MapYourShow® floor plan review
Pros Handles complex maps. Has a lot of features.
Cons Design is outdated. Some lapses in usability. Pricey.
Verdict The best floor plan among the previous generation providers.
MapYourShow® floor plans are used at the largest of expos like CES®. Their floor plans are arguably the most technologically advanced and visually pleasing among the ranks of old-school floor plan providers. For this review, we’ve used their floor plan for the NAB show® in New York Oct 17-18, 2018.
1 Mobile usability (Score: 4 out of 5)
The map could be scrolled and zoomed in and out naturally with satisfactory performance. You have to zoom in really closely to be able to read the names of companies on the floor plan, but that is a problem with all floor plan providers (except ExpoFP of course).
2 Desktop usability (Score: 4 out of 5)
While usability is generally good, the design (especially of the sidebar) is outdated and is not up to today’s visual standards.
3 How easy to find an exhibitor (Score: 3 out of 5)
On the desktop, finding a company or a booth is easy. An interactive search returns a list of exhibitor matches as you type. An animated circle points to a booth, making it easy to locate it on the map.
The mobile interface, however, lacks a direct way to get to search. With some luck, user will figure out to select Home in the menu, then find your target exhibitor from a drop-down list. You can not search directly typing in the company name. For larger shows, such cumbersome interface makes it unnecessarily difficult to find an exhibitor. It is a surprising omission from MapYourShow®. However once an exhibitor is found, it is clearly shown on the map.
4 Search by category (Score: 4 out of 5)
Categories do not show the number of member exhibitors, but you can select multiple categories and the companies in these categories are clearly shown on a map.
On a phone, getting to the search is unnecessarily complicated through the Home menu. As opposed to the desktop, you cannot select multiple categories.
In the search results on a phone you can not see the category you’ve selected on the previous step — this is a step down from the desktop.
5 Exhibitor details (Score: 4 out of 5)
As you can see from the above images, the company details box is very basic. But MapYourShow® is capable of presenting rich company information that includes multiple images and videos as we can see other shows — see the image below. While its formatting leaves a lot to be desired, it delivers a lot of visual information about a company.
6 Allowing exhibitors to see available booths (Score: 5 out of 5)
The presentation of available booth data is great on both desktop and mobile. Instructions for making reservations are a plus.
7 Planning the expo visit (Score: 3 out of 5)
In this particular show, there is no way to bookmark a booth. Other shows however have the “Add to my show” option. Unfortunately, it requires users to sign up for an account. This should give users the ability to retrieve the same exhibitor list from multiple devices. And if you use MapYourShow® for registration as well as floor plans, signing up shouldn’t be a problem. However, if you use it just for maps, the majority of users would not want to go through registration just to build the show agenda. We wish they would allow building of the show agenda without registering.
The link to the main site is clear. MapYourShow® gets additional points for displaying a multi-level venue image, however basic.
MapYourShow® floor plans are among the best on the market. If for any reason you cannot get a floor plan from ExpoFP, we recommend you go with MapYourShow®.