When budgets are tight, a common question posed by clients is what audio-visual (A/V) equipment is essential for their live auction. "What can we live without?” they’ll query. Here's my opinion: A good auction sound system is a must-have for your live auction. A large screen projecting visuals of the live auction items as the auctioneer sells them is a nice-to-have. Audio is critical for a charity auction. Guests won't bid unless they can understand the numbers being called by the
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If you're ready to change the feel of your auction, holding the event in a tent might do the trick. They have an almost romantic feel to them! Tents can be set up almost anywhere. I've worked inside tents set up in a backyard, a pasture, and the grounds of a museum. As explained in the video, tents are nice ... but they do present special challenges as a venue. Watch the video for details.
Charity benefit auctions are unique in that the sound system required is different than what is needed for a band, singer, or a typical speaker. Learn all the specifics -- what, when, where, why and how -- in this great Q&A. I cover a lot of information about the type of system you need for your next gala. Watch the video below.
Red Apple Auctions has conducted four charity auctions this month. Three of the auction venues were scheduled to be tents. Two galas stuck to the schedule and held them in the tents. In one case, the rain poured. In another, the rain cleared. (See video below.) One gala moved to an alternate location (an airport hangar), just in case. In the fall and spring, tents are a popular venue choice. They allow people to be outside and enjoy the weather. They lend a dreamy feel to the
In the Washington, D.C. area, spring and fall seem to be the two big seasons for tents. There are few auction venues that offer such a romantic feel. Guests are outside, under the stars (sort of), with grass underfoot. But beyond those positive qualities, tents offer some challenges, which I describe in this week's podcast.Listen to the podcast below.