You have a use case that requires a large number of random codes. Unlike serial codes that have a pattern, these random codes should be hard-to-guess.
And you need these random codes encoded in QR Codes. This will make it easier for your users to scan the QR Code with your mobile app and get/verify the code.
Typically, this is for one of the following use cases:
License key: A license key (say for a software) is a string of random characters, making it impossible for users to guess. This is used to authenticate authorized buyers only. And you want such license keys in bulk—one license encoded in each QR Code
Incentive campaigns: You want to create random code QR Codes in bulk to run a contest, show, or a competition. For example, you run a contest where customers are required to scan a QR Code that comes with a product using a mobile application. A few such QR Codes are ‘lucky’ and if customers scan these, they win a prize. You need random codes encoded is all QR Codes to make it difficult to guess the ‘lucky’ ones
But remember, for the first two use cases, you need a custom scanning device that can decode the random numbers for you.
Given your use case, it is very likely that you need QR Codes in bulk. And creating them one-by-one will take a lot of time and effort.
So you’ll need a bulk QR Code generator tool to create random code QR Codes. In this article, we will help you choose a suitable bulk QR Code generator tool for your purpose.
A. Know your requirements well
Before you actually proceed to create random code QR Codes in bulk, you should know what your requirement is. That is, answer the following questions:
1. Do you want to create custom-designed QR Codes
If you want your QR Codes to look visually appealing, you should add design to them. That is, you can add a logo of your choice, change the background image, change the eye and data pattern, and use other design options.
2. In which size and format do you want to export QR Codes images
There are two image formats—raster and vector. Raster formats come in JPG, PNG. While vector formats come in EPS, PDF, SVG, and PS formats.
If you are publishing the images on the web, you should export in PNG, JPG. But if you want to create QR Codes for print media creatives, export in vector formats.
Plus, you should also know the size in which you want to export QR Code images. For reference, here is a detailed guide on ideal size of QR Code for your campaign.
3. Do you want to create printable QR Code labels
That is, you want a ready-to-print QR Code labels PDF. And you do not want to create a MS- Word document and use the feature ‘Mail Merge’ for a suitable Avery sheet.
So, once you are clear with your requirements, select the bulk QR Code generator tool that has the required features.
B. How to create random code QR Codes in bulk
So now, you can proceed to create QR Codes in bulk.
In this article, we will use QR Batch for demo purposes. Here are some steps that you need to follow:
1. Create account on QR Batch
Go to QR Batch. Here, click on ‘Sign up’ from the top navigation bar to create an account. Note that signing up for an account is free and necessary to start generating QR Codes.
Once logged in, choose the category of Random QR Code.
2. Specify data
In order to create unique, hard-to-guess codes, you need to specify the data on the page you land. This includes:
a. Number of random QR Codes needed: This is the quantity of QR Codes you require
b. Number of characters in each code: This will specify the length of code in characters. The number of characters should range between 6-20
c. Character set: This includes 4 main character sets
- Upper character (A-Z)
- Lower character (a-z)
- Numeric character (0-9)
- Special character (!#$%&)
Tick on the option(s) you want to include. You can also see a preview of how your code will look like.
Also here are two things to note:
- You can either choose a mix of sets, or, all character sets to generate your code
- The filename of each QR Code image will be the encoded code
Once you specify all the data, click on Next.
3. Add design to QR Code
Now you will be landed on a page where you will see three design options:
- Custom logo design
- Custom background design
If your use case is functional and you want a basic black-and-white QR Code, go for Standard design.
But if your use case is customer facing, you should customize your QR Code. In this case, you can choose from either of the two options.
For example, say you are running an incentive-based QR Code campaign. And you have added a coupon code in QR Codes. Your aim is to make people scan the QR Code and avail the offer.
Here, since your use case is promotional, you will be benefitted by a high number of scans. Hence, if you customize your QR Code, they will act as a point-of-engagement. Your target audience will be able to differentiate these QR Codes with generic black-and-white ones.
So with custom logo design, you can add a logo. While in custom background design, you can choose a background image.
In both cases, you can change the eye and data module pattern and color.
Once you know the option you want to go for, click on Customize.
Now you can customize your QR Code. Once done, click on Select Design.
4. Specify batch name and other details
Once you are done with designing, a window will pop up. It will prompt you to specify the batch name. In the same window you can define your export preference.
That is, you can choose from the following two options:
- Export as images
Once you select this option, you can export QR Codes as images in a zip folder. You can also specify the format—PNG, JPG, EPS, SVG. And the QR Code size—inches, cm, mm, and pixels.
- Export as labels
On clicking on this option, you can generate a printable file of QR Code labels. Here you will get the option to choose the labels layout i.e. labels per sheet as per label size.
For example, say you want QR Codes in bulk for Treasure Hunt game. You can create and print QR Code labels, and paste them on different spots.
For more details on QR Code labels, you can refer to this detailed guide.
Once you specify all the details, click on Next.
5. Make payment
Now you will be landed on a confirmation page where you can verify all specified details. You can also edit the details if you want. If everything looks good, proceed to make payment.
The major advantage of QR Batch is that it charges you only for the QR Codes you create. The higher the number of QR Codes, the cheaper the rate.
You can get an estimate of batch price with QR Batch Price Calculator.
6. Download QR Code batch
Once you make payment, your batch will start processing. The time taken depends on the size of the batch. It usually ranges between a few minutes to a couple of hours.
You will get a notification on batch processing and completion on your dashboard. You can click on the floating notification icon for the updates.
Plus, you will also get a notification via email on batch completion.
You can then download your QR Codes (in a zip folder) from the Batch download section on your dashboard, once it is completed.
And then unzip to see the QR Code images or labels.
This way, you can easily create custom-designed random QR Codes in bulk.
B. QR Codes best practices
While you create QR Codes, there are some things you should keep in mind. This will help you create QR Codes like a pro.
1. Add design to QR Code
By customizing your QR Codes, you can make them look totally branded. It will also help people to identify your QR Codes easily.
Also here’s a fact: Custom-designed QR Codes attract 50-70% more scans as compared to plain black-and-white.
But say you are adding a background color to your QR Code. Here you should ensure that there is enough contrast between the background color and data modules. That is, if the background color is light, then keep the color of data modules dark.
This way your QR Codes will be properly scanned.
2. Add a CTA element
It is very important for your customers to know what content is added in a QR Code. If it interests them, only then will they scan the QR Code.
So, adding a help note such as ‘Scan to participate’ or ‘Scan to avail coupon’ will always help.
3. Export in vector formats
You can create high resolution images using vector formats. These formats do not pixelate even when the image is scaled.
4. Add adequate error correction
Error correction ensures that your QR Code is scanned even after slight damage.
Plus, error correction is also important when you add design to your QR Code. For example, say you add a logo (or any other image) to your QR Code. Here the logo is added as an error. And data modules are removed.
So by adding adequate error correction, you can increase the number of modules (data blocks) in a QR Code. This way, you can ensure that the data remains intact. And QR Code retains the capability to be scanned.
Thus, follow these best practices to flawlessly create QR Codes.
So you just read a detailed guide on random code QR Codes. You can now create custom-designed QR Codes in bulk easily.