Create a Trackable QR CodeWe’ll assume Google Analytics, but similar rules should apply to any tracking solution.
- Create a tracking URL at Google
- Shorten the URL (preferred for better QR readability) Note: There are many shortener services, but they can vary in speed and reliability. If you need to keep your URL private, Google may not be for you. But for ease, speed and reliability, it’s a no brainer.
- Test on screen and paper.
- Wait for the results to show up in your GA account before sending to print. If you use the Google shortener, it will also provide tracking results.
Make a Vector QR CodeSince this is going to print, you’ll want a vector version. Several of the sign-up QR code services will give you a print ready version, but if you’re handy with Adobe Creative Cloud tools, the following will do the trick.
- Scale the small PNG from Google up using Image Size in Photoshop (to say 12″x12″) with “Nearest Neighbor (preserve hard edges)” selected as the Resample Image type.
- Run it through Image Trace in Illustrator. After it’s vector, test it on different devices / apps. Remember, those little boxes and lines make all the difference, so any distortion could ruin the function.
What Size Should a Printed QR Code Be?
A good rule of thumb is 10:1. For every square inch the QR is, the viewer could scan from 10 inches away. So, a 4″x4″ QR code could be scanned about 3 feet away. This could vary depending on how complex your QR code is, so it’s best to test as widely as possible.