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July 3, 2014

How Going Green Cuts Your Costs

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During this weeklong celebration of National ESIGN day, we hope you’ve gained some insights into just how much impact e-signatures have had on modern business – from streamlining workflow to accelerating contract signing times and helping companies cut back on paperwork.

But, there’s another important benefit that digital document workflows bring to the table — the ability to cut down on paper and save the resources and energy needed to produce it. Yes, you can go green AND cut costs by integrating EchoSign and adopting e-signatures. Your company (and our natural resources) will thank you!

We know the environment is important to you and your future hires! In 2013, we conducted a research study of over 1,000 US business managers asking key questions about document workflow at their respective companies. Findings in the study titled Paper: An Endangered Species, showcased the increasing difficulty of paper processes, and its negative impact on security and trust. The study also revealed that a more digital workflow is key to going green and attracting new talent. The increased efficiency that digital documents and e-signatures provide to professionals was noted as a top benefit by 51% of survey respondents. Participants also noted the lack of security in paper documents, with 67% agreeing that contracts are prone to potential defacing when sent using paper. With a trusted name like Adobe, professionals can be sure that their documents are safe and secure when sent via EchoSign.

In case there was any question — digital trumps paper in the workplace in many ways. Over 50% of survey participants agreed that digital contracts are easier to send, less expensive and more environmentally conscious. The study also found that professionals want to work for a more green company, with 72% agreeing that helping the environment is a huge benefit to using digital contracts and 48% noting environmental concerns as a reason to switch from paper to digital workflows.

Has your company recently switched to a more digital workflow? Not only are you saving time and money, but also many natural resources including lumber, waste and water. Measure the impact your company’s digital efforts alone are having on the environment using the EchoSign Green Meter. This meter allows you to put in the amount of paper you’re saving by utilizing digital processes, and convert that to the amount of lumber, waste and water being saved. Check out the Green Meter here and calculate the impact your efforts are having on the environment.

Share with us just how much you are saving  - on Twitter at @EchoSign  and on our Adobe EchoSign Facebook Page.  And if you aren’t onboard with e-signatures yet, let us help you get started. Check out our free trial and Go Paperless.

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July 1, 2014

Top 10 Bizarre Deals and Contracts

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Over the course of history, and the not so distant past, there have been many bizarre requests, contracts signed and out-of-the-ordinary agreements made in business, politics, music, sports and even childhood promises to best friends. In honor of National ESIGN Day yesterday, and our weeklong celebration, we count them down for you here!

10.  Elvis Presley had a record deal with RCA Victor for $40,000, the largest amount paid for a single performer by a record company up to that time. The catch: Elvis never signed the contract! Presley was a minor at the time, and therefore his father had to sign on his behalf.

9. Baseball star, Alex Rodriguez, signed a 10-year contract with the Yankees in December 2007 that guaranteed him $275 million in cash.  However, this deal didn’t include seats to the game, but did give A-Rod the option of purchasing tickets!

8. The band Van Halen contractually required that a bowl of M&M’s have all brown M&M’s removed before each show. The reason behind the band’s specific request: if the promoter did not read the agreement well enough to catch this, then they would be  likely to forget important requirements about their equipment as well.  Van Halen members would raise quite a ruckus if the deal wasn’t met.

7. In 1986, the Astros re-signed pitching reliever Charlie Kerfeld, paying him $110,037.37 as part of his contract.  The demand for such a specific number came from his jersey, number 37.

6. Albert Einstein and his wife Mileva became estranged after he achieved success.  In order to continue living under the same roof, he proposed a contract for responsibilities. These responsibilities included: “You will make sure that my clothes and laundry are kept in good order, I will receive my three meals regularly in my room, and you’ll stop talking to me if I request it.”

5. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise both signed a prenuptial agreement before their marriage in 2006. The details: for each year the couple stayed married, Holmes would collect $3 million dollars. Despite their divorce in 2012 and the estimated $18 million expected, Katie Holmes  only receives $400,000 dollars annually for child support.

4. MLB catcher Harry Chiti is the only player that has ever been traded for himself. You might be asking, how was this possible? Simple, he was traded to an expansion club team in exchange for a “player to be named later”. After playing poorly, the receiving team chose him as the player they would trade back.

3. When President Obama signed the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, he used 22 pens.  Presidential signing pens have become famous and are now given to those who helped pass the bill as a memento.

