A Small Change That Makes a Difference

Innovation isn’t always preceded by a loud announcement or followed with slots of airtime on the news. Sometimes it’s small changes, the ones that tip-toe quietly into our daily routines, that make the most difference. I’ve always been interested in technology and design, so I purposefully look for those little revisions that seem to be ...

Infographic: Flat or Percentage Fee?

In business, trends come and go. Part of what makes a company great is their ability to discern which trends have value before leaping to embrace them. One of our key beliefs at ClickBid is that simplicity and efficiency are the first benchmarks before any and every update we release. In today’s mobile bidding space, ...

Support vs. Guidance: An Update

Support vs. Guidance: An Update At ClickBid, we witness firsthand the amount planning and consideration our clients allocate to their events. With this level of dedication, you deserve to have your returns match the energy you apply. Our mobile bidding system’ assists in this process and behind this technology is a team of people ready to do ...

Mobile Bidding and Data Integration

Silent Auction Software and Integration Cash or coupon? For most, cash would be the undisputed answer to that question. Yes, the $20 off coupon and a $20 bill deliver similar results at your favorite restaurant, but therein lies the problem. That paper cutout from a magazine or brochure has value. But unlike its federally printed counterpart, its ...

ClickBid 5.0: Making Software Crazy Simple

As of late, it can feel like technology has become somewhat of a contradiction. Growing advancements should make our lives simpler, however, as the variety of tools increases so does the need to separate the good from the bad. We’ve all experienced poor software that required more time than it saved. But at ClickBid, we ...

ClickBid Integrates Silent Auction Software with Kindful

Since 2002, ClickBid has paved the way for a simpler and more efficient silent auction software. Today, this mantra remains equally important as it was over a decade ago. ‘ The recent integration with Kindful has propelled’ the success of BidKit, ClickBid’s newest project, even farther than its initial start. This move will bridge the gap for ...

Silent Auction Software and Integration

Companies like ClickBid hold a much greater responsibility than simply managing data. The reason is because today information is no longer something stagnant. We expect software to not only store data safely, but also be able to share it efficiently. While data is king, transferability is vital to its representation. Today, the way in which ...

The Challenges of Mobile Bidding – Infographic

Popular Mobile Bidding Challenges While mobile bidding has become a new hit among tech aware non-profits, many (if not most) charity auctions still rely on silent auction paper bid sheets. There are a lot of reasons for this which is why we have built the following infographic to highlight the reasons we hear. Our goal at ...

ClickBid and NeonCRM Integrate Silent Auction Software

Since 2002, ClickBid has developed a simpler and more efficient path for silent auction software. And the commitment to this founding principle has remained unwavering for more than a decade. ClickBid’s latest program, BidKit, is an integration that effectively pieces the software to its donor management peers. Beginning with Kindful, the latest addition of NeonCRM ...

“What is SaaS, Really?”

What Is SaaS, Really?  SaaS is an acronym that stands for Software as a Service. ‘ To say that it’s been a buzzword over the last few years is an understatement. ‘ Which, as I’m sure you can imagine, is both a good and a bad thing. ‘ On one hand, it’s rewarding to see a greater ...

Mobile Commerce and How it Affects Mobile Bidding

Mobile Commerce and How it Affects Mobile Bidding It will always be a smart practice to stay informed on new technology and tools in your industry. ‘ Mobile bidding is a perfect example of how dramatically this commitment can propel your business. ‘ However, the sheer volume of products entering the market each day requires a degree of ...

Transitioning From a Do-er To a Manager

How to be a leader in a way that maximizes your time and theirs. You can only be in so many places at once. In the same way, there’s a limit to how many things you can effectively do at the same time. These statements are common sense, but they’re ones easily forgotten in times of ...

How to Responsibly Manage Your Website Details

Delegation is one of the most important qualities of a great manager, but confusingly enough, I’ve also seen it act as the downfall for many others. So what separates these two groups? A great manager knows that delegation is never an excuse to be uninformed. The management details of your website are exactly the type ...

The Essential Pre-Event Steps for Your Mobile Bidding Event

One of the questions we’re asked the most is, What should I do at my events in order to make them more successful?  However, instead of adopting a mindset that’s concerned with what to do at your event, we encourage that you consider what to do for your event. Ironically, many of the ...

Maximizing Online Donations and Text to Give Year Round

I’m sure we’re all familiar with the phrase, The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  First said by the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, the quote has stumbled into countless Hollywood blockbusters and inspirational posters. And yet, even despite its now cliché reputation, it truly poses a principle for consideration. ...

Using Your Event Landing Page Year Round

Visit any art museum and you’ll find that closely inspecting a famous painting, with your eyes an inch from the canvas, isn’t very rewarding. Each individual brush stroke is valuable, but mainly what we admire is the ability to take a step back and see how the artist has created a grander image. While I ...

Creating the Perfect Auction Checkout

We all know the importance of first impressions. So much so, that it’s easy to forget the one thing that can derail even the most perfect meeting: last impressions. Whether in a job interview or on a first date, how we decide to part ways with a person can make or break all of the ...

Avoiding the Lure of DIY Mobile Bidding

We know that mobile bidding will raise a higher level of donations because it is available everywhere that a guest wishes to bid. The limiting challenges of paper are removed and more bids means higher totals. But there are still risks. These risks can ultimately cost you significant strain and potentially lost funds due to ...

Building Better Donor Security

At ClickBid, our goal is to reduce the elements needed to send and process card data. Each layer provides a potential for theft that should be reviewed and evaluated. By removing those layers you take away the potential and make mobile payments safer. That’s why we have retired our credit card readers and requiring guests ...

Bidder Data – To Import or Not to Import?

