Jury's Still Out On QR Codes
Also, in order to scan the code, the smartphone must be placed close to the code in order to work correctly. Unscannable codes can kill and delay the adoption rate for 2D bar code campaigns. QR codes for billboard or bus campaigns are not practical because users will have difficulty scanning.
Because the idea is relatively new in the U.S., no one at the table had hard and fast evidence about QR code return on investment. 2-D bar codes have been popular in Asia for over a decade, originally designed by a Japanese company to read at a quicker speed than conventional barcodes.
The U.S. healthcare system is working on QR code catch up.
At the end of the round table discussion we handed around business cards to keep in touch. On the back of mine is a QR code. Need I say what happened next? My peers each pulled out their smart phones to test it out.
The person to my right had no problem scanning but the website took a while to load.
The person across from me scanned and could see the site without a problem.
That pretty much sums up the current state of QR codes. But stay abreast of these codes: they're here to stay.
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