I worked a fundraising gala this weekend in Martha's Vineyard, MA and the nonprofit used mobile bidding in its silent auction. Because it's on my mind, today I'm addressing three conversations that often arise about mobile bidding. ============================= 1. "Mobile bidding" isn't synonymous to "nonprofit auction software." I know, the jargon is confusing. Better to say that mobile bidding is a feature of some nonprofit auction software platforms. Referring to them as the
In the auction industry, there are a few of us -- maybe 4 -- who consistently contribute to a blog. One writer is Mike Brandly in Ohio. Mike is primarily a commercial auctioneer who mostly pens about auction law. Many of his interesting articles aren't directly applicable to my narrow career niche, but he recently published a post I felt appropriate to share. A few days ago he wrote, "Are online auctions going away? Probably ..." He ponders the future of online auctions for commercial
This is a good post to share with your other Gala Chairs who are seeking to invest or change their auction software, but don't know all the players. ============================== It's been five years since I published a list of silent auction software vendors. Specifically it was a list of mobile bidding software vendors. Back then, mobile bidding had been growing in popularity. Sharing a list of companies selling the tool seemed like a good idea. I struggled with what to name
In December 2017, this story hit the news. A Beatles fan in Australia donated seven tickets to the Salvation Army. The tickets were to be given to homeless clients so that they might enjoy the December 5, 2017 concert. Four hours before the show, two of the ticket holders returned the tickets. One of the managers at the Salvation Army made an effort to find other clients or volunteers to attend, but because of the late notice, no one accepted. At that point, the manager made the
Though Facebook tends to be the most popular social media tool when it comes to promoting your fundraising auction, the visual-based Pinterest has three excellent uses. =============================== But wait! Here's a quick lesson in Pinterest, in case you're unfamiliar with the tool. Pinterest is a social network that allows users to share images and videos. Unlike Facebook, which tends to accommodate lengthier text, Pinterest is designed to mimic a scrapbook filled with photos.