Here are some ideas on how to market charity auction donations that arrive “last minute,” meaning anything acquired after the catalog is printed.
Small items are less of a worry. If a $25 gift card isn’t properly promoted, you could give it to a hard-working volunteer and feel good about it.
But what about something like an $85,000 donation? (See photo.)
Charity auction donations that are valuable and attractive to guests must have onsite marketing. It’s important to get the word out for hands to be up at your charity auction.
Let’s run through some options you can work on prior to the auction.
If time allows, have some signs made that can be displayed predominantly throughout registration, the silent auction, the bathrooms, the bar, and anywhere else guests might wander.
If you have the email addresses of your attendees, it’s easy to send out a quick blast encouraging guests to read about this latest donation. web links that can help sell the item should be included.
If your charity auction P.R. committee has been using Facebook or Twitter, they can start promoting the item/s through those channels. Don’t forget to include photos.
Print out fluorescent-colored stickers that say “New Item.” Stick them on the displays and (for silent auction items) bid sheets.
Make phone calls
The old-fashioned way to “reach out and touch someone” is still an excellent way to tell guests about an unexpected item donation. Call likely buyers to share the news of your fabulous new item.
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