QR Codes Kill Kittens Shows You What Not To Do

Rarely, a marketing book comes along that just makes you smile from the start. But that’s what you get with Scott Stratten’s QR Codes Kill Kittens: How to Alienate Customers, Dishearten Employees, And Drive Your Business into the Ground.


Stratten teaches mostly by using examples. The book consists of 200 pages of screen shots, pics, and other visual evidence of marketing fails. While a lot of them are bits from small businesses or individuals, which may seem like easy picking, the whole book adds up to one great reminder of how it’s the users/customers/audience and their perceptions and experiences that really need to be kept in mind at all times.

It’s not a deep read, which actually is refreshing. Need something to read in the bathroom? Need something for a flight? Need a gift for an overzealous marketing manager desperate to use the latest Next Big Thing every week? Get a copy of QR Codes Kill Kittens. You’ll laugh your whiskers off.

Special thanks to Wiley for providing me with a review copy.

About Dan Goldgeier

Blogging on AdPulp since 2005, Dan Goldgeier is a Seattle-based freelance copywriter with experience at advertising agencies across the U.S. He is a graduate of the Creative Circus ad school, and currently teaches at Seattle's School of Visual Concepts. In addition, he is a regular columnist for TalentZoo.com. Dan published the best of his TalentZoo.com columns in a book entitled View From The Cheap Seats: A Broader Look at Advertising, Marketing, Branding, Global Politics, Office Politics, Sexual Politics, and Getting Drunk During a Job Interview. Look for it on Amazon in paperback and e-book editions.