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March 11, 2014

SXSW Day Four Recap

Day four at #SXSWi proved to be another one for the books for Adobe EchoSign, no surprise there! With more Me Agreements completed and many more conference attendees learning about the ease and convenience of e-signatures, EchoSign continued to be a hit with the interactive crowd.daysxsw6.jpeg.JPG

daysxsw5.jpeg.JPGThe day started with the EchoSign team hitting the streets with the EchoBot for more pictures, robot meet and greets and Me Agreement e-signing. Once again, the conference crowd couldn’t have been more excited to meet with EchoBot, who charmed everyone from tech geniuses to little children. While out and about the EchoSign team was able to interact with some of the top tech influencers attending SXSWi. These influencers were enthusiastic about EchoSign and e-signatures, and enjoyed their chance to demo the program by filling out and sharing Me Agreements. The simplicity of Adobe EchoSign, as well as the convenience of the functionality were some of the most noted features among those who had the chance to run through the demo, and many were very surprised by all the extra features and benefits of the software.

After dominating the streets of Austin for a few hours, the EchoBot was invited to be the guest of honor at the daysxsw4.jpeg#ChooseHarder party thrown by @HARDER and @TheOnion. The party was thrown at famous Austin venue, Mohawk, and featured an amazing performance by The Hold Steady. The EchoBot had a chance to jam out to the band and interact with many more tech and music influencers. The crowd was great and after watching the band, party-goers were ready to boogey down with EchoBot and talk e-signatures with the EchoSign team.

As the sun set on another gorgeous day, Austin buildings lit up with mobile billboards. Each billboard daysxsw3prompted conference attendees to find the Echobot around Austin for prizes and encouraged people to learn what EchoSign is all about. The night wrapped up with the Adobe VIP party back at the #UseMeLeaveMe digital campground. An incredible performance by Aloe Blacc allowed the EchoSign team to once again enjoy some great live music. Campground festivities didn’t just include the amazing live performance though, our team also got to try out the video grams, grab some grub from the food trucks and even run through some Me Agreement demos with other party attendees.

All in all day four was another home run. The team is bringing it home with one last day on the streets of Austin to wrap up SXSWi today, and we plan to leave it all out on the field!

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March 10, 2014

Adobe EchoSign at SXSW- Day 3

Adobe EchoSign finished strong on day three. The weather cooperated, hundreds of  Me Agreements were signed and the pub-crawlers continued to travel the streets of downtown Austin with happy peddlers in tow.

pub crawler 3 3There was so much hype and excitement on the streets of Austin today when the EchoBot was out “interfacing” with humans! People from as far as France and Denmark learned how to #signanywhere by demoing the EchoSign Me Agreements, a contract experience created by EchoSign with fun, creative contracts people can sign agreeing to SXSW related goals. Conference goers e-signed agreements to encourage them to take advantage of their first time at SXSW, check out the Austin food trucks and, our personal favorite, befriend non-humans, like EchoBot, while at SXSW. Business cards were exchanged and pictures of the #EchoBot on Twitter popped up all day. Needless to say, EchoBot and EchoSign have been huge hits on the streets of Austin. pub crawler 3 2

The only thing that South by Southwest techies loved more than interacting with the EchoBot was traveling around Austin via the pub-crawler. At one point throughout the day, there were lines of people waiting on the street for a chance to join in on the fun. Up and down the streets of Austin people couldn’t help but take pictures of all the pub-crawlers singing to music and peddling as hard as they could. Pub crawl riders had the chance to demo EchoSign too, amidst all the fun, by digitally signing the pub crawl waivers.

pub crawler 3The good news is that the fun doesn’t stop today. We still have two more days to go, so we’ll be back with another re-cap tomorrow! See you then!

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March 9, 2014

Adobe EchoSign at SXSW– Day 2 Recap

We can’t believe day two at SXSW has already come and gone! The rain did not stop us from venturing out into Austin to show people what EchoSign is all about.IMG_7442

To start the day off, we hopped on a couple of awesome pub-crawlers to show people around the city how easy it is to #signanywhere – even from a 12-person bike!  To join in on the fun people were asked to sign a quick waiver using EchoSign, which gave them a first-hand look at how easy it is to sign documents on the go. The pub-crawlers were a huge hit and we think people were just as amused digitally signing a document as they were drinking beer while peddling through the streets of Austin.

It was also a big day for the Echobot. He scored a couple interviews walking the streets of Austin from news outlets covering SXSW. The Onion even had a little fun with him asking if he would be willing to reveal his Google history.  The reporter must have liked what he saw because he and Echobot were dancing within minutes! No matter what age, people found Echobot so intriguing they couldn’t help but ask what EchoSign was all about. Everyone we met left more knowledgeable about the ease of e-signing after completing their personal Me Agreements designed specifically for SXSW attendees.

