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 problem has now been solved by using QR Code technology.

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

They simply need to pull out their smartphone, open the camera (or QR Code scanning app), and hold phone in front of the QR Code. Within 2-3 seconds, a pop-up appears and the QR Code gets scanned. It’s as easy as clicking a picture.

Also—did you know that QR Codes are trackable? You read that right. They allow you to monitor their number, location, and date and time of scans.

But despite all these factors, it is still not possible to know exactly ‘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 print marketing can easily overcome this challenge using a feature called Lead Generation. You need to check if your QR Code Generator has this feature

A. What is Lead Generation?

As the name implies, lead generation helps you generate leads. That is—it helps you capture the details (name, contact, etc.) of your potential customers.

Marketers today use Lead Generation in their print marketing campaigns and build a list of highly targeted 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
  • You decide to hand-out coupons to get people to avail the offer. And to do it, you add Coupon QR Code to the print ads
  • Now, 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, it will show a landing page with a quick form. The end-users will have to fill in details asked in the form 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

B. 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 nothing beats an incentive in doing just that. This incentive could be anything 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. How?

By adding branding to it. Yes, you can customize your QR Code to maximize the number of scans. This is because a black-and-white QR Code looks dull and boring. But a customized QR Code acts stands out from the crowd.

Hence, you must 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.

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 C.

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

C. How to set up Lead Generation?

To set up lead generation, you will need an advanced QR Code Management tool that offers this feature. If you do a quick Gogle search, you will get many results.

But how do you find the best one for your use case? You will have to compare all of them to do that, right? But that will need a lot of time and effort.

Don’t worry. You don’t really need to do that. We have compiled a detailed comparison chart of the top QR Code generators. You can go through it to decide which one will you like to go ahead with.

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:

1. 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. From there, go to Leads and click 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.

2. Add Lead Generation Feature to QR Code

1. Proceed to create a QR Code from the dashboard

Scanova Dashboard > Choose QR Code > Add Content

In case you want to know how to create a QR Code in detail, here’s an in-depth guide.

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


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 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.

3. 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. Login to your Scanova account

2. From the dashboard, select the Leads option

3. The list/lists of leads will show up. From here, choose the List for you wish to see the Analytics (and export leads) for

lead generation for print marketing: dashboard

4. 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

4. Update Lead Generation

In case you want to make changes to the leads generation landing page, follow these steps:

1. From Scanova’s Dashboard, go to Saved QR Codes

download option

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 the QR Codes to be used in your print marketing strategy. And 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. Hence, their chances of converting in the future will be high.

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.

If you still have any queries or concerns, let us know in the comments.

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