6 Million. That’s how many times a month people see something they like and open a ScanLife app to get more information. Many times that content is truly awesome – it saves you money, it entertains, it informs.
A few months ago we announced that our ScanLife app was beginning a major transformation to make it easier for you to discover this information. Now that journey continues as ScanLife for Android and iOS gives our millions of users an additional layer of information that is provided by YOU – the ScanLife community – to help you find and share the very best content from the world of barcode scanning.
Now when you scan something, whether it be a QR Code on an ad or a barcode from a product, you will see two new ways to take further action – like favorites and share.
Here at ScanLife, we are very excited because Wednesday the 29th will mark the beginning of a major evolution of our apps that will change how we all discover and share information from the world around us. Every month, millions of people like you use ScanLife, and our other apps like BIDI in Spain, to connect with the physical world. You do this because you are interested in discovering information from the things you see every day – a can of Coke, a magazine article, a coupon offer, a Facebook page.
These connections are happening every second of every day, so now we want to make it easier for you to access this information and to help you discover even more. It’s not just what product is in front of you right now, it’s about getting access to new and relevant information from anywhere.
On Wednesday, August 29th a new version of our Android app will be released which you can see for yourself if you scan this QR code…
ScanLife 4.5 for Android has a whole new look which we hope you will like. The biggest addition is what we call The Hub. The Hub is the first thing you see when you open the app, and it gives you easy access to everything in ScanLife – your history of scans, live scan activity from around the world, the ability to customize your scanner screen from Settings, and of course the scanner itself from a super cool animated iris. Need quicker access to the scanner? Just go to settings and change your app so it’s scanning in no-time!
But that’s not all! We also added a new feature called QRcard where you can make your very own QR Code that links to your contact information. Just enter your details and the code is generated. Now you save or display it in the app so people can save your details in seconds – like a digital business card but better and with no paper!
To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are giving away a Samsung Tab 2 10.1 leading up to the big launch. All you have to do is click on the Tweet button right here to share this great news with all your friends.
Most importantly, thanks for all your support over the years. Without all of you, we would never be able to begin this journey.
Please continue your support by getting the new app on Wednesday, and please let us know what you think. We want to hear your feedback as we continue to transform the app over the coming months. Let us know what you like or want to see next! Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any ideas or feel free to post on our Facebook page.
Thanks again, and enjoy!
Legal Stuff that we are forced to include:
Android Samsung Twitter Contest – Terms and Conditions
Terms & Conditions:
Here is some legal stuff for your enjoyment:
Eligibility: No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest. The Contest is open to all legal U.S. and Canada residents (other than residents of Quebec) 18 years of age and older at the start of the Entry Period (as defined below). Employees of Scanbuy, or those of its subsidiaries, advertising and production agencies, and other companies directly involved in the implementation and/or operation of the Contest, along with their immediate families and household members, are not eligible to participate in the Contest. All federal, state, provincial, and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted, in any manner. By entering a Contest, entrants agree to be bound by these Contest Rules and the decisions of Scanbuy and/or its authorized agents. Use of automated devices is strictly prohibited. An entrant shall only be entitled to win one (1) prize per ninety (90) day period and no entrant shall be entitled to win more than one (1) prize (by entering multiple Contests) in any ninety (90) day period.
Agreement to Contest Rules: By entering a Contest, you indicate your full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, (a) these Contest Rules and (b) Scanbuy’s decisions, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth in these Contest Rules.
Entry Period: A Contest begins when @ScanLife posts the giveaway question (“Official Giveaway Question”) and ends when @ScanLife posts an announcement terminating the Contest (“Entry Period”). All entries must be received by Sponsor during the Entry Period. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for each Contest.
How To Enter: Follow @ScanLife on Twitter and submit an @ reply to @ScanLife via Twitter with an answer to the Official Giveaway Question posted by Sponsor during the Entry Period. Only one (1) entry per person per Contest. Any attempt by a person to submit more than one (1) entry by using multiple/different Twitter accounts, identities, registrations, or logins, or through any other methods, shall void all of such person’s entries and such person shall be disqualified from the applicable Contest. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, the entrant will be the registered owner of the Twitter account.
Selection of Winner for Random Question Giveaways: At the end of the Entry Period, the Sponsor will randomly select a winner (or multiple winners) in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion from all of the entries submitted in response to the Official Giveaway Question or retweet request posted by Sponsor. The winner will be notified by Scanbuy via tweet and/or direct message within three (3) days after the applicable Entry Period ends and will be asked to provide his or her full name and shipping address. In order to receive a direct message from Scanbuy, you must (a) be following @ScanLife on Twitter and (b) have your account settings set to “unprotected” and/or “public.” The winner will have three (3) days to respond to the direct message with their name and shipping address. If a winner cannot be contacted or fails to confirm his or her eligibility and shipping address within three (3) days of notification, an alternate winner will be selected by Scanbuy. Selection of winner will be conducted by Scanbuy, whose decisions are final.
Selection of Winner for First-Correct-Answer Giveaways: At the end of the Entry Period, the Sponsor will identify the first correct response (as determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion) to the Official Giveaway Question or retweet request posted by Sponsor. The winner will be notified by Scanbuy via tweet and/or direct message within three (3) days after the applicable Entry Period ends and will be asked to provide his or her full name and shipping address. In order to receive a direct message from Scanbuy, you must (a) be following @ScanLife on Twitter and (b) have your account settings set to “unprotected” and/or “public.” The winner will have three (3) days to respond to the direct message with their name and shipping address. If a winner cannot be contacted or fails to confirm his or her eligibility and shipping address within three (3) days of notification, an alternate winner will be selected by Scanbuy. Selection of winners will be conducted by Scanbuy, whose decisions are final.
