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Bubble Maps

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Bubble Maps

Create a Bubble Map with Maptive

Overwhelmed by your data sets? Afraid your valuable insights will be obscured by cluttered and complicated mapping?

Mapping without the right tools doesn’t solve your problem—it turns it into a new one. After all, you want to discover otherwise hidden insights, not hide them again in another format.

Maptive understands this: your data can change your business. And the more data you have, the more important it is to visualize it in a simple, concise, and actionable manner.

Enter bubble maps, Maptive’s powerful solution for transforming big data into meaningful data.

What are Bubble Maps?

Maps are the easiest, comprehensive, and most easily-understood method of data visualization. Why? Spread out over a map, seeing your data with pin markers reveals big-picture ideas, trends, and insights. However, too many plot points can conceal those very benefits and hold your business back.

Bubble maps restore your data’s clarity and bolster your map’s benefits, without sacrificing important data. Designed to manage especially large volumes of data, Maptive’s bubble maps are ideal for visualizing the magnitude of values contained within a location’s data.

Bubble Maps

How Does a Bubble Map Work?

Bubble maps allow you to visualize the magnitude of column data values using circles (bubbles) of a relative size around markers, making it easier to process very large volumes of data on a map. They measure the magnitude of a location’s data relative to all other locations. Simply put, the bigger the bubble, the higher the value of one of that location’s data points.

How to Make a Bubble Map

Step 1:

Get insights easier and navigate your maps smoother with bubble maps. Bubble maps clean your cluttered maps by providing a way to visualize your location data in a meaningful way.

Maptive makes it easy to create bubble maps in a matter of clicks.

To do this, start by creating a free maptive account.

Step 2:

  • Once logged in, click the wrench icon in the top left corner to open the Map Tools window.

Step 3:

  • Select the Grouping Tool

Step 4:

  • Under the “Select Column to Group” dropdown, select the field from your data that you would like to use. In this example, we will use sales numbers.

Step 5:

  • Under “Column Type”, Click on “TEXT” Toggle to change it to “Number”. This will open the window in the next step.

Step 6:

  • This is the Group Settings dialogue box. Group Settings is where you can define the numerical ranges, colors, and radius sizes for your marker bubbles. Click on “Group Now” to generate your bubble map.

Step 7:

  • Your markers should now have bubbles around them representing the numerical value ranges you defined. Your grouping tool settings should look something like this after clicking “Group Now”:

Step 8:

  • Customize your map the way you like. If you want to modify any of the settings, simply click on “Group Settings” at the top of the Grouping tool menu. Maptive gives you the power of full customization. Change marker size, color, or other settings by clicking on the map settings wrench.

Step 9:

  • Admire the Bubble Map that you’ve just created!

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Why Use Bubble Maps?

The more data you rely on, the more important clean and simple visualization becomes. Without a tool like Bubble Maps, you risk losing key insights and precious time to overly-complicated and chaotic maps.

Bubble maps make it quicker and easier to understand large data sets with compelling data visualizations. By grouping your data together into bubble maps, Maptive makes getting meaning from your data a breeze.

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