Friday, November 18, 2011

How to generate your own QR Codes: Tutorial (and what is a QR Code?)

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You've seen these QR Codes popping up everywhere, right?

How to generate your own QR Codes - Tutorial by Tricia @ SweeterThanSweets

I just got an iPhone 4S so I definitely scan those codes to see what I've been missing.

(If you're wondering what QR Codes are, they're images that you scan using smart phones with built-in cameras. When you scan the image, you are taken to a website, email, phone number or whatever else the advertiser wants to share with you. Think of it as an opt-in marketing strategy.)

Well, drumroll please... now you can make them yourself! Link to your blog, your Etsy shop, your Facebook page, whatever you want. I first learned about this here and I got straight to work!

How to generate your own QR Codes - Tutorial by Tricia @ SweeterThanSweets

It pretty much can't get any easier. Go to the QR Code Generator website here. Select the type of data (web site, email address, social media, etc.), then input your url of choice. Choose a different color other than black if desired, then click Download Image! That simple.

Wondering which app to use to scan these codes? See the recommendations at the end of this article. I'm using QRafter since it's free.

Here are how mine turned out:

How to generate your own QR Codes - Tutorial by Tricia @ SweeterThanSweets

You can scan them right there on your computer screen or you can print them out and use them on printed material.

I'm thinking about signs for craft shows, coupon codes, business cards, ads in local stores... how are you going to use your QR Codes?

19 comments:

  1. How very cool. I don't have a smart phone...yet, but this will definetly come in handy. Thanks for sharing...I'll have to share this on our team blog, with a back link to here, if that's ok with you?
    Debbi
    - ourhometoyours

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  2. This is so cool. I haven't done it yet, but it's on my endless list of things to do. :-)

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  3. I generated one on my iPhone, very cool. I'm just wondering how many people get to scanning them . . . maybe I'll stick a few on my blog :-)

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  4. How cool! I've been seeing these everywhere! What a fun way to use technology to advertise :)

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  5. That is really cool! Thanks so much for sharing. I would love for you to come link up to my party going on right now if you have the time. My readers would really like this. http://www.literallyinspired.com/2011/11/what-you-talkin-bout-wednesday-moon-pig.html

    Have a great day!

    Ginger

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  6. Good information - thanks for the links!

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  7. Thanks for sharing! I was wondering what those things did. I don't have an Iphone but everyone else seems to so it is definitely useful!

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  8. Love this! I did one and I put a link to your blog on my fb page!

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing this! I've been seeing these and I made a note to myself to research it further and here it is! I don't have to look any further. Great informaion.

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  10. this is a really cool idea. I don't have a smart phone but I do have a shop to market. Is this something that's mostly for printed stuff? Also I'd love you to link this to my party at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/2011/11/what-i-wore-wednesdays-1.html

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  11. Very cool! If you get a chance, I'd love to have you link up to my party at http://scrapbookingez.blogspot.com/2011/11/anything-goes-linky-party_17.html. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. The little techy in my got SO excited when I saw this! thanks so much for sharing!

    http://ineverylittlemoment.blogspot.com/

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  13. Thanks for this! Just got QR codes for everything ;-)! Now to decide how to use them...

    An Unrefined Vegan
    Dough, Dirt & Dye
    Empty On the Inside

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  14. This is a really cool idea! I could put it on business cards...Hmm...

    Thanks for the link!

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  15. Very cool! It will be interesting to see how the codes take off in every day use with the iphones being so popular.

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  16. Thanks for the great information. I'm fascinated by QR codes and use them often. Now I want to try making my own.

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  17. Awesome, thanks so much for sharing this!

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