News | ScanMe - Unique, Personal QR Barcodes for You and Your Business!
Tuesday 17th May 2011
The Shell LiveWIRE team regularly get to hear about lots of innovative new business ideas and start-ups but here's one that Paul Lancaster (Web Development Executive, Shell LiveWIRE) thinks might be really useful to you and your business!
ScanMe is an exciting new application that allows individuals to create their own unique 2D / QR Barcode containing links to all their social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, Skype), website, email address, telephone number and personal message.
It's completely free for users to create their code by visiting www.scanme.com and logging in using their existing Facebook details. Once the code has been created, they can download it to their PC or laptop and share it with anyone they like. The recipient or viewer then simply scans the code into their smartphone (using a QR reader app) to reveal all your contact info!
The code will never change in appearance, but you can login to add and edit the info contained within it whenever you like.
Why Use It?
Paul says: "As someone who is using all the social media tools listed above for business on a daily basis, I think this is a really excellent way to compile all my contact details into one handy place which I can then share with all my business contacts online (i.e. as an avatar or profile picture) or on printed materials (like business cards)".
For example, Paul's unique ScanMe barcode is shown below. To see how it works, take a photo/scan it into your smartphone to reveal his business contact details!
Paul Lancaster's ScanMe barcode
Furthermore, users can incorporate their own unique ScanMe code into a range of clothing items and t-shirts dubbed 'Interactive Fashion' featuring exclusive designs by world-renowned artists like Ray Ban and Wired magazine designer Matt W Moore, Lee Hasler and Beach.
The key is to manage your costs and overheads and build your assets along the way (whether that be customer database, legal trademarks, stock, buildings, machinery etc). Remember business is a marathon not a sprint!