GET ON THE QR CODE BUS!
You have seen the boxy codes all around town. On buses, to billboards. And for those that even bother, you can see them in the newspaper.
But what are they?
QR Codes are little codes that most smartphones can translate into an action or message. For example, one of the simplest uses of a QR Code is to carry a web address (or URL). One snap and the user is transported to your message or content. And it doesn’t have to be your front page either. One can make a special page just for QR Code users, or maybe right to a “menu” section of a restaurant website, or if you are a band or musician (our faves) then right to your music for listening or download.
More than just a web link:
Other QR Codes can contain important dates like maybe the date of a show (VCalendar event), geo-coordinates for a place, all of one’s contact information (VCard), secret messages (plain text), whatever! And the phone knows just what to do with the info.
- To Scan: Use a “Barcode Reader” or “QR Code Reader” available for free in the market of your smartphone.
- Open your new QR Code Reader and follow the instructions to scan the code.
Attic Boy Records
One Way Richmond
Check it out. You are walking through the fan and you come across a One Way Richmond sticker. One scan and the user just “picked up” a “copy” of your whole cultural blog. Bam. Scan this code to see. Certainly doesn’t hurt that the site is mobile friendly.
And there it is.
Since smart phones are “smart”, the phone knows exactly what to do with the info presented in the QR Code. For web addresses, it’s easy, the smartphone will open a browser to that page. Contact info? The phone will add that contact info to the user’s address book. Calendar events? Well, you guessed it, that info gets scheduled in the calendar of the client’s phone. So that’s the big deal with QR Codes.
OK! I want one! How do I hook that up?
When ordering your stickers, add a QR Code to your stickers when you are picking your options. It’s really easy, and we take care of all the encoding for you. Just be accurate…. one wrong letter makes for a wrong code. And that equals frowny faces all around.