single use mobile coupon tickets

Restaurants, retail brands, and taxi service providers regularly hand out discount or deal coupons as part of their promotions.

But now that everything is going mobile, printing and managing paper coupons is relatively expensive and inconvenient for the customers. This has given rise to m-coupons – coupons digitally created on mobile apps and saved in wallets like Passbook.

But paper coupons had an advantage – uniqueness. A paper coupon could be redeemed at the store and the merchant would keep it, making sure it is never used again.

How do you ensure that m-coupons are not used multiple times in an affordable way? Using a QR Code.

How does it work?

The process is simple:

  • M-coupon has offer details, promo code (if applicable), and a QR Code
  • Customer shows the m-coupon to the merchant at the time of sale
  • Merchant scans the QR Code using any generic QR Code scanning application
  • A pop-up prompts the merchant to confirm the redemption of the m-coupon
  • On confirmation, the coupon will be successfully validated and consumed
  • If the QR Code is scanned again, the merchant will get a message that this QR Code has already been used

single-use mobile coupon tickets

This system also can be used with m-tickets as well at conferences, plays, movies, and other low-volume events.

How can I set this up?

This solution makes use of single-scan QR Codes, provided by QR Code Management tools such as Scanova.

The key advantage for merchants is that such a system can be set up at a low cost without the need to manage any databases or servers at the merchant’s end. The entire system can be managed at the service provider’s end, making it possible to deploy the system at a rapid pace.

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Gautam Garg is a Co-founder 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 travel solo and eat spicy food. Follow him on Twitter @GGarg88

  • Scott R

    Gautam, We sell a print map product both through our own online store and through retailers. Our products are also available digitally. For those buying our printed products we would like to offer free or discounted digital versions. Our problem is that we wouldn’t want the link shared, in essence we would like to use a single use QR code which is printed on our products. Ideally this would be the same code for ease and cost of not having to print a unique code on every copy (we typically print in runs of 3,000 to 7,000). Do you have any thoughts on a solution to our dilemma? Thx, Scott