.QR Codes have great potential to get leads from your target audience. Advanced Hair Studio, a leading hair replacement and hair regrowth company, attempted to do just that. We reviewed their QR Code in a newspaper advertisement and learnt what they did right and where the brand went wrong.

1. Despite being prominently placed, no call-to-action

The advertiser did well to place the QR Code prominently in the advertisement. However, it was plain black and white and the ad failed to bring the code to the attention of the readers. This could have been done simply by:

  • Adding a designer QR Code that matched the design of the ad instead of placing a large black and white block on a graphic image
  • Including a call-to-action message such as ‘Scan to book an appointment with the studio nearest to you’
  • Adding instructions to scan the code for the benefit of those who are unfamiliar with the QR Code technology

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2. Trackable QR Code not used

The QR Code is a simple static QR Code. Advanced Hair Studio could have used a trackable QR Code to edit content and track number of scans. Doing this would have allowed the advertiser to assess the impact of the campaign.

3. Landing page not mobile-optimized

On scanning the QR Code, the user is redirected to a registration page of Advanced Hair Studio. Surprisingly, the page is not mobile-optimized, given that the page only has a video and the registration form. This is one of the most common mistakes that advertisers make while using QR Codes in marketing campaigns. Read why these QR Code best practices are must-know.

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4. Adding a video is a good move

In a good move by the advertiser, the readers have the option of viewing a video of an interview of a celebrity sportsperson. This can help the brand get more leads through its registration form.

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Evaluation Score: 2/5

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Gautam Garg is a Co-founder and the CEO of Scanova. He is a QR Code enthusiast and a big fan of inbound marketing, CRO, and usability. When taking a break, he likes to go trekking and eat spicy food.

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