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Free Tools to Generate Your Own QR Code. Posted by Katherine Meyer on August 8, 2011 · 3 Comments This is V3im on QR Codes...

Free Tools to Generate Your Own QR Code

Whether you love them or hate them (or maybe even have no idea what they are), QR codes are quickly gaining popularity as marketing tools. We have talked a lot about how mobile communications are the next big frontiers–and people like Patrick Donnelly, CEO of QR Arts, laud these 2D barcodes as “…an opportunity to turn a brand impression into an interactive exchange in under 10 seconds.” How to Use Barcodes at Conferences (and Why You Might Want To) Audiences for oral presentations and poster sessions at academic conferences often want more information about a particular topic.

How to Use Barcodes at Conferences (and Why You Might Want To)

One way to provide this, obviously, is to create printed flyers or brochures and hope that you’ve brought enough copies for everyone who’s interested. But what if your printed handout doesn’t make it all the way back on your audience member’s trip home? During the 2011 Digital Humanities conference at Stanford University (currently underway) some people are making use of QR codes, a specific kind of two-dimensional bar code (also known as a matrix code).

For example, Peter Organisciak gave a talk entitled “When to Ask For Help: Evaluating Projects For Crowdsourcing,” and on one of his presentation slides–as you can see in the photo at the start of this post–he displayed this QR code: Those of us in the audience with smartphone apps that can read (and interpret) QR codes were able to snap a picture using the camera and then visit the associated page online. A QR Code tells a much bigger story than a barcode. June 21, 2011 EDMONTON, AB, June 21, 2011/ Troy Media/ – If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a QR Code can be worth tens of thousands or maybe even more.

A QR Code tells a much bigger story than a barcode

You may be asking what a QR Code is. Think of it as a high-density barcode, which is something we encounter everywhere in everyday life, on consumer goods, packaging, freight, business forms and even the test tubes from blood samples. Barcodes are used for logistics and inventory tracking and in manufacturing, healthcare, among many others. Because of its simple design, information can be easily scanned and quickly uploaded to a computer or a Point of Sale system. HOW TO: Make Your QR Codes More Beautiful. Hamilton Chan is CEO and founder of Paperlinks.

HOW TO: Make Your QR Codes More Beautiful

QR Codes: How To Create Your Own. Using Twitter & QR Codes at Conferences. QR Code Tools. The quick-response code is the hipster marketing must-have of the moment.

QR Code Tools

Here's a look at what you'll need to get started. We all use bar codes to buy things. Now small businesses may be able to use them to sell things. For pure techno hip factor, it’s tough to beat quick response codes. Known as QR codes, these bizarre-looking, black-and-white gridded squares are actually straightforward: They render information in a way that digital devices can easily understand.

QR codes are popping up not only at hipster events like the annual South by Southwest music and digital conference and festival in Austin, Texas, but also in mainstream corporate marketing. Until recently, it was difficult for small firms to use bar codes as big firms do -- to connect promotions, company information, calls to action and other marketing tools to business cards, flyers, signage and other business collateral.

No more. Related: Using QR Codes to Promote Your Business 1. 2. 3. Is This the Beginning of the End for QR? QR, is already time to say goodbye?

Is This the Beginning of the End for QR?

We hardly knew you! If Google’s recent actions are any indicator, then QR codes — those “Quick Read” matrix barcodes you see on websites, products, and posters — might be going the way of the dinosaur. Last week, all QR codes mysteriously vanished from the Google Places Dashboard. Must be a mistake, right? Nope. “Users will no longer find unique QR codes in their Places accounts. So, if they aren’t using QR, what will Google use instead? Google believes so much in the NFC technology that they put a built-in NFC chip in their new Nexus, and have been testing the technology as a form of payment.

Of course, some credit cards already have a contactless chip embedded in the plastic, rendering the need to swipe your card useless. What Is A QR Code & Why Do You Need One? We all know that one of the keys to great SEO is making sure you keep your website updated, new and fresh.

What Is A QR Code & Why Do You Need One?

Whether you do this with a blog, or you change your homepage with new offers, coupons or new products, it serves to show Google that your site is “alive.” For many small businesses in particular, this is a real challenge. How QR Codes Can Grow Your Biz. What are QR codes and how can they help your business?

How QR Codes Can Grow Your Biz

Keep reading to find out. QR Codes Gaining Prominence. 5 Unique Uses 4 QR Codes. Dana Oshiro is an irreverent writer with a love of mahjong, the internets & niu ro mien. She authors a blog at . Anyone with a smartphone can scan and read QR codes with the click of a camera, and anyone with access to a computer can generate QR codes themselves. BayBrain's offers a QR bar code generator and links to a comprehensive list of software for code reading. By scanning the codes, you can access images, websites and text. By creating the codes, you can produce your own messages. Usually synonymous with mass production, the quick response (QR) bar code was originally created by Japanese company Denso-Wave to keep inventory. Got any cool uses for QR codes? 1. Users can embed code with text or links to their favorite images, music and sites.

I'd avoid any permanent tattoos, but these temporary ones could be cool promo pieces. Why QR Codes Will Go Mainstream. QR codes & smartphones. OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)--Recently the news has focused on how the use of smartphones has given a wake-up call to politicians as the phones have been instrumental changing politics in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

QR codes & smartphones

But smartphones are not only toppling powerful dictators. Recently they also have been reported to have deposed another unchallenged king of the mountain: the personal computer. Technology researchers reported that smartphone shipments surpassed PC shipments in the past quarter. Now some ministry leaders are getting the call to create smart phone outreach using mobile websites and bar code scanners. New Quick Response (QR) barcode technology is revolutionizing communications, and many churches are deciding it is wise for ministers to incorporate the smart phone into their outreach planning.