4 Things We Learned about Silent Auctions from a Hit ABC Sitcom

Posted by Summy Lau on Mar 2, 2017 9:06:09 AM

4 things we learned about silent auctions from a hit ABC sitcom

With spring fundraising season upon us, many nonprofits are hustling to procure quality items for their charity auctions. How can you generate higher bids on every item and make the silent auction worthwhile?

In popular ABC sitcom Last Man Standing, funny guy Tim Allen plays Mike Baxter, a marketing director for sporting goods retailer Outdoor Man. His wife, Vanessa, is a revered geologist doubling as leader of the PTA.

See below as Vanessa and Mike attend a fundraiser for the school that includes a silent auction - and one hilarious pen-and-paper bidding war. Then see if you can spot the 4 best practices we found in the clip, plus get free downloads for your next auction (like customizable bid sheet templates).

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Topics: Silent Auction Ideas, event-production, silent auction bid sheets, silent auction items, silent auctions

Mobile and Online Bidding: A Comprehensive Guide to Silent Auction Technology

Posted by Summy Lau on Jul 28, 2016 10:02:12 AM
Mobile and Online Bidding Strategies for Silent Auctions

Charity auctions are consistently among the most popular and lucrative events nonprofits can host.

While the basic rules of fundraising auctions have remained the same over the years, the format of these events is rapidly evolving, thanks to the advancement of auction technology.

On the one hand, auction technology has made planning and executing charity auctions much easier for nonprofits. On the other, because it’s so specialized, many organizations are at a loss as to what exactly auction software does and how they can use it in practice.

We regularly receive questions from fundraisers about auction technology, so we wanted to clear up some of the uncertainty. We teamed up with our friends at BidPal to create an expert comprehensive guide to auction technology. Today we'll cover:

  1. Online Auctions & Event Sites
  2. Online Auction Catalogs
  3. Online Ticketing
  4. Mobile Bidding: More Profitable Silent Auctions
  5. Mobile Bidding: Smoother Live Cash Appeals
  6. Auction Scoreboards and Fundraising Thermometers

Read on to learn the basic functionalities of auction software, plus practical ways these tools can raise more at your next auction.

Online Auctions and Event Sites - Charity Auction Technology

1. Online Auctions & Event Sites

Online auctions are, simply put, digital silent auctions.

While most charity auctions are limited to a single night and venue, online charity auctions allow organizations to open up their auctions to more donors for longer periods of time. They're typically paired with silent and live auctions to make the most of your marketing efforts. Plus, since there are fewer costs with an online event, they can be done with minimal risk or investment.

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Topics: event-production, silent auction bid sheets, online donors, mobile bidding, event-promotion, mobile fundraising

Bid Sheets 101: Improve Your Silent Auction With Better Bid Sheets

Posted by Ian Lauth on Mar 18, 2014 1:29:00 PM

 Silent Auction Bid Sheet Templates

 

A simple bid sheet can have a great deal of influence over a donor’s decision to place a bid or not. Make sure to include information that will clearly inform your guests about the item they are considering. 

Following are seven of the most important pieces to include on your silent auction bid sheets:

1. Organization Name

Label all bid sheets with your organization’s name or event logo to remind donors who they are supporting with each bid. If you have room, try to fit in a little blurb about where the money is going and how it is specifically going to help. These small reminders can have a profound affect on donors who are on the fence about placing a bid for a particular item.

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Topics: event-production, silent auction bid sheets

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