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An In“Vest”ed Interest

Posted by Scott On November 26th

I’ve often said, when it comes to live auctions, you never know what is going to take place. One must stay on his toes.  One must be willing to act and react quickly no matter the circumstance that arises. In one such case, I had to give the shirt off my back

Well, it wasn’t my shirt, but another article of clothing that I hold very dear to my heart – one of my signature, colorful vests. My trademark

The incident occurred recently during a fund-a-mission for a private school looking to raise money for financial aid for students. The event was going along as planned when suddenly a voice in the crowd yelled out, “I’ll donate $5,000 to the school in exchange for your vest.”  Without hesitation I unbuttoned my jacket – and then the vest – and handed it over to the gentleman who made the generous offer

As I started to walk away the same gentleman asked, “What about the matching bow tie?”  Turning back towards him I replied, “That wasn’t part of the deal” – which made the guests in the room laugh as they waited for a response

“Alright,” the vest-holding donor said, “I’ll donate $2,500 more for the bow tie.” Which, of course, I promptly removed and handed to him much to the crowd’s delight

That night an extra $7,500 was raised for a great cause.  One of the guests went home with a vest and a tie.  And I went home with my suitcase just a little bit lighter.

I’m just glad he didn’t ask me for my shoes.

 

 

 

For additional information on fundraising auctions and Scott Robertson Auctioneers, please visit his website.

Fun and Fresh

Posted by Scott On November 20th

 

Be honest, is your fundraising event growing stale? Have your profits reached a plateau or worse yet diminishing?

Have you heard a committee member say something to the effect of “I don’t understand why people don’t want to attend our event anymore and donate generously”. “We are doing things just as we always have done them and it worked in the past”.

If this is the case you need to revive your event make it Fun and with Fresh ideas and auction items

Click on this link to watch a video and learn more.

 

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Best Surprise

Posted by Scott On November 15th

Based upon my 20 years of conducting fundraising auctions I have repeatably learned the best surprise at a benefit auction is no surprise, especially when it comes to auction items. Communicate with your attendees the items, along with the features and benefits, and allow the potential bidders come prepared to bid.

Imagine there is a golf package for 2 people, two fellows decide on the package up to a certain amount, and suddenly the announcement is made by the auctioneer “Good news, the package is now for four people”. The two guys original plan goes away and they frantically try to figure out what other two people they can invite during bidding, and before they make a decision, the auctioneer says “sold”, and is on to the next item. The two guys………………never made the first bid. This is a true story.

The theory of a surprise addition sounds great…………..but the reality is generally less than desirable

For another true story contained within a short video blog, please click on this link.

After viewing please let me know your thoughts.

By the way, the vest in this video, is no longer contained within my wardrobe. At a recent fundraising auction, this vest was sold for a donation of $5,000.00 to the school.

Based upon my 20 years of conducting fundraising auctions I have repeatably learned the best surprise at a benefit auction is no surprise, especially when it comes to auction items. Communicate with your attendees the items, along with the features and benefits, and allow the potential bidders come prepared to bid.

Imagine there is a golf package for 2 people, two fellows decide on the package up to a certain amount, and suddenly the announcement is made by the auctioneer “Good news, the package is now for four people”. The two guys original plan goes away and they frantically try to figure out what other two people they can invite during bidding, and before they make a decision, the auctioneer says “sold”, and is on to the next item. The two guys………………never made the first bid. This is a true story.

The theory of a surprise addition sounds great…………..but the reality is generally less than desirable.

For another true story contained within a short video blog, please click on this link.

After viewing please let me know your thoughts.

By the way, the vest in this video, is no longer contained within my wardrobe. At a recent fundraising auction, this vest was sold for a donation of $5,000.00 to the school.

 

“For additional information on fundraising auctions and Scott Robertson Auctioneers, please visit his website“© 2012 Scott Robertson Auctioneers. All Rights Reserved. All content is subject to copyright and may not be reproduced in any form without express written consent of the author.

Pairing Items with Needs

Posted by Scott On November 8th

“A question I am frequently asked is “what items should seek out for our fundraising auction”? The answer…..it totally depends upon the demographics of your attendees. Click on this link for a short video (1 minute) which will better explain my thoughts.

Scott

 

Scott Robertson Fundraising Consultants/Auctioneers

“For additional information on fundraising auctions and Scott Robertson Auctioneers, please visit his website“© 2012 Scott Robertson Auctioneers. All Rights Reserved. All content is subject to copyright and may not be reproduced in any form without express written consent of the author.