Prizes: The winner of the Contest shall be entitled to receive the following prize (as determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion):
All prizes awarded are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash or credit (in whole or in part). Any prize notification or prize returned as undeliverable will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. By accepting a prize, each winner agrees to be responsible for all federal, state, provincial, local, or other applicable taxes associated with acceptance and use of the prize. Once a prize has been delivered to a winner, all liability for any loss or damage, including any property damage, personal injury, or death to the prize winner or any third party shall be the sole responsibility of the prize winner and the prize winner shall indemnify and hold harmless Scanbuy and its affiliates for any claims therefore.
Release of Liability: By participating in a Contest, you release Scanbuy and its subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, employees, directors, agents, advertising agencies, and others associated with the implementation and/or operation of such Contest, from and against any and all injury, loss, or damage caused or claimed to be caused by your participation in such Contest and/or the acceptance, awarding, receipt, use and/or misuse of any prize. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that the preceding release is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or void for any reason, each entrant agrees that, by entering a Contest, (i) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with such Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action; (ii) any claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering such Contest, but in no event attorney’s fees; and (iii) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than damages for actual out-of-pocket expenses. Each entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Contests are not endorsed or sponsored by Twitter in any manner whatsoever.
Privacy and Publicity: Any information you submit as part of a Contest will be used for purposes of such Contest and will be kept private. Except where prohibited, participation in a Contest constitutes an entrant’s consent to Scanbuy’s use of his/her name, likeness, voice, opinions, biographical information, and state of residence for Contest purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.
Disputes: Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, a Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved exclusively by the appropriate court located in New York, New York. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Contest Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Scanbuy in connection with a Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules.
ScanLife 4.0, includes a couple cool new features to make barcode scanning a bit more fun for the holiday season. One feature allows users to customize the scanner screen by selecting from themes like “Top Gun” and “Holiday Cheer”. Just go to the Settings screen in the app to change it any time!
Current theme examples from our app:
Now we want YOU to design the next custom Scanner Theme and be seen by millions of ScanLife users around the globe!
So whether you’re a Photoshop expert or just have a knack for basic design, we want to see your ideas. Make it fun, make it cool, make it colorful – whatever you want! Just remember to leave some open space in the center of the screen so you can see what you’re scanning…
What do you get?
The winner will receive a $200 Gift Card and have their personal Scanner design embedded in the next release of the ScanLife app for iPhone and Android!
Rules to Enter
Entries will be taken until January 1st, 2012.
Now get creative and good luck! If you don’t have the current ScanLife app, just go to www.getscanlife.com from your mobile device.
We’ve been working hard on some cool features to make your ScanLife app experience better than ever. We’ve packaged it all up to give you ScanLife 4.0 right before the holiday shopping season to make it easier and more fun to scan QR Codes, UPC codes, and more. It is now available for Android and iPhone as of today!
Here’s what you’ll find:
You can download the app from your stores, or even better just scan this code and we’ll send you to the right store using our OS Detection filter!
THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. STAY TUNED FOR MORE SOON!
Here’s how to play:
Winners will be announced every day and can choose from a variety of Gift Cards from major retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Macy’s and more!
Remember, the more you scan the better chance you have to win!
We have reported before that half the scans from ScanLife come from regular UPC codes on product to get information like price comparisons, user reviews, MP3 downloads, and other details. We take each UPC number and look it up through a number of data feeds supplied by Amazon, Google, Linkshare, and major retailers to give you the most relevant data from every scan.
Now, we have released a way for you to connect to that portal from other apps like Google Barcode Scanner or Red Laser. This can also be used by developers that are using the ScanLife SDK or other SDK’s to build your barcode scanning apps!
Here’s how to set it up in the Barcode Scanner app on Android:
We told you a couple months ago that Verizon has integrated codes into their new Droid Does campaign which touts a wide variety of Android apps for any occasion. The QR Codes have been placed on print ads, store displays, websites, and even iPad ads. And guess what, they got scanned – over 150,000 200,000 times!! (as of 8/15/10)
You can view a full case study right here. Bottom line is that this is the most widely scanned 2D barcode campaign we have ever seen in the US, and it’s still going full force…
For anyone watching TV lately in the US, you may have noticed that Verizon has launched an update to their popular “DROID DOES” campaign. The new ads are now touting a huge world of apps available through Android Market – basically there’s more than one kind of phone that gives us a bunch of apps.
Notice anything familiar in the middle of the image below?
The great part is that they are using 2D barcodes, specifically QR codes, on most media as part of the campaign (print ads, in-store displays, website, and even an iPad ad). These codes are of course powered by ScanLife, and there is usually a call to action which drives people to get the ScanLife app if they don’t already have a barcode reader on the phone by texting SCAN to 43588.
You can check out their website here, and here are a few images:
The purpose of the codes is two-fold. It gives Android phones easy and direct access to apps that are relevant to the topic being covered in the ad. So if you’re flipping through Travel & Leisure, you can scan the code to get some great travel related apps like Lookout. But, if you don’t have an Android phone, Verizon will recognize that and instead take you to a mobile formatted site about the DROID. From here they will convince you that you have a sub-par phone, and need to buy the DROID ASAP.
This is a great example of how to convert something that is static into a virtual download/information portal. In one scan, you are downloading apps or learning more about what you could do with this device if you actually had one.
It is fantastic to see the largest US carrier using the technology, and we are thrilled to have Verizon leading the way!
Mobile barcodes could change the way we discover & share information from the world around us. We welcome your thoughts & ideas on how to make this technology matter - today and in the future.