You’ve seen microscopic ones on shampoo bottles, medium ones in magazine ads, large ones on car bumpers, huge ones on buildings and banners. Those funky little squares that you capture with your phone or tablet to access a web site, coupon or promotion are everywhere. Do you know how to create your own QR (Quick Response) Code or why they’re so great?
In less time than it takes you to read this post you can create a 2D bar code for free.
1. They are so easy to generate!
- Type “QR Code Generator” into your search engine
- Select one of the many options.
I’ll use qrstuff.com because they had over 5,000 ‘Likes’, a ton of choice, an extremely easy interface, far more info than I will provide here.
- Select the data type, i.e. where you want to direct your audience. This can be a web-site, Facebook Page, LinkedIn, Twitter, You Tube video or channel, etc…. I’m sure the list grows almost daily
- Input the url or the data (cut and paste, so easy). Christina Keffer on www.lunametrics.com advises that you shorten your link for an easier to read and less dense code.
- Choose the colour you want. Who knew they don’t have to be black and white?
- Download, Print or E-mail your QR code
The steps are similar at http://qrcode.kaywa.com/. This site has fewer options but is extremely simple to use and allows you to choose the size of your QR Code. For a more beautiful QR code with rounded edges, etc. try http://uqr.me/.
Regardless of how you generate your code, once you have it you can imprint on everything from chocolate to t-shirts to stickers and rubber stamps. You can include these on any kind of promotional item imaginable. (Although I think the value of the chocolate would be fleeting.)
QR Codes also:
- Immediately drive your audience to specific content
- Add value without cost: You can link the code to a coupon or promotion instead of a web-site
- Streamline content: Cut down on text required on event poster or flyers
- Lower costs and are more sustainable than refreshing print collateral: you don’t need to reprint flyers, business cards, etc. you just change the content on the link
- Are trackable: You can’t track views of a poster or a flyer, you can track QR codes on Google Analytics. Lunametrics.com explains how.
For your next professional or volunteer gig, think about the ubiquitous QR Code as another great tool in your communications arsenal. I’d love to know how you’ve used QR codes for your organization.