2. In 2007, the Oakland Raiders negotiated a $68 million dollar contract over 6 years with their number one draft pick, Jamarcus Russell. One problem, he was cut before making the team but the Raiders still had to pay him millions.

1. In 10th Grade, MLB pitcher Justin Verlander made a deal with his best friend, Daniel Hicks, to give him .001% of his pro signing bonus (should he ever get one) in exchange for 50 cents to buy a chocolate milk. Daniel kept the signed note over the years and presented it to Verlander when he was ultimately drafted by the Tigers and received a $3.12 million dollar signing bonus. If Verlander made good on this childhood promise, that would be $31.20 (that’s enough to buy a few more chocolate milks.)

Check out some of these historical signature moments you won’t believe, watch the video here.

We told you they were bizarre! Do you know of any deals to add to this list or even top it? Share with us on the @EchoSign Twitter account and Adobe EchoSign Facebook Page.

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May 5, 2014

Streamlined contracting enhances productivity

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Sharing information about technological developments is vital to closing sales, but also requires companies like NetApp to protect their interests and intellectual property with nondisclosure agreements (NDAs). With Adobe EchoSign, NetApp has automated productivity and document security by creating NDA templates e-signatures that can be signed from any desktop, laptop, or mobile device.

“Because people can sign documents anywhere with Adobe EchoSign, we can meet deadlines that would have been impossible with paper versions,” says Connie Brenton, director of operations and chief of staff in the legal department at NetApp. “By giving sales representatives self-service access to pre-approved NDAs through Adobe EchoSign, agreements are completed and processed significantly faster.”

NetApp can complete NDAs three times faster in Adobe EchoSign than the old paper-based process. Plus, total contract turnaround time has been slashed from 19 days to five days. Read more here.

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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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February 11, 2014

Setting new standards

The Council on Accreditation (COA) independently certifies that international child-and-family and behavioral health service organizations meet standards of excellence. To improve its own operational standards, COA has implemented Adobe EchoSign and achieved tremendous results.

“Adobe EchoSign improved our efficiency so that agreements are processed and returned 33% faster than the required 30-day turnaround,” says Tim Stockert, director of IT. “Not only are we accrediting organizations faster, but we’re growing the number of accreditation decisions we make every year.”

Get more information on The Council of Accreditation here.

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January 29, 2014

Moving communities ahead

As a company that knows how to get things moved quickly, Crown Relocations recognized instantly that Adobe EchoSign would do wonders for its contracting processes, as well as other important company activities. Besides accelerating the process of client quote acceptance, the MegaSign widget in Adobe EchoSign helped the company raise $200,000 for The Salvation Army. CR-1920x654

“We’ve never attempted a charity event of this size. Adobe EchoSign, and specifically the MegaSign and widget functionality, reduced our administrative load so that we could make the event a much bigger success than expected,” says Karlene van Zyl, assistant to the country manager at Crown Relocations. Find more information here.

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January 28, 2014

And the Winners Are…… (Drum roll please)….

At Adobe EchoSign, we would be nowhere without our loyal customers. Your feedback is extremely important to us. In fact, it is your insights that drive future updates, service enhancements and our overall dedication to elevate the user experience. We are so appreciative of all the reviews we received on the Salesforce AppExchange that have helped solidify Adobe EchoSign as the #1 rated eSignature application!

“The Salesforce AppExchange is the destination for great business apps. With Adobe EchoSign being one of the most popular apps on the AppExchange, and winner of the Customer Choice Award for 5 years running, we set the bar high and are always working to deliver this level of excellence. This is why our reviews on the AppExchange are so important to us, and why we appreciate all of our customers who take the time to share their feedback with us,” states Amanda Schmidt, VP, Client Success Team.

To thank our customers for taking the time to provide all the feedback and praise, we promised to randomly award five Salesforce AppExchange users who submitted reviews before 12/31/13 with a prize that would further enable them to use Adobe EchoSign to #SignAnywhere. Today we are announcing the five random winners of new iPads as a token of our gratitude. The winners are listed in no particular order below. Thank you to everyone who submitted a review, we love hearing from our customers!

  • David Prewitt, Time Warner Cable Business Class
  • Danielle Wold, Intercall
  • Julia Kramer, Nexant
  • Kyle Centers, MSDSonline
  • Dave Kim, Dell

If you’d like to submit a review of Adobe EchoSign, or learn more about the Salesforce AppExchange app, you can find more information here. With Adobe EchoSign you can get documents signed and business done from anywhere, anytime and on virtually any device!

