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QR Codes For Email Messages

Posted: May 26th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: General, QR Codes Use Cases | No Comments »

Email Message QR Codes

By just scanning a QR code, you can now automatically send email messages to your friends, relatives, and colleagues without even having to type in the words in the email. The email message QR code is one of QR Stuff’s 23 fully-functional and non-expiring data types that a free user or as a paid account subscriber can have.

No sign-up or registration is required, and users will have access to non-expiring QR code data types. You can also be able to edit the QR codes and view scan analytics as part of the paid subscriber feature set.

How To Create QR Codes For Email Messages

  1. Go to QRStuff.com and select Email Message as your data type in Column 1.
  2. In Column 2, enter the email address that you would like the email to be sent to (which will usually be the owner of the QR code) and the subject and body of the email that you would like the person scanning the QR code to send to that email address.
  3. Click the “Download QR Code” button and your Email Message QR code is good to go.
NOTE: Subscribers can also specify image size and resolution, add logos, change the shape and colour of the dots and corner markers and choose from six raster or vector output file types and four error correction levels.

Make It A Bit Fancy

QR Codes Form Email MessagesWhile free users can change the foreground colour of their QR code, paid subscribers have the ability to also change the appearance of QR code image and embed a logo or image in the centre of it. Just use the steps outlined above to create your Email Message QR code, and then, before you download your finished QR code, click the “Style Your QR Code” button to change its appearance.

To the right is an example that shows what could be done to the Email Message QR code created above using our QR Code Styling feature. Our styling interface allows you to make your QR code more visually distinctive and, by embedding a suitable image, perhaps more intuitive as well. Read our blog post on QR Code Styling for more details about how to use this feature.


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Become a QR Stuff paid subscriber and get unlimited QR codes, unlimited scans, analytics reporting, editable dynamic QR codes, high resolution and vector QR code images, batch processing, password-protected QR codes, QR code styling, QR code pausing and scheduling and more, for one low subscription fee.

Full subscriptions start from just $11.95 for a 1 month subscription (lower monthly rates for longer periods). Subscribe now.


LinkedIn QR Codes

Posted: May 1st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: General, QR Codes Use Cases | No Comments »

QR Coes For Linked In

Create free and non-expiring LinkedIn QR codes to help you expand your professional network, share articles on LinkedIn, or even find a job.

Our LinkedIn QR codes are just one of the 23 fully-functional QR code data types that free users can create at www.qrstuff.com with no sign-up or registration required. Paid subscribers also get QR code editing and analytics reporting as part of the paid subscriber feature set.

QR Codes For LinkedIn Profiles

Scanning this QR code will take the user to your LinkedIn public profile page which lists information about your background, experience, skills, endorsements and interests for an individual profile, or business details for a company profile.

  1. Go QRStuff.com and select “LinkedIn” from the Data Type section.
  2. Choose “LinkedIn Profile” as your QR code type under the Content section.
  3. Enter the full URL of your LinkedIn public profile page. To get your public profile URL, log into your LinkedIn account, click “Edit Public Profile” in the top right corner of the page. The public profile URL will be displayed at the top of the right hand column and can then be copied and pasted into the text box for this step.
  4. Click the “Download QR Code” button and your LinkedIn Profile QR code is done.

QR Codes For LinkedIn Shares

As the name would suggest, LinkedIn Share QR codes allow users to share an article, blog post or page with their LinkedIn network by scanning a QR code. The idea here is that you add the URL of one of your own articles, blog posts or pages to the QR code and encourage people to scan the QR code to share it.

  1. Go QRStuff.com and select “LinkedIn” from the Data Type section.
  2. Choose “LinkedIn Share” as your QR code type under the Content section.
  3. Enter the full URL of the page to be shared into the text box for this step.
  4. Click the “Download QR Code” button and your LinkedIn Share QR code is done.

Scanning Your LinkedIn QR Codes

Free LinkedIn QR Code Generator

Make It A Bit Fancy

Linked In QR Code

While free users can change the foreground colour of their QR code, paid subscribers have the ability to also change the appearance of QR code image and embed a logo or image in the centre of it. Just use the steps outlined above to create your LinkedIn QR code, and then, before you download your finished QR code, proceed to the Style section to change its appearance.

