CrestWare Inc. dba AuctionStar® is pleased to introduce this state-of-the-art technology.
Mobile bidding can be used for your next event. Do away with bid sheets and allow your guests the mobility to bid from anywhere in your venue. Automate bidding and provide a huge ‘Wow’ factor to your event. Simply touch the screen with your finger, scroll through the items to select one and place your bid!
Guest smartphones can be registered on site at the event. Client can also choose to enter smartphone number via the AuctionStar® software and confirm with guest that it is accurate during registration. Online guest registration is also available. Once guest smartphone number is confirmed as correct at registration, AuctionStar® will send a text message to each bidder with an auction link.
Clicking the link is all it takes to open an auction window. Trained volunteers will be available to provide assistance if necessary. AuctionStar® will also provide printed instructions for the various smartphones.
AuctionStar® mobile bidding is similar to that of Ebay. Bidder can proxy bid their maximum bid amount on an item. The system will continue to bid for you up to but not exceeding your maximum bid amount. If you see that you are still outbid, you may increase your maximum bid amount. This has been convenient for guests and provides the charity the best return on bidding activity. Above all, the method significantly decreases the intensity of the last few minutes’ frenzy, which otherwise is a frequent source of disputes.
Guests can monitor their activity right on their smartphone via informative lists:
- Top bids: view what items they are currently the highest bidder
- Outbid: view items they have been outbid on
- Purchased: this lists committed donations, fixed price items and buy now items
- No bids: lists all items that have not bids (client can enable or disable this feature)
Optionally, you may choose to implement competitive bidding as opposed to proxy, or “Max-Bid” bidding. However, this necessitates greater vigilance by the guests, and does nothing to minimize the effects of the last few minutes bid frenzy.
Mobile Bidding System Highlights
- Guests use their own familiar device
- Easy to read
- Effortless finger-touch bidding
- Color photos and item description
- Max-bid and buy-it-now features
- Quick, easy closing-just go to the checkout table for your printed receipt
- Our system works from a local (at event site) server and network
- No limitation on guest cellphone signal availability or use of guest cellphone data plan
We will conduct a connectivity assessment on the suitability of your venue. AuctionStar® will cover some connectivity details with the client as they evaluate mobile bidding for their event. Some general information is discussed below. Please note that AuctionStar® will need wired internet access at the venue and possibly may need to connect to venue network with their wireless networking equipment to provide mobile bidding connectivity. We will need to run a speed test at the venue. AuctionStar® will set up the server and network. This area will need to have a power outlet. Details on the venue layout for auction bidding will also be covered. It is helpful for us to understand square footage and floor plan. Also if there are separate rooms, how large are the rooms? AuctionStar will need to test for signal strength.
Who is the venue contact? Name, phone and email address.
Mobile Bidding Service Package
We provide a certified technician to setup and network the computers. The technician is specifically on site to handle all technical issues and support all volunteers. We will train your volunteers to assist your guests in placing their bids and stay until bidding is closed. Smartphone bidding is available to AuctionStar® clients. For interested organizations not currently using AuctionStar® software, we will be able to coordinate data conversion of text onto the application.
To address the needs of guests who have left their smartphone at home, or simply run out of battery, we suggest that some bidding stations using AuctionStar® tablets be made available.
Prices are determined based on numerous variables, but will ultimately be stated as a flat price. We never charge a percentage of your proceeds