I’ve talked before about advertising hoardings with combined NFC & QR codes. It looks like Clear Channel – the advertising behemoth – is getting into the game.
Spotted all over London are these bus stops with built in advertising poster. Look on the right hand side, and you’ll see the interactive element.
It’s pretty well designed, although the disclaimer “standard network rates apply” seems a little redundant – and weirdly placed. The QR code is oddly rotated, but that’s just my personal preference.
The QR code is large enough to scan easily in broad daylight. If the code was integrated with the poster, it would also been backlit which would have been helpful when it is dark. The NFC scanned easily – once I’d flipped my phone’s settings on.
Using a call to action of “Tap” and “Scan” assumes that the users will know what to do – and how to get an app if they need it.
The QR and the NFC both go to unique URLs – helpful for Clear Channel to see from where the hits are coming.
But what happens when you scan the hybrid QR/NFC?
What The Juddering Fuck? Why on Earth would you deploy dozens of these interactive adverts and then not point them anywhere useful? Even if the campaigns aren’t ready, couldn’t Clear Channel point to their YouTube Channel, or their Twitter feed, or anything!
Some people are going to interact with this poster and come to the conclusion that there’s nothing worthwhile to be gained by attempting to scan again.
Clear Channel are really shooting themselves in the foot by deploying this before their technology is ready.