October 13th, 2011 by Mike Spence

Do you know what a QR code is?  What about how to use them?

Let’s get the definition out of the way first. . . In plain English, a QR code is simply a type of barcode that can be read by a number of app enabled phones (Apple, Androids, Blackberry etc).  A QR code can contain all sorts of information in it.  Most people (and businesses) are going to only use this to direct people to a spot on the web however.

So you see the funny looking square barcode – scan it with your phone and are taken to a specific website.  Pretty simple.

How can you create them? 


  • Alt-PrintScreen (this will copy your screen to the Windows clipboard)
  • Open PAINT in Windows.
  • Ctrl-V (or right click your mouse and paste).  This will past the screen into paint.  You can then select just the qr code and copy to your documents.
  • You can then save this QR Code as a picture and use it in your own literature.


So how can you use these to your benefit?  Here are asdf ideas:

Here is a list of five different QR Codes that all do different things:

1) Take them to your website.  It’s a great way to promote yourself.

2) Take them to your Facebook page!  Let them see your specials, like your page and catch up with the store.

3) If you really want to take it to the next level, create a page on your website that cannot be accessed without going to the direct link.  Then the QR points to that link.  Print that QR code on your gift card and you now have a special of the month page that customers access by scanning their phone.   This example shows how a QR can take a user directly to a specific blog post of mine.

4) Gift card registration.  Lori at Crane Coffee does a great job by having her customers register their gift card.  A QR code on the card itself can take them there.

5) Sell them stuff.   If you sell bagged coffee online then this is a great way to increase sales!  By scanning the last QR code above, you will be taken to one of our customers web ordering system with a bag of coffee already placed! Print this QR code on the bottom of a receipt and a customer can scan and order beans.  Tie it in with a promotional code on that receipt!

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January 4th, 2011 by ssadmin
QR Codes

Do you know what a QR code is?  It’s that funny little black and white square barcode that you see on some products.  Manufacturers and retailers have started using them over the last few years as a way to look up product information.  It is designed as an advanced barcode that stores more information than the traditional UPC style barcodes that you see.  The beauty of the QR code is that it can store actual information like web addresses.
One of the great things about a QR code is that you can place it on products and quickly direct customers to a website about that product.  These codes become very effective with smartphone users.   If you have a smartphone, you can scan them and be directed to a website automatically.  Instant information.
At the bottom of this Blog are three examples for you to try – If you have an app on your phone that does QR codes, scanning these barcodes will automatically take you to http://www.selbysoft.com/, my Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/SelbySoft) or the SelbySoft Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/SelbySoftinc) where you can also become a fan!

So, what does this mean for you?  Powerful marketing and tracking capabilities as well as the ability to direct your techno-savvy customers.

Some of you already know that we have the ability to print a custom coupon or offer at the bottom of the receipt.  Want to send people to your web store or online ordering site?  Add a QR code! 

This is a great way to both communicate with and market to your customers.  Utilizing this, you can drive trafffic to a web site or Facebook page quickly.  If you setup  a unique pagelink, you can even then judge traffic to the site by seeing how many visits came to that page directly. 

Really want to get creative? Once a customer scans a QR code, they are taken to a sign-up or registration page.  Once the customer provides their information, email them a coupon!

Creating a QR code?  There are a number of online sites that allow you to create this.  I used http://createqrcode.appspot.com/ to create the ones in this email.  I then simply pasted the image here.

Scan here to go to Mike Spence Facebook Page

Scan here to go to www.SelbySoft.com

Scan here to go to SelbySoft, Inc Facebook Page.

Contact us at:
Mike Spence
8326 Woodland Ave. E
Puyallup Wa 98371

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