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February 12, 2015
The Bidding War Lives On!
Some BidPal clients actually miss the crowding and elbowing that typically occurred at the paper bid sheet tables. They enjoyed being able to watch the bidding war as it played out. "Elbowing" is not easily simulated in mobile bidding. Your guests, however, are grateful...
Brian Vicars
National Account Manager
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February 5, 2015
The Benefits of Online Pre-Bidding
Offering the opportunity to bid on silent auction items prior to your event is a great way to start raising funds and build excitement. Clients often ask when to start the pre-bidding. My response? "There is no time like the present to begin raising money!” Don't wait....
Stephanie Rigler
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
January 30, 2015
Texting Tactics
It's inevitable that guests will browse the internet, check email, and share cute pictures of their kids during your mobile bidding auction. Sending a few well-planned text messages throughout the evening can easily re-engage your guests and serve as a friendly reminder...
Kate Dowrey
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
January 22, 2015
Awkward! The Wrong Way to Greet Your Guests
Sit-down restaurants have trained us, as patrons, to expect direction as soon as we're inside the door of an establishment. We make a bee-line for the hostess stand and take supreme comfort in knowing that he or she will tell us what to do next. Your gala patrons will...
Kat Taylor
BidPal Consultant
ARTICLE
January 15, 2015
How to Raise Money After Your Event
You worked for months gathering the perfect items for your charitable silent auction. You packaged them well and priced them perfectly, but you still had a few silent auction items with no bids. No worries. You can still sell them. Rather than stuffing those unsold...
Emily Hansen
Event Consultant - National Accounts
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January 8, 2015
Volunteers Are Key to a Successful Fundraising Event
Volunteers are key to the success of your fundraising event and they should be a major focus when doing your auction planning. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of this important group of constituents. Consider in what areas you will need assistance from...
Emily Hansen
Event Consultant - National Accounts
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January 30, 2015
Texting Tactics
It's inevitable that guests will browse the internet, check email, and share cute pictures of their kids during your mobile bidding auction. Sending a few well-planned text messages throughout the evening can easily re-engage your guests and serve as a friendly reminder...
Kate Dowrey
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
December 18, 2014
For Fundraising Success, Feature Your Hot Items
You studied last year's auction results using your BidPal silent auction software and you've procured the hottest items you know your guests will be bidding on all night long.  So now how can you increase bidding even more on those packages? Enter: the Featured Category...
Emily Hansen
Event Consultant - National Accounts
ARTICLE
December 4, 2014
Raise a Glass--or a Fork--to Increased Proceeds
Food and beverage tasting events are a great fundraising idea and always fun. Who doesn't enjoy sampling fantastic wine and trying out a bite from that hot, new restaurant? When you're doing your auction planning, don't forget to include those food and wine vendors in...
Emily Hansen
Event Consultant - National Accounts
ARTICLE
October 16, 2014
Heads, I Win! Tails, You Win!
Tired of the same ol', same ol' when it comes to games and raffles at your event? Have you tried a game of Heads or Tails? If you haven't, here's how it works: Guests purchase an opportunity to participate. During the game, an announcer asks all Heads or...
Jennifer Mendoza
Event Consultant
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October 9, 2014
Keep your volunteers happy and coming back!
Most organizations focus their relationship building on donors and event attendees, which is understandable. These individuals donate items, purchase tickets, raise their paddles during the live auction, and make a recognizable financial impact on your organization. But...
Kate Dowrey
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
September 18, 2014
Everything's Bigger in Texas
As the old saying goes, "Everything's Bigger in Texas."  That proved to be absolutely true at two recent Houston-area events when two BidPal clients took their traditional hand-written "big boards" digital with the BidPal auction scoreboard! In a...
Jennifer Mendoza
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
January 30, 2015
Texting Tactics
It's inevitable that guests will browse the internet, check email, and share cute pictures of their kids during your mobile bidding auction. Sending a few well-planned text messages throughout the evening can easily re-engage your guests and serve as a friendly reminder...
Kate Dowrey
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
January 15, 2015
How to Raise Money After Your Event
You worked for months gathering the perfect items for your charitable silent auction. You packaged them well and priced them perfectly, but you still had a few silent auction items with no bids. No worries. You can still sell them. Rather than stuffing those unsold...
Emily Hansen
Event Consultant - National Accounts
ARTICLE
December 5, 2014
Collect Donations Year Round
If you don't collect donations year round, you're leaving money on the table. BidPal will help you bolster your year round online fundraising in a matter of minutes. With our Fundraising Suite charitable fundraising software you can easily create a Giving Center to...
Sam Brandt
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
December 4, 2014
Raise a Glass--or a Fork--to Increased Proceeds
Food and beverage tasting events are a great fundraising idea and always fun. Who doesn't enjoy sampling fantastic wine and trying out a bite from that hot, new restaurant? When you're doing your auction planning, don't forget to include those food and wine vendors in...
Emily Hansen
Event Consultant - National Accounts
ARTICLE
November 13, 2014
BidPal Supports #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday has quickly become a dedicated day of giving across the world, held on December 2. It's a way to engage and encourage individuals, communities and organizations to give in whatever ways they can. Many nonprofits are benefiting from this global...
