I refer to auction games, raffles, and activities as the “bells and whistles” of benefit auctions. Calling them revenue generators is an understatement, as they do more than make you money.In this podcast, you'll hear -how two other nonprofits used new fun elements like auction games and technology to secure publicity for their gala -- even pre-event! As you know, it's harder to secure that elusive PRE-event publicity. Yet it's more important to do so because it will help you sell tickets to
What’s missing from the silent auction table in this photo?There are no bid sheets.We see three items and no bid sheets.In today's podcast, you'll hear about a new technology for your silent auction that allows it to "go digital" through the use of handheld bidding devices. There are a few companies offering this technology and each has its own approach. At this auction, guests were handed an electronic device (it was the size of a cell phone) when they registered. They carried it with them and
In your enthusiasm to grow your gala, you might decide to add in some activities to build your bottom line, like a raffle or a cash appeal.What many fail to understand is that these activities add complexity to a gala. It becomes much harder to track who gave what.Following up with these new donors is almost impossible, unless you're using benefit auction software.Unless you have a way to market to these donors again and again, your auction risks becoming a one-hit-wonder. You may or may not
If you’re new to galas, you might not realize all of your options when it comes to securing charity auction items to sell.In this podcast, you'll hear about the advantages and disadvantages of three common ways to secure items.1. The traditional way, which is to ask friends, family, and businesses to donate merchandise.2. Using consigned items, which are items purchased at a discount.3. Renting a database of donorsListen to the podcast below.
If I've been working with a client for awhile, one of the questions surely to be raised will be about online auctions.If an organization has been conducting a successful onsite gala for awhile, there may come a time when an online auction is the next logical step.In today's podcast, you'll hear four situations that I like to pose to clients. If you find yourself answering "yes" to any one of them, the odds are that you should at least be evaluating online auction software!Listen to the podcast