You only need two things to use QR codes:
- A smartphone with Internet connection
- A Quick Response code reader
Many of the newer smartphones have a Quick Response code reader already installed.
If your phone already doesn’t have the reader installed, you can visit your phone’s website and download the reader. There are numerous applications in the iPhone App Store that read QR Codes. Windows Mobile users can download QuickMarks. And most Android phones BlackBerries and Nokia handsets are ready to go right out of the box.
After you have you have your reader installed, start the application and take a picture of the Quick Response code. Make sure that your hand is steady and that you are able to include the whole code into the picture. Note that the white edge is part of the QR code, it is actually black patterns on a white box, so make sure you get it all. If you don’t have a steady hand or don’t include the whole code, the scan won’t work. No need to worry though, just keep on snapping until you get it. QR scanner online
Depending on your software, it may take between five to thirty seconds for the application to decode the information written behind the code. Quick Response codes can hold a URL, a phone number or physical address, or even text (for best results try to keep the text below 300 characters. It creates a less complex QR Code which will work better on older cell phones)
You don’t have to be a Techno Guru to take advantage of such cutting edge technology. Anyone with access to the internet can generate their own code for free. There are numerous Quick Response generating sites out there, simply type ‘QR generator’ into your favorite search engine. All you have to do is provide the data you want your code to hold and the generator will create your own personal QR Code.
Use QR Codes to invite people to your own personal website, blog, articles, media sites, your Facebook page or any other online social networking sites. Put your personal QR code on stickers, t-shirts.
If you are a business, you can add one to your business card containing your contact details so it’s easy for someone to add you to their contacts on their cell phone. Put a QR Code containing your website’s URL to your other promotional materials such as letterhead and envelopes. Add them to any print advertising like flyers, posters, pamphlets, banners, etc.
QR codes can hold a URL, a phone number or physical address, or even text (for best results try to keep the text below 300 characters. It creates a less complex code which will work better on older cell phones) Use your new Quick Response code for product details, contact details, offer details, coupons, links to Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube videos. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.