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Closing the Deal: Mobile Tech Catches Up with the Critical Signature

Signing Document on PhoneDeals require a signature, and the signature needs to have reliable legal standing–no matter where, when or with what the deal is done–including mobile.

In the past, small and midsize businesses have been able to cover most of their bases by signing documents by fax. It has been more challenging to come up with a model that works with mobile technology, but business owners say the technology is now catching up to what their old fax machines could do. And, as buyers of the latest mobile devices equipped with fingerprint-sensitive hardware have found, the transmittable fingerprint is changing the landscape even further.

Mobile tech and closing the deal

In a recent j2 Global survey, more than 32% of 1,100 SMB leaders said they closed a deal in 2013 on their smartphone or tablet.

Beth Ann Alitt, owner of Alitt Insurance, based in San Marcos, Calif., is accustomed to faxing paperwork back and forth for signatures, but plans to also use mobile fingerprint signatures moving forward.

“As a small-business owner helping local businesses and residents obtain almost every type of insurance possible, I fax daily to process paperwork under tight deadlines,” said Alitt. “Last year, I faxed on a cruise and even at a Paul McCartney concert in London.”

Alitt is in good company. One-third of owners polled in the j2 Global survey said that the tipping point for using mobile devices is the advent of fingerprint signature features. Alitt said these features “will help me close even more deals on the go.”

In fact, about 70% of those surveyed said that digitized fingerprint signatures will help them to close more deals.

The new “office”

If the j2 survey is any indication, small-business owners need plenty of flexibility when closing deals. The j2 survey also showed that:

  • — 74% of business owners have closed a business deal at a restaurant or bar;
  • — 23% said the train or inside a car was an environment in which they’d closed a deal, thanks to their mobile devices;
  • — More that 30% sent or received a fax on a plane, or in an airport, via mobile tech;
  • — 20% sent or received a fax via a smartphone or tablet at a sporting event; and
  • — Deals have also been closed in the dentist’s office, at casinos, waiting in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles and while climbing El Capitan in Yosemite.

All of this suggests that the very notion of the office is changing.

“The mobile device is the office,” said Mike Pugh, vice president of marketing for j2 Global. “That means that deals need to get done anywhere. Same with contracts, invoices, expense reports, and any other document that keep a business moving.”

 

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Paperweight Magazine: The First Ever App-Only Humor Source

Paperweight - A Moderately Cultured Humor MagazinePeople like laughing, and people also like apps. So when comedians/entrepreneurs Chris Duffy and Brian Perry announced the creation of Paperweight Magazine, a comedy magazine app, it seemed like a logical endeavor–not the potentially revolutionary one it might become. Despite there being a plethora of humor-inspired apps and mainstream comedy newspapers, magazines, and websites, there isn’t an app that is solely devoted to hilarious written word. This is what makes Paperweight Magazine so exciting–there is literally nothing like it.

Unlike McSweeney’s or CollegeHumor, which started as a print journal and a website, respectively, and were subsequently forced to generate tablet-friendly versions to keep up with the times, Paperweight Magazine is app-first. In fact, there will be no Paperweight Magazine website (or print version, for that matter). But this is all intentional. “The biggest advantage we see to creating an app versus a website is that it allows for more interactive possibilities,” said Chris Duffy, who is Paperweight’s head writer and editor. “It allows our pieces to have more of the reader’s focus and not resort to cheap bits to keep someone’s attention from wandering every half a second.” Even though apps are certainly the wave of the near future, Duffy did admit that “figuring out how content can be shared socially [is] something that we’re working on right now,” and could be an initial challenge.

Social sharing hurdles aside, Duffy and Perry are confident that embracing the app format will separate Paperweight Magazine from what seems to be a saturated comedy market. “We’re focused on building an app that bridges the divide between static articles and interactive content,” said Brian Perry, who is the lead developer. “We’ll have articles and cartoons, but we’ll also have pieces that could never exist on a web page or in a printed magazine. Great humor contains an element of surprise and we’re building a magazine that will surprise readers with its capabilities. It’s going to be a magazine that can talk back to you.”

But Paperweight Magazine isn’t quite a reality yet, as it is still looking to raise the proper funds via Kickstarter to get it off the ground. The good news is that the app magazine is just a week-plus into its fund-raising effort, and has already accumulated more than 79% of its target goal ($11,839 of $15,000). With 15 days to go, it’s a good bet that Paperweight Magazine will raise the full $15,000 (or more), and Duffy and Perry will finally see their dream come true.

Follow Paperweight Magazine on Twitter at @PaperweightMag or on Facebook here.

 

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