Fundraising Blog

We Streamlined Our Guest Management Tool. Again.

At Qtego, we’re always making changes to improve our tools and make your job easier. Our latest Guest Management tool improvements give you an even easier, faster way to keep your event running smoothly. Combined Ticketing and Registration information for your event. Our Guest Management tool includes both ticketing and registration information in one place. Need to [...]

When to Ask for Non-profit Auction Items

Whether you’re planning your fundraiser for January, June, or just before the winter holidays, the best possible time to ask for non-profit auction items is January. Why? Many businesses and organizations have a limited annual budget for donations. It pays to be the first to ask! When you reach out to ask for non-profit auction items in January, you [...]

How to Showcase Your Silent Auction Items for Maximum Results

Want to generate more donor interest and make your silent auction more profitable? The secret to a successful auction is hiding in plain sight: presentation.  Retailers know this by heart, but if you’re new to the idea, consider taking a shopping trip. Stores study how to display, group, and describe their merchandise to capture our interest and convince us [...]

How to Ramp Up Your Crowdfunding Campaign

Organizations of all types and sizes are finding that the crowdfunding phenomenon—compounding small donations across a wider pool of donors online for larger overall returns—helps them reach more donors and achieve better results. A quick internet search turns up dozens of crowdfunding options, but to maximize your campaign’s effectiveness, consider adding features and functionality that help deepen engagement with [...]

QView: Auction Fundraising Management-at-a-Glance

Auction fundraising events are fast-paced. How is check-in going? Are there silent auction items without any bids? Which donors are most active? What is our grand total? Wouldn’t it be nice to glance at your phone and get a real-time, detailed picture of your event in progress? We thought so, too. After doing thousands of events around the country [...]

Auction Fundraising On Your Terms: Simpler Inventory!

As your auction items start to come in, the work begins. You need a way to organize, input, and package each item—and that can be a big job! When it comes to auction fundraising with Qtego, you’re always in the driver’s seat. Your dashboard gives you control to select the level of service you need—and you always retain total [...]

Showcase Auction Fundraising Results With Awesome Executive Reporting

Qtego’s new Executive Reporting function makes generating a high-impact post-event presentation easier than ever before. With more colorful visuals and easy-to-understand overviews, Qtego Executive Reporting makes it simple to clearly communicate your success. FAST: Compile Auction Fundraising Reports in a Few Clicks Using the data generated throughout your auction fundraising event, your Qtego Dashboard sifts and analyzes information, [...]

Why Qtego’s Mobile Bidding For Silent Auctions Delivers Better Results

Whether you’ve been using paper bidding, or haven’t quite been sold on mobile bidding for silent auctions yet, Qtego’s results will make you a believer. Our easy to use, fail-safe technology works with your guests’ phones. Qtego mobile bidding uses the alerts and functionality they’re already familiar with, making the event more fun. And because Qtego mobile bidding works [...]

How to Use Text Donations for Fundraising

According to national polls, most Americans text on a regular basis, and they also say they prefer texting to other types of communication. What does texting have to do with fundraising? More than you might think. Adding text-to-donate features to your fundraising plan expands your reach, increases your engagement, and improves your profits. Text-to-Donate Makes It Easier [...]

What Really Sells Items at Silent Charity Auctions?

You’ve planned your event, collected items to feature, and now it’s time to set up. What REALLY sells items at silent charity auctions? A lot of event components contribute to auction success, but if you have to focus on one thing, make it visual display. After seeing thousands of silent charity auctions around the country, we’ve noticed what works…and what [...]

How To Make VIP Donors Feel Special at Charity Auctions

Big donors can make or break charity auctions, so it pays to cultivate your best givers. Honoring sponsors and top donors at your event encourages these important supporters toward even greater generosity—and gives you the opportunity to thank them for their valuable contributions. Give the VIP Treatment Before and During the Event. Charity auctions rely on donations and [...]

Highlight Your Silent Auction Items With Better Visuals

Donors come to fundraisers ready to give. But how much they’ll bid for your silent auction items comes down to more than pure philanthropy. Qtego’s web-based platform gives your images outstanding visual impact—with custom sizing and more description options that get attention and inspire more bids.Flexible Image SizingIf you’ve tried to upload photos in another bidding platform, you might have [...]

How to Raise Money for a Cause This Summer

Relaxed summer schedules and warmer weather offer great opportunities for fun and profitable fundraisers and charity events. If you’ve wondered how to raise money for a cause during the summer months, Qtego can help. We’ve partnered with organizations of all types and sizes to streamline summer fundraisers and boost profits. How to Raise Money for a Cause… in Your [...]

Get Smart with Qtego’s Auction Software Data Analysis

If you’ve used Qtego’s easy, reliable auction software, you know that we get results. Our customers have happier guests, more relaxed staff, and significantly higher profits than with other auction methods. But believe it or not, things get even better with Qtego data analysis. Qtego Auction Software = Data Powerhouse No matter what type of auction framework you use, [...]

