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QR codes are very convenient, when it comes to drawing attention from your audience or directing people to your fund-raiser page. The SMiLE team used this very successfully during and after LCI international convention 2015 in Honolulu by making a QR code part of our famous SMiLE Pin.

Part 1 of this article series introduced an iOS based App – Qrafter Pro – for reading and creating QR codes.

Part 2 of this article series introduced an Android based App – QR Droid – for reading and creating QR codes.

Part 3 of this article series talked about utilizing built-in facebook QR-codes for events.

Now it is time to talk about creating QR codes online and with embedded logo!

QR codes (4) - a blog post series by SMiLE

Part 4: QR codes created Online

Despite the fact, that the smartphone and tablet apps introduced in previous posts are very feature rich, there are still lots of situations, where using an online service is the most efficient way to go. This is especially true when using your desktop PC while working on your various sites. As you can imagine, there are tons of websites on the internet offering QR code generation service. SMiLE has picked one of these for you, which give you again an easy start plus offering a good set of features and “talks” various languages (English, German and Spanish as of 02/2016).

Of course you might try other services as well, but please keep in mind:
When using online services, you always should consider data privacy and security of your devices! Applying common sense already helps to “judge” when exploring an online service. Too much advertising, flashy pop-up screens, etc. might be one indicator. Another thing to be aware of – does the website make it clear enough, which of it’s services might be paid-services?

Although SMiLE can not make any guarantees for the web service we introduce in this article, at least we can cornfirm that during the usage of it the last months we have not come across any of these issues and are quite pleased with the results.

Introducing QR code monkey web service

The web service introduced in this blog post is “QR code monkey“. It is well suited for beginners as well as advanced users. Amongst other things it offers:

  • a good feature set, including some fancy stuff to create attracting QR codes
  • a reasonable clean interface considering the feature set
  • no advertising (as of 01/2016)
  • multi-language user interface (English, German, Spanish)
  • Good “on-page” explanation of the steps to take for a QR code
  • supporting various output formats (besides png: svg, pdf & eps)
  • supporting different QR code resolutions

Also notable:
QR code monkey” claims, that it does not store your entered data beyond the period of one day (e.g. when entering business card information for QR code generation)

To create a QR code for your clubs website using default settings, you simply:

  1. Enter the URL (web address to be represented),
  2. click on “Create QR-Code”
  3. click on “Download png”

After that, we are pretty sure you digg yourself into the fancy stuff, like adding a logo or icon image to the center of the QR code 😉

Once you are happy with your results, embed your generated QR codes into your website, social media posts, stationary, create stickers, whatever …

 

SMiLE website QR code

SMiLE website QR code with embedded logo

 

LCI headquarters address encoded as QR code

LCI HQ address as QR code with embedded logo

An embedded logo … makes your QR code unique

QR code monkey feature set

As you can see from the screenshots provided above, there are quite some options you can choose from when using QR code monkey web service:

Various types of QR codes:

  • website address (URL)
  • business card / contact details (vCard)
  • location
  • Youtube video link
  • and some more …

 

Embedded logo

Unique is the option to embed a logo into the QR code. This can be a custom logo (your club logo) or one of the pre-made icons you can choose from. Keep in mind, that the logo graphic should not be too complex, as the QR code will have a small size in most use-cases.

QR code image resolution

Choose the resolution of the QR code to be generated wisely. In case readability is critical, use a higher resolution, but also stay away from complex embedded logos (or avoid them completely). In case the QR code gets printed large, then this might be less critical.

Using the final QR code on a web site, then typically choose a smaller resolution to receive a smaller image size.

Usage tips

As always, you need to experiment a bit to receive the ideal result. Once you are done with the QR code generation, do a “live-check” and scan the QR code with one of the smartphone apps introduced in the previous posts. This gives you some sort of “quality control” and confidence, that the information the QR code represents is correct and the QR code “works”.

Have fun and success!

SMiLE blog post series about QR codes

This article ends our current series about QR codes.

QR codes are a great tool to promote Lions activities in all sorts of ways. Let us know from time to time how you are doing and what usages you have discovered in real life.

Using the tag feature of our blog will list all QR code related posts easily (there is more than just this little series 🙂


The QR code blog post series consists of the following posts:


 

QR Codes – generated with facebook events

QR codes are very convenient, when it comes to drawing attention from your audience or directing people to your fund-raiser page. The SMiLE team used this very successfully during and after LCI international convention 2015 in Honolulu by making a QR code part of our famous SMiLE Pin.

Part 1 of this article series introduced an iOS based App – Qrafter Pro – for reading and creating QR codes.

Part 2 of this article series introduced an Android based App – QR Droid – for reading and creating QR codes.

This article talks about a very convenient facebook feature, which allows to create QR codes as well!

 

QR codes (2) - a blog post series by SMiLE

Part 3: QR codes created by facebook

The apps for iOS and Android introduced so far are a sort of “Swiss army knife” tool. They deal with all sorts of QR codes and provide a rich set of features. The facebook event features comes with a “one-trick-pony” – simple and convenient.

Very often, you will use a QR code to promote an event you organize for your club or district. As a social media aware Lion you definitely consider to create a facebook event for this as well. Wouldn’t it be nice to get a matching QR code directly as part of this task?

