ActiveRain / Adobe EchoSign Challenge: What Does Trust Mean to You?

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Wow, 2012 already? Can you believe it?

For January's challenge, we are honored to have the folks from Adobe EchoSign joining us. EchoSign was recently purchased by Adobe. Adobe is a company that a ton of us have been putting a lot of trust in for the last decade (some of us even longer than that). When you think PDF and secure transmition of documents online, many of us (at least I do) think Adobe.

Adobe purchased EchoSign because they also want to be that company you trust when you are having documents signed electronically. More and more of us are getting used to having documents signed electronically. Adobe EchoSign wants you to trust that those contracts and all that vital information contained in those contracts is safe and secure, much like they've been doing with our documents for quite some time.

We're not going to have you write about how much you trust electronic signatures, or how much you trust Adobe. We want you to share with us your feelings on trust in your business or life in general.

It's such an intregal part of why people choose to do business with one and other. It's engrained in us from birth. There is something about trust that makes it a fundamental of life, isn't there? From the day we are born, we have to trust. As we grow up (I know, I know, some of us never do) our trust is usually shaped by our environment. So when we come into the real estate industry, we have so many factors that have determined how trust incorporates with our business.

Share it with me, share it with Adobe EchoSign, share it with your friends and peers, how do your feelings about trust impact your business or your life? This is very open ended but I hope that people will chose to think about trust and really create a blog post that shares how they view trust and how trust affects the decisions you make in your business and your life.

What things have helped shaped how trusting you are of others? Are you one of those people that is naturally inclined not to trust someone until they prove they are trustworthy? Why is that? Have you been burned by someone in your business you trusted and how has that impacted your future dealings with people? Maybe it's just a story that exemplifies how you feel about trusting the people with which you work. Maybe it's a story that shares how you got burned by trusting the wrong person. It can be anything as long as it relates to the concept of trust in your business.

You can go any way you want with it........but I implore you to give it some serious thought. Do not just throw out 200 words about trust and call it a day and a contest submission. Think about it. Think about it for a while if you have to. Share with us your feelings on trust in your business. I'm going to go very deep in my post, I can already sense it. I hope you choose to do the same.


Challenge Guidelines:

Posts must be submitted between January 2nd, 2012 and January 27th, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. The challenge will end at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Friday January 27th, 2012.

Posts must be a minimum of 200 words. Remember, I'm asking you to really give it some thought. If you can sum up your entire feelings on trust in under 200 words, bravo to you! But it won't be eligible :-)

All posts submitted before January 27th at 11:59pm Eastern Time will be given 1000 points. Points for all entries will be manually awarded by the staff at ActiveRain after the conclusion of the contest.

All posts submitted before January 15th at 11:59pm Eastern Time will be given an additional 1000 bonus points. (This means if you submit early, you can earn up to 2000 points total)

In order to 'submit' your post for consideration, you need to leave a comment in the comment section of this blog post with a link to your post about trust. If you aren't sure what this means, ask someone or wait for a bit and you will see other members leaving comments on this post with a link to their post. Follow their lead.

Because the FTC doesn't like bloggers writing blog posts that could win them a prize without disclosing that fact, you need to include a line at the end of your post that goes something like this:

This post is a submission to the ActiveRain / Adobe EchoSign Trust Contest. I could possibly win a prize. You can find out about the contest by clicking here

Challenge Prizes:

Grand Prize: iPad 2

One Person will win a $150 Gift card

One person will win a $100 Gift card

Bonus: Each person that writes a submission can sign up for a free EchoSign account and send up 10 documents for
signature for free (typically EchoSign free accounts allow 5 documents for signature). Or, I suppose, even if you don't write a submission you could sign up for that free account since the link is right there for you.....

In addition any ActiveRain member can upgrade to a PRO account at a 55% discount when paying annually. Typically an EchoSign PRO account is $179.40 when paid for 12 months in advance, but ActiveRain members can purchase an EchoSign PRO account for $108 when paying annually in advance.

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Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

I tried to keep it simple!


