QR Codes Help Feed America With Social Good Buzz

‘Tis the season to give back, so BestBuzz has come up with a creative social good campaign in an effort to feed the hungry for the holidays through Feeding America.

With the hustle and bustle during the holidays, we sometimes get too busy and it is difficult to find time to give to those less fortunate.  BestBuzz, the leader in QR code technology and social media rewards, has developed a creative Buzz QR code campaign that makes it simple for everyone to help feed hungry families.

If you don’t already have the BestBuzz app, simply text the word “GIVE” to 635-66, or download BestBuzz (available on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices), connect with your preferred social media network (or all of them, if you’re feeling super-giving!), and scan the Feeding America QR code with the BestBuzz scanner.

 

Scan this QR Code with the BestBuzz app and donate to Feeding America in this unique social good program.

Scan this QR Code with the BestBuzz app and donate to Feeding America in this unique social good program.

That’s all it takes for you to give back immediately, and BestBuzz will donate 8 meals to feed the hungry in need through Feeding America.  Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.  Feeding America’s mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage America in the fight to end hunger.

Each year, the Feeding America network provides food to more than 37 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including nearly 14 million children and nearly 3 million seniors. Its network of more than 200 member food banks serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, securing and distributing annually more than three billion pounds of food and grocery product. Those member food banks support more than 61,000 local charitable agencies, which provide food directly to individuals and families in need.

BestBuzz has been highly successful creating dynamic social good rewards and mobile marketing programs for major brands, small businesses and charitable organizations. Since BestBuzz launched their QR code platform in 2011, the Dallas-based tech startup  has supported charities through social good incentives with Cure DuchenneTaylors Gift, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, Love Hope Strength, The YMCA, The Children’s Medical Center, and more.

“As a start-up, we have so much to be thankful for everyday, and I get really excited when we have the opportunity to give back to the community by leveraging the power of social good with the reach of mobile marketing technology.

“The BestBuzz platform lets to track and monitor actions in real-time, so it’s always a thrill to watch campaigns like Feeding America go viral.  Our team geeks-out on this stuff, and we project the BestBuzz map tool on the wall in our conference room to watch the buzz spread across the country!”  - BestBuzz founder and CEO, Carrie Layne

BestBuzz users can scan the Feeding America QR code daily through Dec. 31st, 2012.  Thank you for helping feed the hungry, and let’s each do our part to make sure many more have a happy holiday this season.

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Win a Limited Edition Skateboard from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Win this totally radical skateboard from the MathAlive! Exhibit!  Fans are invited to scan this special QR code with the free BestBuzz app to reveal an instant reward and chance to win.

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MathAlive! is designed to inspire and spark the imagination, to reveal not only math at work, but the endless possibilities of how math is used. Designed for families and students, the exhibition brings to life the real math behind what kids love most, video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics, and more. It creates interactive and immersible experiences that bring to life the math at work in each, whether in design, application or use.

The Raytheon MathAlive! exhibit is on now through February 3rd 2013 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL.  You can also checkout other venues across the US that will be hosting this exhibit. The exhibit, co-ordinated by Evergreen Exhibitions, set record breaking attendance figures whilst it was on show at the Smithsonian International Gallery.

“Will I ever use all of this math they are teaching us?”  is a phrase many teachers and students are used to hearing. This is a great way to show students how math is applied every day while they ride a 3D snowboard experience, design and play their own video games, and even create a custom skateboard.

There are six themes including, Adventure Sports, Video Games and Robotics and Space. Watch this video now to hear professional skater, Eric “Tuma” Britton, explain how math helps him setup his board to create tricks like the “ollie”.

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center worked with BestBuzz to design these awesome, limited edition skateboards, which have been signed and autographed by some of the biggest pro-skaters in the industry.

Here’s how you can get your hands (or feet) on one of these skateboards:

Text the word “MATH” to the number 635-66 and get the free BestBuzz app for your smartphone (available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices).
Scan the skateboard QR code with the BestBuzz scanner.

Connect with your Facebook or Twitter account to reveal an instant reward and enter to win.

All winners will be contacted by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center by Feb. 3, 2013.

Please share this blog post with your friends and family on social media and let us know what you think about the MathAlive! Exhibit.

Win pre-screen passes for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Unless you have been living in Middle Earth for the last few weeks, you will know that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due to be released across the United States on December 14th 2012. But why wait until then to see it when you can Buzz-In and win pre-screen passes to see it 4 whole days before the general release date?

Buzz-In on the BuzzCode below to enter to win 2 FREE pre-screen passes to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Monday December 7th at 7:00 PM at Cinemark, West Plano, Texas. Simply text MOVIE to 63566 and download the FREE BestBuzz app to your device (Apple, Android and Blackberry 6.0+). Connect your social networks to the BestBuzz app and Buzz away to get movie passes and other great rewards such as an iPad mini.

See The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for FREE before your friends

Scan the code with BestBuzz and get pre-screen passes

Now we know you will be super excited once you have your passes and waiting until you can get to see The Hobbit is going to be excruciating, so we have included some The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey facts to keep you busy and your mind off  The Ring.

