I was in Seattle last week and walked into a restaurant and saw this:
It was large and in-charge, the only thing to look at in the bar area. The piece, as a whole, is striking with that blue butterfly.
Then, you see the big QR code.
I was the only one in the restaurant at the time so I didn’t feel awkward standing in front of the image, pointing my phone at the QR code and taking a picture of it.
Problem was, the QR code would not register with my reader (and I have a very sensitive reader). It didn’t work. After repeated attempts.
Lesson #1 for any interactive (especially “Out-of-Home”) experience – make sure it works.
Lesson #2 – if you put something up that looks actionable, make it so.
Lesson #3 – compelling visuals (in this case, the butterfly) makes for a compelling experience. I really wanted to see what was behind the code because I was so captivated by the butterfly.
In this case, the creative drew me in, made me stop, and took my attention. I was willing to engage with it. But it. just. didn’t. work.