qr codes marketing mistakes

Common mistakes business owners make when using QR Codes and how to avoid them

QR Codes are two-dimensional codes that connect mobile users to your online presence and can be a powerful marketing strategy. However since it is a new trend, there often costly mistakes that business owners make that can be avoided. This article looks at the common mistakes and how to avoid them when using QR Codes to market your small business. Here are three that I have picked out for the purpose of this article.

1. Not having a clearly defined campaign strategy.
Often business owners will jump ahead of themselves, print a few QR Codes, stick them somewhere and hope something happens. Yet for QR Codes to be effective, they must be the end result of a well thought overall strategy that is based on plenty of market research.

It is important to have specific goals your business wants to achieve such as to get moreFacebooklikes, to subscribe more people to your newsletter, to increase sales in the month of November 2011 etc.

In addition, it is vital to conduct thorough market research on yourtargetmarket and to know how well they understand what QR Codes are, how to scan them etc. If you’retargetmarket is technophobic, you will need to incorporate a lot of educational instructions or decide that  QR Codes may not be a good idea.

2. Not testing your QR Codes
A surprising mistake business owners make is not testing their codes. Although QR Codes are free to generate, your media ads are paid for so if a code is faulty, you will have wasted a lot of money on your ads.
You should test your code in the following ways:
* Make sure they work on various mobile devices
* Make sure they work with various code reading apps
* Make sure the color contrast between the code and its background is friendly so that it’s possible to scan the code. Plus make sure the code is sized correctly.
* If you are using codes in outdoor locations, go to each of those sites and check that there is Wi-Fi in the location. After all with no internet connection, QR Codes will not connect to your website.

 

 

digital internet marketing

These days the big thing in marketing is taking advantage of all of the digital options that are available to you. These tend to be a lot cheaper than using many of the print forms of advertising, so there is no reason not to venture into using at least some of these marketing methods.

In many cases it will only cost you the time and effort to develop the campaign itself. The strategies that are used in digital channel marketing are similar to those used in traditional marketing. The main elements that are used for the creation of a strategy still include …

  • objective setting
  • customer segmentation
  • resource auditing
  • positioning
  • targeting.

Your digital channel marketing strategy should begin with the selection of a target audience.

You will want to target a group based on your product,

brand, and positioning and do so in

the most effective manner that you can.

This means that you will need to do some research on the market, set appropriate objectives, and then implement strategies that will help you to actually meet the objectives that you have set.

For a through the line campaign, you will want to plan how to integrate your digital marketing into your multi channel marketing strategy. Digital marketing is not unlike any other marketing method. In order to provide real value it must fit in well with the overall strategy that is planned for your business.

It is important that you be able to analyze the results of your strategy, so it needs to include targets and objectives that are clearly stated. Regardless of whether you are going to use an email, search, or mobile platform to deliver your message to your target audience, the approach and the strategy that you use should make sense given the behavior of that audience.

You need to make sure that you are not trying

to communicate with users in a manner

that isn’t likely to reach them.

Your marketing message must be communicated clearly and must differentiate you from competitors when you use digital marketing campaigns …

…just as it would have to be with any other type of channel marketing campaign. You can use various channels in order to get people to come to your website, including mentioning your website in radio or TV ads or placing it in print ads or on billboards.