PDF to QR codes: Deliver information in a scan

Take your PDFs to where your audience is - on their smartphones. Distribute menus, listing and manuals in the physical world without any friction

QR code on pdf

How to create a PDF QR code

Converting a PDF to QR code does not require you to be a developer or any complex tools. A PDF can be turned into a QR code in 3 easy steps

#Method 1: Converting a PDF hosted online to a QR code

  1. Generate a quick landing page using the Beaconstac platform

    You could use one of our markdown card templates or build one from scratch. It doesn't require any coding! Here are a few examples of landing pages created for this purpose -

    Template landing pages for QR Code campaigns
  2. Link the PDF from these landing pages

    Grab the URL of the digital marketing material and link it from the markdown card (mobile landing pages).

  3. Creating the PDF QR code

    Generate a QR code on the Beaconstac platform and assign the landing page to it.

    If you are not looking to create landing pages and want to send users directly to the PDF, skip step 1 and 2. Start by creating a QR code for the digital PDF.

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#Method 2: Create a PDF QR Code from a Google Drive link

Your Google Drive files can now be shared with a single QR code. Here’s a simple, step-wise guide on how to do that.

STEP 1: Google Drive - Copying the link of the Google Drive file

Upload your PDF on Google Drive
Upload your PDF on Google Drive
Open the Google Drive file you want to share as a QR code
Open the Google Drive to create your Google QR code
Open the file and click on three dots on the top right corner. Select ‘Share’.
Click on Share
Choose the type of access you want others to have - edit, comment or view
Share your Google file to create the QR code
Click on ‘Get Shareable Link’ and select the Link Sharing options. You can either share it within your organization or anyone with the link can be granted access. Copy the link you get.
Get the link for your Google file to create the QR code

STEP 2: Beaconstac’s QR code solution - Creating the static or dynamic QR code

We will use dynamic QR codes to illustrate the process.

Enter the name of the campaign and choose ‘Custom URL’ as the type of the campaign. Paste the link in the empty ‘URL’ field.
Paste the link to convert PDF to QR code

You can click on ‘Preview’ to make sure you are converting the right Google Drive file to a PDF QR code.

Customize the QR code with color and logo. Hit save and download in any format.
Customize the PDF QR Code

Challenges with promoting digital magazines, catalogs and manuals with URLs

The straightforward approach to delivering online documents is to include a short URL on the sales receipt, product packaging or on posters. However, the challenge with this approach is, it works only if users remember to visit the URL. It also involves manual typing of URLs which is fine when the URL in picture is short. But it gets complicated and risky for longer URLs.

Advantages of using a PDF QR Code

Where can you use PDF QR codes

Organizations that use PDF QR codes

  1. CBIC: Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, India is replacing paper copies of Bill of Entry and Shipping Bills that are usually a PDF with QR codes that will allow authentication directly.
  2. UIDAI: Indian Citizens can save their Aadhaar card as a QR code instead of carrying the physical card or the PDF document. This QR code contains all the information of the PDF.

Best practices to follow when creating & using PDF QR codes

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