Suddenly, everywhere you look you see QR codes. From websites to product labels, both businesses and individuals are taking advantage of these odd little boxes to store massive amounts of information in a scannable format. If you'd like to follow suit, use these steps to make your own QR codes:
Step 1 - Decide What You Want to Say
Before generating a QR code, decide what information you want to convey to your audience. QR codes can do any of the following:
Step 2 - Download a QR Code Generator
There are tons of free QR code generators. Here are some of the more popular ones:
Step 3 - Enter the Content
Use the code generator's user interface to enter the message you want to deliver to your audience. At this point, you can specify the QR code type (URL, Text, SMS or Phone Number) and code size (bigger is better). Once everything is configured, press the generate button to display the QR code on the screen.
Step 4 - Test the QR Code
Download a QR code scanner and test your new creation. If something doesn't look quite right, go back to step 3 and try again.
Step 5 - Publish the QR Code
Once you're completely satisfied with the results, save the code to a permalink for online use or to a file to use on printed material. The QR code is ready for use on websites, blog entries, online or print advertisements, business cards, flyers or practically anywhere else.
Possible Uses for QR Codes
Now that you know there's nothing intimidating about creating a QR code, how will you use this new technology? If you're drawing a blank, here are some ideas to get you started:
QR codes are quickly redefining the way that information is communicated. If you're skeptical, consider the possibilities. The next time you're searching for a lost user manual, check your item for a QR code. If you find one, all the information you need might be a single scan away!
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