How it Works

To find locations that are suitable for a brand concept, the process is generally broken down into two parts. First;

  1. Identify what factors make your locations successful, then
  2. Find other places where those factors exist

Once you've figured out what those success traits are for a spectacular location, applying that data to your Target Market panel and using the heatmap to hone in on certain areas is the next step.

Target Market Suitability Heatmap

Within the Target Market panel, toggle on the demographic heatmap:

Based on your colour selection, the shading on the map indicates the depth of correlation. What that means, for example, if you're using the green colour scheme, is that a darker green block will have a higher correlation to your search criteria than a light yellowish green block.

Filter Demographics

You can narrow your search in an area by using the Distribution Slider in the legend to filter down on a subset of the data, in this case, median total income between $34K and $93K:

👉 Keep in Mind

  • Filtering works either by percentiles or absolute ranges.

Filter by Absolute Values

If you're looking at a single demographic variable (eg. Total Population, OR Ethnicity: Ukrainian), the legend will show the distribution with absolute values. 

Filter by Percentiles

If you're looking at more than one demographic variable (e.g. Total Population AND Ethnicity: Ukrainian), the legend will defer to percentiles.

Whether you're looking at the percentiles or the absolute values, filtering will reduce the number of blocks being shown on the screen, in order to match whatever data range you're looking for.  

For example, in the application below, we're looking for areas in Toronto where the median household income is over $128,000 annually. You can see in the legend of the map, that the slider is set from $128K to the highest number available, over $250K:

Present Demographics

Once you're interested in a particular area, you can either:

  1. Click on the shape to get the demographic overview,
  2. Build a report on the area using your preferred trade area selection, or
  3. Generate a chloropleth map showing the area and range of data

💪Power User Tips

  • For more tips on using the Suitability heatmap, like how it works, how to change the variables, or update the colour scheme, check out our docs here.

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