Create and manage territories to allow users to search for locations that are assigned to strict geographic areas.
Requirements: Any Web-Based Premium Subscription
Our territory search provides granular search ability for companies who divide their distribution network or sales reps into strict geographic areas. Some companies assign their sales reps neatly into a group of counties. Others may have exceptions in their network, with some reps covering certain cities within a county, or other irregular configurations. Bullseye is able to accommodate a lot of territory configurations In the US, you can create territories based on the following criteria:
- Zip or Postal Code
- Combinations of the above options
For Canada, Bullseye allows you to arrange territories by provinces or postal code (3 digit or 6 digit). Territories are configured in the Bullseye admin (although you can call us if you'd like us to provide custom automation of territories). Locations must be assigned to territories in order for locations to be displayed in the search results. You can also create territories for other countries on the country level (we do not yet have postal code level search ability for countries outside Canada, US, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria).
Create a US Territory
To access the territory tool go to Settings>Territories. You will be taken to the Manage Territories pages, where you will configure the geographic area of each territory. To begin, select Add Territory.You will see a page that asks you to name the territory.
Often territories are named after the geographic area they cover (state, counties, etc.) or even the reps or locations that get assigned to them. In the example above, we name the territory Central New Jersey, and select "United States" as the type.
Notice that the choices are organized from large area to small area (state, county, cities, zip codes). In this example, we will assign 5 counties in central NJ to the territory. Under counties, select Add to the right of the include option. You will be asked to select a state. We will select NJ, and get this screen:
You will get a list of all the NJ counties. We will select Somerset, Union, Hunterdon, Middlesex, and Morris and then hit Save. You'll get a list of the counties you selected.
Great! We are almost done configuring our territory. In this example our rep that covers the territory serves all cities except for 2 in the extreme southern part of the area, so we will need to remove these from the territory. We just need to make a couple exceptions by removing 2 cities from Middlesex county. To do this, select Add under cities, to the right of exclude, as in the example:
You'll see a list of all cities in NJ. We are going to select Dunellen and Middlesex:
After you select the cities, hit Save. You will need to scroll down to the bottom of the page to access the save button.
Congratulations! You have just created a territory. Note that you can also assign territories to entire states (and make exceptions by counties or cities in a similar way). You can also create territories on a zip code level. Let's show an example of this by creating another territory:
Go to Settings>Territories and select Add Territory as you did previously. You'll be taken to the Manage Territory page where you can name the territory and choose the country. Let's name this territory after a sales rep named Ralph Singerman, and select the United States as the country. After you complete this, select Save.
You will be taken to the Edit Territory page where you can add your zip codes to the territory. In the Include row, select Add under Zip Codes. You will be taken to this screen:
You can enter zip codes directly into the direct input field. If you have a column of zip codes in an excel spreadsheet, you can paste the entire row, but make sure you have commas separating each zip code. 3 digit or 5 digit zip codes can be entered as needed. We provide a handy search option for zip codes by city/state if you know cities in your territory, but don't know the zip code. You can easily enter the city/state, and all the zips for the city will be displayed.
In this example, let's enter Lansing, Michigan under By Search. Type in Lansing next to City and select MI in the state drop down menu. Then select Search. Your screen should like like this:
Now, all you need to do is select each zip code by checking the check box next to each zip code. Then, select Save at the bottom, the zip codes for that city will be added to your territory.
Create a Canadian Territory
For Canadian territories, the process is more simple. As with US territories, start off by going to Settings>Territories. You can define territories by Province or Postal Code, using the same basic interface the US uses (but without cities or counties). Simply select the Provinces for your territory on the Edit Territory page by selecting Add under the Provinces heading, to the right of the Include option, then select Save.
If your territories are arranged by Postal Code, select Add under the Postal Codes heading, to the right of the Include option, then paste or enter your 3 or 6 digit postal codes (separated by commas) directly into the box. Then select Save.
Create a German, Swiss, or Austrian Territory
Bullseye allows you to create territories in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria on the State, City, or Postal Code level. To create a territory, go to Settings>Territories. You'll see Name and Type. Type in the name of the territory, select the appropriate country, and select Save. You'll see a screen similar to the following:
In this example, we'll create a State-based territory. Select Add under States and you'll get a list of the States in the Country:
Select the States that apply, and select Save when you are done. If you have territories that require city level territories, note that you can check cities like you do with States. You will be prompted to select the State the city belongs to first. You can also create postal code level territories, like you can with US zip codes. See the US territory option above and view the screenshots to add a territory by zip code to view this. Adding Germany, Swiss, or Austrian postal codes works the same as adding US zip codes to territories.
Create Other International Territories
International territories (territories for countries outside of US/Canada/Germany/Switzerland/Austria) have the capability to return search results within an entire country or group of countries. After you complete your International territory configuration, and assign your locations to the territories, your users will be able to select a country and see all of the locations in that country.
To begin configuration an International territory, first go to Settings>Territories. On the Manage Territories page, select Add Territory. You will be taken to the Edit Territory page. Type in "Sweden" for the name of the territory, and select "International" next to the Type option. Then, select Add.under the Countries heading. You will get an alphabetical listing of countries, the first page will show a list of countries starting with the letter A. At the top of the page, select the letter S. You will see this list:
Simply select the country Sweden and hit Save at the bottom. Simple as that.
Assign a Territory to a Location
The last step in enabling territory searches is to assign individual locations to the territories. To assign locations, go to Manage Locations on the left navigation. Find the location you need to assign to a location by searching for the location by using the advanced search option, which will let you search alphabetically, or by city/state etc. Once you have found the correct location, select it from the search results. Then click on the Territories tab on the top. Then select Edit. You will see the following screen:
Simply choose the correct territory from the list, then hit Assign Selected, then Save. That's all there is to it.