Fundraising Auctioneer - Scott Robertson Auctioneers Blog

Fundraising Auctioneer

Scott Robertson Auctioneers Blog

You know it seems like 50% of the time when I’m doing an event for the first time, the same question always comes up, right in the heart of the event.

When the silent auction is going on and it’s about to be closed down, someone will come rushing up and say, “Wait, wait! We can’t close the silent auction. We don’t have enough bids!”

Well I’m telling you, ladies and gentlemen, if you don’t follow your timeline, if you don’t close on the timeline…BIG, BIG MISTAKE.

See if you postpone closing the silent auction what’s going to happen is now you’ve just delayed everything for the rest of the event all the way through, including the food. So if you extend the silent auction an extra 15 minutes, when dinner is served, it’s gonna actually be served 15 minutes late. Where’s that food been sitting for the last 15 minutes? You’re gonna have disappointed fans, okay?

So, what you wanna do is this. Don’t delay the silent auction. People don’t need more time. What they need is a deadline. We’ll talk more about that in another blog. But don’t delay the silent auction closing. It’ll come back to haunt you, guaranteed.

Do you run a non-profit that needs to raise some serious funds? Don’t be a stranger! Reach out. 🙂 I’m here for you.

1 Response

  1. Norma Says:

    So true! It’s one of the most frustrating things when this happens and you are the one that has to “pick up the pace.”. It makes the event coordinator look disorganized and adds pressure to an already stressful activity. This has happened to me on more than one occasion and the additional amount raised,if any, is minimal.

    Posted on September 21st, 2015 at 1:18 pm

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