By Sahana Murthy
on August 1, 2019
The Loveland team is back to checkin with our amazing & loyal family of friends, customers & partners.
So what happened this July - Heat waves everywhere, including a record high temperature of 101 degree F in London. Unheard of!!!
While the world has been sizzling, the Loveland team has been trying to find ways to empower people & communities all over.
Working with local governments, land banks & communities to help fight very real issues -blight & tax foreclosure, property data challenges, land survey challenges etc has been keeping us busy & fulfilled.
Here’s what we have for you in the August edition:
1. Landgrid Enterprise for Municipalities:
Here’s a call out to our friends in local municipalities around the country. Landgrid Enterprise is built to help solve your property data & inventory challenges.
Solving real problems across communities is what we do best. We recently spoke to a few communities and found that there is a lot of value in the Landgrid Enterprise platform for MUNICIPALITIES.
How can we help you, you ask???
Most municipal government employees find themselves with lots of work to do, but limited hours in the day. That’s the core problem that Landgrid sets out to help you solve - using our maps and data tools, you and your staff can work more efficiently, use data to make better decisions, and look good as your productivity improves!
Services we offer:
- Consulting to streamline your existing workflow and save you time
- Data cleaning and importing
- Survey app to easily collect data and document results when out in the field
- Powerful mapping tools to help you see and understand your data
- Easy importing and exporting means your data’s never ‘stuck’
- Expertise regarding tax delinquency and blight strategies
Does any of this resonate with you???
2. Landgrid Enterprise for Historic Districts:
Our quest for helping local governments recently had us stumbling upon the incredible historic district communities across the country and their need for an updated inventory of properties to retain their historic status.
Did you know that every State has a Historic Preservation Office as a result of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966???
Many States have local historic districts that are tasked with documenting, enforcing, advising, and providing outreach when it comes to historic preservation of both individual structures and entire historic neighborhoods. In the state of Michigan, there is a requirement of “Maintaining a system for the survey and inventory of historic resources”.
Landgrid can help here. With our built in survey editor, our survey expertise & our easy to use Loveland survey phone app, local governments in all historic districts can easily inventory property data in a matter of a week. All you need is to be set up with our platform and may be some happy volunteers from your town.
Surveying expertise runs through the Landgrid team. It’s time to tap into it!
If you or anyone you love is a municipality or a historic district, just holler at email@example.com and we will have you set up in no time.
3. Landgrid Webcasts - Fighting Blight with Jerry Paffendorf!
This July, we kickstarted our educational & awareness series of webcasts meant to bring awareness to core problems that we work on and to also provide helpful, tutorial content for our users.
This week, we launched these webcasts with an amazing discussion on Blight in Detroit with none other than our CEO - Jerry Paffendorf, who has been at the forefront of this fight in Detroit for close to a decade now. In case you missed it, here's also a link to the video - https://landgrid.com/pages/tutorial-videos#w1
This video is a 101 Primer on all things Blight!
The sheer depth of knowledge goes to show how much time Loveland founders have invested in trying to help with this core issue here in Detroit.
Solving real problems across communities in America is at the core of Loveland's value & mission and we are so proud of how far we have come from our humble beginnings!
Stay tuned with our social media posts and content (social media links are embedded in the footer of this email). There will be many more of these helpful webinars & webcasts coming from our team.
4. Customer Spotlight - Michigan Humane Society
If you have been following our newsletters these past few months, you know that we always end our email updates with a spotlight on our customer.
We love our customers and want to celebrate them. We recently worked with the Michigan Humane Society, who do such good work on a daily basis, selflessly with a smile on their face.
Meet, Becki Kenderes who recently used the Loveland Next App for their outreach program to ensure animals are kept in their homes and well taken for and not relegated to shelters.
This is what Becki had to say about her experience with Loveland:
"To keep animals in their homes and out of shelters, the Michigan Humane Society recently launched an outreach program in the neighborhoods surrounding our Detroit shelter. Through this program, we provide free food, supplies and other resources to pet owners in need. We’ve created a custom survey using the Loveland Next app that helps us effortlessly track critical information like which homes we’ve attempted to visit, where pets live and which areas we don’t need to revisit (such as vacant lots and vacant properties)."
Becki, you give us too much credit. You & your team are the real heroes here. And of course, let's not forget the animals (true heroes, who make our lives better & happier).
That wraps up updates from July for this edition.
We will see you back in a month’s time with hopefully even better, more exciting updates.
That’s the goal. To keep getting better with time - like fine wine!
By Sahana Murthy
on July 16, 2019
This year Loveland has seen many changes and milestones. All of which we are so proud of.
We changed our site from makeloveland.com & platform from sitecontrol.us to Landgrid.com. Our suite of products now sit under the umbrella of the Landgrid mapping platform & Landgrid data. We launched our nationwide parcel dataset this year. We are constantly working on refreshing our data and will soon be close to an average parcel age of under a year!