To the right is an example that shows what could be done to the LinkedIn QR code created above using our QR Code Styling feature. Our styling interface allows you to make your QR code more visually distinctive and, by embedding a suitable image, perhaps more intuitive as well.

Our previous post on QR Code Styling will give you more information about how to use this feature.


Subscribers Get More QR Stuff!

Become a QR Stuff paid subscriber and get unlimited QR codes, unlimited scans, analytics reporting, editable dynamic QR codes, high resolution and vector QR code images, batch processing, password-protected QR codes, QR code styling, QR code pausing and scheduling and more, for one low subscription fee.

Full subscriptions start from just $11.95 for a 1 month subscription (lower monthly rates for longer periods). Subscribe now.


Using QR Codes With Twitter

Posted: April 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: General, QR Codes Use Cases, Using QR Codes With Twitter, Using QR Codes With Twitter | No Comments »

Using QR Codes With Twitter

Create Twitter QR codes that link to Twitter profiles for easy one-click follows, or that allow tweets to be automatically posted by simply scanning a QR code.

Our Twitter QR codes are just one of the 23 fully-functional and non-expiring QR code data types that free users can create at www.qrstuff.com with no sign-up or registration required.

How To Create A Twitter Link QR Code

Just follow this simple 5-step process to create a QR code that links to your Twitter profile:

  1. Go to QRStuff.com and select “Twitter” from the Data Type section.
  2. In the Content section, choose “Twitter Profile.”
  3. Next, enter your Twitter profile name.
  4. Click the “Download QR Code” button and your Twitter QR code is done.

How To Create A Twitter Status Update QR Code

Simply enter the status update (up to 140 characters) that you would like the person who scans the QR code to tweet out through the Twitter account that they are currently logged into on their phone.

  1. Go QRStuff.com and select “Twitter” from the Data Type section.
  2. In the Content section, choose “Twitter Status Update.”
  3. Next, enter your pre-formatted status update.
  4. Click the “Download QR Code” button and your Twitter QR code is done.

Make It A Bit Fancy

Twitter QR Code

While free users can change the foreground colour of their QR code, paid subscribers have the ability to also change the appearance of QR code image and embed a logo or image in the centre of it. Just use the steps outlined above to create your Twitter QR code, and then, before you download your finished QR code, click the “Style Your QR Code” button to change its appearance.

To the right is an example that shows what could be done to a Twitter QR code using our QR Code Styling feature. Our styling interface allows you to make your QR code more visually distinctive and, by embedding a suitable image, perhaps more intuitive as well.

Our previous post on QR Code Styling will give you more information about how to use this feature.

Twitter QR Codes

Subscribers Get More QR Stuff!

Become a QR Stuff paid subscriber and get unlimited QR codes, unlimited scans, analytics reporting, editable dynamic QR codes, high resolution and vector QR code images, batch processing, password-protected QR codes, QR code styling, QR code pausing and scheduling and more, for one low subscription fee.

Full subscriptions start from just $11.95 for a 1 month subscription (lower monthly rates for longer periods). Subscribe now.


What Is A Dynamic QR Code?

Posted: August 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: General, QRStuff Features, What Is A Dynamic QR Code?, What Is A Dynamic QR Code? | 9 Comments »

Dynamic QR Codes
A dynamic QR code is editable, as opposed to a static QR code which cannot be edited. Dynamic QR codes also allow for additional features like scan analytics, password protection, device-based redirection, and access management.

Dynamic QR codes also result in a less dense QR code image that is more reliable to scan.

Dynamic QR Codes vs Static QR Codes

A basic fundamental of QR codes is that the pattern of modules in the QR code image is a direct graphical representation of the data it contains. That’s just the way QR codes work and is the essence of the algorithm that creates the QR code image.

This has one big downside – changing the data encoded into the QR code has the consequential result of also changing the QR code image which, at first glance, presents a significant problem if the website URL that the QR code links to needs to be changed.  How to update the information in a QR code that’s already been published?

We grappled with this dilemma in mid-2008 and figured out that the simplest way to address this problem was to have a short URL actually in the QR code and then provide our users with the ability to change where the short URL then redirected to. In this way, the content of the QR code (and the QR code image itself) didn’t change (since it always contained that short URL), but where the user was sent to after the QR code was scanned could be changed at will behind-the-scenes.

