What is a QR code? A quick response (QR) code is a square-shaped barcode that can be scanned by a smartphone to quickly take the user to a specific URL, whether that’s a blog, newsletter sign-up form or app download.

QR codes aren’t a modern creation. Far from it, in fact. They were invented in 1994 by a Japanese company called Denso Wave after it needed a more efficient way to track product manufacturing.

But these scannable barcodes became much more than just a tracker. By the 2010s, department stores were using them to direct people to mobile sites and more.

But there were a few issues. One: you needed a smartphone to scan a QR code. Two: smartphones required you to download a third-party app to scan. And three: physical spaces and websites often weren’t optimized for mobile users.

QR codes and content marketing

QR codes are an easy, cost-effective way to boost engagement via print marketing methods. They’ve been used everywhere, from museums that want to breathe life into still artworks and restaurants looking to provide contactless solutions for customers.

The key thing to remember is that they need a clear call to action. If a user knows what they’re going to get when they scan, they’re much more likely to bring out their phone. Plus, they won’t have to type in a lengthy URL to read your content or sign up for your webinar.

As well as being quick and accessible, QR codes are also simple to track. Whether you place yours in a magazine or on a window, you’ll be able to analyze scanning frequency, time, and location to see just how well they manage to connect with your target audience.

Why use a QR code?

    • To engage target audiences in any location
    • To give users a quick and easy way to access a specific piece of content
    • To provide an exclusive discount
    • As a mobile ticketing solution for both in-person and virtual events
    • To add further value to products and packaging
    • To ask customers to leave a review
    • To generate leads by asking users to give their contact details in exchange for free content or trials

Need high-quality content for a QR code campaign? Talk to a content specialist at ClearVoice about your needs today.