IMG_7444To end the day, people enjoyed delicious pizza served from food trucks at the Digital Campground and beer flowed like water. People were able to socialize and play bags while listening to the bands rocking out on stage. It was the perfect opportunity to exchange business cards and get to know others at the campground.

Although rainy, day two was a blast. We’re excited to get back out and do it all over again tomorrow.

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March 8, 2014

Adobe EchoSign at SXSW– Day 1 Recap

EchoSign’s first day at SXSWi in Austin will be tough to top!  There were robots, tech gadgets, and of course lots of e-signatures!  With the Adobe Echobot at our side, people flocked to EchoSign’s airstream at the #UseMeLeaveMe Digital Campground to learn more about the number one e-signature solution.IMG_7393

Here are a few highlights we want to share from the first day that we know people will be talking about in the days to come!

To start the day off, Adobe EchoSign took part in launching the Razorfish/Adobe Digital Campground. Hundreds of people flocked to the campsite at Walsh and Fourth to visit the different airstreams and enjoy some music and food. The Adobe EchoBot made people fall in love with him by showing off his dancing skills, taking pictures, and having conversations in countless foreign languages. Ultimately though, he was able to show people how easy it is to #signanywhere by directing them to try EchoSign’s Me Agreement app.  To put it simply, he made people not only fall in love with him but EchoSign in general!

After the launch, we hit the streets of Austin! People were amazed at the ease of using e-signatures to sign their Me Agreement App anywhere, any time (not to mention the talking/dancing/multilingual robot). EchoBot was able to talk them through how to use it, impressing some of the most tech savvy people out there.

Day one was such a success we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the remainder of SXSWi.

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March 7, 2014

Adobe EchoSign at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014 in Atlanta – Day 3 recap

conv blog 3 2Microsoft Convergence culminates on day 3 with FUN! FUN! And more FUN!

The Adobe EchoSign team finished strong at #CONV14. We had so many solid conversations about the benefits of e-signatures and the real use cases around digital document and contract management. Attendees were eager to learn about recent strides in the category (legality, compliance, international adoption), as well as the steps for adoption among their own customers. Three days full of insightful tips of the trade and  one-on-one demos of what Adobe EchoSign brings to the table? Sounds FUN to us!

Speaking of FUN, the closing day and show, featuring @OurNameisFUN, was truly #FUNtastic. The Adobe EchoSign team, among thousands of others, rocked out to an interactive and beat-thumping set list from the band! What a great way to wrap a week of Microsoft Convergence! A few highlights we can’t forget:

1)    Adobe EchoSign announced new plug-and-play integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM that accelerates the quote to cash process and all without leaving your CRM. Learn more here!conv blog 3 4

2)    People traveled from as far as New Zealand to learn about EchoSign at #CONV14! During our session on Wednesday March 5, “Closing Deals Faster in the Cloud: Changing the game for your company, customers and partners,” we did a quick intro and learned of the eagerness of several customers from outside of North America to adopt e-signatures and roll the service out to their customers. The live demo by the EchoSign product team using the new plug-and-play integration solution showed them how easy that can actually be!

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3)    @MSFTDynamics is extremely social on Twitter! We saw and participated in lots of solid conversations around the trends discussed and explored at #CONV14, and they gave several shout-outs to the @EchoSign team as well.

4)    People like to hear about a deal, and the EchoSign team delivered! During the show we announced a 20% promo kicking off March 4. More on that here!

5)    The Microsoft community of customers and partners knows how to have FUN! We had a great time at the show last night and throughout the entire week. conv blog 3 3

Kudos to Microsoft Dynamics for putting on a great experience for all attendees and big props to the city of Atlanta – southern hospitality at its finest! See you next year when we e-sign to participate again!

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March 6, 2014

Adobe EchoSign at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014 in Atlanta – Day 2 recap

The notion that Microsoft Convergence is “where opportunity and innovation meet” held very true for the Adobe EchoSign team on Day 2! In addition to attending several customer-success driven sessions, we also hosted our own at #CONV14. day2 blog

Your customers are on the web and mobile, putting pressure on you and your own business to move faster and become more nimble. But, when a contract needs to get signed (print, sign, scan, fax, overnight, sign, fax, overnight back?), all of your work and timely efforts can come to a grinding halt! This is why our Adobe EchoSign product and sales specialists came together to open the dialogue on how cloud-based contracting with e-signatures is a game changer for anyone’s business, impacting the turnaround time for quote to cash process. The session also covered the opportunities that arise when customers (and their customers) adopt e-signatures including: saved resources, time, money and the additional ability to monitor and track (in real time) the visibility of the entire contract or sales process tied to EchoSign contracts or documents deployed  from within your own Microsoft Dynamics CRM thanks to the EchoSign integration. Our plug-and-play solution seamlessly integrates to allow any CRM user to use EchoSign functionality and audit reporting, starting with one click, while never leaving your system.

