How to Create QR Codes and Share Them

You have probably seen a QR code somewhere today – on a business card, in a store window, or on a flyer. QR codes are similar to a bar code, but when captured with a smartphone camera using a QR reading app, the QR code directs you to either a URL, Facebook page, FourSquare check in page, or can be translated into a phone number or text message. If you feel like getting creative for your own print media, such as by adding a link to your website on your business card with a QR code, here’s how to create a QR code:

To generate a QR code to a text-based messages, miniqr.com is a great option. Simply type in your message into the field – for example, lockergnome.com - then click submit. A QR code will be generated that, when captured with a QR reader, will display this text. The longer your text message is, the more complicated the QR code will be, and vice versa. Miniqr.com also has plenty of options to share the QR code on Twitter and Facebook, as well as options to copy and save the image to use on your own printed media.

Another great app to generate QR codes is QR-Code Generator, which can be used to generated QR codes that, when captured, direct users to webpages, including Facebook and Twitter pages. QR-Code Generator also can generate code to direct users to a phone number, which some QR Readers will automatically recognize and users can click to dial right from the QR reader app on their smartphone. To generate a QR code with QR-Code Generator, select the content type you are creating, such as a URL, text, or phone number. Then, input the content, such the URL itself. Choose the size of the QR code to be generated, hit “Generate!” and your QR code will appear. You can copy and save the QR code as an image to use for print, or save the URL of the QR code itself to use on the web.  Feel free to get creative with QR codes,  but just remember – the location a QR code points to can’t be changed after the code is generated. Have fun!

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  • http://www.anthonyguidetti.com Anthony Guidetti

    I like the idea of QR Codes, I just can’t find a good QR reader on the iPhone.

    • http://www.anthonyguidetti.com Anthony Guidetti

      Never mind, just saw the previous post…

  • http://www.anthonyguidetti.com Anthony Guidetti

    I like the idea of QR Codes, I just can’t find a good QR reader on the iPhone.

    • http://www.anthonyguidetti.com Anthony Guidetti

      Never mind, just saw the previous post…

  • Adamoutler

    Its alot easier on Android. Get “barcode scanner” then send Contact via barcode.

    You can also send other things via barcode.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=3224505 Tyler Coffin

    2011 is going to be the year of the QR Code for marketers. Next time you create a QR Code, try http://www.SocialQRCode.com. It is designed for businesses to generate QR Codes and mobile landing pages for their businesses social properties. Create a landing page with a Facebook “Like” button or Twitter “Follow” button. Users can also create a mobile coupon that is sharable on Facebook and Twitter!

    Give it a try and let us know what you think!

  • Mikey

    Cool. Check out http://www.bwscan.com. Preat neat solution on dynamic qr codes that allow you to change info without changing the code.