I have been meaning to tell you this for a while now, but was not sure how to break the news to you. Within the course of three weeks, I’ve had two experts independently mention that the QR code is on its way out. Granted, that still did not prove its demise. But last week I came across this new study and now have statistical proof that, if not dead, QR codes are definitely SO yesterday.
A terrific new study released by Nellymoser (Mobile Activation Study 2013
) provides in-depth analysis of how the top U.S. magazines are utilizing technology to link from their printed pages to mobile devices.
While it does not come as a surprise that the overall use of this linking technology has grown dramatically in the last year—a more than 50 percent increase from 2012 to 2013—the surprising part for you might be that most links or activations were initiated by Image Recognition (IR) technology. That’s a whopping 60 percent compared with the mere 24 percent that used QR codes. As I said, SO yesterday.
(Incidentally, while I am all for branding, I can’t really get behind companies that use their own-branded IR apps. My money is on keeping it simple and using third-party apps. This has the advantage that many of your clients—and clients’ clients—already have the third-party software on their devices.)
Now, QR codes will not completely disappear any time soon. Interestingly enough, for advertisers this is still the technology of choice representing 60 percent of mobile triggers—mainly because a high percentage of mobile users already have QR code readers on their mobile devices.
But in the long run, QR codes will be replaced. So you better be prepared as you are more than just a print service provider—many of you offer marketing services as well...
P.S.—I am currently working on a project that will include IR... so I will keep you posted as to its implementation and success.
The real question though is this: Have YOU implemented any IR software yet? Or are your clients still clamoring for QR codes?