eFax(R) Tackles Traditional Fax Technology on the One Yard Line

eFax(R) Tackles Traditional Fax Technology on the One Yard Line 
College Football's National Signing Day Requires More Robust Online
Fax Services That Ensure Signed Letters of Intent Are Received Intact
and on Time Before Another School Swoops Up the Recruit 
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/06/13 --  Today, college
football fans around the country will be fist-pumping, singing fight
songs, whoopin' and hollerin', jumping for joy and drowning in
defeat. But it's not touchdowns and interceptions, wins and losses
that are cause for emotion. It's paperwork. The first Wednesday in
February is National Signing Day, the moment when top high school
recruits sign their letters of intent, signifying their allegiance to
the college or university they'll play for come Fall. eFax(R), a
provider of online fax services since 1995 and a brand of technology
leader j2 Global, Inc.(TM) (NASDAQ: JCOM), understands the importance
of making sure athletes' letters of intent are signed and delivered
on time -- before another school swoops in to intercept a prized
recruit. 
Today, on many college campuses, years of competitive recruiting will
come down to tense moments of waiting, where recruits faxing letters
of intent remain the rule rather than the exception. Due to NCAA
rules, letters of intent have to be signed and faxed to athletic
departments, sending waves of cheering from coaches and staff as each
prized recruit finally makes his final confirmation via fax. The fax
machine is so important to today's drama that many schools install a
webcam fixated on their fax machine, allowing students, alumni and
fans to follow the signing action as it happens.  
"The future of entire athletic departments and the hundreds of
millions of dollars in revenue that they generate are on the line on
a single day," said Mike Pugh, vice president, marketing for j2
Global. "Why rely on costly and sometimes unreliable traditional fax
machines when improved, modern services like eFax can ensure that
signed letters of intent are received intact and on time?"  
Here are five trusted game-day strategies that will ensure everything
goes smoothly on signing day: 
1. Simplify the Playbook - eFax offers customers toll-free fax
numbers at no extra charge and has local fax numbers in every
 state
and 49 countries around the world. For an across-the-country new
recruit, faxing a letter of intent to a toll-free number -- as
opposed to a local number -- carries the connotation of
"professional" and "reputable" while making it easy -- and cost
effective -- for a new recruit to sign on the dotted line.  
2. Don't stay busy - In a perfect world, 10, 15, 20 faxes can come
rolling in at 9 am, kick starting a successful signing day and
raising a concern that some letters may not get through due to busy
signals. With eFax, multiple faxes can be received at once,
eliminating the need for multiple fax machines or the potential of
missing signing a recruit due to an overworked fax machine. In
addition, eFax offers unlimited online storage in the cloud for paid
accounts, eliminating the clutter of hard copies and bulky filing
systems, while making signed letters accessible from anywhere with an
Internet connection.  
3. Don't Lose Anyone in the Scrum - Lost paperwork has a way of
changing an athlete's mind. A Wall Street Journal article recounted
the story of a recruit in California who changed his mind after his
first choice -- a school in Ohio -- lost his signed letter of intent.
It seems that while administrators were scrambling to send a
replacement contract, the student decided that he really didn't want
to move across the country, and he signed with a local school the
next day. Rather than spend time manually shuffling through file
folders stuffed with contracts, forms and signed papers, the contents
of online faxes are stored securely online and can be easily searched
by using names, topics or other keywords to find a specific document
or group of documents.  
4. Draw Up a Long-Term Game Plan - eFax's Large File Sharing feature
is extremely helpful for managing documentation such as transcripts,
housing applications and financial aid forms. Administrators helping
student athletes register can save all pertinent documentation
together in one online repository where it is consolidated in one
place. An added benefit for paid accounts is the capability to
reliably and securely upload and share files well over 5MB (up to 1
G) to any email address -- like admissions officers or the housing
department for instance. For a video on sharing large files with
eFax, visit this page.  
5. Digitally Sign on the Bottom Line - Using only a laptop,
smartphone or tablet, recruits can paste a digitized signature into
an online fax as an official signature, reducing the scramble to
print, sign and scan contracts or other forms to fax. Once signed
online, the "paperless" documents can then be returned or forwarded
via email or fax. For more information about using a digitized
signature with eFax, watch this video tutorial.  
The eFax branded service is a pioneer in the fax business, with a
string of technology and business firsts dating back to 1995.
Individuals and small businesses can learn more about sending and
receiving faxes online at www.efax.com. For medium to large
businesses with 10 to 10,000 employees or high volume faxing needs,
more information is available at www.efaxcorporate.com.  
About eFax 
eFax is a brand and registered trademark of j2 Global, Inc. (NASDAQ:
JCOM) and is online at www.efax.com. Please visit the eFax blog at
http://blog.efax.com/ for more information. 
About j2 Global 
j2 Global (JCOM) provides Internet services through its two
divisions: Business Cloud Services and Digital Media. The Business
Cloud Services Division offers Internet fax, virtual phone, hosted
email, email marketing, online backup, unified communications and CRM
solutions. It markets its services principally under the brand names
eFax(R), eVoice(R), FuseMail(R), Campaigner(R), KeepItSafe(R) and
Onebox(R) and operates a messaging network spanning 49 countries on
six continents. The Digital Media Division, created with j2 Global's
November 2012 acquisition of Ziff Davis, Inc., offers trusted news
and reviews of technology products on its web properties, which
include PCMag.com, ExtremeTech.com, ComputerShopper.com, Toolbox.com
and Geek.com. The Digital Media Division also operates BuyerBase(R),
an advanced ad-targeting platform; LogicBuy.com, a leading provider
of online deals; and Ziff Davis B2B, a leading provider of research
to enterprise buyers and leads to IT vendors. As of December 31,
2011, j2 Global had achieved 16 consecutive fiscal years of revenue
growth. For more information about j2 Global, please visit
www.j2global.com.  
Press contact:
Bill Threlkeld 
Public Relations Manager
Email: pr@j2global.com
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Blog: http://blog.efax.com/ 
 
 
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