QR Code Generator Reviews – Scanova

Adding QR codes to your marketing campaigns can be a great asset to your business but before you can add it, you must generate your QR code.  There are many different options and sites that help you create your QR codes.  Today, we’ll look at the QR code generator created by Scanova.

Scanova offers more than just a QR code generator.  They provide templates, offer tools to add colors and visual appeal to your QR codes, provide vector exports of your QR code, support, and much more.  For this review, we are going to concentrate on the QR code generator itself.  You can find it here.

QR Code Generator Reviews - Scanova - QR code generator

At first glance, you will notice a very clean, well designed page with many options.  In reality, QR codes can only encode text characters but by formatting that text in specific ways, the decoding apps will trigger many different actions.  This generator stands out by having a ton of formatting options.  If you want to learn more about each one, check out this post from the Scanova blog.

One of my favorite features about this generator is the real-time QR code generator.  As you type in text, you can see the QR code appear and change right there on the page.  It’s not necessary, but this feature is a big help to understand how the amount of data changes the complexity of the QR code.  The more complex a QR code it, the larger it must be printed for successful scanning.

Generating a QR code

So, let’s walk through the process of using this QR code generator.  To create a QR code of your very own, first select the formatting template for the data you will encode.  We’ll encode the URL for this post site as an example.  Enter in your URL in the field and almost by magic, your QR code is generated to the right.

QR Code Generator Reviews - Scanova - QR code generator with code

After your QR code has been generated, you can save that image or click Next for more options.  Under the Next option, you can add some color or graphics to your QR code.  According to the site, designer QR codes attract 50-300% more scans than black and white QR codes.

QR Code Generator Reviews - Scanova - QR code generator choosing between a colorful or graphic enhancement

Choosing the Color option will lead you to more options to customize your QR codes.  Here, you can choose different templates that will customize the elements themselves and the overall design.  You can stop here if you find a design that suits your needs or you can continue customizing the position blocks or Eyes of the QR code.

QR Code Generator Reviews - Scanova - Choosing a color template to customize your code

Customizing the eyes of your QR code provides even more options.  You can choose from 30 different designs.

QR Code Generator Reviews - Scanova - Editing the eyes or alignment blocks

Next, you can alter the shape of the elements themselves.  Choose from over 30 different element shapes as you move toward the perfect design.

QR Code Generator Reviews - Scanova - Customizing the shape and color of the data elements

After selecting just the right elements, you can change the color of the background.

QR Code Generator Reviews - Scanova - Editing the background of your QR code

Since no QR code customization would be complete without some graphics, you have the option to upload your logo or other image.  You can change the error correction (necessary when you add a graphic to your QR code),  rotate the image, resize the image, and change how the QR code reacts to the image (excavate).

QR Code Generator Reviews - Scanova - Adding a logo or graphic to your code

*** As a side note, if your logo contains a QR code, it may not be the best idea to add that image to another QR code.  Many decoding apps will read the internal QR code logo before it reads the real QR code.  ***

Wow, that is a lot of options for a QR code generator.  But wait, there’s more…

If we go back to the beginning and click on the Next button, we can choose a graphic QR code.  Selecting this option will give you the ability to use a number pre-made backgrounds or your own image.  The  pre-made options include logos from YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, Google+ and Facebook.  If you don’t like those images, you can upload your own.

QR Code Generator Reviews - Scanova - Add a logo graphic as a background

You can also utilize some Advanced Editing options that will let you change the positioning squares or eyes as well as the shapes of the individual elements.

With all of those amazing options, you can stay busy creating new variations of the same QR code for months.

How can we help Scanova?

Overall, this is a great QR code generator.  You can change the color, edit the element shape, modify the error correction, and much more.  One thing they could add that might help might be a way to add a call-to-action.  Including a few simple “Click here” with an arrow or adding a spot for custom text might help some customers but really, I can’t find much to improve upon.  Great job Scanova.

QR Code Reviews

Generating QR codes is just the first step.  You must implement them in the right way before they can be effective.  Luckily, this site can help.  Learning from the mistakes and successes of others can provide a boost to our efforts.  One way we can identify those mistakes and successes are with reviews.

We are starting to see QR codes on a large variety of products.  I’ve seen them on a can of black eye peasbrake padssilicone spray, a box of doughnuts, plantain chips, and many more.  What products have you noticed with QR codes lately?

If you have questions about how to get started using QR codes in your business, how to use QR codes more effectively, or how fix a QR code issue, let me help.   If you want to learn more about QR codes, check out my free e-book.