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Spotlight: iBid

What do the Special Olympics, the Chicago Bears, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America have in common?  They’ve all used iBid at fundraising events. Continue reading

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Why Interactive and Electronic Auctions Should Be Standard

Hosting a charitable auction with paper bid sheets is much like cooking food over a wood fire – it can still be fun, but it’s old-fashioned.

Gone are the days of crowding around tables to see what’s available for auction.  The ability to flip through items via category and price makes it easy to see what items are available with the flick of a finger.  When auction items are cataloged on personal phones via event website, guests can find what they want, wherever they want.  Now guests can bid throughout dinner, helping raise even more money for your cause by eliminating any recesses during the specified auction time allotment. Continue reading

Keeping Up With the Joneses: Discovering What You Really Need

Knowing what is current in your industry is a must, but it does not imply that you should adopt every trend. From social media accounts to the latest technology, trends regularly infiltrate our decision-making process. Someone on your board recently went to an event that utilized QR codes; why aren’t you using QR codes?! You receive a phone call from an upset client; you send out paper newsletters?  It’s 2012; go green like the rest of the world!

Take a breath and relax.  Each time you are tempted to hop on the bandwagon of the latest trend, take a moment to determine whether it will have a positive impact on your organization.   Continue reading

Vera Bradley Foundation Raises $945,185 for Breast Cancer Research

Earlier this month Events.org had the pleasure of working with the Vera Bradley Foundation in their efforts to raise money for breast cancer research.  The annual Vera Bradley Classic was held in Fort Wayne, Indiana where Vera Bradley is headquartered.  The weekend event included a tennis tournament and two golf tournaments.  Additionally two electronic auctions were held in conjunction with the weekend’s events: the first during the Tennis Gala on Saturday evening and the second ending Monday evening at the Golf Gala. For the first time, golfers were able to enjoy bidding on auction items while they were on the course!  Through iBid, golfers could bid via their own Smart Phones all day while on the course and until the end of the auction after dinner at the Gala Monday evening.  This year, auction proceeds were 30% higher than last year.  Congratulations to the Foundation and all of their guests.

Check out the list of winners from the Vera Bradley 2011 Classic!  We invite you to learn more about the Vera Bradley Foundation on their website.

Thank you to the Vera Bradley Foundation for allowing us to be a part of such a special event.

– The Events.org Team

Holy Cow! Cubs Bricks and Ivy Ball Raises 1.1M

Photo from NBC Chicago

On April 6th the Chicago Cubs hit a grand slam with their inaugural Bricks & Ivy Ball benefitting the Cubs Charities.  After thorough scouting, the ball club confidently chose Events.org as a first round draft pick to run the gala’s interactive auction with iBid.

Last Wednesday, my morning started like any other, but after lunch I traded in my desk and awesome phone headset for the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom and my favorite J-crew sequin skirt. Instead of working to a little streaming XRT, I watched the Freddy Jones Band rock all their greatest hits. Customer support took the form of teaching Big Z how to use a hand held bidding device, and gossip around the water-cooler sounded like, “check out Carlos Marmol’s velvet blazer…”  The entire team and front office staff were gracious and friendly, and iBid was a hit. Cubbie Blue Martinis flowed as freely as Jeff Samardzija’s locks, and bidders competed like Kerry Wood in the 9th.

Not bad for a day at “work.”

Take a look at coverage of the event below:

CSN Video Clip

NBC Photo Gallery

– Meghan