You’ve decided to use a QR code in your marketing campaign. Great! Are you new to the Splitter QR code article series? Make sure to read through some of the recent blog posts in the series: how to build a perfect mobile optimized landing page, how to quickly generate a QR code and more. Today, I am focusing on some of the aspects of the advertising material itself. How to structure your QR code ad? What are they key elements for success? Let’s dive right in!
In my previous post in this QR code series I focused on how to make an effective mobile optimized landing page for your QR code marketing campaign. Today, I would like to talk about what’s important to consider when you first set out to actually make a QR code. This is a pretty straightforward step, but marketers often skim over it too quickly and do sometimes fatal mistakes. Don’t be one of them! Avoid the obvious mistakes by following the advice below.
You’ve seen them all, haven’t you? QR codes on billboards beside highways. QR codes on posters close to the floor so no one can really scan them. QR codes linking to Flash videos that don’t play on mobile phones. QR codes on posters deep below the ground in metro stations. Well, it doesn’t need to be like that – your QR code marketing campaign can and should (!) be driving meaningful ROI!
We really want to help you get even more value out of your marketing campaigns containing QR codes. For this reason, we have crafted a checklist that you can use before putting actual QR codes on your campaign or marketing material.
WD-40 has quite a remarkable story. In 1953, a fledgling company called Rocket Chemical Company and its staff of three set out to create a line of rust-prevention solvents and de-greasers for use in the aerospace industry, in a small lab in San Diego, California.
It took them 40 attempts to get the water displacing formula worked out. The original secret formula for WD-40®—which stands for Water Displacement perfected on the 40th try—is still in use today.
Nintendo is known as the gaming company that launched an era, but it certainly didn’t start out as a success. Nintendo’s first offering, the Famicom console, had to be recalled after only a few months. Atari’s failure in the mid-1980’s left the American video game market a mess, and the Nintendo NES barely sold when it was introduced in 1985. By the end of 1986, however, two little characters named Mario and Luigi had changed the history of American gaming forever and now look.. in July Pokemon Go raised Nintendo’s value by £6 bn in 2 days!
They are just two examples of many where something has not got off to a good start but has succeeded eventually. How does this link to QR codes I hear you ask.. There has to be a purpose to using a QR code because if there isn’t users will simply not waste their time, so this is definitely a rule that cannot be broken., whether that is to potentially win something, to gain discount/exclusive offer, to gain information etc.
A good example of how to use a QR code is The National Lottery. They put QR codes on lottery tickets. After a draw you can simple scan the QR code on the ticket and it will say where you have matched the draw. Personally I think this is genius, it saves time and gives you an instant result. Not only that, it is easily usable whilst out and about.
Example of a QR code campaign being a success:
At Splitter HQ we have a customer that uses the Pro Plan. They use the QR code feature in cities around Germany. They are on lampposts, fences and in shops. The QR codes are for monthly draws to win money, some QR codes direct users to free testers/free trials and others direct them to the businesses products. On average each QR code has 3000 scans per month (Stats fro Splitter Analytics). They are hugely popular! In conclusion if you make it worthwhile, they will be a success.
Ideas for QR code Campaigns
Create a campaign whereby a user can win something, scatter the QR codes across a city/town/country
Use a QR code to direct users to weekly offers
Use a QR code for a user to see a exclusive offer
Most of all the QR code needs to offer the user something.