Outbid Unveils Interactive, Video Webcasting Feature During the Greensboro Grasshoppers’ Online Fundraising Auction, April 3rd
New feature marks the first time an auction service has combined live audio, chat, and instant bidding with live video and an on-camera host.
OAKLAND, California, April. 1, 2013 – Outbid (www.outbid.com), which combines the theater and transparency of live online auctions with social and gaming features, introduces the first, real-time, video webcasting enhancement to augment existing audio, chat and live bidding dynamics. This latest development will be unveiled Wednesday, April 3rd, 7pm EST during the Greensboro Grasshoppers’ charity auction to benefit Guilford’s Kids—a program that offers deserving organizations and groups the opportunity to attend a Grasshoppers baseball game.
“We are excited to share the experience of an on-camera auctioneering host with the Outbid community,” said Dan Granger, Outbid’s CEO. “To kick-off this exciting fundraiser and crank up the bidding fun, the live auction will be hosted by Grasshoppers’ President and General Manager, Donald Moore.”
Outbid has always aimed to turn the boring old online auction into an easy, simple and fun event that anyone can join via their computer, iPad or iPhone. “The addition of live video, which was built using TokBox’s OpenTok platform, complements the chat, audio and instantaneous bidding functions that have already made Outbid such a thrilling and engaging, gamified experience,” said Bob Lee, Outbid’s Chief Product Officer. “It is the latest feature to further distance Outbid from the ecommerce pack”.
“The Greensboro Grasshoppers are honored to be partnering with Outbid to connect with our fans and raise money for a great cause. Everyone attending the live online auction will have the opportunity to bid on items ranging from baseballs autographed by the 2012 & 2013 Greensboro Grasshoppers Team and NL Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper, to an autographed Willie Nelson Jersey, to a chance to watch the game from the 24-Person Luxury Suite at the Grasshopper’s NewBridge Bank Ballpark,” said Grasshoppers’ President and General Manager, Donald Moore. “Additionally, during the benefit, I am looking forward to chatting and interacting with fans about the new Grasshoppers season and reliving the team’s greatest memories in the frenzied fun that is an Outbid auction!”
The first 100 auction attendees will receive a FREE Grasshoppers ticket voucher (Limit one per person, details provided at www.outbid.com/greensboro).
RSVP for this online auction at www.outbid.com/greensboro
Outbid is reinventing the online auction. By bringing the auction room online and adding unique and exciting social features, Outbid is enabling real auction action online and on mobile devices. Founded in Oakland, California in October 2011 and funded by Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRT), Outbid is a privately held company with 27 full-time employees.
Learn more by visiting www.outbid.com, following us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/outbid, and downloading the Outbid app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/outbid/id524180055?ls=1&mt=8.
You can also check out a live Outbid auction here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VweU6utyQV8&feature=youtu.be