QR codes, or quick response codes, is a type of 2D bar code that may be decoded using your smartphone with a QR code reader. From being a tracking mechanism for auto parts, QR codes have proven to be very useful in marketing and convenience related applications that is more suitable for smartphone users. In the recent months, we have seen QR codes show up on marketing materials such as movie posters, promotional posters for various products, billboards, flyers, among other things. These have also been seen on newspaper ads, business cards, artwork, and other everyday things.
There are two main things that you have to have when you deal with QR codes:
1. A mobile phone with a camera and Internet connectivity
2. A QR code reader
Most smartphones coming out nowadays have a QR code reader already installed. For some, you would need to download the reader and install it yourself.
After you have you have your reader installed, fire up the application and snap a picture of the QR code. Make sure that your hand is steady and that you are able to include the whole code into the picture. There will be some instances when the scan would fail, do not worry, just keep on snapping.
Depending on your software, it may take some five to thirty seconds for the application to resolve the link for you. That is to say, to decode the information written behind the code. If it is a URL, the QR code reader will open your browser and let you surf the mobile site the code links to.
If it is a VCF card, a file that contains a person’s contact information, it will offer to save the information into your address book.
You can generate codes using QR code generator. Go to that page and generate codes that allow you to send a message text, write an email or go to specific url.
You don’t have to be a business owner in order to benefit from the emerging QR code technology. However, if you ARE a businessperson, it is an incredibly versatile and cost effective technology that is available to you. A wave of acceptance is sure to hit this part of the world as soon as more people become aware of its great many uses.
Ordinary people can generate a QR Code for free and get other people or customers to go to your website, blog, business social media profile, product pages, articles, media sites, your own personal Facebook or other online social networking sites, among other.
It also acts as a business card. Some people are already beginning to generate a QR Code and printing them onto their business cards too.
With QR Codes, it simply means that you now have a bridge between your offline product with online information. The separation between the two is now blurred. What’s more, with mobile phones like smart phones, you can get connected to anything that is online, no matter where you go.