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iBid sees more than 100% rise in the number of charity events using silent auction technology

iBid sees more than 100% rise in the number of charity events using silent auction technology

iBid’s award-winning silent auction technology is raising the roof on charities' event fundraising targets. With clients ranging from the NSPCC and Macmillan Cancer Support through to Action Against Hunger and smaller led events, iBid have seen a 114% rise in the number of charity clients using iBid technology over the last financial year, April 2012 – March 2013.

“We are delighted with the increase,” says iBid’s Managing Director, Tim Stansbury. “Charities are excited about our technology and the word is spreading. We are helping revolutionise how charity supporters give both at live events and online, via bidding on auctions or interactive donations. We are really excited to be helping clients maximise their fundraising efforts.”

The easy-to-use technology allows guests to bid for auction prizes throughout the charitable event. Unlike in a live auction, bidding takes place on handheld touchscreen tablets which charities have found increase the frequency and value of bids made at the event. The tablets are pre programmed with guest names to keep the process incredibly simple, and provide detailed information and images on the lots available. As the auction progresses the latest bids instantly appear on large screens around the event venue that again help fuel the competitive nature of bidders. The company is also able to advise charities on the running order of the event, the progression of the bids and whether bidding increments should be increased to again help raise the fundraising stakes.

As Mark Wood, Chairman of the NSPCC said: “The ease of use of iBid technology has facilitated competition at our silent auctions and for the City Dinner alone resulted in a 33% uplift year on year in the silent auction proceeds. The silent auction has for many events become crucial to their success.”

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity added: “iBid provide the best cutting edge technology available for UK charity events. They’ve made a significant impact on money raised at a number of our fundraisers over the last three years.”

In January 2013 the company won the ‘Best Digital/Tech Partner – Charity Facing’ award at the Institute of Fundraising’s new ‘Partners in Fundraising Awards’. The PIFAs were introduced to give depth of recognition to the professional partners who work within the fundraising sector.



Notes to Editors:

For interviews or further information please contact: Julie Withers on 07780 705 429

About iBid

iBid’s easy-to-use technology enables bidding for auction lots using the latest touchscreen tablets and bidding stations. iBid is able to significantly increase money raised for charity and fundraising clients, both via interactive bidding and donations, as well as providing a fun, interactive, and competitive element to fundraising events. The technology enables potential donors to:

  • Browse and learn more about the auction items

  • Bid on their favourites
  • Watch the live leaderboard for all current winning bids

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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