Find the Silent Auction Sweet Spot Part Two

In the first article of this two-part series, we looked at the concept of choice overload and reviewed some of the pros and cons related to small auctions with few biddable items versus large auctions with many items. We learned that because silent auctions are inherently unique events, caution should be taken to avoid a… Read More »


Event Safety can Easily be Overlooked

At the top of every event planner’s mind is the prevention of unexpected emergencies during their big event. Nobody wants to be faced with having to make a last-minute decision that could affect your organization, the venue or, most importantly, your guests. Predicting when an emergency will happen may be out of our control, but… Read More »


Finding the Silent Auction Sweet Spot

Ask someone for advice on the number of packages needed to make a silent auction truly shine and you might receive a response like, “as many as you can get.” When planning a benefit, we generally don’t spend time worrying about procuring too much; if anything, we worry about not having enough. But dig a… Read More »


Top 5 Tips on Check-In and Check-Out

They say people form an impression in the first five seconds, and leave with an impression that, once set, is not easily changed. That’s exactly why the presentation and functioning at check-in and check-out is vitally important if you want to leave a positive and lasting impression on your event’s guests. The big question is;… Read More »




Silent Auction Leaderboard

4 Ways to Supercharge Your Leaderboard

If you haven’t used a leaderboard before, now is the time to try one out. We’ve talked on the blog before about how useful they are to driving fundraising in live auctions and appeals. But running a leaderboard (or a few leaderboards) at your event can do even more. Promote engagement with your silent auction… Read More »


How to Craft a Post-Event Case Study

People say there’s no better teacher than experience, but the lesson can’t fully be understood without first putting the story into context. Reports contain a wealth of valuable information but understanding the big picture is the job of a comprehensive after-event case study. The self-examination a case study provides helps identify the subtler trends, queues… Read More »


How to Handle Breaking News on Event Day

A busted pipe, inclement weather, or maybe a rerouted highway due to road construction; there is always the chance an unfortunate event may suddenly present itself with only moments to go before your big event’s kick-off. Unpredictable and frustrating surprises can set the tone of the evening even before your guests step onto the property…. Read More »