What we do

Google Maps Development

If you are looking for a Google Maps powered mapping application that uses all the latest and most exciting technologies, then you should speak to Zoocha.

Store Locators

One of the most common applications for a mapping implementation, is for a store finder / locator. It isn't uncommon for a store locator to be one of the most visited pages on a website. It is therefore very important that users are quickly able to determine the answer to several key questions:

  • Where is my nearest store?
  • How do I get to my nearest store?
  • What are the opening hours of my nearest store? Is it open now?
  • What is the telephone number of that store?

Your most important customers are the ones who already plan to do business with you. They just need to know how to find you.

In the world of e-commerce, a store locator tells your customers you are thinking of them. Help your customers find their nearest store online

What can you have on your map?

One of the key selling points in having a bespoke store locator developed for your company is that you can customise it and have it written to match your business requirements.

  • Custom markers to show different store / location types.
  • No limit to the number of locations.
  • Driving directions for your customers.
  • Auto detection of a users current location to show results that are local to them. This can be achieved by IP address detection and look-up, or by asking the user for permission to get their current location via Google Maps.
  • Overlays on the map to show things like delivery radius, locations covered, routes etc.
  • If there are a great number of places to plot on the map, then we can use paging to show the user a manageable subset of data.
  • Auto-zoom the map to show all plotted pins
  • Search by place name, town, city, postcode etc.
  • Deal with ambiguous results by offering the user did you mean style functionality
  • Allow your users to download locations into a various formats such as tomtom etc.
  • Mash-up with other data sources

Other common mapping applications

Your mapping application requirement could be a:

  • Dealer / branch / service locator.
  • Route planner.
  • Activity finder.
  • Tool to help visualise complex data sets.
  • Mash-up with other data sources or web API's.
  • Map widget that is embedded into your product or website that needs specific functionality.

If you’re considering Google Maps development for your next project, or your existing site, give us a call on 01992 256700 or complete our Contact Us form.

Some clients who we have produced Google Maps implementations for

  • VisitBritain
  • SwiftCover
  • Tesco
  • HotelSwaps
  • Property Network

Platform neutral solutions

Irrespective of whether your server uses php, Ruby, .Net, Java or whatever, we will be able to integrate a mapping solution with minimal technical effort on your part. We could do this by creating a bespoke html/css branded mapping UI for your website (to your specifications) that can be dropped directly into your site. We can then work with you to find the most appropriate way to manage your store / mapping data. Some of the ways to do this could be:

  • A database with administration area to make updates. This could be a bespoke solution depending on the complexity of the data, or leverage the power of a CMS such as Drupal. This could be hosted and managed by us, or in-house if you have the required resources and skills.
  • A spreadsheet in either Excel or .csv format that can be uploaded via a simple web form to manage the map points and data.
  • A Google spreadsheet that can be shared amongst key people within your team. This could then be collaboratively edited to drive real time updates to your mapping application. We have developed bespoke in-house technology to allow you to do this.
  • Integration with Google Fusion tables.

Mapping technology providers

Although we favour working with the Google Maps API, we do have experience working with the other major mapping provides such as MapQuest, OVI Maps and Bing Maps.



As standard, your mapping application would work with all modern desktop web browsers. IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera.


It will work with the most popular mobile and tablet devices, such as iPad, iPhone and Android. In developing for these non-desktop devices we will use technologies that are specific to each device such as GPRS and device specific UI features to make it as usable as possible for your customers.


Having a mapping application on your brand page driven off the same platform and data as the desktop app is a great way to get the best value for money out of your application as it puts it in front of the widest possible audience for little extra cost.