QR codes earned a college student nearly $25k

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Simply by waving a sign with a quick response code in the air while in an ESPN crowd, donations were made. On ESPN’s “College GameDay”, which is a college football program from the station that is filmed every week at a different college campus, a student held up a sign featuring QR codes, the words “Hi Mom. Send” and a Bitcoin logo. This was all it took to have thousands of people interested in finding out where the barcode led. The QR codes clearly led to a Bitcoin wallet, so…

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Should political campaign signage include QR codes?

QR Code Signs

As the penetration of smartphones in the United States approaches 50 percent, the debate as to whether or not QR codes should be included on campaign signs continues to progress. Among the largest errors that can be made in the design of a campaign sign displayed on a lawn is to include too much content. This is because the average individual passing the sign will only spend a couple of seconds glancing at it. This makes QR codes an opportunity to offer additional information about the campaign, without taking up…

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Unemployed man uses QR code sandwich board in his job hunt

A Canadian man has found a unique new way to use QR code marketing, by printing one onto a sandwich board and walking the streets of Toronto in a desperate attempt to try to find a job. The man, 42-year old John Currie, is a motion graphics producer who is out of work and who decided to use this marketing tool to allow potential employers to scan the code to that they may view his website, on which his 2012 demo reel is accessible. Currie (twitter handle @thatQRcodeguy) explained that…

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Turkish soccer fans use QR codes to insult opposing teams

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QR codes may have risen to prominence because of their use in marketing, but the codes are famously versatile and are beginning to catch the interest of people all over the world. While consumers have become leery of the codes because of their ability to hide malicious content, they are growing more comfortable with using the codes themselves. This is particularly true in the world of sports, where fans have begun using the codes to sling insults at supporters of opposing teams. In Turkey, soccer fans have been using QR…

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Massive QR code taken down from busy freeway in Hawaii

QR Code Sticker

Department of Transportation workers took down a 16 square foot QR code posted on an exit sign found on one of the busiest freeways in Hawaii this week. The freeway was closed while workers dismantled the code, putting an end to what had been a stressful distraction for drivers. The code had been posted last week, though no one knows at exactly what time. The code took scanners to the website of UDOWN, a local fashion store. The company claims to have had no involvement whatsoever. As QR codes become…

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Cheap mobile marketing tools help level the playing field for small businesses

QR Code Marketing

Mobile marketing has made its way to Green Bay, Wisconsin. QR codes are starting to spring up everywhere in the city as more local businesses take advantage of them. The codes have a unique advertising appeal that is unmatched by any other marketing method. As smart phone use becomes more widespread, QR codes are being recognized for their ability to dynamically engage consumers, drawing them in where traditional advertising fails. Larry Obermann, owner of Fastsigns, a company specializing in visual communications solutions, has become a fan of the little black…

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Slap a QR Code on it…why not!

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Residents of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, are beginning to see QR codes popping up all over the place. The city first began using the codes as part of a campaign to provide better service to tourists, giving them access to information on local businesses and events. As mobile technology continues to establish is presence in society, QR codes have become a way for small businesses to compete with their much larger counterparts. QR codes are experiencing the same boom in popularity in the U.S. that they did in Japan. Originally…

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Election signs sporting QR codes give campaign an edge

Politics is often characterized as a battlefield. The political arena, as it were, can certainly seem as such, given the amount of verbal warfare coming from both sides. Fitting of the characterization, politicians are often on the lookout for new ways to edge out their opponents, clinging to every advantage as though it meant sure victory. As society – the next generation of young voters in particular – embracing mobile technology, can politicians engage tech-savvy voters by using QR codes? Andrew Lang, the Liberal candidate for Toronto-Danforth, Canada, believes that…

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