Friday, November 4, 2011

Meet Q - My QR Code

I took an Introduction to Digital Marketing and Communications course last weekend at SAIT, my Alma Mater.  One of the topics we discussed was around QR codes and how much easier they are for catching people who are on the go with their smartphones.   The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to have one of my own.

I must first admit, though, that I have never actually scanned one myself!  Eep!   It's not that I don't want to - I just never think to.   I know how to bring up my own on my BBM so someone can add me, but I've never added anyone from one.  I think they are brilliant for real estate agents...put a qr code on an ad or a sign and instantly prospective buyers can see more detail about the house they are standing in front of.

So, today, I decided to get a QR Code for my blog. I've been pondering ordering "business cards" (blogger cards?) and I thought it might be a nice addition to put on them.  I am going to have several events in the coming months where I might like to hand out the information and this seems like a quick and inexpensive way to do it.

First, I needed that code.  A quick Google later, I found Smarty Tags - a website that would create my code and allow me to track it (for free)

Meet Q (I know - I'm such an original namer) - the official QR Code for my blog

and, yes, I did scan it as my first QR code scan - because I was curious what it would do.

Too freaking cool.  Took me right to my blog (it did ask for my location but that wasn't mandatory).  Then, when I checked it online it told me where the code had been scanned.  I know this isn't new to those of you who already use QR codes all the time - but it was pretty cool for me as a first timer. 

Now, it's your turn :D

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