TheAspenStand: Wondering If Those Squiggly Designs Really Work

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wondering If Those Squiggly Designs Really Work

I was introduced to the “little squiggly black designs in a square format” called a QR code some time ago when it was explained that the value of the code was to help market my Zazzle store and products. 

At the time, I didn’t own a smart phone to check how it worked and people I asked who had smart phones didn’t have or use the app to read the code so I didn’t think much more about it. I did find a QR code generator, input  the URL for my store TheAspenStand at Zazzle and got a code which I saved.

QR, QR code, smart phone, code, barcodeLately, I’ve seen QR codes more frequently. I saw it in the May 2011 Arizona Highways issue “A Special State Parks Guide.” I still don’t have a smart phone but I’m assuming that QR code sends readers to the website for Arizona Highways website as it explains next to the code.

I read this information on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia which verifies what I’d heard. “A QR code (short for Quick Response) is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera phones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data.”

Although a year old, I found this article "What BusinessCard? Just Scan My QR Code"  from March 2010 interesting because it showed me a whole new way as to how the QR code could be used.  “What are QR codes?” was the most current data I found and reinforced that they are a bit more popular than when I was first introduced to them. 

So I uploaded the code that I’d saved to Twitpix and asked the friendly Zazzle shop keepers at The ZUG forum who owned a smart phone with the app to let me know if it worked.  A couple of members verified that the code I had saved worked as described so I decided to start adding it to some products.  This back side of this customizable greeting card is the first product to display my store QR code. When you click the image to see it on the product page, look at the back side of the greeting card and "Voila" I’ve launched the “little squiggly black designs in a square format” called a QR code.
  
Blue Collar, Red Heart Cat Love card
Blue Collar, Red Heart Cat Love by Exit178

 

It would be nice if someday I was told that my store/product was found by reading a QR code from somewhere.  Check out the related articles below for more information. 

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