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This was our first time using Handbid. We had previously used the old “paper and pencil” bid sheets. We were hesitant, at first, to jump to the use of mobile bidding and the use of an app. However, our experience far exceeded our expectations. Any questions that we had were answered quickly and thoroughly. Jeff Porter came to our event and worked tirelessly during the entire event (before, during and after). The mobile app was easy to upload and our guests found it very easy to use. The auction was a huge success and much better than the year before! And our ultimate goal of fundraising from the auction, was largely successful! We will be using Handbid again!
I would recommend that you give HandBid a try. Our event is split on two levels, so Handbid enabled us to keep all of our guests engaged in the auction regardless of where they were. It definitely increased our revenue, and we have been using the system for our 800 person event ever since (5 years now). Additionally, our beneficiary, the Tennyson Center, is now using it at their other events.
We were concerned the first year that our guests would not embrace mobile bidding, but the app is really intuitive so it wasn’t a problem. Additionally, many auctions have now gone to smartphone based systems, so people are used to it.
I recommend you tell your guests to download the app prior to arrival. This will speed up the check in process so you don’t have to help less tech oriented guests download the app.
We haven’t had any difficulties with HandBid or their system over the last 5 years. Their continued involvement in our event has been one less thing we need to worry about year to year. And, Handbid has offered us some good input on improving our event. So, we appreciate their partnership.
“It works. It really works. Our first year with HandBid we saw an increase of more than 25% in revenue. Our second year an additional 15% over the previous year. My early naysayers are full believers now and can’t wait for a third year with HandBid!. After more than 15 years, our registration lines were the shortest ever! No more cobbling together systems to check in guests and collect credit card numbers. Everything was in one system—organized and protected. Our event guests loved it!”
I am so glad we decided to use handbid for our silent auction. It really is easy to use and provided the tools needed to be successful. The customer service was some of the best I have ever experienced. Kelly is amazing!
Have used some competitors software at different events before. I am not an IT guy, not a programmer, tablet and smart phone literate only. However, I was able to run, list, edit, add, remove, so easily I felt like a programmer. I watched the training video, did a 2hr training on phone and computer hookup with our rep (so very nice and responsive)……….it was so easy. Check out allows you to either use your account, their account, set up your own stripe account, accept cash, check or credit card. If you do charity events, silent/live auctions for fundraisers do yourself a favor and look into this. I highly recommend the product and the people. Both product and people were fantastic and I’m generally pretty hard to impress.
Working in the event industry, I have had the opportunity to work with multiple auction software companies. Working with Handbid has been the best experience, by far! The application was extremely easy to configure and their customer service team was there every step of the way to answer any questions we had.
Our staff and volunteers were able to make edits and updates quite quickly and more importantly our attendees were able to sign up, check-in, check-out, and bid with ease.
We loved the features handbid provided like being able to send alerts through out the event to promote an item/encourage an attendee to visit a specific area of the auction. This allowed us to ensure our auction got the exposure it needed without interrupting the event experience for the guests.
I would highly recommend Handbid! We will continue to use them for all of our future events and look forward to the same success.