WAYS TO INFORM GUESTS
Key announcements should be delivered to ensure your guests know what’s going on at the event. BidPal provides several ways to notify guests of important details.
Your Auctioneer or Emcee: When composing your program’s script, make sure to include times for your Auctioneer or Emcee to make key announcements.
Custom Text Scoreboard: If you already plan to display BidPal's scoreboards on large screens or TVs, you can use the Custom Text slide to project an announcement (ex. when dinner starts, reminder to buy raffle tickets, thank your volunteers).
Ticker Messages: Scrolling ticker messages display across the Home and My Items screens of mobile bidding devices. Pre-enter messages to display at set times or add one on the fly during the event.
Text Messages: BidPal's Cellular and Hybrid solutions enable you to easily text guests who provided their cell phone numbers. Use our standard suggestions or customize your own to keep your guests engaged in the event. Text messages automatically include a one-click login link for easy access back into the mobile auction.
Social Media: Generate excitement and interest for your next event by sharing key announcements or event highlights on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. During the event, designate a staff member to tweet or post messages throughout the event.
ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT THE AUCTION
"As we move into the __________ for our program, please be sure to hang on to your BidPals to bid during the program until __________, when the Silent Auction closes."
"Just a quick reminder: check out your "Items with No Bids" button on your home screen. There are still great opportunities to bid on."
"Don’t forget to click “Make a Donation” in the lower left-hand corner to make a cash donation to ____________."
"Our Silent Auction closes in 15 minutes. Have you checked on your items lately?"
"Our Silent Auction closes in 5 minutes. Please get your last minute bids into your BidPal."
"Everyone, the Silent Auction will end in 1 minute! Lock in your bids before it’s too late!"
Tip! For all countdown announcements, your announcer must be looking at the BidPal countdown clock on a mobile bidding device to ensure accuracy.
CHECKOUT & ITEM PICKUP ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Assumes using BidPal payments)
"The Silent Auction has now closed. If you did not pre-swipe your credit card at registration, you may Express Checkout directly on your BidPal device by pressing the purple button at the bottom of your My Bill screen."
"Be sure to e-mail yourself a receipt using your BidPal device once you have paid!"
"Please return your BidPal handheld to a volunteer or at the check-out table prior to departure this evening. You do not need the handheld device to check out. Thank you for supporting the ___________________."
"Item Pickup will begin at _____ PM in the ___________."