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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.

 

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