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Using QR Codes to Promote Your Business or Event

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WHAT ARE QR CODES

You may not know exactly what a QR code is but chances are you have seen them. QR Codes are those black-on-white square figures that we have all seen in newspaper advertisements, in store displays, on web sites and even on buildings. These codes have become a mobile-friendly way to get offline people to access online resources.

A QR code, short for Quick Response code is a two-dimensional barcode that is readable by barcode scanners and cell phone cameras using specialized software (or apps). When you scan a QR code with your cell phone camera you can be sent to a web site, sent a text message, prompted to dial a phone number or asked to view a message.

Marketers are using QR codes to offer specials deals, discounts and other interactive campaigns. QR codes also allow the marketer to track the success of their campaigns much easier than traditional advertising.

PRACTICAL USES

Here are some examples of how businesses can use QR codes:

  • Put your QR code on the back of your business card that when scanned sends the visitor to a mobile-optimized web page with a special discount.
  • Put your QR code on a newspaper or magazine ad that brings the visitor to a YouTube video that offers reviews about your product or service.
  • If you have an event you are trying to promote, put a QR code on a flyer that brings the visitor to a mobile-optimized registration page.

As you can see the possibilities are limited only to your imagination.

WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED

To get started you first need a way to generate your QR codes. Fortunately there are several free QR code generators online. Take a look at http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ and http://delivr.com/qr-code-generator. Both sites are easy to use and self-explanatory. After you create your QR code you need to save it, and either print it or upload it to your web site.

Next, you will need to install a barcode scanning program or app on your smartphone. For iPhones and Android phones take a look at http://redlaser.com/. For Blackberry users check out the ScanLife app in the Blackberry App Store. Once you get your scanning app loaded you can not only view other QR codes, but you can also test the ones you create.

If you decide to use your QR code to send someone to your web site, make sure the page you are using is mobile-optimized otherwise you will likely lose visitors very quickly!

Lastly, the most important part of promoting your business or event with a QR code is to make sure that whatever you are offering is worthwhile and valuable to your visitors. For instance, don’t make the mistake of just sending visitor’s to your home page. For a quick example scan our QR code below.

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