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Silent Auction Tips from the Trenches...Tip 4 - Handling issues

November 29, 2016 By Jeff Porter

We hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving holiday and are refreshed. If you are stressed, well then this next tip may be timely advice.

Look... fundraising is hard work and you should be commended for jumping in and taking on this responsibility. However, it doesn't need to be nearly that...


November 23, 2016 By Tracy Weise

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Silent Auction Tips from the Trenches - Part 3: Pre-Bidding

November 17, 2016 By Tracy Weise

As we continue with our silent auction tips direct from our, “in the trenches” experiences, we wanted to talk about one tip that is often overlooked - largely because it requires a bit more planning and preparation:  PreBidding. 

In a lot of ways, pre-bidding is a lot like early voting in an...

Online Fundraising vs. Major Gifts?  ... and why are we talking about that here?

October 18, 2016 By Jeff Porter

We get a lot of questions about fundraising in general.  After all, most of us here at Handbid are active fundraisers for our own non-profits.  While we typicaly don't go into depth with customers about other means of fundraising, we certainly have opinions and experiences with both online and...

Silent Auction Tips from the Trenches - Part 2: Merchandising

October 12, 2016 By Tracy Weise

We continue our series of silent auction tips that come right from our “in the trenches” experience.  If you read our previous blog, then you learned all about how to treat your auction like a business. Reading that first post will better prepare you for what’s on the way. When you are done,...

New Handbid Features Release - A Visual Overview

September 22, 2016 By Jeff Porter

We release new features and squash bugs regularly, but we don't often get the word out about them.  There are enough noticeable changes in this latest release that we figure it would be best to highlight them.   My first inclination would be to write a blog post about all of the changes, but a...

Silent Auction Tips from the Handbid Trenches

September 06, 2016 By Tracy Weise
As a professional auctioneer and a Handbid Auction expert, I have attended a lot of auctions. In fact, many on the Handbid team have and weekly we meet to review the performance of past events. Through our collective experience, we have identified some common themes for the auctions that do well...

Here's to Dr. Jay (no not the basketball player) - Handbid Heroes Part 2

August 22, 2016 By Jeff Porter

One of the reasons we built Handbid was so that auction managers (all over the globe) using our technology could propel their events to new levels. But...this only happens IF the advantages of mobile bidding are embraced rather than avoided. You can imagine that sometimes we run into...

Do you speak whale?  Handbid Heroes Part 1

August 03, 2016 By Jeff Porter

At Handbid, in addition to helping customers learn our software and improve their auction, we spend time counseling our customers on how to manage the change to mobile bidding; and, the uncertainty that goes along with it.  We hear these questions all the time:

  • Will my guests like it?
  • Will my...

Common Silent Auction Mistakes (3/3)

July 28, 2016 By Jeff Porter

This is the final installment in our 3-part series on common mistakes we see in Silent Auctions. While there are many we could list, we have focused only three. You can read about the first blog post on common silent auction mistakes here and about then in this blog post about the second common...

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