As I've been preaching for several months in my "The Next 6 Months: Conversations" series and "Virtual Gala Cheatsheet," I designate virtual galas into five primary approaches. Two-screen solutions One-screen solutions Zoom Meeting (or webinar) platform 100% pre-recorded Hybrid, which I define as a small group of people onsite and a larger audience watching via livestream Most of the 33 virtual galas I worked in 2020 were either two-screen solutions or Zoom-type galas, but
Last last week I heard an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of NIAID. He was asked when normal human interactions might resume. In today's VLOG, I read his answer from that interview and consider what happens in that time period between everyone running virtual galas and then groups moving back to traditional in-person galas. https://youtu.be/IuUb0vZziHk As you heard in my video, the short answer is that -- with a lot of "ifs" -- normal human interaction might resume in
Last week I created a "Virtual Gala Cheat Sheet" for a webinar. Renee Zau of DonationMatch had asked a client and I to participate on a webinar for the San Diego chapter of the American Marketing Association. The topic was "Virtual Fundraising Events That Work: Best Practices and Trends." If you've participated in my free "The Next 6 Months" conversation series on COVID-19 and galas, you are probably further along in your understanding than what the Virtual Gala Cheat Sheet offers. Even
Occasionally I'll visit with a nonprofit seeking to hire both a virtual auctioneer and invest in some new auction software. Which hire should happen first: Should they lock in the fundraising auctioneer they want to hire? Or sign a contract for the auction software? There's no question in my mind -- LOCK IN THE VIRTUAL AUCTIONEER! There are some solid reasons as to why I suggest this approach, and I talk about them in today's blog post video. Watch it below. P.S.
I've heard from some auction planners who feel they need several weeks to ramp up to a virtual gala. Not necessarily. One small nonprofit managed to pivot to virtual in 8 days by investing in my Virtual Gala Fundraiser in a Box program. They signed on Thursday. We had a meeting on Friday, before the long Memorial Day weekend. Bam! The following Saturday, they held their first virtual gala. Isn't that impressive? At the virtual gala, they had their largest attendance