What is a QR Code?
A QR Code is a barcode that can link to multiple kinds of data, including URL links, addresses, and text. QR stands for Quick Response. QR Codes became popular in Japan after Toyota developed them as a new way to ID their cars.
How do I use them?
To access these QR Codes, you need a smartphone with a QR Code Reader installed. There is no “one size fits all” reader across different platforms. Each smartphone has a variety of options when it comes to QR Code Readers. With your smartphone, you scan a QR Code using the camera on your phone. From there, the code directs you to a piece of information, usually online. Each QR Code gives different data. Businesses can use QR Codes to provide coupons, offer consumer advice and information, stage competitions, replace business cards or give access to company literature. Additionally, companies can use QR Codes for advertising, directing consumers to their social media sites, or giving consumers access to their company’s store via the web after store hours. A major plus with QR Codes is that they can essentially be printed on anything, from paper to a t-shirt.