Record Number Of QR Codes, Digital Watermarks, Image Recognition And Other Mobile Codes Printed In Top 100 U.S. Magazines During Q2, According To New Nellymoser Study



10.1% of Magazine Advertisements Now Include A Mobile Action Code, More Than Double The Number From One Year Ago


The number of QR codes and other codes break the quarterly record in Q2 2012 with 2200 codes in the top 100 U.S. magazines.

ARLINGTON, MA (PRWEB) August 28, 2012

QR codes, digital watermarks, image recognition and other types of mobile action codes printed in the top 100 U.S. magazines, reached a record number in Q2, according to a new study by mobile marketing and technology services company, Nellymoser Inc. A total of 2200 codes were printed during the quarter, up from 1365 in Q1 (61% growth). More than 10% of advertisements contained a code, which was double the 5% rate from just one year ago.

For its latest mobile action code study, Nellymoser surveyed the top 100 U.S. magazines by circulation and analyzed the published issues from April to June 2012, covering 46,132 magazine pages. Findings were significant in many areas including: 

  •     From Q1 to Q2, the number of codes printed in the top 100 magazines grew from 1365 to 2200, a 61% increase.
  •     10.1% of magazine ad pages contained a code in Q2, up from 5% of ad pages in Q2 2011.
  •     The number of brands that have adopted mobile action codes jumped to 598 in Q2, up from 451 in Q1 – a 33% increase.
  •     For the first time every magazine in the study contained at least one code.
  •     QR codes continue to be the clear action code market leader, maintaining more than an 80% market share since    December 2011.

"Mobile activation has really taken hold in magazine advertising. Nearly 600 brands and every one of the top magazines have embraced print-to-mobile as a core marketing strategy," said Roger Matus, Executive Vice President of Nellymoser and co-author of the Nellymoser study. "Action codes bring print pages to life and engage readers in ways that can't be duplicated with a static ad. Based on what we're seeing in our research, we anticipate more than 1000 codes per month will run in the top 100 magazines starting in September 2012."

Beauty, Home, Health and Automotive Top Industries For Code Use 
Nearly half of all action codes in Q2 (49%) came from companies in four industries: beauty, home, health and automotive. There was a significant jump in the use of codes by the automotive industry, from 81 codes in Q1 2012 to 195 codes in Q2.

QR Codes Lead Market But Watermarks Gain Ground 
QR codes continued to dominate the mobile activation market in Q2 with more than an 80% share. Microsoft Tag had a 14% market share. All other types of codes combined had less than a 10% market share. Digimarc watermarks now lead the "Other" category, having risen from just five codes in all of 2011 to 96 codes in the first half of 2012.

Video Dominates Action Code Use 
Video was the most common action code use with 40% of codes leading to some type of video experience such as a product demo, behind the scenes look or entertaining clip. This represents a slight increase over Q1 when 35% led to a video. Sweepstakes (for list building and opt ins) and social media sharing via Facebook, Twitter and email, were also popular with about 20% of action code experiences leading to these types of engagements. These numbers have stayed steady from Q1.

A copy of the 2012 Q1 action code study is available at no charge at:

About Nellymoser 
Nellymoser, Inc., (, a mobile marketing and technology services company founded in 2000 and headquartered in Arlington, MA, creates interactive consumer experiences for mobile. The company is expert in producing mobile-activated print campaigns, apps and mobile-optimized web sites that engage consumers, foster brand loyalty and drive revenue for clients. Nellymoser's customers include leading publishers, advertisers, retailers, and consumer packaged goods companies.