What benefit auction ideas rocked in 2010?What should you expect to see more of in 2011?Trends in gala auctions do exist, though it takes longer for some ideas to gain ground. In this podcast, learn about five trends I'm predicting based on my work with clients around the nation.Listen to the podcast below.
What benefit auction ideas rocked in 2010?What should you expect to see more of in 2011?Trends in gala auctions do exist, though it takes longer for some ideas to gain ground.But having attended ~50 auction fundraisers this year and consulted for dozens more, I'm noticing some ideas growing in popularity.Let's cover the top five benefit auction trends for 2011.1. CocktailsWhether selling cocktails or serving them, the concept is a hot commodity.Some groups opt to sell a signature drink tied to a
Auction guests often look at trees -- or any of your large cumbersome benefit auction items -- and think, "How would I ever get it home?"To address this concern, offer delivery to the winning bidder.In this podcast, learn different ways of offering the service that ensure your nonprofit won't regret its decision.Listen to the podcast below.
Last week I wrote about selling holiday trees in your gala. I didn't include an important piece of information that can really cripple the sale of those benefit auction items: delivery. Auction guests often look at trees -- or any large cumbersome item -- and think, "How would I ever get it home?" They admire it, but they won't bid. In fact, they'll often talk themselves out of bidding because getting the item home seems like too much work. To address this concern, offer delivery to the
Last month, a 2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle was stolen. The bike was painted pink and signed by a number of country music stars, such as Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw, and Taylor Swift.Here's the kicker: It had been donated as one of many gala auction items to be sold as a benefit to the Lexington, KY affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The bike had been stored inside a trailer secured by chains in the organization's parking lot. When employees returned to the office after the