your event

Your event is important to Benefit Bidding.  How important?  So important we dedicate an entire blog post just for you and your event.  We want you to make money for your organization and do something great to help your community.  In order to do that, we put together some great information about your event and your organization.

The blog includes many different pieces of information that will help promote your event.  Benefit Bidding provides a ton of information about your organization that will help your fundraiser.  We tell your community about what your organization does and what you are raising money to help do.  This information can really help people get behind your event and help you promote your cause.  We also include any logo designs for your organization and your event.

Your online auction is also linked to the blog.  This gives your organization the opportunity to start making money for your cause as soon as the blog goes up!  The online auction includes pictures, descriptions, and other information to make the most money for your cause.  You can also use this to sell tickets to your event!  It’s an easy way to make a big difference in your fundraising!

Our blog information includes everything you need to help promote your event in an easy to read blog which you can send out to all the people who would be interested in your event.  The blog is easy to link to and you can send it out on Twitter, Facebook, email and other social media sites.

Curious?  Take a look at some great examples by following the link here.  Benefit Bidding can help you organize and promote the information for your organization’s event!  Call us today for your free consultation!

Turn a SINGLE RAFFLE TICKET into a
live auction item that raises THOUSANDS!!

Our Benefit Bidding team will provide you with creative, fun, and easy ways to raise more money.  In a past blog, we shared how we helped one of our clients raise $2,200 simply by auctioning the opportunity for one table of guests to be the first in the buffet line.

In this blog, we will explain The Tenth Ticket…
We have helped our clients raise as much as $20,000 – just by auctioning a single raffle ticket for an item the group was already raffling!

Here is how it works:

Once you have procured the donation of a raffle prize item which will be highly sought after by your supporters, sell as many raffle tickets as you can.  Do this before your event and at the event. But, if you are selling a finite number of raffle tickets, be sure to refrain from selling the last raffle ticket.  This last raffle ticket will become a live auction item – The Tenth Ticket.

Prior to the live auction, if you still have any remaining raffle tickets (other than The Tenth Ticket), make one last announcement about the raffle and sell as many raffle tickets as possible.

Then, during the live auction, at the time that your auctioneer is ready to auction The Tenth Ticket:   The auctioneer will announce it is time for the raffle.  The auctioneer will ask the event chair/auction/honorary chair/dignitary to draw 9 tickets from the drum.  The names of the 9 ticket holders are announced. The 9 tickets drawn are placed in a “Finalist” bowl/hat.  (To make the process even more exciting, music could be played after each name and cheering and clapping encouraged “celebrate” each of the 9 ticket holders.)

The auctioneer then reaches in his pocket and pulls out the Tenth Ticket and announces that he will auction this ticket.  The winning high bidder of this ticket will then have a 1 in 10 chance of winning the raffle.  He also reminds the 9 people who already have a ticket in the finalist bowl/hat, that they can also bid on the ticket – because if they are the high winning bidder of the Tenth Ticket, they will have a 2 in 10 chance to win the raffle!

The auctioneer then sells the “Tenth Ticket.”

The “Tenth Ticket” with winning bidder name is added to finalist bowl/hat with the other 9 tickets.

Auction chair/event chair/honorary chair/dignitary then draws the winning ticket from the finalist bowl/hat.

Dependent upon the raffle prize, we have seen the Tenth Ticket raise anywhere from $1,000 to $20,000  –  Not bad for an item which was totally free for the non-profit.

The Tenth Ticket also melds quite well at events with a “Casino Theme.”

Have questions?  Click here to contact us!

 

About Lloyd Cooper

Lloyd Cooper, CAI, BAS, PRILloyd is Benefit Bidding’s founder and lead auctioneer. After his graduation from Missouri Auction School in 1990, he founded Lloyd Cooper Auctioneers. He is an active member of the Texas Auctioneers Association (TAA), National Auctioneers Association (NAA), graduate of the Professional Ringman Institute, graduate of the NAA Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) program and holds the CAI designation from the NAA. Lloyd previously served on the Board of Directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Northeast Texas Chapter. Lloyd is a U.S. Navy veteran. In his free time, Lloyd is an amateur vintner and owns a private vineyard. He has dabbled as a brewmeister and received a national award for his American Pale Ale. Lloyd enjoys golfing and sporting clays, skeet, and trap.

