QR codes are Quick Response Code

QR code stands for Quick Response Code and have been around since 1994.  See Wikipedia.

How can QR codes help your business? 

I first used QR codes for fun about 15 years ago with primary school children as a digital treasure hunt, but how can they help your business?
These black and white pixel pictures can be printed and be put in many places ready to scan and take you directly to digital content. Users don’t have to type in domain names, the code can take them to the linked end point which could simply be another web page. In my digital treasure hunt each code took them to a web page that displayed a letter that then made up a a word.

What can QR codes be used for?

QR codes can take you directly to a product, contact page, menu, blog post, PDF document, map, review, V-card, video, social media pages etc…
So can be really useful for your business and eliminate room for error in URL typing mistakes and this saves time hunting round a website for something specific. if you’re at a trade show, people browsing can find the right content instantly by scanning the code on their device.

Where can you put QR codes?

QR codes can be printed directly onto products, or onto labels. The labels can be stuck anywhere ….with permission. For greater visibility and usability, consider how QR codes could help if used on your van, window, business card, mug, product, t-shirt, leaflets, posters or displayed on a screen at a show for example.

Are there any genuinely free QR codes that don’t expire?

Yes even the free Canva account will provide Canva QR Codes that will not expire, so are ideal for long term use. However they cannot be edited after they are created. Canva allows you to customise it by adding text, colours and images so you can be creative. It can be downloaded as a JPG or PNG file, ready for sharing or printing, but the max size for download is 1080px x 1080px, so if you are planning on putting on a large poster/banner you may want to check this is large enough. For free long term QR Codes visit Canva’s QR Code generator.

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FREE QR Code for a lifetime with unlimited scans


As well as the afore mentioned CANVA, QRCode Monkey offers FREE print quality QR codes with high resolutions to create .png files in print quality. You can also download vector formats like .svg, .eps, .pdf for best possible quality. QRCode Monkey has no limitations and will work forever, they do not expire.  The only limitation is that you can’t edit the QR code. All generated QR Codes are 100% free and can be used for all commercial purposes. Visit  https://www.qrcode-monkey.com/

Paid for QR Code generators

These will provide the ability for custom designs, editable links, insights and statistics on the number of scans, so ideal for use in marketing. here are a couple of paid QR Code generators

QR Code Generator