From billboards to restaurant menus to business cards, tea mugs, t-shirts and business websites, there are many places that you might have seen these black square matrixes that are placed on a white background and you are probably asking yourself what they are.
These black and white square matrixes that have become very common are called QR codes. QR codes are a type of barcode that are known to save much more information than traditional barcodes. QR codes were first invented in the ‘90s, in Japan. During this time, they were not very popular as they were only being used in the car manufacturing industry. This has changed and people have found more than one way that they can use QR codes. QR codes are nowadays being used mostly by business owners for marketing and advertising.
Business owners save information that they find relevant to their customers in QR codes. Such information may include their contact details, email address, personal details or a text message among other details that business owners include in QR codes. There are also some business owners who link their official business website to QR codes. All the information that is contained in QR codes is usually encoded. This means that you need to scan the QR code using a QR code scanner in order to view the information encoded therein. Before we get to scan a QR code, let us first know how to create QR codes.
QR codes tracking –QR code how to create
Creating a QR code is very easy, and it only requires a few minutes.
- Find a suitable QR code generator. There are a number of QR code generators that are available on the internet.
- Enter the data that you want to be contained in the QR code in the text box that will be displayed. The information should be relevant to your target audience. The information should also match the type of QR code that you intend to create.
- Click on the create QR code button.
- Download and print the QR code.
QR code tracking – scanning a QR code
Like creating a QR code, scanning a QR code is also very easy. With the help of QR code scanners that are available on the internet, you will only take a few second to decode the information that is contained in a QR code.
Using a smartphone that has a QR code scanning application installed in it, focus the camera of your smartphone to the QR code that you want to scan. The QR code will be automatically scanned and the information will be decoded.