Should You Use Mobile Bidding For Your Special Appeal?

Special Appeals (aka Paddle Raises or Fund-A-Need) are a staple of fundraising auctions. Mobile Bidding is a popular auction trend. Are they compatible?   This is a guest blog post by Brian Bice, a professional benefit auctioneer based in our hometown of Portland, Oregon.   Like most benefit auctioneers who have been in the business

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Selecting a Subscription Level

Last summer, we re-jiggered the feature sets for our subscription levels, adding significant new mobile-bidding features to our Plus and Premium subscriptions.  We needed to – many of you who had used our mobile bidding feature last year said you liked it, and it worked well, but that you really wanted to use text-messaging (and

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FAQ: “Limited” Mobile Bidding

From time to time, I’m going to post questions sent to me from auction chairs about our product or company, along with our answers. Last summer, we changed our subscription plans and added “limited” mobile-bidding features to the Standard Subscription. We also added a bunch of new mobile-bidding features to our Plus and Premium subscriptions.

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Mobile Bidding Added to Standard Subscriptions

A couple of years ago, we rolled out our mobile-bidding feature to Premium subscribers.  Although somewhat limited, it was well-received – by the few organizations that used it.  We implemented it only for silent-auction and fixed-price items, and recommended that you the groups that use it do so for no more than 12-18 items – you can

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New Feature: Quick-Bid Buttons

This summer, we’re going to be rolling out many improvements to our mobile-bidding system; we’ve received some excellent feedback from the mobile events of this past season, and we have some really fantastic things planned. This week, we’re debuting Quick-Bid Buttons.  These are used only for mobile bidding items, and only when you’ve decided NOT

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Case Study: Eastern Washington University

The second edition of our blog series Case Study comes from way out east in the great state of Washington. Laurel Hosmer, Assistant Athletic Director of Revenue and Development, and her development team at Eastern Washington University not only organized an online auction in less than 48 hours(!) they almost doubled their gross revenue from the

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Case Study: Lakeridge Jr. High

Welcome to our newest blog series, Case Study, where we highlight fundraising auctions throughout the country, sharing their experience with our software as well as some insider tips and tricks for auction success. The first in this series highlights a first time fundraising event at a junior high, which was previously included in their feeder

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“Mobile Bidding-only” Tickets Increase Access To Your Gala Auction

See if this scenario sounds familiar: your school community holds an annual gala auction, at which the classroom projects produced by the students are always a big source of excitement and bidding. Your school community also contains families who never attend the gala, but complain that because they can’t (or don’t) attend it, they never

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