The raging debate on auction bid numbers versus names

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Let me preface this subject with two quick stories. Story #1 While flying back from Eugene, OR after last weekend's auction, I had lots of time to watch some movies, including Life Itself.   The movie is a documentary about Roger Ebert, the Chicago Sun-Times' film critic who recently died of cancer. Ebert shared an amusing story about the challenge of being a movie critic.  At work, he sat next to a gentleman who reviewed other arts. Co-workers would come up to his colleague and ask, "What did you think of the symphony's performance last night? Did the conductor do a good job?" The critic would give his opinion and the « Continue Reading »

Should you put that trip in the silent auction or live auction?

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Ever worked and worked and worked to get a great beach house / ski lodge / overseas trip donated, only to have two of them show up as donations in the same year? When it rains, it pours. Or maybe you’re challenged in that two donors have similar homes, and you’re not sure if it makes sense to sell both them in the live auction. Here are some suggestions for determining which vacation home should be sold in the live auction. A home within driving distance.  All other things being relatively equal (e.g. similar quality of property, availability of choice weeks, popularity of destination, bedrooms), a trip that allows « Continue Reading »

Silent auction display ideas for concerts and sporting events

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If you’re selling great tickets to a desirable concert or sporting event, what is one of the key pieces of information a bidder would want to know? The location of the seats. Given that most of your bidders are visually-oriented, you’ll want to include a diagram indicating where those seats are, in relation to the action. Though you can and should tell bidders that the tickets are in Section 120, row J, seats 1-4, it’s just as important to show them that location. Showing is more powerful than telling. Your silent auction display should include a visual diagram. If you search for it, you’ll find that major venues « Continue Reading »

Auction item donation idea: A season of snow plowing

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With the blizzards across the USA this week, here’s a popular donation for many northern school benefit auctions — snow plowing. Here’s how it sold.

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Mobile bidding for auctions and one impact on onsite auctions

Mobile bidding has blurred the lines of the online and onsite auctions. Is a new name in order for these hybrid events?

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What’s the BEST number of auction items? (Live auction)

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When planning your live auction, what’s the best number of auction items to put in the lineup? Here’s your answer.

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What’s the BEST number of auction items? (Online auction)

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If you’re running an online auction (be it part of an onsite auction or not), what’s the best number of items? Here’s information to illuminate.

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