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QR codes printed on the back of kids' coloring sheets and restaurant table tents directed guests to either a special patient thank you message or to the fundraising campaign website. There have been 291,000 QR code scans.
Thanks for your donations.
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Oct 31, 2011
When people scan the QR codes, they can watch a video about Starbucks’ Caffe Verona blend and do other things, such as find the nearest location, learn more about other coffee products, view the Starbucks menu, check their card balance, and shop.
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QRickit Quick Tip #2: Just copy and paste the following into your web browser, add your text after it and hit enter to get a QR Code for it:
For advanced website managers/developers, QRickit also offers a free and custom API so you can dynamically generate and display QR Codes on your own web pages. Please see the QRickit API Guide.
Try it out! (I added an HTML gadget to this blog and pasted the QRickit Widget code in it so it appears in the right side column. I also pasted the code in this post.)
You can get the free widget code at http://QRickit.com/qrickit_widget.php
From your little friend,
Apr 30, 2011
- How can I easily track my QR Code(s)?
Simple & Free Solution:
Get a free Google short URL with statistics (URL tracking). Then use the Google short URL to create your QRickit QR Code at http://qrickit.com/ or using the QRickit Widget here. Google gives you a link to a page where you can view basic stats for the short URL (a "click" means someone scanned your QR Code and went to the short URL). If you wish to track the same QR Code displayed in several places, you can get multiple Google short URL's that point to the same long URL (i.e. get one Google short URL for the QR Code on your flyer, another one for your magazine ad, another one for your business card, and so on).
Tip: If you are only allowed to make 1 short URL per long URL, you can append something to the end of the long URL which makes the long URL unique but does not affect it. For example: qrickit.com/index.html?id=1, qrickit.com/index.html?id=2, etc. By appending ?id=# it makes the long URL unique but it will always leads to qrickit.com/index.html.
Tracking a QR Code means we are tracking the URL associated with the QR Code. So tracking only works with QR Codes embedded with URL data.
For users who need a more advanced solution and analytics, please see my earlier post about using multiple QR Codes, Google URL Builder and Google Analytics.
Apr 14, 2011
"There is no real way to track how many people scan a QR Code embedded with contact info.
But since it is possible to track URL's, one possible solution is to use a QR Code embedded with a URL. For example, when people scan your QR Code they will get a URL which leads to an online page (this is the page you will track) that could say "click to download my vcard" or "click to add me to your address book". So just put your vcard file online (i.e. on your web server) and create a web page with a link to it. You can track this page using Google Analytics (as explained in an earlier blog).
*Issue: iPhone's Safari browser (and some other phones) cannot directly download a vcard file from the web. But if emailed to the iPhone as an attachement then it can be opened and added to the address book. That means iPhone users have to provide their email address to get your vcard (which may or may not be a bad thing). You can program a form on your page that will email your vcard file to the submitted email address.
The above requires some programming skills, but your local web guy/gal should be able to do it..."
*Since extended contact info in a Vcard contains a lot of data to embed in a QR Code it usually results in a QR Code image that is too dense for some mobile phones/reader to scan and process. That is another reason to use the solution above for QR Codes and contact info. The QR Code Creator at QRickit.com allows you to make a QR Code embedded with basic contact info (MeCard and vCard).
Feb 4, 2011
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Jan 22, 2011
- I want to display my QR Code in multiple places, such as a website, business card, magazine ad, newspaper ad, billboard, flyer, etc. and I want to know which one is being used the most (and other stats)?
-I want to set up and track QR Code campaigns. How do I do that?
QUICK & EASY SOLUTION: Get a Google Short URL with free statistics (URL tracking). Then use the Google short URL to create your QRickit QR Code. Google gives you a link to a page where you can view basic stats for the short URL (a "click" means someone scanned your QR Code and went to the short URL). If you wish to track the same QR Code displayed in several places, you can get multiple Google short URL's that point to the same long URL (i.e. get one Google short URL for the QR Code on your flyer, another one for your magazine ad, another one for your business card, and so on).
ADVANCED SOLUTION: Similar to above, but instead of using Google short URL's, use both Google Analytics and Google URL Builder to tag your links and track campaigns. A Google Analytics account is required for this. (click here to learn about tagging links)
*In effect, you are tracking the QR Code by tracking the landing page (or URL) associated with the QR Code.
Example: How to use multiple QR Codes, Google URL Builder and Google Analytics to track QR Codes (campaigns).
The QR Codes in the image above each direct users to a unique URL. The URL's can be made using a free URL shortening service or Google URL Builder. (Google URL Builder was used for this example.)
QR Code 1 can be displayed on your website.
QR Code 2 can be displayed on your newspaper ad.
QR Code 3 can be displayed on your billboard.
QR Code 4 can be displayed on your flyer.
To track the QR Codes (campaigns), we can track its related URL. Google Analytics can tell you the type of mobile phone used, the mobile carrier, the city/region, and other stats for each URL (campaign) associated with the QR Code.
*Tip: Since you can't really tell what data a QR Code holds unless you scan it with your mobile phone, you can print a reference number or label near or on the QR Code when using multiple QR Codes so you don't mix them up. (*The QRickit QR Code Widget here or the QR Code Creators at QRickit.com allow you to enter a label, reference number or any text in the footer of the QR Code image.)
Jan 4, 2011
A mobile site is basically a "lite" version web site with small images, brief text and links in a simple layout to fit the smaller screen size and browser limitations of smartphones.
So anyone with basic web and graphic design skills can make a mobile site and content. If you don't have these skills you can use the services provided by Google Places to create a free business mobile site with coupons or BigCommerce to create a mobile (and web) shop to sell your products. If you don't have the time or skills and wish to outsource this work, there are plenty of web and graphic designers eager to work with you. If contacting a designer for outsourcing, make sure they know about QRickit.
Some of you need to generate your own hi-res images of QR Codes, and many of them. Here is a link to a software to help you do this: Barcode Studio - Barcode Maker
2010 was a good year. I met a lot of people around the world and made many friends.
Glad to see companies like Best Buy and Future Shop starting to use QR Codes in their weekly flyers.
I am hoping you will see more of me in 2011.
Your little friend,