With the ever-changing non-profit world now more than ever it is important to connect with your supporters virtually. From engaging via emails, social media, live streaming, mobile bidding, or text-to-give there are many opportunities to communicate. We will cover the importance of virtual fundraising via mobile bidding, pre-recorded presentations, live streaming, and text-to-give.
A great new up and upcoming way to collect funds for your cause is virtual fundraising presentations. Whether done professionally or in house, it is a great way for your supporters to connect with you and participate in what you would have previously done in person. Presentations can be created to go live so your audience engages right along with you or it can be pre-recorded for you to use throughout the year during your different asks. These presentations can include slide shows, pictures, video messages from your staff or beneficiaries, live-streaming, music, graphics, and more. Just think anything you did in front of a crowd at your event you can still deliver the same message on camera to reach even more potential donors. Live streaming allows your audience the ability to watch and listen to your guest speakers, messages from your staff, a live auction with your auctioneer, entertainment, classes, raffle drawings, anything you can think of to make your presentation meaningful and fun! There are many different free ways to live-stream an event via Facebook Live, YouTube, some mobile bidding providers, Instagram Live, and Periscope to name a few. The part that you may need assistance on is putting everything together for a seamless transition. That is where Bidding Buddies can help. We know it can be challenging already gathering things for an auction, raffles, guest speakers, timelines, graphics, and content so we are here to put all your ideas into a smooth and effective presentation.
Now that we have talked about the importance of virtual fundraising you need somewhere to collect those funds. Mobile bidding offers so many great features to be able to post content, collect data, allow guests to bid on silent and live auction items remotely, purchase raffle tickets or fixed priced items, collect donations sometimes even via a text-to-give option, reporting, and much more. The times of meeting in-person to collect donation checks and use paper bidding aren’t as accessible so there is no better time to make the jump if you haven’t. Mobile bidding companies have also moved to a yearly subscription so you can fundraise and use the virtual features year-round. Text-to-give is almost a must need for non-profits as pretty much anyone has a phone to be able to text. This feature allows you to use a keyword for your donors to text to place their donations. The great thing is you can use it year-round for multiple campaigns! This is also a great tool to use during your virtual fundraising presentations whether pre-recorded or live. You want to give your potential donors many ways to be able to support you. We will dive further into these subjects in our presentation and show you an example of some of the possibilities. We are super excited that you joined us and look forward to providing you relief while you empower your communities!
Think of us as a buddy to your fundraising events and mobile bidding provider! With our extensive knowledge in non-profit fundraising events, we offer our expertise to empower you to focus on what really matters - reaching your goals. Also, having produced over 500 non-profit events, we've truly seen it all! We're happy to offer free resources to make your fund-a-need or live auction go off without a hitch! Our buddies are here to help you with options ranging from tailored support, virtual fundraising presentations, data entry, and on-site services. Ready for the customer service experience you deserve?