Marketing Your Event – Chapter 3: How to Bid

mobile bidding how to bid

Templates, Examples and Tips to Introduce Your Guest to Mobile Bidding

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Where & when to use bidding references

Bidding references are helpful during event marketing, especially for first time mobile bidders. Bidding references can be posted on your website, emailed out to your guests, printed out for pick up at registration, posted up around the venue on event night, or put on silent auction tables.

Posting and circulating this information is helpful during the pre-bidding stage so that guests can become experts before arriving at your event. The key is to make this information available to your guests where you think it is needed most.

So you got a text message? Let’s get started!

Click on the link within the text message you received. This will log you in automatically to your own personal bidding center.

  • View All: See all auction items
  • Categories: Browse items by category
  • My Items: Items you’ve bid on or are “watching”
  • Donate: Make a tax-deductible donation to the organization
  • Sponsors: Information on event sponsors
  • Items Without Bids: List of items with no bids
  • Item # or Keyword: Enter the item name or number and hit Go! which will take you to the item page to place a bid

Now let’s bid!

  • Bid: Automatically enters the next minimum bid amount; you will be asked by pop-up screen to confirm your bid
  • Change bid amount: You can manually enter any amount that is greater than the “next bid”
  • Set Maximum Bid: So that you don’t risk getting outbid at the last minute, everyone is encouraged to set a max bid. The auction software will automatically raise your bid by a pre-determined increment until your maximum bid has been met or the silent auction ends
  • Watch Item: Adds items to your “My Items” list for easy reference later
  • Buy Now: Enables you to purchase an item outright instead of bidding (not always activated)