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QR Codes are Going Strong! Also, Google Killed the QR Code!

Published on August 31, 2011

This Week with Frank Romano (because Frank doesn't seem to know the name of his own show) features two opposing articles about the much loved/hated QR code.




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By Gee Ranasinha on Aug 31, 2011

Did anyone else zap the QR code that Frank showed in the video, only to get the Wikipedia homepage? Not even a link to the WTT home page - shame on you!

I'm not sure about NFC being the future. I'm more in favor of KFC. It's those eleven herbs and spices that get my vote.


By Paul Foster on Aug 31, 2011

Gee . . . I have to admit, I scanned the code as well only to be whisked away to Wikipedia's featured article of the day on Toronto's Don Valley Parkway. Once again Frank shows his brilliance in linking Toronto's sometimes "road to nowhere" to the fate of QR codes, short-circuited by NFC.

Of course, NFC will need some sort of transmitter (which will cost money) whereas QR codes are virtually free to implement. Is NFC RFID in disguise? No wonder Frank is a proponent!


By Lou Berceli on Aug 31, 2011

QR Barcodes are one type of 2D Barcode that is skyrocketing in popularity and many new applications evey day for any and all print media which also includes labels and packaging

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By Jim Hamilton on Aug 31, 2011

I think it depends on where you are. QR code use is on the rise in the U.S. but it's peaked in Japan. See Matt Swain's blog on the topic: http://blog.infotrends.com/?p=4765


By Jason Pinto on Sep 01, 2011

Hi Frank,
As someone that shares similar forehead/advertising space, I must say that I did enjoy this video.

While a lot of signs point to NFC changing the way people interact with businesses via their phones and other devices, I am just not sure how soon the necessary hardware will be implemented in a widespread fashion across the US. If the next iPhone comes equipped to handle NFC, that will make things interesting quickly! But I don't know if that is going to happen.

But regardless, I still think that QR Codes will continue to grow in popularity among marketers in the US. We are starting to see them "everywhere", but I think we'll continue to find better applications for them and thus adoption will continue to increase.


By James Kohler on Sep 04, 2011

RFID was suppose to be the end all to be all and of course it hasn't. NFC will probably come about but not that quickly. Lets face it everything technology moves ahead and the QR Code, SnapTag, Microsoft Tag, etc. will as well. Just because Google is in it doesn't mean everyone will be. Al the phone manufactures would have to be on board and that alone could be tough!


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