QR codes are two-dimensional barcodes. They are usually square and are colored black and white. The codes have information that can be viewed only when scanned using a smartphone with QR code reader software installed.
These codes are simple to generate using free generators online and can be created by anyone with access to a computer. The first thing you should do is download the QuickMark QR code reader through the market on your smartphone. I recommend this reader because I have tested it and it works on these codes.
Follow the steps below and you’ll have created your own QR code in no time at all.
Step 1 –
You can do a Google search for a free QR code generator but I am using QRStuff.com for demonstration purposes. QRStuff.com is easy to use and gives you step-by-step instructions as well. Once you get to the website you will see this:
Under step one you can choose to enter a URL, YouTube video, email address, and a list of other information. I left URL checked because I am only creating a code for this website.
Step 2 –
Under the section that has the number two, I simply entered http://QRTagGenerator.com. If you notice in the screen shot, you can see a black and white code on the right side of the page. This is my QR code as it was generated as soon as I entered the information.
Step 3 –
Now you can play with the color. As you can see in the screen shot below, I changed the color of the code from black and white to a dark green.
Step 4 –
The code is all done. Now all you have to do is click on the output option. For this demonstration, I downloaded the code and saved it to my computer. This is the finished code:
Now if you have the QuickMark reader installed, open the application, click “scan barcode,” hold the camera over the code and let it scan. It should show you the URL for this website.
That’s it. It’s a simple process to create your own QR codes. That’s all there is to using a free generator to creating your own QR code. Now you can easily create your own QR code with whatever information you’d like to share. After it’s created you can choose to have it printed on the items available through QRStuff or you may have different plans for how you will use it. Either way these codes are a great tool to add to your marketing campaign. Remember to direct people to web pages optimized for mobile use, provide them with deals and valuable information, and be creative!