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Artfact Introduces Enhanced Live Auction Software

With Jump In Mobile Traffic, Company Delivers New Features That Make Live Bidding From Anywhere Easier

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 12:00 pm EDT

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BOSTON
"Artfact’s mobile traffic quadrupled in the last year and now represents 13 percent of traffic across our three live auction websites— www.artfact.com, www.auctionzip.com and www.invaluable.com"

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Artfact, the leading live auction software, tools and services provider, said today that it will meet growing demand for live bidding from computers, tablets and, increasingly, mobile devices with the latest version of its live bidding software platform. Available immediately, Artfact’s platform now allows auction-goers to more easily register and bid in real-time from any computer, smartphone or tablet, and participate in auctions around the world. Artfact currently offers a live bidding app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.

“Artfact’s mobile traffic quadrupled in the last year and now represents 13 percent of traffic across our three live auction websites— www.artfact.com, www.auctionzip.com and www.invaluable.com,” said Artfact Vice President of Marketing Michael Evers. “This growth has created the largest community of mobile bidders in the world, and has helped our auctioneer customers tap into a whole new generation of tech-savvy bidders.”

For auctioneers, the software platform features a highly-optimized back end system to ensure greater scalability and performance. For bidders it:

  • Allows them to more easily register and place live, online bids from the device of their choice: desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones.
  • Is optimized for today’s enhanced display resolution, making the screen appear larger and clearer so that anyone can easily follow what’s happening on the auction floor.
  • Provides a new "Maximum Bid" feature that takes the stress out of bidding. Rather than worry about whether they are clicking the BID NOW button fast enough, bidders can now simply place a maximum bid, and wait. The console places the bid for them, at increments, until the maximum is reached.
  • Delivers an easy-to-read "Available Bid Limit” feature. Now bidders can instantly track how much of their auction bid limit remains. Available Bid Limit subtracts the amount of items already won and the outstanding maximum bids already placed from the overall approved bid limit, helping them keep track as the auction progresses.

About Artfact

Artfact provides web-based software, tools and services that connect 25,000 auctioneers with more than 23 million bidders in the world’s largest live auctions marketplace. Artfact’s three websites—Artfact.com, AuctionZip.com and Invaluable.com—list collectibles, art, antiques, real estate, equipment and estate auctions. Auctioneers rely on Artfact’s proven online bidding and auction management software to simulcast their live auctions. Artfact is privately held and is based in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information visit www.artfact.com, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Artfact/170692722479 or @artfactlive on Twitter.

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Janna Erickson, 617-746-9876