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University Study Shows Handwritten-Style Signatures Like RightSignature Most Trusted

By: Steve Stormoen / Monday, April 6, 2015


According to a new study published in the journal Social Psychological & Personality Science, how you get your contracts signed can have a huge impact on whether or not they appear trustworthy.

The study, conducted by Dr. Eileen Chou of the University of Virginia, asked participants to compare contracts signed with a handwritten-style signature — such as signatures offered by RightSignature — against those in which the signature is typed or indicated with a checked box. While each method is fully legally binding in the United States and around the world, the study's participants overwhelmingly preferred contracts with a signature that was drawn by hand.

It’s a good reminder that your business's image is every bit as important as your legal compliance, and that image is reflected in every aspect of your company. As this blog has discussed previously, the handwritten signature is an ancient symbol of authenticity and trust. Likewise, a signed contract represents a crucial point in your workflow — a moment at which you need to appear trustworthy or risk losing your client. RightSignature succeeds by combining these two approaches, offering the tradition and weight of a handwritten signature with the speed and savings of online software.

In the study, the less favored contracts were signed with an e-signature service which only allows for typed signatures. In contrast, RightSignature offers our users 7 different ways to sign our documents, including options such as writing your signature with a mouse, using the touchscreen of your mobile device or taking a photo of your signature on a piece of paper. These options were designed to give our users the most trustworthy — and widely accessible — signatures available.


If you’d like to see the difference for yourself, try RightSignature for free today.

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