QR Codes -- one of this year's neatest trends, online and off! Even if you have't heard of them, you've may have seen one around -- they're small black and white checkerboards on business cards, posters, and advertisements. It's not a new type of art -- it's a quick way to share information on the go.
QR stands for "quick response" and these codes work like barcodes: scan them in with your smartphone, and you'll get information or link to website that the QR code's creator chose. If you're wondering what this is good for -- it's easy: this connects the online and offline worlds! No more mistakes when you're copying down or typing in a URL or an email address, no more forgetting what that site was that you saw on a poster a few hours ago... Thanks to QR codes, you can grab it all on your smartphone right away.
Since we're always updating your JimdoPages with new features (link mobile, dropbox), we had to add in a simple QR code generator too! Starting now, you can easily create QR codes right in your JimdoPage. Whether you'd like a QR code for your site's URL, one of your special subpages, or even for a specific store product, you can just click to generate one! Then, depending on what you want to use it for, you can print and distribute it in 3 different sizes. JimdoPages are automatically optimized for mobile devices, so you can rest assured that your site will be displayed perfectly on the go!
Log into your JimdoPage and choose Settings in the SiteAdmin on the right side. There, you'll find a new section called Apps. You'll find a new button: QR Codes. CLick on it, and you'll find the new feature -- you can easily create QR codes for your website, for any page on your site, and for any of your store products. Just click!
You can see an example of a great way to use QR codes for your online store in the video up top. There are lots of other examples along these lines: print a QR code on your business cards, on flyers or posters that you're putting up around town, or put one of codes in a print advertisement. Of course, (just like with anything else) be careful not to overdo it. As tasty and as funny as a frosted QR code on a company birthday cake might be, it probably quite work the way you want it to. QR codes can be used in many different ways, but make sure it makes sense where you're putting it. For example, don't put ten of them side-by-side on your business cards, and definitely don't put one on your website. Remember -- it's meant be scanned by a smartphone!
Tip: While it might make sense to put a QR code on a poster or advertisement as an "easter egg" or special discount, if you're putting it on your business card, don't forget to write the address of your website next to it -- after all, it'd be too bad if someone couldn't find you because they don't have a smartphone.
We'll be offering up more tips and ideas in the future about how you can use QR codes. But for now -- have fun trying them out!