As some of you may have noticed, we’ve updated the look and feel of our iTunes Heatmap in The Orchard Workstation Analytics. While the interface itself is a thing of beauty, we couldn’t just stop there! You’ll notice an increase in speed and overall performance of the tool as well. The most substantial difference is in the heat, or lack thereof, once you really zoom in on a region or city. We’ve made our metrics more reliable and interactive, so you get the best insight in the simplest way.
Once you reach a certain zoom level, the heat will disappear and you’ll see markers and clusters take their place. A marker denotes sales for a specific postal code, while a cluster aggregates sales from multiple postal codes. You can tell them apart by the layer of shading surrounding a cluster vs the more “solid” border of the marker circles. Hovering over a cluster will tell you how many postal codes are being grouped up to make up the sales, while hovering over a marker will just give you the postal code information. Want to see a more detailed view of what is hidden beneath a cluster? Just click and the map will zoom in to that cluster’s area.
We’ve covered look, feel, and performance, all of which come together to make a pretty killer tool on The Orchard’s utility belt. If you haven’t used the Heatmap in a while, do yourself a favor and check it out, poke around a little bit and enjoy! And as always, let us know what you think.