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Create a QR Code for Your Blog or Business

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!




Comments

  1. for my sister’s wedding, one of the guest actually did one of these codes for her wedding card…it was hillariously funny

  2. I had no idea. Thanks Susan for passing along this information. Hope you have a fabulous time at Haven!

  3. Hi Susan,
    I have never heard of these codes…
    I had seen them but didn’t know wat they were.
    Thanks for the info.
    Have a good time at Haven.
    God Bless
    Barb from AAustralia

  4. Oh Susan, I’m so glad you’re going. Leo and I will be there, and I’d really like to meet you. I had read about the QR codes being placed on business cards, but I already had ours printed up before I read about them. See you soon,
    Jane

  5. WOW – love the advice on the codes. What fun. On Haven- I just heard of this this week. Would love to attend a blog conf now that I know they exist. Will be on the look out for one in the future and can’t wait to hear from people about Haven.

  6. Good morning Susan,
    How cool is that, I’ve never heard of a QR code either. Also how awesome that you get to attend the Haven conference and live so close to where it will be. Have a great time~bring back lots of tips. :0)

  7. Hi Susan,
    ‘ I will be at Haven too! Living in Marietta, I couldn’t pass it up. Can’t wait…hope I do get to see you. I don’t have a blog, I’m just a follower so I hope I can get in the DIY meetings.
    Hope so see you there!
    Judi

  8. You are way more rech savvy that I am. Good job on the quest for a QR code.

  9. That is fantastic info. Thank you for sharing with us! I had no idea it was that easy!

  10. Ann S Mindicino says:

    Great information. QR codes as you explain them seem pretty simple to set up. I’m surprised you’ve never attended a blogging conferences. As a follower of BNOTP I would think you could actually give a course. Enjoy and can’t wait to hear what you learn there.

  11. You know I’ll be there! Are you heading over tonight for the party? I went to a SITS blog conference in Atl last October. I was so nervous but everyone was really nice and you get to talking to people really easily!

  12. SheilaG says:

    I wish I had done this for my biz cards! It was great meeting you at Rhoda’s painting parties, hope to see you tonight! :)

    • Sheila, I didn’t know about them when I had my cards printed up either. Remind me to share the name of the local printing company I used. They had the stickers ready in no time.

  13. Kathleen says:

    I knew what they were, our daily newspaper has it on the front. BUT, how do you scan it on to an ipad?
    Have fun at Haven. I have read several bloggers I visit are going.

    • Kathleen, just download the i-nigma app or one of the other apps designed to read QR codes. I read some good stuff about i-nigma and went with that one. Then you just open the app, point the camera on your iPad or Smart phone at a QR code, it makes a happy sound and you know it has read it. It will take you directly to the site attached to the QR code.

      • Kathleen says:

        Thanks, Susan. My ipad doesn’t have a camera, I think only the newer ones do. I have a stupid phone! :)

  14. Haven sounds so very exciting and fun! I am sure you all will leave heads swimming with ideas! I have seen these codes and love the concept! Amazing technology! I hope you have a fantastic time and can’t wait to hear what you learn!
    Kathy

  15. Hi Susan,

    Have your ever seen a QR code for your pet?
    Sounds crazy but Fur Code in Ranson, WV makes them and naturally my pooch has one.
    Not sure if you could do one for Max with the QR code generator.
    The Fur Code is permanent, information can be added at any time.
    It hangs on her collar along with her license.
    After you receive the tag, log on to the web site, once there you can enter
    your pets name, birthday, breed, vet, medications, allergies, your phone #,
    micro chip, the great thing about
    the Fur Code is you can make part of your information private., or public.
    I don’t remember the cost as I won the Fur Code, but I believe it’s $14.00.
    http://www.furcode.com/id/a6

    • Linda, that sounds like a great idea. Max is an indoor kitty but I can see how that would really come in handy if he ever got out accidentally. Pretty amazing what all can be made available with that little square code.

  16. Thanks for passing the information along. I have seen a few on business cards, but really no clue as to how they were used. Have a wonderful time at Haven, can’t wait to hear what you have learned.

  17. thanks so much for sharing this info, susan:) have fun at haven!

  18. Susan, I had never heard of those codes, but how cool!! Am waiting with bated breath to hear how you enjoy the blogging seminar and you also get to meet some of your followers. Now I am almost wishing I had a blog!! :) Have fun !!!

  19. QR codes are so neat (when they work)! I work for a web design firm and we design a lot of mobile pages for companies’ QR codes to link to so I’m fairly familiar with them.

