10 seconds to make your own QR Code

9 Feb

It couldn’t be easier to get your very own QR code. So let’s get it done. Go to this link here.

Enter a URL.

Could be your personal website, your about.me profile page, your blog.

Even that surveillance video of you selling plastic explosives to those nice boys from al-Qaida.

Choose the size. Click on “generate”!

And voila, your very own QR code. Where you use it is up to you. Be creative. Have fun.

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20 Responses to “10 seconds to make your own QR Code”

  1. Anonymous February 9, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    I’m going to see if my wife will knit me a nice Christmas sweater with that on it.

  2. Anonymous February 9, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    “Melaina is awesome” doesn’t look quite as awesome as I imagined…

  3. dougbrowncreative February 9, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    I recommend tattooing your QR code your forehead. A sure-fire way to get your pic in SNAP Victoria!

  4. :]ack February 9, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Huh, I didn’t even have to hit the “Easy” button.

  5. Mario Parise February 9, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    wow… that really was easy. neato.

    thanks for the quick tutorial 🙂

  6. dougbrowncreative February 9, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    You can use it as your profile pic when you comment on blogs like this Mario. That green identifier thing is almost a QR code anyway.

  7. Jody Beck February 9, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    Hey Doug,
    Love that you are promoting the use of QR codes. As you may have seen, we have implemented similar technology in YAM Magazine http://www.pageonepublishing.ca/publications/YAM-JF-2011/index.html (see MINI ad, inside front cover or style watch department, page 14). We use Microsoft Tag – the software and campaign tracking is free, which is a great value add for clients who would like to integrate dynamic content into their print collateral.

    My question: what would you recommend is the best reader for QR codes? There are many to choose from.

    Cheers,
    Jody

  8. dougbrowncreative February 9, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    Hey Jody, I have noticed the QR codes in YAM. These things are popping up everythere. There is also a big one beside Picnic restaurant down on Fort at Wharf. Good to see so many YYJ businesses ahead of the curve. I recommend this reader here: http://get.beetagg.com/ Pop the URL into your smartphone’s browser and download away.

  9. Jody Beck February 9, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Thanks Doug,

    I am downloading now. I have noticed that some QR generating sites offer free analytics (Tag) and other paid (i-nigma); I believe enRoute magazine uses i-nigma. It’s a good idea for businesses to do some research before jumping in with both feet. Tag is great for collecting data, exporting it and generating a heat map for where scans are taken (geographically). I agree it is terrific to see more and more businesses getting involved, and why wouldn’t they? More awareness equals more consumer engagement.

  10. dougbrowncreative February 9, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Good point Jody. The analytics are the key to getting the most out of your codes. If any readers have useful experiences with other readers and consider the analytics superior, please share.

  11. Mario Parise February 9, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    The idea I had for analytics is bit of a quick hack.

    Just use Google Analytics (others may work too, but I dont have experience with them), and append your URL with #QR when entering it into the code generator.

    For example, rather than putting in http://www.yourcopeland.com/, put in http://www.yourcopeland.com/#QR.

    The browser will ignore the #QR, thus not impacting the user experience in any way, but Analytics will notice that and you should be able to distinguish traffic in that way.

    If you’re running multiple campaigns and want to distinguish different QR codes, just give them different “hashtags”… like #QR1, #QR2, etc.

    There’s probably some fancier options out there, but I’m not sure what more you would really want out of your analytics.

    (Note: Technically, appending #QR to a URL is considered an anchor tag, but as long as there is no such anchor on the page, the browser will ignore it.)

  12. dougbrowncreative February 9, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Just tried that out on Google Analytics and it looks solid Mario. A perfectly sensible idea. The use of hashtags to differentiate mutiple codes is helpful too. Thanks for sharing your solve!

  13. Anonymous February 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    I downloaded Beetagg to my iPhone, clicked “install” and it now says “Verification Required. Before you can make purchases, you must tap Continue to sign in, then verify your payment info.”

    What’s that all about? I thought this app was for finding information… not doing transactions. What am I missing?

  14. dougbrowncreative February 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Sorry Anonymous, I’m unable to shed any light on that. The app downloaded beautifully onto my phone with no verification processes along the way.

  15. dougbrowncreative February 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    I just came across this too: “The first QR code generator designed for social media and social sharing”. http://www.socialqrcode.com/ It can generate codes for you that when accessed translates to a “like” nod on our Facebook page. It’s also free.

  16. Brad February 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Mario’s point with the hashtags is awesome, such a great solution.
    Another good generator site is this one here: http://zxing.appspot.com/generator/
    The contact information one is great. When scanned it pops right up as a contact page on the smartphone and you can add that person’s details right into your phone.

  17. dougbrowncreative February 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    Nice one Brad. It’s every bit as simple and fast as the one in the post. And I love that you can get all that contact data with it. Or not. Appreciate that link.

  18. Brad February 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    On a related note, I have noticed some QR codes popping up at my school. The thing is they have no instructions or other content explaining them. I haven’t had a chance to scan one of them yet, but it got me to wondering if people were more likely or less likely to scan not knowing what they are going to be getting. Personally, I like to know what I’m getting and most of the time there is at least a line like ‘Scan here for ____’. I think it would be a really easy and interesting experiment to do – one QR code alone, one QR code with a promise. Who gets more scans? The code with the mystery or the code with nothing to hide?

  19. dougbrowncreative February 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    This is a timely comment Brad as I thought the same thing walking down Fort St. today. There’s a huge QR code on a shop front, but what’s my motivation to stop, snap it and wait for the download in order to find out what’s going on. To make matters worse, this one is up so high off the sidewalk you can’t actually line your camera up to get the code in linearly unless you are standing in the traffic.

    I think the novelty of these will wear off quickly and consumers will want to know what the hell they’re in line for before or they won’t scan them. It’s like a tweet with no context. It may work once but we’re all far too busy to speculate. Thanks for that comment!

  20. Social QR Code February 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Dougbrown,

    Thanks for mentioning http://www.SocialQRCode.com!

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