Easy Bid Building
BlinkBid is simple. Click a button for a laundry list of everything that you might need for a job. We call it an Item Catalog. Look and click, look and click, to add items to your job. Then start entering your numbers. BlinkBid is designed to make sure that nothing is forgotten. And if you have your own special rigs or other items, BlinkBid’s Item Catalog is totally customizable. Watch the Item Catalog in action.
Whether you’re working with an agent, consultant, producer, or all three, BlinkBid’s robust, real-time job sharing feature allows your fellow BlinkBid users to seamlessly work with you on your job. It’s as easy as entering an email address. And of course we give you the option to close the connection at any time. Watch the Job Sharing in action
BlinkBid is cloud based. That means you can access it from any computer, at any time, from anywhere in the world. It also means that your data is safe. So if your computer goes down, or is stolen, all your jobs are securely stored on our server that is backed up constantly and tested for integrity every month. You can also view job statuses from any mobile device and check in to see how bidding and production are progressing.
it’s a collaborative industry
A usage license defines the use of the images that you are shooting for a client. Because even though they are paying you to take pictures, you own the copyright to the images. You have to define usage terms. BlinkBid makes it easy with our usage license builder. Answer a few questions, and BlinkBid builds the license for you.
The T&Cs or Terms and Conditions is a very long legal document to protect yourself and annoy your client. Blinkbid has a few standard ones available from within the software that you can use. And we’re always adding more which you can access using the T&Cs drop down in the settings.
Here’s the conundrum. Your bid has been approved, and the job has been awarded. Now the client wants an invoice for the advance. The thing is, you can’t generate an invoice until you’re done with production. We’ve got you covered. You can generate an advance invoice based on the estimate by simply entering a number and letting BlinkBid do the rest. Once generated, BlinkBid keeps track of up to two advances and sends them over to the invoice as paid items when your job is ready to bill. Watch the Advance Invoices in action.
Well-run productions are profitable productions. BlinkBid’s production feature is the first of its kind in the world. Track the budget of each line item by adding receipts as they come in. If you don’t have a receipt in hand, but you know it’s coming—like an invoice from a crew member—mark it as “anticipated”. We’ll color and mark the receipt so you’ll always know which invoices you have to chase down.
Have an item that went over budget? BlinkBid’s exclusive adjustment feature lets you appropriate money from a line item with a surplus to keep your production balanced. Add overage tracking and an easy wrap feature, and you’ve just cut your production organization time in half. Watch the Production Feature in action.
efficiency breeds profitability
Personalities are an easy way to manage different types, locations, or entities of businesses. For example, if a photographer shoots advertising during the week, and sells art prints on the weekend, she can keep the different businesses separate by using different personalities. If you are an agent, personalities are also a great way to manage multiple artists. Since a personality maintains its own item catalog, logo, and preferences, it’s easy to see how segmenting your types of jobs – or different locations where you conduct business – or managing different artists is a powerful feature.
Easily Track Revisions
We work in a capricious business. The first bid is usually just the start of the discussion to land a job. We believe that you should have the freedom to iterate your bids—two days on location vs. shooting in studio, etc.—without losing track of where you started. As you negotiate, BlinkBid’s revision feature lets you easily create new versions of your bid without losing your old ones.
The BlinkBid workflow is laid out like a good narrative. It opens with the cast of characters, and then lays out the story with a beginning, middle, and end (that’s the part where you get paid). The layout is unique to BlinkBid and serves to keep you focused on the tasks at hand for each job.