Margaret Buschman
Digital Marketing Specialist
ARTICLE
November 6, 2014
Beyond Event Night Part 2: Sell Items with No Bids
The goal of an auction is to sell all the packages, but occasionally there will be a few items that don't sell. What should you do with them? You can put them in a closet for next year. Or you can get them sold now! How? Utilize your Giving Center of course! As we...
Meredith Dockery
Event Consutlant
ARTICLE
February 12, 2015
The Bidding War Lives On!
Some BidPal clients actually miss the crowding and elbowing that typically occurred at the paper bid sheet tables. They enjoyed being able to watch the bidding war as it played out. "Elbowing" is not easily simulated in mobile bidding. Your guests, however, are grateful...
Brian Vicars
National Account Manager
ARTICLE
January 8, 2015
Volunteers Are Key to a Successful Fundraising Event
Volunteers are key to the success of your fundraising event and they should be a major focus when doing your auction planning. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of this important group of constituents. Consider in what areas you will need assistance from...
Emily Hansen
Event Consultant - National Accounts
ARTICLE
December 18, 2014
For Fundraising Success, Feature Your Hot Items
You studied last year's auction results using your BidPal silent auction software and you've procured the hottest items you know your guests will be bidding on all night long.  So now how can you increase bidding even more on those packages? Enter: the Featured Category...
Emily Hansen
Event Consultant - National Accounts
ARTICLE
November 13, 2014
BidPal Supports #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday has quickly become a dedicated day of giving across the world, held on December 2. It's a way to engage and encourage individuals, communities and organizations to give in whatever ways they can. Many nonprofits are benefiting from this global...
Margaret Buschman
Digital Marketing Specialist
ARTICLE
October 16, 2014
Heads, I Win! Tails, You Win!
Tired of the same ol', same ol' when it comes to games and raffles at your event? Have you tried a game of Heads or Tails? If you haven't, here's how it works: Guests purchase an opportunity to participate. During the game, an announcer asks all Heads or...
Jennifer Mendoza
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
September 18, 2014
Everything's Bigger in Texas
As the old saying goes, "Everything's Bigger in Texas."  That proved to be absolutely true at two recent Houston-area events when two BidPal clients took their traditional hand-written "big boards" digital with the BidPal auction scoreboard! In a...
Jennifer Mendoza
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
January 15, 2015
How to Raise Money After Your Event
You worked for months gathering the perfect items for your charitable silent auction. You packaged them well and priced them perfectly, but you still had a few silent auction items with no bids. No worries. You can still sell them. Rather than stuffing those unsold...
Emily Hansen
Event Consultant - National Accounts
ARTICLE
November 6, 2014
Beyond Event Night Part 2: Sell Items with No Bids
The goal of an auction is to sell all the packages, but occasionally there will be a few items that don't sell. What should you do with them? You can put them in a closet for next year. Or you can get them sold now! How? Utilize your Giving Center of course! As we...
Meredith Dockery
Event Consutlant
ARTICLE
October 23, 2014
Beyond Event Night: Use Giving Center to Increase Your...
Can you imagine walking into your event with bids already placed and proceeds starting from anything other than zero? Sounds like a dream come true, doesn't it? Well, your dream can come true just by putting together a BidPal Giving Center online fundraising...
Meredith Dockery
Event Consutlant
ARTICLE
August 7, 2014
Fuel Your School Online
We've got spirit, yes we do, we've got spirit, how about you?! Does your school sell spirit wear or other school branded items? Does your school need a stronger online presence? Do you find yourself drowning in paper order forms? If you answered yes to any or all...
BidPal Team
BidPal
ARTICLE
July 23, 2014
Why Host an Online Auction?
  It’s now easier than ever to host an online auction in your Giving Center with BidPal's Fundraising Suite.  You can have a standalone online auction, have a small set of items that will close online before your big event, or you can have pre-event bidding that rolls...
Stephanie Flint
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
July 17, 2014
Wine Wall: What it is and Why You Want One
What’s red, white, sweet or dry…and can help your proceeds grow very high? You guessed it:  Wine! Are you considering new and creative ideas to incorporate into your next fundraising gala? Well, I suggest you consider good ole’ made-at-your-local-vineyard wine. More and...
Gina Geter
Client Success Team Lead
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January 30, 2015
Texting Tactics
It's inevitable that guests will browse the internet, check email, and share cute pictures of their kids during your mobile bidding auction. Sending a few well-planned text messages throughout the evening can easily re-engage your guests and serve as a friendly reminder...
Kate Dowrey
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
January 22, 2015
Awkward! The Wrong Way to Greet Your Guests
Sit-down restaurants have trained us, as patrons, to expect direction as soon as we're inside the door of an establishment. We make a bee-line for the hostess stand and take supreme comfort in knowing that he or she will tell us what to do next. Your gala patrons will...