  1. You will marvel at the amazing landscapes in the movie, but did you know that it was filmed in New Zealand? As a thank you to the country, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will receive it’s world Premier in New Zealand.
  2. There is only ONE Female in the book of The Hobbit and that is Bilbo Baggins Mom, Belladonna Took. However for the movie, additional female characters Cate Blanchett and Evangeline Lily have been brought in.
  3. Frodo and Aragorn didn’t appear in the book, but Peter Jackson didn’t think it was right to go back to Middle Earth without them in the movie.
  4. Martin Freeman who plays Bilbo Baggins is actually only 5 foot 7 inches tall.
  5. The very first Lord of the Rings movie (The fellowship of the Ring) was released 11 years ago.

If that wasn’t enough to keep you busy then why not head to Denny’s? They have an entire menu dedicated to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Menu items range from Hobbit Hole Breakfast, Gandalf’s Gobble Melt or The Ring Burger. These are sure to give a Hobbit fix right up until you watch the movie.

A Very Special Mother’s Day BUZZ Giveaway

Win big for Mom for Mothers Day

Win Mom wonderful Mothers Day gifts

Here at BestBuzz, we love putting together fun promotions for our fans and followers. Now that it’s May and spring has sprung, we knew we had to do something special to show our love for the Moms out there!

Whether you’d like to treat Mom to a spotless house cleaned by Highland Park Housekeeping, dinner at Dream Cafe, a glass of wine (or 3) at Two Corks and a Bottle, a luxurious massage from Massage Envy, a price package from Xtreme Lashes, or a pearly smile from Floss Dental, this giveaway has you covered, and then some!

Not a mother? Don’t worry. You don’t have to be a mom to score a prize from our hefty prize pool. To be entered to win, text BUZZ to 635-66 to download the free BestBuzz app (available on iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry 6.0+) and scan the code. Then, when prompted, log in with your Facebook or Twitter account. You can buzz-in once a day, every day, until May 13th for extra entries. Winners will be chosen on May 14th.

Looking for some fun Mother’s Day activities or gift ideas? Here’s a round up of the top picks in DFW:

  • The annual Swiss Avenue Home Tour is a great way to spend your Saturday or Sunday, touring beautiful homes in a classic Dallas neighborhood.
  • Have an art-loving mom? How about spending the day at the Nasher Sculpture Center? Start out the day with mimosas and brunch at the Nasher Café by Wolfgang Puck, check out the new Ernesto Neto exhibition, and enjoy performances by The Dallas Opera from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information here.
  • Is your mom a tech fan? Here‘ s a roundup of the hottest iPhone and iPad apps for Mother’s Day.
  • Enjoy brunch at the Dallas Arboretum. The new Chihuly exhibit just opened, and it’s a sight to see!

Be sure to follow BestBuzz on Facebook and Twitter for more details about the giveaway, and remember to buzz every day for extra entries!

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Why I Hate QR Codes!

Well, why I hate normal QR codes. Let me clarify..

I’ve seen a lot of less-than-thought-out uses of QR codes in marketing. More times than I’d like to count, I’ve scanned a QR code and had it take me to a page that was not optimized for my mobile phone. Or it took me to a page built entirely of Flash, which my dear iPhone cannot read. You name it, we’ve probably seen it (and groaned over it).

QR codes can be a great marketing tool, but businesses are getting caught up in the fad, and they’re giving QR codes a bad rap. QR codes should be a well thought out experience for your customer. What is the purpose of scanning? Exclusive content? Relative content (i.e. bus schedule, festival lineup, etc)? A discount? Adding someone’s contact information to your address book? These are all examples of good uses of QR codes. Sending me a map of where I already am? Taking me to a website that I could have easily just typed in? Showing me the exact artwork of the flyer that I’m currently holding in my hand? Non-mobile site? No directions on how to even scan? Only tested code on an iPhone 4S? These all belong in the QR code Hall of Shame.

I wonder what this guy’s code led to…

QR Codes can promote all kinds of services

Escorts and QR Codes. Why not? We give him props for creativity!

…I can only hope the page was mobile-friendly!

At BestBuzz, we take QR codes to the next level. Before a code leaves our door, we ensure that it’s been tested on over 33 mobile platforms and that the experience is a valuable one for your brand and the customer. We brand each code and always have clear instructions for those who may not know what to do with a QR code. The codes we create for our clients are tested, strategic, and not slapped on as an after-thought.

Danielle Glick, of DG Design, has a few other points on How NOT to Use a QR Code in Your Marketing. Also, check out Mashable’s roundup of the 10 Funniest QR Code Fails. Love it! 

       



Get Buzzed at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival 2012

Check out the Deep Ellum Arts Fest April 6-8

Check out the Deep Ellum Arts Fest April 6-8

Have you ever been to the Deep Ellum Arts Festival before? The date is set for April 6-8 for the free 3-day arts festival has been a Dallas staple for 15 years, and this year’s festival is set to be another huge hit.

Experience more than 200 decorative and visual artists selling and commissioning original works, 100′s original bands and performance artists showcasing the newest sights and sounds from five stages! Check out the festival guide to plan your visit, and come hungry.

Be sure to buzz-in to be entered to win a pair of VIP tickets to the festival:

Buzz-in to win VIP tickets!

Scan the code with the free BestBuzz app to be entered to win VIP tickets!

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