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A Quick Visual Overview of Your Organization’s Geographic Scope with Google Maps My Maps

This post walks you through the steps to give your website visitors a quick visual overview of where your organization works with Google Maps My Maps. A My Map takes only minutes to make, but can leave a lasting impression on someone who is interested in your organization’s geographic scope.

Here’s how you can get started:

  1. Go to maps.google.com and sign in to your Google Account (look for the link in the upper right-hand corner).
  2. Click My Maps link next to Get Directions under the search box. A list of all the My Maps you have created (or will create!) should appear in the left-hand panel.
  3. Create a new map, and add a title and description, such as “Where We Work”. Set your map’s privacy settings. Don’t forget to click the Save button!
  4. Now we’re ready to start adding offices! Let’s say one of your offices is in Washington, D.C. You can add it manually using the placemark icon to drop and drag a placemark on the map, or you can search for the address and add the location with the Save to Map link.
  5. You can change the icon color or shape; or add text, pictures and video to your placemark by simply clicking the placemark in question when your map is in edit mode.
  6. Now that you’ve got the hang of it, add your other offices!
  7. Once you’ve finished your map, you can share it with others by clicking Link for the direct link and the HTML code that lets you easily embed it in your website.

If you’d like step-by-step instructions for the above, you can find them in the Google Earth Outreach “Creating Maps Using My Maps” tutorial.

[Source: Nonprofits blog]

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