In 2 weeks! FREE training: How to ask for auction donations, money, and more

I've got a complementary training coming up that EVERYONE involved in your auction should attend.  It's about learning how to ask. Imagine being so confident with the idea of asking for donations that your team was EAGER to pick up the phone, pound the pavement, or chat up strangers at a dinner party. Can you envision how would your auction change?  You'd get a lot more quality donations, bigger cash gifts, and nicer sponsorships.  That's exciting! Auctions begin with a confident ask. Given that so much is riding on your "asking prowess," I'm interviewing a guru on the subject, Marc Pitman. He's written several « Continue Reading »

VIDEO: Benefit Auction Gift Ideas for Guests

It's a rare bird who wouldn't like to leave a party with a treat, and that includes your auction guests. But gifts don't have to take the form of a traditional gift bags filled with your nonprofit literature, either. (I'd rather they not.) In this video, I share several benefit auction gift ideas I've seen at events, starting with the more traditional and mundane (think edible goodies) to the more exquisite and rare. Gifts are best when they support your mission, a sponsor's business, or both. I highlight one of these in the video, but you can learn more about how to secure sponsorships for your auction with « Continue Reading »

VIDEO: LEGO® is trendy, but is it a great silent auction item?

Did you like LEGO®s as a child? If you did, you might think it should be included among those great silent auction items to offer. Wellll, I'm not so sure about that. They are popular right now, but I'm not sure about selling them in your auction.  It depends on the form they take.  I think selling it 'in the raw' is best, versus gettin' all fancy schmancy with it. Watch the video below to see what I'm talking about.   Got any ideas on where to find those custom kits?  If so, please post the company links below so we can all learn.       « Continue Reading »

VIDEO: What’s my name again? (Why name badges help an auction.)

Most benefit auctions don’t ask guests to wear name badges. But personally, I like them. Here are a few reasons I think they help your event succeed.

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Video: Auction item donation from someone famous? How to play it safe when marketing it.

An auction planner was concerned about safety. “Do I want people knowing where the donor lives?” she asked. “How do I market this?” Here’s an option.

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Video: Silent Auction Strategies: 5 Easy Changes for Higher Revenues


If you’re seeking some ideas on how to boost your silent auction revenue, here is a free 60-minute webinar I conducted, hosted by Bloomerang.

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Video: How long should your silent auction last?

How much time do your guests need to make their way through your silent auction? I share the best practice (and two variations) in today’s post.

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