There's been a lot of buzz about QR codes lately. I was on the fence about them until last night, when my husband complained to me:
"I wish Blackberry had a feature where you could just edit the web address that comes up automatically from your contact list, rather than having to retype it."
That's right, he was complaining about having to retype about a dozen or so letters. I mean, really. But my husband is the king of time management and efficiency, and very busy as head of a company, and he found it inefficient to have to retype a web address.
Well, what if there was a nifty tool that allows you to scan a code from a sign, a business card, a flyer, even a web-site, so that you're brought automatically, without having to type in any letters or symbols, to the information you want to see?
And here's another thought: With a QR code, you're not relying on someone's ability to enter your web address correctly. My web site ends in .ca. I don't know how many people have typed in .com, trying to find me, only to end up either getting bounced or being led to a site that is clearly not mine.
Yup, I think QR codes are here to stay, even if only 1 in every 171,323.6 people know what the heck they are at this very moment.
Now I've got work to do, QR codes to create, and marketing people to speak to.
OK, so creating it took about 30 seconds. I went to kaywa to create it, which lets you save the code in different sizes (XL, L, M and S). It also provides you with the HTML code if you want that too. Here's mine:
Tell me if it works, OK? I still need to get the app on my Blackberry, though I read somewhere recently that it was built in...
UPDATE: It freakin' works! OMG this is amazing. I went to Blackberry Apps on my computer to find the QR Code scanner. Then I plugged my Blackberry into my computer, and downloaded the free scanner app, which stored on my Blackberry in my downloads file as QR Scanner Pro.
When I open that application, it asks me if I want to scan a QR code. I click on that link, it scans the QR code right from the computer screen in front of me and takes me to my web-site automatically. This is gonna blow my husband's mind!
Apparently, this particular scanner will also e-mail or phone whatever QR code you scan, if the information in the QR code is an e-mail address or a phone number. If the information in the code is a web address, it'll bring you automatically to that web-site.
This is amazing.