Add New Bidder

To add a new bidder, from the main Auction Dashboard, click Bidders and then click Add New Bidder under the Bidders Dashboard sidebar actions menu. This will open the Add Bidder dashboard.


An example from a demonstration event.

Add Bidder

The Add Bidder dashboard is used by organizers to register bidders directly.


Using the Add Bidder function will always add a new bidder.
Adding a new bidder with this function will not trigger any System Email Notifications.


The only required field for bidders using this approach is Last name. You can provide other bidder information as needed. Providing as much information as possible is still strongly recommended, including an email address for the bidder. The email address is recommended to be unique to each bidder if possible.

It is recommended to provide a bidder# or let the system automatically assign a bidder# for your guests to use as needed. Also, the linking and merging functions of Auctria will require bidders to have a bidder# assigned for them to work. Otherwise, the bidder number field can optionally be left blank.

Bidder Panel

Each bidder in your auction is given a bidder number (often displayed as Bidder # in the application).


The new bidder form.

Auctria Pro-Tip from Launch Services!

Bidder numbers are not required to be strictly numbers.
You can also use letters or any mix that suits your event.

The Bidder panel has fields for the following information:

  • Bidder # -- Optional
    This value is required for linking and merging bidders. It is often used internally. However, it is quite commonly used when a "Paddle Raise" is part of an in-person event.
  • First name
    This is the bidder's first name. It can be left blank.
  • Last name -- Required
    This is the bidder's last name; when a company is registered, it can be used as the company name.
  • Email -- Strongly Recommended
    This is used for Communication and as part of the Bidder log in credentials along with a password the bidder sets themselves.
  • Phone Number
    This is typically use for "land-line" telephone numbers with the intent it will not be used for SMS texting messages.
  • Cell Phone Number
    This is a number to accept text bids from and text notifications, for example when the guest is outbid.
  • Checked in? -- Checkbox
    This is an informational item and does not specifically trigger any actions within Auctria.
  • Additional bidders
    Use this field to enter the names of any other people bidding with this same bidder number.
    This field is purely informational. See Sharing Bidder Numbers for additional reference.
  • Seating preference
    An information only field to be used as needed.
  • Guest of... (advanced)
    This is a drop-down selector of the currently registered bidders and should only be changed if moving the bidder from one admission tickets purchaser to another.
  • Tags
    You can use "Tags" for organizational and reporting purposes. If existing tags are available, clicking in the field will provide an auto-populating search. You can also add new tags as needed.

See the Optional Information section below for more details on these fields.

Address Panel

Suppose you will be mailing information or require physical locations for your bidders. In that case, you can enter address details in the Address panel.


The address fields are all simple text fields. Information will need to be manually entered on this page as required.

Other Panel

The Other panel contains additional information fields for the bidder.


  • Company
    If the bidder represents a company, or organization, you can record this information here.
  • Meal choice
    If "meals" are being offered at the event, you can choose the bidder meal from the drop-down selector. See Meal Choices for more information.
  • Reference
    If you have bidder information in another system, you might use this field to cross reference it.
  • Notes
    This is an internal field only and not displayed by default.

The Company, Reference, and Notes fields are for informational purposes only. These particular fields and not specifically acted upon by Auctria.

Credit Card Panel

If the Credit Cards integration feature set is enabled, you can register the bidder's credit card in this panel.


If there is a USB credit card swiper connected to the computer, and if the swipe is successful, the credit card number and its expiration date will populate the appropriate fields in the Credit Card panel. See Credit Card Readers And Swipers for more information.

Only the credit card number and expiration date are read when using a credit card reader. The Card Verification Code (CVC, aka CCV) (found on the back of most credit cards) is absent on the magnetic strip. It will not be available by swiping the card.

If you do not have a card reader, you can manually enter the credit card number information. Using Credit Card Readers And Swipers is entirely optional.

Optional Information

First nameThe bidder's first name
EmailIf provided, the email address will allow statements to be sent electronically. See Bidder Statements for more information.
Phone numberThe bidder's phone number.
Cell phone numberThe bidder's cell phone number. This can be used as part of text based bidding.
Additional BiddersIf other people will be bidding under this bidder's name, but do not have their own bidder record then you can enter their names here. These will be shown on the bidder's statement.
Checked InIf selected, indicates that the bidder has checked in. See Check-In Bidders for more information.
Seating preferenceA bidder's seating preference is usually entered by the bidder during online registration if that option is enabled.
Meal choiceSelect the meal that the bidder has chosen.
CompanyIf the bidder is representing a company, you can enter the company name.
ReferenceAdd any extra information you need to track about this bidder. If you are importing bidder information from another system then this can be used to store an internal id within that system.
Guest ofThe name of another bidder who invited or bought the ticket for this bidder. With the ticket sales feature this field will be filled automatically when selling tickets.
TagsAdd tags to help categorize and identify the bidder. See Where Tags Can Be Used In Auctria for more information.

When you are done entering information, click the Save Bidder button. The window will refresh to allow you to quickly add another bidder.

The sidebar "actions" menu allows you to Save Bidder as well as linking to the Bidder List report page, Bidder Check-in page, and a link back to the Bidders Dashboard by clicking Back to Bidders.


Also to note, every time you save a bidder they will appear at the top of the window in the Recently Registered Bidders panel.

More Ways To Add Bidders

Last reviewed: September 2023
Add New Bidder
Auctria allows you to add new bidders directly from the dashboard.