QR Codes – When to Use Them

Hello, my name is Andrew Houglum, with Direct Business Marketing and today we are going to talk about a topic that annoys me. It is QR codes. QR codes are the little squares with the little boxes and you can use your cell phone and point it at the boxes and it will jump you right to a website. QR actually stands for Quick Response Code. Today we are going to talk about when to use them.

I might end up going off on my soap box here because I see them used wrong so many times. When should you use them? You should use them on print materials only. Don’t put it in the signature of your email. Why is that? A click on the link in the signature of the email is so much easier. I already have my mouse, I am already in your email, and you might as well give me a link instead of a QR code. If you’re thinking I’m going to get out my cell phone and point it at the screen to go to a website when at one instant I can click on my mouse. Don’t put it on your website. QR codes are intended for mobile use with your smart phone so that you can point at the QR code and jump to that specific website for more information. Another helpful tip for QR codes is, don’t link it to your home page. You know where the QR code is being used and what specific instance it’s being used. Most of our home pages are appealing to many different types of people for many different products and services that we are selling. For example on our website we talk about real estate marketing, we talk about SEO, we talk about print marketing, and we talk about all different topics. If I was using a print ad, I would know where they want to go and send them to a landing page. I want to send them to a landing page so I can capture their information. Again, use the QR codes properly. Don’t use them digitally on a signature of your email, it doesn’t make any sense. I can just click on a link rather than get out my cell phone to use it. Again, my name is Andrew Houglum with Direct Business Marketing and my phone number is 602-571-5803. My email address is [email protected] I want to draw your attention to our marketing assessment. Go to DirectBusinessMarketing.com/ma for marketing assessment. You can download it today. Thanks and have a great day.

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