We are often asked about the best way to create bidders in ClickBid for an event. Tom Huneke, partner at ClickBid and former fundraiser, explains in detail your options when working with mobile bidding.

Golf Outing Season

It is time to start gearing up for your summer golf outings. For years we have been providing charities with simple and enjoyable solutions for silent auctions events. We’ve expanded our features from the original provider of electronic silent auctions to pre-event bidding, ticket sales, donations, fund-a-need, text-to-give and more. Today we can manage an entire ...

Raise-The-Paddle Only Events

In the past year I have seen something amazing. More and more charities are making significant dollars during a raise the paddle portion of their charity event. Many times it’s more money than the silent or live portion. Sometimes it is more than both combined. “There are several key traits that successful raise the paddle events’ share.” First, ...

“Crazy Simple” Software For our Client’s Sake

Feature rich software can often be experience poor for the user. Customers want simple software and need features that focus on a clean experience.

Two great event sponsor ideas

At an event in Toronto this week our client used two great opportunities for sponsorship exposure. ‘ Two sponsors of the event had the typical signage exposure at the event and a table for guests to attend. ‘ These sponsors also both provided enhancements to the event. One was a major watch brand; they provided a beautiful watch ...

Setup a Mock Auction

At ClickBid we want you to be fully prepared for mobile bidding. Chances are you have run paper auctions or even tried electronic auction software. In either case, we don’t want to make any assumptions about your mobile bidding comfort level.

Smooth Sailing At Check In

First, since your auction is a mobile bidding auction, you should definitely let guests pre-register and therefore pre-check into the auction. Ideally, you want to know that they plan to attend and that you have a method of payment to make check out easier. Taking a cue from airlines, send out an email the night ...

In the Footsteps of HDTV – Our Goal for Mobile Bidding

I remember the first time I heard about HDTV back in 1998 during a broadcasting class I took in college. The picture was amazing and the television was huge. It was a prototype being shown at the film department. It was amazingly sharp and we all knew the future of this technology was going to ...

Mobile Bidding – On-site Support

I believe the sun is setting for on-site support in the same way iPods and Kindles have for bidding devices. Of the 200+ events we have done in the first half of 2015, less than 20% have had on-site support. We have even created a lite version of our software to accommodate those events that ...

Mobile Bidding – Perfect for Professional Sports

Managing the bidding for your paper-based fundraising event can be a time consuming task.’ Managing multiple events over an entire season can make the value unrealistic. But with mobile bidding, you are provided with a paperless way of managing your silent auctions for every game with one service.

Reaching for the Stars

Recently, we had a client ask us to help them develop a new type of “mobile bidding” site. In full disclosure we had built an original version of this’ site 3 years ago as the first real beta. The concept? Find local personalities and pair them with members of a local parish and have a dancing ...

Mobile Bidding. Uncomplicated Bliss!

  Matt from ClickBid shows you just how easy it is to bid on your smartphone. Better yet, each ClickBid customer is given their own application directory so it can be as unique as you want it to be!

Knowing Our Place

Recently, I was asked to do an auction that was previously handled by a competitor. The organization interested in working with us came to us looking for comparisons and a way to justify the switch from our competitor to ClickBid. Some of the board was under the impression (by the previous silent auction provider) that ...

Redundancy & The Future of WiFi

Lately it seems that venues (hotels, golf clubs, conference centers) are realizing the potential profitability of up-charging for internet access when organizations run events. This charge has always been there for sure, but lately it seems to have been ratcheted up about 300-400%. What’s worse is that most organizations aren’t aware that they may need ...

A Change Here and A Change There

Over the years, we’ve worked with a lot of organizations from charter schools to national organizations. Through those experiences we’ve found something that is the same for each organization – the fact that none are the same. It’s true that ClickBid is a tool that takes silent auctions into a paperless environment. It’s true that ...

Pre-Event Bidding to Increase Giving

Recently, I was in Calgary, Alberta working with Dreams Take Flight, an organization that coordinates trips for physically, mentally or socially handicapped children to visit Disneyland. I really do meet some amazing people on these trips and I have no favorites (that I’ll speak of) but Dreams was able to coordinate more than 200 great ...

The heart of the issue

We have been in the business of not-for-profit fundraising and marketing for a long time. We’ve worked with organizations that operate from a living room to organizations with offices in all the major US cities (and around the world). At every level we’ve found something similar to every organization, maximizing value and putting as many ...

New Features – Mobile Updates

The more and more we develop for ClickBid the more and more it becomes obvious that the vast majority of users are looking at ClickBid from their phones than from a computer. If there are 300-400 people attending an event, most of them will look at auction items from ClickBid’s rentable iPod Touches. Even more ...

In Too Deep

There are times as a software developer that you get overwhelmed by features, additions, error handling and so on that you forget one of the most important elements of your job – user relevance. I would say user experience but in my “experience” I have found the most positive comments from my users come from ...

Setting Up A Merchant Account

ClickBid is a unique online tool in that you spend most of your time gearing up for the big event, have a flurry of activity during your event and then slow back down after the event. Getting a merchant account that works the same way can be tricky. Here’s what we’ve learned about getting online ...

Web 2.0 For Your Event

So what can web 2.0 do for your silent auction? Good question. Web 2.0 means a lot of things to a lot of people but for me I like to think of it as a personal assistant gathering data about others and other things around me. For example, Facebook is commonly referred to as a ...

ClickBid Credit Card Processing

Over the years clients have asked about whether or not ClickBid accepts credit cards. The quick answer is YES, we do. We can easily tie your account into a PayPal account or if your bank uses the popular Authorize.net service. We also have begun working with a new processor called PayLeap. But before you jump ...

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