ikeGPS is changing the way the world is measured, utilizing its smart laser measurement solutions to capture, record and export measurement data.
The Naughty List
1.Don’t point the Spike laser crosshair on windows. I’ve seen a lot of sign shops make this mistake, but if you aim the Spike crosshair at a window, the laser will go right through the glass, throwing off the accuracy of your measurements. Instead, try to hit the window frame. Some sign shops have even taped a piece of paper on the window as a target, which stops the laser, and that also works well.
2.Don’t hit a different plane than the one you’re measuring. This is especially a problem with cabinet signs. Most cabinets are about 5 to 10 inches deep, so if you place the Spike crosshair on the facia instead of the cabinet, the measurements will be off.
3.Don’t create your own Spike mounting method. Spike’s calibration is dependent on precise placement on the back of your smartphone or tablet. If you create your own mounting method, your accuracy could suffer. Our Spike for Smartphones is specially designed for frequent removal. If you’re using the Spike for Tablets model, we recommend buying a cheap case from Amazon. That way, you can permanently attached Spike to the case and still take it on and off without affecting your accuracy.
4.Don’t forget to always check that you have the latest version of the Spike mobile app installed. I recommend going into your settings to make sure your apps update automatically. This ensures you always have the latest Spike features at your fingertips.
The Nice List
1.Try our Point-to-Point measurement tool. This allows you to calculate the distance between two points simply by taking two photos. My biggest tip is to only rotate your arms when you move between taking the two photos and keep your feet firmly planted on the ground.
2.Make sure you align your Spike laser. If you don’t align your laser during setup, this could significally hurt the accuracy of your measurements.
3.Use the Spike Cloud if you have a Spike for Smartphones. Although you can certainly take measurements on your phone, it’s often helpful to work on the large screen of your desktop or laptop and a mouse. This also applies for tablets.
4.Export a JPG of your photo with or without measurements to use in your quotes, designs and permits. When I did sales and design work, this was a major game-changer. Those files helped me improve the efficiency of my workflow and better manage my time.
If you have any other questions about how to get the most out of Spike, you’re more than welcome to get in touch. You can reach me at email@example.com. Happy holidays!
About Glenn Chambers
Glenn Chambers, business development manager for ikeGPS, is a 15-year signage industry veteran. Prior to joining ikeGPS, Glenn was an enthusiastic Spike user.
We recently announced our new IPO listing in Australia, so we sat down with CEO Glenn Milnes to get his take on what this move means for ikeGPS.
ikeGPS recently went public on the Australian stock exchange. How do you see this move affecting the business in the long term?
We now access one of the biggest stock exchanges and capital markets in the world and exepct that this will be a positive factor as we continue to grow. In the short term, it’s also brought us more commercial exposure in the Australian market for future sales.
ikeGPS recently closed a placement round. How does this help continue to accelerate our company and our products?
The recent placement round was from some strong institutional investors – both new and existing. This allows us to continune to invest in sales, marketing and software development. In our Seattle office, we’re building a software team to enhance the Spike app’s capabilities and its integration platforms. While we don’t expect to deliver any new hardware platforms in the near future, we plan to keep scaling in terms of people and investment in projects that have a fast payback for the business.
We also recently extended our agreement with Stanley Black & Decker until 2019. Our updated agreement will give us much improved returns for the Smart Measure Pro, and we can continue to leverage Stanley Black & Decker’s incredibly strong distribution channels around the world.
The IKE 4 team put on a roadshow on the U.S. in December. What was the reason for setting up this roadshow, and what do you hope will be accomplished?
The IKE 4 roadshow puts us in front of key customers and decision-makers to give us feedback on what they think about the solution and ideas about what to do next. It has been a great way to structure our customer and prospect visits and learn how we can better meet their needs.
Spike has seen a lot of success in the signage and graphics industry. Are there other related markets where Spike could capitalize on its success?
Window film has the potential to be a great next market for us. Spike delivers a strong value proposition to window film shops in terms of their field measurements and estimating requirements, and our team has engaged with a lot of the key players in the North American market. I’m excited to see how that segment grows.
We’re also excited to have recently launched Spike for ArcGIS to the Esri community. Esri is GIS software that is used by about 350,000 businesses around the world as well as most of the U.S. government. In order to enter this market, we had to develop a specific app and data formatting requirements. Beta users are currently testing the platform.
As you prepared for the move to the Australian stock exchange, you spent a lot of time traveling to Australia. What did you notice about the Australian market?
The Australian capital markets are incredibly vibrant. Probably more so than anywhere in the world, Australian investors are highly engaged in all classes of investment activity. In our short time since listing on the Australian stock exchange, we’ve already identified some lucrative sales opportunities in Australia.
What’s coming up for ikeGPS in the near future?
With the new calendar year around the corner, we’re busy reinforcing our long-term strategy and putting in place the near-term plans and objectives as related to the next financial year. It’s always an exciting time to think about the new markets and customers we can deliver value to and the additional areas in which we can continue to grow.
For more information on ikeGPS' move to the Australian stock exchange, please visit our Investor Relations page.
“Our primary listing remains on NZX, and we remain committed to our New Zealand investor base," says ikeGPS CEO and Managing Director Glenn Milnes. "However, this ASX dual listing via the foreign exempt rules is an extremely cost efficient and effective mechanism to access a broad pool of potential institutional and retail investors in Australia. ikeGPS has already bought several new Australian institutional investors onto its register in 2016, and this dual listing potentially enables more Australian parties to invest.
“As context, the ASX ranks among the top five global exchanges with a total market capitalization of around $1.5 trillion and almost 2,200 listed companies. Another factor for our business is that the market opportunity for ikeGPS products is growing in Australia, where we expect to see increasing sales for IKE 4, Spike in the signage industry and the Smart Measure Pro in the construction industry via Stanley Black & Decker in the medium term."
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