Are you using QR codes in your marketing programs yet (see the explanation at the end of this post if you’re not familiar with QR codes)? If new research from Mobio Identity Systems is accurate, then you can probably assume that your customers are scanning QR codes already.
The Mobio study reports that QR code scanning was up by 4,549% in the first quarter of 2011. That’s right — 4,549%. Following are some of the most interesting statistics from the study.
Guess who is scanning the most QR codes? Adults between the ages of 35-44. That segment of the population accounts for 24% of all QR code scans.
Gender matters, too. Mobio found that 68% of QR code scans are done by women.
Currently, only 6% of QR code scans are done for payments, but you can bet this statistic will grow in the near future. In Q1 2011 one QR code scanning purpose dominated: approximately 9 out of 10 QR code scans were done to get more information about a product or service.
Where are people finding the QR codes that they scan? 70% of QR code scans are done from social media, 22% from television, 4% from ambient media and the world around them, and 3% from online (not social media).
Once a QR code scanner, always a QR code scanner. According to the Mobio report, 62% of people who scan QR codes don’t just scan once. They’re repeat scanners.
So what can marketers and brand managers take away from this study? Five important findings include:
- QR code marketing initiatives aren’t just for the young demographic as many people think. Targeting 35-44 year old smartphone users should be part of your strategy if that audience is important to you.
- Women make the majority of purchase decisions, and they are the biggest users of QR codes. Target them!
- QR code campaigns are primarily informational in nature today. That shouldn’t be all they are tomorrow. Work to find new ways to connect with your target audience through the flexibility inherent to QR codes.
- As more and more people start scanning QR codes as part of their everyday lives, it’s likely that scans will happen in more diverse places. For now, focusing on social media placement is a good place to start.
- Consider rewarding loyal QR code scanners with exclusive offers, a VIP club, and more not only to just keep them happy but also to motivate them to buy and talk about your QR codes, brand, and business with their own online and offline connections.
What is a QR Code? A QR code (quick response code) is shown in the image at the beginning of this article. QR Codes hold a lot of information (similar to bar codes on retail products) and can be scanned using smartphone devices like the popular iPhone and Android devices. Once scanned, QR codes can send people to websites, provide information, offer discount codes, and more.
Are you using QR codes in your marketing yet? Leave a comment and share your thoughts about QR codes for brand marketing.
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