Village Properties Mobile Application Tip
Generating Free QR Codes for Your Listings
Looking for another way to generate inquiries for your property? In this tip, I’m going to show you how you can generate a free QR code for your listing(s) that you can place on yard signs and sign riders, flyers, post cards, brochures, and more. Anywhere that you can place a sticker or an image, you can put a QR code for your listing.
If you are not familiar with QR codes and want to learn more, I would suggest reading these articles before proceeding:
- Using QR codes for real estate – an explanation of what they are, best practices, and common use cases
- QR code reader suggestions – recommended applications for your mobile phone so you can read them
Step 1: Find your listing on the Village Properties website
Got to http://villagesite.com on a computer (desktop or laptop) and find your listing. The easiest way to do this is to enter the MLS id in the ‘Quick Search’ box on the home page. You should be directed to the property details page for your listing.
For this example, I entered MLS # 14-2255 in the universal search box of the home page:
which brings me to the details page for 1046 Miramonte Drive #2:
Step 2: Copy the URL for the listing
Once on your property details page, copy the URL for the property details page from the browser’s URL bar. The example I’m showing is for Google’s Chrome browser. The process is similar for Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
Step 3: Go to a QR code generation website
There are many, many free QR code generation websites that you can go to. My personal favorite is http://goqr.me, which I will use for the rest of this example. A Google search for QR code generators will provide a long list to choose from.
If you use the goqr.me site, the first thing you will want to do after the page loads is to select the QR code type, which in our case is ‘URL’. Select the globe under type (see red circled icon in the image).
Step 4: Paste the URL in the content box
Paste the URL that you copied from step 2 above in the content URL box.
Step 5: Download your Free QR code
After pasting the URL, your QR code will appear on the right hand side of the screen. Choose the Download button (see the red circled button in the image below).
and then select the size of the image and the file type you’d like. A 400px square will be plenty big enough for most applications. For format, I would recommend selecting the PNG format for embedding in documents and online materials, and the EPS format if you plan to send the image to a printer for creating stickers or for high quality print materials.
Save the image(s) on your computer, and you’re all done!
There you have it, you have just created a free QR code that you can use to promote your listing.
As a final disclaimer, I will be the first to admit that QR codes are not the end-all, be-all to marketing listings. QR code awareness among consumers is still relatively low, so don’t expect this to generate a huge number of leads. However, if you are able to generate one more transaction this year by using a QR code, then it will be well worth the investment!