What is the the Places 2.0 Feature?

The Places 2.0 feature is a great feature to display various locations or points of interest in both a list and map view layout. You can create multiple categories in which you can place your items so that your users can refine their search to access what is most relevant to them. The items within the Places feature can give your users helpful information about the places/locations/points of interest such as instant GPS directions, photos, a description, and contact information.

What are some use cases of the Places 2.0 feature?

Some use cases of this feature include:

  • If your company has multiple business locations or if your church has multiple campus locations
  • You can use this feature to showcase points of interest for a city tour
  • If you have a convention event, you can use this feature to showcase restaurants or hotels to stay at around the event

What are its primary functions and what are the steps to accomplish them?

This Places 2.0 feature provides some amazing functionality as described in the introduction, but read on to see what some of the core features are and how to set them up.

How to Add Categories

Categories are what your users will use to refine their search so that they see only the types of items they are looking for. They can be set up however you’d like according to your use case, whether that is by geographical region (e.g. Downtown, Midtown, East Village, etc.), type of establishment (Schools, Hospitals, Restaurants, etc.), type of genre (e.g. Fine Dining, Casual, Breakfast, etc.), or any others you can think of.

Step 1:  Enter Your Category Title 

Type in the first category that you want to use in the “Category Name” field.

Step 2: Click “Add Category”

Once you’ve typed in the category name that you want to use, click “Add Category”

You can edit a pre-existing category by clicking “edit”:

Or if you’d like to remove a category, just click the red “X” next to it.

How to add Items

Items are the locations or points of interest that your users will be accessing. Here’s how you add them.

Step 1: Click “Add Location”

Step 2: Enter the location’s information, including the categories under which you’d like it to appear.

Add a title, category/categories, street address, and a description.

Note: You can set the item to one or multiple categories to help your users find it when they use the filtering feature.

Step 3: Add contact information and carousel images (optional)

If you would like to add additional information and images to the location listing you can do so with the “Add Contact Information” and “Image Carousel”. 

Step 4: Add a list image

This is what will appear when your app users are looking at your items in the list view

Step 5: Click “Save Location”

Once you have entered in all of the information that you want to for the location, click on “Save Location” to add it to the list of locations in the Places 2.0 feature.

You can edit a pre-existing location by clicking “edit”:

Or if you’d like to remove a category, just click the red “X” next to it.

You can also add multiple locations at once with the CSV Template that we offer. To download this template simply click on the “CSV Template” button:

When filling out the CSV template, make sure you don’t add or remove fields to the template, or adjust their names as doing so will result in an error message when you try to import the CSV file. Once you have filled out the CSV template all you need to do is click “Import CSV” and select the CSV file from your computer and all of those locations should be added to the Places 2.0 feature.

You can also download a copy of all of the locations listed in the Places 2.0 feature by clicking on “Export CSV”.

Congratulations! You now know how to set up the Places 2.0 feature!

What are some pro tips you should know about?

Having worked with apps for years, we’ve learned a thing or two. So, to both help your app stand out and accomplish your primary goals, here are some tips you should consider.

Pro Tip 1: Use your imagination when it comes to listing locations

You can use the Places 2.0 feature for more than just buildings! Be creative with what locations you list in it!

Pro Tip 2: Use the Image Carousel for locations to show great photos of that location

While optional, we recommend that you use the Image Carousel when setting up locations. It’s a great way to showcase that location in more than one image.

What are some related articles?

In addition to this article, we recommend checking out the following related articles so that you have a better insight into how to use the system to its fullest advantage:

Still have questions? No problem! Reach out to us and we’d be happy to help :)

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