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QR Code Ideas to Drive New Leads and Sales

Can you think back to the last time you saw a QR code out in the wild?

It’s that tiny black square that looks like there are many random patterns inside. One of the most famous examples was the Coinbase commercial that aired during the 2022 Superbowl. For one minute, the entire ad consisted of a black screen and a floating QR code: Millions of viewers pulled out their smartphones and scanned the QR code on their t.v. set. It took them to the Coinbase website, where they had to provide their name and email address in exchange for $15 worth of free cryptocurrency. The promotion was a massive success—so much so that the Coinbase website crashed due to a large number of visitors in a short period.

QR Code History

QR code New BernMost people think that QR codes seemingly came out of the blue. Well, that’s not entirely true. QR codes were invented in Japan back in 1994 by the Denso Wave automotive company. A QR code allowed the company to track automotive parts much easier than using a standard UPC barcode—as the QR code allowed for greater information transfer. Fast forward a decade or so, and smartphone manufacturers made their cameras able to view and read QR codes. Marketers then picked up the ball and ran with it. Considering how almost everyone in the U.S. has a smartphone, it became the perfect advertising medium for marketers. When a person scans a QR code with their cell phone, one of several things can happen:
  • Directed to a landing page
  • Their phone automatically calls a pre-determined number, such as the sales department
  • They’re taken to an app store to download an app
QR codes are effective marketing tools and allow marketers to keep the conversation going and provide the end-user with more information. Read on to discover seven unique ideas to drive new leads with a QR code.


Businesses and organizations alike are adding QR codes to their promotional t-shirts and other clothing items. This allows anyone looking at it to instantly learn more—instead of having to remember or jot down the URL of the website printed on the back of the shirt.

Business Cards

Believe it or not, countless people still use business cards in this day and age. However, the more successful ones add a small QR code on the front or back of their card. This will allow the recipient to be taken to a landing page, such as a sales page or contact form.

Museums and Galleries

Art galleries and museums can benefit significantly from QR codes. For example, consider adding a QR code instead of adding a small card with printed text around an art display. This will help prevent people from bunching up and allow them to view the information about the art piece on their smartphones.

In-Store Promotions

Many brick-and-mortar stores are adding QR codes to popup banner displays. This allows them to either capture the contact info of the people who walk into their stores or provide them with more information on a specific promotion. For example, Bed Bath and Beyond have QR codes on their displays—this allows in-store visitors to scan it and get a free 20% off coupon code for providing their email address.

Outdoor Banners

Consider how many people view an outdoor banner displayed at an event or local gathering. Adding a large-sized QR code can benefit the companies who advertise on these banners—or help people with wayfinding. For example, many outdoor venues will have QR codes that direct the smartphone user to a map that will tell them where they are and where they need to go (e.g., ticket office).

Conventions and Tradeshows

Consider adding a QR code to your tradeshow materials. It will allow your booth visitors to learn more about whatever product or service you’re displaying and enable you to capture their personal information for your sales department to contact later. 

Facebook and LinkedIn

You can use a QR code as a marketing tool on LinkedIn or Facebook. Simply upload the QR code, allowing anyone looking at your profile to scan the code with their cell phone. This helps position you as a forward thinker who knows how to take advantage of modern technology.

How to Get Started

Let the marketing experts at AlphaGraphics of New Bern help you get started using QR codes on your signage and printed collateral. We can make it easy for you and the people you’re trying to attract to use a QR code. We can also help set up a professional-looking landing page to help you generate as many leads as possible from your advertising campaigns.

Marketing Help in New Bern

At AlphaGraphics of New Bern, we’re not just a sign shop—we’re also marketing experts. We can help you set up the perfect advertising campaign that uses QR codes to drive new leads and sales. We will sit down with you, listen to your goals, and then develop a game plan that will put your organization or business on the right track for success. To learn more about how AlphaGraphics of New Bern can produce and design your next project, you may email usrequest a quote, or call us at (252) 633-3199.

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