day 2 blog 2The collaborative session from product and sales benefited the session attendees as they were provided live demos of the EchoSign integration, in which a real business scenario was established and the room of attendees were taken through the creation, deployment and tracking of a contract through Microsoft Dynamics CRM. As questions peppered the presenters, the team was able to provide solid insights on usage, legal compliance of e-signatures, case uses from each industry represented in the room and more details on the current promotion: a 20% discount that runs now through June 30, 2014. The presenters also discussed the power of who has EchoSign’s back! For example, backed by Adobe, the trusted provider across a broad portfolio of document exchange solutions, EchoSign has already experienced tremendous adoption running parallel with the e-signature category potential growth of 10-15% penetration in North America alone.

Out on the #CONV14 floor, the Adobe EchoSign team provided hundreds of live demos to showcase the new integration solutions. The social team was buzzing around and creating online discussions around the trending topics coming out of #CONV14.

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March 5, 2014

Adobe EchoSign at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014 in Atlanta – Day 1 recap

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Wow, Day 1 already here and gone and Day 2 is off to a wonderful start for the Adobe EchoSign team here at Microsoft Convergence 2014. It may have been partly influenced by it being Fat Tuesday but there was a definite, undeniable celebratory vibe throughout #CONV14. All the hard work, planning, training and product updates finally culminating into the first day of what is expected to be a very insightful #CONV14.

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We wanted to share a few highlights from the kick-off of Convergence yesterday.

Adobe EchoSign, a Gold sponsor, is onsite as part of the Convergence experience to show folks our brand new integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013. As the only Microsoft-certified e-signature solution, we are giving demos of the easy plug-and-play app that helps accelerate the quote-to-cash process to just one click. Throughout Tuesday, we were able to demonstrate the ability to stay within your Dynamics UI to send contracts and digitize documents for e-signature. One area that many of the attendees were most excited to learn about the new integration was the ability to “Sign Anywhere” from any device as well as the functionality to be able to keep track of all contracts in real-time. Users are finding great value in the ability to use EchoSign to pull an audit trail of each contract or digital document to capture each step of the contract’s history to better understand the process and optimize it for better, more friction-free business. Oh the possibilities!

We are also all about “Caffeine networking” at our booth. Our onsite gourmet coffee barista poured hundreds of cups of hot joe throughout the day and is ready to keep you energized for the rest of the week.

Today, Wednesday, March 5 at 12:30 p.m., we will be in room B201 for a much-anticipated session on “Closing Deals Faster in the Cloud: Changing the Game for Your Company, Customers, and Partners.” Don’t get caught up with “Signature roadblocks” that can hinder the pace of your business. Join us for a vibrant discussion and real numbers on how esignatures can change your business.

Rock on!

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March 3, 2014

Adobe EchoSign Announces Completely New Integration with Microsoft Dynamics 2013 and Major Presence at Convergence 2014

What makes your business dynamic?  In today’s lightning-fast business environment, it’s a critical question to consider. And while finding the time to pause from the “now” isn’t always easy, it’s the forward-thinking businesses that remain a step ahead of the competition.  In a few short days, like-minded professionals from across the globe will meet at Microsoft Dynamics’ Convergence 2014 in search of smarter business solutions, cutting-edge innovations and the opportunity to build a powerful roster of connections, to ultimately deliver more impactful customer experiences.

As the only certified web-contracting solution for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Adobe EchoSign is excited to have a major presence at Convergence 2014. We are leading a session on closing deals faster using electronic signatures and seamless integrations with Microsoft Dynamics as well as exciting demos and yes, there will be plenty of prizes given out. Come and stop by the Adobe EchoSign Booth #715 and meet the team.  Besides experiencing a week jam-packed with networking, idea exchange and fun social events, here’s what we have on tap:

Brand New Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013:

What place better than Convergence to announce Adobe EchoSign’s latest plug-and-play integration into Microsoft Dynamics 2013.  As the only Microsoft-certified e-signature solution, EchoSign accelerates the quote-to-cash process by allowing you to send and track contracts or sales documents from within Microsoft Dynamics in just one-click.  Microsoft Dynamics 2013 users continue to work completely within that UI and leverage the full capabilities of the easiest and simplest to use e-signature service, EchoSign, right from within the Dynamics UI. Recipients can sign anywhere, on any device, so you can seal any deal quickly and securely.  EchoSign also integrates with Microsoft SharePoint as a document store for Dynamics, supporting signature workflows.   Integrating EchoSign into your Dynamics CRM enables you to:

