If you have never heard of Judy’s Book, we don’t blame you and that is maybe because you don’t live in Seattle. And even if you have never heard of QR Codes and chanced upon this website in search for stuff on Judy’s Book, that is perfectly fine as well. Let us do a little explaining.
Judy’s Book is a Seattle guide on restaurants, quaint little shops, healthcare providers, coupons that people can use when they go shopping in Seattle and members who register with them can create their own little ‘secret book of fantastic places in Seattle’ and share them with others too. In the site, visitors get to read reviews and opinions of others before even visiting the place. It is one of the biggest and most popular online guide to Seattle.
In the meantime, QR Codes is a sort of barcode system that everyday folks like you and me can use. All you need is a smart phone that is installed with a QR Code reader (widely and easily available online for download). When the QR Code is scanned, it will lead you to online content…it can be anything from media files, web pages, online social networking sites (like twitter, facebook, linkedin, etc) or merely text messages. The versatility of the technology got everyone talking and after approximately a decade of use in Japan, the rest of the world is ready to use it as well.
Anyway, how are the above two come together?
Judy’s Book is now ready to give the shops, restaurants and service providers listed on their website a QR Code which will lead users of mobile phones to reviews and in-depth, informative information about the said outlets even before they set foot in Seattle! If the outlet was having a clearance sale or is offering discount coupons, users will be able to instantly download the coupon or be informed about it. If the restaurant was having a special new recipe out, using the QR Code, you won’t lose out on being the first few to try it out.
2010 and the rest of the year looks exciting now. Facebook is already tinkling with the concept of incorporating QR Codes into members’ profile pages and Google’s already in on the game. It is only a matter of time that more and more businesses sink a toe or two into the technology and discovers the wonderful convenience of bringing the online world into the offline one.
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