Every organization supports a good cause.  The key is to let people know about your cause and how important it is.  The more people who know, the more money you will raise, and the better off your cause will be.

  • Tell friends and family about the people or organization you are helping.  Bring it up in casual conversation.
  • Send out updates about the organization you are supporting.  If your organization supports a cause, send updates about what they support.  For example, a local organization gives monetary funds to a group that provides therapy horses to local children.  Sending updates to those who have given money or time before allows them to know what their money has been used to do.  This can be a mass e-mail, postcard, or letter.  Include pictures of what is happening as a visual reference.  There are several ways to do this.  Microsoft Word has templates that can help you with a newsletter.
  • Find out as much about your organization and cause.  Before people give time, money, or auction items, they want to know exactly what they will be funding.  The more you know, the more people will want to help your cause.
  • Share posts from the organization on social media.  Retweeting, sharing on Facebook, and including it on your Instagram feed can help raise awareness of the organization and help you raise money later on.
  • Tell everyone in your organization to share these simple tips to help your cause.  If the other members of your organization do these things as well, your organization will get out more information and more money to help.

People love to hear how they can help others and how they have helped others in the past.  Keeping in contact with people who have given money for your cause in the past will help you to raise more money in the future.

Photo by Matus Laslofi.

Benefit Bidding strives to find fun and exciting auction items.

In one of our planning meetings with the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce,  we suggested “First in Buffet Line” as a warm up item for our live auction.  To make the item even more desirable and increase audience involvement, we also suggested that the winning bidder would also be allowed pick the table that would be last to pile their plates with the  delicious spread of food.

When the auction started, the bidding got fast and  furious  between bidders at two separate  tables.  First in Buffet Line ended up selling for $1,100!  When the winning table selected who they wanted to go last, they quickly replied that table that’s been bidding against us!  I quickly turned to the other table and informed them that the winning table wanted them to go last – BUT if they matched the winning bid I would let them go second.  They quickly accepted my offer and purchased “Second in Buffet Line” for $1,100. This item, quickly raised $2,200 for the chamber – an item that was no expense for the non-profit.

Selling first in buffet line raised so much excitement that it ended up on the front page of the Midlothian Mirror (see photo below).

Yes, it requires hard work and planning, but we are here to help you raise money for your nonprofit.

Looking for ideas to raise even more at your event?  Give us a call.

Have questions?  Click here to contact us!

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About Lloyd Cooper

Lloyd Cooper, CAI, BAS, PRILloyd is Benefit Bidding’s founder and lead auctioneer. After his graduation from Missouri Auction School in 1990, he founded Lloyd Cooper Auctioneers. He is an active member of the Texas Auctioneers Association (TAA), National Auctioneers Association (NAA), graduate of the Professional Ringman Institute, graduate of the NAA Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) program and holds the CAI designation from the NAA. Lloyd previously served on the Board of Directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Northeast Texas Chapter. Lloyd is a U.S. Navy veteran. In his free time, Lloyd is an amateur vintner and owns a private vineyard. He has dabbled as a brewmeister and received a national award for his American Pale Ale. Lloyd enjoys golfing and sporting clays, skeet, and trap.

Team events are an amazing way to raise money for your organization.  They can really bring a community together and help more people hear about your organization and the causes they support.  Here are some ideas for live team fundraiser events that include silent auctions or online auctions.

Spelling Bee Competition: Everyone loves to show off how smart they are and spelling bees for adults are the perfect way to make that happen.  A participating team will sign-up to participate and rules can vary depending the degree of difficulty and how many teams or individual participants you have.  Teams can pay a small entry fee in addition to having a silent auction or online auction.  Click here for more information on planning a spelling bee.

Trivia Night: This is another amazing and fun idea for a community activity.  Teams form to answer general knowledge questions and see who is the smartest.  Questions are asked and a timer starts to help move the game along.  In order to play as a team, people can pay a small fee and can also participate in a silent auction and an online auction.  Teams can also win small certificates or prizes for decorating a table, having the best team name, or best team uniform.  Find some great ideas to help plan your event here.

Bowling Tournament:  Bowling is a great team fundraiser.  Teams pay a small fee to play and win prizes based on their overall scores.  Bowling can be great fun and bowling alleys are more than willing to help provide a place for your event.  Prizes can also be given for best team name and best bowling uniforms.

