From the Signage Desk: Keep Projects Organized by Using Spike’s Folder Feature

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By filing my Spike photos into individual folders by project name, I’m able to stay organized and not let key site survey details fall through the cracks. (Photo courtesy of ikeGPS)

I’m a pretty organized person, and when I worked at a sign shop, having my ducks in a row leading up to Black Friday was the key to surviving the signage holiday rush! I’ve seen people lose important information and customer surveys, forcing them to go back and remeasure or contact the customer for details they’ve already been given. This causes the shop to lose money on a second survey, or worse still, appear unprofessional to the customer, thus losing the job altogether.

Don’t fall victim to disorganized chaos this busy season. Spike not only helps you save time and money on your surveys, but can also help you to keep your projects on track.

I’ve seen sign shops use a variety of techniques to stay organized on projects, from clipboards hung on the wall for each job, to digital tools like KeyedIn and Casper. Spike supports your project management technique of choice, by allowing you to categorize projects into folders and rename individual photos.

Separating your site surveys into individual Spike folders within the mobile app and Cloud makes them easy to locate and share, and ensures you’ll never let a key survey suddenly disappear. Additionally, if multiple people are using one Cloud account, it’s easy for them to identify the project and pick up where you left off.

We’re in the thick of the busy season, so here are my top tips for organizing your Spike photos and measurements into folders:

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  1. Before going into the field, first create a folder in the Spike mobile app, label it by the project name or date and set it as your default folder. Then, all the photos you take at the job site will automatically save into that folder.
  2. Once you’re done snapping your photos, upload the entire project folder to the Spike Cloud and a folder will be automatically created in the Cloud with the same name.
  3. Bonus tip – rename the photos in the Spike Cloud folder by double-clicking on the name of the photo (the default name for all photos is “New Measurement”). Consider naming the photos after location, such as “North Elevation” and “South Elevation”, or including instructions for your designer by adding labels like “Sign Here” or “No Sign Here”.

If you have any other questions about how to utilize Spike’s folder feature, please get in touch. You can reach me at glenn.chambers@ikegps.com.

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.