This post is written in conjunction with three other posts examining the best number of auction items for your live auction, silent auction, or online auction.
- How many silent auction items are best.
- How many live auction items are ideal.
- How many online auction items are good.
- Today’s post, sharing an observation about technology. (Specifically, mobile bidding for auctions.)
I’ve written posts about mobile bidding, but not on this topic.
This post gives one example of how mobile bidding is changing our perceptions and terminology.
In short, the line between the online auction and the onsite auction has blurred.
Assume my gala is Saturday night. Through the use of technology, I can open bidding for my auction items on any day I chose. Let’s say I opt for Monday morning.
Monday morning at 8 AM, I flip the switch (so to speak) in my auction program. Bidding opens. Bidders are invited to view my online catalog and bid on the items using whatever device they prefer — a laptop, phone, iPad, etc.
- If I close bidding on Friday night before my onsite event begins, we generally say it was an “online auction.”
- If I allow bidding to continue and close the auction sometime during my Saturday gala, we generally term it “a silent auction using mobile bidding.”
Did you get that?
To recap: On Tuesday, I had an online auction. But now — on Saturday night — it’s a silent auction using mobile bidding.
The terms changed. It’s a hybrid.
So when we’re talking about formulas that help us determine the best number of auction items for a silent auction, live auction, or online auction, all this becomes trickier. What type of a hybrid event are you running, anyway?
All food for thought.