Bainbridge Island, WA (PRWEB) July 5, 2006
Arsetta, Inc., the leading provider of web-based benefit auction management software, today releases an enhanced version of its popular auction management application, ReadySetAuction.
With this new release, ReadySetAuction gives non-profit organizations the ability to post their auction catalogs online and open bidding to their supporters prior to their gala events. These online auction features are completely integrated with ReadySetAuction’s web-based tool set for soliciting donations, tracking donations, packaging (bundling) donations, inviting and registering guests, generating the printed catalog and bid sheets, recording winning bids and checking out guests.
“Fundraiser auction events have been around for years, with good reason,” explains Sam Weiss, Arsetta, Inc. co-founder and CEO. “They are an incredibly effective way for an organization to raise funds while building community awareness and instilling passion for a cause. The first release of ReadySetAuction harnessed the power of the Internet to make planning, managing and conducting a gala auction event a more collaborative and streamlined process for the auction coordinating committee. With our latest release, ReadySetAuction extends the reach of the gala auction event to a broader base of constituents and invites greater participation, even from those supporters who can not attend the gala.”
Let The Bidding Begin!
It's never been easier or more affordable for a non-profit organization to create a community online auction site. ReadySetAuction provides each organization with its own professionally designed online auction web site for hosting its online catalog. From an auction home page -- branded with the organization’s logo, banner, image and welcome text -- an organization’s supporters can view the online catalog, place bids, buy tickets to the event, submit auction item/service donations, and make cash donations.
“ReadySetAuction provides a robust, intelligent and sophisticated bidding environment that encourages lively and competitive bidding, resulting in higher bids and more proceeds for an organization” states Lisa Weiss, co-founder and VP of Sales & Marketing for Arsetta. “For example, it is not necessary for a bidder to constantly monitor bidding. Rather, he can place his maximum bid and then ReadySetAuction will bid on his behalf up to that maximum. If the bidder is outbid, ReadySetAuction automatically sends him an email notification with a link to the package’s entry in the online catalog.”
To facilitate a smooth transition from online bidding to bidding at the gala event, ReadySetAuction generates printed bid sheets that have the starting bid equal to the highest online bid. And to encourage continued participation by those constituents who cannot attend, ReadySetAuction supports absentee bids placed prior to the gala event.
Since its launch two years ago, thousands of users representing hundreds of non-profit organizations across the country -- including schools, religious organizations, charitable organizations, youth sports leagues, and other community groups -- have embraced ReadySetAuction to streamline their auction processes and raise millions of dollars.
Unlike other auction management tools that were built for the desktop computer or retrofitted to provide limited networking features, ReadySetAuction was conceived and designed to run on the Internet. This Software-As-A-Service technology lets the auction committee capitalize on the power and flexibility of the web to more effectively engage its community of supporters, build relationships and maximize fundraising potential.
Since ReadySetAuction is a fully hosted application -- running on Arsetta’s ultra-fast servers in a highly secure data center -- there is no software for users to install. Each member of an auction committee can access their data 24/7 using any Internet-connected Mac or PC. This lets the auction chair easily divide tasks among any number of committee members, each of whom can be logged in simultaneously to their event site working with up-to-the-minute auction data. Gone are the days of scheduling hassles and passing the laptop from volunteer to volunteer. With ReadySetAuction, auction management becomes a true team effort.
Anyone who has previously conducted an auction or is planning one for the first time immediately recognizes the value of ReadySetAuction’s powerful tool set for managing:
- Donor and donation tracking
- Ticket sales and guest registration
- Generation of printed auction materials including the catalog, bid sheets, gift certificates and more
- Online catalog and online bidding
- Online ticket sales, cash donations and procurement
- Gala check in
- Gala bid recording
- Gala check out with real-time credit card processing
- Donor receipts and thank you letters
With all this rich functionality, ReadySetAuction makes auction management easy for both the seasoned auction professional and first-time auction coordinator. Its colorful, tab-based, intuitive design guides users through the process step-by-step.
Founded in 2003, Arsetta, Inc.’s mission is to provide affordable, enterprise-class solutions to non-profit organizations. ReadySetAuction, Arsetta’s flagship product, was developed around a simple vision: to make it easier for non-profit organizations to raise the funds they need to fulfill their missions.
The company is based outside of Seattle, Washington.
For More Information
Press and interested customers can get more information about ReadySetAuction by visiting http://www.ReadySetAuction.com or calling toll-free at 1-877-772-2220.
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