Hormel, the company that brings us SPAM and a number of other brand name meat products, has placed a QR Code in a Sunday newspaper coupon circular. When the code is scanned, the consumer is brought to a 30-second YouTube video, which provides a quick food recipe using Hormel products. Simple, yes. Remarkable brand/mobile/2D experience, not really.
Stepping away from content, it's good to see that Hormel provided a URL address next to the code for those who may not have a smartphone, yet want to still learn more about the product.
This is the first use of QR Codes that I have seen from Hormel, so they are probably in an experimental phase, but even so, I get a sense that they have not fully thought through the strategic capabilities and user experience, as they relate to 2D technology. Push the creative envelope a bit and let's not be so lazy or tight with the purse strings. You have to spend money to make money, the trick is just doing so wisely.
2D Barcode Litmus Test: FAIL