  • Send documents directly from within Leads, Opportunities, Contacts, and other Microsoft Dynamics entities including custom entitiesPhoto 1
  • Keep track of contracts in real time – know exactly when they’re opened, viewed, and signed
  • Reduce manual entry, errors and rework by automatically merging data from Microsoft Dynamics fields into contracts, and push data from signers back to Dynamics
  • Easily create reusable document templates with simple text tags or drag fields to quickly add form fields and signature blocks
  • Create dynamics documents with Conditional logic and Calculated Fields to ensure that you are collecting the appropriate data during the signature process
  • Create field layer templates that can be reused and applied on common documents
  • Automatically generate and attach invoices or custom reports and send them for signature, and route documents for signature based on your group’s specific processes and requirements
  • Automatically record and store the signed agreements and the audit trail that capture each step in a contract’s history
  • Provide visibility to contracts for the appropriate people within the organization by publishing signature events to the Dynamics Activity Feeds

A Dynamic Session & Chance to Win a Surface:

Join us on Wednesday, March 5th, 12:30 – 1:30pm, in Room B201, for our session,  Photo 2

Closing Deals Faster in the Cloud: changing the game for your company, customers and partners. We will be exploring how a cloud-based eSignature solution removes the “signature road-block” and creates a friction-free process for your customers and a faster time to revenue for your business. We will also be giving away a Surface device to a lucky session attendee. Don’t miss out!

Awesome Product Demos:

Stop by booth #715 to experience first-hand how the integrated solutions from Adobe EchoSign for Microsoft Dynamics CRM can help you and your customers sign anywhere and fast.

Join the CONVersation:

Follow @EchoSign on Twitter, where we’ll be live-tweeting and keeping you up-to-date on the latest at #CONV14. You can also join us on Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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February 28, 2014

Adobe EchoSign Adds eSignature to President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative

ConnectEdPicture1By Jon Perera, Vice President of Adobe EchoSign

Today I had the honor of visiting the White House with some Adobe colleagues for the first ever White House Student Film Festival. In addition to screening more than a dozen short films about the role of technology in education, President Obama gave a progress report on his ConnectED initiative, which is focused on raising technology standards for 99 percent of American students within the next five years.

I’m so proud of Adobe’s role in today’s announcement at the White House. All told, we are committing more than $300 million worth of software to ConnectED. This commitment is among the largest from the private sector to date, and it includes Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements for creative projects; Presenter and Captivate to amplify e-Learning; and EchoSign electronic signature software to help improve administrative processes across 15,000 U.S. schools!

Many K-12 school districts across the United States are already using Adobe EchoSign today, but a huge amount of school administrative work is still done on paper. Through this effort Adobe hopes to:

•Help schools save money. We know that the cost of paper-centric workflows is very high. Document filing costs are $20 per document. Based on conservative estimates, we can potentially help schools save $250M over the next five years.

•Help digitize the administration of our schools. The days of paper, fax machines, and printing in our schools are over – with Adobe EchoSign, K-12 schools can take a comprehensive look at how the business of school administration is done, and how digital solutions can help enable a more modern approach.

•Help schools make a positive impact on the environment. Over the course of the next five years, our contribution of EchoSign to this initiative alone offers the potential of helping schools save 171 million gallons of water and 14M pounds of landfill typically associated with the cost of using paper. See Adobe’s Green Meter here for more information.

We couldn’t be more excited about ConnectED and its potential for raising technology standards in our nation’s schools. I’m thrilled about the role EchoSign will play in helping modernize school processes, and look forward to kicking this off!

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Adobe Team arrives at The White House for ConnectED Initiative

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Here I am inside The White House preparing for ConnectED big event

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The President Announces ‘Opportunity for All’ thanks to nearly $1B in private donations to the ConnectED Initiative!

 

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February 17, 2014

Enabling faster contract completion

A leading producer of travel media and events, Northstar Travel Media wanted to implement technology that could edited northstar logoimprove sales productivity and customer service by eliminating manual and duplicated processes. Using Adobe EchoSign with Salesforce.com helped the company reduce administrative work by 40 hours per month, as well as speeding up the contracting cycle.

“Since implementing Adobe EchoSign, 70% of media purchase contracts are returned within one day, and of those, one-third are returned in less than an hour,” says Cynthia Wittig, technical product specialist at Northstar Travel Media.

Find more information here.

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