Benefit Bidding can help you plan any of these events and help you with any of your auction needs.  We offer a wide variety of services that can make these types of events incredible experiences for your guests.  These events can be great fundraisers, but adding an online auction and/or silent auction can really help you make the most money for your organization.

 

 

You might think you have a small organization or that you don’t have many auction items, so having an auction isn’t right for you.  We work with organizations both small and large, with live auctions and online auctions.  We have so much to offer your organization starting with your first phone call for a consultation!

A consultation with us is meant for us to listen and ascertain what type of fundraising event would be right for you.  We want you to have the best experience, so our professional staff will make sure your individual needs are met.  It does not matter what size auction, how much money you project you will raise, we will provide you with the best service to make the most of your auction.  Listening to your wants and needs is our highest priority.

We will also provide you with an auction planning guide.  This guide will help you understand all of our services and give you valuable information to help you plan your event.  It takes between 6 months and a year to plan a large auction.  Why not take the time to do it right and allow us to help you make the most of your event.  Every live auction walks a tightrope between party and  fundraiser.  Benefit Bidding has the expertise to strike the right balance, making your sure your guests enjoy themselves and your organization gains the funds it needs.

Our consultations with you can help you determine the right venue for your event, how much time it will take to plan, help you find items for the auction, even helping your set the room to best generate the most money from your auctions.  A list of consulting services is available here.

Starting with your first call, we will help you make a memorable, fun, and profitable night for your organization.  Benefit Bidding will be there every step of the way.  We want to help you make the most for your organization no matter how big or small.  Contact us for your consultation today!

Once you have made the decision to have an auction, how to you let people know when and where to bid on your amazing items?  There are some amazing ways to advertise your auction.

Send invitations.  If you are having a formal event, send paper invitations to those who are invited.  These will need to be mailed at least four to six weeks in advance.  This will give people time to plan, send in RSVPs or regrets, and arrange other vital appointments, like babysitters.  If you are having a less formal gathering, you might consider online invitations like evite.com.  This is far less formal, but it is free and easy to use.

Use a newsletter.  In the previous blog post, we discussed using a newsletter to let people know about your cause.  You can do the same when letting people know about your upcoming auctions. Newsletters are a great way to inform people of what you are doing and how your organization is benefiting others.  Be sure to include the dates and website address of the online auction.

Advertise on your website.  Benefit Bidding will post the online auction on your website for you.  It is easy to let us use the traffic you get to your website to advertise and announce the excellent items you have up for auction.

Use social media.  Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat are a great way to advertise the items you have to auction and let people know when and where to bid.  Using a website that combines all your social media accounts can really help you stay organized and make sure your message is clear and that no social media aspect has been ignored.  Hootsuite is a wonderful and free product available at hootsuite.com.

Benefit Bidding can help you with any and all of these wonderful ways to advertise your auction.  We want to help you make the most money you can from your auction in order to help your organization or cause.  Let us know how we can help you!

 

What are online auctions and how can they benefit your organization?

Great question!  Let me explain how Benefit Bidding can help you plan the perfect online auction.

Benefit Bidding offers several different ways to make money for your organization.  One of the best ways is an online auction.  When you think of an online auction, you may think of e-bay or other online companies that may contain junk or throwaway items.  Our online auctions are different and can really help you make the most money for your organization.  All you have to do is sit back and let us take care of it for you!

You might think you have to build your own auction website, but you don’t.  Benefit Bidding will custom build a website just for you.  If you want to view one, follow the link to http://www.benefitbidding.com/auction-events/.  This site contains your logo, information, and event details.  It’s perfect and just for your organization!  Links to particular types of items make browsing easy for your bidders.

You can set the online auction up to have anyone bid on the items.  This literally means anyone!  People from all across the United States can look at your items online and bid on them.  Easy to read instructions on how to bid on items can be found here.  You can also have the online event coincide with your live auction at your event.  It is perfect for those who want to participate in your fundraiser, but can’t make it to the live auction.  Not sure what items would be perfect for an online auction?  Benefit Bidding can make suggestions on the best and most popular items!

If at anytime you need help or have questions about online auctions, you can always call us or click here for more information.  This is one of the best and easiest ways to make money for your organization.  Benefit Bidding can’t wait to help you plan and implement your online auction!