“Our award-winning mobile bidding technology is simple, fun, and easy to use, bringing silent auctions to life to help your charity raise more during live and online fundraising events.”
A silent auction allows supporters to silently bid on items. Through mobile bidding, supporters can bid from their phone, computer, or tablet. This paperless option makes it easier to collect and manage bids while adding a professional touch to your live or online silent auction.
Mobile bidding is Givergy’s bread and butter; it’s how we got started in the fundraising technology space and still accounts for 80% of the services we provide.
Our bespoke mobile bidding technology is tailor-made to meet your needs. We understand no two campaigns are the same and nor is any silent auction, which is why our bespoke mobile bidding technology offers the flexibility to customize bidding modes, branding, and more.
Benefits of mobile bidding:
We have a range of bidding modes to help you maximize funds raised from your silent auction:
You can choose the type of bidding mode for each item. If you are unsure which bidding mode fits best, our expert team is happy to advise.
“Givergy makes online auctions easy and fun! Event participants seem to enjoy the auction and the automatic prompts to bidders helps raise more funds. The team is amazing to work with. If anything comes up they are quick to respond, helpful and attentive. I strongly recommend this platform for online events!”
Fundraising Manager, Radius Child and Youth Services
“‘A wonderful experience with consistent and high quality support, both electronically and by chat or phone. Made issues easy to solve. System is intuitive and easy to use… so much so we are planning our second program in November of this year!”
Fund Raiser, Food For The Poor Canada
In many cases, more is not always merrier and from experience, you want to use the number of guests in the room/expected online reach as a guideline to how many you should include. 10% of your guest attendance is the recommended amount of auction items to include and so, for a room of 250 guests, aim to have around 25 auction items. Enough to give a good selection, but not too many to discourage any competitive bidding.
This community article details all of the required information needed to set up an auction item on the Campaign Management System (CMS). As a general rule the minimum you will need to gather is; a title, a description, pricing and an image.
Selecting the right auction items is extremely important and can make or break your fundraising efforts. Consider your guest demographic; who are you guests, how old are they, are they predominantly male or female and do they have any common interests? These are all questions you should ask yourself before setting out to source your items. The best way to source your silent auction items is to reach out to the masses, whether that be your database of supporters or a committee. This is an effective way to get an amazing array of auction items for free. Another option is to reach out to companies, restaurants, organisations etc. and see if they would be willing to offer a prize. You won’t always be successful, but often when it’s for charity it will be considered.
An efficient way of allowing your guests to donate items directly to your fundraising website is by utilising the ‘Donate Item’ tab. Once your fundraising website is set up, this tab can be added where donors can fill in all the fields that you would normally complete, including uploading an image of the item. Once the donor completes the process, the item will appear as inactive within the Campaign Management System for you to review and accept / decline. At this stage you are also able to make any relevant edits before the item is launched into your auction.
Yes, Givergy can provide you with a variety of incredible auction items and experiences. A consultation with our in-house auction item specialist will allow you to carefully select items that are specifically sourced to appeal to your audience. These range from memorabilia to experiences, holidays and art work. For more information click here
Our default bid mode is Silent + Max Bidding, and in general, the one we recommend using. However there are other bid modes available, detailed below:
Sealed Bidding: allows guests to enter anonymous bids without knowing what the top bid is. The highest bids win depending on the quantity set. To learn more about Sealed Bidding, see Sealed Bidding