Benefit Auction Ideas How To Reduce No-shows At Your Auction-vidalia

Business This past spring, one of my clients experienced a higher-than-usual 9.5 percent no-show rate at their benefit auction. If all of the no-shows had been seated together (they weren’t), it would have amounted to over three empty tables. For this auction, that was a lot of empties. A significant number of no-shows impacts your event. First, you’ve likely already paid for the food so that cost is already an incurred expense. Second, fewer guests means that there are fewer people available to bid on merchandise. Third, if it’s visually apparent to other guests that there are a number of guests absent, that could have a negative affect on the guests who are present. "Where is everyone?" will be the question of the hour, "Why aren’t they here?" To reduce benefit auction no-shows, here are four tips on getting your guests to attend. * First, .municate with your supporters regularly. .munication should be conducted throughout the year, in a consistent fashion – not just when a fundraising auction is taking place. Let’s strive to have your event date so entrenched in the minds of your supporters that they "know" your auction is the second Saturday in May. If you have a monthly newsletter, devote some space each month to writing about the auction. (For many organizations, the benefit auction is the largest fundraiser of the year, so it deserves some consistent publicity.) One month write about underwriting opportunities; another month pen a column on donations. In this manner, your guests be.e more well-informed and your gala date is consistently in front of your supporters, reminding them. .munication through postcards, letters, and phone calls can supplement the marketing effort. * Advertise your gala more frequently as the date nears … even up to the last minute. Phone calls are critical. Starting three weeks out, get volunteers on the phone to invite guests and remind registrants. Emails can also be sent. One email I received to a recent event said, "We’ll see you in three hours! Remember to wear your dancing shoes!" If you are using an autoresponder email system, use it. You can create as many emails as you want and have them automatically sent at the time and day you choose. It’s a time-saver. * Create a last-minute incentive to attend. Announce that a sponsor has just made a wonderful donation, and you have "a special gift" for the first 50 attendees that night. If the gift is something truly worthwhile, advertise it. "The first 25 people to register will receive a Tiffany key chain (valued at $45)." * If volunteers tend to be your no-shows, bribe them. Offer them a meal or a (free) raffle drawing limited to volunteers. One of my clients allowed volunteers to enter a drawing (for free) for two concert tickets to a performance of their choice. The bucket was in the volunteer room with paper slips and a sign telling volunteers to enter. No-shows cost your .anization money through lost donations. Making an effort to get registrants to actually attend your event is worth the time involved. Copyright (c) 2009 Red Apple Auctions LLC About the Author: 相关的主题文章: