Pumping Station One recently feature a post on attaching a QR code to your keychain that will allow someone to scan the QR code on the keychain fob and automatically send you a text message that they found your keys, with their phone number included so you can call them and arrange to get your keys back. [caption id="attachment_412" align="alignnone" width="400"] QR Code Keychain. Photo has been altered to protect the encoded phone number. Image: Pumping Station One.[/caption] While they mentioned QR Stuff as a place to be able to create this sort of QR code (thanks guys!), I thought I'd go through the process of exactly how to create a QR code containing a pre-formatted text message.
- Go to QR Stuff and in column 1 (Data Type) choose "SMS Message"
- In column 2 (Content) enter your phone number and the message you would like to receive (eg; "I found your keys!")
- Click on the "Download This Image" link under the preview image.
- Sales - On advertising material promoting the new model and containing the message "I'd like to test drive the new 2011 Camaro" that comes back to salesman's phone.
- User Support - On the printed instructions for a product with the caption "Need help? Scan this and we'll ring you back". The QR code would contain a message like "I need help with product XYZ" and would be pre-coded with the cell number for your customer support team.
- On-Request Product Upgrades - Where a paid option is available for a free service this sort of QR code could be included when the free service is delivered with a call to action "Upgrade Now" which would follow through to a call-back to the customer by the sales team.
- Opt-In SMS Registration - A QR code containing the message "Yes, send me SMS product updates". Since the phone number of the sender is included in the return message, they can then be easily included in the SMS customer database for the approved delivery of future messages/promotions by SMS.