WHAT is a QR Code you ask?

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Real Estate Agent with Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)

What is a QR Code?  According to Wikpedia: QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scannersmobile phones with camera, and smartphones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data.

I remember reading an article on Agent Genius last March and that's when the light bulb came on for me.  Since last spring, I've been using them on my listings and flyers.

We (@ Homes Realty Group) are the only Real Estate company in Huntsville using QR Codes...we like to be forward thinkers!  (Shameless Plug!)  The QR Codes are certainly increasing the traffic on my website. Views are up significantly on homes that have the QR Code name riders.  The numbers are in, and it's working!

                                       

The cost for a QR code is free.  This is such an easy application to use!  Google "QR Code Generator", enter your text or URL.  It's that simple!  Be sure to ask your sign person if you need a high resolution QR Code.

I then download my QR Code and send it off to my sign company (Jack Pratt) where they make my sign riders.  All told, I have $12 in each rider.  I also buy a URL for each listing.  I am now using .info.  The cost is less than a dollar and it makes complete sense!  When the consumer scans the QR Code, they are taken directly to my website and we are able to track the traffic from there.  I've also seen several business cards with QR Codes.  

You can download scanner apps for free for your smart phones.  Droid, IPhone and Blackberry all offer free scanner apps. 

I see an Active Rain QR Code scavenger hunt in the near future!  

 

 

 

 

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Courtesy of Elizabeth Cooper-Golden  Huntsville AL Realtor (R)

Broker/Owner @ Homes Realty Group

475 Providence Main Street   Suite 302                                                   

Huntsville, AL  35806

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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LOL--and right back at 'cha!  What does JP charge for the riders?  Ray and I love the one that you're using--of course, we wouldn't have that cool logo that you do!!

Sep 16, 2010 06:15 AM #84
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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One other question--where do you point the domain name to?  Your main site, individual site info page?  Guess I could have just typed it in, huh?!!

We're trying to figure out if we don't already have something that we can use instead of creating new domain names for every one.  i know they're cheap but, it's another step in the process...just sayin'!!

Sep 16, 2010 06:20 AM #85
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Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

Sis-I think you get a discount if you are a first time Jack Pratt user :)

Sep 16, 2010 06:21 AM #86
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Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

Sis, We point it to our main site.  We are buying ,info for less than a dollar.  Easy!  We can see which phone they use and everything...it's really neat and the views are UP!  Gotta love that :)

Sep 16, 2010 06:26 AM #87
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Inna Hardison
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To Debe @84 and Ray @76: The cool rocket logo and anim belong solidly to the Nerdy Coop in Rocket City:-)

I'm just saying:-)
Carry on:

Sep 16, 2010 06:27 AM #88
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Hmmm...how would I have ever guessed my favorite Inna did that for you?!!  Isn't networking SO cool--we encouraged you to go with your idea, smart girl created a cool logo for you and you're in business!  Sweet!

Sep 16, 2010 03:10 PM #89
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Inna Hardison
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Debe - actually, in this case it was a smart (and sexy) guy:-)  I just did the research...

Sep 16, 2010 04:28 PM #90
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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LOL--he is SUCH a cutie!  You did well girl--but, then again, so did HE!

Sep 16, 2010 04:58 PM #91
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Ray Saenz
Exit Realty Laredo - Laredo, TX
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Liz,
:) your QR blog came to the right place hehe !

Sep 17, 2010 11:21 PM #92
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Ray Saenz
Exit Realty Laredo - Laredo, TX
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Sep 18, 2010 12:35 AM #93
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Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

I made one!  Yippee!

QR Code AnnAllenTeam.com

Sep 18, 2010 08:52 AM #94
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Shelley Rowton
Move To Realty - Austin, TX
ABR, RSPS - (512) 507-5779 MoveToRealty of Austin

Pulling my head out of the sand and getting in the QR game.  Thanks for the push!

Sep 18, 2010 09:39 AM #95
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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Elizabeth, I'm lost but intrigued, Ray Saenz is one determined guy.

Sep 18, 2010 10:03 AM #96
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Ray Saenz
Exit Realty Laredo - Laredo, TX
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:)

 

Sep 18, 2010 10:05 PM #97
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
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Elizabeth, thank you for the info.  I've seen these codes on convention badges and such but didn't know much about them.  And most certainly did I not know how easy the process seems to be.  I don't have a Droid yet but that still shouldn't stop me from using this code.

Sep 19, 2010 01:24 AM #98
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Lane Bailey
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I've known about them for a while, but a light went off on Friday...  I have ideas...

Sep 19, 2010 01:49 PM #99
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Eva Aliaga
Partnership Realty Inc - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton & Delray Beach: SE Florida Real Estate

Ok, I tried this one outContact Eva some QRs worked other did not.

Sep 19, 2010 04:43 PM #100
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
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More fun than heaven should allow. Would be nice to know best practices of AR members using QR Codes.

Oct 05, 2010 10:48 AM #101
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Craig Rutman
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Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

I'm QR'ing now too! Thank you for this invaluable new bit of technology that's most likely going to change a lot of our marketing strategies.

Oct 15, 2010 05:04 AM #102
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Gita Bantwal
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I will bookmark this and try it soon. 

Dec 29, 2010 09:09 AM #103
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