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Archives for Bri Gust

Marketing Manager, B2B

"B2B Marketing Manager, focusing on upper-funnel marketing campaigns. Lover of maps, outdoor adventures & my two incredibly spoiled dogs. "
  • Now Available: The MapQuest Place Search API

    Replacing the legacy Search API, we are excited to announce a new and improved version, titled Place Search API!

    The newly available Place Search API, like our Search Ahead API, offers access to our next generation backend spatial search engines and boasts many of the features that users of our Search Ahead API have come to love, like the simplified request parameters, the lightweight response and geographic features expressed using the geoJSON specification.

    Here are the most exciting features of the new Place Search API:

    1. It complements our Search Ahead API: Search Ahead is our predictive search engine, designed for use cases that involve autocomplete or type ahead functionality. Place Search is our traditional spatial search engine, used to answer questions like "find all restaurants within a mile of my current location." The APIs can be used hand-in-hand to implement a first-class search experience, offering both suggestions as well as more robust spatial search capabilities.
    2. It offers two of the most popular types of spatial searches: Most users of our legacy search services perform searches within a radius or a bounding box, to either show Points of Interest within a distance from a given point or within the extent of a map. Place Search accepts either shape – a circle or a rectangle – as a constraint, but it will also perform searches without specified constraints.
    3. It will parse a single-line query into the 'what' and the 'where': Place Search also offers the ability to perform single-line searches, such as 'pizza, denver, co' or 'starbucks 80401.' Like Search Ahead, the current location of the user, if provided in the request, will be taken into account when results are ordered and returned.
    4. It offers multiple result sorting methods: In addition to 'as the crow flies' distance from the center of a radius or a provided location, results can also be sorted by 'importance' and 'relevance.' Importance takes into account the Points of Interest our users interact with most when scoring results, while 'relevance' is a combination of distance from a provided location and importance.
    5. Pagination is easy: Implementing paging is easy; just configure the number of results per page and we'll generate the URLs to easily access the previous and next page of search results, so applications using Place Search can offer a seamless experience as users navigate between pages of results.

    Check out the new Place Search documentation here. And, if you haven't, make sure to sign up for a free account to get started with Place Search today.

  • MapQuest is Back ... to the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon!

    ThingSpace and MapQuest, a Verizon platform and company, will be a returning key sponsor of the TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco Hackathon on September 16-17, 2017, at Pier 48 in San Francisco.

    Developers and engineers descend from all over the world to take part in this 24-hour hacking event to build a new product and present it on the Disrupt SF stage to a panel of expert judges. Products created at the Disrupt Hackathon have seen amazing success beyond the event, such as GroupMe, which was created overnight and ultimately acquired by Skype for $80 million!

    TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

    Hundreds of developers and engineers will compete for a variety of prizes using the ThingSpace and Mapquest APIs. For our specific challenge, hackers are asked to incorporate MapQuest and ThingSpace APIs into their project.

    They will be judged on the creativity of their idea, the difficulty of their technical implementation, and the number of APIs utilized. The more the better! Top performers that follow these guidelines will be awarded cash prizes of up to $5,000! Take a look at the APIs and SDKs we are opening up here.

    Also, take a look at a recent blog for expert tips on how to win a hackathon, by MapQuest's Developer Services Product Manager, Jeff Medaugh.

    So what are you waiting for? Come and see how quick and simple it can be to get started using MapQuest location services, as well as Verizon's latest IoT Platform. Or, sign up for a free MapQuest developer account or ThingSpace account now.

  • Retirement Announcement: JavaScript Maps API, June 5, 2018

    MapQuest will be retiring our JavaScript Maps API (Licensed & Open) on June 5, 2018, a little less than one year away.

    Don't worry, we aren't leaving you in the dark. We're thrilled to suggest a migration plan to our newly released JavaScript SDK library, MapQuest.js.

    What is MapQuest.js?

    MapQuest.js, the successor to our Leaflet Plugins, provides all of the power of the MapQuest geospatial platform combined with the elegance of the open-source Leaflet mapping library. Seamless integration with MapQuest's APIs allows easy interaction with the geocoding, directions, traffic, and search-ahead services, both with and without a map.

    Professional Services Migration Packages

    We understand that migrating could be challenging and takes ample time. Because of this, we're pleased to offer a variety of professional services migration packages at a discounted rate of $150 per hour to help ease your transition.

    Ready to get started? Package features dependent upon your level of need (click to expand):

    Don't wait until the last minute. Review our migration guide or contact us at support@mapquest.com, and we're happy to get you set up with a member from our professional services team to start the migration to MapQuest.js.

  • MapQuest.js Directions Now in Beta

    We're at it again! We've added to our new JavaScript library and you can now interface with our Directions API using MapQuest.js. Our team has worked hard to simplify the API to help minimize the number of routing functions and help you get ramped up faster than before.

    • Interface with our Directions API through MapQuest.js and create a route from point A to point B.
    • Add traffic along the route quickly and easily.

    • Include waypoints to a route and create multi-point routes.
    • Optimize up to 23 waypoints by time and mileage.

    • Include our new pop-ups with the mileage and time estimates for alternative routes.

    Javascript Library, Directions API

    • Add your own flair and customize the icons for the start and finish along with the route ribbon.

    Javascript Library, Directions API

    Now route yourself over our documentation page and start testing out our most recent beta release to our new JavaScript library — MapQuest.js. Keep us in the loop and let us know what you think about it!

  • Street Fight Summit: Debunking Location Inaccuracies ​​​​​​​

    Recently, we had the opportunity to attend Street Fight's annual Street Fight Summit in New York City as gold sponsors. The conference, which occurred from June 12-14, focuses on all things hyper local marketing.

    MapQuest was on hand to promote our newly acquired SocialRadar point of interest (POI) dataset, as well as hand out awesome swag: t-shirts, water bottles, stickers and more. Word on the street is that we have some pretty killer swag.

    Our Director of Business Development & Product - SocialRadar, Philippe Chetrit, also presented on the current pitfalls facing the location industry.

    If you're interested in learning about why low-fidelity points of interest data won't cut it anymore, how SocialRadar debunks common location industry myths and why it matters for marketing professionals, check out his presentation here.

    If you're interested in learning more about our robust and highly accurate SocialRadar POIs, reach out to us at sales@mapquest.com.