Switching from Google Maps to Route4Me
Why You Should Switch From Google Maps to Route4Me
Google Maps is a handy solution for making simple trips from point A to point B without any specific constraints or particular conditions. You can use Google Maps for planning small routes with a couple of stops, but these stops will be randomly or arbitrarily sequenced, providing not efficient results. That being said, Google Maps were not designed for route planning or optimization. Moreover, Google Maps cannot facilitate the logistics and routing needs of the businesses that have multiple drivers or field employees, as well as more than one office or depot. Google Maps are also not suitable for any type of commercial use since they do not offer any industry-specific constraints (i.e., cubic volume, revenue, number of items, used fuel, etc.), commercially applicable vehicle and route parameters, or any type of cost-cutting optimization algorithms.
Route4Me offers powerful and easy-to-use optimization and tracking solutions for generating actionable intelligence and using it for making your operations more flexible, efficient and profitable. With Route4Me you can effortlessly organize all your data in one centralized interface that can be used for planning and optimizing your routes in a matter of seconds. Route4Me enables you to create an entire database of contacts and destinations, as well as generate versatile orders and plan optimized routes that can be easily accessed by multiple users from any computer device or using one of the dedicated iOS and Android mobile apps. Route4Me also allows you to synchronize all changes and updates made to your routes across all associated devices in real time.
Route4Me’s Marketplace enables you to customize your subscription plan and include only those features and functionalities that perfectly accommodate the particular needs of your business or business model. For more convenience, you can choose among various industry-specific packages of preselected modules which are focused on solving the unique problems inherent to specific industries. To learn more about how Route4Me can help you in growing your business and making your operations more efficient, visit this page.
How to Switch from Google Maps to Route4Me
Switching from Google Maps to Route4Me is very easy, all you need to do is copy the addresses you want to use for route optimization from Google Maps and then paste them into Route4Me. To do so, first, create a new Route4Me account using the Marketplace. You can get a free trial for 7 days without any payments or attachments. Next, go to your Google Maps saved places, copy the corresponding addresses and then insert them into your Route4Me account. To learn more about accessing your Google Maps saved places, visit this Google Maps Help page.
Picking Addresses from the Map and Adding Them to Your Routes (Interactive Map Editor)
Route4Me’s Interactive Map Editor enables you to pick addresses right from the map and add them to your routes without the need to copy addresses from Google Maps and pasting them into the system. Thus, you can use Route4Me’s built-in adjustable and interactive map for effortlessly planning and optimizing your routes.
Planning Routes by Copying Addresses from Google Maps and Pasting them into Route4Me
To plan a new route by using the addresses copied from Google Maps, first, go to “Plan New Route” from the navigation menu.
Next, select “Copy-and-Paste” from the corresponding window. Route4Me also allows you to upload scanned documents, import files from cloud-based storage services, upload spreadsheets, or even pick addresses right from the interactive map and add them to your routes.
After that, specify the preferred route parameters and then click on the corresponding button to proceed.
Next, copy the addresses from your Google Maps saved places or pick and copy addresses right from the map.
Then, paste the addresses copied from Google Maps into the “Paste Addresses Below” field. Addresses should be pasted in one address per one line, where the first address will be the starting point of the planned route.
After that, click on the “Add Addresses to Route” button to proceed.
In the “Verify Addresses on Map” window, you can view all pasted addresses on the map, as well as check their geocoding statuses. Green colored dots indicate that the corresponding addresses were successfully geocoded with “High Confidence.” Addresses in the yellow “Review” tab should be reviewed and fixed accordingly.
Geocoding is the process of giving/assigning latitude and longitude values/coordinates to street addresses for accurate location detection and precise GPS tracking.
To edit a particular address, first, click on it and then select “Edit” respectively. After that, make the required modifications in the corresponding field and then click “OK” to apply the changes.
After reviewing the pasted addresses, click “Finish Import” to plan the route.
Importing Google Maps Addresses into Your Route4Me Address Book
Route4Me provides centralized and versatile tools for managing all your contacts and addresses using a single interface. Route4Me’s Address Book enables you to store hundreds of thousands of addresses and contacts, apply various customizations and search filters, generate and use territories, add various prospect details, view your addresses on the interactive map, and more.
To import Google Maps addresses into your Route4Me Address Book, first, go to “Address Book List” from the navigation menu.
Next, prepare a spreadsheet into which you should paste all Google Maps addresses that you want to import. The import spreadsheet should contain a header row and data rows. The header defines the type of information you are importing, while the corresponding data rows contain the actual information you input into the system. The only mandatory column is the “Address” column which should include the street name and number, city, state and zip code of the corresponding address.
Once you prepared the spreadsheet, in your Address Book, click “File” and then select “Upload Addresses” from the list.
Then, either drag and drop the file/spreadsheet into the corresponding window or click “Browse File to Upload” and then upload the file from your device.
Once you uploaded the spreadsheet, Route4Me processes the imported data and displays it in the corresponding window. For the system to process the data automatically, select the “Auto (attempt detection)” option respectively.
In the “Verify Addresses on Map” window, you can view all imported and processed addresses on the map, as well as check their geocoding statuses. Green colored dots indicate that the corresponding addresses were successfully geocoded with “High Confidence.” Addresses in the yellow “Review” tab should be reviewed and fixed accordingly.
Once you imported all your Google Maps addresses into the system, you can use the corresponding addresses for planning and optimizing routes, scheduling recurring events, generating orders, as well as many other routing activities.