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What is a vCard QR code and how to create one
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QR codes can be used as a means to show information. From product descriptions to inventory lists, the possibilities are endless. One such use, and arguably one of the best examples of the power of QR codes, is to redirect a QR code to a vCard. They are files that allow you to store and exchange personal information.
Why use vCard QR codes?
As mentioned before, vCards show contact information that can then be added to a contact list. Having said that, linking a vCard to a QR code doubles its instant accessibility. After scanning a vCard QR code, you will be able to see all the contact information as well as having the option to download said information and add it to your smartphone’s list of contacts.
Nowadays, address books are no longer, well, books; contacts are kept on our smartphones or our email platforms. Thus, having a QR code linked to a vCard does not only allow instant access to contact information. Having one placed on a business card, for example, will reduce the amount of information you would usually put on it. You can show your name right next to the vCard QR code!
vCard QR codes can also be used for educational and medical purposes. Since this type of QR code content can store information, a student or a patient can have a vCard QR code with several ways to contact them or reach a tutor or family member.
How to create a vCard QR code
Although you can create a static QR code to a vCard, we would suggest the use of dynamic QR codes instead. Mostly because they can be updated or changed whenever you want without having to reprint your business cards. vCard QR codes include a high number of fields from the most obvious such as first and last name, to business-related information like “title” and “company.”
Here is a quick rundown of what you will be able to add to your vCard QR code with uQR.me:
- First name and last name
- Mobile and phone number
- Email address
- ZIP code
- State and country
- Social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and Yelp)
As you can see, you will be able to insert a massive amount of contact information to a vCard QR code, including your social networks of choice. This will guarantee that your contacts will be able to get in touch with you anytime and anywhere.
To create a vCard QR code, register to uQR.me, generate a QR code, and select the type "vCard." There, you will be able to insert all your contact information. Finally, as we have mentioned before, if you move to another place or get promoted, you can update the information in no time by using dynamic QR codes. Also, you will be able to track and measure their stats and customize them as you please.
Create a vCard QR code with uQR.me
- Click Create project,
- Click Create QR,
- name the QR code,
- select “vCard” from the dropdown menu,
- insert your contact information, and
- Click Save and apply changes.
vCard QR code insights
Accessing and adding your contact information could not be any simpler than by linking it to a QR code to a vCard because:
- We all have our smartphones at the ready,
- mobile scanning apps are free to download and use, and
- most mobile operating systems and browsers have QR code decoding features already integrated.
One last thing to mention about vCard QR codes is their actual size. The standard size of a business card is approximately 9 × 5 cm (3.5 × 2 in), and the QR code’s size should not be below 1 x 1 cm (0.4 x 0.4 in). Having a QR code printed in a smaller size might not be able to be decoded by a QR code reader. So, to be on the safe side, have the size of the QR code be at least 3 x 3 cm (1.6 x 1.6 in).
How to scan a QR code
A QR code wouldn’t serve its real purpose if it weren’t scanned. It is essential to know how to do it, not only for your understanding of the technology but to also teach your target audience.
So, QR codes need to be decoded by a reader app. There are plenty to choose from and the majority of them are free. But the fresh news is that you don’t have to download one. Your smartphone may very well be ready to scan them. Check the settings of your operating system/browser, and if there’s a QR code scanning feature, enable it. Once that’s done, you’ll be able to scan all the QR codes you come across, and so your target audience will too!