how to use a qr code

When I last visited the local supermarket, I saw this – hundreds of food brands. The instant noodles shelf had at least 10 brands if not more.

I can only imagine how tough the F&B marketer’s job must be to ensure that their product stands out. No matter how well you play with packaging design, pricing, or promise of quality, there is only one strategy that works the best in the long-term – customer loyalty.

With so much competition, brands must differentiate themselves through regular customer engagement such as providing useful information or entertainment.

But how to accomplish this? One easy way is to use QR Code-based customer engagement campaigns on product packaging. For example—in 2016, Nestle Kitkat added QR Codes on its chocolates. These QR Codes, when scanned, redirected users to watch YouTube video while they took a break.

Other than marketing, QR Codes help engage customers in multiple ways across various industries.

Here’s how QR Codes on food and beverage packaging can help engage customers:

1. Provide detailed information

The consumer is not only smarter but also choosier than ever. With changing lifestyles and increasing number of chronic diseases, consumers are careful about what they eat and demand complete information about a food product.

Is this high in sugar? Does it have nuts? Is this gluten-free?

These are common questions asked by shoppers to confused retailers.

You can easily address these questions by adding a QR Code that leads to detailed information about the product.

A lot of brands are already using QR Codes on their products to provide in-depth product details. For example:

1. Nestle India recently added a QR Code on its popular instant noodles brand Maggi after controversy that the product contained excessive amount of lead

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2. Horticulture Innovation Australia and Australian Authentic branded olive oil bottles with a QR Code. This QR Code linked to detailed information on origin of olive oil and conform its authenticity

3. Anmum—Fonterras’ pediatric range—added QR Codes on products. These QR Codes link to web page that gives details about product’s batch and authenticity

4. SmartLAbel—an initiative by US Grocery Manufacturer association—added QR Codes on products. These QR Codes provide shoppers information about the products they’re purchasing

2. Suggest recipes

You can ‘delight’ your customers by suggesting recipes for the food item that you are selling. You don’t want consumers to use your product incorrectly and then never buy it again.

Chef’s Basket added a QR Code to its pasta box which leads consumers to a recipe video.

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3. Show your entire product range

Do consumers already like your food product and are loyal to you? Make them discover other food items that you sell but they are not aware of.

Cornitos Nacho Crisps added a QR Code that leads consumers to the complete Cornitos product range.

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4. Create awareness of your social campaign

Enterprise F&B brands, such as Nestle, Coca-Cola, etc. typically run social campaigns to build their brand image.

However, the awareness of the campaigns is either at ground zero or in the annual report that hardly anyone reads (except some shareholders and analysts, maybe).

Food brands can use their packaging to get shoppers to learn more about their initiatives. This will help build trust and eventually customer loyalty.

Tata Tea, a popular tea brand in India, added a QR Code on its packaging to redirect users to its Jaagore Consumer Rights campaign.

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The advantage of using a QR Code is that it takes limited space and is very cost-effective. A QR Code campaign can be managed and tracked using an online QR Code Management tool.

Languiru—Brazil’s second largest dairy producer uses product QR Codes to improve product traceability.

Also read: Ernesto Rosales added QR Codes on coffeemaker

How to create a Food and Beverage QR Code?

You’ll need an online Product QR Code Generator such as Scanova to create a food and beverage QR Code. Using Scanova for demo purpose, here is a step-by-step guide to create a food and beverage QR Code:

1.Go to Scanova’s Product QR Code Generator page (You’ll first need to sign-up for a 14-day free trial)

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2. Customize the landing page by adding title, text, and banner images (upto 3)

product qr code title, banner images

3. Next you can add a link to your website. You also have an option to customize the button text

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4. In the next step, you can add social sharing buttons such as WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter

product qr code social sharing buttons

5. Once you’ve added all the details, you can see how the landing page will look like. To do this, click View landing page preview.

product qr code preview

6. Once you’ve previewed the page and want to proceed, click Create QR Code

7. A save QR Code window will open prompting you to name the QR Code. Once you do it, click on Save

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8. Next you’ll see three QR Codes and the option to Download or Design the QR Code. You can proceed with either of the two options

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9. Once your QR Code is ready (say after you design it), click Download

That’s it. Now that you have the QR Code, you can add it to your product packaging. Note that you can also download the vector image of QR Code (SVG, EPS, etc.) using Advanced Export Option.

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Marketers – get started now and start engaging your customers to differentiate yourself in the crowded supermarkets.


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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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