Mobile First: Can you manage business with a smartphone only?

We are living in a world where going mobile is becoming less like a choice, and more like a requirement.  

The following figures speak for themselves. While the average working day is 8 hours, the average amount of time we spend daily on a mobile device is 5 ½ hours. Moreover, between 56% and 72% of all internet traffic falls on mobile devices. In the US alone, over 40 mln people are  considered ‘mobile-only’ Internet users (that is, they don’t use desktop computers to access the web).

In the last 10 years, several highly important changes took place regarding how products or services are bought and sold online: the Internet became much faster and more accessible, millions of more people bought smartphones, making online payments became easier etc.

So what does this mean for businesses?

In a nutshell, all these changes mean that the majority of businesses need to either go mobile, at least to some extent – or perish.

For a business owner, going 100% mobile might sound difficult to implement, but this actually is not the case. If you are a business owner thinking about making your company more mobile, you might be interested in implementing a few of the following Mobile-First strategies.


On-site in-person e-signing for iPad and iPhone

This is a good starting point for a Mobile-First strategy, especially if you are working in construction, design, direct sales or the hospitality sector.

In-person e-signing looks exactly like the usual process of signing on paper. But instead of dealing with a clutter of paper documents, customers can make a signature directly on the screen of your tablet/phone.

There are at least three benefits here:

  • You can turn to e-signing straight on site – the very second your client agrees to close a deal, no time is wasted.
  • You don’t have to waste time with explanations like “Sign here, then turn the page and also sign here” etc. All signers will be automatically guided through the whole document signing process, and SignNow will make sure none of the fields to be filled or signed is ever missed.
  • There is instant synchronization with SignNow on your desktop: the documents signed on a construction site ( or in a shop, during the fair etc.) are instantly and automatically updated in the folder which can be accessible to people back in your office. You no longer need to make an extra call or email informing them about the signing.


Last-minute edits and a legally binding e-signature directly on your phone

Try to recall (or imagine) a situation, when you were already at the airport and then an urgent email flew in with a request to add a line and/or sign something. It happens all the time!

A smartphone is not always the ideal choice if you need to go through 20 pages of an important contract in detail. However, a smartphone is more than enough when you need to add date-initial-signature, generate an invoice or fill in an order.

With the SignNow mobile app (for iOS or Android), this takes just a couple taps of your finger:

Another noteworthy fact is that the SignNow app works even offline – which means you can go on editing and e-signing without having Internet connection (when on a plane, for example). Best of all, once you are back online – all updates will be automatically synchronized.


Secure exchange of documents inside your team

SignNow is popular across many sectors and businesses of all sizes. However, its mobile app enjoys special popularity among businesses that are constantly on the go and working in the field – salespeople, insurance agents, real estate agents, event managers and so on.

With SignNow, the Primary Admin of your organization can easily divide all staff members into several teams, arrange Document and Template folders for each of them and then track the entire workflow process – from document editing to e-signing by multiple signers.

Your five sales agents may be in five different states, but you can still easily access all their signed documents along with any drafts – while simultaneously tracking the process of signing in real time.

It’s 2018, and mobile phones are less and less used “just for phone calls”. Expanded functionality of mobile Internet-connected devices reduces the distance between your business and your customers, so that you can communicate easier and faster. Of course, this does not mean that you have to throw your laptop away. However, you can avoid being caught off guard by always being prepared to perform business-related tasks on your phone.

Start your free trial of SignNow today – on your laptop, tablet, smartphone or all three at the same time! – to see for yourself how Mobile-First strategy can easily fit into your daily business operations.