While schools leveraging auction software may initially find it overwhelming, SchoolAuction.net mitigates the problem with its user-friendly interface and straightforward approach. The solution is based on digital forms where volunteers enter information regarding auction items and guests into a central database that can be accessed through any browser. Every form has an integrated help that explains what needs to be entered into each field, and indicators as to whether the field is optional or mandatory. Volunteers can also watch help videos from within the user interface for further assistance on using the software.
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SchoolAuction.net accommodates different methods of bidding, from traditional paper bid sheets and paddles to mobile bidding. Mobile bidding allows guests to bid through smartphones and view a digital leaderboard to check the availability of items and the current winners of the bid. SchoolAuction.net also offers “blind bidding,” wherein guests bidding on an item cannot view the details of other bids. Further, SchoolAuction.net is integrated with a number of payment gateway service providers including Authorize.Net to provide flexibility in selecting a compatible credit card processor..
Brian Chase, database administrator at St. Dominic High School, regards SchoolAuction.net as the holy grail of auction software and an indispensable asset. Such positive reception stems from SchoolAuction.net’s methodology to incorporate client requests into its solution. This is best illustrated by their solution’s ability to accept recurring donations, a feature that was added after a customer’s request; guests can pledge to donate a certain amount every month, and the solution manages the billing process automatically. Essentially, allowing every guest attending the event to participate in the auction irrespective of their budget. Another feature to garner wide attention and interest in school auctions is the introduction of support for Talent Contests, where the audience purchases votes through donations and then distributes them to their favorites using smartphones. SchoolAuction.net is intent on continuing to bring such innovations and be a game-changer in the auction software landscape for years to come.