Are you about to embark on a new marketing initiative using QR codes?

According to ScanLife, 86% of marketers plan to use them in the near future. Perhaps you’ve identified a few ways to grow your business using QR codes, but now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty – how are you going to track your progress?

Fortunately, QR codes are actually pretty easy to track – here are a few ways to go about it:

1. Shortened URL’s

Keeping URL’s short is the key to creating a code that is easy to scan. However, an added benefit of URL shortening tools like Bitly or is that they allow you to keep track of your links with reporting that includes scans, location, time of day and browser. Best of all – they’re free!

2. Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a recognized leader in web analytics, and provides a great (and free) way to track activity on your mobile site.

After adding GA to your site, you can use the URL Builder to create a unique URL for the landing page to which you are driving QR code traffic. Then presto, you have information about visitors to that page, and in addition, you can learn what actions they are performing elsewhere on the site.

3. Premium Services

By now, you may be aware that there are about a million QR code generators out there, and many of them are free (I recommend the one featured on the bottom right-hand side of the page your on now, or this one from I also like those from Kaywa and

In some cases, however, a premium service may be the best bet. Here are three good ones:

  • ScanLife is an industry leader, delivering some of the best research in the field and boasting an impressive list of case studies from brands like Target, Verizon and American Airlines. In addition to QR codes, businesses can also utilize other types like DataMatrix, EZcode and UPC. They offer three plans: Personal (free), Small Business ($25-$85/mo.) and Professional (price varies).
  • Paperlinks creates full-color branded QR codes that seem to be the preference of a hipper variety of clients like The Fillmore, Wine Sisterhood and deadmau5. They offer a landing page that is sort of a brand hub, which includes social links and a comments section. There are four plans to choose from: Personal (free), Business ($24.95/mo.), Agency ($99.95/mo.) and Enterprise (price varies).
  • BeQRious would be great enough if its only offering was up-to-date information and best practices related to 2D codes. However, they also have a QR code management service that is designed to work for the individual, the large company and everything in between. Partners include Warner Home Video, Redken and Save the Children – contact them for a custom plan.

For the most part, these options are not mutually exclusive. Before launching your campaign, I suggest taking a few minutes to try out the free generators/plans and see what works best for your business. It’s quite easy and you have nothing to lose!

About the Author: Cory Gaddis is a regular contributor to the 60 Second Marketer and helps Mobilize Worldwide create mobile marketing campaigns for a wide variety of clients.