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
- Create a new advanced experience
- 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
- Use detailed Pages in your map to include 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 an asset available in your Content Library. You can add text that links to your company's website, and so on. A Content-Type can be
- a Page
- another map
- a URL
- an asset from your Content Library
Building the Mapper experience
- Open the Channel Builder and select Create New Chanel.
- Give the new experience a name, then select Advanced Experience. Click Next.
- Select Mapper, then 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.
- If you enabled the shortcut for 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.
- Click Edit in the Map Configuration to upload the image. Click Save.
- Add your child nodes. You can create empty nodes that serve as a folder to group your products.
- Your next child node can be another folder or a map, where you can link to a Page, Asset, URL or another map. A map is configured in 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 lines.
- Click Edit in the Map Configuration. Select Hotspot to add the 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.
- In the Link tab, you can link this Hotspot to a Page, asset, a URL, or another map.
- In the Icon tab, upload your customized icon. If you don't want to use an icon toggle this off.
- In the Line tab, 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 a Page, asset, a URL, or a map. 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 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 and upload your image.
- Click the link tab. Just like the other elements, you can link this image a Page, an asset, URL, or a map. Click Save when you're done.
Use detailed Pages in your Mapper to include product information
You can give all related information about a certain topic or persona on a Page. Pages can show columns of associated assets, links, experiences, and images galleries of your products. Read more about creating visually appealing pages.
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. There is no exact limit for the size of your logo, however, we recommended a height of about 100px.
- 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 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.