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Denny Humphrey
Sorry if this is off the wall, but do any of you guys know if there is a way to scan a QR tag into a phone that will check you into a Foursquare location? We have he window cling at our community, but I thought it would be really cool to have a QR code to scan. Many people see the QR codes and scan them out of curiosity.
David KotowskiDavid Kotowski on Friday, 29 October 2010 02:47

That's a great question Denny. The answer is YES! Well, for the most part. You can create a QR code that will pull up the mobile version of your listing on m.foursquare.com. It doesn't automatically check-in when scanned, but it's almost that easy. You can use any QR generator (I prefer ScanLife because of its tracking capabilities) and point it to the mobile venue URL.

You'll need the venue ID and you can get that by searching for the community on Foursquare.com. Once you find the URL copy it. You'll need to edit the URL for mobile use.

I'll use Toni's company as an example:

Here's the regular URL for TotallyToni Greenley: http://foursquare.com/venue/9754805

This is how the mobile URL for your QR code should look: http://foursquare.com/mobile/venue/9754805

That's all you have to do. I hope this helps! Let me know how it works out.

Denny HumphreyDenny Humphrey on Friday, 29 October 2010 09:28

Yes! It worked! I'm really excited to share this information with our social media team. We've already starting using QR tags in our marketing to help our brand stand out. Foursquare is the next program that I would like to see us use...so here we go!

David KotowskiDavid Kotowski on Saturday, 30 October 2010 09:29

That's awesome. QR codes are definitely gaining in popularity as more and more smartphones come with the necessary readers already installed. Let me know if you have time next week to talk or Skype about this and some ideas that I want to test along with some things that have worked for me.

Denny HumphreyDenny Humphrey on Sunday, 31 October 2010 04:37

Yes! I would love to Skype and chat about your ideas. I should be available on Tuesday. Just let me know!

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Toni Blake
If you do not have WIFI - you can play by setting up an account online and text in your check ins. I was having trouble with my cell phone WIFI and just did my first successful text check in. 50500 - then @FOX Sports Box Terminal E!

First go to the settings page on Foursquare's website and enter your phone number there and set your city. You should then be able to start checking into locations in your area.

Then, you can check-in by texting to 50500 (Foursquare's SMS shortcode). Check-in by texting the venue name like this: FOX Sports Box Terminal E

Note that text check-ins usually need to match the venue name exactly as it appears on Foursquare's website to check-in properly.
Toni BlakeToni Blake on Friday, 15 October 2010 02:04

I also noticed that my phone kept the text file so the next check in was easier. I simply added the next text check in to the conversation at 50500 - easy!

David KotowskiDavid Kotowski on Friday, 15 October 2010 21:50

Great tip! Lots of people seem to think they can't join the fun if they don't have a cool fun. Not so!

2655 days ago
Toni Blake
I'm glad to welcome David Kotowski to our group. I am naming him our "Mayor", he will help guide the conversation and give advice on how to best use Foursquare. David has been an active participant and contributor to Multifamily Insiders from almost day one (many of you probably already know him). He has almost 10 years of experience in our industry and his knowledge and first-hand experience using different social media like Foursquare and Yelp make him a great resource. Earlier this year he was the guest moderator for the discussion about Foursquare on #AptChat and he continues to be the "go-to" person for answers on how to best use this new technology.
Brent WilliamsBrent Williams on Tuesday, 12 October 2010 19:47

OOOOH! You just made a GREAT point! Right now, the leaders of the group are just named "admins" - how boring is that?? Lets think up a fun name for the leaders - any ideas?

David KotowskiDavid Kotowski on Wednesday, 13 October 2010 01:41

In this case, I think Toni's idea works well. I like being Mayor and this would be #19 for me. :)

Toni BlakeToni Blake on Friday, 15 October 2010 02:07

I do think you should give some thought to changing the whole "admin" term. I think a group is like a team and so it should have a Captain!

Oh Captain, my Captain!!!

My Thesaurus had this for captain: a captain of industry: magnate, tycoon, industrialist; chief, head, leader, principal; informal boss, number one, bigwig, big shot, big gun, big cheese, big kahuna, honcho, top dog, top banana.

a vessel captained by a cutthroat: command, run, be in charge of, control, manage, govern; informal skipper.

2656 days ago
Toni Blake
How should we organize other Foursquare businesses?

I was just at my favorite restaurant (where I am the Mayor) and the waitress had no idea that her restaurant is on Foursquare. How can we create a "active" foursquare zone by communicating with local business? We have a clubhouse - could be hold at "Foursquare Town Hall" meeting. We could even invite Foursquare player to come and talk about what they would like to see more or less of!

Foursquare Town Hall in the Clubhouse? Pros / Cons / Ideas

What do you think?
Brent WilliamsBrent Williams on Thursday, 30 September 2010 20:04

Oops!! I just noticed your wall post, Toni, and I put up almost the EXACT same message up as a discussion! Well, I guess that just means we are on the same page!

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