Scan Me, Baby!

By
Services for Real Estate Pros

Quick question, have you ever seen one of these barcodes?

Scan me into your Smart Phone <= Scan Me
with your Iphone, Android or other smart phone

If you've got a Iphone, Android or other smart phone, you most likely have an "app" that can scan barcodes. This barcode is a specialized barcode, as it is made to scan information directly into the contact manager of most smart phones.

Encoded in the above barcode is the following information:

Name:
Company:
Phone #:
Email:
Address:
Address 2:
Website:
Memo:
  Jeffery Newton
TopAgentVault.com
909 855-7608
jeff@topagentvault.com
Redlands, CA 92374
 
http://TopAgentVault.com
Jeffery is a Social Media and Offline marketing expert and coach

When you scan the barcode, your information is automatically imported into the phone and the user can "add contact, show map, call you, send email". (I have an Android phone) One click, and your information is in their phone! This makes it super easy to get your complete contact information into the hands of a smart phone user.

You might be saying, "So what's this got to do with me?" I always try to make it as EASY as possible to get my information into the hands of my clients or future clients. The barcodes are fairly new, and could be seen as something "fun" to try. If I place my barcode on a flyer and/or a business card, 9 times out of ten, it will get scanned, and it will be shown to friends. Imagine a few friends or friends of clients grabbing your card and scanning in YOUR contact information!

I found a person on Fiverr.com that will generate a QR code barcode for $5 in an .eps (Adobe Illustrator vector file) that can be used for printing on sign riders, flyers, business cards or whatever. The .eps file is a high resolution file that can be enlarged and/or printed without pixelization, and is required by most print shops.

The next set of business cards you have printed, ditch that calendar on the back and put your "Code" there instead!

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Comments (12)

April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Jeffrey - thanks for the quick info on the bar codes and where to get them easily.

Oct 25, 2010 08:55 PM
Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realtors® • Notary Public & Apostille - Sunny Isles, FL
Miami Notary & Apostille 786-229-7999

Quick question, have you ever seen one of these barcodes?

Scan me into your Smart Phone <= Scan Me
with your Iphone, Android or other smart phone

If you've got a Iphone, Android or other smart phone, you most likely have an "app" that can scan barcodes. This barcode is a specialized barcode, as it is made to scan information directly into the contact manager of most smart phones.

Encoded in the above barcode is the following information:

Name:
Company:
Phone #:
Email:
Address:
Address 2:
Website:
Memo:
  Jeffery Newton
TopAgentVault.com
909 855-7608
jeff@topagentvault.com
Redlands, CA 92374
 
http://TopAgentVault.com
Jeffery is a Social Media and Offline marketing expert and coach

When you scan the barcode, your information is automatically imported into the phone and the user can "add contact, show map, call you, send email". (I have an Android phone) One click, and your information is in their phone! This makes it super easy to get your complete contact information into the hands of a smart phone user.

You might be saying, "So what's this got to do with me?" I always try to make it as EASY as possible to get my information into the hands of my clients or future clients. The barcodes are fairly new, and could be seen as something "fun" to try. If I place my barcode on a flyer and/or a business card, 9 times out of ten, it will get scanned, and it will be shown to friends. Imagine a few friends or friends of clients grabbing your card and scanning in YOUR contact information!

I found a person on Fiverr.com that will generate a QR code barcode for $5 in an .eps (Adobe Illustrator vector file) that can be used for printing on sign riders, flyers, business cards or whatever. The .eps file is a high resolution file that can be enlarged and/or printed without pixelization, and is required by most print shops.

The next set of business cards you have printed, ditch that calendar on the back and put your "Code" there instead!

Oct 25, 2010 08:58 PM
Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realtors® • Notary Public & Apostille - Sunny Isles, FL
Miami Notary & Apostille 786-229-7999
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Oct 25, 2010 08:59 PM
Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing

What a great suggestion regarding the business cards.  This is coming and it's coming fast.  Who knew that we would be standing in line to be "bar-coded".

 

One question for you, people need to have the contact sharing tool already installed for it to work?  Right?

Oct 25, 2010 09:01 PM
Patrick White
Home Driven Realty, Inc - Baldwin, NY
Driven to bring New Yorkers home

Good Morning Jeffery

Thanks for the post and information regarding scanning and barcodes. Have a great day.

Oct 25, 2010 09:33 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Well done blog. Thanks for sharing. I like the idea of putting the bar code on the back of business cards.

Oct 25, 2010 10:10 PM
Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group
Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates - Amherst, NH
Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate

Hi Jeffrey, Talk about real estate 2010!  And the hip shall inherit the real estate business...

Oct 25, 2010 10:44 PM
Don Spera
CR Property Group, LLC - East York, PA
Serving York and Adams County, PA

Things are changing so rapidly, we almost need an office within an office to keep up.

Oct 26, 2010 12:27 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Jeffery, it's this type of usage which will provide merit to the QR.  Time will tell what capabilities can be derived from it.  Like you said, kind of toy like or more of a novelty now but it will be huge I believe!

Oct 26, 2010 04:19 AM
Jeffery Newton
Redlands, CA

Thanks for the feedback -- Yes, things are moving fast!

@Roy -- I just ordered my business cards -- and yes, they have a barcode on the back with the saying, "Got a Smart Phone? Scan Me!"

@ Rene -- Well, I think that we all would settle for more referrals!

@Don -- Technology is really changing the face of the business.  Remember the big 'ole MLS book?

@Kevin -- Kind of a novelty, yes, but very usable.

Oct 26, 2010 04:50 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That was quick and easy, now I have your contact info in my phone!  I need to look deeper into this!

Nov 02, 2010 10:52 AM
Jeffery Newton
Redlands, CA

@Georgina -- Mahalo!  I'll follow up with a video on my business cards that have the QR barcode on them.  My auntie and cousins live in Honolulu.  ;-)

Nov 02, 2010 08:37 PM