Jan 27, 2012 08:58 AM #303
Patrick White
Home Driven Realty, Inc - Baldwin, NY
Driven to bring New Yorkers home

Good Evening

Please find my contribution on Trust below

Jan 27, 2012 09:54 AM #304
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Nothing like getting down to the wire!  I've been thinking about this for a while too.  Thanks so much for the opportunity!


Jan 27, 2012 01:56 PM #305
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

When we vote for a particular candidate we put our trust in what they say they will do and believe that they will act in a manner that is most beneficial to us, the taxpaying electorate ..... the question is Do You Trust Politicians To do The Right Thing?

Jan 27, 2012 02:29 PM #306
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Darn, I missed the deadline! Thought it was January 31st. Oh well, here's my post just the same:

Jan 30, 2012 02:01 PM #308
Mitch Muller - Charlotte NC Real Estate
ProStead Realty Charlotte, NC CRS SRES - Charlotte, NC
Certified Residential Specialist

Darn, I missed the deadline! Thought it was January 31st. Oh well, here's my post just the same:

Jan 30, 2012 02:03 PM #309
Shannon Jones
The Shannon Jones Team - Long Beach, CA
Long Beach CA Real Estate

I'm curious about winners will be announced and prizes awarded. Does anyone know? Thanks!

Jan 31, 2012 02:32 AM #310
Joel Gwillim
CIR Realty - Condo Specialist - Calgary, AB
Associate - REALTORĀ®

Not Sure Shannon,

I see the contest is over but I didn't receive my points either.

Jan 31, 2012 04:26 AM #311
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador


(and anyone else interested)

We are currently reviewing the entries. We are going to allow the community to select the winner. With the shear volume of posts, it's almost impossible for us to say 'this one is the best'.

What we are in the process of doing is selecting ten posts that we (the team here at ActiveRain in conjunction with the folks at Adobe EchoSign) believe are very good. Once we have those ten posts selected, we are going to present them to the community and allow the community to vote on which post they believe is the best to select the winner of the iPad and the two gift cards.

We hope to have the top ten posts and the voting mechanism put together by the end of this week.

Jan 31, 2012 06:19 AM #312
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador

Points should also be awarded by the end of the week.

Jan 31, 2012 06:19 AM #313
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Thanks, Bob.  I was beginning to wonder if ANYONE won.  Thanks for the update!

Feb 01, 2012 02:19 AM #314
Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

So I didn't follow the rules well and failed to post the link .. oh well here it is anyway ... enjoyed the contest.  First one I entered, good learning lesson as well.  It's a Jurney to Feel Trust .. Mutual Trust.

Feb 01, 2012 01:58 PM #315
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

Look forward in seeing the winners. I think all the contest should require to have a link to the original contest because they are hard to find if they are not the featured blogs on the CONTEST page. Just a thought...

Feb 06, 2012 08:30 PM #316
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Did I miss the post about the winners?

Feb 07, 2012 02:31 AM #317
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Bob, who won the contest....I'll bet it was me.  Although what I would do with an IPad is beyond me.

Feb 07, 2012 02:34 AM #318
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Trying to find out who the wonderful winners are so I can congraulate them.  Will you post that soon??

Feb 08, 2012 03:45 PM #319
Ken Cash
CB Select Real Estate at Lake Tahoe - 775.691.3855 - - Incline Village, NV
Lake Tahoe Lake Front Homes, Luxury Homes, Condomi

Sounds as if the winners have not been posted.  So guess I can still receive a call !!

Feb 09, 2012 07:33 AM #320
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador

Voting on the top ten posts will start on Thursday. This has been excruciatingly hard to pick out ten posts to turn over to the membership to vote on.

We are almost there. Starting Thursday, members will be able to read through the top ten posts that we selected and vote on their favorite. Details to follow on Thursday.

Feb 14, 2012 07:28 AM #321
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador

Here is the post where you can find the top ten submissions and also vote on your favorite to determine who is going to win the iPad

Trust top ten and voting

We will announce the winner on Thursday Feb. 24th.

Feb 16, 2012 02:36 AM #322
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