How to Use a Batch QR Code Generator to Make Multiple QR Codes

If you’re searching for a way to make multiple QR Codes for one time use, you need a batch QR Code Generator like a QR Code API. A QR Code API enables you to make Static QR Codes for situations where you need them in large amounts and don’t require tracking data. We’ve outlined more about how this works below.

What is a QR Code?

A QR Code, also known as Quick Response Code, was developed with a square shape to improve upon the technology from its ancestor the Barcode to support electronic inventory management. This square shape and its seven major structural elements are what give QR Codes a much higher information capacity and better error tolerance than barcodes. As a result, they have become more and more popular in the business, marketing, and packaging industries.

Example of a QR Code versus a barcode.
Left side: QR Code, right side: Barcode.

QR Code Generator offers two major types of QR Codes: Static and Dynamic, each of which can be useful in particular circumstances. Both types of QR Codes can be customized in detail such as with particular brand colors, your logo or an image in the middle, a specific CTA (call to action), unique edges, and custom frames.

Example of the QR Code frame selection and customization area in QR Code Genrator Pro.
QR Code frame selection and customization area.

Pro tip: If you’d like some help with how to design a custom QR Code, take a look at this overview here.

What is a Dynamic QR Code?

For those looking to use QR Codes in marketing campaigns, Dynamic QR Codes are a great option. They come with crucial tracking information for campaign optimization, as well come with the possibility to edit and update your linked information as needed. What’s more, you can even change the QR Code solution you’ve chosen, all without changing the original appearance of the QR Code. We recommend using Dynamic QR Codes the majority of the time because they can be edited in the case of any errors or changes in their usage.

Example of four different tracking metrics available with QR Code Genrator software.
Demo version of QR Code tracking metrics available with QR Code Generator software. 

Pro tip: Dynamic QR Codes can be integrated with Google Analytics to track the entire customer journey from the scan through all the actions taken on your content by customers.

What is a Static QR Code?

If you choose a Static QR Code, these types of QR Codes can’t be edited or changed once printed. They are more suitable for situations where QR Code tracking isn’t necessary or when you need to make a large amount of QR Codes at once for one-time use. If you’d like to select a Static QR Code in QR Code Generator, when creating a new QR Code, click the plus button at the bottom and you will see the list of solutions that can be made as Static versions. These include a website, digital business card, email, SMS, and text as shown in the below photo.

Example of the Static QR Code selection with QR Code Generator software.
QR Code Generator software Static QR Code selection.

When to use a batch QR Code Generator – Static QR Codes

While we recommend using Dynamic QR Codes in most cases, there are some circumstances where Static QR Codes will do the trick, particularly when you need them in larger amounts. In general, Static QR Codes are best for one-time use situations, because they can’t be edited. The following describes a few reasons you might use a batch QR Code Generator to create multiple QR Codes in Static versions.

Employee IDs

Similar to how QR Codes are already being used as ID badges in China or for purchasing based on personal contact details, QR Codes could be added to employee IDs in the same manner. This could be useful for a large company event or for employees to check-in and out of work.

Example of a QR Code on an employee ID.
Example of a QR Code on an employee ID. 

Event badges

Creating large amounts of Static QR Codes is useful for events such as a conference. QR Code tracking here is likely unnecessary and it would only be for that singular event. For example, all the attendees could receive a vCard QR Code in a Static version so they could easily swap contact details. These QR Codes could be made with a batch QR Code generator in large amounts so that each attendee has one, even if you need thousands of them all at once. Digital business cards and resumes are a highly popular way to use QR Codes because they make networking so much easier.

Example of a QR Code on a conference badge.
Example of a QR Code on a conference badge.  

Technical product documentation

QR Codes are still quite heavily used for inventory management as well because of their error tolerance. Up to 30% of the QR Code can be damaged and still function properly due to their pixel structure, which is a huge advantage for the global shipping industry and why businesses and stopping Barcode usage. QR Codes can survive a good deal of weather damage and mishaps through handling, so more and more warehousing companies have begun to use them to label their products. As an example, a company might choose to add an SMS QR Code to confirm a specific product scan or a Text Code to help identify a product’s origin.

Example of a Static QR Codeon boxes to identify products for shipping.
Example of a Static QR Code to identify products for shipping.

Furthermore, QR Codes are also easier to scan than Barcodes, because it can be done with a smartphone instead of a special Barcode scanner. Barcode scanners are heavy, expensive, and often require a computer directly amidst the warehousing activity, which of course is extremely inconvenient for employees. Many inventory management systems have enabled QR Code integration directly, so beginning to use them also doesn’t require a massive effort.

Industries like hospitality, retail, and packaging

The same premise can be used for hospitality, retail, and any internal packaging as well to keep track of large amounts of products while still giving a pleasant appearance for customers. These Static QR Codes can still be customized in terms of their colors and other details in case branding and graphics are important to maintain packaging quality. If you’d like to direct customers to particular information, you could add a Static URL Code that sends users to a certain website.

Example of a customized QR Code on retail packaging.
Example of a QR Code on retail packaging. 

Options for making multiple QR Codes using QR Code API

If you’d like to create multiple QR Codes with a batch QR Code Generator, you may want to use a QR Code API. While these Static QR Codes can’t be tracked or edited once printed, they can still be customized for your brand and enable users to efficiently and conveniently connect to the linked information.

Black and white QR Codes

Black and white QR Codes are the most basic version of QR Codes that you can generate. If you don’t require branding or any unique customization, this may be the appropriate option for you. This version could be useful for a circumstance like inventory management, because colors may not be important for external product inventory. 

Example of a black and white QR Code made with the QR Code API.
Example of a black and white QR Code made with the QR Code API.

Custom color QR Codes

If you would like to add more customization, the QR Code API also creates QR Codes with custom colors, including colors on the edges, background, and frame. If your internal product packaging requires brand graphics or if you want to give ID badges more color and style, this type of QR could be the most suitable. Adding colors could also help the QR Code to be more visible, as well as maintain the quiet zone more clearly so there aren’t any scanning errors. However, still, make sure that there is not too much color overlap so that the QR Code is still clear for the scanner.

Example of a custom color Static QR Code made with the QR Code API.
Example of a custom color Static QR Code made with the QR Code API.

Custom QR Codes with frames

Another level up in terms of QR Code customization is to add a frame. The purpose of these QR Codes would most likely be for a customer who is directed to particular marketing information. Frames also help maintain the quiet zone and distinguish a QR Code from surrounding graphics so that a QR Code scanner can detect it more clearly. 

Example of a custom Static QR Code with a frame made with the QR Code API.
Example of a custom Static QR Code with a frame made with the QR Code API.

There are all sorts of frames for each type of QR Code solution, in which you can also customize the CTA and the small image next to it. As a general rule of thumb, a call to action will clarify the purpose of your Code and boost engagement with it. Thus, it’s no surprise that we always recommend using one either on the frame or as part of the QR Code’s design itself. 

Adriana Stein

Adriana Stein is a Freelance Content Writer for Egoditor GmbH and is originally from Oregon, USA. She is now based in Hamburg, Germany, and specializes in creating and managing SEO and content marketing strategies for businesses across a variety of industries. Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn!

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