After identifying your potential targets, create an outreach list.
This will allow you to track your outreach activities and determine which are working best.
When you tap into your network (and ask your friends to do the same), you are involving people who are already close to you and are more likely to provide items (for little in return).
So take advantage of that low hanging fruit to gain some early momentum for your auction.
As part of your list, include the date, your outreach activity (email or call), and the response you’ve received. Spend some time each day emailing and calling the people and organizations on your outreach list.
Be sure to let them know about your cause and how this event will benefit your work.
And don’t forget any athletic or sports-related activities—we’ve found these to generate high-bid frequencies too.
Whether your audience trends more toward country music, pop, or rock n’ roll, include music-related items to garner high-bidding traffic at your event.People love to go out to dinner, try new restaurants, and try new kinds of food.From a collection standpoint, most restaurants are more than willing to get involved in a silent auction as it is a promotion opportunity for their business.Travel-related silent auction items are always a huge hit.Whether you are able to collect an all-inclusive trip to the Caribbean, or even just a weekend getaway in New England, fundraiser guests love the chance to win a vacation.This will go a long way to ensure your donors feel appreciated and want to help you with your next event.