Category: Auctions

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Think Like a Guest to Provide Attendees the Best Experience at Your Benefit Auction

When you focus on your guests’ enjoyment, your guests will reward you. This may be obvious, but is too often overlooked in the planning. Some committees do a great job thinking about the party, theme, food, decorations, program, service and the event mission. Those are all important. But what will pay the biggest dividends is to “think […]

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Use the “Buy It Now Board” to Sell Small-Ticket Items at Your Silent Auction

Your auction committee likely acquired great vacations, unique memorabilia, and bucket list experiences for your live or silent auction. These are no-brainers to include in the bidding, as they are sure to get your audience buzzing. Your committee likely also procured an array of certificates from local businesses: cleaning, dance lessons, chiropractic service, haircuts and styles, tanning […]

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Put Your Live Auction Items in the Right Order to Maximize Donations

The “when” of selling items in your live auction is often as important as the “what.” Here are some guidelines to sequence your live auction items to maximize donations: 1. Start with a tangible item. Starting with a tangible and “emotional” item focuses the audience’s attention and engages them from the get-go. Something for kids is always […]

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5 Steps to Launching a Successful Marketing Campaign for Your Benefit Event

Getting supporters to attend your non-profit’s gala is tough work, especially if it is your organization’s first year throwing an event. Budgetary constraints and time demands further complicate things. Taking the time to properly plan your marketing campaign can help you sell tickets efficiently and stay on budget. In this post, we explore ways to structure your […]

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8 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Mobile Bidding Provider for Your Auction

So you’ve decided to use mobile bidding at your upcoming gala. Great decision! Mobile bidding will reduce your hassle managing paper bid sheets, drive up bids, and simplify checkout. How do you choose the right mobile bidding provider for your event? Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution as your event has unique needs and preferences. But, this […]

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The Ultimate Benefit Auction Checklist

Are you organizing a benefit auction, but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered. We’ve worked with thousands of events and boiled down the essentials tasks and decision points to the following checklist. Note: This checklist focuses on the auction processes within the event and is not a substitute for a full event planning guide. […]

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