TAKING BIDS BLOG

April 2, 2018

For all of the love there is for babies, puppies and yoga pants, please consult a professional sound company. The majority of event spaces do not have a sound system that is powerful enough for your fundraiser. It is great for a wedding toast or when the mayor is givin...

February 21, 2018

Bars are a natural place for people to gather. At the beginning of an event, people are more likely to roam around because you probably have activities for them in which they can participate. Once people have completed their bidding in the silent auction and have purch...

February 16, 2018

Timing is one of the most important components of an event. The placement of your live auction and/or fund-a-need is critical to its success. I am often asked about “perfect timing” and there is no cookie-cutter answer for a fundraiser because each event is unique.

With...

February 7, 2018

This tip for turning drinkers into donors goes hand-in-hand with part one. During the reception, serve appetizers. Most events start in the early evening which is hours removed from lunch and still a solid hour from dinner. If you have ever consumed alcohol on an empty...

January 4, 2018

Part of a successful fundraising event is providing opportunities for your guests to socialize. This component is typically referred to as the reception or cocktail hour. After guests check-in, the first thing the majority of them are going to do is head to the bar. Ba...

December 13, 2017

One statement that makes me scared for any client is “Let’s get them drunk so they spend more money.” If you have ever said this, thought this, or consider the above to be true, keep reading.

In the next seven blog posts, I will be discussing this topic. First, allow me...

November 28, 2017

Getting items for your auction is hard. I know that many of you reading this post may have the type of situation where you are taking donations right before your doors open for the event and you are scrambling to find a place to put them.  While my advice in this situa...

November 2, 2017

I would like to share a story with you I call the “Christmas Wreath Incident”.  I call it an incident rather than an auction because “incident” is a much more accurate description.  Working with clients is a two way street for TBBA.  We interview potential clients just...

October 3, 2017

How much time would you spend researching a vacation to Paris? When was the last time you dropped thousands of dollars on a vacation before you researched the destination or checked schedules?  Or spent your hard earned money on a piece of art before you measured if it...

September 19, 2017

It is common to find items and experiences at benefit auctions that are marketed as “priceless”.  Examples of this include: autographed memorabilia, a private dinner with a celebrity, or the rights to name a local street. These items are considered priceless because th...

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