Here comes the good news: Once you have created your facebook event, you are offered to simply download a QR code image, which directly points to this facebook event! No need for an extra app – at least for this part 😉

Sounds too good? Have a look at the screenshots provided below and try yourself.

Three easy steps …
to receive the QR code

Download the QR code for a facebook event

Download the QR code for a facebook event

 

 

 

Proceed as follows …
once the facebook event has been created ….

  1. Click on the three dots right below the event banner
  2. Click the download button below the generated QR code
  3. Save the image file

Distribute the QR code image as appropriate for your event. Send it along with invitation mails, use it on your website, print it on your stationary, etc. – your imagination is the limit.

Final QR code & added value for your event

facebook puts its logo in the center of the QR code. This makes it convenient to identify it, but does not interfere with readability.

Do not forget to create additional QR codes, which provide e.g. a calendar for the event or depicts the location in a map. For this the smartphone apps introduced in parts (1) – (2) of this blog post series.can be used.


Note:

Have a look at the other articles of this series, as they contain additional information and material, which might be useful for you!

Part 1: Using QR code apps for iOS

Part 2: Using QR code apps for Android


 

QR Codes – All about apps (2)

QR codes are very convenient, when it comes to drawing attention from your audience or directing people to your fund-raiser page. The SMiLE team used this very successfully during and after LCI international convention 2015 in Honolulu by making a QR code part of our famous SMiLE Pin.

Part 1 of this article series introduced an iOS based App – Qrafter Pro – for reading and creating QR codes.

Now time has come for all folks using Android based smartphones and tablets!

 

QR codes (2) - a blog post series by SMiLE

Part 2: Using QR code apps for Android

What is true for iOS, is true for the Android side of the medal – too many apps claiming being the best QR code reader. But again, let’s play it easy and have a look at my favorite QR code app for Android; -)

QR Droid for Android is a great tool for dealing with QR codes. It supports reading AND creating QR codes with lots of features, so reserve some spare time to discover the stuff beyond the base functionality.

Reading …
a QR code with QR Droid is easy!

QR Droid scanning QR code with cross hair

With the default app settings …

  1. start the app
  2. point the smartphone camera at the QR code

Immediately the app identifies the code, decodes it and based on it’s type, executes the appropriate action. For example, it …

  • opens a web page (QR code has been a web address)
  • shows a location on Google maps (QR code has been a location code)
  • Twitters a message

That was easy, right?! The default settings of the app really aim at receiving immediate results. But you might want to change some of the defaults, to allow a short verification of what the app is actually going to execute as action. This avoids some bad surprise, in case someone presents you with a malicious QR code!

Bottom line: “Reading” a QR code with the right Android app is simple and it links people in a convenient way to your web pages, guide them to a location or let them transfer the club business card details hassle free in their smartphone contacts.

 

Features

QR Droid offers you lots of features.

  • supports a whole variety of QR codes:
    • Business card
    • Event dates
    • Phone calls
    • Text messages
    • Mail
  • easily configurable to adjust behavior
  • also CREATES QR codes

Again, take some spare time to explore what the app has to offer beyond the basic use – it’s really amazing.


Note:

Have a look at the other articles of this series, as they contain additional information and material, that might be useful for you!

Part 1: Using QR code apps for iOS
Part 3: QR Codes – generated with facebook events


 

QR Codes – All about apps (1)

QR codes are a great way for Lions to support their activities and public relations. The SMiLE Pin, our famous billion dollar give-away at #LCICon 2015 in Honolulu, is a great example. It utilizes a QR code to connect people directly with the SMiLE website 🙂QR codes - a blog post series by SMiLE

During the SMiLE #LCICon seminars, the question was raised “How can i discover, what message or content the QR code keeps inside”? So time has come to talk about apps that can be used to “read” and “create” QR codes easily.

So you asked for it – here it is: A series of posts dealing with some hands-on practice around the use of QR codes for Lions. (more…)

QR Codes for Lions

QR codes what are they, how use them?

A QR code is a type of bar code. The difference with a bar code is the possibility to add characters and therefore words, sentences or any other structured data. QR codes can be used to store website links (url), maps and even your business card data. The most common use is storing long or hard to remember website links. Scan the QR code with a QR scanning application available for most Smart Phones. Just search ‘QR Scanner’, Install and point your camera to the QR code.

Watch the video for best apps and instructions at the bottom of this article

Some Lions examples to try out…

QR code on District fanion.

Include all your information on your fanion

GO4IT Lions 112A QR

 

QR code on MD Convention Pin.

Include all your information on your pin

Lions QR Pin MD111

SMiLE Social Media Directory link.

SMiLEDirectoryQR

SMiLE Contact Tom.

TomSMiLEQR

QR for Lions Clubs marketing.

Put QR code on all district documentation, scanning will redirect to the district 410A website

qrcode_district410A-300x300

QR for aidWeb’s Facebook page (Lions & Rare Diseases).

QRCODE FB Unitag_QRCode_FB_aidWeb

 

QR in Lions Magazine.

Get readers to visit the MD or district Facebook page

Lion Australia Papua New Guinea FB QR

 

Watch the video for best apps and instructions

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