[VIDEO] When to use a theater-style layout for your fundraising auction

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When time allows during the spring auction season, I create highlight videos from some of my fundraising auctions. These videos are posted on the Red Apple Auctions Facebook page but you'll only see those if you 1) use Facebook, and 2) have "liked" the Red Apple Auctions Facebook page. As not all readers are Facebookers, I thought it might be a good idea to share these on the blog too.  It allows all auction planners to get ideas from some of the top notch events my clients produce.The video below showcases my favorite auction set-up: theater-style seating. When should you consider a theater-style auction set-up?Cocktail-style « Continue Reading »

[VIDEO] It was a 3-ring circus! This revamped school auction thought of everything

Circus Rimgmaster Auctioneer Sherry Truhlar_opt

In April I worked a school fundraiser with a circus-theme.  It was elegant, not campy.  You'll see that via the video below. This is a well-run auction, but as with every event, there are concerns during the planning stage.  Part of my time with each client is spent hammering out the details, especially as it relates to the fundraising components of the night.Videos like these don't show the pre-event concerns.  Concerns about flow. Concerns about layout.  Concerns about sound.  Concerns about lighting, games, bid sheets, displays, and many other elements. Here are five concerns we tackled in the weeks leading up to the « Continue Reading »

[VIDEO] Raising money for Haiti by focusing on the Fund a Need

In May I worked with a dedicated group of fundraisers in Louisiana whose gala raises money to build homes for some of the poorest of the poor in Haiti.  Each new home costs a mere $5000. The emphasis at this gala is on the Fund a Need.  Though there is a live auction, it's only three or so items.  Most of the focus is on the Fund a Need.I thought this group went above and beyond by building a shack onsite.  It visually demonstrated to guests what many Haitian families use as a home. You'll see that in this video.   « Continue Reading »

What’s wrong with online auctions this spring?

Once and done bidding, on a $2400 vacation package

Many of my spring clients are seeing lower revenues in online auctions. Here are four tips if your online auction is performing similarly dismal.

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Alternatives to the sit-down dinner gala

If your sit-down dinner gala format isn’t working for you any longer, here are six options for a new event style that still include an auction component.

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How to use sealed bid in your silent auction

Real estate services were offered via blind bid at this auction.

What’s the best way to sell items with limited interest, like art, jewelry, tax services, and orthodontics? A sealed bid auction might be your solution.

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[VIDEO] You can’t open auction checkout in 20 minutes

Let’s get real: You can’t close the silent auction and *instantly* be ready for auction checkout.

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