How to differentiate new spots from existing spots in TVmap Buying

Our users often ask me if there is an easy way to distinguish existing spots from new bookings when they’re doing top-ups of existing buys. The good news is ‘yes, there is’ and in this post, I’ll walk you through how to do it in 3 easy steps.

The technique I’m going to use is to set a default comment for new spots.

When you open an existing buy, or import spots from a pre-analysis session into a new buy, the Comment field for each spot will usually be empty. This is the the default setting.

Blank comments field - TVmap screenshot

Step 1: Modify the default setting for the Comment field.

Go to the Buy Tasks pane, and click on the Discount and default settings option. This will bring up the Discount and default settings dialog box.

Type in your desired comment. In this example I have entered ‘TopUp spots’.

Click OK to save the change.

Change default comment - TVmap Buying Module screenshot

Now you have changed the default comment, any new spots you create will show the new comment, making it easy to spot the difference between new and existing spots.

Changed default comment - TVmap Buying Module screenshot

Step 2: Sort new spots from existing spots

If you want to Telebook or print off a booking form for only the new spots, you can sort them using the comment you added earlier. Simply click on the column header to sort and group by the contents of that particular column. This allows you to now select the spots you don’t want to re-send.
 
Hint: You may want to do a quick save of the buy before the next step just in case you need to come back to it.

Step 3: Send only the new spots

Once you have saved your buy, temporarily delete the spots you don’t want to send, do your telebook or print the booking form, then use Ctrl-Z to undo the delete and bring back the spots!

And that's it! I hope that was useful.
If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to contact me.

Steve Sharp
+64 9 304 0762
steve@tvmap.co.nz