The past few years have introduced QR codes into many of our daily lives - though definitely not for the greatest reason.
For those who were fortunate enough to duck and weave around the endless check-ins, though, you might be wondering what they are.
Here’s an example of what they look like:
Short for Quick Response codes, they’re a type of two-dimensional barcode which can contain different kinds of data such as links to websites, coupons and other digitally-linked information.
Their ability to share information contact-free made them very popular during the pandemic, and you can now find them all over the place, from magazines and product packaging to outdoor advertising, social media posts and much more.
There are a growing number of businesses who have begun incorporating them into their marketing mix with incredible success - though only if done in the right ways.
Now you understand the many different benefits of using QR codes, you’re probably ready to get the ball rolling with our awesome free QR code generator!
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create your very own:
Step 1Head to the top of this page.
Step 2Choose the kind of application you’d like the QR code to be. In this guide, we’ll go with a link as this is the most common option for businesses.
Step 3Paste the link you’d like the QR code to point to in the URL field.
Step 4Go through each of the rendering options as required (size, colours and gradient, dot shapes, etc.).
Step 5Either upload your business logo or choose the watermark that coincides with the action of the QR code (you can leave this blank if you’d like, though).
Step 6Click on the ‘Generate QR code’ button.
Step 7Once your QR code pops up, you’re free to print or save it and use it in your marketing assets!
A Quick Response or QR code is a 2D scannable pattern which can be created to perform actions such as pointing to specific links, copying numbers to the recipient’s phone, displaying textual information and more.
They can be found in a multitude of places including (but definitely not limited to) in magazines, on the packaging of products, on outdoor advertisements and at airports.
If you’re like one of the other 6.5 billion people around the world who own a smartphone, it couldn’t be any easier to scan a QR code!
There are countless QR code readers/scanners available on both the App Store and Google Play Store - just search ‘QR code reader’ and download the one you want.
Then open the app, wait for the camera to begin operating and hold it up to the QR code you want to scan. That should either cause the action to occur automatically or display a link/phone number/et cetera which you can click on to perform the action manually.
QR codes were invented in 1994 by Masahiro Hara, an employee of Japanese company Denso Wave. Hara originally created them as a way to track vehicles and parts through high-speed component scanning during the manufacturing process.
There’s a long list of what you can incorporate into a QR code. Because it offers so much more capacity than its ancient counterpart, the linear barcode, its potentials are almost limitless.
Some examples of actions you can put into a QR code include:
Linear barcodes are only able to provide a scanner information in a line, which restricts the ability to share data to just one straight row of stripes (one-dimensional).
QR codes, however, create another dimension into scannable data reading which increases how much information can be offered by combining horizontal and vertical reading (two-dimensional).
While a linear barcode might be able to provide information such as the product’s number and possibly where it’s located, a QR code can offer a whole lot more as well; its production date, expiry date, condition and much more.
QR codes can hold up to 4,296 alphanumeric or 7,089 numeric characters at a time - a heck of a lot more than the maximum of 85 characters a linear barcode can.
By bringing QR codes into your marketing strategy, there are a lot of ways this can help to grow your business - here are just a few.
For business purposes, you really can use them in all kinds of ways - provided they align with the goals you’re looking to achieve in your marketing. Don’t just use them for the sake of using them!
Here are some great examples of ways to use QR codes for business purposes:
There really are so many innovative ways you can use QR codes to better promote your business. If you need some help coming up with ideas, we’re always happy to help. Call us on 1300 479 226 for a QR code brainstorming session!
If you want to make your own QR code you’ll want to use the best, most convenient one available, right? Head to the top of this page and use our super easy-to-use QR code generator and you’ll have a uniquely generated code you can use wherever you wish.
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