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QR codes in print advertising: elucidating Indian vogue using content analysis


  • Singh RAJENDRA

    (Institute of Management Studies, Devi Ahilya University)

  • Bamoriya HEMANT

    (Acropolis Faculty of Management & Research)


Last couple of yearsobserved tremendous growth in QRCode usages in advertisingworldwide. But, there is lack ofknowledge on orientation of QR Codeusage and various trends related to itlike linkage with incentives, e-contentencoding etc. Further, many expertopine that current application of QRCodes in advertising is somewhatcausal and ineffective. This studyattempts a preliminary investigationof above issues in print media, usingcontent analysis approach. Analysisof data collected over one year inIndia suggested that consumer goodsmarketers are predominantlydeploying QR Codes; majority QRCodes are not linked to incentivesand QR Codes are mainly used forinformative purpose. Analysis furthersuggested ineffective offline andonline application of QR Codes inprint advertising. At last, the studygives important implications formarketers and scope of furtherresearch.

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  • Singh RAJENDRA & Bamoriya HEMANT, 2013. "QR codes in print advertising: elucidating Indian vogue using content analysis," Management & Marketing, Economic Publishing House, vol. 8(2), Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:eph:journl:v:8:y:2013:i:2:n:6

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    1. Balogun, Julia & Jenkins, Mark, 2003. "Re-conceiving Change Management:: A Knowledge-based Perspective," European Management Journal, Elsevier, vol. 21(2), pages 247-257, April.
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    advertising; 2D barcode; mobile marketing; QR code.;


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