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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:17 pm 
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I'll go first,

When I do a fund raiser at a golf club I like to take a golf bag full of different size "gavels" and switch from small to large as the bids go up.

What good idea do you have for the rest of us?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 11:40 am 
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An EMT will tell you that a victim of severe trauma has a “Golden Hour”. Sixty minutes between onset of the trauma and development of severe complications that often lead to death. A fundraising event also has a golden hour, my experience ending around 9:00 where maximum funds are raised. Around 9:00 folks begin walking out the door. As fundraising auctioneers, it’s our job to convince the powers that are in control the event to give us that golden hour to sell 20 items and do a fund an item/need/emotional appeal, call it what you want, raising maximum revenue for the event.

Time is money at a benefit auction, and if the goal is to raise $500,000.00 in the golden hour, every minute is worth $8000.00.

More ideas on my Blog http://www.mikevendetti.com/benefitauctions/

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 11:17 pm 
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Great idea Mike thanks for stepping up.
Who's next?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 4:10 pm 
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Looks like you and me so far Rob, but here's another one.

Pick the item in the live auction that you believe will bring the most money. Estimate how much that will be and double it. Say the amount is $5000.00. Sell fifty raffle tickets at $100.00 each for pick of anything in the live auction. The winner may not take that item, so you still have it for the live auction.

Your turn.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:40 pm 
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Mike,

If they don't take it, what is the raffle for?

By the way, I visited your website and I liked your idea on the silent auction. I will have to use that one.

I love charity auctions. When I went to auction school one of the staff held a church service on sunday and in it he asked the students who came which form of auction did God like the best, he answered us it was a charity auction. As his back up he used the verse "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." - 1Corinthians 13

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 11:01 pm 
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Rob,

They can take any item they want, so the most expensive item might still be there.

You can go to the downloads section of my website to download sample forms for the silent auction.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 2:43 pm 
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Rob or anybody else, it's still your turn, but here's another one.

The band or DJ’s sound system probably isn’t going to work for a benefit auction. There are certain areas where a small investment pays big dividends, and a professional sound system is one of them.

Auctions are about communication. The auctioneer needs to communicate with his bidders, and a good sound system is one way he does this. The visual signals and body language the bidders send to the auctioneer is another matter, and I will get to that in another post.

You want your guests to enjoy themselves at your event. Believe me when I say that speakers at the front of a room with the volume loud enough for the person sitting in the back of the room to hear clearly will irritate those folks sitting in front of the speakers. A benefit auctioneer’s sound system needs to have loudspeakers around the guests. This way, the volume can be set at level that allows guests to converse and still understand what the auctioneer is communicating.

It can be better to have a bad auctioneer with a good sound system then a good auctioneer with a bad sound system.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:50 pm 
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Just $5 more,,,

Mike,

I could not agree more with that last post. I have been using a system from Missouri Auction School but I am moving up to a bigger system for charity events. I hate using the house system becuse then you have no control of the volume knob.

I like ask a stuck bidder for $5 more than the last bad and then run over and give them a $5 bill to get them going again, you would be suprised how often it works, and the bidding starts back up again.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:44 pm 
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Good idea Rob.

If a client asks why they should hire you instead of the weatherman, try this.


Dr.’s practice medicine, Attorneys practice law, and by practicing they get better at it. Do you suppose O.J. would be playing golf today if he hired Johnny Greenhorn instead of the wily and experienced Johnny Cochran as his lead attorney? Going into surgery you want the best, and the best spend years practicing their craft to become the best.

Volunteers spent months gathering unique items, guests have been invited, and the venue is perfect. So why, turn a fundraising auction over to an amateur or semi skilled auctioneer. Hire the best. Auctioneering is a skill that requires considerable practice to achieve proficiency. How many auctions has your candidate done? Are benefit auctions one of his specialties? Does he offer a consultation package? Check references.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:10 pm 
At a dinner and auction I will do what I call pie in your eye.
I take 3 pies and have organization pick someone to set in a chair in front of everyone.I will then auction the pie off for someone to pie the person sitting in the chair.After they are done the person that got pied can pick anyone they want out of the audience.Whoever they pick can buy their way out for a certain amount unless someone starts bidding against them and wins.
If the person doesn't want to pay they can get pie in their eye.
This usually generates some extra money and a lot of fun.I've never laughed so hard at a Salvation army benefit.You can see a picture on my web site. http://www.almightyauctions.com
Try it they will love it. In fact someone from Hawaii heard about the Pie in your eye while on an airplane and the event was held in Montana.
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