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QR codes marketers to gain mobile wallet detection

Skycore has allowed quick response barcode using advertisers to be able to detect digital wallet scans.

Leading mobile technology provider, Skycore LLC, has just revealed that it is adding smartphone wallet detection to its mobile marketing platform through the use of the scans of QR codes.

Whenever a barcode is scanned, the SaaS platform from the company offers detection.

When there are scans of the QR codes, the SaaS platform can selectively display web content to standard barcode reader applications or issue pass files to wallet apps. This technology makes it possible for brands to be able to use a single barcode for consumers to use, instead of having to create one to pass issuance and another one for the web content.

This announcement aligns with the company’s belief that iOS 7 will enable scanning of QR codes within the Passbook app.

QR Codes ScanSkycore intends to release a similar functionality based on QR codes within the Android app from PassWallet, which is currently in its beta release.

Typically speaking, when QR codes are scanned by the majority of reader apps, the URL that is embedded will launch web content. However, by adding passes instantly to wallets, then the URL that is embedded will point directly to a specific pass file, instead. It will be easier for consumers to add passes using wallets that offer barcode scanning. However, at the same time, they will pose a challenge for brands to be able to support both web content and instant passes using a single barcode.

According to the CEO of Skycore, Rich Eicher, “By detecting whether the scan source is a wallet or a standard scanning app, we can selectively serve the proper pass file or alternatively serve mobile-optimized web content. This enables brands to display a single QR code at the point of interest.”

The mobile marketing platform at Skycore uses QR codes, SMS/MMS, and smartphone optimized web pages and emails for pass delivery. The company is based in Boston and first opened in 2003 to help to leverage mobile commerce and payments. It is designed to help to make it more convenient for both companies and consumers to be able to use these services by way of their mobile devices.

QR codes are expected to make a splash in 2013

QR Codes 2013Stores made out of quick response barcodes are going to be a big hit next year.

A growing number of retailers are bridging the gap between their physical brick and mortar shops and the digital universe through the use of QR codes.

This year, more than three hundred 2d barcode stores popped up all over the world.

As impressive as that may sound, it represents only a fraction of the number that are already in the works for next year. At the moment, more than 2,000 stores based on QR codes are already being planned for launch during 2013.

As mobile devices achieve greater penetration, retailers are finding better uses for QR codes.

Chains of retailers and supermarkets have been seeking a way to span the gap between the real world and the online environment, and QR codes have handed them an affordable, simple, and increasingly recognized way to accomplish this goal. It is also allowing them to bring virtual stores into real life, where they can sell products which are depicted in images virtually anywhere – on billboards, on walls of train stations, in a magazine ad, or even on the product, itself.

Consumers simply need to scan the QR codes related to the product that interests them in order to call up the page that will allow them to quickly order it and have it delivered to their homes. The trend has been taking off and is expected to reach an explosive level next year. Among the primary companies driving this trend is a Dutch internet startup called Shop2Mobi. It gives retailers the ability to create their quick response barcode stores from the ground up.

According to the Shop2Mobi co-founder, Roman Markovski, “Offering customers ultimate convenience, both offline and online, is a huge trend.” The QR codes are already being used by companies worldwide in order to sell their products. They include everything from small businesses to large international corporations such as Walmart, Tesco, Best Buy, and PayPal.

The U.K. and Amsterdam were also the home of special popup stores based on QR codes. These digital malls in the middle of city centers were opened by John Lewis and eBay this year.