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January 14, 2014

Simplifying contracts for contractors

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As a specialist in contingent workforce management, CXC Global excels at finding contractors for all types of positions. As a result, the company deals with large amounts of paperwork related to onboarding new contractors and other documentation, so CXC Global decided to automate their contract management with Adobe EchoSign

 

 

“The lack of an effective document management system made it difficult to keep track of signed documents and resulted in delays due to lack of visibility into contract/paperwork completion status,” says Chris Thuel, Legal & Compliance Manager at CXC Global. “Integrated with our CRM—NetSuite—Adobe EchoSign enables us to have a complete process for initiating, completing, and managing our contracts for both internal activities and client projects.”

Read more here.

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December 12, 2013

A gift to you from Adobe EchoSign this Season – Enhanced service and updated functionality!

Here at Adobe, we’re always working to find new ways to help you finish business faster, streamline business processes, and increase efficiency. Going paperless with Adobe EchoSign allows your organization to get documents signed anywhere, anytime, on any device securely.

So we’re excited to announce our Winter release that delivers major updates to the EchoSign service to help drive ROI for your organization. In particular this release consists of:

  • Powerful tools to automate the signature process
  • Major advances in the usability of EchoSign, making it even easier to use
  • Significant innovations to the platform with new REST and SOAP capabilities for developers
  • Enhanced integration capabilities with partners like eOriginal, Salesforce.com, Apttus, Conga, and more
  • Deep Zoom capabilities
  • New 7×24 support, chat-support, and community support forums

When you have a document that needs e-signing, setting it up to be sent out via Adobe EchoSign is easy. With our latest release, our customers can now quickly and easily customize documents to align to business workflows before sending them for signatures. By creating customized templates for form fields that include field locations, field properties and field validations the process of sending documents for signature is simple. These field templates can be applied when sending a document through the EchoSign Web UI, the APIs, or from CRM systems such as Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, etc. Fields can now be easily added to documents even when the documents get generated from third parties.

We heard your feedback and are improving the signing experience by providing clickable hyperlinks within documents. This not only allows signers to access external locations but also allows navigation within a single document through a table of contents. Additional new capabilities include support for multi-line text fields and resizable signature and initial fields within documents.

We have also significantly improved the readability of documents and the performance for our customers by leveraging the industry-leading document imaging capabilities available through the Adobe document processing technology. Additionally signers and senders also now have the option to zoom in or out on documents for better readability.

We are also announcing true integration with eOriginal to support use-cases where customers want their documents to be vaulted. “Many companies have electronically signed contracts that may have transferrable financial value whether for securitization, collateralization or general transfer of ownership. eOriginal is dedicated to full lifecycle support for our customers and now offers complete electronic transaction management with the seamless integration between our two platforms” stated Ralph Burns, Chief Revenue Officer of eOriginal. “We are excited to work with Adobe EchoSign to bring this capability to customers.”

Last, but not least, Adobe EchoSign is committed to offering thorough, helpful and reliable customer service. Improvements made to our customer support process include the presence of 24/7 assistance from our support team. Yep, any time of the day, any question – the new chat support feature and a new customer forum have been added to the website so customers can get their problems solved and the answer they need quickly and without hassle.

We’re excited about these improvements to the easiest e-Signature platform used for transacting millions of documents every month by companies such as Groupon, Time Warner Cable, British Telecom, Kia, Tivo, NEC Financial Services. We want to thank you for all your feedback. We are starting to work on the next set of exciting new updates to the service. Let us know how you like the new capability and if you have ideas or suggestion please submit them here.

From all of us at Adobe, we wish you and your families Happy Holidays and a Very Happy New Year!

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December 10, 2013

Maintaining client relationships and the environment at Ricoh UK

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Ricoh, which specializes in document solutions of its own, knows an outstanding solution when it sees one. That’s why the company uses Adobe EchoSign to streamline its contracting process. By using automated electronic signatures from Adobe EchoSign, Ricoh has been able to cut five days from its contract turnaround time.

“Adobe EchoSign provides us with an innovative, new option for e-signing to reach customers by removing physical barriers that might inhibit business,” said Ray Young, business development manager at Ricoh UK.

The switch to online contract signing also removes costs associated with printing and distribution, which helps Ricoh fulfill its environmental sustainability goals. Learn more about EchoSign is helping Ricoh achieve both their business and sustainability goals.

Find more information here.

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