  20. Love your blog and pinned this. (You should add a pin it button to the post. Just a suggestion :-)

  21. Merri Jo says:

    Wow– you are multiplying my gray matter! ;-). Thanks for even more well-taught information. The only reason I was ever aware of the codes is due to the scanner app on my iPhone. Have a fabulous time making what I am sure will be wonderful connections @ Haven!

  22. Mary from Virginia says:

    Thanks for the info on these “squares” I see every where but never thought to ask! Have a wonderful time and looking forward to a full report on Haven. What seminars are you taking?

  23. shared this information with my son (he’s my computer expert) and since I don’t have a website or a blog (yet) he said I don’t need it and they have been around for awhile. Then while paying bills I noticed the sticker on the fedex bill. In my business we’re still a little old fashioned; love that paper trail. Not exactly sure what you have to do to use the link to get the the website or blog? Can you clarify this part? Thanks Susan, hope you enjoyed your blogging seminar and was pleased to see the July 4th post as well if you remember how important this holiday is to me. Looking forward to hearing about your blogging conference. As always, thanks for sharing. Still want to know where or how you store all those great products in your blogs?

  24. Thanks for the info about this little guy! I am so excited to attend the She Speaks conference and still haven’t ordered my business cards. Maybe my procrastination has paid off since now I can add this too!

  25. Susan, I recently downloaded Quick Barcode onto my new Motorola Droid Razr. So, I grabbed my Droid while reading this great post and in less than 2 seconds it opened to your blog!!! That is amazing and as far as I know it’s not especially made for QR. I use it when shopping, too. Thanks for sharing the best info on the web…seriously, your blog is my information source. Thanks again for sharing such terrific information. (My husband watched me scan my computer screen to get your code and we both were amazed when your blog instantly opened on my Droid!) Helen

    • Wow, it even works on a barcode/QR code on a computer screen…how cool is that! I haven’t tried that.
      Thanks, Helen! I love learning new things and love sharing it all with you and the others who read BNOTP. We are all learning together! :)

  26. Susan, it’s Helen again! You’re very welcome! I just added my QR to my current blog post. You’re welcome to try scanning my screen post. When I scanned your QR there was absolutely no delay unless you would call 2 seconds a delay! :) Just used my husband’s phone to scan my own off the screen and it opened with the http://www.helensdecor.com and there was a place to click to open. His phone is the same Droid as mine. Hope to hear if mine opens quickly for others, too. Thanks for changing my technology! First the mascara, then the iPad, and now QR. You’ve become a household word around here! Thank you for your kindness and sharing heart. Helen

  27. Aw shucks! I missed meeting you at Haven! I saw on another bloggers photos from the conference that had your photo “tagged” that you were there and I even remember seeing you, but I did not make the connection (in my poor little mind) that you are the Susan of “Between Naps On The Porch” fame. I was not hip enough to have one of these codes on my cards. I am trying to be more tech-y after seeing how “well connected” digitally every one else was than me at Haven.

    • Oh, so sorry we missed meeting! I hope they have it again next year…I’ll definitely be there if they do. You know the techy thing I enjoyed having access to the most at Haven was my iPad. It was lightening fast for moderating comments and checking in on the blog.

  28. I’m glad to get the scoop on these because I’ve been seeing them everywhere but didn’t know how people generated them for their business cards or used them. So cool! Maybe I can get my act together in time for next year’s conference. Thanks, Susan! :-)

  29. Tisha Joiner says:

    Your entire site is awesome but the section on blogs rocks!

  30. I just found your site tonight on a rabbit trail, and I’ve spend hours on it already. Thank you for the good advice and lovely inspiration!

    I’ve used QR codes two different ways your readers who don’t have a business might enjoy.

    First, I made QR code invitations for my son’s 16th birthday, linking to a temporary (and now deleted) blogspot page. The kids knew just what to do with them! http://www.humofdelicious.com/2012/01/old-dog-and-new-tricks.html

    Then, for Christmas this year, I gave homemade liqueurs to friends. We live in the Bible belt, and I knew some of them wouldn’t be inclined to knock them back straight, but a QR code on the back of each bottle directs them to a page of recipes which incorporate the liqueurs. Instant easy conscience! Impressed as they were that I MADE arancello, many commented on the QR code first and most. Funny! (One took weeks, one took about a minute. Next year I may just give out QR code Christmas cards! ;) ) http://www.humofdelicious.com/2012/12/not-your-mothers-handmade-christmas.html

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