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Download the Auction App Email Template

This article provides sample email language to invite to your donors to your Handbid event via the Mobile App or the Event web page. Encourage your donors to self register or purchase tickets, if applicable, to your event.

We recommend you send an email to your guests prior to your event letting them know you will be using Handbid for your auction and encouraging them to get signed up BEFORE ARRIVING AT THE EVENT.  Below is a sample email message and image you can send out to your guests to encourage them to get on Handbid prior to the event. 


Hello [NAME],

We are excited to tell you that our auction has gone mobile this year! [AUCTION NAME] will be using HANDBID, a mobile silent auction platform which allows you to bid from your smartphone.  

Save time at check-in by getting setup and start bidding BEFORE YOU ARRIVE!


If you have an iPhone or Android, you can download the Handbid app from the Apple iTunes App Store or the Google Play store

Please note we strongly recommend you “Accept notifications from this app” when you open it and join an auction. This will allow you to get push notifications for  “Outbid” messages during the auction.


Next, you can create an account. From the App home screen, tap on “GET STARTED” button and complete the information (please use your cell phone as the phone number). Tap NEXT

Handbid will text you a 5 digit code.  Enter this code to log in. 


Select [AUCTION NAME] from the list of auction and swipe left to enter the auction.  Once in the auction, swipe left/right to access categories and up/down to access items.  

 Whether you are bidding online or in the Handbid App, here are some easy tips to help:

  • MAX BID:  This is the max you are willing to spend for an item and Handbid system will automatically bid for you until you reach your max.  Set a max bid and enjoy your evening!
  • NOTIFICATIONS: If you have downloaded the Handbid App and accepted push notifications, you will be notified by push notifications when you are outbid on an item.  If you don’t have the app you will receive text messages from Handbid.
  • DASHBOARD: Monitor what you are currently winning and losing on the Dashboard screen in your app or online. 

No smartphone? No problem!

You will be able to access the auction through a web browser at URL: or we will have iPad's available at the event to get you signed up and bidding!