Saturday, March 26, 2011

WHAT IS A QR CODE?!?!?!? and do I need one.. YES I DO!!

In today's Internet world of cell phones, text messages, and instant  messaging, it's no wonder yet another tool is emerging, the QR Code.  "Quick Response."   Everything is about fast  information today, and the QR Code for real estate is no exception.

The QR code came to us from Japan where they are very common. QR is short for Quick Response (they can be read quickly by a cell phone). They are used to take a piece of information from a transitory media and put it in to your cell phone. You are starting to see QR Codes in a magazine advertisements, on a billboards, a web page or even on someones t-shirt

Once it is in your cell phone, it may give you details about that business or contact information (the QR code to the right is what you see on my business card above)

                       And they jump off the page at you!

How does the cell phone read the code?

The cell phone needs a QR code reader, like this one from i-nigma or Shopsavvy which is also great for finding the best deals in town. It takes literally 1 minute for someone with an iPhone or Android phone to find and install the reader.  You can also find them at the Market place

How do you generate a code?

You can easily generate a QR code using a site like or easy for you to start using them in your business and they are tons of fun!!

How can you use QR codes to benefit your real estate business or any business for that matter?

We are only just scratching the surface of how they will be used. I have added two, one above that allows you to scan my information and put it right into your phone with only one click. And the 2nd one on the left will take the customers to one of my listing's virtual tours. You could even use them for kids savanger hunts and make it into a party.

My business card/virtual tours shows how I am using QR Code in my  businesses                      you can create your own card this a few steps at


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