Live and silent auctions are an effective and fun way for any organization to raise money, whether in person or online.
MaxGiving has solutions to make any type of auction more effective, efficient, and convenient.
MaxGiving recommends an Event Management system or a Check Out system at a minimum. You need an efficient way to register your bidders with a payment card securely stored on file and check them out at the end of the night without long lines. It works best if the system links the bidder number to the payment card at check-in. Your attendees will love you for eliminating long lines at the end of the evening.
We also recommend doing fund-a-need as a component of your live auction. It is more effective when a personal story is shared by someone touched by the organization followed by the auctioneer asking for donations starting in large increments down to a smaller amount. This should be done towards the very end of the night so people who came to give can even if they were not the winning bidder earlier in the night. * A bonus to the participant is that 100% of these contributions are tax deductible.
Live Auction Preview
It is also helpful to have live auction preview to promote your Live Auction items to attendees ahead of time. Showcase them on your registration page to build interest. Later during dinner and while the Live Auction is getting under way, the attendees can plan ahead and discuss their plans with a spouse or friend for bigger spending.
Benefit auctioneers are specially trained to bring your organization more money during live auctions, and bring an energy and excitement that makes the evening more memorable.
Express Check Out- can be utilized by itself or with other events like a live auction. With Express Check Out, your donors are done when the auction is done. No more waiting in long lines at the end of an evening.
Printable Bid Sheets
Bid sheets with 3 carbon copies are ideal unless you are doing all electronic bidding. This allows for easier record keeping on the night of the event.
Mobile bidding devices are very popular right now! You can now use your smart phone to bid during a live event, get outbid notifications, check to see what you won and even check out.