How do you promote your Twitter account? Do you use word of mouth, social networks like Facebook and Google+, or other methods? If you have a business or brand on Twitter or just want to increase your social media presence, promotion is a must; the more people you can reach the better.
Thanks to advancements in technology, we have QR codes that make it extremely easy to promote a Web page, share business cards and more. If you’re unfamiliar here’s a great description of what a QR code is (source).
“A QR code is a type of bar code designed for use with smart phones and other devices that contain cameras. QR codes can contain much more information than a standard UPC-style bar code, and are therefore useful for directing users to websites and other online information. Any modern smart phone can interpret and use QR codes.”
Have you ever thought about creating a QR Code to promote your Twitter profile? If you haven’t maybe Pickafollow, a service that creates a QR code for your Twitter profile, may change your mind. It’s free and the QR code can be displayed online or offline, such as on fliers and business cards.
The first and only step to getting your QR code is to sign in with your Twitter account. Once you grant Pickafollow access to your account, you’ll be directed back to the home page where you’ll see your personal QR code.
From there you can download and save the code to your computer as a PNG or SVG file.
Now all you have to do is share your it with the world. Anyone with a QR code scanning app will be able to scan the code from their mobile device (phone, tablet). Once scanned, they’ll instantly be taken to a Twitter follow page as seen below.
See how easy it is to get followers with just a simple scan? There’s no confusion about what needs to be done once the QR code is scanned. Everything important is displayed on the page: your username, avatar image and a follow button.
Pickafollow also displays basic stats regarding your QR code (as long as you’re logged into the website). You can see how many people have scanned your QR code and viewed the page as well as how many followers you’ve gained.
As an added bonus, I want to share how to get a QR code for your Facebook fan page as well. Pickafollow has the same tool for Facebook, called Pickalike. To get started just connect with Facebook and give Pickalike access to your account.
Next you’ll have to enter a QR Campaign Name and your QR Facebook page URL. This is due to the fact that you can have more than one campaign (fan pages); you can access your campaigns and stats for each from the “my campaigns” navigation link at the top of the page.
Once you click on “create” you’ll see your QR code for that fan page. Just like Pickafollow, you can download the code and save as a PNG or SVG file.
When your Facebook QR code is scanned, users will be able to “like” your page instantly.
It’s never been easier to create a QR code for Twitter or Facebook. Thanks to Pickafollow and Pickalike, you can create both codes in under a minute. What’s even better is that you can use them all over the Web as well as offline.
How will you use your Twitter and/or Facebook QR code? Do you plan on using it online, offline or both?
Charnita is a full-time freelance writer and blogger with 3+ years of experience, and also the owner of SocialWebTools.info. She's also an early adopter who loves trying out new social media tools along with Web and iOS (iPad) apps. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.