Have you ever been to a blog conference? I have not, but I’ll be attending my first ever this week. I’m excited and a little nervous…but mostly excited.
I couldn’t pass up attending Haven since it’s right here in my backyard. According to Google Maps, the location is 8 miles from my home.
I’ve been reading a little about what you should take along with you when attending a blog conference and most things are just as you would think: comfortable clothing, laptop (if you have one), smart phone (if you have one), business cards, QR code, note pad for taking notes…screech. Hold the phone! What’s that? A QR code?
I had heard of them and I kinda knew what they were…but not really. I knew they were those funky looking squares that resemble bar codes, but aren’t bar codes. After a little research I discovered QR stands for Quick Response and lots of folks are putting them on the back of their business cards these days.
Here’s how it works: You can generate a QR code that represents/links to your business or blog. Then you can add it to the back (or front) of your business card. When someone takes your card, when they scan your QR code with a smart phone or iPad, they will instantly be taken to your website or blog. Cool!
Here are a few ways they can be used: employers can link a QR code to an online job application, real estate companies can place them on their for-sale signs and link them to video or info about a property, business owners can place a QR code in the corner of a sales ad to convey additional info about their store or product to a customer who owns a smart phone and restaurant owners can use them to share their hours or menu.
Yesterday I Googled “QR Code Generator” and landed at THIS site. I plugged in the BNOTP blog URL and it generated the QR code you see below.
I contacted a local printing company and they generated/printed the BNOTP QR code onto stickers so I could place it on the back of my business cards. I thought about printing up my own on my home printer but I wasn’t sure if my printer could handle stickers and ink cartridges are pricey.
If you are due to have business cards printed up real soon, go ahead and have your QR code printed right on the back (or front) of your card. Next time I need more cards that’s probably what I’ll do.
For a small additional cost, I had a cute graphic added to the back, along side the code. It’s possible to even have your graphic in the center of your QR code, but you have to really know what you’re doing to have the code designed that way and still have it work properly when scanned. Here’s how the QR code sticker I’m placing on the back of my business card looks. As you can see, you can even add some additional wording or whatever you wish.
Here’s a graphic for Pinterest in case it’s helpful for future reference to this post.
I also downloaded the i-nigma app to my iPad and smart phone today so I can scan the QR codes of my fellow bloggers at the conference.
I can’t wait to share the conference with you. I still can’t believe I’m actually getting to go to one! BTW, I don’t think you have to be a blogger or have a blog to attend a blog conference. I think anyone who is interested in blogging can register to attend one. Haven has been sold out now for a while, but just keep that in mind if you’ve been thinking about starting a blog.
What should I take to Haven?
Have you ever been to a blog conference? If so, please share what your must-haves are when attending blog conferences. Tell this newbie what she should take with her. I won’t be spending the night since I live just 8 miles away, but what do I need to take with me during the day? Can’t wait to hear your suggestions!
Are you going to Haven? If so, look for me. I’ll be that woman with the “deer in the headlights” look on her face. 😉
Pssst: Looking for a few more helpful blogging tips? Check out the “Blogging” section under the DIY category heading at the top of BNOTP, or go here: Blogging Tips/Tutorials.
See you tomorrow for Tablescape Thursday!