Recently I was asked about whether theme auctions/galas make more money? The answer is YES, if the crowd participates in your theme. Wearing a costume, or specialty clothing to an event is a lot of fun! When your guests really get into it they will have more fun, and spend more money! Themes aren’t just … More Auction Theme Ideas To Create Revenue, and Fun At Your Next Event
Whether you have a dessert dash or are doing a dessert auction, it is always fun to see the creativity people use when making desserts for the event. Now, I have learned not take bites of them, but sometimes it’s hard especially when they are as creative as this one from an event a few years … More Make More $ On Your Dessert Dash
Making sure you have the right auction team for your event is the number 1 most important decision you will make for your benefit auction. Number 2 on that list? Proper sound and lighting. It doesn’t matter who your auctioneer is, if your guests can’t hear them – they will not be engaged. If they … More Can you hear me now? If not, you aren’t maximizing your revenues!
Ian from Winspire and I recently held a Webinar talking about ideas to “Maximize Revenue From Your Benefit Auction.” If you didn’t have a chance to sign up, you can listen and watch here:
Music is something that triggers emotions, so why not use it during your live auction? Even hearing a 10 second clip of a song can bring back positive memories or feelings which we can turn into higher bids, and a good time for your audience. How about a song for each item in the live … More Utilize Music to make your Live Auction items POP!
Sometimes the cost of a professional auctioneer can be daunting. However, a pro will usually make back their fee with just one idea at a pre-planning meeting. If you aren’t getting fresh ideas and consulting from your auctioneer… you need a new auctioneer. Even if you an event planner / consultant working with your group, … More Expect MORE from your Auctioneer
You should only be hiring Benefit Auctioneer Specialists to handle your event. No matter if you make $1 million, $100,000 or $50,000 a trained auctioneer will make a difference. BAS is a two-part educational program which trains auction professionals to enhance their services to customers. Coursework focuses on the fundraising components of the benefit … More Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) – What it means…
I had so much fun earlier this week, attending the National Auctioneers Association Benefit Auction Summit in San Diego. 130+ of the nation’s best fundraising auctioneers gathered to share ideas at the annual summit. I can’t wait to pass along to the organizations my company works with all the wonderful things we learned. I am … More Benefit Auction Summit
It was time for a new logo! And here it is! Also – Stephen Kilbreath Benefit Auctions, is now Stephen Kilbreath Auctions & Events. The main part of our business will always be consulting and fundraising for non-profits, but if your group needs an emcee or professional item reader who is familiar with what is needed … More Auctions… & Events
I have really been impressed with Greater Giving’s platform. Anything you could possibly need for your event is taken care of. And the customer support is awesome. They have solutions to help you streamline your event. They are also the leaders in nonprofit technology. They also have a wonderful blog with great ideas and up-to-date fundraising … More Greater Giving