Getting to the Heart of the matter

It’s a new year and, for many of you, it’s the time when your benefit auction planning and implementation strategies really start ramping up! In the middle of all the planning and strategizing, remember what’s at the heart of it all: your mission. Remember what got you excited about volunteering? It’s probably the same thing

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Introducing our newest team member

Hi, I’m Delila Olsson and, along with being a mother and small business owner, I am a professional volunteer and the newest member of the SchoolAuction.net team. Professional volunteer… isn’t that an oxymoron? If you are nodding and chuckling right now, you know exactly what I mean. Like you, I’m one of the 20% of

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Application Update: 9/8/2012

You may have noticed a few new changes on your site: Support Help just got closer. Each page is has a link to Help on the upper right with information to help with the tasks on that page. When someone gives a cash donation before the event, their donation should be Typed as a “Gift”

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Square & SchoolAuction.net, Pt. 2

A couple of weeks ago, there was news that Square, the innovative payments processor that makes those iPhone-based card-readers one sees at coffee shops everywhere, had introduced a new monthly-pricing plan: instead of paying 2.75% of each transaction, merchants could opt instead for a $275/month fee, and that would cover the monthly transactions, up to

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Square & SchoolAuction.net, Pt. 1

Square has been a disruptive force in the merchant-processing business since its emergence a couple of years ago. And since you can use just about any merchant-processor you wish with the SchoolAuction.net software, we’ve been asked about whether our customers can and should use it. The answer is a definite “maybe”. It is certainly possible

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QR Codes

If you print posters or postcards or flyers to advertise your auction, you probably already print the URL for your SchoolAuction.net website on them. Consider also printing a QR (Quick Response) code on the print piece as well – these allow smartphone users to scan the code (using an app like QReader or Google Goggles),

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Guest Blog: Don’t Pay Commissions

As a profession, auctioneering has long had performance tied to compensation. Auctioneers have based their worth, literally, on their ability to market and sell assets for their clients. This makes complete sense in the world of antiquities, fine art, liquidations, estate sales, vehicle auctions, real estate auctions and the like, but it is unconscionable in

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Top Product!

We got some very exciting news this week – SchoolAuction.net was named a Top Product of 2012 by Christian School Products magazine. It’s nice to be recognized; we have many, many Christian schools on our customer roster, and they’ve said very nice things about us over the years. Good to know that at least one

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5 reasons nonprofits SHOULDN’T hold an auction

Most people reading this blog are helping with the planning of an auction. But a percentage of readers are “lurkers.” They aren’t yet involved in an auction. They’re scoping it out. Some are dedicated Board members seeking a new way to help their nonprofit raise money. Some are PTO parents wondering if an auction is

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Support Issues: 3/7 – 3/12

We need to apologize to all of you who were working on your auctions this past week, and tried to get help by emailing us. From Wednesday of last week through yesterday morning (3/12), we failed to answer any support requests that were emailed to us directly (requests that were submitted through our support form,

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