Since the start of the pandemic, quick response codes—or QR codes—have witnessed a renaissance. Though these barcodes were once a punchline, customers now use them on a regular basis.
But QR codes are good for much more than just scanning restaurant menus. Here are some ways that e-commerce brands can use them in order to strengthen their marketing strategy, their product descriptions, and their customer service:
Brands—for a long time—have been placing QR codes on their:
However, one of their newest strategies is to add QR codes to their TV and streaming ads.
The idea is to reach “second screeners,” or people who look at their mobile devices—since smartphones and tablets have built-in QR code readers—while watching TV at home. Burger King has taken this approach, and so has the tennis brand Lacoste.
You can also do this with branded TV segments. When the skincare brand Hero Cosmetics sponsored a segment on “The Today Show,” a QR code popped up on the screen, directing viewers to a buy link. The number of scans were sky-high and sales that day were up 70%.
QR codes can be a great way to add an extra layer to the customer experience:
The typical nutrition facts label isn't always the easiest to read or understand, and QR codes can offer more detailed product information about what’s in the food or beverage customers are consuming.
The CBD seltzer brand Recess, for instance, attaches QR codes to its cans. When you scan it, the codes take you to the company’s “What’s Inside” page, which walks through the ingredients in a Recess can and how they are likely to make you feel.
If you scan the QR codes on Cocokind’s skincare products, they direct you to a list of sustainability facts, including information about how to recycle Cocokind products and details about the brand’s move away from microplastics.
Knockoff or unsafe products do unfortunately proliferate in e-commerce, and QR codes can offer brands a way to prove the safety and authenticity of their products.
The most rudimentary version of QR codes aren’t typically very aesthetically pleasing, which is one reason why brands have been reluctant to place them prominently on their product packaging.
But it’s also possible to create working QR codes that are much more unique than the typical black-and-white square. Zara, for instance, has displayed in its retail store windows a multi-colored custom QR code that spelled out “SALE” in the middle.
QR Code Marketing Tip: If you need help creating your own, you can find dynamic QR code generators online. The dynamic variations are QR codes with added functionality.
QR codes can accumulate first-party insights on customers, and it’s possible to know, for instance, where someone is while they’re scanning the code. You can use this information to target messages to different groups based on geographies:
One of the simplest uses of QR codes is to send customers—after checkout—to a page where they can either provide feedback, initiate a return, or view similar products like the one they just bought.
In 2020, when Dressbarn started adding QR codes to its products in order to facilitate returns, customers quickly embraced the strategy. In the first month, 75% of returns happened after customers scanned the QR code.
You can also lean on QR codes to supplement your customer service. Chatdesk helps you create QR codes that direct customers to solutions like:
To see how Chatdesk effectively uses QR codes to boost customer satisfaction, schedule a demo.