The software utilizes the same platform to accept both "online" and "mobile" bids, but Mobile Bidding requires additional tools (and a Plus or Premium subscription) to:
- facilitate immediate access to the bidding platform,
- easily navigate and browse a large catalog of items on a small phone screen,
- quickly place and monitor their bids during a short bidding period with many distractions.
Facilitate Immediate Access to the Bidding Platform
During Advance (Self) Check-in: Encourage your supporters to preview items and begin bidding as soon as they've checked in online. When enabled, this mobile bidding tool adds a "Start Bidding" button to the Self Check-in Confirmation page
At Gala Check-in: Invitations to bid can be auto-sent to each guest as they check-in at your Gala. Even if invitations have already been sent to launch pre-bidding, enabling this feature allows your front desk staff to confirm check-in with the message: "You're all checked in - and we've just sent you a fresh invitation to bid. Previous invites will still work - but this one will be at the top of your inbox. . ."
The Mobile Invite page allows your team to send invitations to one or many ticketed and non-ticketed supporters, or all supporters who have not yet been invited. This page also allows click editing for updating emails and phone numbers and visible datestamps for each invitation sent.
If a supporter is having trouble receiving or accessing emails on their phone, the Mobile Invite page also has tools to send a SMS/Text invite, or provide immediate access by scanning a QR code or entering a short code.
Premium customers also have the option of sending all Invitations to Bid via Bulk SMS/Text messaging.
Place and Monitor Bids During Short Window (with many distractions)
SMS/Text Outbid notifications can catch a distracted bidder's attention more effectively than an email or an app screen that isn't being looked at.
Your event night team can Place Proxy Bids and Check Bid Status ticketed guests who do not have access to their email, a smartphone or simply need assistance.
Projected Displays provide live updates (and can remind socializing guests that others are still bidding!)
Additional Tools to Make Your Job Easier
Request or Require a Vaulted Credit Card prior to bidding: Enabling this feature adds a credit card form to the Signup to Bid form and Invite to Bid/Vote welcome screen - particularly useful if you are encouraging supporters that won't be attending the gala to join the mobile bidding from afar.
Extend Bidding on the fly: Sometimes even the best laid plans go awry - this tool will extend the online closing times of all your items by 10 minutes - with just two clicks - from the Auction Night Tasks screen.