Making the real world accessible

ThingLink Spotlight: COVID-19 Global Port Restrictions Map by Wilhelmsen

Posted by Andrew Beelitz on Jun 24, 2020 5:03:04 PM

ThingLink user:  Wilhelmsen (click to explore live page) -Wilhelmsen is a global maritime industry group, employing more than 21,000 people across 75 nations. The Wilhelmsen group operates the largest maritime network in the world, with over 2200 locations.  As the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps the globe, industries around the world are facing a multitude of new problems daily.  The first key problem Wilhelmsen faces is making a large mass of information easily accessible to their 21,000 employees on specific restrictions and updates to key global ports. 

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, Map, Brand, Tour Creator

Keele University uses ThingLink to ensure new students can still visit, tour and explore the campus

Posted by Louise Jones on May 1, 2020 10:16:52 AM

New ThingLink Spotlights!

We recently shared with you a blog post detailing ways colleges and universities are creating virtual tours and field trips overcoming current challenges. We wished to dive into this topic a little further and share with you some of our recent favourites and show how you can begin to recreate these yourself (and be a little bit playful with our format!) In this ThingLink Spotlight hear directly from Luke Hobson and how he creatively tackled some of the challenges all education establishments are finding at the moment.

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Topics: How To, education, 360photos, virtual tour, Spotlight, edtech, Map, online learning, remote learning

ThingLink Spotlight: Interactive Map using Tour Creator from FashionUnited

Posted by Andrew Beelitz on Mar 11, 2020 3:57:13 PM

ThingLink user:  FashionUnited (click to explore live page) - Virtual tours are most commonly associated with 360/VR images, videos or still images of a physical space.   FashionUnited shows how ThingLink's tour creator layout expands this notion by combining any image into one unified experience.  Their editorial team published an interactive map featuring highlights from the biggest European fashion trade shows in 2020.  Clicking on the various icons will give viewers a deeper dive into each specific region. 

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, Media, Map, Tour Creator

ThingLink Spotlight: Interactive aerial view map from JLL California

Posted by Andrew Beelitz on Jan 27, 2020 5:35:52 PM

ThingLink user:  JLL California (click to explore live page) - Making maps and aerial views actionable with interactive hotspots is one of the top use cases amongst all ThingLink user segments.  Maps are especially conducive to interactive elements because they require you to label or explain specific geographical locations with information that would be challenging to implement into the map design. Using icons and ThingLink hotspots, JLL California elegantly provides an interactive tour of their office campus and surrounding area without disrupting the visual nature of the map.   Using interactive content provides a more visual and engaging experience on landing pages that will keep your viewers spending time on the page longer. 

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, Map, Brand

ThingLink Spotlight: Interactive Global Annual Report from WaterAid

Posted by Andrew Beelitz on Oct 22, 2019 4:05:35 PM

ThingLink user: WaterAid - is a remarkable organization who focuses on making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere.  Read more about their amazing work and make a contribution, here!  Each year the WaterAid digital team puts together a landing page that reviews their various initiatives in the form of a Global Annual Report.  In order to increase engagement and improve the experience of readers, WaterAid uses two interactive images on their landing page, one map and one infographic.  Continue reading to explore these examples and learn pro tips if you want to create similar content! 

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, Infographic, Map, Government

ThingLink Spotlight:  Spooky Halloween theme park map from DERTOUR

Posted by Andrew Beelitz on Oct 17, 2019 4:49:35 PM

ThingLink user: DERTOUR - BOO! It is Halloween and at the Europa-Park theme park and resort!  Seeking to create a stunning, visual experience to bring their website content to life, DERTOUR creates an interactive map featuring many great attractions in the theme park that guests can experience.  Interactive content is the ideal solution for communicating, educating, and reeling in your audience within landing pages as we see in this example.  Behind every pumpkin hides one of the fantastic Halloween highlights awaiting guests at Europa-Park. Just click through, be amazed - and with a little luck even win free tickets. Our tip: turn on the sound!

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, virtual tour, Map, Brand

ThingLink Feature: Interactive world map from MSF

Posted by Andrew Beelitz on Jul 1, 2019 5:46:05 PM

ThingLink user: MSF - Refugees around the world: Stories of survival 

Description:  There are now 70.8 million people forced from home around the world—more than at any time in modern history. For World Refugee Day, MSF featured stories of survival—a collection of video testimonies and first-hand accounts from people who have risked everything for a chance at safety.  Using an interactive world Map created with ThingLink, MSF allows readers to learn more about the stories that appear throughout the article through one visual table of contents. 

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, Media, Map

ThingLink Feature: Interactive Map from Daytona International Speedway

Posted by Andrew Beelitz on Apr 11, 2019 5:45:54 PM

ThingLink user: Daytona International Speedway - Interactive map

Description:  Aerial views + interactive hotspots = a match made in heaven.  Using ThingLink, Daytona creates an interactive facilities map that lives in the plan your visit section of their website.  Scroll over the map to check out each location and find out more about Daytona! This information is relative to many events here at Daytona International Speedway including Speedweeks and the Coke Zero Sugar 400. 

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, Map, Brand, Product Marketing

ThingLink Feature: Interactive World Map by Daily Mail

Posted by Andrew Beelitz on Feb 26, 2019 8:21:51 PM

ThingLink user: Daily Mail - Interactive world map 

Description:  The Daily Mail uses an interactive map within their editorial article to showcase what British food favorites are missed most when moving abroad based on the most commonly exported goods from home.  Depicting this type of information can be done through a chart or long list, but this far less visual and engaging.  Using an interactive map allows Daily Mail to keep the article shorter and presents information in more user friendly way to readers.  For example, maybe I am from Britain and living in the United States.  I can instantly hover over USA on the map learn that the most common exports are Heinz Baked Beans, Warburton's Crumpets and Robinsons Squash. 

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, Media, Map

ThingLink Tour Creator: Build Educational Experiences

Posted by Andrew Beelitz on Feb 7, 2019 5:44:11 PM

ThingLink user: Interactive World Tour - (built with tour creator) 

Description:  Our new tour creator feature opens the door to endless creative possibilities.  With tour creator you can seamlessly build any ThingLink media (images, videos, 360 images) into a unified tour experience.   One great use case is to use a 2d image like a map or floor plan as your "home" or "base" image.  You can transport your viewers to different locations on the map, allowing them to learn more and eventually return to the original map to continue exploring different locations. 

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, virtual tour, 360, Map

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