Where should I begin with this tool? We recommend that you start by building your homepage. When you have an active homepage you have an internet marketing presence for your event. You can showcase sponsors, go green this year and preview some or all of the items that are going to be available at your silent and live auction. The second thing we recommend is to start adding your items. You can do this by uploading your items if you are tracking them in Excel, or entering them directly into Auction Manager Basic using our template. This enables you to preview items online and print your bid sheets.
How will I know when my homepage is ready to go live?
Go to Event > Homepages to create the page. Review our default copy and customize it for your event, Save your changes by clicking Save Homepage.
How can I make my homepage more effective? You should make sure your live event information has been entered into Event > Live Event Dates so that visitors can see the auto-generated Google map of the location along with your event details.Second, you should make sure that you have made any background color changes to your homepage to reflect the look and feel of your organization or event. (See step 5)
How far in advance of my event should I build my home page? The sooner you activate your homepage the sooner it will become an internet marketing asset. You’ll be able to preview items, share event information details, and showcase your sponsors and donors.
How do I customize my organization’s colors on my homepage? You can change your home page colors by going to Event > Colors. On that page, you can either select one of our color themes or you can use the boxes under the Preview pane to select your own custom colors.
How do I create a more personal banner for my homepage? You have three choices:
*You can find somebody in your organization that has the tools and graphic expertise to build a banner.
*You can use any free banner tool on the web and in less than 15 minutes you can have a banner which you save on your computer and then upload into your homepage.
*You can choose to stay with the default banner we have built for you, which incorporates your Organization Name and Auction Name.
How do I solicit items online using this tool? To solicit items we have a feature where donors can come to your homepage and donate items via a simple form. You can enable and disable the Donate Items feature under Event > Item Donations.
Can I send Promotional E-Mails through Auction Manager Basic? If you are a Constant Customer, you can use our templates and sync them to your Constant Contact account. If you are not a Constant Contact customer, you can sign up for a 90 day trial and use Constant Contact for your auction. Go to Email > Constant Contact to sign up. Sending e-mails directly from Auction Manager is a feature only available in Auction Manager Pro.
Why should I preview items online? Previewing items online helps build the excitement for your event and your auction. It also gives your donors more visibility which they always appreciate. Lastly, previewing your items online allows your organization to go green this year and save on the cost of printing a catalog.
What should I do if I am not cataloging my items in Excel? If you are still using paper and pencil to keep track of your item donations, you can enter the items using our template or you can enter your items into an Excel spreadsheet and import that directly in to our system.
How do I print my bid sheets? The first thing you need to do is enter your items into Auction Manager Basic. Once this is done you can print your bid sheets by going to Event > Print Materials. Choose the document you'd like to print and click Download. You can download the bid sheets in PDF format or as a Word Doc.
Does Auction Manager Basic include Online Bidding? Auction Manager Basic does not include online bidding. That is a feature only available in Auction Manager Pro.
Can I get items from the BiddingForGood Marketplace? Auction Manager Basic clients do not have access to those items. Auction Manager Pro clients can access these items for their auctions.