Top 10 DTC Brands That Have Mastered QR Code Campaigns
With consumers today demanding for a better experience, companies and brands are turning from B2C to Direct-to-Customer or DTC brands. QR codes are already a powerful tool among the DTC brands that are placed on the products, magazines, print advertisements, billboards facilitating increased visual engagement through product information, interactive advertisements and entertaining videos.
Yathish Kumar TK
Last Updated:  April 1, 2021
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands are making significant investments in advertising and improving customer experience.
Instead of being dependent on retail outlets, DTC brands are taking the eCommerce route or using their outlet stores (think Nike and Puma’s flagship stores) to reach their consumers.
Top DTC brands like Lacoste, Red Bull, and Nike are using QR Codes to tap into one-to-one relationships and empower consumers to make informed decisions.
From leveraging QR Codes to help consumers track the freshness of the food to creating an engaging channel to educate customers on new products, top DTC brands have mastered the art of using QR Codes in their campaigns.
Tyson Foods needed to raise awareness about food safety amongst consumers. They wanted to make sure that the food consumers purchase is fresh and safe to ensure the highest safety standards.
They added location-based QR Codes on their chicken products enabling shoppers to scan the product and check its details. Consumers could trace the origin of the products and find out when the product entered the store, depending on their location.
They were able to increase consumer confidence by being transparent about their production, storage, and shipment of their products.
#9 Sexy Hair used QR codes on print ads for instant shopping
In an attempt to drive up sales and engage magazine readers, Sexy Hair placed website QR Codes on their Cosmopolitan magazine ads. These Scan-to-shop ads’ allowed consumers to scan the QR Code and visit the e-commerce site where they could make a purchase.
By creating an accessible advert targeted at their audience, Sexy Hair built a seamless shopping experience and drove impulse purchases.
#8 Hello Fresh’s uses DTC QR Codes to provide nutritional information
Hello Fresh, a healthy meal kit service, used QR Codes to initiate a wellness experience.
Each recipe kit of Hello Fresh comes with a unique QR Code that consumers can scan to get nutritional information about the meal. This nutritional information redirects to their partner app, Noom, that provides customized weight loss meal plans.
Nutritional information from Hello Fresh is logged and updated to consumers’ Noom weight loss plan.
After scanning the QR Code, consumers redirect to a referral website. As a part of their referral program, if a consumer refers someone to the company, they receive a 10% discount off their purchase, which then gets you $20 off your next purchase.
This way, coupon QR Codes can have loyalty and rewards programs with active referral business which helps them market their products to a broader audience.
Adidas leveraged QR Codes on its Pulsebeat HD shoes to increase customer engagement.
In partnership with Spotify, Adidas put a QR code on the tongue that links directly to a custom playlist based on where the customer is in the world, ensuring every runner is ready to move. By scanning the QR Code customers can launch the Spotify and unlock exclusive playlists.
When the QR Code was scanned, consumers were redirected to a website called www.certilogo.com where they could enter the code to validate the authenticity of your jeans before or after purchase.
These QR Codes had call-to-action frames like ‘Scan for Authenticity.’ Having such CTA frames help consumers easily track these products and also assures them that brands are making an effort to provide genuine products.
Even though there are sites that help consumers recycle items in a food box, it can get confusing. Blue Apron, a food delivery company, wanted to change that and make consumers aware of how they could recycle their boxes.
Nike has some of the best QR Code practices amongst DTC brands. The Nike app accounted for nearly 40% of its online revenue in the year 2018.
In one of their stores in Los Angeles, they offered shoppers a Nike Unlock box. Nike members scanned the QR code to unlock a new, free product from a vending machine, such as a pair of Nike socks. These QR Codes became a powerful tool for engagement.
Consumers can also reach out to store associates to scan their member QR Codes and avail offers like free month workout classes.
At Nike’s flagship store, consumers can even shop from mannequins.
By scanning a QR Code placed on the base of the mannequin, consumers can choose all in-store variants of the dress in different sizes and colors. Consumers can then request the items through the app to be sent to the fitting rooms.
By having location features on all these QR codes, Nike can evaluate which mannequins, which stylist’s work, which part of the stores are getting the most attention and engagement in various cities.
We saw how DTC brands with the help of QR Code technology are successfully driving sales by improving customer experience.
DTC brands with this digital approach through QR Codes can leverage numerous ideas for their future marketing campaigns.
Consumers want to buy things directly from brands rather than retailers. As consumers connect through QR Codes, brands can find consumer interests through quality interactions.
Through QR Codes, brands can evade the risk of counterfeit goods
Brands can collect accurate first-party data from consumers.
QR codes directing to customized landing pages and e-commerce websites can help brands have an edge over their competitors.
Brands can create data-driven personalized campaigns and meet consumers’ expectations. DTC brands can have complete control over the consumer experience from beginning to the end of their sales cycle.
DTC brands are evolving. And so are their consumers.
To meet new demands, having different types of QR Codes and a suitable QR code management system can come in handy. The combination of QR Codes with traditional marketing strategies can ensure a brand’s longevity in an already crowded space.