What is a QR Code?
You can think of a QR code as a paper-based hyperlink that connects the physical world with the online world. For marketers, QR codes allow advertisements, brochures, posters – even clothing or billboards – to direct users to mobile landing pages that contain much more information and interactivity than can be afforded on the printed page. This integration between print and web via mobile adds a new dimension of communication to any marketing or outreach effort. A QR Code works by simply scanning the code with a mobile device that is equipped with a camera and QR Code reader application. These applications can be downloaded for free on popular smartphone platforms such as iPhone and Android. Once the QR Code is scanned using the device’s camera it is translated into actionable information, such as a text message or mobile web page.
The advantages of using QR codes on paper cups:
They’re really easy to make and FREE. You can head to any number of QR generator websites, type in the website or landing page that you want to direct your target market through to and they’ll automatically generate a QR code for you for FREE. You can even get sites that will customise the code to your desired colour and include you logo as part of the code.
These codes can be made much smaller than the information they contain. So instead of placing a long URL or lengthy instructions on a paper cup, you can simply place a small QR code.
While your target market is holding the paper cup in their hand for 15-20mins, it’s more than likely that they’ve got their mobile phone in the other hand or at the very least within arm’s reach – perfect time to get them to scan a QR code.
You can send your target market through a wide range of information depending on what action you are looking for them to take:
A mobile website or landing page
Call a telephone Number
Send a Text Message
Send an EmailView a Message or Special Offer
Download Contact Details (VCARD)
View a Google Maps Location
View a Social Media Profile
Now while you can certainly use QR codes on paper cups – that doesn’t automatically mean that you should.