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Lead Generation for Print Marketing: How to capture leads from print ads

Print marketing is still a popular media for marketers to engage their target audience. In fact, this marketing channel is growing year-on-year.

According to stats from a 2015 survey, the estimated global expenditure on print media is expected to go from USD 247.8 Bn in 2014 to USD 260 Bn by 2018.

But print media is not without its challenges. Unlike digital marketing, it was not trackable. However, this was solved by using QR Code technology.

A marketer can use QR Codes to give interested consumers an option to engage with the ad and take an action—see detailed information, watch a video, register for an event, etc.

Despite use of this technology to track consumer activity, it is still not possible to know ‘who’ scanned the QR Code.

Generic QR Code scanners cannot automatically capture personal information (name, email, phone number) of the scanning user. This makes it difficult for marketers to re-market these consumers in future campaigns.

But this can be solved using a feature called Lead Generation. You need to check if your QR Code Generator has this feature

i. What is Lead Generation?

Marketers can use Lead Generation in their print marketing campaigns to easily capture leads and build a list of potential customers.  

Lead Generation For Print Marketing

This is how Lead Generation works:

  • Say you are running a campaign where you are offering a 20% discount on one of your products
  • But to get the coupon code, the potential customer will need to scan the QR Code on the print ad
  • When the QR Code is scanned, the landing page contains a quick form and the user is required to fill in details such as name and phone number—this is the Lead Generation page
  • When the details are successfully submitted, the customer will be redirected to the coupon code page
  • Leads captured via this method are populated in a database (called a Leads List) and can be downloaded or integrated with a CRM software

ii. How to plan Lead Generation strategy?

Here is how you can get started with your lead generation strategy:

1. Ensure that your marketing message is actionable

Make your marketing message compelling so that audience take an action. And they’ll mostly do it  when there is an incentive such as:

  • A discount, deal, or limited offer
  • Information useful to the consumer
  • Opportunity to attend a limited-seat event
  • Chance to participate in a contest and win prizes
  • Access to exclusive content such as unreleased videos, photos, or music

2. Get your audience to scan your QR Code

Ensure that your QR Code differentiates itself from the competition.

Add your brand colors and logo to your QR Code. This will make it look more personalised.

As a result, people will not think of it as ‘some barcode for official purpose‘ but will find it attractive enough to scan it.

It is a fact that customized QR Codes attract much more scans than black-and-white ones.

lead generation print marketing: custom designed QR Code

3. Set up a lead generation page and then redirect your audience to target content

You’ll see how to set up lead generation in section iii.

Once you set it up, you must redirect your audience to target content such as deal, information, or a video.

iii. How to set up Lead Generation?

To set up lead generation, you will need an advanced QR Code Management tool such as Scanova. Scanova is one of the very few QR Code Management tools that provide the Lead Generation feature.

You need to first set up a 14-day free trial account with Scanova. Once you have logged in, here’s what you’ll need to do next:

A. Create a Leads List

A Leads List is a database (like a spreadsheet) where the leads are saved. In each list, you can define fields such as Name, Contact Number, Email ID, Company Name, etc. You can add and customize the fields as per your campaign requirements.

To create a Leads List using Scanova:

1. Go to Scanova Dashboard > Leads > New List

lead generation for print marketing: webscreen


2. A window will open where you can name the list and customise the fields according to your preferences

lead generation for print marketing: new list

3. Once done, click on ‘Create’ to generate your list

Lead Generation for print marketing: options

Note that you can use either a single list for all your QR Codes or you can create a list for each one of them.

B. Add Lead Generation Feature to QR Code

1. Proceed to create a QR Code from the dashboard

Scanova Dashboard > Choose QR Code > Add Content

2. When you have specified the content, click on Create QR Code

lead generation for print marketing: create QR Code

3. A window will open prompting you to name and save the QR Code. In this window, select the ‘Capture Leads’ option to enable Lead Generation

lead generation for print marketing: pop-up

4. After selection, first you will be prompted to choose a Leads List where all the leads captured using this QR Code will be saved. In this option, select the List created in Step A

lead generation for print marketing: capture option

5. Once you have chosen the List, you’ll see more options (instruction text, fields, button text, etc.) to customize the Lead Generation landing page that users will see when they scan the QR Code. Note that all fields created in the List will automatically appear here

lead generation for print marketing: list

6. Once you have finalized the content of the landing page, click on ‘Save’ to generate the QR Code

Lead Generation has now been set up. You can now add this QR Code to your marketing campaigns. The leads captured will be stored in the chosen Leads List.

C. Analytics and Exporting Leads Data

Scanova also allows you to view stats on your Lead Generation-enabled campaigns. You can view total number of leads captured by time and source (QR Codes). It is also possible to export the Leads data is CSV format for further analysis.

To view Lead Generation Analytics, here’s what you need to do:

1. Go to Scanova Dashboard > Leads

2. From the Leads Lists, choose the List for which you wish to see Analytics (and export leads)

lead generation for print marketing: dashboard

3. On the page that opens, you will be able to see the analytics and download the leads (by time and source)

lead generation for print media: data

D. Update Lead Generation

To make changes to the lead generation landing page:

1. Go to Scanova Dashboard > Saved QR Codes

lead generation for print marketing: downloads

2. Select the Lead Generation-enabled QR Code that you wish to update

3. On the page that opens, you will be able to update the elements of the page such as instruction text, fields, order of the fields, and the button text

lead generation for print marketing: update

4. Once you’ve made the changes, select ‘Update Lead Generation’

Note that you can also edit the content of the QR Code via this page.

Follow the above steps to add Lead Generation to your QR Codes to build a list of highly-targeted potential customers. These leads have already shown interest in your promotional ad and even made the effort to share their contact details.

With these highly targeted leads, you can rapidly increase your print media conversion rates.

That’s all you need to know about Lead Generation for print marketing campaigns. So start building a Lead Generation strategy via print media today.


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By Zara Rizwan

Zara Rizwan is a Writer with Scanova. She is an expert on QR Codes, Psychology, and Marketing. When not writing, she spends her time cooking Lamb Biryani or reading Jeffrey Archer novels.

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