the value of your products on a map
- Show products features and benefits for a particular environment
- Use hotspots, text, images, and click zones for an interactive experience
- Link these elements to Pages, other maps, external websites, and assets
You need this to succeed
- Showpad Plus or Ultimate plan
- Showpad Experiences activated
- You can download a design template on our Design guidelines page
- A well-thought-out idea of how to structure your content
- Content in the content library
- If needed, contact your Customer Success Coach for more information
The quick way to awesomeness
- Build a structure by adding Nodes in the Experience Builder
- Add Hotspots on a map to highlight specific products
- Create a Click zone to create selectable areas on your map
- Add Text for additional information
- Select an Image to use on your map
- Create a Detail page with product information
- Customize your Design with icons, logos, and colors to match your company's branding
- Start sharing content with Showpad Experiences
Do this step by step
The Mapper experience helps you to visualize your products and services on a map. This map contains clickable elements that you place on an image. You can add
- a hotspot
- an image
- a click zone
These clickable elements link to a Content Type. A hotspot can link to Page with all information about a product. Use a click zone to cover an area of your map that links to a document available in your Content Library. You can add text that links to your company's website,... A Content Type can be
- a Page
- another map
- a URL
- an asset from your Content Library
We'll start with building a structure by adding Nodes. The folder tree structure you create in the Navigation Layout mirrors the navigation menu your users see on the screen.This structure is reflected in the user's navigation menu:
Building the Mapper experience
- Open the Channel Builder and create a new channel by selecting Advanced Experience
- Choose the mapper template and click Create
- The Experience Builder will open. You'll see two tabs: Navigation and Design.
Navigation: Here's where you create the nodes, clickable elements that link to Pages, maps, external websites, and assets.
Design: Here's where you can change the look & feel of the Mapper template.
- Start with creating your nodes in the Architecture windows. Click the + icon and give your node a logical name.
- This is your first parent node, and in the configuration, you see an Enable Shortcut for Homepage option. If you have multiple parent nodes with these shortcuts enabled, all your maps with the Enable Shortcut for Homepage option are displayed on a home screen where your users can select the shortcut icon to go to the desired map. By default, the template loads the first map found in the navigation architecture. That map becomes the homepage.
- Upload your background and click Save.
- If you want to display the image instead of the name in the navigation menu of your users, enable Display map in navigation.
- Add your child nodes. You can create empty nodes that serve as a folder to group your products.
- Your next child node can be a Page or another Map. Pages give more information about a product or service. A map is configured the same way as a map on a parent node.
- Keep adding your nodes by selecting the node and clicking the + icon. To rearrange the structure, just drag and drop the node.
- Once your structure is complete, you can click Preview to see how it looks for your users and continue configuring maps and Pages.
Use a hotspot on a map
Hotspots are used to highlight specific items on your map. You can add and modify labels, links, icons, and the lines.
- Add a Hotspot element on the map.
- Click on the icon to drag it to its position and one other click on the map to create the connecting line. You can bend the line by clicking on it and dragging the dot to another location.
- You can change the label, select a different font (Helvetica, Roboto, OpenSans) and size, add a color and style, and align the text. The Report Label field is used for reporting purposes and can be edited. Click Save to retain all your changes.
- You can link this Hotspot to an asset, a URL, another map, or a Page you've created.
- Upload your customized icon or don't use an icon.
- Change the color of the link without changing the label color.
Create a click zone on a map
Make a part of your map selectable by creating Click zones.
- Add a Click zone element on the map.
- You can link this Click zone to an asset, a URL, another map, or a Page you created in your child nodes. The Report Label field is used for reporting purposes and can be edited. Click Save to store.
Add Text on a map
- Select Text in the list of elements. You can rearrange the location of the text by dragging and dropping.
- Customize the Link and the Label. Like any other elements, you can link this to a Detail page, another map, a URL, or an asset. The Report Label field is used for reporting purposes and can be edited.
Add an image on your map
Another clickable element you can add is an Image. You can use this for example to enlarge a certain item of your map.
- Select the Image element.
- Customize the Link. Just like the other elements, you can link this image to a Detail page, another map, a URL, or an asset. The Report Label field is used for reporting purposes and can be edited.
Create a Detail page with product information
Note: For customers using Pages, please refer to this article.
You can give all related information about a certain item on a Detail page. These pages can show columns of associated assets, links, and images galleries of your products. Clicking the Detail page opens the Detail Page Layout screen. In the Experience Builder, it looks like this:
Users will see a Detail page like this:
The header block includes:
- Close button
- Image gallery (can include one or more images)
The asset block includes:
- A title (centered)
- An icon (centered)
- Direct links to assets
- Assets pulled via tags
- Text blocks
- The order of the content items is decided in the Experience Builder, by dragging the Names in the order you want.
- Columns are aligned left by default
- A maximum of three columns per line. If you have more, they will be added below the existing three columns.
- Each column can include the following items:
For your users, assets in the columns can be:
- Added to a collection by clicking the + or check mark button attached to it and then clicking Add to Collection.
- Shared via email or link by clicking the + or check mark button attached to it and then clicking Share.
Let's see the configuration part in detail:
- When enabling the Detail page, the Associated Content screen appears. By default, an Image gallery and three Columns are added.
- An Image Gallery shows a list of images, related to the topic of the Detail page. You can use up to 100 characters in the title.
- Clicking Add lets you upload an image. You have the options to link to an existing asset in your Content Library or to link to an external webpage. You can filter your assets on Documents, Photos, Audio & Video, and HTML Content. Select the suitable asset.
- In the columns screen, you can select Text, Assets, Tags, Cross-links, and URLs:
Text lets you add a custom text for that particular column.
Assets let you add selected assets from the Content Library. If you want to add multiple assets, you'll need to add them one by one.
With Tags, you can add all content with your defined tags. If adding more tags, assets will only be displayed when having all those tags.
Cross-links refer to another Detail page. It's a link to a destination node, and it takes you instantly to that node. Your users need to close the target node when navigating back.
URL links to an external page.
- Click Save and create other columns for this node if necessary. If you create more than three columns, they will appear below the first three.
Clicking the Design tab opens a window where you can change the global design settings for the Mapper experience. To see how it looks after modifying the colors, simply click the Preview button on top right. You can also see your changes in real time in the Preview window.
- In the Home page section of the Shortcut page, you can upload a Background image and a Home logo. These are displayed on the home screen if you enabled the Enable Shortcut option in your parent nodes.
- Main colors. The color background for the Navigation stays the same no matter which node was visited. You can choose one or two colors to mix in the background. When mixing two colors, both colors are applied following a radiant. One color is used for the middle, and the other is utilized for the surroundings.
There is also a principle of inheritance of the background. The background of a parent node is applied to all child node unless a specific background is uploaded in a given child node. As soon as a child node becomes the parent, the same principle applies again.
The logo you upload here is used as a Header logo on the user's screen.
- You can define the color of the Buttons. The Primary button is the color of the Menu button, and the Secondary button stands for the X icon to close a Detail page.
- The Navigation sidebar is the menu your users can use to navigate without using the map. You can change the Background and the Font here.
- Change the colors for all Detail pages. Modify the font for the for the subtitle and description. The Background changes the background for the columns.
- To have an exact idea of how your Mapper Experience looks like, click the Preview icon on top right.
Start sharing content
Your users can start sharing content when opening this Showpad Experiences channel.
- Navigating is done by using the clickable elements on the map or by using the Menu at the left side of the screen.
- There is a fullscreen button in the top right corner of the application that can also be used to exit fullscreen mode.
- On a smartphone, this Showpad Experiences channel looks different, but it's still using the same color scheme.