SchoolAuction.net

SchoolAuction.net

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SchoolAuction.net is a web-based software to help school auction teams plan, manage and run school fundraising auctions.

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SchoolAuction.net review by <span>Natasha C.</span>
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Great Community Fundraising Tool

What do you like best?

It's a user-friendly system, and they made it even more intuitive by adding tooltips that describe each functionality. Also, the amount of direct support we get is phenomenal.

What do you dislike?

The first time setting up the system can be time consuming, getting familiar with all the features and customizing it to your event. But as we've attested to, in subsequent years it gets easier. You are more attuned to the systems potential, and also you can migrate over as much or as little of your previous year's data as you need, then customize it to suit the venue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The level of support with this product is unparalleled. You always get an answer, and they help walk you through every step.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The auction site allows us to reach beyond our normal client base. And it's very easy for a first time user to figure out how to bid. Also, the customization is a nice benefit.

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SchoolAuction.net review by <span>Jill T.</span>
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First time live auction user

What do you like best?

I loved the local connection, the ease of use and setup, the ability to generate letters directly, and the ability to take and hold credit cards for easy checkout. It was a really nice software to use for our first live auction experience.

What do you dislike?

I wish I could have exported data using a .csv or other file to set it up for ease of entry into our other databases rather than having to enter by hand. It would have been nice if they used one of our other payment processes but overall, we were happy with the built in and the rates were reasonable.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's an awesome system for small to medium nonprofits looking to efficiently scale up into more efficient event management. It's a very easy system to learn and use, with a quick learning curve for volunteers and staff members. Also really excellent for offices which have divergent levels of technological comfort.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed to be able to process credit cards and be able to store them at check in. The ability to check people in and track attendance was also highly helpful. We were moving from a paper-based system to a computer based system and SchoolAuction.net helped us to bridge the gap with a user friendly software allowing our small staff to run a large event.

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SchoolAuction.net review by <span>Kathryn F.</span>
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Intuitive and lots of support

What do you like best?

Good help info and videos as well as quick response from customer support.

What do you dislike?

I haven't had any real troubles yet. My challenges have more to do with my own time constraints and being a one-person development shop. The customization of the site as far as graphic design is a bit challenging for me.

Recommendations to others considering the product

SchoolAuction.net makes it easy for a first time auction administrator to get started and build the necessary structure for the event. The flow chart is helpful as are the help articles and videos. There are many standard reports that support detailed analysis of your event. Mobile bidding is a nice addition. The option to self-check is useful in reducing lines on event night.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a small, private school that uses SchoolAuction.net for our fundraising dinner as well as our annual gala/auction. I appreciate being able to process payments, track guests, and accurately track the performance of each revenue stream at the auction. I'm new in my position this year and being able to thoroughly and accurately review what happened last year is crucial to planning and performance this year.

SchoolAuction.net review by <span>Ed S.</span>
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The great and not so great of using SchoolAuction.net

What do you like best?

Our school has a Gala auction with paper sheets for bidding. Given our demographics we are not likely to move to a full online or mobile only auction. So, being able to print all our bid sheets, certificates and descriptions is fantastic. We also love having the catalog available online after the live event. This has definitely increased our revenue as people continue to purchase items after the live event has ended. We also love the mobile/online payment option. 80+% of people have paid for their winnings within one day of the auction closing! Not having to chase people down for payment has been great.

What do you dislike?

The biggest money makers at our party are parties and experiences. These are great since we are able to host multiple people for a party and collect from all of them as opposed to one winning bidder. SchoolAuction.net is okay at allowing for multiple sign ups and multiple winners. But it has no means of following up with winners. We have to manually track all the parties, participans and send out reminders which is a lot of work. It would be nice to be able to use the data that is already there in the software to do all of our party follow ups. Also, we create a print catalog and while we are able to export all the catalog entries, we still have to spend a great deal of time reformatting the entries so that the catalog looks decent.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a very good product and a great value for the price. We have definitely recouped the cost and more from how much more we were able to offer and raise during the auction. I would take advantage of the trial and see if it fits the style of auction you are hosting.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business problems solved - since we are a PTA and all volunteer, the software has been great in helping reduce the amount of volunteer labor needed to run the auction. The biggest benefit is recovering 80% or or more of our payments online and rapidly.

SchoolAuction.net review by <span>Lora K.</span>
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Signing on with SchoolAuction was a win for our school!

What do you like best?

SchoolAuction has a user friendly interface for both the event creators and the event attendees. We saved an enormous amount of time this year and it was a relief to not train volunteers on cumbersome software. We also did not need to hire a back office team to run the event! Our team was able to use SchoolAuction efficiently ourselves and it allowed everyone to enjoy the event that we worked so hard to produce.

What do you dislike?

A few more post-auction specific reports might be useful. Otherwise, it was really great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It was a huge bonus to our school. Highly recommend it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed fewer volunteers and required less time spent on learning software. It was a huge benefit in a small school that has fewer families to pull from for volunteer opportunities.

SchoolAuction.net review by <span>L. H.</span>
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Successful Auctions Thanks to SchoolAuction.net

What do you like best?

SchoolAuction.net delivered a reliable, customizable, mobile-friendly platform & end user interface. It was easy to setup with the ability to bring over past donors and payment gateway information from past events, provided excellent support, reliable performance, helpful reports and the ability to easily contact winning bidders with a follow-up email.

What do you dislike?

Improvement to the winning bidders’ confirmation email is needed to clearly inform the person where and when their item must be picked up. (This may be an improvement that an administrator can do when the event is setup…that’s where SchoolAuction.net’s responsive support comes in handy!)

Recommendations to others considering the product

SchoolAuction.net gave us the ability to affordably run online auctions and a live auction over the past 3 years that were each profitable events. It enables us to continue hosting auction fundraisers that focus on promoting our local merchants with no distracting third-party ads. Excellent support!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SchoolAuction.net gave us the ability to affordably run online auctions and a live auction over the past 3 years that were each profitable events. It enables us to continue hosting auction fundraisers that focus on promoting our local merchants with no distracting third-party ads.

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