How do I get a QR code for my website?

Goatgoodiesllc
Visitor
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I need a QR code so folks can scan and get to my website. How do I do that?

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beauxbreaux
Shopify Partner
183 13 32

Super easy. Just go here it is free: https://www.qrcode-monkey.com/

Beaux Barker
Developer

mattybrusketty
Tourist
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I've been using Uniqode's QR Code Generator and I can strongly recommend it. Also has a free option, but for business use, I would always recommend dynamic QR codes (paid). Here's why:
1. You can edit your dynamic codes at any point even after printing. There are several reasons why this might need to be done.
2. Free (static) codes have limited customization options. The list of advanced customization features is miles long and you can create one that aligns with your branding.
3. Free QR codes don't include tracking & analytics features. You can track conversions for print ads and eventually improve the ROI of your marketing campaigns. Or evaluate the metrics of your social media campaigns with Google Analytics.
4. Integrations are available with a paid option only, and they come in quite handy.
5. Last but not least - security. Paid QR Code generators offer advanced security measures and features to protect your codes and the linked content from phishing and cyber-attacks. For example, the generator I use is GDPR and SOC® 2 Type 2-compliant.

To sum up, if you want to use QR codes for marketing, take some time to explore the options and set up the campaigns that you will benefit from the most. Adjust your campaigns based on the data you analyzed. I didn't know how to make a QR code two years ago and I can honestly tell you - it was worth learning more about these little things. And it wasn't even that difficult. If I could do it, anyone can.

beauxbreaux
Shopify Partner
183 13 32

QR codes themselves do not inherently have the ability to track conversions. They are essentially a type of barcode that can store information such as URLs, contact details, or plain text. That is it.

 

If you want to add Google Analytics to your QR code you can generate the URL through GA and use that URL for your tracking.  Not only is this more secure because you are not syncing your data to a 3rd party to simply give a URL you already have access to, but... its free. 

 

You want the URL to be more secure? That is simple too and also for free. The easiest way to encrypt your URL it to use a website like Short URL. 

 

QR codes themselves, being just a form of encoded plain text, do not inherently fall under GDPR compliance concerns. The GDPR compliance issues arise based on how the QR codes are used, particularly in how they direct users to interact with websites or digital content that may collect personal data. It would be like saying a link this > Fake Link is GDPR compliant or another example would be like saying my t-shirt is GDPR compliant lol well of course it is because it doesn't collect data (neither do QR codes) more info on that below. 

 

Here's a breakdown of the considerations:

QR Code Content

  • If a QR code simply encodes a URL that leads to a website, the QR code itself is just a tool for accessing that site, similar to clicking a link. The compliance concerns emerge based on what happens on that website, especially if the website collects, stores, or processes personal data of EU citizens.

Data Collection and Processing

  • GDPR compliance becomes relevant when the website or platform the QR code links to collects personal data. For example, if the QR code leads to a landing page that collects personal information through forms, cookies, or tracking technologies like Google Analytics, those activities must comply with GDPR.

Consent and Transparency

  • The key to GDPR compliance is how you obtain consent from users for data collection and processing, and how transparent you are about the use of their data. Websites must clearly inform users about the use of cookies and trackers, and obtain their explicit consent before collecting data, which includes data collected as a result of scanning a QR code. So no need for some special services, you just need to put this within your policy wherever the user is being directed to. You need to put this on your site regardless of what a QR Code company says about their links being GDPR compliant. Because as I said before QR codes are inherently  compliant as the code doesn't actually to the collection

Anonymity of QR Codes

  • Since QR codes can be scanned anonymously (without necessarily providing personal information just to access the content encoded in the QR code), the act of scanning a QR code is not in itself a GDPR concern. However, subsequent interactions or data collections initiated as a result of scanning the QR code need to be compliant. 😁

I am putting this here as I imagine there are a lot of sales pitches out there trying to get people to purchase services that aren't actually needed. If it wasn't so easy to be able to do it yourself for free I wouldn't suggest it and just tell you not to waste your time and pay. Because sometimes that is the case. 

Beaux Barker
Developer