Stickybits Review – CONNECT THE REAL WORLD WITH YOUR MOBILE
Guest Post By Josh Nekrep
Stickybits is a mobile-app-meets-web service that allows you to scan a bar code – just about ANY bar code – with an iPhone or Android device, and “tag” it with rich media content such as photos, video, audio, or text. Should anyone else scan this same bar-code using the app, they will be able to see your tag and even add a tag of their own. In this way, small ad hoc “communities” can form around any product with a UPC.
So what, right? That’s what I thought at first too. It didn’t take long however before I discovered a way to implement this into my Real Estate business and I haven’t looked back. What really got me excited was the discovery that you can generate your own Stickybits bar-codes directly from their site. These .PNG files can be printed and included on just about anything. Now we’re talking!
Where have I found Stickybits barcodes to be useful? I’ve been attaching a new Stickybits barcode to each listing, placing it on the feature sheets and even on my Yard Signs. Then I tag the barcode with photos, video and, of course, my contact information. In the same way you might use a brochure box to provide information to those driving or walking by, the casual home shopper is able to get as much information as I care to provide directly on their smart phone.
The app is free (my favorite kind!), and currently available for iPhone and Android. You can go ahead and scan the barcode in this post. It will show you a listing I had a couple months ago. I’m not using it anymore, so feel free to tag a comment if you like and I’ll leave it up! You do have full control over any barcodes you create on the site, so you needn’t worry about someone “vandalizing” your barcode. It hasn’t happened to me yet and if it does you can edit the comments.
Perhaps the only drawback is the fact that it’s limited to iPhone and Android (81% of the smart phone market). This is why I’ve started experimenting with QR Codes and Microsoft Snap-it Tags. Between the three, you can hit all the major smart phones. Perhaps my next listing will include all three!
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