Microsoft to Close Tag in Two Years

Today, a lot of people are talking about the long-term license agreement ScanBuy entered into with Microsoft for its mobile bar code platform known as Tag (see press release). While that's certainly important news among Microsoft and ScanBuy customers, investors, etc., what I … [Read more...]

NFC is Here- But Who Wins? Series 1: Part One

As I see it, the technology that removes that step stands to benefit most for its simplicity. NFC is a perfect solution by design (if imperfect by current deployment) because it will include device endemic hardware that removes the need for app downloads and camera activation. In … [Read more...]

I Don’t Think QR Codes Are Going Away

QR codes placed in print (i.e. mail, magazine, and newspapers), are becoming essential to today’s modern marketing campaign. QR codes are much more effective than anything that came before because they have the capability to hold more storage. The ability to send a consumer from … [Read more...]

Are QR Codes a Terrible Idea?

On there is an article titled "QR Codes Are A Terrible Idea. Why Is Image Recognition Even Worse?" and I have a couple of comments/questions for the author Frank Hayes. The article is shown below, with my comments/questions in italics.QR Codes Are A Terrible Idea. … [Read more...]

QR Code Scavenger Hunts Make Trade Shows & Conferences More Fun

I attended a trade show that really surprised me! There was a QR Code scavenger hunt that was not only fun to play, it made it fun to visit the different booths and linger as I waited for the next stage of the game! It appears that all you need to join the fun is a smartphone, a … [Read more...]

B2B QR Code Failure…Why?

Bemis, the product packaging company, is currently running a B2B print campaign, which features a QR Code.When the QR Code is scanned, the reader of the ad is brought to a page on the desktop version of the company's website. Nothing more, nothing less. And this strategy or … [Read more...]

5 Ways Retail Stores Can Use QR Codes

Today, retailers must go the extra mile to make sure their customers have unique in-store experiences. They have to be clever enough to appeal to new customers, retain their existing ones, and keep both interested in their products. One way retail stores can accomplish this is by … [Read more...]

QR Code Done Right by Sherwin-Williams

Here's a great example of a print ad that delivers value and service to the consumer, instead of simply interrupting the consumer with meaningless copy, imagery and branding. It's interesting to note, the ad also features a QR Code, the execution, of which, is done rather … [Read more...]

QR Code x Action ÷ Context = Mobile Engagement

Nobody disputes the fact that Mobile Engagement is of increasing importance in the marketing mix. But we have to ask ourselves: why the fuss about Mobile Engagement at all? Isn’t Mobile Engagement the same as Digital Marketing, but on a smaller screen? Not exactly. It’s all about … [Read more...]

The Best QR Code Campaigns of 2013—So Far!

Last year, we were treated to a number of exciting and innovative QR Code campaigns, from Coca Cola and Budweiser to Proctor & Gamble and Axe. Now that we’re nearing the halfway mark for 2013, let’s take a look at this year’s brightest and best QR Code campaigns. They’re … [Read more...]

QR Code Mobile Engagement Transforms “Mad” Advertising into a Happy Marriage with Consumers

Are the advertising principles of the fictional agency on “Mad Men” still applicable today? Or are technological advances and savvy consumers driving an advertising evolution?The post QR Code Mobile Engagement Transforms “Mad” Advertising into a Happy Marriage with Consumers … [Read more...]