Google may have ended linking “Places” to QR Codes, but I think there is still huge potential in the development of this technology. I first looked into QR Codes last year, as an enhancement to the boring old business card.
The ideas for uses for QR Codes has spread and there is still opportunity for businesses to utilise this technology for their own benefit.
Just to recap, from Wikipedia:
A QR code (short for Quick Response) is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera phones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data.
Basically once you use your smartphone to snap a picture of the QR Code, the barcode then will automatically redirect you to a specific webpage/ phone number/ other text or content.
Here are 7 websites that can offer your business opportunity to tap into this technology:
“The YPrintIt app is a very powerful yet simple application to use. Simply install the app, create your cards, and share them with other people. You can also receive cards through your mobile device.”
This page can be used to create QR Codes. It is free for personal use. You can create a barcode that will link to:
- A Contact Card
- A Website Address
- A Phone Number
- Plain Text
Now it’s simple to stay in touch. All you need is a smart phone and your own JumpScan QR code. No more “Friend me,” typing phone numbers or remembering email addresses. Just snap a picture of a JumpScan QR code to view contact info, phone, email address, social media feeds and more.
QR Code generator. Create your own QR Codes.
Imagine never forgetting where and when you made a connection with someone. SnapMyInfo makes it easy to instantly share contact details with anyone. Stop piling up dusty business cards and put that information to work for you.
QuickMark is a barcode reader application that allows you to automatically scan and generate multiple barcode formats (Quick Code, QR Code, Data Matrix) with your Mac.
Recommended by Mari Smith, uQR.me is a free social utility designed to share web content with the real world, letting you turn just about anything into a link: a wall, a tree, a shop window, a t-shirt, a pin, a concert poster, a wine bottle, a business card, your own body, the sky’s the limit…
uQR.me enables you to connect your online life to the actual one, expanding your horizons, broadening your networks and getting your word out.
Do you use QR codes in your business? Have you used them personally? Do you think this technology will catch on with the growing uptake of smartphones?
Feel free to share your thoughts below…