Online Real Estate company Open2View.com has launched QR Codes, codes that automatically connect potential customers with virtual property tours and other information online.
QR Codes, a two-dimensional bar code originally created by Japanese automotive components manufacturer Denso-Wave in 1994, are odd looking pictures appearing on Open2View.com real estate billboards nationwide.
Standing for quick response, the QR Codes at Open2View.com connect people to information online at the click of a button, in this instance the camera on their mobile phone, says Open2View.com managing director Chris Bates.
A customer can walk past a house or read a brochure and snap a picture of the QR code to get transported to a website with a virtual tour, Bates says. Taking a photo of a QR Code prompts reader software to scan the image and then launches the phone’s browser directly to a programmed URL.
Demonstration video by Open2View.com
Bates says most new 3G phones sold in New Zealand in the past year come with a QR Code reader or can download one from the internet to decipher the codes.
Ultimately every Open2View.com property will have a code and they will appear in all the traditional Real Estate marketing materials, including print advertising, window cards and flyers, he says.