Posts Tagged with mobile technology

What is a QR Code?

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 by Michael Herman | Posted in Social Media

I am still hoping for the day that QR codes, “Quick Response Codes”, become a regular on the advertising scene.  QR codes put an end to the “I hope you remember the website in our magazine ad so you will go home later and type it in off the top of your head” issue.  These codes create a direct channel to your website right then and there. Let me paint a picture…

You are waiting at a bus stop. Nothing is around you but strangers and a giant advertisement wrap around the bus stop station. The advertisement is a poster for a new movie out with, *gasp*, your favorite actor! Well, hopefully you remember the name of the movie so you can go home and look it up. BUT WAIT! You have the QR Reader App on your smart phone. You hold your phone up to the little digital square and your phone immediately opens up your browser and takes you to the movie’s website. BUT WAIT! Not only does it take you to the website, but a video pops up. It’s the trailer to the movie! Now you scroll below and enter your zip code to see when the movie is playing  in your area and can directly buy tickets from your phone! BAM. Conversion goal met.

Here is an example of how Blockbuster used QR codes:

The great thing about a QR Code is that you can make one for ANY landing page. It is entirely too simple. All you have to do is go to Kaywa.com and enter your URL. Once you get your QR code, you can pretty much place it on anything. I even had one on my resume that led to my own personal website. I’ve seen people add them to business cards as well.

What’s the catch? In order for the camera on your smart phone to read these little digital squares, QR codes, you need to download the application for it. Just do a search for QR in your app store and download the QR app.

If you are a fan of the popular HBO show, “True Blood”, you would be happy to know they’ve actually designed a very branded QR code. From what I’ve researched, this is the first designer QR code to appear on TV. Imagine what you can do with this. Since QR codes can go pretty much anywhere, they can use this image in a magazine ad, a giant poster, or even in their commercials (which they did, and you can read about it and watch the commercial here):

TRUE BLOOD DESIGNS A QR CODE

True Blood QR Code

True Blood QR Code

Keeping you updated and downloaded – Megan @ Digital Street, Inc.

Foursquare Gets Down To Business

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 by Michael Herman | Posted in Social Media

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I’ve been convinced over the last few months that location based services like Foursquare are going to be huge this year. Foursquare’s latest move may be the just the catalyst needed for this technology to catch fire.

Foursquare is now making itself much more business friendly by offering a suite of tools for business owners to use in conjunction with the service.

Now every unclaimed business venue has a link asking, “Are you the manager of this business?” The link takes managers to a page asking them for proof that they are indeed the manager so that Foursquare’s sales team can call them to set them up with tools for claiming their venue and managing offers. There is also a new Businesses page explaining the different tools available to local merchants.

Businesses who claim their venues on Foursquare get a dashboard with realtime stats on number of check-ins, times of day people check in, most recent visitors, and most frequent visitors. They can also manage the offers and badges people get when they check in. These include Mayor specials, specials for people who check in a certain number of times, or wildcard specials which can be customized. A special can be anything from a free drink to 20 percent off a purchase.

This is pretty exciting stuff. I can imagine this being very popular with businesses. The marketing potential of this technology is impossible to calculate at this point because it’s just too new. Mobile technology in all its forms is getting more popular by the second largely due to the iPhone. Local businesses need a way to cash-in on this technology and integrate their brands with it. Foursquare is undoubtedly the first of what will be many companies developing ways to do that.

Businesses should take advantage of this and give it a try. There’s no downside to registering your venue on Foursquare and creating a couple of promotions.