Kat Taylor
BidPal Consultant
ARTICLE
January 8, 2015
Volunteers Are Key to a Successful Fundraising Event
Volunteers are key to the success of your fundraising event and they should be a major focus when doing your auction planning. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of this important group of constituents. Consider in what areas you will need assistance from...
Emily Hansen
Event Consultant - National Accounts
ARTICLE
November 6, 2014
Beyond Event Night Part 2: Sell Items with No Bids
The goal of an auction is to sell all the packages, but occasionally there will be a few items that don't sell. What should you do with them? You can put them in a closet for next year. Or you can get them sold now! How? Utilize your Giving Center of course! As we...
Meredith Dockery
Event Consutlant
ARTICLE
October 23, 2014
Beyond Event Night: Use Giving Center to Increase Your...
Can you imagine walking into your event with bids already placed and proceeds starting from anything other than zero? Sounds like a dream come true, doesn't it? Well, your dream can come true just by putting together a BidPal Giving Center online fundraising...
Meredith Dockery
Event Consutlant
ARTICLE
August 14, 2014
Less is More
  Lots of clients ask what the perfect number of packages is for their auction. While we generally recommend approximately one package per two guests, there isn't a hard, fast number. The one thing I always like to reiterate is that less is more. Sure, you want to have...
Kate Dowrey
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
December 5, 2014
Collect Donations Year Round
If you don't collect donations year round, you're leaving money on the table. BidPal will help you bolster your year round online fundraising in a matter of minutes. With our Fundraising Suite charitable fundraising software you can easily create a Giving Center to...
Sam Brandt
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
November 13, 2014
BidPal Supports #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday has quickly become a dedicated day of giving across the world, held on December 2. It's a way to engage and encourage individuals, communities and organizations to give in whatever ways they can. Many nonprofits are benefiting from this global...
Margaret Buschman
Digital Marketing Specialist
ARTICLE
March 13, 2014
Golf Like a Boss!
As the snow begins to melt, it's time to break out the golf clubs. Although golf events may not be a traditional way of raising money, it can be a very lucrative fundraising option. Here are a few tips to help you run a successful golf event. BidPal's Hybrid...
Cameron Mahoney
BidPal Consultant
ARTICLE
February 20, 2014
How to Engage Your Guests in the Donation Appeal
When my clients ask when the best time to ask for donations is, my answer sometimes surprises them: before the live auction. A lot of times, organizations place their donation appeals, or "fund-a-needs," after the live auction so that guests who didn't win anything in...
Kate Dowrey
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
October 31, 2013
A smart idea for theater-style auctions
Will your live auction or donation appeal take place in a theater? If so, there are some special considerations that must go into your auction planning for this type of venue. One of the issues I hear most often from guests is how distracting it is when other guests get...
Cameron Mahoney
BidPal Consultant
ARTICLE
October 3, 2013
Bring in More Cash with a Table Dash
Anyone with party planning experience would probably agree: feeding your guests is critical to keeping them entertained.  The same goes for fundraising galas.  Many times, guests are paying a high ticket price for a great meal, libations and good company.  And that's...
Jennifer Mendoza
Event Consultant
ARTICLE
March 13, 2014
Golf Like a Boss!
As the snow begins to melt, it's time to break out the golf clubs. Although golf events may not be a traditional way of raising money, it can be a very lucrative fundraising option. Here are a few tips to help you run a successful golf event. BidPal's Hybrid...
Cameron Mahoney
BidPal Consultant
ARTICLE
February 7, 2014
How Do You Use BidPal Ticket Options?
Giving Center is BidPal's online fundraising website that acts as your personalized hub for your big event. It can be used by your guests for many reasons such as: to preview silent auction items, purchase raffle tickets, and even place bids for the silent auction. As...
Sheehan Hubbard
Event Manager
ARTICLE
October 17, 2013
Add Fun with Fixed Price Items
Want to add something fun to your event that raises additional proceeds? Feature interesting fixed price items to your next auction. Fixed price items can easily be sold through the BidPal mobile bidding device and they’re a great way to add a memorable touch. Here are...
Emily Hansen
Event Consultant - National Accounts
ARTICLE
September 26, 2013
Optimal Volunteers: Quantity and Quality
Some organizations worry that they won’t find enough volunteers to flawlessly staff their event. Although more volunteers is generally better than less, the quality of your volunteers is equally important. Not sure where to look for volunteers or what to look for? Here...
Stephanie Bristow
Marketing Communications Specialist
ARTICLE
September 12, 2013
Be Cool To Your School—How to Plan the Perfect School...
Your theme is chosen, you’ve figured out how to get creative with your auction packages, you’ve got a great need to fund for your donation appeal, and you are engaging students, teachers and staff.  Now, let’s talk about a few last details to finish off the event....
Joe Duca
Client Success Manager
ARTICLE
September 5, 2013
Be Cool To Your School—How to Plan the Perfect School...
Your students aren’t just the reason you are having your fundraiser, they can also be a part of the fundraiser itself.  Students can be volunteers at the event, entertainers for the guests, planners to help promote your cause, and worker bees to help you put everything...
Joe Duca
Client Success Manager