Top Five Reasons Customers Love Qtego Silent Auction Mobile Bidding

Qtego’s silent auction software and mobile bidding platform combine the latest technology with customer-driven functionality to make your fundraising event terrific—and more profitable. Customers love Qtego because, unlike a bidding app, our mobile bidding page is reliable, easy to use, and accessible from any internet-enabled device. But when we asked our repeat customers what keeps them coming back to Qtego [...]

The Latest and Greatest Silent Auction Ideas

At Qtego, we see hundreds of silent auction ideas ranging from simple to extravagant every year. If you’re looking to bring some excitement and buzz to your next fundraiser, we’ve got the creative tips you need.  Silent Auction Ideas As part of a gala event or a stand-alone fundraiser, try a unique silent auction. Ideas for creative auction items [...]

Silent Auction Ideas: Rocket Your Results with a Wine Pull

Running low on silent auction ideas? Qtego’s point-of-purchase Instabuy system makes it easy. Our clients are seeing great results with creatively themed wine buying opportunities. From quick and easy to large and elaborate, a wine pull adds an element of fun and suspense in addition to your silent auction. For each Instabuy a guest purchases, he or she gets another chance [...]

Choose the Best Charity Auction Themes

Fundraising event attendance and success often hinge on intriguing themes and activities. At Qtego, we attend hundreds of charity auction events every year, and we’re always blown away by the creativity organizations like yours show when putting events together. Using Qtego streamlines your logistics so you can free up more brainpower toward making your charity auction rock! Charity Auction Themes Trends [...]

How to Promote Your Charity Auctions and Events

No matter what time of year you hold your charity auctions, galas, and fundraising events, getting the word out can be difficult. How can you promote your event and make your message heard in the flood of information and competing calendar events vying for your donors’ attention at every turn? Qtego can help.Reach out.You know how to send compelling invitations, [...]

Qtego: Better than a Bidding App

People often refer to Qtego as a bidding app. But Qtego isn’t an app—it’s better. Here are a few reasons why: Qtego is easier than a bidding app. Our advanced, streamlined process uses a website and texting rather than an app because we’ve found that donors are sometimes resistant to adding another app to their smartphones. Guests don’t want [...]

Give Thanks for Giving Tuesday

Cut through seasonal noise and raise awareness for your cause with a stand-out text-to-donate campaign tied to Giving Tuesday this November 28. Close on the heels of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday events tap into seasonal gratitude and generosity. Building on this growing platform can make a substantial difference in your holiday giving. Text-to-donate makes it [...]

Go Beyond the Gala with a Unique Holiday Auction

Many organizations focus fundraising efforts in the last quarter, planning major events to coincide with the holiday season. But in the flood of invitations and flurry of holiday tasks, traditional galas may not fully capture your audience. Think Outside the Holiday Auction Party Box At Qtego, we specialize in gala events of every size, but we also advise our [...]

Why Customized Silent Auction Bidding Technology Rocks

Not all silent auction bidding technology is created equal. With Qtego, you get dependable technology, uniquely designed fund-a-need graphics, and a rock solid process to enhance mobile bidding and text donations before, during, and after your event. Customized Solutions At Qtego, we know that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to silent auction bidding technology. That’s why we [...]

Let Qtego Take Your Silent Auction Donation Rate to the Next Level

Your guests already support your cause, but what if there was a way to make them more engaged, more invested, more excited, and more generous? There is. It’s called Qtego auction technology. Rock Your Fund-a-need Campaign and Silent Auction. Donation amounts and frequency soar with Qtego’s silent auction and donation technology. People love the interaction of mobile bidding and the [...]

Make Your Charity Auction Gala More Fun… and More Profitable

Looking for charity auction ideas? What if we told you that your charity auction gala could be more fun, more exciting, and more successful than ever before? Color schemes, themes, and locations are critical for any event, but for truly out-of-the-box charity auction ideas, think technology. How Technology Works For a Charity Auction Gala When it comes to a charity [...]

Does Mobile Bidding Raise More Money?

Mobile bidding. You’ve heard the stories, read the news, and maybe even seen it work in person. Mobile bidding seems cool, and you think your donors would enjoy it, but the real question boils down to this: does mobile auction technology pay for itself? With Qtego, the answer is not just “yes.” It’s (ahem) HECK yes. Here’s why. Mobile bidding [...]

Take Non-profit Auctions To the Next Level With Text Bidding

How can you break out of your usual non-profit auction results and dramatically increase participation and profits? Text bidding, mobile platforms, and smart auction website technology revolutionizes fundraising events. Sound too good to be true? After years of boosting non-profit auctions, we can vouch for the results. Here’s why text bidding and smart auction technology takes you to the next [...]

Paper Bidding Alternatives: Is Auction Technology Right For Us?

Perhaps paper-based fundraising has worked for your organization in the past, but, to be honest, it’s a major headache and you’re considering paper bidding alternatives for your next event. You’ve heard about auction technology but…many of your best donors are elderly. Would using auction technology alienate your core people? How Action Technology Works Qtego auction technology simplifies and enhances your [...]