QR codes are everywhere. On my last trip through Denver International, I noticed a bank using QR codes to link to Sedoku games. They had a large advertisement displaying QR codes and were encouraging travelers to scan the codes with their smart phones. By doing so, they would be re-directed to the Sedoku games. Pat Alexander had a guest post by Mary Biever on her insurance Ecosystem blog covering QR codes, which helped further explain what QR codes are and how they can be used. While catching up on articles in Google Reader this morning, I saw that Chris Brogan had done a short post on using PingTags to create a QR code that links to your Linkedin account. I have been messing around with QR codes this past week and it caught my attention. Interesting? Anyway, I had to give PingTags a try.
Using PingTags is really easy. You simply allow them to connect to your LinkedIn account and they automatically generate the QR code. Now what? Well, as they suggest, you might add this code to your business card. Perhaps you can have a bunch of tee shirts printed up with your code on them. Put them on any print ad that you do. Actually, this would be a great way for vendors at a convention to provide company information – at least much better than loading everyone up with a bunch of brochures.
PingTags is only one example of an easy way to generate your own unique QR code. If you search Google for QR generators you will find many others. In fact, Google Places allows businesses to create them and link such information as reviews, contact information and even coupons.
Ok, that is how you create your QR code. To use them on your phone you need a scanner/reader. Again, search Google for “QR scanner (make of phone)”. Some phones have the reader built in. I downloaded one of the free Apps for my iPhone.
That is pretty much it. Oh… The QR Code in this post is the one from PingTags. By scanning it you will be taken to my LinkedIn profile – try it.
Are you using QR codes to promote yourself or your business? How?