What happens when someone famous -- either famous in your community or to the wider world -- makes an auction item donation that involves a tour of their home? Do you want that known to the wider world? Could it be dangerous for the donor? Here's how I answered the question.
At the end of August, Bloomerang hosted me on a complementary 1-hour training where I taught five simple ways to boost silent auction revenue. This free webinar got a lot of "thumbs up" in emails and Facebook. (Scroll down to read some unsolicited reviews.) Pour yourself a coffee, grab a pen, and settle in to start taking notes. Thanks Steve – got some great ideas and certainly motivational – thanks so much for hosting the
One client sells a popular item in the live auction. It’s the chance for eight people to dine at a nice restaurant with the Head of the School. Fine wines are served and the food is spectacular, but the real draw is the chance to enjoy a meal with the popular headmaster. “Get your 'Group-on,'” one of the auction co-chairs encourages. “Bid on this item with your friends!” It’s a clever play on words. Since the word “Groupon” has entered our vocabulary around 2009, many of us know a Groupon to
In two weeks, I'm teaching a FREE teleclass on auction procurement and how you can get donated items without leaving your house. (Click to register for my Seven Procurement Secrets no-cost call.) I'll be writing about procurement until then. Today I'm sharing a short story about consignment items for fundraisers. ++++++++++++++ Here's a quick story about consignment that clients tell me again ... and again ... and again ... and again ... and you get the idea. While working for a small gala
One of my onsite clients was approached by one of their other vendors. He offered them a consigned condo. They forwarded me his email. I nearly fell off my chair when I read it. Here are the first few phrases of the email: Hi CLIENT, Here's the "offer" email I typically send out 30 days before an event... ----- I hope you are making good progress on your donations for your upcoming event. I wanted to help with what I think is a win-win offer. My wife and I have a condo in