You could hire a mobile bidding provider but beware of hidden costs. Free isn’t really free! It is simple to set up a mobile-friendly website with a name-your-price option that is perfect for mobile bidding. You put QR codes on handouts and banners so your event attendees can easily get to the bidding URL and you can also email and text the link to everyone you have an email or phone number for. Plus you can set up an auto-responder so anyone can text to bid! When they text to the number you set up they get a reply with the bidding link!
Why you should use mobile bidding at your in-person event
Are you having an in-person event with an auction or fund-a-need? Mobile bidding can benefit you by getting you more money by enticing more guests with effortless bidding and donations. You can feature mobile and online bidding for guests who cannot attend in person as well. You can also use it as a lead magnet in your email newsletter.
Add signage near the entrance so people can find your bidding URL or scan a QR code. Provide some digital marketing so people will know about your mobile-friendly event mobile bidding. Then you simply need to put on your event and get the highest bids.
How to set up DIY mobile bidding
You will need some basic skills or hire a professional who will develop your site and implement the bidding code for you. You can then get bids, donations, and payments through your own app. Why is this relevant? It puts you in control of the mobile bidding!
How to activate email bidding
Do this by first sending a large, bold message to everyone on your list “TEXT TO BID – IT’S EASY!” and include the QR code or URL you’ve made so that they can easily bid. They hit the link to bid. There are lots of benefits to mobile bidding. Here are some of the top ones: Multiple forms of payment – visitors can bid with a credit card or pay with a mobile wallet or you can include pay by check options.
How to activate text bidding
QR codes on your brochures, T-shirts, event programs, and printed signs make it easy. To bid, patrons just need to go to their phones and scan the codes with their phone camera. Once they click the links it takes them to enter their bid amount on the bidding page. It is a simple and cost-effective solution that you can use at virtually any event! Set up mobile bidding and start collecting bids! You can also use mobile bidding for giveaways, raffles, discounts, merchandise, and coupons to drive more sales.
We’ve seen a huge explosion in fundraising using mobile bidding technology in the last three years and especially in virtual events during COVID lockdown. It has made a real difference to the fundraising process and increased sales to our events.
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