You can tailor your mobile auction to your event by configuring the options that are available on the home screen. Highlight important elements of your event, such as a featured item, raffle tickets, sign up parties, or the donation appeal by including specific buttons.
In myBidPal Planner, navigate to Setup > Mobile Auction > User Interface.
Select up to 6 buttons to appear on the home screen of your mobile auction. By default, there are 6 buttons that are already active.
If you want to change these, select the button that you want to replace in the Active Buttons area, drag it to the Unused Buttons area, and drop it there. Then, select and drag the button that you want in the Unused Buttons area, drag it over to the Active Buttons area and drop it there. You can also rearrange the buttons in the Active Buttons area.
|Button Name||What's this?|
|All Items||Presents a list of the auction items that are available for bidding at the event. The list starts with silent auction items and ends with a separate section at the bottom of the list for live auction items. These packages are listed alphabetically, with package names that contain symbols or numerals listed first. If you would rather the packages be listed by their package number, add the package number before the package name. For example, a vacation item would read “101- Las Vegas Getaway”.|
|Browse by Photo||
Allows your guests to peruse the available items by looking at a photo rather than by the package name or category. This button is particularly useful for art auctions where words cannot truly describe the item.
NOTE: Browse by Photo lists items numerically by their package number, NOT alphabetically by item name.
|Enter Item #||Allows your guests to enter an item number to locate items|
Highlights a single category on the home screen of the mobile auction. This button works well for special categories like “Super Silent” or “Almost Live” categories.
NOTE: The chosen category will still show in the list presented when a guest selects Items by Categories.
Highlights a single package on the home screen of the mobile auction. This button works well for jewelry, art, or special vacations.
NOTE: The chosen package will still show in the list presented when a guest selects All Items.
|Fixed Price Items||Presents a list of the fixed price items that are available for purchase at your event. If you only have one fixed price package, guests will be taken directly to the fixed price item after selecting this button.|
|Items by Category||Presents a list of all of silent auction item categories above links for fixed price and live auction items. The categories are listed alphabetically and the items within each category are listed alphabetically as well, with package names containing symbols and numerals listed first. If you want to dictate the order of packages or categories, add a “01”, “02”, “03”, etc. before the package or category names.|
|Items with No Bids||Presents a list of all items in your silent auction that have not had any bidding activity|
|Make a Donation||Presents a list of the donation packages for your event. If you only have one donation package, guests will be able to easily enter a donation immediately after selecting this button.|
|My Items||Presents a list of the items that the guest has watched, purchased, or bid on|
|Preview Live||Allows your guests to browse your live auction items before or during the live auction. This is a preview function only. Your guests will not be able to make their live auction bids via their mobile device.|
|Search Items||Allows your guests to locate items by entering text. Text is matched against item numbers, item names, descriptions, and donors of items. Do not use this button if you check "Display home screen search bar?" in the Properties section, as the search bar does the same thing.|
|Donation Button Text||Text entered in these fields will be displayed on the Make a Donation button. Each field/line is limited to 8 characters.||Fund a Need, Send a Kid to Camp, Donate Now|
|Fixed Price Button Text||Text entered in these fields will be displayed on the Fixed Price button. Each field/line is limited to 8 characters.||Raffle Tickets, Wine Pull, Sign Up Parties|
|Fixed Price Header Text||Text entered will be displayed as the header for Fixed Price items on the Items by Category screen. This should match the Fixed Price Header Text.||Raffle Tickets, Wine Pull, Sign Up Parties|
|Featured Category Button Text||Text entered in these fields will be displayed on the Featured Category button. Each field/line is limited to 8 characters.||Super Silent Auction, Premiere Items, Kid's Artwork|
|Featured Category||Select the category that you'd like to be featured||Home & Garden|
|Featured Package Button Text||Text entered in these fields will be displayed on the Featured Package button. Each field/line is limited to 8 characters.||Diamond Necklace, Claude Monet Painting, Treasure Chest Item|
|Featured Package #||Enter the package # of the package that you'd like to be featured||1, 10, 301|
|Display home screen search bar?||Check to display a search bar on the home screen. If checked, do not use the Search Items button, as it does the same thing.|
Tip! When customizing the text of the buttons on the home screen, you will want to make sure the phrases or words are concise and easy to understand. You want to stay consistent with what you refer to things at your event. The more straightforward they are, the easier the time the guest will have in buying a "Raffle Ticket" or bidding in the "Super Silent Auction."
PREVIEW YOUR MOBILE AUCTION
Want to experience the mobile auction as you currently have it configured? You can preview your auction by selecting the "Preview Your BidPal" tile on the Home screen in your Planner. All bidding activity will be saved, so be sure to rescind any bidding activity done while previewing.