Many charity organizations are moving away from the old “pen and paper” auctions to a more modern, auction friendly, mobile version. Lots of time is wasted in the traditional silent auctions as people sign in and begin by trying to find their friends or getting caught up at a dinner table eating before placing bids. With a mobile bidding system guests can begin auctioning for items immediately after signing into the auction. With the entire auction being held basically online and almost literally in the guest’s hands at all times, they can continue to socialize, eat, or drink while still placing constant bids on the items they want.
Almost everything is going mobile or online these days and the silent auction is one that definitely gains from this advancement in technology. With guests being able to keep real time updates on their bids it allows for a more aggressive and reactive bidding system. Where a regular dinner and auction would have guests trapped at a table for 30 minutes or more a mobile auction would keep the bids continuing even while they eat. Playing with your cell phone may be rude during a normal dinner but not when the guests are bidding for items for charity!
Since everything is being ran online a live leaderboard can be used to remind guests that they are at an auction and keep them bidding while also showing them what other donors are present at their auction. Notifications for being out bid or for when the live auctions starts can be sent to a phone via text or email right after the guest signs in. All they have to do is give their cell phone number or email at the beginning. The messages can be sent out to everyone or just one person helps to keep the donors in the loop about their bids and when to pick up their items if they win.
Mobile bidding helps both the guests and the staff have an easier time while the charity auction takes place. Along with being an environmentally friendly version of a traditional auction it also has added benefits for the charity. Not all charities sell their items or meet their goals with just one auction but now that it’s being done online and mobile the auction can continue for the items that weren’t sold online. This helps charities reach their goal or beat their goal even after the silent auction is over.
In a world that is going digital, or mobile, this is just one more stop on the way to an easier and better way to do things. Silent auctions for charity can do nothing but gain with this new way of bidding and opens up more opportunities for helping raise more money for charity.
Company Name: Gesture
Contact Person: Monika Rydzewski
Phone: (847) 409-7189
Country: United States