But through all this, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the core essence of our mapping platform that literally provides the American land grid in a beautiful, GIS interface to everyone.
Of course, the interface has changed & gotten better over the years but our roots have remained the same. Helping individuals all over the country in discovering parcel level information in their region in an easy to use, spatial map interface! At the core of it is the Landgrid Pro solution that allows people like you and me to make maps, color code them, filter them, conduct land surveys and generally look up parcels anywhere in the country.
For someone like me who's looking to buy a home soon, this is the ideal tool. Within minutes I can look up properties that I would like to pursue, gauge what a neighborhood is like, who the top owners are in my county and find relevant census information for my location.
You can experience this tool too by simply signing up for Landgrid Pro or Landgrid Free.
Our free version will give you a taste of what we offer. But the Pro provides you with limitless functionality & features all for $10/month or discounted at $100/year.
Soon, you will be on your way to making beautiful color coded maps & surveys.
Here’s a quick snapshot of all you get with Pro:
- Unlimited Maps - Create as many beautiful maps and import as much data as you want.
- Import and export- Import & geocode your own data to parcels. Once you are done with your map, export your data as a CSV or shapefile or KML.
- Bookmarking - Bookmark properties that you find interesting by clicking the “+” button next to the address.
- Focus Area - Create a custom boundary on your map by drawing a focus area.
- Style & share - Style your data to create beautiful parcel maps, then embed or share your map with others.
- Measuring tool - Use our slick measuring tool to measure distances, areas and acreage. No more guessing!
- Multiple Layers - Add multiple layers like FEMA flood hazard or land cover to your map in addition to your base layers.
- Census Data - Quickly look up and get insight into relevant census data in your location. Can’t get easier than that!
- Unlimited Surveys - Create an unlimited number of land surveys using our survey editor. The editor comes pre built with questions if you want them but you can also generate your own survey questions to meet your project needs.
Phew… We are not yet done! There is more to Pro like the ability to filter your data to get deeper insights.
Still not sure -- Check out our tutorial videos on our Youtube channel. They will help you understand every facet of the Pro featureset. You can see how easy, simple & user friendly this tool really is.
No GIS experience required. I should know - I have no GIS experience too but I was able to make a map in just a few minutes after getting set up. Try for yourself & let me know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up today and be on your way to making insightful, color coded parcel maps & surveys - https://landgrid.com/plans
- Sahana Murthy
GM, Loveland Technologies
"Your go-to source for all things parcel data!"
By Sahana Murthy
on July 1, 2019
Happy July, Everyone!
It’s that time of the year - Longer days, picnics, barbeques, fireworks, or, if you work in an office, sweating while you email! Towel off and keep typing, everyone, only one more word mile to go.
As we gear up for a wonderful 4th of July weekend, the Loveland team has some updates on the grill that we’re ready to turn over.
1. Data Partner and Reseller Program -
For those of you in the data business:
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could distribute or advertise your data to an engaged and growing nationwide audience? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could offer your customers the option of adding affordable nationwide parcel data without sending them to someone else?
We are actively seeking data partners along two dimensions:
- If you have a large property dataset, we would like to integrate it into the landgrid.com website for our visitors and customers. Depending on the dataset and your desire, we can make it freely available with linked credit back to you, or charge for access and share the funds with you.
- If you are interested in offering our data to your customers or potential customers, we can make that easy and do a fair revenue split. Bam. Your value proposition just went up a few notches.
Our goal is to provide more out-of-the-box data to our visitors and customers, and to reach more people with our nationwide parcel dataset while helping other data providers succeed. Simply write us at email@example.com and we’ll talk through it together.
We have already set up a few of these relationships. Here is one example:
2. Landgrid Data is now available on the Demyst Marketplace -
DemystData is one of the largest data marketplaces in the world, dedicated to serving large data users who can pick and choose from many different data offerings. They carry 100’s of data products & API’s on their site and we are thrilled to join the ranks of many of our colleagues on Demyst.
Here’s a blog by Demyst announcing the availability of the Landgrid Data API on their marketplace - https://demyst.com/2019/05/23/landgrid-data-spotlight/
3. Customer Spotlight:
We’re not big self-promoters here at Loveland, but we are trying to get better at telling the stories of the projects we work on and the results our customers achieve with both our software and our data. Keeping customers happy and satisfied has always been a top priority for us and our team works hard to accomplish this.
Here’s what Michele Oberholtzer from the United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) recently had to say about the value that she and her organization get from our Landgrid Enterprise software and services:
4. New Landgrid Free -
We recently launched an improved & simplified free version of our Landgrid Mapping Platform. For those of us who would like to test out what the Landgrid platform is capable of doing before investing in our paid subs, this is just the right tool. It’s limited but it allows for a user to get a taste of what the platform can do in its full capacity. If you know of friends and family who could benefit from this tool, please let them know. Its free forever, and doesn’t require a credit card to signup.
