Scan 2D and UPC barcodes found on products, in magazines, stores and even online for price comparison, special offers, info and downloads. It’s fun, easy and free. You can even create your own FREE Mobile Barcode at www.att.com/createacode.
A QR Code is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera phones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data. – wikipedia
I downloaded quite a few QR readers to test out which ones work well enough to add to my tech toolbox. I came up with…
AT&T’s Create-a-Code is a free service that allows you to create mobile barcodes for personal use. You can create codes that, when scanned, connect users to contact information and websites you choose such as v-cards, favorite websites, blogs, and much more. You can share your codes with friends, family, and colleagues on business cards, stickers, websites, or even on social network sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
I actually think QR codes are very useful, especially since we will all be carrying smart-phones within the next 5 years (my opinion only, not based on fact). I have never punched in a website’s address that I saw on a billboard or print advertisement into my smartphone as soon as I saw it. I would scan a QR code to get more information. If you are using traditional print advertising you may want to now start including a QR code allowing people to be pointed to a website of your choosing to get even more information about whatever it is you are advertising.
So, if you use the free AT&T service – after you make the codes, which are good for up to a year, you can then go back to the AT&T QR website and view the analytics of your code. That means you can see how many times your code was accessed and can see how many hits your codes has received over the last 11 weeks.
There is no cost to create a code and the AT&T QR Reader on the iPhone is completely free meaning most everyone will eventually have a QR reader on their smart-phones. The QR Reader on the iPhone wil also read UPC codes making this a very versatile app that could replace whatever barcode reader app you may already be using.
[box]There are literally hundreds of websites on the internet that will generate QR codes for you so I will be interested in hearing if anyone else has a QR Code generating website to recommend and why.[/box]