It's raining men... or QR codes...

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster License# 641163

It's raining men... I mean QR codes...

When I saw the Active Rain post challenging the use of QR codes in real estate I knew I had to speak up. QR codes are a no brainer to me.  How can something that is free to create and can be used in so many aspects of your business be bad?

I have heard the arguments from agents that many people in their area  don't know what they are.  That is fine, and I will still continue to use other forms of getting myself and our listings out there... but for the cost of $0 it's another way to promote myself and my business.  

The image below contains some of my creative uses of QR codes
QR codes

I have them on my business cards (first pic), as stickers on each of our listings where people can get more information on the propery, and even on a t-shit (granted this is more for curiosity factor then function.. though if I hold really ... really... still... it does work to lead you to my website.  It's more for the "what's that thing I keep seeing everywhere" factor :)

 

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    Christie Lane Craven - Long & Foster Real Estate

  Christie Lane Craven

   Odenton, MD

 

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Larry Bettag
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Pretty unique places to have them out there!  Very cool indeed!

July 01, 2011 12:10 AM #1
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Cathy Bureau
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I love the layout.  I was wondering about the tshirts.... I see them allover the internet.  I hope you'll check out mine; I just posted under the gun. Have a good night.

July 01, 2011 12:11 AM #2
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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
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Christie - I really like the shirt idea.  I'm sure it causes a few people to ask questions and gives you a chance to engage.

July 01, 2011 12:18 AM #3
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Gerard Gilbers
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I like the shirt idea too. How well does it scan? The wearer will need to stand still for a moment for the scanner to pick up, but it would be great in a grocery store line, etc.

July 01, 2011 12:26 AM #4
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Christie Lane Craven
Long & Foster - Odenton, MD
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Larry- Thanks!  I will put them anywhere I can.  It's just another (free) tool in the tool belt :)

Cathy-  I love making t-shirts- QR codes or not!  I wear them everywhere.. dog training class, the gym, shopping... it's just another chance for people to talk to me :)

Christine- I think t-shirts in general are a great idea even if they don't have QR codes on them.  I always put my name on them in a 'nametaggy' kind of way so people get the idea that the name on the shirt is me and I'm a agent.  I think if I didn't personalize them, people might think it was just a giveaway shirt I got from somewhere.  I have a bunch more in the works :)

July 01, 2011 12:27 AM #5
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David Shamansky
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Thats kind of cool, I admit I know NOTHING about QR other than reading about them here in the rain and still dont quite get them. What do they actually do that makes them so good?

July 01, 2011 12:29 AM #6
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Christie Lane Craven
Long & Foster - Odenton, MD
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Gerard- It is tough to scan.  You do need to stand still and it isn't an accident it is on the back not the front ;)  The t-shirt idea to me is more to have people come up and say... "What the heck is that thing... I've started seeing them places!"   can segue from there :)

July 01, 2011 12:30 AM #7
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Cindy Eanes
1st Choice Realty Group - Chesterfield, VA
Realtor - e-PRO, SFR, ASP

Great ideas!  I haven't started using the QR codes yet, but I agree with you, it's free so why not? Nice post.  Thanks.  Have a wonderful weekend!!

July 01, 2011 12:35 AM #8
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Doug Bullwinkel
Vitek Mortgage Group - Roseville, CA
NMLS #281609

I guess it could be difficult to scan on the move and I can certainly understand why you need to go on the back.  A great idea.

July 01, 2011 01:09 AM #9
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Christie Lane Craven
Long & Foster - Odenton, MD
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Cindy- Thanks for stopping by. Give QR codes a chance.  I can't guarantee they will catch on but as we've said, it's free so why not!

Doug- it is hard to scan unless I hold very.very.still but the theory is that it will get the QR code out there and my name as well :) And yes.... I think the back of the shirt is safest!!!

July 01, 2011 01:27 AM #10
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Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
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I want mine on a shirt. We've put listings on shirts before- people love to talk to us about them.

July 10, 2011 01:54 PM #11
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Trang Beuschlein
Homes for Sale in Campbell CA- Broker-BKR Realty - Campbell, CA
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Christie, the back of the t-shirt is a very creative idea! It definitely does get people to start talking to you.
August 03, 2011 12:40 AM #12
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Christie Lane Craven
Long & Foster - Odenton, MD
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Leslie & Trang - I wear that shirt everywhere too!  The gym, dog training class, parties. It's great for places where wearing my name tag would seem too formal!

August 03, 2011 01:33 PM #13
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