Greetings Simulcast users,
This Friday, Sept 21, 2018 Velocicast will release a major upgrade after sales have concluded. This version release will contain many new features and enhancements. The purpose of this announcement is to make auction staff aware of new standard features and to educate on the upcoming enhancements available to enable upon request.
Most of these changes affect block clerks: please make sure they read and understand this document.
As always, if you have any questions about the new features please reach out to our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-522-8404.
Thank you for choosing EDGE Simulcast and for being part of the EDGE family!
High Impact Features
The following list of enhancements have been added to enhance both the auctions’ and online users’ experience. They are not optional. Please take time to familiarize your employees with these new features.
1. Confirm Online Sales - Previously, auctions had the option to require clerks to confirm an online sale or offer (as seen in the image below) or to automatically sell the item without confirmation. Clerks will now be required to confirm all online sales.
Also, the online bidder experience will be different. Before, when the Clerk clicked SOLD or OFFER, the online bidder would immediately see a ‘winning bidder’ message, now their bid button will disable and they will see a ‘finalizing…’ message until the clerk either finalizes the sale or backs it out.
2. Custom Bid Increment - A custom increment text box has been added to the clerk screen that can be used to change the bid increment to any numerical value as seen below. To change the increment, simply click on the ‘increment’ box, type in a number, and hit the enter key on your keyboard.
3. Set Default Bid Increment - A default bid increment box is now available in the individual clerk settings window. You can also set the default increment amount from the Velocicast Admin page.
4. Eject Online User - Online users can now be ejected from the clerk screen or Velocicast Admin website. This works as follows:
On the clerk screen, in the attendee list, an orange X will be visible next to each bidder’s name in the bidder list.
If the clerk clicks the X then confirms ejection, the user will not be allowed to participate in any lanes for that given auction for the rest of the day.
If the bidder gets ejected, they will see the following message on their side:
To reactivate ejected user go to the Velocicast admin website, find the ejected user in the Users tab. Click on the gear icon and select edit.
Click on Activate to reactivate user.
Confirm you want to activate the user.
The user will now appear active and can immediately start using simulcast again at your auction.
5. Pause a sale - Simulcast now allows a clerk to ‘pause a sale’. Pausing a sale provides the online users with a message that describes the reason for pausing.
When the clerk clicks ‘Stop Event’ after the sale has started, they will be presented with the ‘Pause Sale / End Sale’ popup where they can choose a pre-defined pause message or create a custom message:
When the clerk clicks ‘Pause Sale’ the clerk screen will show a yellow banner at the top of the clerk screen that announces the sale is in pause mode and users are not able to bid. A second yellow banner will appear next to the start button that shows the current pause message:
Things to keep in mind related to pause mode:
Pause mode won’t be activated when clicking the ‘Stop Event’ button until at least one item in the sale has been sold/offered/no-saled.
The pre-configured pause messages can be modified in the Admin website.
When in pause mode, the clerk can still perform all clerking functions (previously, if the event was stopped, all clerking functions were disabled). This allows the clerk to fix any issue that may have happened without being subject to online bidders sending in bids.
Online bidders will see the selected pause message on their side that lays over the bidding area. They will be unable to bid while the clerk is in pause mode.
6. End a sale - In an effort to improve the online user experience, Velocicast is adding the ability to more prominently announce the end of a sale to online users.
Ending the sale happens when the user clicks ‘End Event’ and then chooses ‘End Sale’ in the ‘Pause Bidding / End Sale’ popup.
Clicking ‘End Sale’ will cause a ‘SALE ENDED’ message to show on the clerk.
The bidder will see a ‘SALE FINISHED’ message on their side that overlays the bidding area.
Clicking ‘End Sale’ is not a destructive action, meaning it doesn’t kick off any processes, or remove items from a sale, or any other sort of action that would impede restarting the sale. In fact, a clerk can end and restart an auction as many times as they like without negative consequence to the overall sale.
We strongly encourage all clerks to click ‘End Sale’ as each lane is completed.
7. Previous sold/offer/no-sale amounts are now hidden on reruns - When re-running an item, the previous sold/offer/no-sale amount will no longer show on the floor screens or online. The high money will now only show on the clerk screen. This will allow auctions to re-run items without influencing the second round of bids due to showing the previous run results.
8. Help Drawer - On the bidder screen, clicking the help icon now opens a panel we are calling the ‘help drawer’. The help drawer is populated with information associated with an individual auction. It can be customized in many ways, but will by default include the phone, address, and website of your auction. Until further notice, any customizations must be submitted to EDGE Support.
Other New Features
Please contact EDGE Support to activate these features.
1. Language support - Simulcast now supports multiple languages on the clerk and bidder screens. If your auction is interested in providing a non-english language to your clerk and/or bidders, please contact EDGE Support to find out more.
2. Remove Online Bid Chime Setting - Removes the chime sound that is made when an online bid is received. Contact EDGE Support if you would like this setting turned on for your auction.
3. Lane-Level Default Bid Increment - The default bid increment can be set from the Velocicast Admin website or the clerk screen configuration settings. It will determine the starting bid increment for all items in a lane, if the need ever arises to change the default increment from $100 to another value. (NOTE: When an item becomes the ‘current item’ on the clerk, the starting bid type is recorded and saved for that item, so changing the default bid increment will only apply to items that have not yet been made the current item by the clerk).
4. Reports are Downloadable - You can download reports in .xls format to view, store and print. This is done by clicking the ‘XLS’ button at the top right of the screen in the reports area of the Velocicast Admin website.
5. Proxy (pre-bid) removal pop up on clerk screen - If an item has a proxy (pre-bid) and there is a change to the lights or announcements, it will trigger a pop-up on the clerk screen asking if they want to delete the proxy bids.
On that pop-up, the clerk should only click ‘Delete’ if the light or announcement change negatively affects the vehicles value. (ex: adding an announcement of ‘Seller Guarantee’ would result in the clerk clicking ‘Cancel’ on the pop-up, since the change wasn’t a negative change).
If your auction is interested in turning on this feature, please contact EDGE Support to request the addition.