A supporter is an advocate or someone who is involved with your organization. In BidPal, anyone who purchases a ticket, donates money, bids on silent auction items, logs into your Giving Center site, donates items, or solicits items is a supporter.
In myBidPal Planner, first set up your starting bidder number. Each supporter is automatically assigned a bid number so that they can bid online via the Giving Center or onsite at your event. Go to Setup > Preferences > Defaults. Enter the number you'd like to start with (ex. 1 or 100) and each supporter will be assigned a subsequent number.
Next, go to Supporters > Manage Supporters.
Click the Add button to create a new supporter or click on a supporter in the Supporter List to edit an existing supporter.
On the Details tab, enter the following fields:
|Type||Is the supporter a person or a company?||Yes||Person (default), Company|
|Role||Designates supporters as Attendees, Item Donors, or both.
|No||Checked (default for Attendee) or unchecked|
|Salutation||Greeting or title used in written communication||No||Mr., Miss, Mrs.|
|First Name||Supporter’s given name||Yes, if supporter type is person||John|
|Last Name||Supporter’s surname||Yes, if supporter is a person||Doe|
|Company Name||Name of the company the supporter works for or is representing.||Yes, if supporter type is company||BidPal, Inc.|
|Supporter’s e-mail is also his/her Giving Center login.||No||johndoe@ bidpalnetwork.com|
|Phone #||Supporter’s cell phone number, which is used as a security prompt for the bidder to log into mobile bidding devices. At Cellular or Hybrid events, it is also the phone number any text messages are sent to.||No||(317) 555-2424|
|Street Address, City, State, Zip Code||Supporter’s address||No||8440 Woodfield Crossing Blvd., Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46240|
|Notes||Notes field for internal use, does not display on BidPal device.||No||Long-time supporter|
|CRM ID||Useful for tracking Supporter number or Constituent ID in third party software.||No||12345|
|User-defined 1 & 2||These are open fields that may be used if you pay for a custom report or custom scoreboard.||No||Team A or Team B|
Tip! The system will try to automatically mark/default the appropriate supporter roles for you in the following scenarios:
- Item Donor role is auto-checked if a supporter has any item donations in BidPal
- Attendee role is auto-checked in the following situations:
- You Add Blank Bidders in Planner
- You import supporters without an Attendee column mapped
- You import supporters & explicitly mark them as Attendees
- You manually add a supporter in Planner
- A guest buys an event ticket in the Giving Center
- You assign an event ticket to a supporter in Planner
- You seat a supporter in Planner
- You create a new supporter via SmartPay Registration
- A guest creates themselves as a supporter via self-registration on Kiosk or mobile device
- You check in a supporter via SmartPay or Planner
Tip! The Supporter Summary section displays read-only information, including the supporter's bidder #, table, ticket, VIP status, RSVP status, checked in status, registered in Giving Center status, Express Checkout credit card, balance due, donated items, and solicited items. Click on any of these field labels to jump to the appropriate tab to view or edit details.
Now, click on the Auction/Event tab.
Enter the following fields:
|Bidder #||Number assigned to each bidder or bidding couple. Leave blank to have the system auto-assign the next available bid number. Click Share Bidder # to link to an existing bidder. Supporters who share a bidder number will receive 1 bill at auction end. A list of all supporters sharing the Bidder # will be listed.||Yes||158|
|Table||Number and name assigned to the table the supporter is seated at. For myBidPal Planner Pro, click Assign to pick from existing tables or to add a new table. Click Unassign to unseat supporter from the table.||No||#18: BidPal Table|
|Ticket||Ticket number and package name assigned to the supporter.||No||#106: Individual Ticket|
|VIP||Check the checkbox to designate the supporter as VIP or very important.||No||Checked or unchecked (default)|
|RSVP||Supporter’s response to attend or not attend the event.||No||Blank (default), Yes, No, Tentative|
|Registered on Giving Center||This read-only field indicates if the supporter has logged into the Giving Center.||No||Checked or unchecked|
|Checked In||This field is automatically updated if the supporter is marked as "checked in" on SmartPay registration terminals. Additionally, it can be manually set here in the Planner.||No||Checked or unchecked (default)|
|Enable Bidding||Unchecking this checkbox prevents the supporter from logging into a mobile bidding device. Only use this if there is confusion with a guest bidding under the wrong bidder #.||No||Checked or unchecked (default)|
|Enable Text Outbid Alert||At Cellular and Hybrid events, this determines whether supporter will receive outbid alert text messages.||No||Checked (default) or unchecked|
|Text One-Click Login||At Cellular and Hybrid events, this will send a text message with a personalized URL for the supporter to access to the mobile auction.||N/A||N/A|
|Email One-Click Login||At Cellular and Hybrid events, this will send an email with a personalized URL for the supporter to access to the mobile auction.||N/A||N/A|
Tip! The other Supporter Edit tabs are Purchases & Payments, Tickets, Bid History, and Item Donations. Check out these specific topics on Buddy to learn more!
When finished, click Save to return to the Supporter List, Save & New to enter a new supporter, Save & Next to see the next supporter already in the system, or Cancel to discard changes.