This approach doesn’t actually make the QR code itself “dynamic” because its contents stays the same, but by putting a user-editable short URL into the QR code it gives the impression that the QR code can be changed and achieved the outcome we were after – this is still how all dynamic QR codes work to this day.

At the time we just thought this was a good way to pre-emptively make the creation of QR codes a bit more user-friendly, so we simply introduced it as a feature of the QRStuff.com website in October 2008 without any fuss or fanfare as a standard part of the way we did things.

In the past few years the term “Dynamic QR Code” has been retrospectively applied to what we’ve been doing as a matter of course since 2008. Even though dynamic QR codes have been heralded of late as some new breakthrough in the underlying technology, they’re not. The only “new” thing about them is now they have a new name, which is probably a good thing because we originally called them “Re-Writeable QR Codes” which was pretty lame – we like the term “Dynamic QR Codes” much better.

So there you have it:

    • Static QR Code: The actual destination website URL is placed directly into the QR code and can’t be modified.
    • Dynamic QR Code: A short URL is placed into the QR code which then transparently re-directs the user to the intended destination website URL, with the ability to change the short URL redirection destination after the QR code has been created.

Dynamic QR codes greatly extend the useful life of a single QR code because once the QR code has been published, the user destination can be changed at will without it having to be replaced with a new QR code image every time the destination changes. A single QR code image can be deployed permanently in-the-wild and then simply re-tasked as and when required – link it to your own website this week, a YouTube video next week, your Facebook page the week after that, or to different offer or coupon pages on your own website as each new promotional program is released over time.

They’re also handy when you have a temporary “placeholder” URL that will be changed once the final content or URL location is ready to go but the QR code needs to be created ahead of time, if the actual URL of your content changes unexpectedly (say, after a website rebuild), if you have a client who always changes their mind about what links where ( 😉 ), or simply to protect the on-going operation of the QR code from unexpected future circumstances.

How To Create A Dynamic QR Code

While many QR code generators make using their URL shortener mandatory, so every QR code is potentially dynamic by default, QRStuff.com users have the added flexibility of being able to choose whether they wish to make their QR code dynamic or static when they initially create their QR code.

Why, you ask, would anyone not want to create a dynamic QR code? Static QR codes have a few significant, but often overlooked, benefits that are outlined in an earlier blog post  and regular user feedback over the years has confirmed that our original decision not to force everybody down the dynamic QR code path was an appropriate one to make, and has given us a strong point-of-difference in the broader market of QR code generation.

How To Edit A Dynamic QR Code

The ability to edit the destination URL of a dynamic QR code is a standard part of our paid subscriber feature set.

When you log into your subscriber account history, any dynamic QR codes you’ve created will have an “Edit URL” option in the extended information about that QR code (click the “Manage” tab to the right of the history listing).

Using that subscriber feature, the destination URL that the short URL in the dynamic QR code redirects to can be modified at will without altering the QR code image. There are no limits on the number of times you can update the short URL destination.

About Our Short URLs

As with all the mission-critical core service infrastructure of the QRStuff.com website, we have our own custom-built URL shortening service hosted on our own servers, and based on the qrs.ly domain that we own and host ourselves.

We don’t rely on any third-party services for the generation, management or security of the 2.5 million short URLs that we’ve issued to date, ensuring that they work in a manner that is optimized for use with QR codes, fully protects the privacy of our users, and guarantees the confidentiality of the analytics data associated with the short URLs themselves.

For added security, each short URL is generated randomly, rather than sequentially, so that consecutive short URLs can’t be guessed or anticipated. We also don’t “recycle” short URLs – every QR code created is given its own unique short URL regardless of whether other QR codes created by others users link to that same destination URL.


Subscribers Get More QR Stuff!

Become a QR Stuff paid subscriber and get unlimited QR codes, unlimited scans, analytics reporting, editable dynamic QR codes, high resolution and vector QR code images, batch processing, password-protected QR codes, QR code styling, QR code pausing and scheduling and more, for one low subscription fee.

Full subscriptions start from just $11.95 for a 1 month subscription (lower monthly rates for longer periods). Subscribe now.