BidPal Network, which makes handheld bidding devices for the purpose of charitable fundraising at events, has introduced its latest release, BidPal 5.0, which includes new features designed to make wireless silent auctions easier and more profitable for nonprofits, event planners and corporate sponsors, it announced this week.
Among the new features in BidPal 5.0:
• Browse by Photo: In addition to browsing auction items by category or item number, event guests now have the option to browse by photo only. Clicking the photo allows guests to learn more and to bid on the item.
• Sponsorship Pages: Event sponsors benefit from new sponsor pages. In addition to the sponsor’s logo appearing on the homepage of the BidPal device, now guests can click through the logo to view the sponsor's page, where they can read more information.
• Customized Homepage: BidPal now offers more choices for customizing the device home screen. In addition to the six original buttons, charities now have five more button options to choose from: Preview Live, Browse by Photo, Fixed Price Items, Featured Item and Featured Category.
• Donation-Only Event: Organizations can choose to include as many as six buttons on the home screen or just one, making BidPal a great fit for a donation-only event.
• Fixed-Price Items: Nonprofits now can offer event guests one-touch purchasing for fixed-price items, such as "1 for $50" or "2 for $75" deals. Text on this homepage button can be customized.
• MyBill Screen: After the silent auction closes, guests may continue to preview live auction items and purchase fixed-price items via the Preview Live and Fixed Price Items buttons that appear on their MyBill screen at auction end.
• Item Wizard: Behind the scenes, the new item wizard assists charities in setting up their silent auction by assigning a starting bid, minimum raise and a buy now price. These can even be set based on a percentage of the item value.
• Data Import Tool: Importing auction item and bidder information into the myBidPal Planner is now easier for event organizers.
• Charity Logo Option: For auction items with no photo, nonprofits may now insert their logo or another image in place of the Photo Not Provided image.
BidPal currently is available in Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas-Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa, and Washington, D.C., markets. The Indianapolis-based company plans to expand into all U.S. markets by the end of the year. For more information, visit www.bidpalnetwork.com.