There are plenty of articles talking about the failure of QR codes. Most with pictures proving their point. My favorite is the QR code on a billboard. The proverbial wrong tool for the job.
So QR codes are stupid, right? Nothing more than a marketing gimmick.
Let’s not jump to conclusions. Granted they haven’t taken off like some thought they would. And no one will argue that using a marketing tool in the wrong way will every work.
QR codes are only a tool in your marketing toolbox
Not surprisingly, we think QR codes can play a key role in your marketing mix. Especially when used on packaging.
Here’s why: If you have a story to tell to the shopper, and not enough room on you package to tell it, a QR code can help provide critical information.
With the rise of smart phones, QR readers are commonplace. That means that consumers can scan your code if they want to.
Using a QR code is the beginning of your marketing, not the end
Many marketers slap a QR code on and have it point to something easy – like the home page of their website. How’s that helping your shopper make any kind of decision to purchase your product?
Instead, create a micro site for your product that’s designed to be viewed on a mobile device. And have a 15 or 30 second video that’s tied to the product. An example might be to explain the ease of use, demonstrate installation steps or to add critical details to a complex selling story.
An added bonus is that those simple videos can also be used as rich media content on your A+ pages on eCommerce sites like Amazon.
The micro site has pictures of the product in use, tips and other important points that bring your product to life for the consumer. All in a quick, simple and concise way.
Using QR codes will impress my buyer!
Your buyer will probably not be impressed and is likely to question the strategy. Be prepared to answer any questions your merchant may pose factually. And never underestimate the power of a demonstration in their office.
Share with your buyer the key reasons when QR codes make the most sense:
- Limited space on the packaging to bring the product to life
- When you have a complex selling story
- When a demonstration is a powerful closer
Clarify where the QR code will point and how the content there is relevant and can be re-purposed for eCommerce and in other social media use. In other words, how you plan on using it to drive consumers to their stores.
Share how you plan on tracking click-thrus and be willing to share that data with your merchant. And don’t worry if the numbers clicking are small.
By using QR codes appropriately and as part of your overall marketing mix, your buyer might just be impressed!