Wine silent auction idea: Sommeliers drive bigger bids

Wine silent auction idea sommeliers

I'll be working a wine auction later this month in Texas and thought I'd share a wine silent auction idea I witnessed at another event. If you've got a lot of wine in your auction, why not have a sommelier onsite to educate guests and  "talk up" your packages? At a school auction earlier this year, one entire silent auction section was devoted to wine. Large formats.  Hard to find wines.  Rare vintages. Some were sold as cases or collections; others were sold as single bottles. Though many of your guests might appreciate wine, that doesn't mean they are familiar with every bottle they see. Many might be partial to « Continue Reading »

Live auction display ideas for vacations

Live auction item display Greece

If you've got a vacation or two that will be sold in your live auction, it helps to geographically show guests where the city / resort / hotel is located. When I'm serving as auctioneer for a group, I create my own "displays" to help market items. I often don't know what the client will be doing for a display, and I want to be sure that during the preview time, I'm able to engage bidders with my own information and materials. For example, here are four images I've used in the last month to showcase some of the trips I've sold in recent benefit auctions: Live auction item destination:  Greece The package was for 8 « Continue Reading »

Video: School auction theme? Mumbai

Earlier this month one of my school auction clients returned to a non-traditional space that fits their event well. The venue is an atrium at the nearby botanical gardens. Their school auction themes have run the gamut, and this year, the committee opted for colorful Mumbai. In the video you'll see the elements the Auction Chair incorporated into the evening. Even without decorations, the atrium is beautiful (and the snow outside made it even moreso, I think), but this is a school that enjoys their themes and does a nice job of bringing the theme to life in this space. Many of the guests, especially the women, dressed in « Continue Reading »

Part 3: The raging debate on silent auction bid numbers versus names

Silent auction bid sheet numbers versus names

This is a 3-part blog post, explaining why benefit auctions should identify guests with bid numbers instead of names. The first post looked at the benefits of using numbers in a Fund a Need. The second post examined the use of numbers in the live auction. Today we’ll turn to the silent auction. +++++++++++++++++ Why« Continue Reading »

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Part 2: The raging debate on auction bid numbers versus names in the live auction

This is a 3-part blog post, explaining why benefit auctions should identify guests with bid numbers instead of names. The first post looked at the benefits of using numbers in a Fund a Need. Today, we examine using numbers in the live auction. The third post turns to using numbers in the silent auction. +++++++++++++++++« Continue Reading »

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The raging debate on auction bid numbers versus names

Bid paddles on beach theme

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« Continue Reading »

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

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Got a trip donated? Congratulations! Now let’s determine if it should go in the silent auction or the live auction.

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