This is also a wonderful gateway into trying before upgrading into Landgrid Pro - which has unlimited options and features and can get absolutely anybody started on their property mapping & surveying endeavours (without prior GIS experience) for just $10/month. Looking to make a change from Free to Pro?? Sign up here.
5. Migration From SiteControl to Landgrid.com -
Those of you in the know have been aware of our recent re-branding efforts from Makeloveland and Sitecontrol to landgrid.com. Not only was this just a rebranding effort but also a migration of our platform from sitecontrol.us to landgrid.com.
Basically, this means that those of you who signed up with us on Sitecontol can continue to use your account with the exact same login credentials on landgrid.com. It’s the same platform in terms of functionality but with a different, improved user interface.
We plan on shutting down Sitecontrol.com altogether on November 1st, 2019. There is still plenty of time. We know change is not easy but we urge you to start familiarizing yourself with landgrid.com and slowly move away from your Sitecontrol accounts. This will make the transition into the new UI easier. Please bear in mind that we have replicated everything on landgrid.com and we are working on adding more usability related features & in-app onboarding to our platform soon.
If you ever feel like you need help to transition from Sitecontrol to Landgrid, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we will work with you to make this process smoother.
6. Mapping Mondays - Well, who doesn’t love Maps! Mondays can be less beloved, so starting this week, we kicked off a new program called the “Mapping Mondays” to take the edge off with a tiny espresso shot of geography. Every monday, you will find beautiful, color coded parcel maps built on none other than the Landgrid Pro on our social media accounts which you can follow here:
Please send us requests for the kind of maps you would like to see and we will build those and showcase them for you.
Soon we would like to start mapping tutorials (Webinars & Google Hangouts) so you can watch the software in action and learn how to map & survey with Landgrid Pro & Enterprise. We can help you with specific use cases that would be useful to you in your everyday projects at work.
Well, that’s it from us this July. There will be many more updates in the August edition, including USPS residential & vacancy data.
Until then, don’t be shy if we can help you solve your property data challenges.
A Very Happy 4th of July to all of you, from the Loveland Team!
- Team Loveland
By Sahana Murthy
on June 10, 2019
We heard you!
We get asked a bunch of things from our loyal customers and prospects. We get asked to add certain attributes to our data or we have had users asking for a simplified parcel viewer. Well, that’s what we did.
Our team has been working hard this past month to add more value to our solutions and we are excited to announce the launch of the New Landgrid Free subscription.
New Landgrid Free - Simplified Parcel Viewer
We have always had a very loaded free subscription which we often found to be overwhelming for many of our users who would have preferred a simpler viewer to look up parcels, uninterrupted for their many personal goals.
So that’s essentially what the new Landgrid Free would be able to provide to our customers moving forward.
This isn’t your average sandbox - with this account you can surf the site uninterrupted, look up parcels that you are interested in and color code the map to get deeper insights into your location.
With your free account, you can do a bunch of things to get started with:
- Uninterrupted nationwide parcel viewer - Look up parcels all over and get deeper insights into your neighborhood.
- Draw Focus Area - Draw a custom boundary on the map by drawing a focus area.
- Filter Maps - Drill down further by filtering the parcels by various attributes. With your free, you will not be able to save your filters.
- Style Maps - Color code the parcel map to highlight key attributes that you are interested in. With your free account, you can create up to 2 styling rules.
- Bookmark Parcels - Bookmark upto 10 parcels that you find interesting to come back to at a later time.
- Access Bounds - Filter and add boundaries to your parcels based on zipcodes, Census tracts, congressional districts and many more.
- Map Layers - Switch and toggle between satellite and base layers for an immersive parcel viewing experience.
- Top Owners - Get a quick insight into the top property owners in your location.
This free, forever. No credit card required. Try our free version to get a taste of what our platform can offer. If you like the platform, then depending on your needs, you can either upgrade to any of our other tiers (Pro & Enteprise) or you can continue using your free account for as long as like.
Sign-up today and be on you way to discovering your land grid like never before.
For help materials & tutorials, look no further than our Guidebook to help you navigate through the platform. We have how-to articles on every facet of our suite of tools. When in doubt, just look up the guidebook to find ways to solve your problems.
In addition, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any help or support from us.
Existing Free Users of landgrid.com
REST ASSURED - YOUR EXISTING MAPS, SURVEYS & IMPORTED DATA REMAINS UNAFFECTED!
You were allowed to create 1 Project/map & survey. They will remain intact even after we launch the new free tier. You can continue to access them. And you will still have all the features mentioned above as part of your free account.
This is the perfect opportunity to upgrade to our Pro account for just $10/month or $100/year. With Pro, you get unlimited projects, unlimited surveys, full scale survey editor, measuring tool & you can export & import data.
Most importantly, by the end of summer 2019, you will be able to see our USPS data (vacancy & residential flags) on Pro too.
Click here to upgrade!
Meanwhile, we hope that you continue to use the Landgrid platform and that we can continue to help you with your parcel data & map goals always.