Put descriptions or a short list in the invitations or emails before the event, enabling people to plan ahead of time to buy them at the real event. A great-looking catalogue will promote your great items to potential bidders. It helps produce word-of-mouth and enthusiasm for certain items well in advance of the auction.
2. Advertise your auction items at the event
It’s key to have a detailed list or descriptions of the things being auctioned – and on the tables at the event.
You need to make the most of every chance to play up these items before an enthusiastic crowd.
3. Best items are those with an experience or unique value
You want unique items that you can’t purchase anywhere else. Things of an “experience” can be invaluable – much better than something with a tangible cost.
4. Plea or gift and silent auctions after the live auction
People may not have given all their money at the live auction, and they can go and bid again on the file and give money to the plea. A pro auctioneer really can make all the difference.
5. Money over atmosphere
Bring up the lights and turn off the stage spotlights. I can’t tell you how many auctions I’ve been to where there was low or no lighting on the items.
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UK Charity fundraising and auction advice and information for charities to raise awareness and funds
BuyOnceGivetwice was founded in 2007 and launched in 2008 in response to what we felt was a need for a trustworthy and enjoyable auction site rooted in philanthropy.
They worked innovatively and pro-actively with all the charities we partner with to help raise more funds for them, as well as having some really lovely things for everyone to buy. We are always looking for more ways to help and welcome any suggestions.
This facility gives charities the opportunity to 'sell' items required for their own charitable work and gives buyers the chance to donate directly to a charity by the purchase of (for instance) a wheelchair, children's therapy equipment or funding for research . These items are nearly always Gift Aidable, we achknowledge all factors.
There is no outlay cost for charities when signing up. 15% commission is charged for every lot sold on the site, however flat fees can be arranged for larger online campaigns, virtual events and live events.
Developed a new concept to help charities open up their events and auctions to a larger audience whilst reducing the costs.
The idea is that the charities holds any number of small events (i.e. dinner parties) across the country, which can be then linked up through the site to bid on one auction, this gives a greater impression of the company and charity This creates a cheaper and much larger event through the web.
Giving Lots can work with your charity to create a bespoke online campaign specific to your charity's needs. Included is a bespoke auction page, bespoke URL, advert on Giving Lots' home page, news coverage on Giving Lots and help with marketing and PR coverage.
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